August 25, 2009

The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog: Part 1

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This is a multi-part series on the lessons I learned while seeking a freelance blogger to contribute to my Web site.

best_50_AWhen I decided it would be worth it to spend a few bucks to recruit a new blogger, I knew I wanted to post the gig on the Problogger.net job board. Given Darren Rowse’s traffic, I knew at the very least, I would break even on the investment. An ad costs $50 for a 30-day flight, and given that I’ve used StumbleAds with some success and paid 5 cents per page impression, I expected to not only find a new and talented blogger, but boost my traffic as well.

The experiment exceeded my expectations.

First, how it helped my blog… read more

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The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog

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best_50There are a lot of freelance bloggers out there. I’m serious. There are A LOT of freelance bloggers out there.

I was recently able to confirm confirm this fact when searching for a new freelance blogger for my career advice blog Jobacle. In the past I was able to hire contributors via word of mouth or by posting on free blogger job post Web sites. But this time around I thought I might have better luck if I posted a want ad on a well-known blogger job board.

My initial goal was two-fold: find a professional blogger who requires no hand holding and to drive additional traffic to my site during the lazy days of summer.

I was successful on both fronts…but there’s more. I am now convinced that looking for a new blogger could be the best $50 I’ve ever spent on my blog. Over the next few weeks I will share the lessons I learned – from the pros/cons of posting a job to how to structure your want ad. I’ll also give you a better idea of what you are up against as an applicant, along with ways to stand out from the crowd.

If you are a blog owner looking for extra traffic or a freelance writer who is looking for the next gig, you’ll want to stick around for this special series.

I look forward to your feedback.

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Wikipedia protects people pages as “flagged revisions” rolls out

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wikipedia-logoWikipedia moderation isn’t that new, with the German version of the site having had it since July of last year, but now a “flagged revisions” system is to be introduced on the main English language version of the online encyclopaedia in a bid to protect entries about living people.

The number of issues of deliberate vandalism or simply ill-informed updates to information pages about people is too long to list here, but has often involved derogatory and biased prose, factual errors and incorrect reporting of deaths.

“Flagged revisions” would create an additional editorial layer, whereby experienced volunteers review any changes made to people pages before they go live.

Such a move is due to the increased popularity of the site. read more

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Theblogpaper Prepares Launch for September 25th

theblogpaperTheblogpaper, a new UK online news community prepares its first print edition for end September 2009.

The community is focused on publishing news stories, submitted by its members, with the highest rankings. So far the community has attracted more than 500 members already. How does theblogpaper function:

Content is being promoted to the front page of theblogpaper website, to the specific category front pages as well as to the print magazine depending on however well the content is being rated/ commented.

The community therefore defines content that is “worth” to reach out to others, as well as content that is being published in print and essentially therefore what more people are going to receive! read more

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Huffington Post to Expand With Tech, Sports and Books Channel. The future of News Blogs?

arianna-huffingtonAccording to Dylan Stableford, over at The Wrap, Arianna Huffington has plans to expand the Huffington Post with 3 new channels: books, technology and sports.

With this move The HuffPo, which started as a political blog, seems to prepare for a new times and is readying itself to become a main online magazine, newspaper. This move, already made by other blogs, fe. The Inquisitr might redefine the online news environment if Murdoch, and other conglomerates, continue their plans to put up paywalls.

In times when traditional news outlets are becoming smarter online and are competing directly with blogs for traffic, fe. by linking out directly to similar topic stories at other traditional media online presences like the BBC Online does, the news of paywalls is probably the best news since the crash in advertising revenue for blog and blog network owners. The battle for traffic can be won over the next two years, because even though mainstream outlets have recently endorsed blogging, their blogs are the first ones to suffer from the economic downturn. Paywalls will only help bloggers and probably result in even more financial loss for traditional outlets because if we learned one thing from the internet it’s that News should be free. read more

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August 24, 2009

Movable Type Monday: 4.31 Released, Plugin Profiler, Action Streams, and More

Happy Monday, folks! The minor update to Movable Type we talked about last week was released a few days ago. It fixes a number of small bugs, including a problem with the asset manager and custom fields. Be sure to check out the release notes to see everything that was fixed.

