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Santa’s gift to GNOME foundation $1360

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

gnome-amazon Because of Christmas shopping I expected the affiliate fees to beat the $1000 a month mark. Santa left a total of $1360 to the GNOME foundation in Amazon affiliate fees

Detailed overview of the December affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$693.00
Amazon.ca$0.00
Amazon.de€298.42
Amazon.fr€65.80
Amazon.co.uk£89.94
Amazon.jp¥3346

Graph below shows the history of the affiliate fees of the past year.

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany/Google Chrome/Chromium

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks. For Google Chrome/Chromium you can also use the URLs listed below to add a specific GNOME Amazon Search Engine

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

Getting close to $1000: GNONE Amazon Affiliate Fees November 2010

Monday, December 27th, 2010

gnome-amazon A bit later than usual (my son got born :-) and we moved to live in Chile in the past 5 weeks). Also good news for the affiliate fees as it topped again in November and we’re getting close to $1000 a month. In November the total was $977 helped by a significant increase by Banshee affiliate fees that reached $628.

Detailed overview of the November affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$570.66
Amazon.ca$0.00
Amazon.de€167.84
Amazon.fr€27.21
Amazon.co.uk£61.43
Amazon.jp¥4645

Graph below shows the history of the affiliate fees of the past year. Banshee now has a separate curve


Amazon in the meantime opened two other international stores in Italy and China. So there are more revenue opportunities out there.

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany/Google Chrome/Chromium

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks. For Google Chrome/Chromium you can also use the URLs listed below to add a specific GNOME Amazon Search Engine

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

Still breaking records!! GNOME Amazon Affiliate fees October 2010

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

gnome-amazon Affiliate fees are still growing. October brought in record $823 :-). A very nice increase from the previous record of $635.

Banshee MP3 sales really kicked in (I guess because of recent distribution releases). Banshee MP3 download affiliate fees doubled from $218 to $448.

Detailed overview of the September affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$403.46
Amazon.ca$0.00
Amazon.de€173.43
Amazon.fr€25.71
Amazon.co.uk£64.71
Amazon.jp¥3162

And here is graph showing how we have been doing this year with affiliate fees. The  curve has a nice direction :-)

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany/Google Chrome/Chromium

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks. For Google Chrome/Chromium you can also use the URLs listed below to add a specific GNOME Amazon Search Engine

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

Another Record Month! GNOME Amazon Affiliate fees September 2010

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

gnome-amazon September has beaten our previous record month :-). In total approximately $635 has been received from in affiliate fees from Amazon compared to the previous record of $500 a nice 27% increase.

The affiliate fees that banshee generates are also part of this. These increased from $174 to $218 this month.

Detailed overview of the September affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$291.65
Amazon.ca$0.00
Amazon.de€142.21
Amazon.fr€17.77
Amazon.co.uk£43.23
Amazon.jp¥4553

All stores increased their revenues this month :-)

And here is graph showing how we have been doing this year with affiliate fees.

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany/Google Chrome/Chromium

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks. For Google Chrome/Chromium you can also use the URLs listed below to add a specific GNOME Amazon Search Engine

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

GNOME Amazon Referral Fees August 2010

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

gnome-amazon August has been a record month :-) for the affiliate fees that the GNOME Foundation received!!!! In total approximately $500 has been received from the different stores.

The change compared to last month ($231 in total) is for large part due to the fact that Banshee now has the option to buy MP3 files from Amazon. Through MP3 purchases of Banshee users $175 of affiliate fees were generated. Since the Amazon store is only present in a development version of Banshee I expect we’ll see much higher revenues when 1.8.0 gets released and gets packaged for the major distributions. Hopefully the distributions will not change the affiliate tag to their own.

Hopefully somebody will also add the Amazon MP3 store this into Rhythmbox.

Detailed overview of the August affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$272.00
Amazon.ca$0.00
Amazon.de€133.38
Amazon.fr€12.18
Amazon.co.uk£20.96
Amazon.jp¥732

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks.

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

The Purple Cow of GNOME

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Several months ago I bought the book Small is the new Big by Seth Godin. The book is a collection of his best blog posts which you can read also read on his blog and got it’s title because of this post. I really became a big fan of his blog and books. On his blog Seth every day has new insights on how you need to market products and services. His post are fun to read and thought provoking. I definitely recommend subscribing to his blog.

Some of the concepts Seth is promoting are the following:

A product needs to be a purple cow. When you are driving and see black and white cows you won’t notice them. However if you all of sudden see a purple one you might stop because a purple cow is remarkable. When a product is remarkable it is worth talking about and it spreads. One of his earliest books The Purple Cow describes this.

