Making a Popular Game Site

Back in late October 2009 I created a new Flash game arcade site called Rhyta. A month in, it was barely making any money and traffic was dismal. Now, a few months later, I’m getting steady search engine traffic and I’m consistently making about $2 per day (around $750 per year). That may not sound like much, but keep in mind I’m using a $10 arcade script and get all my games...

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The Smallest Excuses

I read a post on a blog somewhere awhile back that went something like this: A daughter visited her mom’s house and was given a bunch of yummy food to take home. The food was securely placed in a plastic bag to make for easier transport. When the daughter got home and put the food in the fridge, she realized that she wasn’t going to eat the food. Why? Because it was in a bag, and...

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Saving for a Goal with SmartyPig

If you haven’t used SmartyPig before and are comfortable with online savings accounts (like ING Direct), I highly recommend checking it out. SmartyPig is an online savings account that currently pays 2.01% APY. That rate isn’t much different from most of the other online (well, nearly double ING Direct’s at the moment), but how the account works is drastically different. To...

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Savings Goals

Many months ago (June 2009), my wife and I set a goal for the amount of money we wanted to save. We wanted to save enough for a down payment on a modest house by May 1, 2010. Since then our plans for that money has changed somewhat, but the dollar amount and date of the goal has remained the same. To help us track the goal, we made a Google Doc that listed all of our accounts and our goal. We...

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Open Atrium

I’ve recently discovered Open Atrium. I love it! Built on Drupal, this “intranet in a box” is the perfect solution for my company. These are the things I love about it: Works without a lot of configuration, but is still highly configurable in case you need it to do something special. Allows you to define groups and limit access to each group. This means I can have a “The...

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