Posts Tagged ‘Business of Blogging’

MyBlogLog to Rebrand

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May 14th, 2007
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MyBlogLog to Rebrand and Make Significant Changes: I believe that this is good news. Yahoo is going to rebrand MyBlogLog and they will make some effort to remove offensive photos, remove certain types of sites and make it more corporate friendly. I liked the product and I think that some housekeeping will go a long way in making the tools more usable and presentable.

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He said, She Said Meme

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April 24th, 2007
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Blogging Essays, Business of Blogging

I love bloggers, they are very good people. But even the most kind hearted and best intentioned bloggers sometimes either misinterpret or misread information and the piece ends up very different from where it started its life. This somewhat macabre movement of information from one person to other with slight mutilations is very interesting to me. All of us have studied or read about it in one form or fashion. Now here is the idea for the meme: Read through the following news paragraph and recreate a post on your blog from memory if you will. Encourage your readers to do the same with a link back to your post. Now, imagine throwing video into that mix. By the time I got the headphones on and the video downloaded, I’d be on to designing some new feature (or, more likely, answering more email). I’d only get to hear three words […]

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On Sponsored Themes

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Thanks to posts here on WLTC and around the blogosphere, the topic of “sponsored themes” is at the top of everyone’s minds. I thought this would be a good time to share my thoughts on the ramifications of sponsored themes, and what it means for our community. For those who are new to the topic, in the past yew years a market has developed around advertisers that pay money to websites to have plain-text links back to their properties so they can rank better in search engines like Google for the text in those links. At some point the people gaming Google realized instead of buying links from dozens of individual sites, they could pay theme authors to bundle their links with their download and get hundreds or thousands of sites with their link for a small fraction of the cost. This is politely referred to as “theme sponsorship.” Sometimes […]

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What’s in My Blogging Toolkit?

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March 15th, 2007
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Blogging, Business of Blogging

What’s in My Blogging Toolkit? I read this post from Ian via Problogger and since I am always interested in finding new tools and applications, I wanted to ask my readers on what they use to make their lives easier. Of course, a post such as this is incomplete without my own input. Here is a small subset of what is on my computer and my primary tools for blogging. WordPress, of course: Quintissential, versatile blogging and CMS platform. Firefox, latest: ALL of my browsing is done via this browser. I carry a USB key with portable apps Foxmarks, latest: Synchronize my bookmarks across computers Bloglines: Read and read some more Statcounter: Almost all my stats needs Feedburner: Feed stats Google Alerts: Versatile email alerts Google News Search: Highly versatile news search, I love the search by date feature Techmeme: Hot tech news aggregator. Though this blog has never had […]

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Blog Vacation Day

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March 11th, 2007
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Business of Blogging, General

Here at WeblogToolsCollection, we try to put aside Sunday as Blog Vacation Day. Of course, I am violating that theory by writing this post but for the most part, we set aside Sunday to put our house in order. We clean posts, trim and manage comments and spam, play with the code and plugins, mess with the ads, reply to emails, formulate weekly posts, plan out the rest of the week and generally just post nothing on the live blog. That gives us a reason to come back on Monday and start afresh and I believe it really helps. Do you have a Blog Vacation Day? If so, which one and why?

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Make AuctionAds Contextual

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Mark announced the opening of AuctionAds yesterday. Make AuctionAds Contextual takes you through using UTW or Simple Tagging to generate the keywords for your ads.

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AuctionAds

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AuctionAds is another new way for bloggers to make a little more money on the side. AuctionAds consist of eBay auction ads on keywords chosen by the blogger or publisher. Although the service was launched today and there is little information on how much one could earn, AuctionAds promises to pass on almost all of the revenue to the publisher of the ad. I thought of this service as an automated eBay affiliate program that pays almost as much as that program but has less hassle. TechCrunch has a quick rundown of the business details on AuctionAds and since AdSense does terribly on this blog, I figured I would try them out. You can see the ads on the sidebar. Another interesting fact from their FAQ is that you may run these ads alongside Google AdSense and they do have an affiliate program. If you are trying them out, I […]

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Top 6 Most Prolific Bloggers

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March 4th, 2007
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Business of Blogging

Top 6 Most Prolific Bloggers – 1000 posts or more – looking for the top 100: This can be a slippery slope. I am not so sure that post count really makes for “prolific”ity but this is my post number 2113 on this blog. How many posts do you have? Thanks Darren Speedlinking

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Why Readers Unsubscribe

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March 1st, 2007
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Blogging, Business of Blogging

34 Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe from Your Blog: Darren had asked the question, Why do readers unsubscribe from your blog’s feed? and he tabulated the answers in the comments. Much of the answers are unsurprising but the top two reasons are too many posts and too few posts respectively. So the answer there might be to post just enough entries to keep people coming back and just few enough to keep from overwhelming them. I have found proof of that hypothesis in that the daily updates of plugins and themes on weblogtoolscollection.com works best in single consolidated posts. Other important factors included off topic posts, partial feeds and finally good content. I love Scoble’s comment on that post. There is a lot to be said for “do what you love, put stuff up you’d love to read, and the rest will fall into place.”

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