September 30, 2005

Grogblogs emerging from France

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A number of France’s leading wine producers have started blogging about this years harvest.

According to Wine International, Château Palmer in Bordeaux, and Château de Beaucastel in the Rhône are both now using blogs, with posts including how all the Grenache grapes in Beaucastel were harvested earlier this week, and the end of the Merlot harvest.

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Why are Some Blog Networks So Successful?

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Darren asks a decent question over a Problogger given how many blog networks are launching lately. Whats the saying: dime a dozen?! :-)

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2 new blogs networks launch promising 100% revenue

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Another week, another blog network or 2 :-)

This week takes us to two new blog networks with a twist, both offering variations on a 100% of Adsense/ YPN revenue model: finefools from Paul Scrivens (better known for his role as CEO of 9rules), with a name that shows unlike some of his underlings he actually does have a wicked sense of humor, and a second network out of Canada: Webby Media from Omar Al-Hajjar.

The variations between the two: finefools offers the revenue from the Adsense/ YPN ads only, where as Webby Media offers 100% of all revenue, which is an interesting business model.

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Yahoo! and OMD Global Study Finds Youth Love Personalized Media

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According to an in-depth study of 13-24 year olds in 11 countries titled, “Truly, Madly, Deeply Engaged: Global Youth, Media and Technology,” released by Yahoo! and OMD Worldwide, youth’s use of interactive and wireless technologies has created a global generation highly accustomed to personalizing their experiences with interactive media. This so-called “My Media Generation,” driven by a desire to personalize their media, has given rise to very different attitudes and responses toward advertising and marketing messages.
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Good Charlotte disses Kelly Clarkson on blog

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Firstly, apparently the band Good Charlotte has a blog, indeed 4 blogs, one for each member and secondly, people are reading them, because apparently one of the members of the band, Benji Madden, has been using his blog to take pot shots at American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, including implying that she’s fat as well!

According to MTV (hmmm….the still do music, didn’t know that), the post, since removed, read as follows:
“My mom told me if I didn’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, so I won’t say ‘Amercian Idol’ sux, but it does make me laugh when someone like Kelly Clarkson disses someone like Hilary Duff….Cause let’s not forget Kelly (BTW-Kanye West thinks u have a nice ass, I saw him look at it one time … me, I prefer the more fit look), you were a contestant on a TV show. Hilary made herself.”

Quality content from the rock world :-) The blog can be viewed here.

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Image hosting websites up due to growing popularity of blogs: report

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Nielsen//NetRatings today reported that traffic to image hosting Web sites has skyrocketed due to the “massive rise in blogging activity” seen since the beginning of this year. As a category, image hosting sites have grown 406 percent to more than 14.7 million unique users since January 2005, accounting for nearly 10 percent of active U.S. Internet users

The top referring sites for the top five image hosting sites during August 2005 included MySpace.com, Xanga.com, LiveJournal, Blogger and MSN Spaces. In July 2005, Nielsen//NetRatings reported that 20 percent of active Web users, or 29.3 million people, accessed blogging or blog-related Web sites, growing 31 percent since the beginning of the year.

Interestingly, perhaps to older blogs, is that none of the top 5 image hosting sites listed by Nielsen I’d ever heard of, with teenage girls being the most popular users of these services (and yes, no Flickr!)

‘€œThe large rise in blogging activity has lifted other Web sites, the primary one being image hosting sites,’€? said Jon Gibs, senior research manager, Nielsen//NetRatings. ‘€œSimple text-based ‘€˜diaries’€™ have evolved into a more image-oriented presentation.’€?

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Singapore Journalist: blogs are worse than porn

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Attention all bloggers, if you thought porn was immoral and wrong think again, because according to a member of the Singapore press, blogs are worse.

Carl Skadian writes for the Straits Times that:

“As far as I’m concerned, blogs are possibly the worst things about the Internet. Sure, pornography and other stuff rightly furrow the brows of parents, but the things some bloggers say go far beyond the pale.”

Perhaps going to the adage that the rest of the world is several years behind the United States, Skadian uses the same party tricks his American colleagues once used when they sort to stamp on blogs back in 2003: selective reporting and gross generalisations

Take some of the quotes for example:

“For bloggers, saying what they feel like saying seems to be de rigueur, consequences be damned….”

“Three people were charged with making racist comments in their blogs…..That just about did it for me and blogs”

“some of the blog entries just beggar belief. The amount of vitriol being spewed by some of these chaps will leave you speechless. And all the talk about self-regulating is just so much bull to me.”

But just incase he hadn’t rammed home the point about the evil of blogs:

As I said, blogging, to me, is the biggest danger out there. It’s also given me more work to do when it comes to my children.

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GodBlogCon in October

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Must have been committing to many sins here at the Blog Herald and didn’t get the message on this one :-)

According to Jan Herman over on Blog Critics, GodBlogCon is being held in Los Angeles Oct 13-15, and as far as I know is the first major GodBlog convention. Keynote speaker is Hugh Hewitt.

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A great blogging story

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Darren over at Problogger has a really great story today from a blogger who gave the new Chitika eMini-malls a go on her blog and saw her revenue go from $40 a day with Adsense to nearly $150 per day. That’s might fine money! I’ve not reviewed them yet but Darren has previously, I’m not getting these sorts of results out of them yet but I am getting a really good return over on The Gadget Blog. Only started on the 9th of the month and already have made 50% more than Adsense last month on only 15 odd days.

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September 29, 2005

FeedDigest Receives Angel Funding To Extend Services

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Feed manipulation and content syndication service FeedDigest has announced it has received a significant amount of angel funding to enable it to extend its service and feature set.

“On average, we’ve been adding about 50 new customers to the service each day in spite of a limited operating budget supported by donations from our customers,” said FeedDigest’s founder, Peter Cooper. “In less than 12 months since our initial launch, we have over 13,000 clients who rely on our service to have fresh, relevant content delivered to their Web site automatically 24/7. With this investment, we intend to provide a world-class, supported RSS content publishing service to a mainstream audience….We’re bringing the concept of feeds and content syndication up to date and turning it into a user-friendly experience so that webmasters and media patrons outside of the tiny world of RSS can get the most out of this amazing technology. We’re attempting to break RSS out of a tech-only audience, something few other technology providers are trying to do,” said Mr. Cooper.
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