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Lightbox, Amazon Associate Program and Google AdSense

I’ve made some changes to the site recently… my goal is to make the site look cleaner, and make the image viewing experience a little nicer.

  • I have pulled Google AdSense in-line and sidebar ads off of the site. They added no value to visitors, and generated about $22 in income over 1 1/2 years.
  • I am going to try the Amazon Associate program, which is as obtrusive as you want it to be. I’ve started putting some appropriate product links to items I’ve used, or have a personal interest in. I already had to remove the “product preview” script which appears when you hover over a link, because it was annoyingly slow. I may add a sidebar with recommended products in the near future. I’m not looking to get rich here, just maybe earn enough to cover my hosting fees.
  • Finally, I have added the amazing Lightbox plugin for WordPress to the site. It’s a little extra work to create the thumbnails, but the end result is a much better experience for the viewer. I will be putting up larger images, and I will also be posting some gallery pages from my collection.

If you happen to drop in here, please leave me a quick note and let me know what you think of the site and the images (good or bad, I still like to see feedback). Thanks for reading!

Sean

St. Patrick’s Day Roll Call

Police Line: Do Not Cross NYPD Roll Call

Ahhh St. Paddy’s day in NYC… nothing like it. The NYPD were out and about, on various corners this morning, preparing for the days “festivities”. As a NYC regular, I see the barricades and think “How am I going to get across 5th ave. at lunch time?”. My iPod is shuffling The Pogues as I debate venturing out later tonight to McSorley’s… where the vomit absorbing sawdust has a very special meaning on this day of the year.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building and Clouds
Chrysler Building and Clouds

The Chrysler Building is one of my favorite NYC landmarks. I took this shot on my way to work this morning. I really liked the dark mood created by the back light and gray clouds.

I was lucky enough to attend author Neal Bascomb’s presentation in the old Cloud Club in 2002. If you have any interest in skyscrapers, I highly recommend you check out Mr. Bascomb’s book : Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City.