Written on November 9th, 2005 at 05:11 am by city of Stanton David Shawver

Welcome Today Show Viewers

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Welcome to any Today Show Viewers that are visiting after the interview on this morning’s show.

If this is your first time to enternetusers.net then let me give you a quick tour of the place. Grab a coffee and make yourself comfortable while I show you around.

Firstly, enternetusers is a blog that is devoted to helping bloggers earn an income from blogging - here’s a couple of links to give you a little information about me and about this blog.

If you’re new to blogging you might find this ‘what is a blog? post and this one on how bloggers are making money from blogging.

I’ve also recently put together a page with my top 20 posts from the past year.

I’m actually writing this post before the interview so when I get back to the laptop later this morning I’ll update this page with any links that I mentioned in the interview and answer any questions that anyone might have. Feel free to leave a comment or question in the comments section below.

update: Well I’m home again after my first TV appearance - it was fun although a little strange sitting alone in a TV studio talking via sattelite to some unseen person - knowing millions were potentially watching/listening in.

Actually that sounds a lot like blogging - sitting along in front of a computer - writing to some unseen group of people…..

The interview itself was pretty short (about 5 minutes I’d guess). I’m not sure if there is any way to get it up online for overseas readers - but I’ll see what I can do - perhaps some more technically savy reader has the ability to convert it into a web friendly format. update - apparently there is video of the interview on the today show site if you’re willing to download Microsoft Media Player 10.

In terms of the links - Tracy mentioned the Bruce Willis blog (it hasn’t been updated for quite some time) and Barbara Streisand blog. I think that’s the all that was mentioned in terms of celebrity blogs.

Written on November 9th, 2005 at 04:11 am by city of Stanton David Shawver

Blogging for Dollars Experiment Pays Off

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Warning: Heart Warming Story Ahead

I was just contacted via IM with a blogger (I’ll call him ‘Geoff’ - not his real name) who owns and blogs at a reasonably popular and established blog (not an A-lister but he runs a nice blog that gets about 3000 visitors per day).

Geoff told me that about two months ago that he’d started to experiment with putting a few income streams on his blog. He did it after seeing something that I’d written here. He said:

‘I did it with the hope of paying for my hosting costs and perhaps even buying myself an Apple ibook to blog on’.

Geoff started out experimenting with Adsense and Amazon and then on seeing some of my success with eMiniMalls added those in the past few weeks.

Around 9 weeks after starting his ‘experiment’ Geoff tells me that he’s just reached the $150 per day mark. His hosting costs for the year are covered and today he placed an order for a powerbook instead of an ibook.

He said:

‘I can not believe that I am on track for earning over $50,000 in the next year for writing on a topic that I would happily write about for free! Why didn’t anyone ever tell me that I could make money from blogging?? :-) ‘

He went on to say:

‘I’m SOOO happy Darren! But I can’t help but think of the opportunity that I missed over the last 2 years of blogging, imagine if I’d put the ads on earlier!!!’

It makes me wonder just how many ‘Geoffs’ there are out there. People who already have built blogs and sites that could quite easily have income streams added to them but who have just never considered it. While I know many bloggers choose not to do the ad thing and that many blogs don’t have the earning potential of Geoff’s (he’s luckily in a good niche - one that he’s keen for me not to mention for fear of copycats) there must be many others in a similar boat.

Written on November 8th, 2005 at 07:11 pm by city of Stanton David Shawver

On the Today Show…. Tomorrow

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MastheadAussie readers out there that get up early in the morning might like to turn on their televisions to channel 9 at around 6.45am tomorrow where they might just see a familiar (and bleary eyed) face being interviewed on the Today show about blogging.

Lucky I didn’t get the 6am spot!

Written on November 8th, 2005 at 02:11 pm by city of Stanton David Shawver

PubSub Blog Category Lists

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PubSub is starting to categorize bloggers into PubSub Lists. So far they only have four categories - Law, Fashion, PR and Librarians.

What lists would you like to see added? Feel free to add your suggestions in comments below - but perhaps more productive is to let them know - they’re looking for editors so put your hand up and get involved if your list isn’t there yet.