We’ve also got a handful of plugins this week. First, Byrne Reese has released the Template Profiler. This plugin will give you data on what’s happening when your index templates are published. Publishing speed is one of those ongoing issues with MT. This tool can help you find bottlenecks in your templates that need to be optimized. read more

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Livestreaming and Copyright Issues

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Livestreaming is rapidly becoming a powerful force in blogging. Not only is it a fast way to add interactive media to a site, but it’s also a powerful way to record static media, including videos and podcasts, for later.

However, with this new technology comes a new set of legal challenges, one of the biggest being copyright. Not only do rightsholders face the new challenge of content, including audio, TV shows and sporting events being streamed out live, but the companies behind these new technologies face an uncertain legal future, where laws designed for traditional hosts may or may not apply.

This conflict has lead Justin.TV to partner with content matching service Vobile to filter out infringing material, both in their archives and eventually in their live streams. It also has lead to Ustream being sued by a boxing promoter for allegedly allowing over 2,000 viewers to watch a Pay-Per-View fight for free.

In many ways this legal climate is similar to the one YouTube faced during its early days (and continues to face with its billion-dollar lawsuit vs. Viacom) but it can have serious implications for users of livestreaming services. Many of the protections afforded users under the law of most hosts don’t easily apply to livestreaming services and that could create problems down the road. read more

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Are You a Daddy Blogger?

DadMommy bloggers are a force to reckon with. That is, if you’re in the business of marketing products and services, especially those meant for kids, households, and families in general. Businesses are jostling for attention, in the hopes that mom bloggers would review their products or services. A lot of mom bloggers I know get a lot of freebies from foodstuffs, to spa services, to kids’ toys, and a host of other things. After all, word of mouth does carry weight, especially if hearing or reading something from someone you trust.

Ethical implications of online reviews (whether sponsored or not) aside, I do wonder what people think of dads who are bloggers. Perhaps I can be considered a “daddy blogger,” myself. I work and run my business from my home. My wife and I share the responsibilities at home. We do take turns in taking care of the kids, and in most cases, we also share the household chores. read more

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August 23, 2009

10 Ways to Be a Happy Blogger

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Is this you?

Are you a grouchy blogger?

If you ever find yourself getting down in the dumps about your blogging, here are 10 simple tips on how to feel happier with your blog.

10 Ways to “Forget Your Troubles, C’mon, Get Happy” as a Blogger

  1. Count your blogging blessings. Think for a minute – what has your blog brought to your life that you wouldn’t have had otherwise? What rewarding conversations and relationships have you enjoyed? Write a list of these puppies down and look at it when you’re getting Oscar the Grouchy.
  2. Get Akismet. Or another spam comment destroyer like it. You’ll miss out on so much grouchiness it’s not funny. On second thought, maybe it is …
  3. Vent. Far away from your blog. Get away from all keyboards. Get yourself alone. Look at the wall, a Winnie the Pooh doll, the mirror, whatever. Take a few minutes to gripe, gripe, gripe. Come on now, the real, “Boy, did I drink my pickle juice today or what?” stuff. Complain all you want … to yourself. Then be done with it.
  4. Write your blogging worries and fears down. With your hand. On a piece of paper. Do whatever you want with it – stick it on your wall by your griping mirror, toss it into Oscar’s, er, your trash can – but at least dump those negative things out of your mind and body. And always remember: You matter. read more

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August 22, 2009

Drunk Pictures on Your Facebook Profile, Think Again

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In a new survey on behalf of CareerBuilder.com, published by Market Watch, once more it has been proven that employers will check out your online profiles before deciding to hire you or not. Fourty-five percent of employers checked out applicants’ online profiles. The three main reasons why people were not hired after their profile was checked were:

  • Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information – 53 percent
  • Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs – 44 percent
  • Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients – 35 percent

But Social network profiles have helped candidates as well. Main reasons why someone was hired after checking there social profiles were following: read more

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