Bloggers may want to think carefully about YouTube’s new “InVideo” advertising system, currently being tested with a few “select partners”, given that initial feedback from a small group of vocal users has been pretty negative.
Though the number of responses is fairly small (around 150 at present), and negative comments usually make it far further than positive ones, feedback to YouTube’s own blog post on the subject was pretty clear: “Yuck” was the first response.
“Please don’t ruin the YouTube experience. I really don’t want to have to upload all my videos to a different site. But I will,” wrote drivin98.
It’s no secret that businesses can benefit from blogging. Regularly updated content keeps the reader interested in what’s going on, gives them a sense of accessibility to the business, and can mean return visitors and potentially clients. But one of the challenges to blogging for your business is the choices you have to make when stepping out. What platform should I use? Should I go with a free theme, or have a custom theme developed?
I like WordPress. I really like WordPress. And strangely enough, there are countless small to medium business owners who are still unaware that WordPress can not only fill their blogging needs, but also serve as a fantastic platform for updating their website as well. The technical phrase for it is a “Content Management System” or CMS. Using WordPress as a CMS isn’t terribly difficult, especially since WordPress was one of the first blogging platforms to use a “page” system where static content could be published. read more
WordPress.com turns two. WordCamps in Beijing and Israel announced. WordPress.com is censored in Turkey. Expect a mandatory security release of WordPress soon. New dates in the WordPress Roadmap. Lots of news on WordPress.com and WordPress Plugins!
It looks as if the boys and girls at Google are giving video bloggers another way to monetize their weblogs.
YouTube has just announced that they will be partnering with a “few lucky users” in order to experiment with a new form of advertising within the video itself. Called InVideo Ads, this new feature will allow users producing original content to make money on YouTube’s domain, as well as on their own blog. read more
This week’s post is different – instead of sharing another “newbie” tip, I’m actually seeking your advice.
Over the past month, I attended two weddings, met many people for the first time, and did much more “offline” socializing than normal.
Upon meeting someone new, the inevitable ice breaker is, “So… what do you do?” followed by the obligatory mention of profession and home state, and ideally, stimulating conversation ensues.
But despite encountering folks from across the country with a variety of interests, I hardly mentioned my blog, Webomatica. A few days after the last event, I realized I missed the opportunity to gain a few more readers.
Old posts, especially timeless posts, continue to give value to your blog for many years, bringing in new readers and visitors as they discover your blog posts in their searches. The more they are linked to by others, the more likely that post becomes a gateway to your blog, the first impression new visitors see when they walk in the door.
The article was written in 2005 and continues to get a lot of attention through trackbacks and comments today, two years later. It pops in and out of the top 25 most popular posts lists. It is post ID number 31 on my blog, so it came from the earliest days of this blog when I was still running it solely as a test blog for WordPress.com. My blog was called “Lorelle on WordPress” back then because everyone was calling their blog “Mark on WordPress”, “Matt on WordPress”, and whatever your name was on WordPress. The name stuck, as did the blog’s purpose.
I’ve not looked at that post with more than a cursory glance since it was published. Getting so much attention, maybe I should have given it a look over to make sure it was still worthy of that attention sooner, especially since many link to it and it’s a gateway to the first thing people see on my blog. I checked it to to see:
What it says.
How it says it.
If it still says what I want it to say.
Is it offering good links to other resources on my blog?
Are the outgoing links still valid?
What can I do to make it even better?
Here are the steps I took to clean up my old post. read more
I’ve been reading since I was short. I’ve only been blogging for a couple of years. . . . but I’ve noticed something about bloggers. We’re all rock stars. It’s true and there’s nothing wrong with that. You don’t have to have 1000 readers to be a rock star. You only need one loyal fan.
The problem is that, over the long haul, we sometimes change the way we blog. Like rock stars, some of us peak too early. Some of us get better as time goes by. Some of us get tired of the daily grind, and some buy into our own PR.
What’s sad is when a rock star blogger I love quits doing what won my heart and starts phoning it in. What’s devasting is when a rock star blogger I know begins to think the universe revolves around his or her blog.
Blog writing’s tough, and though being a little Internet famous can be fun, keeping up with readers can be a pain. I guess a rock star could make a case for wanting readers to go away — more leisure, less stress in a rock star day. In a case like that, I think the best thing might be to help.
For those rock star bloggers, I offer these 3 easy steps. read more
Recently, Six Apart announced the release of Movable Type 4. With over 50 new features and a completely redesigned administration area, it aims to convert bloggers and change the way blogs are administrated.
But while Movable Type 4 has been generating a lot of buzz, the question is whether or not the new features are worth the attention. As with everything else though, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.