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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!

Prizes

  • One 1st place winner will get one custom banner design from buytemplates.net ($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 icongalore.com ($134 value)
    Icons from IconGalore.com
  • Every contestant will get 10 premium exclusive templates immediate after subscribing to the buytemplates.net newsletter ($290 value)
    Templates from BuyTemplates.net

How to enter

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

  1. Subscribe to the buytemplates.net 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 buytemplates.net 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).

Sponsor

This contest is sponsored by Website Templates from buytemplates.net. Buytemplates.net is a one stop shop for all your website requirements. They offer the following products and services:

  • Professional pre-designed website templates
  • Template customization
  • Custom template creation (custom web design)
  • SEO/SEM services
  • Website Maintenance Services

You can download hundreds of templates with a small membership fee. Their membership fee starts as low as $49 for budget, $69 for standard, and $99 for premium plans. You don’t have to hire a web designer or external web design studio and pay enormously to design a single web template.

Weekend Links – Feb 28, 2009

How to Discourage Visitors from Using AdBlock

How to disable AdBlockIf you are a new user and you use any form of advertisement blocking (e.g. AdBlock) on your browser, you would have been greeted with a neat little message saying “Doh! It appears that you are using AdBlock software…”.

The purpose of this post is to show you how to create such a message for your own website. I had this idea from a comment I found on one of my favorite blogs (Webmaster Source) regarding combating AdBlock.

Before I go on, let me say that I am not interested in discussing/debating the use and ethics of AdBlock software in depth in this post. I’m planning on writing a post with my research and data on the effects of discouraging AdBlock use in a later post, so let’s save that discussion for another time.   For now I would like you to evaluate the pros and cons of this mod and decide for yourself if you would like to install the mod or not.
Read on…

Weekend Links – Dec 19, 2008

  • Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area – Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area: Tips and Tricks.: Noupe has a nice writeup on mastering WordPress 2.7 Admin and underst…
  • How to: Embed Adsense anywhere on your posts – First, you have to add the following code to your function.php file. Don’t forget to change the adsense code, unless you’d like to display m…
  • 8 Useful WordPress SQL Hacks – By Jean-Baptiste Jung – Over the past 10 years, the MySQL database has become incredibly popular on the Web. Every WordPress blog is driven by…
  • Smashing Christmas Icon Sets – In December we asked few designers to come up with some creative, beautiful, memorable yet usable icon sets. Some designers had a tight sche…
  • Hack: insert ads in your RSS feed – If you have problem while using the recipe here, try that one: Simply paste the following code on the functions.php file from your theme. Cr…
  • Read on…

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.

Background

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.

Read on…

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!

Read on…

Weekend Links #2

Weekend Links for the week ending on 07-18-08

Upgraded to WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 was officially released yesterday so I upgraded this blog immediately. Here are some things you need to know about WordPress 2.6:

  1. New features in WordPress 2.6
  2. Plugin authors should read over PlanetOzh’s quick tutorial on how to make your WordPress plugins WordPress 2.6 compliant and upgrade their plugins. This shouldn’t take too long at all. I have already updated and released NowThen Photo Display and AJAX Force Comment Preview. As always, please notify me of any bugs that you run into via the comment form on these plugin pages.
  3. Read on…