It has been out for only a few weeks, but plenty of people are already tired of hearing about it. Yes, we are talking about the new augmented reality game‘Pokemon Go‘that has become a global obsession. From the posh mansions of New York to the streets of Indian villages, this game has reached everywhere and the streets are packed with people seeking to catch Pokemon.
However, like every other craze in the market, this too gets irritating after a while. There are people who are sick and tired of hearing about the game. Well, if you are one among them and don’t want to see Pokémon Go anywhere on your Internet browser, we could have a solution for you.
Pokemon Go Away:
A new Google Chrome extension called ‘PokeGone’ can help you block ‘Pokemon Go’ and remove almost all mention of the game from appearing on your web browser when you’re online.
Web developer Jamie Farrelly has created this PokeGone Google Chrome extension and the description for PokeGone reads:
“Sick and tired of hearing about Pokemon?” “PokeGone will take care of that! This extension will stop your eyes from seeing grown adults raving on about Pokemon – simple as.
“Remove all traces of Pokemon from the internet with one simple extension!”
If you prefer the extension take it a bit easier on the Pokemon Go content, go to its options and change its Filter Sensitivity (The app offers three settings: Mild, Aggressive and Vindictive). By default, it is set to ‘Aggressive’ and it is indeed very aggressive. For a milder mannered approach to scrubbing Pokemon Go from the internet, you can set it to ‘Mild’. If, however, you find ‘Aggressive’ isn’t enough and you want the extension to be more drastic, set the filter sensitivity to ‘Vindictive’.
It’s possible this entire Pokémon GO craze could die down in a few months, but, for now, at least you can block any mention of the game online.
Microsoft released a new camera app called ‘Pix’ for the iPhone which is tuned to take better photos without any extra effort from you. It is a part of Microsoft’s continued push to build applications for platforms beyond those that it controls directly, especially iOS and Android. The free app was built by Microsoft Research members and released for free on the iOS App Store.
Microsoft Pix – A Smart Camera App for your iPhone:
Described as a “smarter camera app,” Microsoft Pix uses artificial intelligence to take the best photo. It improves photos by adjusting camera settings and automatically enhancing pictures. When you snap a picture, it looks at what’s in the frame and then adjusts focus, color, and exposure.
It also snaps a burst of photos and then picks out the best ones for final use. So, if you’re a little shaky while taking the photo, this burst method helps to pick the most stable image from the bunch.
Additionally, Microsoft Pix automatically creates a short looping video much like Apple’s Live Photos anytime it detects motion. That is, Pix converts a bunch of similar images into a moving Live Image, but only if it thinks the motion in the scene is interesting. Microsoft touts its feature as a way to get the best parts of Apple’s moving picture functionality without requiring as much storage space and stabilizing the result.
The app also integrates Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology to stabilize video shots. This will also enable you to turn your existing photos into a time-lapse or simply stabilize previously recorded video footage.
The best part about the Microsoft pix is that it is available on both iPhone and iPad. It works on all iPhone models above the iPhone 5s. Microsoft Pix for Android is in the works as well.
“Your Google Adsense account has been disabled or temporarily banned”.
What a nice phrase on an email to start the day huh? Well, consider you’re not alone. Everyday, hundreds or thousands of accounts are being banned from Google’s Adsense program. Why? I can’t tell you specifically. Either there’s something wrong with the web you’re putting you ads on, or you just simply missed one rule from Google’s TOS.
Instead of crying or bashing Google in multiple forums (actually, this is a very bad idea), remember the world is not over yet, and there are plenty of alternatives out there to try. Google was just your first one, and you failed.
So, stand up, be proactive and act professional! There’s no time to lose.
Updated May (2016):
Kajamba has been removed as they closed their registration
Popcash added in the 5th place
Propellerads has the best performance in the last months
Infolinks moved to a better position due to performance
10 BEST GOOGLE ADSENSE ALTERNATIVES
Here are some of the best Google Adsense Alternatives you can try to monetize your website without using Google Adsense, and I’ll tell you how they work and why you should consider them, so let’s start:
Amazon is the biggest online store in the world, so they must be doing something good. Well, if you have a website that talks about any product that can be found on Amazon, then Amazon associates could work for you. Amazon allows you to put dynamic image ads to your blog, so that you can promote them and while this isn’t a Pay-per-click or CPM program, it will pay you a small commission for everything they sell from your links. So let’s say you have a blog about Apple products and you put an ad driving them to buy an iPod or just a cable. If they buy it, an small commission will be for you. So if you sell a $10 cable you might receive a few cents, but sell a $1500 Laptop and you might receive $100. The good thing is that everything they buy through your link (even if it isn’t the product you recommended at first) will generate a commission for your. the only con I find with Amazon, is that they need to send you a check that could take weeks to arrive to your home, unless you live in the United Stated of America where you can provide your Bank account. You can use this with Adsense at the same time.
