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The Attack of the Dumb Ass Comment Spammers

Is anyone else getting attacked by dumb ass comment spammers?

I don’t mean people that are dumb because they engage in comment spamming – I mean they are dumb because they seem to have forgotten something in their spam – a link to their sites.

Today I’ve been hit with hundreds of them – inane messages like ‘I love your site – I’ll be back’ that have no link in the URL field or message itself. They all are of course from different IP addresses with different email addresses and all come in bursts.

Only frustrating thing about it is that because they don’t leave a link some of them don’t get picked up by my spam killer plug-in and need manual deletion.

Update: I have to say – thank goodness for the ‘Spam Karma’ plugin for WP. I just checked to see how many comments its deleted today. The count is over 2900 so far (15 minutes to go)!!!!

Most of them are these stupid linkless comments. Only a few get through thank goodness or I’d be losing a battle to keep up with deleting them all manually.

Tris Hussey on the Professional Bloggers Association

Lip-Sticking has a good interview with ProBlogger Tris Hussey from Larix Consulting. In it he speaks a little about the Professional Bloggers Association which I’d been wondering about as it’s been very quiet of late after it’s initial burst of publicity. Is it just another one of those good ideas that bloggers have that goes no where or will something come of it? Tris writes:

‘The PBA went on a bit of hiatus. We all had great ideas, great plans, and then realized—wait, we’re really, really busy people spread out all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe! So, Paul (our most illustrious leader) has committed to getting it going again. I think the summer will be a great time to do this. Hopefully the lazy, hazy days of summer will bring it out of hiatus.

What to expect? Expect that we’re really going to hit the blogosphere with cool stuff. We’ve got some of the sharpest minds going in the core group. Unfortunately, we’re also some of the busiest minds. I want to promote professional blogging as a career, work on the value proposition for businesses, and serve as a group that can give fair and unbiased reviews of new tools and technologies. Not to mention have the coolest blog in town. Come on, with our talent pool, one post a week from the likes of Steve Rubel, Amy Garhan, Toby Bloomberg, you Jane, and many, many others. That’s draw enough!’

Looking forward to see what emerges.

Bloggers Block – Just Say Something

Peter has something good to say about those times when you have nothing to say – writers block.

His advice? Say something – even if it doesn’t feel too profound.

It’s a good point.

In fact it’s a strategy I use regularly and find to work for me. It’s quite amazing how often when you begin to write (usually complete drivel at first) that as you write you can often stumble upon something that’s pure gold.

Of course in these instances I usually delete the first paragraph or so – but some of my best posts emerged out of… well nothing.

Wisdom of Crowds and Blogging

While we’re on the topic of books (see a couple of posts back) – can I also recommend “The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations” (phew – quite the mouth full) a book by James Surowiecki. It’s a book I read while away and found particularly relevant to blogging (despite not mentioning it).

To paraphrase it terribly it is a book about how groups of people (crowds) have the ability to come up with some pretty amazing and resourceful solutions if in the right environment. It reminded me a lot of my Blogging in Formation – Lessons from a Goose series.

Disclaimer: Of course coming out of the ColdPlay concert at Crystal Palace in London a week or so back with 30,000 rather drunk 18 year olds all trying to get onto the platform of one train station I did have moments of doubt about the book!

London Explosion

I’m covering some of the news on the London Explosion here as we have family who use the tube in the areas affected and are waiting for word. Phones are down and we’re a touch worried so I thought I’d do something productive.

Update – as I’ve updated on my other blog we’ve had good news from London from family. Despite being close to the explosions they are fine.

I’ve continued to update the page.

Stepping towards $1,000,000

Jon over at Smart Money Daily has a plan – it’s a plan to make $1,000,000 gross income in a year from his online projects.

Ok – you might think Jon’s thinking a little too big – and maybe he is – but the think I like about his plan is that it starts with:

‘$50 a day gross revenue average over a one month period’

I’ve seen a lot of plans to make money online and they generally start with the grand goal of the $1,000,000 figure and fail to actually name any intermediate goals. Big goals are great – but some manageable starting points are often the keys to getting to them.

