How to Get Back Into AdSense – Account Reinstated!

I received one of the worst emails a blogger can get: Google AdSense Account Disabled. To my horror, I opened this email to see that Google was accusing me of click fraud. My account was disabled, my earnings were being refunded to advertisers, and no further payments were coming my way.

But thanks to a simple process, my account was reinstated. It took five days, but that’s better than being permanently banned.

If your account is ever disabled, here’s what you should do to get it back.

1. Don’t panic. It’s …

Be More Productive and Happier by Taking Time to Think

Do you monitor your time closely? Or do you just fritter away the hours?

Penelope’s got another great article about time and money. I think her final sentence sums it all up nicely: “If you don’t pay tons of attention to how you spend your time, you’ll never be happy.”

This has really made me stop and think about how I spend my time. In fact, I’ve been trying to re-evaluate my time management lately.

There’s just too little time.

Or, maybe I’m not managing it effectively. …

How to be Successful in Life

I was tagged by Brandon Hopkins for a meme on being successful. For an up-and-coming top blogger, his answer is a refreshing change from most people’s definition of “success.” It’s a must read.

Staying true to self

I’m trying to be a solid Christian, a devout Catholic. It’s never easy, especially in today’s society.

To that end, I define success as staying true to myself, especially the values and morals that I hold dear.

Being successful means to get to those Pearly Gates someday and be judged worthy of entering the Eternal Kingdom. This will …

New WordPress Plugin – Comment Email Responder

When I started blogging, I pondered the best method to respond to reader comments. I use the Subscribe to Comments plugin, but I know that not every commenter subscribes.

Perhaps you’ve used this method: respond on your blog AND via email to the commenter. This ensures that everyone gets a response to every comment posted. Yep, it’s anal. But it also creates conversations and shows readers that you care.

The problem is that it takes time to respond via email, then copy and paste the response to the blog’s comment form, so everyone can see the response. …

Great New Site for Business Card Tips

I apparently have a fascination with business cards. I seem to stumble upon sites about them, and I’ve written about them quite a bit.

Today I happened across Free Business Cards, a site dedicated to these happy little pieces of card stock. Heck, there’s even an article about business card origami.

What intrigued me the most was the author’s invitation to get a free link by asking a question. …

Sponsor Me to Attend SOBCon; I’ll Be Your Blog Slave

I you haven’t heard about SOBCon 07, you must be hiding under a rock. This is the ultimate blogging conversation. It’s a conference of 250 attendees plus “conversationalists.” The point is to network, solidify relationships, and put heads together to tackle big thoughts.

You can help me attend

The problem is that I don’t have the cash on hand to make it. But you can help me get there.

I’m looking for a sponsor (possibly more than one) who will fund my trip to Chicago for …

10 Quick Methods to Increase Blog Comments

Blogging is about conversation. What better way is there to foster conversations than with comments?

If you want to increase comments on your blog, here are some handy tips to do so. Implement one, or try all of them.

Share link love

Remove nofollow from comments. Andy Beard has written extensively on this topic. He even created a Bumpzee community to bring supporters together.

For WordPress users, there are lots of plugins to make this extremely easy:

Link Love – This allows you to remove nofollow after a commenter has X number …

Getting Things Done with Less – What if You Only Had $2,000?

In our constant productivity struggle, we always look for new and better things to solve old problems. Maybe it’s the newest PDA, moleskine, or laptop. Perhaps you move to a new GTD capture system every week. Maybe you’re a pen fanatic.

Stop. Do you really need that shiny new gadget?

I’m not the first person to suggest that less can be more, especially when it comes to GTD practices. If we’re really after a “mind like water,” it’s reasonable that less junk in our lives would aid in that quest.

What if you simplified your entire life?

What if …

Holy Hannah! – AdSense Disabled My Account!!

You read the headline right. Google just disabled my AdSense account. I’m trying not to panic, but I’m absolutely baffled why this has happened.

Here’s a snippet from the email I just received from Google:

It has come to our attention that invalid clicks and/or impressions have been generated on the Google ads on your site(s). We have therefore disabled your Google AdSense account. Please understand that this was a necessary step to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.
Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The …

Why Do Law Students Love Highlighters?

photo by -Nat
Maybe I’m dense. But I don’t understand why fellow law students use 4-5 different colors of highlighters in their case books. It’s almost an obsession with the brilliant colors in this happy little markers.

Why do I care?

Most of the time, I don’t. I can choose how to highlight in my own books. You choose how to color yours.

But when I buy a used book, this can sometimes be a problem. I guess that’s the price I pay saving some money on text books.

More importantly, I …

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