Goodbye Netflix

I did it. Again. For the second time in six months, I canceled my Netflix membership.

I initially cancelled last year after Netflix’s ridiculous price increase. It never was about money – I can afford an extra $6/month. It was a matter of principle. You don’t get to increase the price of a service by 60% without bringing any additional value in. So I cancelled, and then a few months later, I signed up again because I missed it.

Then came Chloé, on December 11, 2011. Since having a baby, we have much less time to watch movies. This plus the extremely poor selection of movies available for streaming made it a no-brainer that I should cancel again, for good.

From now on, if I want to watch a movie, I’ll get it directly from iTunes or I’ll just walk my ass to the Red Box at 7 Eleven, a couple hundred yards away from our house. It will be more convenient and cost effective.

Money Loser

Apparently, Amazon sold millions of Kindle Fire. That’s great for them, but when you know that Amazon actually loses $10 per Kindle Fire sold, it makes you think…

Amazon says: we sold millions of Kindle Fire.

Translation: we lost millions of dollars.

Of course, Amazon’s strategy is to recoup its losses by selling content to Kindle Fire users, especially via the $70 Amazon Prime membership. That’s a gamble though.

In comparison, Apple makes $200-$300 per iPad sold. And that’s money going straight to the bank.

The Panda Slap

If you run a website and have basic interest in SEO, you probably heard that Google recently released their so-called Panda update, a change in algorithm aimed at getting rid of the shitty sites such as and similar content farms.

The change in the algorithm came in 2 iterations. The first one came out on February 24th, in the US only, affecting about 10% of search queries. The second one was released on April 11th and was rolled out in the rest of English-speaking countries, also making a slight change to the US algo, which supposedly affects an additional 2% of US queries.

On the morning of February 25th, I was glad to see that my iPhone blog had gone through the update and came out unhurt. Even better than that, it seemed I was doing even better in search engines. It was nice to see Google recognizing me as a good resource. Then on April 12, everything changed when I realized the second iteration of the Panda update had slapped me in the face. Big time! (more…)

20 Things to Say to Deliver a Killer Steve Jobsesque Presentation

Whether you’re an Apple lover or hater, there is one thing you can’t deny: it’s the powerful and compelling presentation that Steve Jobs gives when he’s on stage. Not only Steve Jobs is a charismatic man, but he also knows how to play with our emotions and make us want to buy whatever he’s selling.

No matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to speak like Steve Jobs. However, you can borrow some of his tricks to use in your own presentation. The way Steve Jobs does it is by repeatedly using very strong adjectives, basically brainwashing you to think that what he’s talking about is indeed “wonderful”.

Today, I’d like to share these adjectives with you so you can try to include them in your next presentation, sales pitch, or whatever you want to use them for. (more…)

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

I just updated one of my WordPress blogs to the latest version available, directly from the WP admin panel. After hitting the “please update now” link, I was quickly presented this message: “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

For the first minute or so I thought WordPress was working in the background and that my site would be back up in a couple minutes. But 5 minutes later, it was still displaying this message. I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t worrying… (more…)

Why I Unfollowed 37,752 People on Twitter

Up until last week, I followed back anyone who followed me on Twitter. Using Social Oomph, it was done all automatically without me having to do anything. If you followed me, minutes later I would automatically follow you back.

I started doing this for two main reasons. First, I wanted to follow back everyone as a courtesy. If you made the effort of following me and listening to what I had to say, then I considered following you back was the polite thing to do.

Second, I wanted to follow back everyone because I assumed that it would get me more followers (a lot of people are following you hoping that you will follow them back, thus increasing their followers count).

After a short while this became completely unmanageable. There was only one solution: mass unfollow everyone and start from scratch! (more…)

Find Your Voice

Everyday I see people online that are trying really hard to blog and pretend to be what they’re not. They usually try to use very complicated words, or they try to make themselves bigger than they are by saying “we”, when they should just say “I”.

Why do people do this? They try to impress us because they are worried that if they show what they really are, then they won’t be taken seriously. Reality is, it’s quite the opposite. If you pretend to be what you’re not, people will eventually figure it out and you will lose all respect they might have had for you.

Because it’s easier to show what you really are than pretending to be someone you’re not, finding your voice on your blog shouldn’t be a painful exercise and will benefit you greatly. (more…)

I’m A Blogger


Earlier this year I wrote a post about how I make money online in which I stressed the fact that it was hard for me to explain people what my job is when they ask what I do for a living. At the time, I was doing many things online which made it hard for me to tell exactly what I was doing, especially to those people who don’t know much about ways of making money online.

Things have changed a lot since then. My lovely fiancee and I traveled the world, I gave up on Google Adsense after they gave up on me and decided to take me back after all, but most importantly, my iPhone blog went from about 300,000 visitors/month to over 1,500,000. (more…)

The Adwords Debacle and How Being On Twitter Saved My Butt


A couple of months ago I wrote about how Google killed my online business, taking a big chunk out of my monthly revenues, but today I have good news. I have very good news! My Adwords account has been reinstated!

For those of you who didn’t read my previous article about my experience being kicked out of Adwords, let me recap for you. Basically Google suspended my Adwords account because it was violating their landing page guidelines policy. After many email exchanges, Google pretty much told me to F off and that they were done with me, banning my account. Forever. (more…)

The Three Pillars of Blogging

3 pillars of blogging

In my previous article about how I make money online, I briefly mentionned that to run a blog, you need expertise about a given topic, time, and dedication. I think those are the three pillars of blogging.

When I tell people how I make money blogging, they get really excited and want to start their own blog. Some of them actually do start their own blog but the majority fails because they either lack expertise, time, or motivation. If one of the pillars is missing, your blog is going to collapse.

Let’s have a look at the three pillars. (more…)