Change Domain Registrar

Recently I decided to change domain registrars for all the domains I have. Due to various reasons, my domains are registered through 3 separate registrars, and it made sense to consolidate into a single registrar. Below is the experience I went through, which should be pretty typical of everyone. Winning Registrar refers to the registrar I am transferring the domain to, and Losing Registrar refers to the registrar I am transferring the domain away from.

The steps are as follows:

1. Going into the console of the Losing Registrar, unlock the domain and write down the Auth Code.

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How To Connect to SQL Server From Unix

One project I’ve had to work on recently requires me to pull data from Microsoft SQL Server from a Linux machine. It took me a lot of time to search the internet to find the proper software to install, configure, and get everything running. To save time for everyone else who may need to accomplish this task in the future, I list out the steps below:

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How To Add Category RSS To Your Blog With Feedburner

Some blogs cover multiple categories, and your readers may only be interested in only a few of the categories, not all of them. You can offer your readers feeds that only cover specific categories. WordPress does offer this capability out of the box, but it’s not the default. Furthermore, you will want to burn all your category RSS feeds with Feedburner. Below I list the steps for adding category RSS to a WordPress blog using Feedburner:

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How to Put Site Search on Your Website Using Google Custom Search Engine

A good practice for websites is to include a site search functionality on the site, so your visitors can locate the information they are looking for quickly. But how to set this up? And how can I keep the search results on my site so that the visitors don’t leave? In this post, I will discuss how to set up a site search using Google Custom Search Engine, with the result pages hosted on your own domain. The two key steps are 1) create your custom search engine, and 2) place the code in your website.

Create Custom Search Engine

First login to your Google account, then go to your Google Coop page. Click on the My Search Engines link under the Create your own search engine header, and click on the New Search Engine link. You’ll see the following screen.

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Book Review: Adsense Code by Joel Comm

“Adsense Code” by Joel Comm was published in April 2006, and covered many topics related to Adsense. The book claims to reveal the “secret” of Adsense.

When I first read this book, I didn’t have any expectations. After all, I have been using Adsense since late 2003, and have pretty much seen all the techniques being discussed. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise: I actually found the book to be quite good. There are several reasons:

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Adsense testing with PHP

One advice people always give for webmasters in the Google Adsense program is to test ad placement, color scheme, etc. A common test is the A/B test. There are several articles talking about how to set up such a test using either Javascript or PHP, and they invariably involve the use of a random number generator to determine whether a visitor would fall under the control group or the test group. Even Google’s official Adsense blog talks about it.

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List of Official Google Blogs

Today Danny Sullivan posted an entry in SearchEngineWatch that lists all official Google blogs. Coincidentally, this is a piece of information I’ve been looking for myself. The links listed in that post were XML files, which are difficult to read for most of us. So, I am listing these sites in a more friendly format below:

AdWords API Blog
Blogger Buzz
Blogs of Note
Google AJAX Search API Blog
Google Analytics Blog
Google Code – Featured Projects
Google Code – Updates
Google CPG
Google Custom Search
Google Talkabout
Google Web Toolkit Blog
Google Webmaster Central Blog
Inside AdSense
Inside AdWords
Inside Google Book Search
Inside Google Desktop
Official Google Base Blog
Official Google Blog
Official Google Checkout Blog
Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog
Official Google Enterprise Blog
Official Google Mac Blog
Official Google Maps API Blog
Official Google Reader Blog
Official Google Research Blog
Official Google Video Blog
The Writely Blog