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AdSense publisher Next Small Things has long understood that search is the entry point for users to find what they’re looking for on the web. In fact, the idea for CoolChaser.com, a MySpace layout creation and customization site (and Next Small Things’s largest business to date), came from the observation that many web surfers were using the company’s search engine to find instructions to change their MySpace backgrounds. The observation and ensuing business idea has paid off, and in just one year CoolChaser.com has gained a loyal user base: over 200,000 users are now finding or creating layouts on the site every day. “CoolChaser has become a one-stop-shop for layouts because of the ease of use and the choice and ability for users to express what they feel at the time,” says founder Chao Lam.

With over 20 million user-submitted layouts (and 3,000 created every hour), it was becoming increasingly difficult for users to find the layouts they were looking for. “We were getting a lot of requests from users to provide some sort of search mechanism so that they could easily find what they were looking for,” developer Sachiko Kwan says. As an existing AdSense publisher, Kwan decided to try AdSense for search and was immediately impressed by the quick setup process and the accuracy of the results. With the new SiteSearch feature, Kwan was able to restrict the searches so users didn’t have to leave the site to find what they were looking for. In addition, the new watermark feature allowed Kwan to add the search box without any rearrangement in the navigation bar.

Most recently, Lam and Kwan began optimizing their search for better performance and user experience. If a user wasn’t creating a layout, they were looking for one. So Kwan moved the search box from the upper right corner of each page to the center of the header and also added a second search box to the bottom of every page, in case users who were done browsing needed to search again. On the search results page, she changed the ad borders to a lighter color to better blend in with the site’s pages.


Within a week of making these changes, Lam and Kwan saw their daily search queries on CoolChaser increase by 40% and earnings more than double. Since implementing AdSense for search on CoolChaser, search has become the second most popular functionality behind creating layouts. Lam and Kwan continue to focus on user experience, and they are now working to refine search results using keywords and labels. “There’s such an enormous variety of things people search for,” Lam says. “AdSense for search is really working for us.”

Have you had success with AdSense for search, or our new optimization tips? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

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Just in time for back-to-school, Sprint and Photobucket have teamed up to allow Sprint customers to send digital photos straight from their phones to Photobucket, the leading stand-alone photo and video sharing site, in just one simple step.

It’s as easy as snapping a picture of the kids on their first day of school using your Sprint phone, then selecting Photobucket from the list of “Post to Service” options that pop up. The photo automatically uploads to the customer’s Photobucket account, so family and friends can view it online anytime, no matter where they are.

The Photobucket feature is available on more than 30 Sprint phones, including the popular Samsung Instinct, LG Rumor, Motorola RAZR2, Sanyo Katana DLX, and more.

Unlimited use of the service is included at no additional cost for all Sprint Picture Mail subscribers, including customers on Simply Everything plans and Talk/Message/Data Share plans.

As the first U.S. carrier to launch a mobile photo sharing service, Sprint has always given its customers more ways to use their digital photos – from sending to other phones and email addresses in one simple step, to organizing and editing their pictures in online albums, to sending directly from the phone to be printed at one of 9000+ retail locations, including 5300 Walgreens stores.

Photobucket has more than 46 million users worldwide and more than 10 million personal photos, images and videos are uploaded to Photobucket every day for sharing with family, friends and the online world. More information on Sprint Picture Mail is available at http://www.sprint.com/picturemail. Additional details on Photobucket are available at http://blog.photobucket.com.

A few months ago, we announced a new web authoring tool called Knol.

Well, today we’ve announced its public launch, and we wanted to tell you a little bit more about it and how you might use it to complement your blog. Blogs are great for quickly and easily getting your latest writing out to your readers, while knols are better for when you want to write an authoritative article on a single topic. The tone is more formal, and, while it’s easy to update the content and keep it fresh, knols aren’t designed for continuously posting new content or threading. Know how to fix a leaky toilet, but don’t want to write a blog about fixing up your house? In that case, Knol is for you.

Except for the different format, you’ll get all the things you’ve come to expect from Blogger in Knol. Like Blogger, Knol has simple web authoring tools that make it easy to collaborate, co-author, and publish. It has community features as well: Your readers will be able to add comments and rate your article, and, if you want, they’ll be able to suggest edits that you can then either accept or reject. And, just like in Blogger, you can also choose to include ads from AdSense in your knols to perhaps make a little money.

One other important difference between Knol and Blogger is that Knol encourages you to reveal your true identity. Knols are meant to be authoritative articles, and, therefore, they have a strong focus on authors and their credentials. We feel that this focus will help ensure that authors get credit for their work, make the content more credible.

All in all, we think Knol will be a great new way for you to share what you know, inform people about an issue that is important to you, raise your profile as an expert in your field, and maybe even make some money from ads. Create your Knol right now for free.

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Some may have noticed the “Turbo” link in the upper right corner of the admin area. (Remember when computers used to have a Turbo button?) Behind it is a new feature of WordPress.com, support for Gears.

Gears? It is a browser extension like Flash or QuickTime/Media Player. However Gears works with the browser to enhance web based applications. It can create local database and file storage, and run JavaScript in the background to update them without slowing down the browser.

Gears has been in the making for over a year and is well known among the web developers. Currently it supports Firefox versions 2 & 3 and Internet Explorer versions 6 & 7. Safari 3 support is coming soon.

On WordPress.com it is used to store all images and other web page components from the admin area to the user’s PC, speeding up access and reducing unnecessary web traffic.

The speed increase is most noticeable when Internet is slow or on high latency and makes everybody’s blogging experience more enjoyable.

To enable this new feature, click on the “Turbo” link and follow it to Gears’ site to install it in your browser (if not already installed). Then the browser will have to be restarted and after logging back in WordPress, click the “Turbo” link again to give permission to Gears to work on WordPress.com.

After that Gears will download around 200 files and store them on your PC. It will also update them when needed automatically in the background, no other actions are required.

The downloaded files will be used everywhere in the admin interface, speeding up every page load, enabling you to blog at faster than the speed of light.*

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If you’re an iPhone user — and I expect there will be a few more of you on July 11th — these latest updates are for you.

First we’ve updated our mobile interface, which you can reach at m.wordpress.com, to be much more iPhone friendly. It’s still not sexy, but it’s quite snappy and is great for checking your stats, posting an entry, or posting a bookmark on the go.

Second we’ve updated the Prologue theme to be much friendlier to iPhones both for browsing and posting. We now have about half a dozen Prologues that we use internally at Automattic to coordinate our development, support, and even communication with contractors, so I’ve been testing this out pretty heavily over the last few days and it’s quite handy.

I think the iPhone is a pretty exciting new platform, and I think we’ll do more to embrace it in the future. Having such a powerful browser available on the phone really opens up what you can do. I recently picked up a N95 because I’ve heard people compare it favorably to the iPhone, but the web experience is terrible! Once you get used to that touchscreen, it’s hard to go back.

Here are two snapshots of the features in action:

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I did not know if you had problems with the your TV signal last night while watching the semi-final match between Germany, my favorite team with Turkey, a phenomenon of the Euro 2008. I could not even know who scored the second goals for both as this interruption. How about you?

Anyway, the final result was quite positive when I knew that my favorite got the victory last night and they would be the first team participating in the final match.

Which team will play with Germany in the final match? Russia or Spain? Frankly, I like Russia rather than Spain. Many of my friends thought that Spain could easily defeat Russia as they had done in the group round (4-1) but no one could guarantee after amazing performance between them and Sweden last week.

Let’s see whether I am right or you are right?