I’d like to see an Entrepreneurial/enternetusers type list - just wish I had a bit more time to edit it.

found via Steve

Written on November 8th, 2005 at 12:11 pm by city of Stanton David Shawver

Adsense of Tomorrow

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Peter Forret dreams of a day when Adsense will roll out into all forms of media including:

  • Adsense for newspapers
  • Adsense for magazines
  • Adsense for books
  • Adsense for TV
  • Adsense for radio
  • Adsense for Wifi
  • Adsense for cinema
  • Adsense for movies
  • Adsense for video-on-demand
  • Adsense for ticketing
  • Adsense for billboards
  • Adsense for phone/GSM
  • Adsense for fax
  • Adsense for road traffic
  • Adsense for sport

While perhaps some of these are a little far fetched (what about Adsense for Milk Cartons?) it is an interesting concept to think about where Adsense could roll out advertisements for what must be an incredibly large inventory of advertisers.

Written on November 8th, 2005 at 07:11 am by city of Stanton David Shawver

Chitika add channels to eMiniMalls

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I just logged into my Chitika eMiniMalls reports and found that they’ve finally gone live with their channels feature. They’ve also added some new columns to the stats that they report including CTR (click through rate) and Avg CPC (cost per click).

The CPC is a stat that Adsense have never given (it can be worked out by an easy calculation) but which will be handy. I suspect that their reporting will continue to improve over the coming weeks and months (ie they will probably get more dynamic over time and add more ability to check certain periods of time etc) - but so far so good! Channels is a massive step forward.

When you log into you stats you can view your channels all at once by clicking the date - or by channel by using the drop down menu.

If you haven’t already added the channel code to your Chitika codes it might be a good time - this way you’ll be able to work out what positions, design and keywords are working best.

To implement the channel code insert this mini bit of code into your ad unit

ch_sid = ‘xxxx’;

How do you use channels effectively?

The way I use them is to make every different ad unit on my blogs have a separate channel. ie the ad unit in my side bar has a challel code called ‘enternetusers Side Menu’ - the ad unit on my individual posts pages has one called ‘enternetusers Indiv Above Comments’ the one on my digicam site’s menu is called ‘DPB side menu’ etc.

This will enable me to track which ad on which blog performs best in terms of click value and CTR which in turn will teach me about what is the best position, design and keywords to target.

So now go experiment - and tell us all what you find!

update: It seems as though they’ve also added some new affiliate banner sizes to the 10 that were released last week. There are now 16 options including some larger banner and skyscraper options.

Written on November 8th, 2005 at 01:11 am by city of Stanton David Shawver

Making Titles Live Links

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One of the first tips I was given when i started to blog that I’ve not talked about for a while here is to consider making the titles of your posts live links (permalinks).

These days most blogging software does this automatically for you - however today as I’ve surfed around the web I’ve seen quite a few blogs that do not do it. Instead they link to the individual pages on their blog with the word ‘permalink’.

I hope they’ll forgive me but let me give you a couple of examples on two of my favorite blogs - A View from Home and Micro Persuasion. You’ll see in both instances that if you put your cursor over their post titles that they are not live links and that they have the ‘permalink’ link to their individual pages.

Of course some bloggers are more traditional in their approach and like this approach (and I think there can be some valid reasons for doing so) - however in my experience - making the title of your post a live link can have some significant benefits.

The greatest of these benefits is that it helps with Search Engine Optimization.

Search Engines rank sites on many factors - but one of these is that the words used in links linking to a page carry a lot of weight in how that page is ranked for those terms. It is not just how other external sites link to you either - it is the way in which your site is interlinked that counts also.

Take for example Steve’s post ‘Go Behind the Scenes at Rocketboom‘. If he’d made the titles on his front page, category pages, date archive pages and even his individual pages live links he would probably rank higher in Google in a few times for the term ‘Rocketboom’ than he will by just linking to those pages with the word ‘permalink’.

You’ll see that I’ve used this system here at enternetusers - everywhere there is a title it’s a live link.

Written on November 7th, 2005 at 08:11 pm by city of Stanton David Shawver

Topix Starts Crawling Blogs

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Topix.net has started crawling blogs. They announced yesterday on their Weblog that they’ve added 15,000 blogs to be crawled. This is significant news on two fronts.

Firstly it is yet another way to get your blog exposure. Similarly to being indexed by Google News if you can get into the index at Topix.net you should get yourself some extra hits as it’s a pretty popular tool.