Yllix is a network I have heard a lot in the last years that has a decent CPM and many monetization options. Their homepage might look simple but their dashboard is great and it’s easy to get started. Yllix has Pop under ads, mobile redirects, sliders, layer ads and full page ads so you can get a good CTR and make money with them. Definitely a good option for starters and their approval is fast. Sign up here.
The reason I put Chitika on the number 3 of this list, is because Chitika is very similar to Adsense. they allow you to customize your ads, and it only serves contextual ads. One good thing is that you can use it along with Adsense and there are no problems at all. Chitika pays via Paypal ($10 USD minimum, which is good for starters) or via check ($50 minimum). If I were to recommend an ads service as an alternative to Adsense, Chitika would be my first choice, hands down. Chitika can pay you via paypal if you need. Sign up hereand get your account approved fast and easily! Bonus: Check my Chitika earnings here.
Popcash is another very good network that has been out for a long time and usually gives me similar results as PopAds (see number 4). PopCash has PopUnder ads with a great CPM and good inventory for all countries both for mobile and desktop traffic. You can request your payments inside the dashboard and they pay via Paypal, Payza and Paxum. Money transfers usually take 24-48 hours which isn’t bad at all. Sign up here and get started with Popcash.
PopAds is a performance network specialized in Pop Unders. They have good rates and they can monetize all countries. Something great about PopAds is that they can pay daily as long as you earn $5 or more per day. Their quality is good, and they also have pop ups, tab ups/unders and other monetization methods. Their approvals are easy and setting your ads takes just a few minutes. Sign up as a publisher here.
Revenue Hits is a very strong network with several years in the industry. I’ve been working with them for 2 years and so far the results have been great. Revenue Hits is a Performance Ad network, which means they pay you for results (CPA, which is great for many niches). Revenue Hits has an advanced platform that learns from your Ads so if you give them a try make sure to keep their ads running for at least 3-4 days to get the best results. Another great thing is that they have different monetization channels available. You can create banner ads, sliders, pop -unders, buttons and more. Revenue Hits pays on a NET 30 basis and they issue payments via wire, Paypal and Payoneer! Create your account and get started in just a few minutes !
Bonus: Read my full RevenueHits Review where I show you how I earn more than $1,000 per month.
Media.net is an industry-leading technology company that develops innovative digital advertising products for both publishers and advertisers. They have over 500 employees in key operation centers across – New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Zurich, Mumbai & Bangalore.
By Revenue, Media.net runs the #2 largest contextual ads program globally. Media.net powers the Yahoo! Bing Network Contextual Ads program. Media.net exclusively manages technology, business operations and relationships with respect to publishers worldwide for this program. Today, Media.net is a leading global contextual advertising company that provides a wide range of advertising and traffic monetization solutions to a substantial and diversified client base. With more than 500 employees, Media.net has one of the largest teams worldwide building a global contextual advertising business.
Infolinks is one of the largest monetization networks in the world today, helping more than 200,000 online publishers in 128 countries earn money from their unused ad space. Their FREE to use native ads work perfectly with all ad solutions and don’t interfere with the user’s experience! From effective contextual and video ads, to engaging display banners – Infolinks’ highly customizable products will guarantee you make the most out of your traffic.
Their platform is very simple to integrate into your site, and is open to any publisher, big or small, with no setup fees, no minimum requirements for page views or visitors and no hidden commitments. Infolinks advertisers are selected based on quality, that’s why they work with worldwide leading brands such as: Facebook, Amazon, Ebay, Ali Express, Pizza Hut, TripAdvisor, Hyundai and many more. Start using Infolinks here.
Adversal is a great alternative of Adsense. They have good banners and the CTR and revenue adapts to get the best results for your website. I’ve seen the Ads on Adversal have a good CTR and they have good image ads too. This is probably the Ad network which seems to work better for those looking for a replacement of Google Adsense. It works decently with other languages too. You account gets approved really fast and they also have Pop under /CPM ads as an option. Note: Adversal requires a website with a minimum of 50,000 page views per month, but they have proven to work really well. I earn over $500-1000 per month. They also pay via paypal. Sign up here. Bonus: Check my Adversal earnings here.
