I changed my strings!

Guitar strings! not my G-string! ahem ahem

Yeah, so the other day I had no choice but to bring my guitar all the way to “Guitar Collection” Sunway Pyramid to change the strings. I know there are plenty of tutorials out there on how to change the strings but when you are new to all this:

1. You are afraid

2. You are scared

3. You go like: argh just let the pro do it!

So there I was and the pretty young lady behind the counter helped me by showing it how to do it. Its pretty simple its like changing baby diapers.

1. Firstly unscrew the screws on the head of the guitar. The strings get loosen.

2. From there, just pull out those white little buttons behind the bridge.

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3.Insert the new strings into the hole and put that white buttons in, (with the hole on the buttons facing the bridge).

4. Pull it hard enough till it clicks and locks tight.
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5. Insert it into the holes at the head. Leave the strings loose on the fretboard cos you gonna screw it up. Screw it back and let it turn for around 2-3 rounds.

Lastly tune your guitar before cutting off the extra new strings and THATS IT.
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simple and yet I didnt do it myself. Well, so now I know! 🙂

p.s guitar strings: RM17

Google PageRank? and GOOGLE KARMA!

Just the other day Shiphire and KS and many other people ask me about google pagerank. They were frustrated that their google page rank is 0. Which means that they cant blog for money, especially when advertisers look at your Google PR. GooglePR is a rank to evaluate your website importance on the WWW. Higher PR means your website has many ‘quality’ backlinks, people reach to your site easier. They are rated 1-10/10, 10 being the highest rank.

One thing to keep in mind is that, Google updates the page rank every certain times( or after few months once). It is also important to submit your site to various search engines or portal such as yahoo, live.com and most importantly, google.com.

Up to date, no one knows exactly how they calculate Google PR. Some sources even say that they have a mathematical formula to calculate PR. Kenkai dot com did a good review about how google page rank can roughly be calculated(minus the equation which will kill ur brains).

PageRank Calculation

PR   Links Links Links Links Links Links
    For PR3 For PR4 for PR5 for PR6 for PR7 for PR8
 
1   555 3,055 16,803 92,414 508,277 2,795,522
2   101 555 3,055 16,803 92,414 508,277
3   18.5 101 555 3,055 16,803 92,414
4   3.5 18.5 101 555 3,055 16,803
5   1 3.5 18.5 101 555 3,055
6   0.5 1 3.5 18.5 101 555
7   0.5 0.5 1 3.5 18.5 101
8   0.5 0.5 0.5 1 3.5 18.5
9   0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1 3.5
10   0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1

Compare PR Values

Moving one step further, we are often asked what a PR4 link is worth, or a PR5 link is worth compared to a PR3 link, for example, so to try and make this easy to understand, we have listed the PR3 equivalents below.

PR2 =

0.2

of a PR3

PR3 =

1

of a PR3

PR4 =

5 x

PR3

PR5 =

25 x

PR3

PR6 =

125 x

PR3

PR7 =

625 x

PR3

Even so, this is just a roughly estimate on how they are calculated. Here are the few ways recommended to keep your PR up or maintain your PR.

We would say that since Update Jagger, it is worth considering a link from a web page of PageRank Two or above, as long as it is:

  • On focus with your product or service
  • The website’s index page has a PR of 4 or above
  • There are less than 50 links on the page
  • There are no undesirable external links on the page
  • There are no nofollow tags on the links
  • There is no robots metatag on the page with the content,” noindex, nofollow”
  • There is no javascript redirect on the link
  • The link is not redirected

However, while you can go link hunting for months to look for good quality blogs with high page rank, the best is just to blog your way through.
A post a day keeps your blog alive. Frequently updated blogs = fun quality posts = more readers
Meanwhile, just have fun blogging and dont get too frustrated. 🙂

THAT WAS IT, until GOOGLE recently changed their algorithm to penalize those who sell links out on their site, or link farm.

Those who got hit hard by Google’s recent crackdown got really frustrated and furious. Take me for example, my adrianchoychoy.blogspot.com *ahem* source of my income for emocha has been hit from PR3 to PR2 to finally PR0! and emocha.net got hit to PR4 from PR5.

NOW for penalizing us,

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this morning ive seen the most error from Google- around 10 times.

HOHO! KARMA! Im telling you, KARMA!

lol

Adding ads between posts in Widgetized Blogger.com

The new widgetized blogger.com has a lot of features. Adding mini applications, music songs and arranging them has become easier and more user friendly. Crispy! No more manhandling the full HTML code and messing up the whole blog. Plus the Template >>>Page Elements allows you to place it exactly where you want and how you want it. Adding a widget is simple too.

However it can be frustrating on how to add stuffs to appear between your blogposts. This is because while you can add HTML/Javascript columns in your sidebar, header or footer in the Page Elements, there is no way you can add anything to appear between blog posts from there.

Therefore, head on to Template>>>Edit HTML

then look for these code. remember to check the ‘expand widget templates’ you can CTRL-F to look for them.

<data:adStart/>
<b:loop values=’data:posts’ var=’post’>
<b:if cond=’data:post.dateHeader’>
<h2 class=’date-header’><data:post.dateHeader/></h2>
</b:if>
<b:include data=’post’ name=’post’/>
<b:if cond=’data:blog.pageType == “item”‘>
<b:include data=’post’ name=’comments’/>
</b:if>

COPY PASTE YOUR AD CODES HERE

</b:loop>
<data:adEnd/>
</div>

The code for your ads should be between </b:if> and </b:loop>

Your ad should now appear between every posts. 🙂

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While we are still hot on topic, why not adding ads to your blog? Ads such as Nuffnang and Advertlets will generate some side income for your blog. 🙂 Bloggers deserves pocket money!