Thursday, July 30, 2009

Monitoring Traffic Using Performancing Metrics Spy


I was doing a class earlier on website traffic analytics and decided to upgrade my Performancing Metrics account to be able to fully showcase its features.

My favorite in Performancing Metrics is the Spy feature where you can monitor live traffic as it happens or arrives in your website. I stopped using the fully upgraded version the last time as it got me so addicted by just monitoring it. However, I guess there is no harm indulging once in awhile and see my websites live in action.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Week 11: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Here's the eleventh and last week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join. Last day for submission of entries is on July 30.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, Events at Work, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, Budget hotel in Makati, and Blog4Reviews.com.

Week 11 only
For the eleventh week, we received a total of 5 entries from Eryllsy, Iva, Sheryl, Rabsin, and AsianTribe.

A total of 27 blogs were cited from the 5 entries. They are:

  1. http://fatherblogger.com/
    http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
    http://darkestshade.blogspot.com/
    http://writingtoexhale.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  2. http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://www.ilovehateamerica.com/
    http://kelvinonian.com/
    http://lifelots.blogspot.com/
    http://www.pataygutom.com/
    http://socialmediaphilippines.com/
    http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/

The following blogs got one mention each:

The weekly update posted above is based on submission as of July 25.

Noted the entries of Lio Loco, Joycelle, Jhongmed, Eryllsy, Iva, Rabsin, and AsianTribe for citing 10 blogs and therefore included in the entries masterlist.

These are the top blogs based on entries that got included in the entries masterlist as of today:

  1. http://writingtoexhale.com/
  2. http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  3. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  4. http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  5. http://dearbloggery.com/
  6. http://fatherblogger.com/
  7. http://letsgosago.net/
    http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/
  8. http://www.adaphobic.com/
  9. http://kelvinonian.com/
  10. http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://goodtimesmanila.com/

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join. Deadline for submission is on July 30.

Additional notes:
Some entries did not get included here as they did not link to the writing project page. Once done, on or before July 30, will include you in our final count. Thank you again everyone for your patience and participation to this humble project.

I also encountered a concern being said to me that some votes are not being counted. Please give the url of the entry so that we can check on our end whether I am missing them or not.

Monitoring of entries completion hereon will be tracked at the entries masterlist.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Week 10 : Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Here's the tenth week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, Events at Work, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, Budget hotel in Makati, and Blog4Reviews.com.

Week 10 only
For the tenth week, we received a total of 19 entries from Nadine, Leomar, The Photoblogger, Downloader, Joycelle, Dragonblogger, Jodapoet, DianNeil, Jhongmed, Jonistar, Lindsey08, Badudets, imybg, HotMomma, MinnieMadz, KotsengKuba, Clarissa, Angelcuala, and Chinkygirlmel.

A total of 92 blogs were cited from the 19 entries. They are:

  1. http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  2. http://writingtoexhale.com/
  3. http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  4. http://kelvinonian.com/
    http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/
  5. http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://fatherblogger.com/
  6. http://lifelots.blogspot.com/
  7. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://www.pataygutom.com/
    http://www.ilovehateamerica.com/
    http://darkestshade.blogspot.com/
  8. http://barriosiete.com/
    http://fedhz.com/
  9. http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://www.cebubloggers.com/
    http://coffeehearts.net/
    http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://jahangiri.us/news/
    http://www.jenaisleonline.com/
    http://letsgosago.net/
    http://projectdennio.blogspot.com/
    http://www.bryankarl.net/
    http://www.thejoysofsimplelife.com/

The following blogs got one mention each:

Noted the entries of Nina, Itot54joni, Elmot, Jenn, Ever, The Photoblogger, Downloader, Dragonblogger, Jodapoet, DianNeil, Jonistar, Lindsey08, imybg, HotMomma, MinnieMadz, and Angelcuala for citing 10 blogs and therefore included in the entries masterlist.