Propeller Ads is one of the biggest pop-under networks available. They started working on 2011 and quickly developed into one of the biggest networks with great CPMs. They specialize in monetizing websites for the following niches: entertainment, videos/movies, games, dating, finances, software, gambling and more. If you’ve got one of this sites, you could make more money with Propeller than with Adsense. They also have banners but the pop unders work better overall. Also, if you’ve got mobile traffic, they’re a great Adsense alternative as they work closely with ad networks that monetize apps and mobile services leading to huge ROIs and great CPMs too.
Propeller pays on a NET 30 basis and they have a great fill rate for tier 2-3 countries. So if you’re struggling to monetize traffic from countries like India, Singapore, Turkey, South Africa, etc. Propeller has a big inventory for them too. Sign up as a Publisher with Propeller Ads here.
I’m leaving affiliate Marketing in the number 1 spot for many reasons. Affiliate Marketing means you’re selling a product or a service from another enterprise (which means you don’t have to develop it) and you earn a commission for that. You can find a lot of Affiliate Marketing programs on the net, and they can vary from selling a $10 small product up to selling a $300 software. The beauty of affiliate marketing is that the more you know and test a product or service, the more you can sell it.
Some affiliate programs can earn you more than $50 for each sale depending on the product and I truly recommend you test and backup your sales by using the product yourself (even though it’s not 100% necessary). If you are an authority in a niche, you can use it to boost your sales and grow even more. You can set affiliate links in banners, text, images and basically everywhere, and it can grow into a big passive income earner if done well. Some examples of people that have become very successful with affiliate Marketing are:
Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive Income blog
Luke Kling from Peerfly
And more people that earn 6 figure incomes per month, mostly via passive income or PPC campaigns.
The BEST WAY to get started at affiliate marketing is by joining a Forum and reading affiliate marketing blogs. I recently opened a new “Affiliate Marketing” category in this blog where I’ve posted some great case studies.
WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM THIS?
Life can be rude sometimes. You Google Adsense account could have been banned because you didn’t catch a rule from the TOS, or maybe it was a mistake, however, you can’t always rely only on 1 solution. The secret word here is to “diversify”. Try to have as many income streams as you can by adding and testing different ad services, and you’ll find your way to the top. Those Google Adsense alternatives will help you develop as an Internet Marketeer even more.
Even if your Google Adsense account was banned, this is not the end of the world. In fact, it’s only the beginning
The mystery over the sale of Jabong is finally over. India’s 2nd biggest fashion and lifestyle portal, Jabong which hosts 1500+ international high street brands and over 1.5 lakh designer styles from 1000+ sellers has been lapped up by Myntra for $70 million or approximately Rs 470 crore.
The deal symbolizes a perfect yin-yang of ecommerce business: On one hand Myntra specialized in men’s fashion, and commanded control over app-based sales; Jabong was more preferred by females, and desktop was their primary source of traffic.
The combined entity has been described as a ‘800 pound gorilla’ by Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan as they will now command 70% of the online fashion market in India.
“Welcome @JabongIndia to the @Flipkart family. We’ll create history together.”
This announcement marks the end of see-saw type negotiations between Jabong and prospective buyers which included Aditya Birla Group, Future Group and Snapdeal, besides Myntra. We had shared some possible reasons which made Myntra an attractive asset for these potential buyers.
But at the end, it was Myntra and Flipkart which managed to seal the deal.
We present here three observations from the $70 million deal, for the new-age Internet entrepreneur in India:
Fashion & Lifestyle Business Is Getting Bigger
Even a 5-year old kid would understand that Flipkart desperately wants to gain market share from Amazon India, and this acquisition of Jabong is a clear cut attempt in this regard. But the question is why a fashion and lifestyle portal?
And the answer is that, this is the segment to watch for in coming days. Cornering 70% market share of a fast growing niche is the perfect antidote to Amazon’s reach and might, atleast in India.
Binny Bansal, co-founder of Flipkart, couldn’t hide their secret strategy, when he said, “Fashion and lifestyle is one of the biggest drivers of e-commerce growth in India. We have always believed in the fashion and lifestyle segment and Myntra’s strong performance has reinforced this faith,”
Indian fashion market on the internet is right now pegged at $2 billion, and it is estimated to expand to $20 billion by 2020. Going by the data, this seems a perfect move by Flipkart to counter Amazon.
