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No Power? What do you do?

Today I woke up and opened my laptop to check my emails, but that wasn’t to be as for some reason I had no wireless signal. After a bit of investigation work the realization was that there had been a power cut, and the power was still down.

I am currently on my Easter break from University (I do a Web Technology course) so I planned to put some serious time and effort into working on my ;
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YouTube Tip

Just a quick little tip. In my spare time I more often than not find myself on YouTube checking out some videos, and today I figured I would share this handy hint for viewing YouTube content in a higher resolution.

Just find any video on YouTube, and add the following code on to the end of the URL: &fmt=18

So for example,
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=hQAWYj3cq38,
would become,
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=hQAWYj3cq38&fmt=18.

Simple! Ofcourse if the video was poor quality regardless then the benefits will be slim, but it sure can boost the quality on certain clips.

Gamebrit is coming…

Gamebrit
Apologies for the lack of updates in the past week, it’s been a busy one!

Goal number eight in my goals for 2008 is to launch gaming site Gamebrit, I briefly mentioned it in the linked blog entry, but today I am going to go into more details as to what to expect.

Development on the site began just before Christmas, with the basic design being completed (see blog image for a sneak peak). The site is currently functioning and running on a good content management system, currently I am just adding content, and of course games into the database, which is taking far more time than I would like. I could outsource this menial work, but trying to keep costs down is key.

The site, as you may have guessed is going to focus on gaming, specifically within the UK. I hope to eventually be able to interview, and run features on UK game development houses and studios. I have successfully gained a foot in the UK gaming industry before (although a small one) so I see no reason why I cannot do it again with a more focused site.

In addition to the aforementioned CMS, which I will touch upon in more detail in a later post, I will also be implementing a forum to hopefully gain some community around the site; a collection of UK gamers, interested in the development of the UK in the gaming industry, oh and bloody good writing.

I initially wanted the site to be ready this month, but due to lengthy input processes I can see this being knocked back. Either way I will keep you updated on it’s progress, this post was really just to let you know, and because I am excited about the opportunities the site will bring. Any questions or comments, just leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Contact Page Added

This seems crazy, but today it hit me that I didn’t have a contact page on my blog! So as you can now see in the menu above a contact page has been added, and on it you can either contact me via email or via instant message on MSN if I am online.

I am not 100% sure as to whether the MSN IM add on functions correctly, but for those of you interested in checking it out you can create your own on the Windows Live site.

How To Be A Rockstar Freelancer

FreelanceSwitch is a blog I have been reading for quite some time, not only does it have some superb well written advice for freelancer’s it also has many an article written by one of my favorite bloggers, Skellie.

FreelanceSwitch have a book published, both in e-book and paperback format which covers how to get going as a freelancer and eventually getting paid. The book, ‘How To Be A Rockstar Freelancer‘ is ideal for me, the younger less experienced blogger who is just starting running a handful of websites. Plenty of handy new tips.

I recommend checking it out, as its definitely an e-book worth your pennies. Failing that be sure to add FreelanceSwitch to your bookmarks, a superb site all round.

Rockstar Freelance

Winning Wednesday #4: Winner Announced

Apologies for the delay in posting the results for last weeks winning wednesday competition, but due to being out of town access to the internet was limited.

Last week subscribers to my RSS feed via email had the opportunity to win a custom avatar, review, and more. The winner of last week’s competition is:

Andrew of Mach2Designs. Congratulations! Be sure to check your email for more details.

Last week’s competition was the last in the current run of contests, but to those of you that subscribe to my RSS you need not worry, in the future you will be automatically entered into any similar competitions, and in the mean time you get to read my content from the comfort of your inbox! Keep it on ChrisBrandrick.com for more!

February Entrecard Top Droppers

I intended to post this yesterday, but here it is, I plan to post this every month as more of a thank you for those Entrecard users dropping on my blog, so if you want to see yourself in this list and gain a linkback, be sure to drop your entrecard on my blog often.

For those of you unfamiliar with entrecard be sure to read my post about it here. Anyway without further a due here is the list of those that dropped the most cards on my blog in February:

Many thanks to all those dropping, and be sure to look out for this feature again next month, get dropping!

Facebook Advertising

I recently posted about my domain, gtafour.co.uk and the plans to advertise it via Facebook. Due to me having doubts as to the viability of Facebook as an advertising platform and me having read mixed results on other blogs, I approached trying Facebook as more of an experiment, testing the water to see what results can be gained on a small scale.

For those of you unfamiliar with how advertising on Facebook works, you of course need a Facebook account to begin with, from here navigate to Facebook’s advertising section and follow the on screen instructions. Including such obvious data as your destination URL, target audience and so on. You also get the chance to choose between pay per click or pay per view. I chose pay per click. Also within this section you get to set a price on how much each pay per click will set you back, and your daily limit, this enables a control on your spending and is a good way to get the most out of your budget.

GTA Facebook AdDesigning an advert is somewhat limited on Facebook, but keeping in style with the site, this may be deemed positive ornegative, that just depends on your views on advert effectiveness. As can be seen on the left is the advert which I created and ran on Facebook, I included the games boxart as the advert image, along with some relevant text. Once you have completed this advert creating process, the advert must get approved by Facebook staff, mainly to see if the adverts content is suitable for age range I targeted (18 – 30 UK Males). To my surprise the advert got approved very quickly.

I ran the advert for two days with a tiny budget of $5 per day. The advert gained 34,462 impressions and out of all those impressions a mere 21 clicks. That’s (a rough) average of 1 click every 1,600 impressions. Personally I think that’s pretty poor, but I expected the results to be far from great, as I go on Facebook to catch up on what my friends are up to….

I doubt I would use Facebook again for advertising, but I think this advertising model sure could work for other types of sites. Do any you have any experiences with Facebook advertising? If so just drop us a comment.

Winning Wednesday #4: Avatar, Review, Advert and more!

It’s February 27th and that can only mean one thing here at ChrisBrandrick.com, (apart from experiencing an earthquake) it’s Winning Wednesday, and todays competition marks the last in my month long weekly giveaway. So it’s only right that I end on a high note. Up for grabs this week:

  • Custom Avatar (Just like last weeks competition)
  • Blog Review (I will review your blog free of charge)
  • Free 1 Month Advertising here at ChrisBrandrick.com (125×125 ad)
  • 200 Entrecard Credits (Entrecard account required)

One lucky email subscriber will win all of the above, and if the winner doesn’t have a blog,  website, or an entrecard account, the prizes will go to the person in second place (if they have all the requirements), and so on until I find a suitable winner. Interested in winning? You should be! All you have to do to win this prize is subscribe to ChrisBrandrick.com via email. So sign up now, and be in it to win it!

This competition will run until Friday at midnight. Good Luck!

Custom Avatar Results

Tim Win

Last week’s winning wednesday competition offered the chance to win a custom avatar, and just in case some of you were wondering what the winning drawing looked like, the above image shows a small preview of what the winner received. Be sure to check out tomorrow’s competition for more opportunities to win!