These are the top blogs based on entries that got included in the entries masterlist as of today:

  1. http://writingtoexhale.com/
  2. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  3. http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  4. http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  5. http://dearbloggery.com/
  6. http://fatherblogger.com/
  7. http://letsgosago.net/
  8. http://www.adaphobic.com/
  9. http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/
  10. http://kelvinonian.com/

Note that the weekly update posted here is based on submission as of July 18.

We still have 1 weekly update to go (based on submission up to July 25). If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Additional notes:

Some entries did not get included here as they did not link to the writing project page. Once done, will include you for week 11 (our last weekly update). Thank you again everyone for your patience and participation to this humble project.

I also encountered a concern being said to me that some votes are not being counted. Please give the url of the entry so that we can check on our end whether I am missing them or not. Note that those submitted as of July 11 got included in this report.

The next update will be on or before July 27.

Friday, July 24, 2009

8 Steps to Achieving Meta-Positive Thinking and Changing Perspective

I always believe that our worst enemy is ourselves. At times, we are deadset in achieving something, then one event happens, and everything disintegrates. We blame ourself and those around us - using them as excuse. Although deep inside, we know that is not the reason and why our pursuit towards self-improvement continues.



This blog post is a continuation of the series on Tony Buzan's Embracing Change where meta-positive thinking is one of the seven tools for transformation that a change maker must harness.

Changing perspective
According to Buzan, meta-positive thinking is a self-talk technique focused on your goals & vision done in a positive way. It is grounded on reality - making it happen within the sphere of your influence.

For instance, if you live a life now where you feel trapped as 95% of things you can no longer change and is entirely negative, then focus your mind instead on the 5% where there is positive voice of change.

Meta-positive thinking

Buzan gave 8 steps on how meta-positive thinking can be achieved. If followed, it will allow you to enhance your positive qualities and let go of the negative ones.
  1. Make the decision to change
    If you have reached a decision wanting to improve the present situation to an envisioned goal -  then you are already a positive thinker.

  2. Clarify your vision
    Wanting is not enough. One must focus and decide on the steps (TEFCAS) that must be taken in order to achieve it. This includes having the determination to get it done despite negative forces around you.

  3. Establish a meta-positive attitude
    Have a goal that is totally positive, accurate, and will direct you towards your desired outcome.

    This includes having meta-positive thinking statements that are:
    - personal (use "I)
    - stated in the present (use "am")
    - stated as a process (use present verb ending with "-ing")
    - real (related to current situation)
    - obtainable (target possible)
    - motivational (focus on what you want to achieve)
    - relevant (related to current situation)
    - truthful (true and beneficial, not based on lie)
    - beneficial (you can benefit from it)
    - attractive (pleasant image - visualize)
    - positively directed (positive and directed towards your goal)
    - accurate (focus on desired outcome)
    - vision (clear image)
    - repeated (restated regularly for brain to adjust its behavior)

    Example - "I am providing e-commerce knowledge to help club members, community, and industry at large to become successful - help this sector grow."

  4. Shape-up your brain for meta-positive fitness
    We all have negative and positive voice of change in ourselves. The negative one (Vic) encourages us to achieve (using ego-infused statements) while reminding us of our weakness or failures (blame game).

    The positive one (Victor) constantly points towards your vision. (using statements in relation to attaining your goal)

  5. The truth principle
    Vic always has a tendency to fill your mind with horrifying truths and negative images (which I think sometimes disguises itself as bias). Victor will focus more on positive reward where the brain is more attracted to.

  6. Repetition
    Our inner voice of change constantly talks to us (encouraging & guiding us). It is up to us whether we will focus on Vic or transform it to a Victor (become a meta-positive thinker).

    This will require repeating our meta-positive thinking statements regularly to tweak our brain.

  7. One step at a time
    Change does not happen overnight. It takes one step at a time. Therefore, this part requires you to be very clear on your current situation or knowing where you are (step 1). Otherwise, your goals will be unrealistic and may cause you to drift.

  8. Commitment
    Until you are committed, there is a tendency to draw back or be ineffective. You have to commit, begin it, and be bold.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Week 9 : Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Here's the ninth week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, Events at Work, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, Budget hotel in Makati, and Blog4Reviews.com.

