Poll results – Where do Your Readers Come From

I forgot to post the result to my last poll which finished a week or so back. The question to readers was ‘Where do most of your Blog’s Readers come from?’ The results were as following with search engines being the most popular response (click to enlarge picture).

Blog Stats

Surprising to me were the large numbers of bloggers who responded with ‘no idea’.

Perhaps bloggers need to install some sort of statistics packages on their blogs. Here’s a post I wrote earlier in the year on how I use stats packages to enhance my blogging.

I’d be interested to hear how others go about tracking the results of their blogging? What stats systems do you use? What stats do you particular find helpful?

Google PR Update Underway

The Google Page Rank update is underway – you can check what your PR will/could be using this Future Page Rank Tool to track what the different data centers have your page rank at.

Keep in mind that Page Rank is not the be all and end all – you might like to read a post I’ve written trying to explain page rank if you’re new to the concept.

‘Splogs’ in the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has an article on Blog Spam and Google’s response to it (or lack of it as many argue) today which features, among others, one of my favorite ProBloggers – Jon Gales from Mobile Tracker.

Over Stretched Blogging

I’ve been preparing for our last call in the six figure blogging course and we’re talking a little about hiring bloggers and blog networks. As a result I’ve been doing a bit of a tour of some of the newer blog networks to see how they are traveling. Some are doing better than others (at b5 we’ve had a few server issues as we swap from one server to another to another) and fine fools looks like they are in expansion.

In contrast to Fine Fools which is adding new blogs over time is Instablogs which launched with many blogs. A quick tour of them this morning reveals that while they have many blogs that over half of them haven’t been updated in almost two weeks.

I wonder if there is a lesson here for future blog networks. While it might be impressive to launch a network with close to 50 blogs – perhaps doing so stretches the resources of the network too far.

I’ll be advising our six figure blogger participants this morning to diversify their blogging interests in a variety of ways – but not at the expense of the quality of the projects that they work on. Stretch yourself too thin and everything suffers.

My advice – build your blogging up over time, adding projects as you find yourself able to do so.

Blogarithm – Blog Email Subscription Tool

Blogarithm is a tool that you can add to your blog to give your readers the option to subscribe to it via email. It’s a good system for those readers who have yet to discover or adopt RSS and news aggregators.

I’m probably not going to use it because I generally encourage RSS readership and/or newsletters for my readers to follow my blogs via – but it could be worthwhile for some.

If you’d like to test it just add (what else!?) and your email to the form on blogarithm’s front page.

If you use it – let me know how you find it.

American Express Hires Bloggers to Blog about Richard Branson Speech

Dane from Business Opportunities Weblog has been presented with an interesting opportunity to make a few dollars from his blog by being paid by American Express to blog about a speech to be given by Richard Branson and to host a discussion afterward. Dane writes:

‘I’ve been hired, with two other veteran business bloggers (Anita Cambell of Small Business Trends, and Rob May of BusinessPundit) to be a part of the online blogging event….

Following the live event, the three of us will spend the rest of the week responding to Branson’s talk and writing about a variety of entrepreneurship topics relevant to the theme of the event. Clay Shirky, a professor and blogging pioneer, will be serving as our moderator for the online discussion.’

It’s an interesting experiment by American Express. Dane gets to post a disclaimer and gets to express his own opinions through the process. I wonder if we’ll see more of this in future?

‘Clever’ Adsense Placement

I’m enjoying a thread over at DigitalPoint that is discussing ‘Sites where I didn’t notice the Adsense‘.

Some of the sites people are referring to are very clever indeed – in fact some might even be ‘too clever’ in that they perhaps run the risk of being too invisible and of violating Adsense TOS. Some of the more ‘blended’ examples mentioned include:

Now you’ll want to keep in mind that some of these examples could be walking a very fine line between what is allowable and not allowable in Google’s TOS. I’d be wanting to check with Adsense first – especially around their conditions that talk about drawing attention to your ads in sneaky ways. There is a lot of debate in Adsense forums over the use of images around ads as a technique to draw the eye. My policy is ‘when in doubt ask Adsense’.

I’d be interested to see your examples of clever Adsense placement on blogs or other websites.

MSN Adcenter Launches Beta

Jen just mentioned on webmasterradio that the MSN Adcenter just went live with their beta test in the US. Can’t find any details of it yet but it’s interesting news and a step towards some competition for Adsense and YPN.

update: Jen has now updated her blog with more information on the MSN Adcenter launch.

Generating Blog Traffic

Arieanna has a good post over at blogging help where she talks about her experience of having some traffic spikes on her blogs and how she recommends others go about Generating traffic. Here’s a couple of her tips:

‘- Write 25-40% original content. For some blogs this will mean reading news feeds, as well as other blogs, to catch news first. You can also consider non-RSS content research to find items or to connect the dots between topics….

– Send emails to big blogs in your area. Pitch a story, write something interesting about your blog, and make that link prominent.’