Secondly this will be useful for bloggers looking for sources of content. Topix offer RSS feeds for any keyword that you add to it so that if any newspaper that it follows has an article with the keyword you get it in your feed. Now it’ll automatically present you with results for blogs and papers. Very handy.

update - funnily enough this very post has been on the front page of Topix for the last 20 minutes or so and has been getting me quite a bit of traffic - illustrating the point I made.

Written on November 7th, 2005 at 07:11 pm by city of Stanton David Shawver

b5media merges with About Weblogs Blog Network

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We just announced our bigger announcement for the day over at b5media.

b5media has just merged with About Weblogs - bringing the network to 50 Active blogs.

The full details are here.

The press release is below if you are interested in reading it.


News Release

Weblog Network b5media LLC Announces Merger with About Weblogs

Growing blog network b5media LLC today announced the merger of b5media with the About Weblogs network run by Shai Coggins.

The merger sees Coggins take a stake in b5media LLC and as well as all the blogs within About Weblogs becoming part of b5media.

The deal is effective 10 November, 2005, and brings the number of Active blogs currently under the b5media banner to 50. The growth will continue to solidfy b5media’s place as a prominent and important member of the blog network industry.

“We’re excited in having a blogger with the experience of Shai Coggins joining us at b5media and her amazing team of bloggers,” said Jeremy Wright, President of b5media. “About Weblogs brings an amazing variety of niche topic blogs into the network. This merger will propel b5media further into the mainstream and allow for even greater growth and value for advertisers. This also allows b5media to appeal more directly to the valuable female audience, thanks to the large number of female bloggers in About Weblogs, as well as further broadening our international range of bloggers.”

Shai Coggins explained that the deal enables the networks and their bloggers to benefit from each other’s strengths and strategies.

“This merger is like a marriage in the world of blogging networks,” said Coggins. “b5media and About Weblogs are coming together like two people with different strengths, personalities and opportunities, but with very similar visions and goals. We need these similarities and differences to make a good partnership. And, I believe that we’re a great fit. I’m definitely looking forward to working with Jeremy, Darren, Duncan, and the rest of the wonderful b5 team.”

Duncan Riley of b5media explained that the full integration of all the About Weblogs blogs would take a number of weeks.

“As with any merger there are a number of technical issues to sort out.However, we would expect that all blogs would be fully integrated into b5media by the end of November”.

Darren Rowse, also of b5media and the author of the well-regarded enternetusers.net <http://enternetusers.net> site, said that Coggins’s strengths in people management would be regarded well within the company.

“Shai Coggins has an amazing ability in motivating and working with bloggers throughout the world and her skills will be well utilized as we continue to grow,” said Rowse.

About b5media LLC

b5media LLC is the owner of one of the web’s fastest growing blogging networks, being joint owned by Jeremy Wright (ensight.org), Kevin (enternetusers.net) and Duncan Riley (blogherald.com). The network currently owns 21 blogs and is currently in stage 2 of its corporate plan that will see some 40 new blogs be created on the network by January 2006.

About About Weblogs

About Weblogs is a blogging network that focuses on passions, personal growth and lifestyle. It is run by Shai Coggins, who is the Guide for About.com’s Web Logs site (http://weblogs.about.com). The network was initially launched in May 2005 with around five weblogs. By November 2005, it runs nearly 30 weblogs with almost 20 bloggers from different parts of the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Vietnam and the Philippines. Currently, it is an all-female team of published authors, professional writers, mothers, travelers, expert enthusiasts, expatriates, wives, grandmothers, managers, doctors and other professionals.

Written on November 7th, 2005 at 12:11 pm by city of Stanton David Shawver

enternetusers formally joins b5media

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Just a quick announcement that I’m sure will not shock anyone.

As of today enternetusers.net has formally joined the b5media.com network of blogs (which I am a part owner of).

This will mean little in practical terms to this blog except that there will be (and have already been) some minor tweaks to the page in terms of design and advertising. In many regards this just formalizes what has already been as I’ve been linking to the rest of the network from my sidebar for a couple of weeks now.

enternetusers will continue to provide the same content that it’s always provided, it will continue to be authored by me, it’s hosting will remain the same and it’s design will not change too much (although I’ve been thinking about a redesign for the new year).

The other owners of b5media brought their personal blogs into the network a couple of days ago - but I was a bit behind with getting things organized.



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