Buzz Bissinger Braylon Edwards

May 22, 2008 – 7:02 am

Buzz Bissinger, Braylon Edwards, and Will Leitch recently appeared on “CostasNow” to talk about sports blogging. Buzz Bissinger came across as a complete numbnuts. Here’s a guy who’s completely threatened by new media and has the audacity to claim that blogs are the cause of the “dumbing down” of America. I hate to tell this arrogant S.O.B. that real “sportswriters” have had more to do with the dumbing down of America than bloggers ever will.

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Twitter Is Down A Lot

May 21, 2008 – 5:01 pm

Twitter seems to be having more than their fair share of woes from a technical standpoint. The site doesn’t seem to be stable at all.

Not only hasn’t been responding for direct access, but their badge is slowing down my websites! You have people linking to you for free and you can’t even keep your site up.

Even a simple search online for “Twitter Down” shows over one million results. Apparently people are noticing and commenting.

Truthfully, I never use the site much when it is up, so I’m not really complaining too bad. But it seems like the service is down more than up lately.

A Strategy For A High CPM Low Traffic Website

May 20, 2008 – 4:05 pm

Let’s say you have a website that has high CPM, but low traffic. How bad of a situation is this? IMHO, not too bad at all. It means you’ve found a niche that pays well, but you haven’t gone far enough in developing traffic. It’s much easier to fix a website like this than one that pays low CPM. No matter how hard you work on a website with low CPM, you end up regretting that you can’t get more for your visitors.

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Online Advertising Is Still Growing, Barely

May 19, 2008 – 12:48 pm

Every day I read another story about how online advertising is growing. Good. As soon as we start reading stories saying the opposite we’ll have to worry about overall trends. But for now it appears that companies are committed to marketing online, and are committing their long term budgets to the effort. That should bode well for anyone who’s publishing content online.

I also have been catching more reports of companies looking to advertise on social media. This should also bode well for the average blogger, because most blogs get readers from the social media sector. Both of these two trends indicate that there will be more money available for bloggers in the future.

I do see one sign of trouble today, and it comes from this New York Times article.

While search advertising remains strong, there are signs that the growth in online advertising — particularly in more elaborate display ads — is slowing down. In the past few weeks, major online-advertising players, like Yahoo and Time Warner, have posted mixed results.

And online publishers may be getting less money for the ad space they do sell. The prices paid for online ads bought through ad networks dropped 23 percent from March to April, according to PubMatic, an advertising-technology company in Palo Alto, Calif., that runs an online-pricing index. Large Web publishers fared the worst in PubMatic’s study, with the prices they received through networks dropping 52 percent.

Ouch. It looks like a double whammy is hitting. There is a slow down in growth and publishers are earning less per click. It looks like any of us who plan on staying alive need to continue to operate in hustle mode.

Google Always Wins

May 12, 2008 – 8:15 am

When it comes to generating revenue, I always come back to Google. Why? They traditionally pay me the best, over time, of any ad program I’ve tried. At this point I’ve tried all of them and have made some conclusions. First, it seems like Google always does just enough to defeat their competitors, and 2) even if an ad program starts off hot, it often cools soon enough.

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What To Look For In Content Writers

April 17, 2008 – 2:38 pm

Content writers are springing up all over the internet. People are more than willing to call themselves pro writers and begin selling their services. But if you come to rely on contract writers, you might just end up getting hooked on something that isn’t good for your overall well-being. I’ve experimented with low-cost content producers, and most of them just don’t cut the mustard.

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Getting A New Blog Off To A Good Start

April 15, 2008 – 8:21 am

If you’re thinking of starting a new blog, my advice is to really get focused and get your blog off to a fast start. If you don’t jump into the action with both feed forward, you may end up with a relatively slow takeoff, and your motivation might lapse. If you have 20 posts after a few weeks, you’ll end up realizing you’ve already put in a good bit of work, and be much less likely to give up.

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WidgetBucks Sucks

April 13, 2008 – 5:49 pm

I needed to update my WidgetBucks review with some new information. That is, WidgetBucks has been removed from any pages I had it on. The program is weak. At first, it started off relatively like gangbusters, but it died off over time. I personally don’t think any of the “Shopping.com” aggregators are worth a damn anyway, and WidgetBucks is no exception.

Add to that:

1) Delayed stats and broken reporting.
2) The sheer ugliness of the ADs.
3) Slow loads and technical problems

I would say that WidgetBucks is pretty much dead in the water as far as I’m concerned. It’s another one of those “been there done that” type of programs.

Anyone else have anything to add about WidgetBucks?

Chitika Performance

April 4, 2008 – 8:41 am

Chitika has been picking up a bit for me. The “Linx Code” and the “RPU Code” both seem to do okay as far as supplemental income goes. The RPU Code is a strange beast. It doesn’t actually get close to displaying related products, but it earns decent.

Linx is a decent bet for any website that mentions a product for the simple fact that it earns around 21 cents per click from what I can tell. A website with decent traffic will make some bucks with that, even if the CTR is low.

Chitika is experimenting more with CPM style ads, so I expect we’ll see changes in their program shortly. If the CPM product is viable, it would be a quick way of plugging in extra cash.

Chitika isn’t one of my top earners, but it’s growing, which is always a good sign.

What are your opinions of Chitika?

WordPress 2.5 Initial Observations

April 2, 2008 – 3:46 pm

The people at WordPress were very excited about the 2.5 version of their popular blogging software, and it’s not hard to understand why. To me, this is an excellent upgrade, because it focuses on area that actually needed improvement. The interface for administration has been tidied up so that the system runs faster, and has better workflow. I noticed that I was able to complete my work faster using WordPress 2.5, so that is delightful.

I still don’t care for the Visual HTML view, but all in all I’d say the core features of WordPress 2.5 and the ease of use make up for any perceived shortcomings. I appreciate the fact they notify us now of every new update, and it makes it very easy to keep things up to speed.

If all open source software was as good as WordPress, the world would be a better place, indeed.

What are your observations about WordPress 2.5?