As most of you probably know I posted 3 times about how using Adsense and Yahoo Publisher network would probably be the best way to monetize a blog. Although I still feel that those options are the best, I would like to tell you guys about some other options which can be used in addition to contextual advertising.
Though it’s quite hard to tell exactly what the deal is from the incredibly short press release (hampered by my inability to read Swedish on the web site), it seems that Metro Nordic, part of Metro International, has launched a “user-generated content concept” in Sweden that will put qualified bloggers on the company’s payroll.
It sounds as if chosen bloggers will be given the blogging tools they require to write their own content for the site, and will be paid relatively to how many times their article is viewed, once they reach a certain threshold of page views.
If you have not been following these post’s please check out Using Contextual Advertising On Your Blog Part I and Using Contextual Advertising On Your Blog Part II. In the last post I discussed when it is time to not use Adsense and try something else for one reason or another. But,another important factor to using contextual advertising on your blog is when to actually place the advertising on your blog.
This is what I mean…
Good news for any PayPal lovers who currently run, or are considering, Yahoo! Publisher Network ads on their blog: Yahoo has announced an option for publishers to have ad revenue paid directly into their PayPal account.
The threshold for receiving payments this way has been reduced from US$100 to US$50, though you may find that the benefit is cancelled out by PayPal’s own fees for withdrawing money.
While trawling through my many news feeds, I came across an article entitled Internet Home Business Ideas For Those Without Any Money: Blogging.
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I’ve been on the Internet for long enough to become a little skeptical (perhaps cynical) when I read anything to do with “Internet Home Business”, despite the fact that I believed for a long time that I would earn a living primarily through the Internet, and in fact am now doing so.
So what set the alarm bells off here?
Thord over at 901am.com reports on Blogging Pro‘s recent release of its InSense theme for WordPress. Now apart from the theme’s being great-looking (and probably great, code-wise, too), what makes it really interesting is the business model that David Peralty (and my other former colleagues over at Bloggy Network) have come up with.
You see, the theme comes with a sponsor link at the bottom, and the folks over at Blogging Pro, who are doing the actual release, aren’t shy about it. Lots of themes cram in affiliate links and whatnot in their themes, but few of them admit that they are trying to leech on unknowing users.
David wrote me to tell that they’re also considering releasing more themes in the coming months using this business model. While the link is automatically included in each download of the theme, this isn’t required, and the user may opt to remove it. Still I would think most users would not bother to remove the link, out of respect to the theme author. [Read more…]
Returning back to the United States two years ago, I was really amazed at how many people spent so much time slouched in the couch potato position not in front of their televisions but in front of their computers. Not blogging, emailing, surfing, or catching up on the latest internationally critical news but playing games.
I saw many glazed faces staring at playing card filled screens as they poked at Solitaire. I have long been a fan of computer games, however I turn on a timer so I do not spend all my days and nights waiting for the 3 of clubs to take me to the next level.
With the addictive nature of online games, especially with the success of the casino/gambling industry making billions of dollars annually from the US alone, even though US citizens are not permitted to gamble online, I was really surprised that the Web 2.0 social networking craze didn’t embrace game playing faster.
Digg, Buzz, Del.icio.us, and other competitive social networking and bookmarking services are all about gaming and gambling. Participants watch numbers rise and fall as people pick their favorites to win or lose, cheering for the big winning numbers. We’re addicted to blog stats, most popular posts, top blogs, top commenter lists, and other winning number combinations including winning posts titled the “top 6”, “top 12”, and “101 Sure Fire Tips”, gaming the game of social networking and blog traffic.
So why not be blatant and embrace games as games?
This issue basically cropped up after Tony criticized those who were vocal against PayPerPost-type schemes for not recognizing the existence of the so-called blue collar bloggers–those of us who don’t have the connections, notoriety, nor capital to launch, run, and earn from a popular blog. Blue collar bloggers, according to Tony, make do with whatever monetization mechanisms are available to them, and pay per post schemes are among the most accessible and easiest way to earn.
Jason’s argument was that the so-called A List doesn’t exist because the people who are supposedly A-listers are no different from the rest of us.
What a joke… a couple of years ago Scoble, Jarvis, and I were the blue collar bloggers! We were hustling trying to get our vocies heard and a couple of years later–after blogging daily/hourly–the supposed “A List” got some traction and attention.
Here is a tip: THEY EARNED IT!!! They busted their butts for years blogging in an intelligent way. They were not given their seats at the table–they took them!
[T]here is no A-List in blogging. Just people who’ve been blogging longer than others and who are smarter or better writers–or all of those things. [Relevant links added -Ed]
But Tony thinks that to deny the presence of social stratification in the blogosphere is arrogant. [Read more…]
The Blog Herald Shop had been offline for the past couple of months. Since we moved to our new servers, we couldn’t quite get the associate-o-matic
code to work, and admittedly we’ve been busy focusing on making great content. But not wanting to see such a great resource put to waste, we’ve put some elbow grease into it (silly us, it just involved a few minutes’ effort modifying some Apache settings), and we’re proud to announce that the Blog Herald Shop is now back online.
The Shop is basically a collection of merchandise that we think might be of interest to bloggers. These include books about blogging, podcasting, and other new media. And then of course there are the other gadgetry and other publications that you might consider cool. For instance, there’s the set of books about blogging and podcasting, and the Web Marketing books that can help you start your way to earning millions off the Web. Or perhaps we can interest you to a Wired subscription. Or maybe you need some new spiffy accessories for your laptop.
Some of these items are hand-picked by us (with some dating back to the previous editorial teams), while some are automatically-generated through relevant keywords.
The Blog Herald Shop can be accessed at www.blogherald.com/shop/shop.php
Like many other blog owners, we’ve been having severe problems with automated translation tools, particularly Angsuman translator in our case–where either blank pages appear or one gets this message from Google:
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We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google.