It was fun while it lasted

This will be my last column here at The Blog Herald. It was a fun and exciting ride (albeit short) while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end.

I’d like to thank Matt Craven for giving us (me) the freedom to cause mayhem here – now go and have another scotch on me, mate. :-)

The Blog Herald was the first blog I ever read when it was in the hands of its founder, Duncan Riley. It had a strong reputation and readership and was quite influential, so to get the chance to be a small part of it … well, lets just say it has been my pleasure and an honor.

To the new owners of The Blog Herald I wish them all the best in their endeavors. Transitions such as these take time. Take some time to gather up a group of bloggers, develop an editorial voice and go from there.

Now onto my column …

It’s about transparency in blogging .. err, maybe for another day. ;-)

Martin Neumann

PS. For us Aussies who love cricket … :-) :-) :-)

B5 and Duncan – What Happened?

So Duncan Riley, former founder and owner of this here very Blog Herald, has departed b5media – just like that, taking the blogosphere by complete surprise.

It’s more surprising that it came so soon after they received funding.

What happened?
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From Blogging to Information Publishing

2006 is the year that blogging basically grew up … in a business and monetization sense.

Those who started blogging in 2004 and 2005 and have stuck with it are more savvy than ever in monetizing their blog(s). Apart from AdSense there are many ways one can make money from their blogs – for me Text Links Ads has been a real winner this year – a stand-out performer.

Those new to blogging have never had it better with the ways on offer to make money.

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Another Opinion on Mike’s TechCrunch

I’m a fan of TechCrunch and Mike Arrington and what he has created from nothing.

In a relatively short time he has developed a very strong readership and with that some serious influence in the whole web 2.0 genre.

So it’s obvious that getting written up on TechCrunch is on top of every new startups list. But I just have to laugh when startups whip up a press release and fire it off to TechCrunch and expect, yes expect, it to be covered. When it doesn’t they get cranky and usually start mouthing off.

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Will You Take the Blog Honor Pledge?

There’s been quite a bit of discussion lately about blogging for money – in particular with opportunities like PayPerPost and the like coming onto the scene.

The arguments from both sides has been strong on this issue. There are those who don’t see anything wrong with it and then there are those that see it’s corrupting influences.

I’m of the later. Why?

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Are we about to see Blog Networks 2.0?

eGonzo Weekly by Martin Neumann

Instablogs, the New Delhi-based blog network, recently celebrated their 1st birthday.

But apart from the usual fanfare came the announcement that they’re well on their way to taking their blog network in a new direction.

With Instablogs 2.0 – The Next Generation Blog Network they have a vision of “bringing bloggers and readers closer,” focusing on the current excitement over social media/networking.

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9rules: jealous, petty, snarky or lost?

eGonzo Weekly by Martin Neumann

I just finished listening to the recent Blog Herald podcast – an interview with Duncan Riley, fellow Aussie and co-owner of b5media, the blog network that recently recieved $2million in VC funding.

The reception to the news last week was overall positive except from one section of the b’sphere: 9Rules.

Mike Rundle posted and commented seeing fit to take cheap shots at b5 – reasons unknown.

Well yesterday, b5 had their chance to respond via the Duncan Riley interview here.

Firstly, Duncan – it’s 9Rules not 9Fools. :-)

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PimpYourPosts with PayPerPost

eGonzo Weekly by Martin Neumann

Now when it comes to making money online I’m no naysayer on every new idea that comes to the surface. I’m not one of those “Oh, man … the blogosphere should be free of the evil money.” Bah! Let’s get over it: You want to make money, I want to make money … heck, we all want to make money.

Fine. So we got that out of the way. We’re here to write and blog AND make money. The problem is that we’re still trying to figure out a way to make it all work.

But there’s one exception to my “lets all make money” rule: PayPerPost.

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Dead or Alive – The AdSense Wars

eGonzo Weekly by Martin Neumann

This week saw a very public battle (it’s still going on, I think) over the current state of AdSense.

AdSense is Dead … AdSense is Alive.

They wrote books about it (well eBooks – here for the dead part and here for the alive part).

We’ve had thousands of passionate words written, hundreds of comments and conversations, forum posts go into melt down and bloggers abuzz with this. There’s even an mp3 commentary (mp3 file).

So what in God’s name is it: Is AdSense dead or is it Alive?

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