But now it's time to get back to work.
You may have noticed that we've been featuring some 2007 lists on the home page - I think that we're just scratching the surface on what can be done here. If you have some ideas as to some themes that might make good lists capturing aspects of the year that was 2007, now's the time to push them out into the world. If they're good enough, we'll put them on the home page.
You may help me with my search. I am now 63 years old and I saw a movie (drama?) in the second half of the 50´s or all along the 60´s but I do not remenber the name of the movie, the actors etc. The only thing I remember is part of the story. At a certain time of the movie one man is given as dead by a train accident. However the autorities were wrong because this man himself saw in a newspaper his name as the one who died. He did not say anything to the autorities and his family which thought he realy was dead. He never show up again to his family and start being a beggar. Afterwords the christmas season is coming and at the christmas eve he came to his house but did not knock at the door. One of the sons saw him through the window and came out asking to the beggar if he had no family and if he wants to join them inside, without recognize him as his father. This is what I remember from the movie. I understand it is very dificult to help me with only this description but could you try? It is a very emotional movie. I appreciate a lot.
Can anybody help this person out? MA Duron?
Over the past year or so, we've started putting together the tools to make this happen. I've taken a shot at summarizing all of the different tools available on RateItAll that allow you to enjoy RateItAll on other websites. Check out this summary of RateItAll widgets.
The always politically correct GoinDownSlow has nicknamed this redesign the "Queer Eye Makeover" - and I'd have to agree. The Fab 5 themselves couldn't have done a better job.
If anybody else sees anything that's broken, now is the time to bring it up. We're just about to move on to the next big project.
The order goes like this:
So in the current snapshot, new user SecondRoad11 is leading the last three hours activity rate. Clicking through to his / her profile shows that they have posted 141 ratings. Want the top spot in real time? Rate more than 141 things.
SecondRoad11 is leading GTH (#2 for this time block), Twansalem, and AngryJed.
And that's just for rating activity. You can also check out helpful and funny leaders for the current time block. Refresh the page and the rankings may be different - again, this module updates in real time.
A little competition never hurt anybody. The obvious next step here is to blow out everybody's personal stats so that they can get a day by day breakdown of new votes for their reviews.
Here's our tweak list for today. If you see anything else on the site that needs to be fixed and isn't already on the list, please post it in the comments:
- Fix the search box - it's not working on any page except for the home page (FIXED)
- We're going to make the orange links a bit darker site wide (the designer will provide us with the RGB code for the style sheet)
- Caching on Browse Tags isn't working. The page consistently times out. Let's just hardcode this page as for now
- We need to align the right side of the testimonial exactly with the right side of the gray nav bar.
- Home Page Typo: News and Tips: should be "Adding Background Images to Display Widgets" (we're missing the "g")
- get rid of "trusted recommendations box (and text)" on sub-home pages
- left align category names (e.g. Computers and Internet) with subject names (e.g. Web Site Directory) (do this for the whole index on this page)
- "Topic Categories" needs to be height aligned with the top of the first module in the left sidebar
- left align subject names with topic names (again, do this for the whole page)
- "Browse Category Name" needs to be height aligned with the top of the first module in the left sidebar and left aligned with the Category intro / description (if there is one)
- Let's get rid of the yellow alert box and text that says "get trusted recommendations"
- Let's height align the top of the Subject Tilte with the top of the first module in the left sidebar
- Align Topic Titles with Topic Descriptions
- On the topic page, let's get rid of the yellow box around the "Add this list to your MySpace page" and "Speed Rate" - but let's keep the links. Just get rid of the box.
- on the topic page, get rid of the space between the bottom of the line of google links (belwo the description), and the line of text where the yellow box was)
- The icons disappeared in the "actions" box
- We need to reduce the width of the musestorm widget on the topic page below the list, so that it right aligns with the list
- Yahoo Maps are misaligned (local items)
- Align Item titles with Item descriptions
- On the item page, let's right align the review box with the gray description box
- We need to left align the "reviews of item name" (on the item page) text above the reviews, with the rest of the column's content
- The ratings breakdown graph is not showing up on the item pages
Here's the new home page. We're going to make a few final tweaks tomorrow and hopefully roll it out.
With RateItAll cranking out so much useful data in terms of what's hot at any one moment, it seemed a shame not to build this sort of info into a fresh, constantly updated home page.
So here goes - I'm going to share the various components of the new page, and take a shot at explaining what everthing does.
