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A Word About Our Sponsors

Posted By Darren Rowse 21st of December 2007 ProBlogger Site News 54

With the Festive Season approaching I wanted to take a few minutes out today to give a shout out to the sponsors of ProBlogger that have been so supportive over the past month or two. This group of companies and individuals help me to keep my eye on blogging rather than having to worry about raising money and I appreciate them all.

A0072307LinkWorth – if there’s an award for longest running sponsor of ProBlogger it’s these guys.

LinkWorth is a Search Engine Marketing and Text Link Advertising service who offers a range of products including text link ads, blog reviews, in text links, pay per click ads, rotating text ads, directory submission and much more.

Join LinkWorth today either as an advertiser looking to grow your blog or as a publisher seeking to monetize your blog in new ways.

A0070296WidgetBucks – relatively new to the ad network space, WidgetBucks have caused quite a stir and have helped a number of ProBlogger readers recently to go full time in their blogging.

I’ve reviewed them previously (before they became a sponsor) and have found them to be a great way to monetize a blog – particularly if your traffic is largely from North America (although they’ve just activated ads now for non US traffic).

A0072714Pubmatic – This ad optimizing tool is an example of where I think we’ll see advertising on blogs go in the year or two ahead.

I reviewed it recently (note: the review was before PubMatic became an advertiser) and was really impressed with this new system that will allow you to manage multiple advertising networks ads in the one ad spot. For each impression they’ll serve the ad that will earn you the most money.

The campaign that they’re currently running is part of their Pubmatic Publisher Challenge where they’ve given away free advertising to some of the publishers using them – in this case it’s WinCustomize.

A0071622Voxant Newsroom – this service provides blogs (and other sites) with high quality and licensed content.

They’ll supply video, text and images from the very highest of quality sources (WSJ, CBS, AP, Reuters and more).

Not only that – they’ll also share the advertising revenue when a news story that Voxant supplies is viewed.

Register for the service here.

A0071685RankSense – is a new SEO software suite designed to make your rankings in search engines higher than the currently are.

They’re currently beta testing and are offering those willing to give it a go credits towards eventual purchase of the final product.

This isn’t a service that spams search engines for temporary results – but one that evaluates your site to help you genuinely improve it and climb the search engines for the long haul.

A0074666Compete – I’ll be honest – I was surprised to see that Compete had joined us a sponsor. Not because they don’t fit here (they do) but because it’s a service that I use regularly.

Compete’s Search Analytics helps you to analyze what people are searching for online, find gaps in what competitors are doing and get other useful information.

As Aaron Wall says – ‘Compete Search Analytics is essential for people looking to develop competitive research into what, where and how consumers are searching online’.

250 Full LogoEntrecard – a new service that I’ve been running in my sidebar recently (as a sponsored widget) is Entrecard. It’s one of those services that is a little difficult to explain in a sentence or two – but fortunately there’s a great video that does it well on their front page.

I’ve been using it now for a few weeks the thing I like most about it is that it’s a service that allows you to network with, get to know and do some mutual promotion with other bloggers. It’s a service that I think is well worth having a play around with.

Thanks to our Sponsors

So thank you to each of the current ProBlogger sponsors. I’m excited by the type of companies that we’ve been attracting of late – some genuinely useful services in the mix above.

If you’re interested in getting your message out to the ProBlogger readership you can contact the ad sales team at b5media (who handles ProBlogger ad sales) via our Advertise on ProBlogger page. Our ad spots are currently full but we have more openings coming up.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  1. wild flux says: 12/21/2007 at 2:36 pm

    Two cheers for sponsors! Huzzah!

  2. You may want to check out the way that your RSS feed displays in Thunderbird in a post like this with the images, it doesn’t align properly always.

    Great sponsors though, and thank you for keeping this great blog alive!

  3. Thanks for the heads-up on your sponsors. I’m re-doing my advertising at the moment and am looking for some that actually pay well and ones that people actually want to click….adsense just isn’t doing that for me at the moment..

  4. Hey Darren.

    A nice mixed of sponsors who can provide extra value to your readers. Good job.

  5. Darshana says: 12/21/2007 at 3:00 pm

    Three Cheers for the sponsors, for helping to keep up this great blog. Good to see all these seem to provide value to readers. I never really used them, but I think knowing what Darren think of them I’ll give them a try.

  6. I wish I had any sponsors to thank.

    I’m really interested in the new entrecard service. I will be looking into adding that one to my blog. The card system sounds very intriguing.


  7. have you ever thought of making a post with sponsors for blogs with another language than English?

  8. I wonder to know how many sponsors I can get since my essential blog did not have a big traffic.

  9. What’s the difference between sponsors and advertisers? Are advertisers the one who can put ads on a page and the sponsors the one who just sponsor with a little pic on the page?

