Kontera Adds One Click Support for Blogger

Blogger is the latest blog platform to get support for Kontera in-text ads. This from a press release that just pinged in my inbox:

“There is no reason bloggers shouldn’t be earning ad revenue from blogging – that’s why we’re launching the ‘One Click’ solution for Blogger.com,” said Kontera Director of Product Management, Mr. Gabi Peles. “With Kontera’s new ‘One Click’ solutions, bloggers with minimal or no technical skills can implement Kontera on their blog and define where and how the ContentLink In-Text Ads will appear.”

“One Click” being their solution to add the ads, using plugins or similar. The support for Blogger follows the WordPress plugin we’ve reported on previously. There are also plugins for Joomla and Drupal. Actually, you could add Kontera ads to a Blogger blog previously too, but not in a One Click sort of way.

Update: There’s a post on the Blogger widget up!

Chitika and b5media Announce Premium Ads Partnership

Chitika’s Premium Ads offering will be available across the whole b5media network, being “over 350 hight quality websites and blogs” according to the press release. Naturally, both parties are happy with the partnership deal.

Having already proven to deliver a significant boost in overall revenue for untargeted ad placements, the Premium Ads program is being adopted throughout the b5media network. “We found Chitika’s Premium Ads relevancy coupled with the high CPM yield to be uniquely suited for our entire network” says Jeremy Wright, CEO b5media. “The most interesting aspect of Chitika’s new Premium ad program is that the ads will only show up when there is a targeted and relevant offer to the user, which in turn helps deliver higher ad revenue for us.”

Only showing relevant ads is a good thing, in my book.

Buy and Sell Blogroll Links, and Fool Google

BlogRolled.com is a new service to buy and sell text links on your blog, but without any scripts and therefor hard to track for Google. The idea is, of course, to nab a piece of the Text Link Ads cake, since it’ll be hard for search engines to slam down on you buying and selling text links when there’s no script to analyze.

That’s right, no script. If you’re a blog publisher, and someone buys a link in your blogroll, you’ll add it manually, and be paid a flat fee per month, or similar.

What do you think? Will Google tackle this as well, and find a way to penalize sites using this server, or is the TLA 2.0?

Hat tip: John Chow

Kontera Launches WordPress Plugin

Kontera is one of the providers of in-text ads, hated by some (usually readers), and loved by others (mainly publishers making ad dollars). If you’re a Kontera user running a WordPress blog, it just got a lot easier to add the ContentLink tag to your blog, and block out parts of it, with the release of the official Kontera WordPress plugin. Instructions and download links in the Kontera blog post.

Mobile Ads for Mobile Blogs

Google launches mobile image ads, as in targeted ads for mobile phone pages. So let’s say you’re reading a blog on your mobile phone, since it’s got a mobile edition for you. Right, you get an ad. Would you click it? I wouldn’t, mobile browsing overall is too slow, and too much on the go, for me, although wifi enabled devices with bigger screens and faster internet connections might be a whole different matter.

As of now, just over 68% of the TechCrunch readers polled on this matter says no, with 10% saying yes, and the rest says “maybe”. Then again, maybe the TechCrunch crowd isn’t the target for these things?

Content Is Becoming a Commodity

Sarah Perez, a blogger I respect highly has written a post on Read Write Web that I feel will open the eyes of many bloggers towards what I believe to be the coming issue with blogging for money in general: control over content.

This is something that I knew was coming as the RIAA started to fight for control over music, and now the fight for content freedom has expanded to movies, and while both of these are fighting a losing war, it was only a matter of time before the profitability of raw textual content started to see more of the same issues.

It is summed up nicely in the post:

It’s not just bloggers whose content is being used, shared, and profited from today – perhaps now bloggers can begin to appreciate what other industries, like the recording industry or the movie-making industry, has had to face in this new digital age.

What this means for us as bloggers and new media creators is that the very technologies that we have grown to love are the same forces that are turning our efforts, be them our words, our videos, our music, our photos, or anything we create, into a commodity – something that has little monetary value on its own, but in aggregate, can become something of value.

