Designing a Custom WordPress Theme – Working with a Designer
17th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 40

Designing a Custom WordPress Theme – Working with a Designer

Today, Amir Helzer from WPML (WordPress Multilingual) shares his experience building a custom WordPress theme. When you’re designing your blog all sorts of options are open to you – starting with a free theme (that you can later edit), through a premium customizable theme (like Thesis or Revolution2) and ending ...more
Blog Design
Chitika Mega Units – Publishers Reporting Massive Increases in Earnings
16th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 46

Chitika Mega Units – Publishers Reporting Massive Increases in Earnings

Chitika (the #2 way that I make money blogging) have come out with a handy new ad unit option for publishers wanting to monetize traffic arriving on their blog from search engines – the ‘mega unit’ premium ad unit. This ad unit is a 550×255 pixel sized ad – it’s ...more
Chitika eMiniMalls
Be Consistent and Useful – Thoughts on How Often to Publish on Your Blog
15th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 87

Be Consistent and Useful – Thoughts on How Often to Publish on Your Blog

In the last task of our 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge I encouraged bloggers to set up a plan for the next steps in their blog. As an example I set up a hypothetical Blogging Calendar with an activity for each day of the next month. Here ...more
Writing Content
Should I Add a Donation Button to My Blog?
14th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 98

Should I Add a Donation Button to My Blog?

A question that hits my inbox or is sent to me on Twitter from time to time is – ‘Should I Add a Donation Button to My Blog?‘ When I first started blogging 7 years back it was not uncommon to see bloggers attempting to add an income stream to ...more
Blogging for Dollars
How Not to Promote Your Blog: Top 10 Broken Blog Promotion Strategies
13th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 226

How Not to Promote Your Blog: Top 10 Broken Blog Promotion Strategies

Image by nickwheeleroz This is a guest post by Kevin Geary from This is Broken Blog, a blog exposing important things in our daily lives that are broken and need to be fixed. It’s entertainment and education. Come visit us to see more of what’s broken (and even submit your ...more
Blog Promotion
Interview with Blogs.mu founder James Farmer
12th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 21

Interview with Blogs.mu founder James Farmer

Earlier today I posted about a fantastic new service by the name of Blogs.mu – a service that enables you to set up your own blog network. Now I’d like to post a quick interview with James Farmer – co founder of Incsub, the team behind Blogs.mu and the company ...more
Blog Networks
Start Your Own Blog Network or Community with Blogs.mu
12th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 53

Start Your Own Blog Network or Community with Blogs.mu

If you’ve ever dreamed of running your own blog network but have been put off by the idea of setting it up and managing it you you’re not alone. As someone who has co-founded blog networks I understand the challenges. It is for that reason that I’m really excited about ...more
Blog Networks
What Blog Platform Do You Use Most?
11th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 145

What Blog Platform Do You Use Most?

This is a poll I run two years ago – I’ll be interested to see how (and if) the results differ. I’ve removed the least popular categories from last time and added an ‘other’ option. If you’ choose ‘other’ please let us know what blog platform you run in comments ...more
Reader Questions
Why You Need a (Blogging) Business Model
10th of May 2009 Darren Rowse 48

Why You Need a (Blogging) Business Model

Today Shaun Connell from Learn Financial Planning shares some thoughts about blog business models. After managing a website or blog for a significant period of time, it becomes extremely easy to assume that because we do our business online, that we aren’t engaging in ‘real’ business, and all of the ...more
Miscellaneous Blog Tips