Pulse by sections, more computer power and added ads

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 02-04-2007 08:45 PM 1465 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to inform you about three very important site updates. Here we go:

Feel the Pulse by sections
Our unique Feel the Pulse is an essential tool in LumberJock’s toolbox. And now it’s got even better. Few days ago, I’ve received private message from Dick about his Pulse improvement suggestion. He thought it would be great to be able to filter the activities by the main sections. This weekend his idea turned into reality so now you can browse the Pulse by projects, blogs, forums, workshops and jocks. More cool filters will be added to the Pulse in the coming weeks.. stay tuned.

More computer power
Popularity of our site is booming and this results in the increased traffic. I’ve decided to upgrade our computer power this weekend to make the browsing more responsive and faster. Guys at Rimuhosting, where our server is hosted, did a great job so the upgrade process was smooth. Hope we will need to upgrade soon again ;)

Advertising added
More computer power means higher monthly fees so I’ve finally decided to add ads powered by Google AdSense program. For now you can see two strips of ads on the pages – smaller one on the top and larger one on the bottom. I wanted to make them as unobtrusive as possible so the narrower strip is located at the top to prevent you from the annoying scrolling. The color scheme of the ads is white on brown so they blend nicely with the rest of the design. Let me know what you think about them, please.

All in all, I think this has been one very productive weekend.. thanks for all the tips, suggestions, encouragements – they mean a lot to me. Just keep them coming ;)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 02-04-2007 08:58 PM

You outdid yourself again, it’s much better than I expected.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 02-04-2007 09:02 PM

We’re just plowing along into the big time!

I have to confess I had to look twice when you said there was an ad bar at the top of the page. Unobtrusive indeed! (and coming from someone in advertising, I’m almost ashamed to admit that…. however I’ll intentionally to only reading the left hand magazine pages, so maybe I’m partially schooled to either see or ignore them.

The options on the pulse is here not a moment too soon!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 02-04-2007 09:41 PM

Now thats what i’ve been talking about Martin, thats perfect. Way to go and grow. You really should get paid for this, somehow we have to generate revenue for you…...and me. Just kiddding. You spend a lot of time programiming this thing you’ve got to get something in return. Man even my typing skills are coming back, believe it or not I typed 70 wpm in the army as a radio teletype operator. Anyway thanks again for straightening out what I thought was a big problem. Maybe the ads are the beggining of that revenue thing. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-04-2007 09:49 PM

the PULSE changes is perfect.

the ads – didn’t notice; had to go back and search. That works fine and i think I’ll do a little adsearching and I’ll be sure to start the search here. Hey – that’s cool, one of the ads at the bottom is for “Wood Working Canada”... nice!

More power—oh yah.. I can hear “Tim Taylor” grunting right now..

I’m sure that with the direction this site is going, people will be knocking on your door begging to promote their business by giving you tons of money and tons of prizes!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Martin Sojka

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#5 posted 02-05-2007 02:05 PM

Scott and Debbie – now I’m not sure that ads design and placement is ideal when they are so hard to see ;)

Mike, I’m glad your typing skills are coming back. I bet you’re one of the fastest typing LumberJocks with 70 wpm.. just keep practicing here.

Debbie, send me a PM everytime you hear about the people with tons of money and prizes ;)

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Martin Sojka

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#6 posted 03-23-2007 01:31 PM

As you can see I’ve changed the appearance of the advertising and announcements at the top of the page. It was not too funny to see the traffic growing in the last days and ad clicks dropping at the same time ;) So it was time for little change.

I’ve combined announcement bar and ads bar into one unit that now contains just one Google ad at the right and rotating banners at the left side. Currently we have 5 banners – 3 of which are just our promotions – challenge, apparel, toolbar (hope you like them ;). The remaining two are banners for our affiliate stores – Rockler and Woodcraft.

As a side effect this combined unit is slightly narrower than the old one, leaving more room for the content.

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#7 posted 03-23-2007 01:40 PM

Martin, besides purchasing, what can we do to add to your source of income?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Martin Sojka

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#8 posted 03-23-2007 01:44 PM

I have only implemented google ads and affiliate stored (purchasing) for now.. more to come, Debbie ;) and keep those ideas coming to my inbox

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#9 posted 03-23-2007 02:37 PM


I see Rockler ads all over the place. I occasionally see Woodcraft ads.

But I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any advertisements for Lee Valley on another woodworking website. You might want to consider contacting them and seeing if they are interested in such a venture. It’s one of my favorite places to shop on-line (I only live 8 minutes away from the local Woodcraft and about 15 minutes away from the local Rockler, so I rarely purchase anything on-line from either stores).

Just a thought.

-- Ethan,

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#10 posted 03-25-2007 05:11 AM

bump. This has kind of fallen by the wayside and has good info.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 03-25-2007 08:53 PM

Like Ethan, I have not seen too many Woodcraft ads. Maybe I am just missing them. I like the rest of the advertising though. Unobtrusive and relevant. I do look at the links from time to time.

Guess we need to put on our thinking caps to get Martin some more revenue…

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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