Quotes for Bloggers

The other day when I was looking for quotes to finish up my Making Money From Blogging Takes Time post I came across a heap of great sayings from famous people that seemed appropriate for bloggers.

So I thought it’d be fun to start a little meme here to see what quotes you’d use to inspire, motivate, inform or educate successful ProBloggers.

So hit your favorite quote sites and nominate your favorite quote from a famous person (your definition of fame) and leave it in comments below and/or post it on your blog.

Here’s a few to get you going:

  • “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” – Demosthenes
  • “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Alva Edison
  • “Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.” – Colleen C. Barrett
  • “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Donald Kendall
  • “100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” – Wayne Gretzky
  • “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “The winner is the chef who takes the same ingredients as everyone else and produces the best results.” – Edward de Bono
  • “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
  • “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” – Marian Wright Edelman
  • “The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Seek to understand then be understood.” – Stephen R. Covey

Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Think Before You Link from your Blog

ME “Liz” Strauss has a good post over at Successful Blog called Think Before You Link which has five factors to consider before adding a link to your blog post:

  • Does this link clarify what I’m saying here?
  • Have my readers seen this link 10 times already?
  • Is this information they will care about?
  • If the link does belong, label the link and credit the writer.
  • Will this link take my readers away forever?

Nice list. I’d add a one more thing:

  • Have I read what I’m linking to? – I suspect that some bloggers fail to do this and feeling the pressure to post high levels of content link to almost anything they find without checking to see if it’s link worthy.

Long Weekend

This coming Tuesday is a public holiday here in Melbourne – it’s Melbourne Cup Day (a day off so some horses can run around a track for a few minutes).

As a result we’re taking off for a couple of days with some friends. I’ll be back on Tuesday evening but in the mean time there will be a couple of posts that I’ve already written appearing here to keep my wonderful readers amused. Have a good weekend friends!

Bloggers SUCK – Lessons from Forbes

Forbes has an article in it’s latest edition attacking blogs. It’s called Attack of the Blogs (subscription required).

I’ve decided not to read it – mainly because to do so I’d need to subscribe to their online section. Part of me (the cynical part) actually wonders if the whole article is something of a publicity stunt.

ForbesI mean what better way to get million’s of people talking about you, linking to you and reading you than to write negative things about them.

Technorati has ‘Forbes’ listed as the fifth most search for term in the last hour (with some pretty stiff competition). I’ll be interested to watch these pages at BlogPulse and Alexa over the next day or two to see what their graphs look like as they update.

I’d love to get a peak at the sign up levels for their online section in the last day or two – I suspect they’ve had some pretty decent numbers.

Adsense talks about the Facts of Smart Pricing

The team at Adsense have responded to some of the recent talk about Smart Pricing by writing a post on their blog on the topic. Their main points are:

1. Many factors determine the price of an ad
2. Clickthrough rate doesn’t affect advertiser return on investment (ROI)
3. Google doesn’t make money from ‘smart pricing’
4. Remember the old chestnut: “Content is King”

I think their post is a good step in the right direction – at least they are engaging in the conversation (something I’m pleased to see them doing more and more) and there are some valid points there that are there to stop publishers panicking too much. At the same time there is still a certain vagueness about smart pricing from a publishers end that leaves me feeling a little uneasy.

Opportunities at b5

If you don’t follow the RSS feed over at b5media you might have missed a few opportunities that we’ve been advertising for including:

Also we announced a fun new blog – Kapped – a blog that three of our bloggers (Ingrid, Erin and Jayvee) are having a load of fun with – taking screen captures from films, TV shows and video games and adding captions. I surfed through all the screen caps so far yesterday and found myself having quite a good giggle. I’m not sure how commercially viable it will be with Adsense – but I’ve just added it as my home page and think it’ll provide me with some entertainment each day.

Posting Goals

Rebelbagwan left a comment on my last post asking about posting goals. He writes that he intends to:

“write 5 posts of some quality a day , so far starting from zilch getting currently 60 uniques a day and will try and double this every week , do you think this is realistic and what is your reco for amount of posts per day ( 11000 divided by 3 years per day= 11+ per day in your case ?)”

It’s a good question and one that I’d like to take the opportunity to say a few things about.

  • I think it’s a great idea to set yourself some posting goals for your blogs. Goals give you something to work towards – they help keep you on track – they motivate and help you to be more disciplined in your task.
  • The number of posts that you choose as your goal will vary from blog to blog depending upon many factors including the topic of the blog (some topics naturally lend themselves to more content than others), the length of your posts, your available time etc.
  • I generally advise people to start with a goal of 2-4 posts per day when they are just starting out with their blogging and to gradually increase their posting levels over time. The beauty of starting out smaller is that you get into the rhythm of your blogging, you develop your research and writing skills and so then when you go for a larger number of posts as your goal it is a more realistic and achievable target. It’s like going to the gym for the first time – if you do too much too early you can end up burning yourself out.
  • Realistic yet challenging posting goals are very important – don’t set your targets too high – if you do you’ll either burn out or you’ll see the quality of your posts decrease. Set your goals too low and you’ll become lazy, lethargic and become undisciplined.
  • Don’t overwhelm your readers with posts. One of the pieces of feedback I had here at Problogger a few months back was that I was posting so many times a day that I was overwhelming some readers. I’d recommend that you consider starting a second blog if you’ve got the time and enough inspiration to write more than 4-5 posts per day.
  • Quality posting is just as important, in fact it’s more important, than the quantity of posts you do. Anyone can post 50 meaningless, low quality, unhelpful and boring posts per day – I’d prefer the bloggers that work on my blogs to post 3 original, engaging, witty and informative posts per day than 12 junky ones.

Rebelbagwan’s goal of 5 posts per day is great. Over a year this will build his site to over 1800 pages of content – a substantial sized site. My own posting targets at present seem to vary quite a bit from day to day depending upon what other things I’ve got on. As I’ve taken on a number of projects recently that are not directly about me blogging (eg b5media, six figure blogging and two others that I’m looking forward to announcing in the coming weeks) I’ve found that it’s harder to consistently reach the goals I was working on a few months back. As a result I’ve taken on a blogger to assist me in this.

My own goal is for 25 posts per day on weekdays. Weekends I tend to relax more these days and only post a handful of posts. Keep in mind that I’m a full time blogger and that I have 20 or so blogs. Some of these blogs only get posts a few times a week – others are posted to multiple times per day.

I hope that answers Rebelbagwan’s question – feel free to add your own two cents worth in comments below.

Making Money From Blogging Takes Time

I’ve been reflecting today upon the long term nature of having a business that makes money from blogging.

I am regularly asked by bloggers in their start up phase why they are not earning enough money from their blogs to go full time.

While I usually can find a variety of reasons – in the majority of cases it tends to come back down to the length of time that they’ve been blogging.

Why is length of time in successful entrepreneurial blogging for money so important?

There are a few reasons that come to mind: [Read more…]

Ad Sizes on Blogs

Duncan has posted A short guide to ad sizes which really is a must read if you’re looking to use advertising on your blog. He takes a look at Ad placement, ad sizes and Chitika just to name some of what he covers:

‘Dont be afraid to experiment with your template as you would with any other aspect of your blog. First and foremost, its fun. For me getting a template to work is like painting a picture for someone else, its nearly like a piece of art that gives you a feeling of gratification once its completed (although in my case 3 months later I’m playing with it again :-) ) Take a stroll across the blogosphere and be inspired by what others are doing.’

What ad sizes and positions are your favorites?