Videoblogger Brigitte Dale heads to ABC Family

Brigitte Dale, a videoblogger who got her start with a regular show on PopCrunch, has landed a new gig with ABC Family.

TV Week has the official news:

ABC Family is bringing Internet personality Brigitte Dale’s video blog to its Web site. Ms. Dale’s blog, which covers news, pop culture and twenty-something issues, will be featured on ABCFamily.com starting this month.

Ms. Dale will continue to write, produce and edit the video blog, which will be produced in partnership with Stage 9 Digital Media.

Brigitte is a highly entertaining videoblogger who will likely bring a unique and interesting perspective in her new gig with ABC Family.

Curbed launches Curbed Marketplace

One of my favorite blog networks Curbed, has launched Curbed Marketplace, according to this post by Lockhart Steel.

Curbed Marketplace is a unique real estate listing site — take a look at these two brief descriptions from their “Help” page:

It’s a place for sellers and brokers to post real estate listings, and for buyers to browse and search them. But unlike some other systems, we’ve designed the Marketplace to feature big, beautiful photographs and a blog-style layout of properties perfect for perusing. We’re hoping this makes discovering a property — and selling one! — a pleasure.

The idea behind the Marketplace isn’t to aggregate every listing from every random brokerage in the city. (We’re not crawling other sites for our data — it’s input by brokers or sellers themselves.) Rather, we’re aiming to create an exchange in which a lack of sheer volume is made up for in quality of the listings and the pleasure of the browsing experience.

Visually, the site is a pleasure to visit compared to most real estate sites — and where else can you browse a $7.3m Townhouse.

Darren Rowse on making money via affiliate programs

Over at Problogger, Darren Rowse has an excellent two-part series on how to make money with affiliate programs.

Part One:

1. Relevancy between Audience, Product and Content

One key to high conversion when promoting affiliate products is to align as much as possible the needs of your audience, with the product that you are promoting and the content being produced on your blog.

Part Two:

2. Track What Your Readers Respond to

Yesterday I mentioned that instead of just promoting an affiliate product once that it can be worth running a series of different types of posts to promote it over time. The beauty in doing this is that you begin to see what your readership responds to. You might find that few people sign up for a product when you first announce it but when you write a review that sales increase. Alternatively you might find that when you offer a bonus they sign up more or even that they respond to you doing an interview with the person behind the product. The key is to try different things but then to watch how they convert.

Excellent advice all around…

Giga Omni Media hires a CEO

Om Malik made the announcement earlier this week that his company, Giga Omni Media, has hired a new CEO:

Today it gives me great pleasure to announce that Paul [Walborsky] has been promoted to chief executive officer. As CEO, he will lead us through our next phase, in which we will go from being a small network of niche blogs to being a new media company with much bigger horizons.

Bringing on board Paul — a veteran of Wall Street, a founder of (two) startups and most importantly, a trusted friend — was perhaps the single most important decision I’ve ever made in terms of shaping the future of our company.

While the first two years have been devoted to laying the groundwork befitting our future, the next few years are going to be about executing our game plan. And Paul over the past 12 months has proved that he can execute.

Martha Stewart moves to WordPress

The Martha Blog, the official blog of Martha Stewart, has announced a blog upgrade.. and they’re moving to WordPress!

The new blog, now live, is hosted at The Martha Blog – at www.themarthablog.com.

Martha writes:

In order to have a blog, you need to enlist a blogging platform, which supplies all the necessary tools for getting your photos and text onto the Internet. As my blog has grown in popularity, we realized we were ready to switch to a platform offering more programming options. After careful research, that new platform will be WordPress, which we hope to launch tomorrow with an exciting photo gallery from my most recent trip to Mexico. With this new program, you will notice additions, such as a search engine within my blog and more robust photo galleries.

Prior to this change, Martha Stewart was using Typepad.

Wired blogs the creation of a Feature Story

Wired is blogging the creation of a feature story from beginning to end.

It’s a fascinating look at how the process works from the very beginning – through storyboarding, the pitch, and the down and dirty logistics to actually making the feature happen.

The feature is about Charlie Kaufman and is scheduled in run in the November 2008 issue of Wired Magazine.

Unique Blog Designs launches Citris Blog Theme

Unique Blog Designs has launched their new Citrus Blog Theme.

The new Citrus Theme features licenses for single, multi-site, and developer versions of the theme – and comes in multiple color schemes. There’s even a version specifically for personal blogs.

The prices for the new theme range from $79 – $149.

The launch of this new theme continues the trend for premium blog designs from strong designers at a reasonable price – just add some customization and you’re good to go with a great looking new blog design!

Looking for a startup job? Look no further than HotStartupjobs

It’s slightly strange to me, being a near-lifelong freelancer, but some folks actually like working at Startups and are specifically looking for such jobs.

HotStartupJobs launched earlier today and is just the place to find that new CTO position in a startup that you were looking for.

Mashable has a review:

The service is just starting out itself. It marked its official debut only hours ago. But already it has pulled substantial amounts of listings from various sources and RSS feeds from around the Web, including sites like Dice, TechZulu, ResumeBucket, KillerStartups, and NeoHire. Mashable, too. Hot Startup Jobs pulls from numerous sources, and designates available work to unique channels.

When’s the right time to use a Magazine-style blog theme?

Magazine style blog themes seem to be all the rage right now – with sites like TechCrunch moving to more of a magazine/newspaper style approach for their main blog pages.

Even Chris Pearson has a new magazine style theme coming out soon to complement his successful Thesis Theme.

So when is the right time to use a Magazine style blog theme?

Smashing Magazine took a look earlier this week and offered some advice along with some key descriptors of what makes up a Magazine-style theme: [Read more…]