Jon’s plan is based upon the quality book by the name of E-Myth Revisited (affiliate link) which I’d highly recommend a read of (and which you can get a CD of also). Many of you will be familiar with the E-Myth so I won’t regurgitate it all here – other than to say that I’ve found it helpful in thinking about how to transition my blogging from a job to a business.

By no means am I there yet – the challenge still lies ahead of achieving the theory laid out in E-Myth – but at least I’m moving towards that goal and learning a lot in the process.

Quality vs Quantity of Posting?

I was chatting to a soon-to-be-blogger this morning about ProBlogging and he asked me how long he’d have to blog before he could earn a reasonable amount from it.

It’s a common question that is usually on the lips of new bloggers exploring the world of ProBlogging.

Of course there is no real answer to the question as there are just so many factors including:

- traffic levels (which rely upon many other factors)
- value of ads for the topic you’ve chosen
- revenue streams chosen

Another factor I talked with him about was his level of posting. Obviously the larger a blog is the increased chance of earning income it has. Whilst it’s not impossible for a small website or blog to be a good earner – in most cases the number of posts on a blog is a major contributing factor.

This flies a little in the face of the constant catch cry I hear from many bloggers about ‘quality content being the key to successful blogging’ – I agree with this – but want to argue that it’s not just the quality that counts – ProBloggers also need to consider quantity. For me it’s not an ‘either or’ question – it’s about both.

As I often say – the more pages in your blog the more potential entry points you have to it via search engine referrals. Of course it’s not just a matter of creating thousands of useless pages (although some try this) – each page should be a useful page with high quality content – but in general the more pages you’ve got the better.

Out of interest this afternoon I decided it was time to add up how many pages of content I’ve generated since I started blogging in November of 2002….

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Blogging For Dollars – Personal Finance Blogs

Business Week features a collection of blogs this week that are blogging on the topic of personal finance at Blogging For Dollars.

Congratulations to a number of those sites (around half of them) that are featured who are regular readers and contributers here at ProBlogger.net.

The full list of those blogs featured is:

There are some quality blogs (some of which are doing some very good levels of traffic) in the list but what surprises me a little in surfing through them all is the absence of Adsense ads on most of them.

Whilst I know it’s not every blogger’s objective to make an income from their blog – most of them have some sort of advertising on them and all of them do seem to be interested in money (by virtue of their topic). I had expected to see a few more contextual text ads on their sites as I know from personal experience that financial terms can pay quite well.

Anyway – if you’re after some advice on what to do with the money you’re earning on your blog – these might be a good starting place.

Thanks to FMF for the tip on this list.

Becoming a Multi-Dimensional Blogger

Robert’s latest Corporate Blog Tip (#10) is simple but well worth taking note of:

‘If the only way people know you is through your blog you’ll be seen as a pretty one-dimensional person.

Blogging does have lots of advantages: lots of people can get to know you with a minimal amount of effort. But, when push comes to shove it’s not a way to build a really deep relationship.

There’s a reason why conferences are still very well attended: meeting someone face-to-face still is better than meeting them through a grid of pixels on the screen…’

He goes on to suggest a few ways to add another dimension to your blogging including podcasting, video blogs, hosting dinners, attending industry events etc.

I totally agree with what he’s saying.

I have a suspicion that the more places that your readers bump into you that the more chance you’ll have of making a good impression upon them and showing them that you’re multidimensional and no ordinary blogger.

An example of this is the numerous comments I’ve gotten from readers since starting to allow some of my posts to be republished at Web Pro News. Whilst I don’t get a lot of direct traffic from it, having my posts appear on another reasonably well respected and trafficked site puts my name, face (via a photo) and content in front of more people. Not only is it new people – but sometimes its the same people that see me here – which just reinforces my message.

I know a number of ProBlogger.net readers who became regular readers of my blog when they realized I was also a regular on Web Pro News. The same story is true after the last article that I featured in on my blogging in a newspaper. People who had previously seen my blog and had never returned came back for a second look (and stayed as regulars) after seeing the article.

So I echo Robert’s thoughts – let yourself enter new and even unexpected spheres.

Like he says this might include conferences or meeting people face to face, but it also might be as simple as a new blog, guest blogging for someone, writing a book or email newsletter, accepting an interview opportunity or letting some of your posts appear on another site from time to time. The more places you show up (in real life and online) the more chances you have to reinforce who you are to potential readers.