Besides, Myntra was anyways looking for more diversification into the sub-niches among fashion and lifestyle; and this Jabong deal comes at the appropriate time for them.
Valuations Are Like Tide; Get Over It Before It Drowns Your Startup
Yahoo, which was once valued at $125 billion was yesterday sold for mere $4.8 billion. This massive fall in valuation prompted Paytm founder to philosophically tweet:
“In tech high tides don’t take much time to become low tide and more or less dead tide. #cruel”
The same can be applied to Jabong as well, well almost. In 2003, Jabong was valued at a massive $508 million, and after three years, or 1000 days, its valuation fell 80%. Interestingly, in the financial year 2013-14, Jabong reported revenues of Rs 527 crore, which increased to Rs 1083 crore for the FY 2014-15, which was an increase of 105%. But due to gradual exodus of all top management (all co-founders of Jabong have sold out), some bad decisions (over-reliance on discounts) and funding crunch in the market led to this fall of grace for Jabong. Despite these facts, Rocket Internet, which owns Jabong is now relieved as they were looking for an exit since last one year. Time Is Crucial In M&As If Snapdeal had managed to acquire Jabong, then it would have been a huge shot in the arm for India’s 3rd largest ecommerce portal after Amazon and Flipkart. But as per various reports coming in, Snapdeal’s M&A team goofed up royally in piping this deal. Some reports claimed that Snapdeal offered $50 million less than what eventually sealed the deal, and some reports claim that Snapdeal was apprehensive on FDI rules and took time to decide the final call.
On the other hand, Flipkart was quick in finalizing an all-cash deal, which made the decision easier for Rocket Internet team.
Again, this is a similar case of missed chance as we observed with Yahoo. Around two decades back, Yahoo refused to shell out $1 million to acquire Google and in 2006, Yahoo missed acquiring Facebook by $150 million. If Yahoo had managed these two sales, then today’s Internet scenario would have been completely different.
Only time will tell whether Snapdeal’s reluctance to shell out $50 million for a brand like Jabong would be justified or not.
Till that time, it’s a complete dominance for the trinity of Flipkart-Myntra-Jabong when it comes to online fashion and lifestyle niche in India.
Do share your views on this acquisition by commenting right here!
There was a time when we had just letters to communicate with people who were away! As decades passed, we do now have plenty of options, even as to bring the real feeling of a meeting. Out of these, Video Conferencing is indeed a revolutionary method. Simply put, you can get the audio and video from any minute part of the world.
In short, video conferencing creates an interactive environment where two or more people can communicate at the same time. Unlike its starting times, common users and professionals use video conferencing. Small businesses use it to conduct in-team meetings without having to pay for transportation. In addition to communication, the web meetings are used for product demos, screen sharing, tutorials, webinars etc.
But, to get the best out of it, you need to select the best video conferencing services for your firm. In this article, we have a list of best 10 Video Conferencing services you can go for. Some of these tools are suitable for both needs. At the same time, some other tools are dedicated for organization-based needs.
Video Conferencing Services For Personal and Professional Needs
1. Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a popular video conferencing service, developed and served by Google. Anyone who has Google account can use Hangouts to make video calls and talk. Along with Video Chat, Google Hangouts also offers options such as Instant Messaging, SMS and VoIP Services. In addition to personal chat, it can be used for creating group video conferencing as well. Here, you can add up to 10 members in a single Hangout. If you are using Google Apps for Work, you can have up to 25 members in a Hangouts video chat. In short, Hangouts is an awesome option for small organizations and personal needs. You can share your screen during a Hangout, which is a good option.
Skype has been first name to strike when we think of video conferencing. Just like Hangouts, Skype can be used for making video and audio calls, along with instant chat messages. You can either use the web-based platform or clients for Windows,Mac and Linux. It also offers Smartphone apps for Android and iOS devices. Skype Video Conferencing allows you to have a group video chat with up to 10 people. However, if you purchase the Business version of Skype for $2/month, you can add up to 250 people in the group video call. Talking of the video conferencing, there are in-built options for file sharing and screen sharing. It seems Skype is yet another suitable option for small organizations.
