If You Have Adsense You Need A Privacy Policy

At the end of February Google changed it’s Terms of Service. Now every adsense publisher must have a privacy policy.
Here is an excerpt from the new terms and conditions.

You must have and abide by an appropriate privacy policy that clearly discloses that third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your users’ browser, or using web beacons to collect information, in the course of ads being served on your website. Your privacy policy should also include information about user options for cookie management.

So I have been spending this evening updating all my sites. I would have been at a loss to write a privacy policy for myself, especially if I had to talk about “web beacons”. But thankfully there are helpful bloggers out in the blogosphere.

Jennifer Slegg of Jensense.com has written an Adsense friendly privacy policy sample and she is graciously sharing it with others. All you need to do is insert your site’s url and you are ready to go. Do you have a privacy policy. Do you think it is OK for Google to require all its publishers to have a privacy policy?

Help with IRS Tax Debt

Are you in debt to the IRS, maybe even behind in your tax payments? Afraid the IRS might put a Tax Lien on your home or other property?
It is important to stay on the good side of the IRS, but it can be scary to go it alone. Doing your taxes yourself is one thing, but when it comes to IRS tax debt it is a good idea to deal with a professional. With a qualified tax professinal you won’t even need to talk to the IRS, it will all be handled for you. ReduceIRSTaxDebt.com is your one-stop online trusted resource for IRS tax resolution.

Save Money on Gasoline

I work from home and consequently, I don’t do much driving.  I only need to buy gas for my car a few times a month.  And every time I buy gas I get a new case of sticker shock!  On our recent trip (in the motorhome no less) we found gasoline as high as $3.90 per gallon.

There are all sorts of tips out there on how to save gas, some are a little crazy. (Like not braking for corners so you don’t lose any speed or momentum)  To find tips that actually work, it is best to go straight to the experts.  So here are some real gas saving tips from someone who knows what they are talking about.

I don’t know what you guys are paying for gasoline…. but here in California we are also paying higher, up to $3.50 per gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon..


Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose , CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.

Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up–most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Hope this will help you get the most value for your money.



Do You Like The Theme?

I changed my theme again. I really like this one. Three days from now I will probably really like another one! I have a lot of fun looking for new themes and trying them out. However, I’m not sure it is the best thing for this blog.

Most of what I read says that you should pay for a custom theme, and then don’t change it. Apparently blog readers can get confused if your blog doesn’t look like it always does. This creates a conflict for me, I don’t really like anyone telling me what I should or shouldn’t do. If you don’t believe me take a look at my rant about Google Page Rank!

But I do want to keep my readers happy. (Are you happy?) On the other hand, I am pretty sure my readers don’t get confused that easy. Plus, I know some of you are Entrecard droppers who don’t care about the theme and are happy as long as the EC widget is above the fold and loads fast. (I want you to be happy too!)

So I think in this case it is OK to change the theme, as long as I control myself and don’t change it too often. If I don’t control myself I might change the theme everyday! Now there’s a thought. A 30 day theme challenge to go with my 30 day blogging challenge!

Now back to my question, Do you like the theme?

Tax Rebate Checks are Coming

The IRS says the tax rebate checks for over 130 million US Taxpayers will be sent beginning in May. I have a post on My CFO on the Go that talks about how to make sure you get your tax rebate check. You can read that post here.

But I what I really want ot know is what are you going to do with your rebate check? I know most people say they are going to pay down debt, or put the money in savings. That is what most people said the last time the IRS sent out advance payments, but the reality was most people spent it and there was a noticeable upswing in the economy. But I think most people, when they get that money in their hot little hands, are going to spend at least some of it on some new toy! I know I am! I am just trying to decide what. Any ideas? Maybe custom themes for my blogs? What are you going to spend you rebate check on?