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Moving servers – How to do it right

June 2nd, 2009

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A few of you may have noticed I have not posted for quite some time. There are a few reasons for this. First up I have been uber busy working on my niche site and secondly I was told my old hosting provider was going to shut down, in 2 weeks!! So I had to quickly find alternative hosting.

I proceeded to frantically search the web for a cost efficient and quality server to house all my sites and I finally found one that looked good.  I will probably write a full review of them later, but essentially what I was faced with now was the massive task of moving a massive array of sites and the possibility of losing money and rankings if any of them went down.

As this was the first time I had done this I made a few mistakes, but in hind sight they would be pretty easy to correct in the future.

So here is a quick checklist of things you should do before switching hosts, preferably in this order

  1. Copy all the data to the new server
    I did this via a cPanel / WHM transfer and my new host kindly took care of it for me
  2. Verify your data
    I didn’t do this properly and it lead to problems.  Check that not only has each account transfered, but the files are all there, and your databases are all there.  Sometimes one but not the other will transfer.  Sometimes you may have to manually copy data across.
  3. Change the nameservers of your domains
    I was lucky in that I had setup custom nameservers at my old host so all I had to do was register those nameservers at my new hosting and ALL my sites moved over seamlessly – cool huh?! I’d suggest anyone do this NOW before you feel the burn of moving 20+ sites one by one.

Because I didn’t do these steps thoroughly (I said they were easy didn’t I?) I ended up in a world of pain and some of my sites went down for a number of days.

Thankfully though, all my sites are now working and faster than ever!

So it’s good to be back, its a MASSIVE weight off my shoulders, and I hope to make up for lost time very soon!

Chris About me, Tutorial, Web Hosting

Tutorial: Using AdsBlacklist to increase your Adsense eCPM

May 14th, 2009

A few weeks ago I ran a little test to see if using Adsblacklist can actually increase your earnings, and it does work!  One or two of you have contacted me saying you are unsure how to actually use this website, so I thought I would create a quick tutorial on how you actually use it.

If you haven’t already signed up to Adsblacklist do the following:

  1. Firstly goto Adsblacklist and register an account.
  2. Once you have registered click on My Account.
  3. Now click Add New Domain and add your domains

If you have already signed up and added your domains then you need to generate a list of poor quality sites:

  1. Goto Generate Filter List
  2. Drag and select the domains you display Adsense on to the box on the right
  3. Select MFA (Made for Adsense) and LCPC (Low Cost Per Click)
  4. Click generate!

Now we have a list of sites that notoriously pay low for Adsense clicks we now need to add this to

  1. Goto your Adsense account
  2. Click Adsense Setup then Competetive ad filter
  3. Paste the list generated from AdsBlacklist into this page and then Save

Now over the next day or so the advertised sites will be blocked from showing on your site and hopefully you will see an increase in earnings.  Please let me know if anyone uses this and sees an improvement!

Chris Adsense, Make money online, Tutorial