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Affiliate News: Pay Per Lead/Click Program Reviews

Affiliate News has put together a very useful resource that reviews 9 Pay Per Lead/Click Programs

If you’re looking for ways to add an income stream to your blog using this type of approach this might be a good starting point.

Free Blog Tutorials

Orangejack Blog has a great series of free tutorials for bloggers. They write:

‘Interested in blogging? Don’t know much about what a blog is, why blog, or how to blog? Need to tweak your blog? Do you feel like you need to take some classes on it all?

Well look no futher. I have put together a series on the ins and outs of blogging. I call it the Orangejack Blogging University. Here’s the curriculum in case you’re interested in starting.

Blogging 100: Prerequisites

Blogging 101: Blogger.com

Blogging 102: HTML Code

Blogging 201: Posting Photos

Blogging 202: Publishing

Blogging 301: Marketing

Blogging 302: Webstats

Blogging 401: Template Tweaks

Blogging 402: Etiquette

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Blog Buyouts

Wired News has an interesting piece on media buy outs. The article finishes up by predicting that in the next year or so that we’ll see companies moving in to purchase blogs.

‘According to Sam Whitmore, editor of Sam Whitmore’s Media Survey, over the next 12 to 24 months you will probably see big media companies scarf up these cult destinations, where a growing number of people are going for opinions, analysis and community. “Look at what happened politically,” Whitmore said, when blogs hit the big time during the presidential campaign. “The same thing will happen in business, because people know they don’t need to head to branded sites for good information. Bloggers can be trusted to be independent and people will turn to self-published experts for information.”



Whitmore, a former editor and chief of PC Week, believes that established media brands will have no choice but to adopt blog strategies — and acquisitions will be a part of it. He predicts that by this time next year, Nick Denton, founder of Gawker and Wonkette, or Jason Calacanis, who co-founded micropublisher Weblogs, will have sold a couple of their blogs.’

Read more at Wired News: Web Media Buyouts Coming? Kinda

How much would you sell your blog for?

Google Adsense to Provide Additional Payment Options?

I recently wrote an email to the kind people at Google Adsense Customer Service HQ suggesting that they work on an alternative payment system for plebs like me who live outside the USA. I recently wrote about the predicament I face – it takes 14 weeks from the time I earn money through Google to the time I see it hit my bank account. I decided to let Google know (after all I make them money – they should listen to me!) and sent them an email making a suggestion that they provide alternative methods of payment. This is part of the email I received in reply:

‘As you know, AdSense participants currently receive payments via check in US Dollars. Unfortunately at this time we do not offer alternative payment methods or currencies. However, we hope to add additional payment options in the coming months. Thank you for your patience as we expand our program.’

This will be an interesting develop for tens of thousands of Adsense users – bring it on!

Ad Placement – Where do Readers Look on a Blog?

WebProNews also has a good article on Ad Placement on websites:



‘Advertisement drives the revenue of the Internet industry. Learning about the science associated with successful ad campaigns can only benefit you and your site. With this in mind, a study performed by Eyetrack III attempted to determine which sections of a webpage the human eyes focus. Eyetrack accomplished this by creating mock pages containing text and advertisements. Test subjects then reviewed the documents while Eyetrack monitored where their eyes focused….

“Advertising placed on top and in the left column of the page was viewed most. Ads placed at the bottom of the page were viewed least.” On their first mock-up page, 68% saw/focused on ads that were positioned in the top left of the page; conversely, ads appearing at the bottom of the page were only viewed by 14% of the test subjects….

researchers found that ads that blended into surrounding editorial content on a news homepage attracted people’s eyes more often than ads that featured contrasting colors or designs.’

Read more at Ad Placement You’re Getting Warmer

RSS Ads A Growing Trend

WebProNews has an interesting article on the rise of RSS Ads and RSS spam:

‘Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is one of the fastest growing methods of content distribution associated with Internet technologies. Because creating feeds is not too complicated, the ability to present on-page information to subscribers has been embraced by bloggers and business sites alike. Many users also recognize the value of RSS when it comes to improving search engine ranking. Links that appear within subscription feeds are given relevance, which is essential for enhancing SERP position.’



Read more at RSS Ads A Growing Trend

New Google Adsense Features

Google’s Adsense has just added a newly designed FAQ/Support page to their site with more advice and tips for the program. They’ve also added a ‘invite a friend’ option to the program. Unfortunately there is no incentive to make such an invitation for publishers. Already forums dedicated to Adsense are full of comments about this feature – complaining about the lack of commission or reward for recruiting new Adsense users. Many other similar programs pay referrers either a one of payment or an ongoing percentage of earnings from those that they refer. I guess Google don’t need new publishers that much.

Relationship Between the PageRank and the Number of Backlinks

How many links to your blog do you need to climb up Google’s page ranking? A recent study titled Relationship Between the PageRank and the Number of Backlinks – Articles about link building and PageRank examines that question and draws some interesting conclusions:



‘- With a few exceptions, whatever the PR is, more backlinks than the month before are required every month to get a given PR.

- As expected, one needs far more backlinks in order to get a high PR than a low one. Even if there may be exceptions, because the study deals with a good number of data, it gives experimental support to the theoretical hypotheses or ideas never proved before but only discussed in forums.

- During this summer (2004), Google changed the behaviour of the link: command which now includes low PR pages. Only PR4 or higher PR pages used to be listed by this command. Conversely since this summer you can also list the low PR pages backlinks, which you can see in the table.’



Get more details of this study at Relationship Between the PageRank and the Number of Backlinks

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8 Tips for Maximizing Contextual Advertising Revenues

WebProNews has a good article on Tips for Maximizing Contextual Advertising Revenues – the first of these 8 tips is:

1. Determine overall fit with your site.

The first rule of thumb of contextual advertising is that it is not for everyone. Some sites do extremely well with it, earning 5-figures or more a month, while others earn mere pennies a month. Others running Google Adsense, for example, enjoy being in the “UPS Club” (Google sends by UPS the checks to publishers who earned $10,000 or more whereas the rest gets their check through regular mail). Many say that they find it hard to even reach the monthly check cut-off amount of $100.

The beauty about contextual advertising is that it is not about traffic, as there are some sites getting only 5,000 ad impressions that earn more than those getting 50,000 impressions monthly. It is about the types of visitors you have. So what types of site do well with contextual advertising?

Sites where users are in a buying mood

Sites where users are looking for information on specific products or services that interest them – product, business opportunity, looking to buy tickets, etc.

Sites where users are researching ways to spend money

Sites with a high percentage of fresh unique visitors (regular visitors tend to ignore ads)

Sites where users show an interest to ads, and not just the site’s offerings

If contextual advertising is not working for you as you expect, be sure to check out other forms to monetize your web real estate such as affiliate programs and CPM-based advertising.’

Read the other 7 tips at Tips for Maximizing Contextual Advertising Revenues