September 23, 2009

Vote For Your Favorite Mommy Blogger

Reading a lot of mommy blogs? Then you should definitely consider submitting your favorites to the Mommy Blog Awards, courtesy of The Bump. And yes, you can nominate yourself if you think you’re that great. The grand prize is a grand, fittingly enough, and another 15 runners up get $100 on Pottery Barn.

Check out the details on the Mommy Blog Awards page, along with the various categories. I especially like the Daddy Blog category. “I’m the Mommy Blog Award Daddy Blog winner FTW!”…

Hat tip: Bloggers Blog

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No Twitter Ads This Year

Twitter won’t be serving any ads this year, says Biz Stone according to Pocket-lint. We will, however, see premum features.

Those could include analystics tools, Stone said, and are almost certain to also include the “verified account” functionality that the site has already tested with some celebrity-owned accounts. “We wanted to show people that we’re here to stay and here we are making money”, said Stone.

Sounds like a plan.

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LiveJournal allows Google AdSense on premium accounts

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livejournalI’ll admit that I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to blogging platforms, and my view of LiveJournal isn’t the rosiest. Then again, the platform does have 22 million registered bloggers, so it’s certainly not to be passed over.

The Russian-owned blogging platform will now allow its premium (i.e. paid) users to embed Google AdSense ads on their blogs.

The “Your Journal – Your Money” system means that LJ users with an AdSense account can add customised ads to their blog, in much the same way as any other AdSense publisher would. LiveJournal says it won’t take any of the profits (and if it’s based on individual AdSense accounts, how could it?) read more

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September 22, 2009

14 Bloggers Complete The Gratitude Challenge

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Tiny Prints, a Website that offers consumers modern photo cards and invitations, just wrapped up the “Gratitude Challenge,” a 21-day event that asked people around the world to take note and give thanks.

Watch a video for more info. read more

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Ailing MySpace adds Twitter update functionality

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Not long after Facebook added Twitteresque @s to its service, MySpace is offering its users the ability to send real time messages to both MySpace and Twitter, at least for its US members.

“Our new sync functionality is part of an ongoing effort to make it simple for people to share their status beyond MySpace,” a senior product manager at MySpace said.

Just to add to the excitement, updating a Twitter feed can also automatically update a user’s MySpace status. read more

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Hand-Picked Blogs With Trakkrz

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Does the world need another blog catalog? I’ll leave that to you to decide. Trakkrz has entered a crowded space with a site that boasts being “the world’s largest hand-picked blog site on the web.”

In order to be selected, your blog must meet the following criteria: read more

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September 21, 2009

Will Google Make reCAPTCHA Even Better?

Google have acquiredrecaptcha_logo.gif reCAPTCHA, the CAPTCHA spam stopping service that gives you a visual presentation of words scanned out of public domained books. You know the kind, that nasty image where you have to struggle to read the letters you have to input in a field to validate that you aren’t a spam bot. I like reCAPTCHA and use them when CAPTCHA functionality is needed, a necessary evil sometimes, but no universal solution nonetheless.

Maybe Google can make it work even better? After all, they have a huge amount of content to pull from thanks to Google Books, maybe that can help? Personally I doubt it, Google hints to why they are in fact buying reCAPTCHA in the announcement post (bold added by yours truly):

So we’ll be applying the technology within Google not only to increase fraud and spam protection for Google products but also to improve our books and newspaper scanning process.

That being said, I remain slightly optimistic that Google can make reCAPTCHA a better solution when a CAPTCHA is needed.

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5 Things That Change as You Blog

Blogging is like any other business or activity, if you stay with it long enough, eventually things will begin to change for you. If you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ve likely already noticed that you don’t run your site the same way now that you did when you began. Likewise, if you just began, you’re probably already thinking of ways that you can improve or expand.

Your blog, nor you as a blogger, stay the same from month to month, year to year. Things change and, for the most part, it’s best to work with the tides rather than fight them. The change is rarely for the worst and, for the most part, it is inevitable.

Here are five areas that, over, the years I’ve been blogging, changed drastically for me. None are bad things. Some of these are signs of growth, some are signs of simply getting older as a blog/blogger. Either way, they are changes most bloggers can expect to face if they stick with it long enough. read more

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September 20, 2009

My New Blog: A Humbling Experience

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Last week a launched a new blog that chronicles my life with a new addition, a shiba inu puppy. I started the side project, My First Shiba, for three reasons (in priority order):

1) It will give me an archive of the wonderful and challenging experience. It’s a repository for words, images, audio and video that I know we’ll all appreciated in the future when the little guy is all grown up.

2) I personally find writing about my feelings extremely therapeutic. In fact, during trying times, blogging helps me maintain my equilibrium.

3) Since you never know where success will strike in the form of Internet fame and glory (and money!), I like to have as many hooks in the water as possible.

While I have enjoyed writing in this new venue, it has been a humbling experience. read more

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Sunday Morning SEO: How Effective are Paid Links?

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A couple months ago, We Build Pages stopped buying links for their clients.  This was a big change since We Build Pages is a well known link building firm in the SEO industry and they were notorious for buying links.  Also, just recently, I was surprised to see SEOmoz change their stance on paid links.  SEOmoz had previously recommended paid links.

Why is it that top SEO firms are now changing their minds on paid links?  Has buying links gotten so risky that you shouldn’t do it any more?

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