Image sprites are wildly used for downloading lots of icons or UI elements all at once with just a single HTTP-Request. But they are somewhat cumbersome to use because you have to calculate the background-position offsets. You can’t easily add, remove or reorder them without recalculating. Or…
We thought we’d share some information on our testing process.
My name is David Blooman, I am the principal tester for responsive news, all questions and queries can be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter @davey_blooman
When testing the devices, there are 4 main areas to…
Lately, I’ve been making an app called Taxonomy (that desperately needs your votes …sorry). It’s designed to make your taxi experience better- a traveling companion, if you will. Going by the logic that a lot of people (in New York, at least) only really travel in taxis when out at night,…
As a nice little experiment and after some posts around the Internet, I decided to use Google AdWords in order to get some more referrals on Dropbox and get some more space. Now, Dropbox give you 2GB free, which is cool, but not much. You can then pay $9.99 for 50GB space, but that only lasts while you’re paying and it isn’t that cheap, especially for students like me. Another route to free space is getting other people to sign up who you invite, for which you get 250MB extra, or 500MB for students (like me!)
Any bonus space you manage to get is permanent and thus stays on your account without paying. I already had a couple of gig extra from various places around the site and from a little game they did called Dropbox. But I wanted more. Another good way at the moment is using the Dropbox beta client which gives you 500MB extra for every 500MB of photos you upload, up to 5GB.
AdWords is the thing that lets you run ads on Google search results and I had never given it a try so I thought I would. As I’ve now learnt though, it can be expensive, but I managed to get a $25 voucher from my web host and within the US, Google offers a free $75 voucher to pretty much anyone - there’s a link to that in the Lifehacker post.
So, for a day, I simply ran ads for the keyword “dropbox” - I made the ad looks a little different to how the guide suggested, not sure what difference that made though. I also had a few extra keywords like “online space” and “drop box”, but the effect of those was negligible so I wouldn’t bother.
On different articles about doing this, there are very different ideas about what to use for your CPC, which is the maximum you’re willing to pay for each click on your ads. Some suggest small and some high, but I went for quite a high one as the web interface was suggesting that the ad probably wouldn’t be displayed at the lower rates. In the end, I picked a CPC of £0.80 (~$1.26) for the “dropbox” keyword and £0.60 (~$0.95) for the others.
Throughout the day, the referrals rolled in. Well, when I say rolled in, it wasn’t many. I think I got 6, thereby earning me 3GB of extra space which I’m quite happy with. As you can see from my picture above, the average cost I paid per click was £0.15 (~$0.24), which amounted to £0.14 for the “dropbox” keyword (~$0.22) and as much as £0.59 (~$0.93) for some of my other ones. So I’d probably only recommend bothering with that one search term, since it got by far the most results.
All in all, whilst I run the ads, I got 30,651 impressions (that’s how many people saw the ad) amounting to 218 clicks. Out of those clicks, only 12 people actually signed up for Dropbox, and even less, only 6 people downloaded the client and thus completed the referral and earned me my space. I can only hope though that a few more will! Financially, setting my maximum daily budget to £18 (~$28.43), I ended up spending £33.41 (~$52.77) overall over about 2 days, going beyond my free voucher’s balance, leaving me £11.62 (~$18.35) to pay to Google.
At the end of the day, I’m quite happy. I managed to get quite a bit of extra permanent space, which was quite a good idea as my Dropbox had been running a little low, and a little more space couldn’t hurt. I did admittedly end up spending a little more than I had hoped, but the exercise as a whole was interesting and I don’t mind giving Google a little of my money for all the stuff they’ve provided to me online! I’d definitely recommend this idea to anyone who wants more Dropbox space, but only if they’ve got a little money to spend. If you’re in the US or Canada however, it’s definitely worth it since you get a much more substantial free voucher!
If anyone fancies getting me a little more space, feel free to use my referral link - hope all you HN users enjoyed the article!
We made a mistake. Over the last couple of days users brought to light an issue concerning how we handle your personal information on Path, specifically the transmission and storage of your phone contacts.
As our mission is to build the world’s first personal network, a trusted place for you to…
I have rebloged this so many times but I love it
They might as well call the new series Doctor Who: The Hipster Chronicles.
Or just “Hipsters in Space.”
Hipsters in Space.
HIPSTERDOM. THE FINAL FRONTIER. THESE ARE THE VOYAGES OF THE STARSHIP HIPSTERPRISE. ITS FIVE YEAR MISSION: TO EXPLORE STRANGE NEW THRIFT SHOPS, TO SEEK OUT VINTAGE T-SHIRTS AND NEW FLEA MARKETS, TO BOLDY DRESS AS NO MAN HAS DRESSED BEFORE.
This is getting rebloged purely for the caption <3
(And also because they look so young!)
A quick app to change your Twitter and Facebook profile pictures to join the SOPA protest.