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August 15, 2013

3 Blog Niches That Are Sure to Be Profitable

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It seems like everyone has a blog these days. If you’ve thought about starting a blog of your own (and maybe making some extra money from it), you’ll want to choose the right topic for the site.

You want a topic you care about other people will want to read about. Finding your niche can be hard, but once you do, you’ll see your blog grow in popularity right before your eyes.

Why choose a niche blog

The Internet is full of advice when it comes to starting a blog. Some might say you have to keep your website broad to attract as many readers as possible, while others argue that you should choose a specific topic and be one of the only websites that addresses that particular area of interest.

If you’re thinking about starting a blog that you hope to profit from, you’re likely to find more success if you find a niche. Here’s why: read more

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September 16, 2009

Dooce Starts MFA Subpage

Heather Armstrong, better known as Dooce, has announced the launch of her MFA subpages Monetizing the Hate.

And I’m sitting there feeding Marlo, my abdomen wrapped in a bandage SO THAT I DON’T GIVE HER CHICKEN POX, and I’m reading an anonymous comment calling me an asshead, and suddenly I remember that conversation I had with Heather. And I’m like, you know what? I’m going to let that anonymous comment help pay for the therapy that Leta is so desperately going to need once she finds out what awful things I’ve said about her on my website.

Internet, let me introduce you to Monetizing The Hate.

Here I will be posting all the hate mail I get in my inbox and all the hateful anonymous and not-so-anonymous comments left on this website. And let me tell you, it is a hoot! And the money? OH THE MONEY! I am going to roll around naked in all that money! Because that’s what assheads do!

And as the title, Monetizing the Hate promises, the page is full of ads. Although I can see the irony or fun in the concept, Dooce might be pushing things just a little too far here.

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July 23, 2009

Is online ad pricing improving again? One organization thinks so

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One of the many casualties of the economic downturn has been online ad pricing, but analysts at an ad optimization company now believe we’ve turned a corner.

Improve Digital/PubMatic has released data which suggests that ad pricing may be on the increase, after record lows in 2008.

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Reporting at the beginning of the year, PubMatic reported that Q4 2008 ad pricing was nearly half that of the previous year, yet in every month since the start of this year ad pricing has grown between three and 17 per cent, with a total growth of 35% since December. read more

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June 23, 2009

Google AdSense pushing local currency reporting for many international publishers

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When I logged into my Google AdSense control panel last night I found a new option to have my earnings listed in local currency (UK pounds) from now on.

This has been developing for some time but it’s the first time I’ve been prompted by Google to change to local currency.

What appears to be new is that, once the change has been made, it’s not possible to change back to US dollars (either reporting or payment method). Before, Google had said that “you can still choose to receive payments in US Dollars”.

Does this make any difference to international publishers? read more

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June 22, 2009

Six Apart and VideoEgg partner on video ads

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Bloggers using TypePad will find it easier to integrate video ads into their content thanks to a partnership between VideoEgg and Six Apart announced today.

Six Apart will offer AdFrames ad units including Twig, which is an ad that stays in the browser window and can be expanded upon mouse over (one of the types of ad I hate, for what it’s worth).

The press release implies that the video units will be available to all publishers, though I’d be surprised if there was no quality control/bar to entry at all. It mentions that “launch partners” include Orbitcast, MediaBlab, Geeks are Sexy, Make Use of and Blog Net News, so perhaps it is fairly selective. read more

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January 16, 2009

Buy Friends on Twitter, What a Lame Business Model (Or Is It?)

ReadWriteWeb reckons that Twitter’s business model just got unearthed. When signing up to Twitter, you’re asked if you don’t want to start following a bunch of people. Or brands, really. Here’s a screenshot taken from my registering a new Twitter account (for people who like computer and videogames, incidentally):

Twitter signup suggestions

So what does that mean, and how can Twitter make money? read more

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