Seth has the opinion that advertisement on TV and in newspapers don’t work anymore. Basically because there are many more choices we need to make and much more advertising than there used to be and we have less time that’s why we ignore most advertising. So instead of spending loads of money on advertising he advises to spend the money on making a remarkable product. However being remarkable is seen as risky by many (big) companies. So most companies choose to make average products and advertise them. However average products do not get noticed and talked about.

The Purple Cow of GNOME

After reading The Purple Cow it got me thinking what the Purple Cow of GNOME is? It certainly is a nice desktop environment (at least that is my opinion), but is it remarkable when you compare it to MacOS, Windows 7 or KDE? If GNOME is remarkable what is it then what is the remarkable thing?  Is that something that spreads? How can we make GNOME more remarkable?

Finally two nice videos of talks of Seth Godin


Click here if you can’t see above videos

Flattr’ing

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

A while a go I noticed a Flattr button on the blog of Seif Lofty. Out of curiosity I clicked on it and ended up on the Flattr website. Flattr is a micro donation service. You setup a monthly budget (minimal 2 euro) and that money is divided over all articles and things you Flattr. In the official Flattr video they use birthday cake as a nice metaphor.

Click here if you can’t see the video above

Flattr already seems to gain quite some momentum. E.g. when you google Flattr you get over 2M search results.

It’s funny to see that in a time where people like Rupert Murdoch are talking about pay walls because good news can’t be for free according to him something like Flattr is starting to catch on. Setting up pay walls for news will not be a success in my view, because there always will be a source where they get the same news for free.  I believe more in the model of Flattr where the content is free and people can make a donation. However I’m not sure if this would work Rupert Murdoch’s Times Online. Would somebody really consider donating money to Rupert Murdoch?

Flattr’ing GNOME

We could start adding Flattr buttons to the GNOME website or in About dialogs of applications such that people can show their appreciation of GNOME applications.  Thinkin about this a bit more the About dialog could also have a Paypal donation button. With these donations the GNOME foundation can fund hackfests and conferences.

Make portable hotspot with GNOME Network Manager

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Yesterday I blogged about making a portable WiFi hotspot with Connectify on Windows 7 and that it would be really nice to add this functionality to GNOME Network Manager. In one of the comments it was mentioned that GNOME Network Manager already has the functionality. See a video on how to use it on this page. You can make an AdHoc network with network manager by clicking on “Create new Wireless Network” in the Network Manager Applet.

I’ve probably seen that menu item at least a hundred times but never got the idea that I could use that for sharing my Internet connection with my other WiFi devices. I think a better text would be “Create New Wireless Hotspot”. I think that is a lot clearer. However network manager does not create a real wifi hotspot but an adhoc network. My Nexus One does not see any adhoc networks. Furthermore when I try to connect with another laptop it does not get a valid IP address (It gets assigned a 169.x.x.x address). Maybe that has to do that it does not work well on my distro (Ubuntu 10.04) or wireless card (Intel WiFi Link 6000 Series with iwlagn driver). In order to be really useful the following features should be added.

  • Ability to make full WiFi hotspot out of your network card such that you don’t have issues with devices that can’t handle adhoc networks and that it gets recognized as just another WiFi network
  • Ability to make hotspot out of your wifi adapter while it is connected itself to another hotspot. (If that’s supported by the WiFi card)

To make the functionality more easier to use I recommend

  • Rename “Create New Wireless Network” to “Create Wireless Hotspot”
  • Instead of showing by default the window shown below where you create a new Network you show the settings of the last network/hotspot that was used.

GNOME Amazon Referral Fees July 2010

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

gnome-amazon In July 2010 the GNOME Foundation received the following Amazon referral fees

Amazon.com
$55.90
Amazon.ca$1.16
Amazon.de€60.96
Amazon.fr€16.30
Amazon.co.uk£31.73
Amazon.jp¥1,936

This totals to approximately $231 (up from $186 in June). Compared to other months we see that finally some GNOMEys in France are buying stuff at Amazon. Let’s see if this month we finally get some significant referral fees from the Canadian store

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks.

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

GNOME Amazon Referral Fees June 2010

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

gnome-amazon In May 2010 the GNOME Foundation received the following Amazon referral fees

Amazon.com
$9.56
Amazon.ca$1,78
Amazon.de€78.66
Amazon.fr€1.03
Amazon.co.uk£22.71
Amazon.jp¥3,534

This totals to approximately $186 (down from $299 in April). Seems that somehow the .com store had a very slow month in June. Number of clicks was 30-40% lower and conversion rate was only 3% instead of 10% the month before.

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks.

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s