Week 9 only
For the ninth week, we received a total of 17 entries from Kwakaduck, Shydub, Irene, Holly Jahangiri, Earthlingorgeous, Gopal Krishna, Fifi, Stephen Chua Roxas, Joji, Archie dela Cruz, Chris dela Cruz, Racquel Sison, Kevinraychua, Sherry, Reica, Lena Ballug, and Enchie.

A total of 55 blogs were cited from the 17 entries. They are:

  1. http://www.writingtoexhale.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  2. http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/
    http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  3. http://fatherblogger.com/
  4. http://fedhz.com/
    http://kelvinonian.com/
  5. http://lifelots.blogspot.com/
  6. http://dearbloggery.com/
  7. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  8. http://commandyourtime.com/
    http://darkestshade.blogspot.com/
  9. http://jedchan.com/
    http://letsgosago.net/
    http://socialmediaphilippines.com/
    http://www.mommyjourney.com/
  10. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://flaircandy.com/
    http://www.ilovehateamerica.com/
    http://www.jenaisleonline.com/
    http://theaccidentalteacher.com/

The following blogs got one mention each:

Noted the entries of Kelvin, Reyjr, Irene, Holly Jahangiri, Earthlingorgeous, Gopal Krishna, Stephen Chua Roxas, Joji, Archie dela Cruz, Chris dela Cruz, Racquel Sison, Kevinraychua, Sherry, Reica, and Lena Ballug for citing 10 blogs and therefore included in the entries masterlist.

These are the top blogs based on entries that got included in the entries masterlist as of today:

  1. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  2. http://writingtoexhale.com/
  3. http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  4. http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  5. http://letsgosago.net/
  6. http://fatherblogger.com/
  7. http://www.adaphobic.com/
  8. http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
  9. http://goodtimesmanila.com/
    http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/
  10. http://travel.batangyagit.com/

All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 10 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009.

We still have 2 weekly updates to go. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Additional notes:

Some entries did not get included here as they did not link to the writing project page. Once done, will include you for week 10. Thank you again everyone for your patience and participation to this humble project.

I also encountered a concern being said to me that some votes are not being counted. Please give the url of the entry so that we can check on our end whether I am missing them or not. Note that those submitted as of July 11 got included in this report.

The next update will be on or before July 24.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Gary Viray on making money online and Blog4Reviews.com

I just found out that my Blog4Reviews partner, Gary Viray, was featured in Manila Bulletin last Monday (and a part 2 today). His interview also got published in Yahoo Philippines.

As I've been solo most of the time in my online endeavors, I get asked on what made me decide to partner with Gary. My straight answer would be, he is an SEO king - a man who knows SEO inside and out, from the good, bad, and ugly. He also earns well in the area of paid blogging. Got to tag team with him also in several speaking stints and I think we did well. His hard work also paid off as he was able to bag two awards in the last 6 months.

We team-up last April to launch Blog4Reviews as we believe in developing the market potential of sponsored posts in the Philippines and go international from there. It also has a twin site that focuses more on broader Internet advertising requirements that will be launched soon.
We are still in beta testing stage finetuning the website as we roll-out opportunities. As we get to calibrate them, our community members can expect gradual growth of opportunities being posted online. Although Gary may not be as visible as I am but our twin sites won't work without him.
To my SEO King, cheers Gary!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Week 8: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Here's the eight week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, Events at Work, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, Budget hotel in Makati, and Blog4Reviews.com.

Week 8 only

For the eight week, we received a total of 21 entries from Chris, Marcelle, Jacris, Willa, Ria Rosaura Romero, McBilly, Christalice, Pats, Club Tourist, Jelz Naguiat, Jenn, Donna Llaguno, Jerbp, Dhonzkie, Wana, Nurseyapi, Luke, Seiko, Frances, Lio Loco, and Ever.

