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Weekend Links – Apr 4, 2009

Announcing Winners of the $600+ Giveaway Contest

Here are the winners from the previous $600+ Give Away Contest.

First Place Winner

  • Frederick Ding wins a custom banner design.

Second Place Winners

  • BFG 9000 wins a 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.
  • Ajay wins a 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.

Third Place Winners

  • Kathy wins a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.
  • Mek wins a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.

Read on…

$600+ in Prizes to Give Away

This contest has ended! Thank you everybody for participating! Here are the winners.

I am excited to announce that I am running my first blog contest on OMNINOGGIN. Without further ado, let’s get to it!


  • One 1st place winner will get one custom banner design from ($149 value)
  • Two 2nd place winners will each get one 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days ($30 total value)
  • Two 3rd place winners will each get a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days ($20 total value)
  • Every contestant will get a 185 icons pack at the end of the contest from ($134 value)
    Icons from
  • Every contestant will get 10 premium exclusive templates immediate after subscribing to the newsletter ($290 value)
    Templates from

How to enter

Here are the things you need to do to participate in this contest:

  1. Subscribe to the newsletter.
  2. Subscribe to the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed.
  3. Open the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed it in your feed reader, scroll down to the footer section of this post, and write down the special code for this contest (it should be highlighted in burgundy)
  4. Comment on this post saying that you have subscribed to the newsletter, subscribed to the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed, and make sure to include the special code for this contest.

This will earn you 1 entry into this contest!

Increase your chance of winning

After performing the above required steps to enter, you can increase your chance of winning by doing any of the following.

  • Stumble this post (+1 entry): Make sure you include your StumbleUpon user name along with the entry comment above.
  • Digg this post (+1 entry): Make sure you include your Digg user name along with the entry comment.
  • Vote this post up on Reddit (+1 entry): Make sure you include your Reddit user name along with entry comment.
  • Blog about the contest (+3 entries): Make sure include the URL of your blog post in the entry comment.

When does the contest end?

This contest has ended! Thank you everybody for participating! Here are the winners.

This is a 2-weeks long contest. It begins 3/9/2009 12:00AM PST (-800 GMT) and ends 3/23/2009 11:59PM PST (-800 GMT).


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Weekend Links – Jan 9, 2009

  • 148 Icons Free To Use – I love icon packs that are free not only in price but from restrictions as well. Introducing Bright! which is an icon pack featuring 148 han…
  • How To Display Feed Count For Google FeedProxy In Text – Everyone knows that feedburner had merged with Google. This also lead to the previous feed counter in text doesn’t work. I just found out th…
  • 10 Killer WordPress Hacks – by Jean-Baptiste Jung. 2008 was a very good year for the WordPress community. The software was updated numerous times, lea…
  • Design Your Way to More Blog Comments – StylizedWeb has an interesting post up on increasing the number of comments on your posts. It covers a lot of ground, and has some tips wort…
  • The Essential Guide to Growing Your Blog on Minimal Time – This is a guest post from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, author of the new best-selling book, The Power of Less.
    If you’re like most bloggers, y…

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Are Premium WordPress Plugins/Themes Unethical?

GNU Public License MascottBecause of the recent commotion in the WordPress community about the ethics of selling premium WordPress themes, I would like to stir things up by voicing my opinion about this topic.

I know you are thinking, “Who are you? Why should I care what you have to say about it?” To tell you the truth I’m just a regular WordPress junkie who has written some successful plugins and articles on WordPress (and of course some unsuccessful ones). I believe that I’ve dealt with GNU Public License (GPL) enough to both love and hate it.


You probably know that WordPress is an open source blogging platform licensed under GPL. This means that all derivative works and extensions (themes and plugins) are also forcefully licensed under GPL themselves.

GPL purists argue that it is definitely unethical to charge for premium offerings and license it under a different license. Others (like me) believe that this is a gray area and we cannot apply the GPL by the book to every plugin/theme here.

My take as a non-premium plugin/theme developer

Currently I do not develop any premium WordPress plugins or themes, but I still believe that not all premium WordPress plugins and themes are unethical. Here are my reasons why some of them are perfectly ethical (and legal): Read on…

Ways to Increase Visitor Activity on Your Blog

The goal of this post is to help you increase visitor activity on your blog.  First let me define the term “activity” as anything your visitor does to interact with your blog.  An activity can be a variety of things, but the ones I want to focus on (which are also the most important ones) are: clicking on advertisements, donating to your cause, subscribing to your blog, sharing/voting for your blog posts, commenting, and navigating deeper into your blog.  To increase these activities, I to use the following 3 guidelines:

  1. Make it easy (and obvious) to interact.
  2. Ask them to interact.
  3. Do not nag.

So without further ado, here are some strategies on increasing visitor activity on your blog.

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3 Web Design Mistakes That You May Need to Fix NOW

In this post I will discuss some of the web design mistakes that I have done on this blog, and what I did to fix them.

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to get free advice from a friend of mine, Emily Luong, who happens to be a professional graphics designer.  Aside from being a graphics design geek, she’s put in good work on nice sites like Edelbio Skin Care Blog so I do not take her advice lightly.  I asked her to review my blog and what do you know?  It needs improving!

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Weekend Links #3

Weekend Links for the week ending on 07-25-08

  • Enhanced Sidebars with Dynamic Content: Visitors tend to ignore the sidebar because most of sidebar content do not change. I’ve been experimenting with this myself and I was planning to write a similar post but Vandelay Design says it better (for now at least).
  • WordPress Tips + Things You Can Do After Installing WordPress: It is more like “Things You *Should* Do After Installing WordPress” both for security purposes and usability.
  • How to write a solid and stable WordPress plugin: Mark Jaquith tells us [WordPress plugin developers] how to develop solid and stable WordPress plugins.
  • The Deceptively Simple Steps to Persuasive Writing That Works: This technique requires no actual writing ability, but it does work! It’s so simple I can’t believe I never did it until recently.
  • Read on…