Amazon UK Test ‘Self-Optimising Links’ – Beware AdSense publishers
28th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 12

Amazon UK Test ‘Self-Optimising Links’ – Beware AdSense publishers

I’ve just noticed that Amazon UK’s Affiliate program is beta testing a new type of ad called ‘New Self-Optimising Links’. They describe it as: “Self-Optimising Links feature products chosen automatically based on the content of your site. To create Self-Optimising Links simply modify the template and appearance elements and copy ...more
Adsense
Maintaining a Blog/Life Balance
28th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 25

Maintaining a Blog/Life Balance

Wendy Boswell has written a great piece over at Lifehacker on How to get things done working inside and outside the home where she talks a little about her approach to work life balance as a home based worker. I think that what she has to say is great and ...more
Miscellaneous Blog Tips
Adsense Testing Ad Units Mixing Images With Text
28th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 21

Adsense Testing Ad Units Mixing Images With Text

A number of AdSense publisher have been reporting seeign a new type of AdSense ad over the last 24 hours or so. The ads in question seem to be happening in the narrow skyscraper ad unit (120×600) and consist of normal text ads with a 90×110 image at the top ...more
Adsense
A – Z of Professional Blogging
27th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 3

A – Z of Professional Blogging

Just a quick note to thank everyone for their suggestions in the A – Z of Professional Blogging post earlier today. I’ve since updated the list with numerous more suggested blog tools and platforms and there are now over 130 listed. Keep your suggestions rolling in. I’ve not added everything ...more
Blogging Tools and Services
digg’s new AdSense Ads
27th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 11

digg’s new AdSense Ads

By now most people have seen the new digg design and expasion of their categories beyond their traditional ‘technology’ one. But what interests me most about the redesign is their integration of AdSense ads into the design. I noticed earlier today that they were a little different but didn’t think ...more
Adsense
Bloggers and Money Session at BloggerCon
27th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 6

Bloggers and Money Session at BloggerCon

I am currently listening to a podcast of the Bloggers and Money session at BloggerCon. You can read a little about the session at ZDNet. A few notes from the podcast: Chris Pirillo made some good points about blogs being a branding tool to brand yourself – which is certainly ...more
Pro Blogging News
Best standalone blog application? Poll
27th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 3

Best standalone blog application? Poll

Lifehacker is running a poll on which standalone blog application is best – the results are no surprise – very similar to our ProBlogger’s poll on blog platforms.
Blogging Tools and Services
ProBlogger Demographics – MSN adCenter Style
27th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 19

ProBlogger Demographics – MSN adCenter Style

MSN’s AdCenter predicts that 60% of ProBlogger’s readers are male with the biggest readership in the ‘under 18 years of age’ range. Hmmmm – the gender one might be right (my gender poll found that 72% of readers were male) but the age range has got to be out. I ...more
Pro Blogging News
The Pre-Launch Success Phase of a Blog
27th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 15

The Pre-Launch Success Phase of a Blog

Scrivs has a good post on some of the things to consider before you launch a blog. He talks through issues of: The Design – “For a blog a great design is good, but isn’t as key as the content that is already present on the site. For more web-based ...more
Miscellaneous Blog Tips