A total of 78 blogs were cited from the 21 entries. They are:

  1. http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
    http://www.writingtoexhale.com/
  2. http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  3. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  4. http://fedhz.com/
    http://lifelots.blogspot.com/
  5. http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://fatherblogger.com/
    http://goodtimesmanila.com/
  6. http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://www.cebubloggers.com/
    http://hisnameisdencios.wordpress.com/
    http://jedchan.com/
    http://kelvinonian.com/
    http://emotemylife.blogspot.com/
  7. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://letsgosago.net/
    http://xtraordinarymom.blogspot.com/
    http://www.mommyjourney.com/
    http://tunaynalalake.blogspot.com/
  8. http://animetric.blogspot.com/
    http://delamar.wordpress.com/
    http://doctordude.net/
    http://iamnobe.wordpress.com/
    http://www.ilovehateamerica.com/
    http://www.millionaireacts.com/
    http://penname30.blogspot.com/
    http://adualcareermom.blogspot.com/
    http://shydub-simplehappylife.blogspot.com/
    http://smart-mommy.blogspot.com/
    http://theaccidentalteacher.com/
    http://www.focalglass.com/
    http://videochops.com/

The following blogs got one mention each:

Noted the entries of Crisiboy, Arbee, Alex Gavino, Chris, Marcelle, McBilly, Christalice, Club Tourist, Jelz Naguiat, Donna Llaguno, Jerbp, Dhonzkie, Wana, Nurseyapi, and Luke for citing 10 blogs and therefore included in the entries masterlist.

These are the top blogs based on entries that got included in the entries masterlist as of today (will update it shortly):

  1. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  2. http://writingtoexhale.com/
  3. http://dearbloggery.com/
  4. http://letsgosago.net/
  5. http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  6. http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  7. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://goodtimesmanila.com/
  8. http://fatherblogger.com/
  9. http://barriosiete.com/
  10. http://www.millionaireacts.com/

All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 9 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009.

We still have 3 weekly updates to go. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Additional notes:

Some entries did not get included here as they did not link to the writing project page. Once done, will include you for week 9.

Thank you again everyone for your patience and participation to this humble project.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Social responsibility - what drives you?

Yesterday, I listened to an interesting talk by Chit Juan of Philippine Coffee Board, during the Public Relations Society of the Philippines 2nd general membership meeting, about the subject of corporate social responsibility or CSR.

There are key take-aways in her talk that I'd like to note in this blog post:
  • CSR is not limited to big enterprises
    Even SMEs and individuals can undertake social responsibility efforts. A good example will be about hiring local talent and not taking advantage of their situation by paying them reasonably.
  • It must outlive the CEO or initiator
    As an individual, I think that is easier said than done on my part. I have founded an organization in the past and have let go for continuity. Apparently, when things got quite hot, and the pioneers started checking, seeking for transparency, we got cut off. That experience brought a lot of lessons learned and saw how people change the moment they are given power. It makes me wonder whether DigitalFilipino will outlive me or die with me.
  • Customers choose responsible companies, those with CSR, and recommend them to peers
    I think becoming top of mind is more than just skill and portfolio. It is also what you are about. Are you all about money or you have a purpose that is bigger than you? It is not just blogging about it or putting a badge on your site. It is actually living it without any complaints. I noticed as well that for the clients I've worked with, a lot of them note of the various extra-curricular activities undertaken that is not directly related to the service being offered. Subconsciously, it plays a big role indeed.

  • What differentiates you? Quality? Price? CSR?
    For me, I think all the above applies. Services are being offered that is worth more than what one pays for. Pricing was done in such a way that is affordable to the budget. A big chunk of revenues goes to CSR (such as funding of writing projects, awards, free seminars/roadshow, free books and reports). Everything else that remains is profit.
  • Doing good and telling it well
    This makes me wonder how do you tell it without appearing to be boasting or overselling what you are doing? Most of my undertakings did not have much stories written about them as they are advocacies and not intended for media mileage.
At the end of the day, it is not the glitz and glamor that makes a project great, its impact and how it touches those who participated mattered the most.

Postscript (2/5/2012) - After writing this post, I recall sending Chit Juan an email sharing this and began receiving updates from her. We connected and started doing some small projects together. To date, Chit is one inspiring person that I can turn to. Her support to young entrepreneurs is a morale booster. Still consider myself very fortunate to be touched by her kindness. Thank you Chit.