AnyMeeting is an organization-friendly solution to conduct online meetings as well as webinars. Thankfully, they do have two different plans for both needs. With its Meetings Pro package, you can have maximum attendees of 6 in a video conferencing. It needs to be noted that the video conferencing is done as a part of the online meeting service. In AnyMeeting, you get a bunch of features too. There is Screen Sharing, Meeting Notes and YouTube Video Sharing. AnyMeeting costs $18 per month, or you can get it by paying $180 annually. You can have free AnyMeeting account, but the Pro features are worth what you pay. Even though the number of attendees is low, it’s a good option for the organization needs.
ooVoo is one of the best video conferencing services for personal purposes. You can create a group video chat with up to 12 of your friends using ooVoo. The best part is that it has been optimized for mobile devices, like your Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Along with that, ooVoo apps are available for Windows PC, Mac and Intel RealSense devices. It is completely free to use, but you will have to tolerate those ads. To remove the ads, however, you can go with Pro version. There are additional features too in the ooVoo package. For instance, you can share the YouTube videos via video chats or leave video messages. ooVoo also lets you record the group video chats and save it in your PC.
GoToMeeting is a dedicated solution for conducting online meetings. In these meetings, you have support for video conferencing, audio calls and other notable features. It offers three premium plans to choose from. Its plans are priced at $24, $39 and $49 per month, allowing maximum attendees of 5, 25 and 100 respectively. HD Video Conferencing is available in all the plans, but you get additional features like Recording, virtual whiteboard, Mobile Apps etc in the higher plans only. When compared to Skype or Hangouts, GoToMeeting is able to provide a dedicated online meeting experience. There will be no compromise made on video conferencing HD quality or security. You can count on GoToMeeting when you need the best video conferencing service for your huge team.
Want to do a video conferencing with strangers or peer group? Then, Tinychat is one of the best services you’d have. It has official applications available for both iOS and Android and you can access the service via these apps. You will need an account in Tinychat to proceed. Once you have set it up, you can either join the chat-rooms or create your own chat rooms. When you want to use Tinychat for business-based meetings and all, you can simply create a chat-room and invite your colleagues to the room. Tinychat isn’t a secure option for conducting video conferencing. On the other hand, you can use it only in the worst-case scenarios. At the least, Tinychat is completely free to use and it is possible to add up to 12 live cameras.
As you can guess from the name, Cisco WebEx Meetings is yet another best option for dedicated meetings! This has been one of the most-trusted options for seamless video conferencing for organizations. Cisco WebEx offers various packages for different needs. In the case of Meetings, you can pick one from the Free or Premium package. In Free, however, you can video conference between two people only. In the premium range, you can have up to 100 users in a single video chat. For that you will have to pay $69 per month, which seems reasonable enough. Other features of the premium range include Screen Sharing, VoIP, Whiteboard support and Free mobile apps. It’s the best when you are ready to pay for quality.
Fring is a free video conferencing service that lets you make video calls from your mobile. Along with that, you’d get features such as VoIP calls and Paid internet calls. Fring is available for a variety of mobile platforms, including iOS and Android. A few years back, Fring was popular as a Symbian app for making calls for free and all. On a personal note, I remember struggling to install Fring in my Nokia 2690 ( and, returning, out of despair ) However, in Fring, it’s possible to create a group video call with a maximum of 4 members. So, it is surely for personal video conferencing. This app does not have brand-new UI or something, but it does the job when it comes to video conferencing.
Used by major brands like Sony, Apple and Uber, ClickMeeting is an impressive way to conduct video conferencing in your organization. The best part of this online meeting software is that it’s not just limited to video conferencing. On the other hand, it can be used as an effective collaboration tool as well. It is a premium service, whose basic plan is available for $30 per month. In this, you can have up to 25 attendees. If you would like to conduct a webinar, plans allows you to have up to 1000 attendees for $280 per month. Talking of the features of ClickMeeting, there are a lot. You get a customizable meeting room, full control over desktop sharing and remote access etc. After all, it isn’t for your personal needs.
Appear.in is the new way of conducting group video chats. The best thing is that appear.in does not require any sort of registrations or sign ups. So, when you are desperate to have a group video conference between two people, you can count on appear.in. You need to create a video chat room in appear.in and invite other people into that. Inviting is done through URL Sharing or Facebook messaging. Either way, in seconds, the other person can join your chat. It’s not many features to talk. You can add up to 8 people into the video conferencing, and it’s just about the URL. It also has apps for iOS and Android, which is a good thing. All in all, we would say appear.in is the best minimal solution for video conferencing. It’s completely free to use, too.
So, we have seen the best video conferencing services you can use! As we said, some are for organization-based meetings while others are for personal users. For instance, Skype and ooVoo works well for personal needs. At same time, platforms like appear.in can be used for both purposes. You can pick one depending on your budget and need of features.