  10. from what I know, I’m chopped liver to these people right now but a girl can only hope one day that I can thank them too :)

    keep it up D :)

  11. So Entrecard pays to be on your sponsored spot or…?

  12. I wish to be one of the advertisers up there…lemme check my piggy bank….errr

    Dear advertisers,
    Look over here, advertise on my blog too, will ya?

  13. It’s nice that you take the time to thank you sponsors!

  14. eerm, wont your page-rank do down because of this post?

  15. Er, your :)

  16. finkle says: 12/21/2007 at 4:58 pm

    Being new to blogging, and in development of my own, I absolutely had no idea there were so many options regarding revenue generation.

  17. Is entirecard a sponsor?

  18. I love your sponsors…I’ve visited a lot of them and found many of them to be very useful…keep churning out the great links!

  19. Darren, you should do a post explaining how other bloggers can get sponsors, too.

  20. Thanks for the list Darren, Pubmatic sounds interesting….I have some investigating to do!

  21. Nice List!

    Best from Aachen, Germany

  22. Entrecard is a sponsored widget

  23. best of luck from me,india

  24. As a beginner,Essential Blog welcome any sponsor at any price.Haha!

  25. Entrecard is my favourite sponsor of yours. :)

  26. Has anyone from outside the US earns a lot from widgetbucks?

  27. Thanks for the tip, there are a few advertisers I haven’t heard of

  28. So many options. How is a guy supposed to find the time to research them all:)

  29. Hopefully in the future I will have the chance to thank sponsors.

  30. Pepper says: 12/22/2007 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for the list. Us newbies really need the help.

  31. Nice Darren, you are sorted man. But what you suggest to new bloggers? How could the make it as a full time job.

    Thanks, for all these sponsers to keep this professional blog alive.


  32. Yep, I have an issue like Chris Vincent’s, but in Google Reader. Each item in the list gets an extra indent.

  33. O, to have sponsors :o)

    darren FYI on your blog page, in IE6, your right sidebar is dropping all the way to the bottom of the page (below the last post, but still on the right) at least on my pc here

    it could be the ‘managing face book’ entry as the width of that is more than the rest in IE6

    Seems OK for a single post page

  34. I have been looking into Linkworth recently as my site has been averaging more traffic. Might have to jump in.

  35. I’ve been running widget bucks for a couple months now. I’ll look into the others on the list.

  36. This is another thing you can’t do with AdSense–encourage people to click on the ads. Thanks for the writeup; it’s nice to see at a glance what these sponsors are all about.

  37. Thsnks for all the link to money advertisere…

  38. entrecard is the best way to increase traffic for free hhehe
    blogrush is too strict and the widget design is too casual :)

  39. sponsors are like fuel for the car. you have got enough fuel to run ur blog !!

  40. Thank you for such helpful information. I am so grateful for finding your blog!

  41. Way to go to all the sponsors… ESPECIALLY ENTRECARD! You guys are doing amazing so far! The traffic and community have been fascinating to watch grow so quickly and everyone is so helpful to each other…

  42. I am enjoying my Entrecard experience. It has allowed me to find many interesting sites. I have had a good amount of traffic from Entrecard, and seen the number of readers and pageviews of my niche blog double.

  43. Which of these is the best for a beginning blogger? Is Ad Sence the way to go?

  44. I’ve just signed up with EntreCard and it really is working. I’m seeing a spike in traffic already. Hopefully the spike turns into a wave and a full on FLOOD!

  45. Entrecard has been a lot of fun. It’s almost addicting. There are some good blogs out there, and at least this way there is some incentive for finding them.

  46. Although WidgetBucks claims be activated for non-US traffic, it doesn’t work very well in another country different to United States… They even put the typical spam ad: “You are the visitor 9999 blah blah blah.. You Won… click here”. I think they could improve this.

    And congratulations for your sponsors.

  47. I’ve been using Entrecard for about a week or so now, and it’s had a pretty positive response.
    It’s good for finding and connecting with other bloggers, and getting a quick traffic boost.

    Whether or not that traffic will stick around is the main question, but whether it’s Digg, Entrecard, or another traffic generator, it’s down to you and your content to turn one visit in repeat visits…

  48. You had many sponsors for this blog cool –

  49. All small or new bloggers should take a look at Entrecard. You can gain instant traffic. 20, 50, maybe 100 uniques in a day…in the beginning. Depending on your content you will gain regular readers as well.
    The best part is…it’s FREE!
    …and if you are quick enough, you may get your ad on sites like Problogger.

  50. I think Entrecard is a great widget for the new bloggers out there.

    What I have is a big list of blogs in my niche I drop my card on daily, and this gives me an opportunity to take a look at their most recent posts in the mean time. I get a lot of good ideas and info from this.

    Not to mention, the free traffic aspect is pretty nice too :)

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