This is the new nav bar. As you can see, we have pretty much all of the key links (recent reviews, tags, topics, local) all spread across the nav. There's no shortcuts on the new nav bar, but pretty much all of the shortcut links are built into the nav itself.
And here's my favorite part of the new page. Here we have raw data being crunched, with plenty of tabs to take different views. In the "Hot Lists" section, you can check out which RIA and member lists are being rated in real time. The Featured Lists are set by admins, but now allow you to see ten instead of five by toggling the "older." And finally, the Hottest Items section shows which items are getting rated the most at any given time. The tabs let you filter by a couple of categories.
On the right hand side of the new home page, we've added an ad block (we may replace this with a testimonial - revenue shmevenue). We've also added a local directory module as well. The best part about this feature is that you can customize it to your city by clicking the "not your city?" link.
And this is my other favorite part of the new page. In this reviewers tab, you can see which reviewers are most active, most helpful, and funniest TODAY. Fresh data. So if you write a bunch of quality reviews and get some helpful votes, this is a way for you to show up on the home page. This module also lets you see the newest reviewers (who have added a pic).
Finally, at the bottom of the home page, we have a new section called News & Tips. This section feeds headlines in right from the blog so you'll always know if there are new posts without having to go to the blog. There's also a Tips & Resources which display static links to useful sections for newbies.
I'm hoping we're going to be able to push this live by the end of the week. For a little while at least, we'll leave the old home page accessible so people can get used to the new look gradually.
For the moment, none of the other pages will change, except for the new nav bar which will apply to all pages.
Yesterday, I posted a series of reviews sharing my tips for how to maximize earnings. These reviews can be found within the Maximizing Revenue list.
From my experience, the two best ways to make money on RateItAll are by 1) Building quality lists; and 2) Adding high profile items to existing lists.
Both in these activities result in a 50% ad rotation share on the pages you contribute.
In terms of lists, it's all about getting Google to notice the list, and send it traffic. Here are the important things in making this happen:
1) Link to your lists from other sites. If you have a blog or MySpace page, make sure to link directly to your lists using the proper keywords in the link itself. For example, if I was promoting the list Dog Food Brands on my blog, I'd want to make sure to link to the list using the appropriate words: in this case: Dog Food Ratings
I wouldn't want to link like this: check out my list about dog food. The words "my list" doesn't describe the page, and make it harder for Google to know when to display your list as a search result.
2) Use the list widgets on your blogs or profile pages. These list widgets send both traffic, and give you links.
3) Write unique content for your list descriptions, and individual item descriptions (with generous use of the list / item's keywords). If you don't write your descriptions, your list will appear to Google to be too similar to every other list page, and not worthy of sending search traffic to.
4) Title your lists and items appropriately. If your list is about country music songs, call it "Best Country Songs of All Time" - don't call it "Stuff You'd Hear at the Farm." If you use colloquial language, Google will have no way to figure out what the page is really about. Try and title your lists and items with words that people are actually searching for.
5) Seed your lists with reviews. This gets to the unique content mentioned in item 3. Also, items with reviews are much more likely to attract more reviews - making it that much more likely that Google will send you traffic.
6) Target niches. The serious web publishers try and target verticals for which there is an ad market.
Remember, lists that duplicate other lists will often be put on "invisible" mode. Be creative, create unique resources, write unique content, and send your pages external links when possible.
My understanding is that they have almost as much music as iTunes. While you can't download the tracks, you can stream them (play them). Furthermore, the record labels are on board, so it's totally legal.
Even better, they offer widgets for any of the songs in their database. Just like how YouTube lets you post videos onto your sites, Imeem lets you paste songs - on your RateItAll profile and in your Weblists.
So for all of those Weblists about songs, there is now a reliable way to build songs into Weblists. I've set up a list of some of my favorite songs here.
Of course, on RateItAll, you can also add songs to other people's Weblists by clicking the "add description" link on any item that doesn't already have a description. So we can help each other to build out our lists.
To add Imeem tracks to any weblist, item page, or profile page, here's what you do:
1) Join Imeem.com
2) Search for the band or track you want (filter by "music")
3) Copy the embed code
4) Paste it into 1) a field on your profile page; 2) an item page on your weblist, or 3) an item page on somebody else's list.
So now we have people building cool lists with photos (here and here), cool lists with video (here and here), and cool lists with music.
I love the Internet.
Here's a cool old song called Take a Picture from a band called Filter.
PG uses HTML to add full sized photos to his pages - talking about making full use of the tool.
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