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images Received Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2012 I am happy to inform you that Microsoft has awarded me the ‘Most Valuable Professional (MVP)‘ award (in ASP.NET/IIS category) which is a great honor and given to a very limited number of professionals. In the first week of October, I went to Bangalore for official work and got mail from Microsoft during traveling:

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Today, Social media is a great way to promote websites, blogs, apps and events. For a website, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ widgets become must have parts to get public interaction, generate traffic. If you add Facebook Like box, twitter status and Google+ widget in your web page, it takes too much spaces and it makes webpage too complex. So, alternate is to use icons only and on mouse over display corresponding widget. To attract user, make these icons fixed floated.

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If you are using Google Docs for Forms or Surveys, You might be getting lots of fake (spam) form submissions. The situation becomes more critical when you are sharing data, survey result or summary report to public and It would mislead the objective of forms or surveys. By default, Google forms doesn’t support Captcha to stop spam submission. But you can’t block spammers. In this case, you want to moderate the data and share approved/ filtered data to public.

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In some posts, I’ve attached source code and files allowing user to download. Now I’m interested to check how many times file downloaded and how to display it with download link as in other sites. I found different WordPress plugins like WP-DownloadManager, Downloads Manager, WordPress Download Monitor, WordPress Download Counter..etc. All are doing file management perfectly, But I like WordPress Download Monitor the most. It allows you to upload files, store it on your server and share it with your readers. You can install and activate it easily as normal plugin.

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January 10th, 2012

Received Google Adsense Cheque

Happy New Year to all TechBrij Readers !!! Hope, you are going well to fulfill your new year resolutions. I am happy to announce that I have received my Google Adsense Cheque. I am a big fan of Google Adsense and have written some tips and placement experiments. It motivates me to write a lot more and share experience.

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In my recent post, I shared my Google Adsense placement experiments. I have updated my theme several times to make it more user friendly and focusing on content and to experiment Adsense placement. Ads shouldn’t irritate the user, so I decided to keep one of Ad Units (Either Leaderboard or Link Unit) in header. I used Link unit as navigation menu with theme colour combination and supposed to have Good CTR and LeaderBoard unit just below the menu as in following image.

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It’s not about copy and paste Facebook page link into profile options. I see some Facebook profiles having their page list in left side bar. So, I decided to add my TechBrij page to my profile in left side bar. If you are a Facebook page owner and want to show or hide your Facebook page link with your profile, See following steps:

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A few months ago, I faced this problem and figured it out. I would like to share my experience so it might help you. See following steps to figure this issue.

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When I imported production database and configured code on my local dev machine, I got this error even I had updated wp-config.php with correct information. I fixed the problem after some changes. This article explains troubleshooting steps to fix this error.

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If you are a web developer or .Net blogger, you may want to run Apache and IIS on your dev machine. There are two ways to do this:
1. Keep IIS as it is and update XAMPP for different port
2. Keep XAMPP as it is and update IIS for different port
Let us see how to implement each case step by step.

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Last week, I updated the blog design and noticed the changes in Alexa rank. I have performed different experiments and here are some tips to increase alexa rank.

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Object:
1. Display featured post with thumbnail.
2. Title will be placed below the thumbnail.
3. Featured posts will be randomly selected and must show default thumbnail if no thumbnail is defined for the post.
4. All selected posts must appear together, no slider to navigate.
5. It must not use any script(Not good for SEO) or plugin.

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