This could mean that data on its own won’t be of great value, but filters, like TechMeme, and other services will feed our ever increasing need for content and make big money doing it.

You have to read through this post. Let it all sink in before giving your opinion on this, as the implications are, at least in my mind, very far reaching.

What I’ve learned about business from blogging

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about business from Blogging. I’ve learned sometimes you have to step away to gain a new perspective. Since I started blogging as a business I’ve been apart of a few small startup companies that largely failed in some areas and succeeded in others largely because of the inability to scale due to monetization of content and the inability to scale in terms of the reality of man hours needed to make it a success. Recently Raj Dash wrote an article over at Performancing entitled What’s Wrong With The Blogosphere. One thing is for sure in this article Blogging is Hard Work if you are doing it day in and day out and relying on it for income.

Since I worked on two startups that largely relied on monetizing content, and have consulted with countless others I found one thing that I tried my hardest to do. Find a product and build content around that product that in turn becomes the source of monetization. Look at some of my heroes on the web and many of them have a product.

1 Aaron Wall, SEOBook

2 Brian Clark, Teaching Sells

3 Dan Grossman, W3Counter

The Business of Blogging is hard, but one of the better ways to monetize content is to find a product and let the product monetize the content naturally. If your passion is travel develop a product and monetize it with your hiqh quality content. Try not to burn yourself out and treat blogging more like a real job and less like a lifestyle.

ProBlogger The Book


probloggerbook.jpgThe Blog Herald contributor Chris Garrett has teamed up with Darren Rowse and written a book. Yes, one of those analog things with dead trees in them. The book is titled ProBlogger Book – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, and that’s of course an enticing promise for sure, right?

Besides the fact that everyone wants to make thousands of dollars, this book is by far the most interesting blog spinoff product I’ve seen so far. Both Chris and Darren are, besides being great guys, also true probloggers, and they know what they’re talking about. This could very well be one of those required books, and a must have for anyone that wants to make it in blogging, much as Stephen King’s On Writing is for anyone who wants to write good fiction.

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Business School for Bloggers: How to Make Money With Your Blog

Sobcon 2007 conference meeting with attendees - photography by Lorelle VanFossen

I am frequently asked about how to make money on the web, especially how to make money with your blog. I find a wide variety of answers around the web, some of them get rich quick schemes, PageRank games, and SEO illusions, but there is only one answer that I want to shout to the roofs, but few people listen.

Blogging as a business is business. It takes business training and skills to make money with your blog.

That’s it. That’s the secret. John Chow, Guy Kawawasaki, Darren Rowse, Seth Godin, these princes of blogging didn’t get rich with their blogs by just having blogs. They used their business sense and know how to make their blogs work for them. They understood that a blog is just another tool in the business arsenal, a business card and resume all wrapped up in one, offering a business a powerful communications tool. In order to make your blog work for you, you have to understand how business works.

To have a “successful” blog and to make your blog work for you, you have to have skills and training in advertising, marketing, economics, finance, writing ability and language skills, public relations, networking, everything any business needs. These are the skills you bring it to your blog to make it a success, earning the money you deserve.
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Freelance Bloggers: Keeping Track of Finances

As my volume of freelance blog writing continues to grow, I’ve found it increasingly important to track where my earnings are coming from. This is key for several reasons:

1) Less headaches. You’ll save yourself from scrambling at the last minute when it’s time to file taxes.

2) You can identify trends. For example, if your skills have greatly improved and your blogging profile becomes more marketable, it might be time to increase your rates. Keeping tabs on what you are earning from each client will help you recognize which jobs you should keep and which you should ditch, should you be fortunate enough to have an overflowing plate.

Get paid. By being in tune with how much money you should be earning, you’re less likely to forget that a certain client has forgotten to pay you. Most blog network owners are busy folks. They don’t mean not to pay you – or pay you late. Sometimes, they just need a reminder.

Up to this point I have relied on MoneyTrackin to keep my blog finances in order. Simply input the amount you’ve made, add some keywords, and you have access to a bevy of charts that will make it easy to see where the money is coming from – and where it’s going.

There might be a better tool out there that I’m unaware of.

Do you guys keep track of your blogging income? If yes, how?