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Upcoming Interview with The Blog Squad

Hi all, Darren’s still on paternity leave, but will be doing the interview “Blogging for dollars: Can you really make 6-figures?” this Thursday with The Blog Squad. I just wanted to post the details so you can go register!

The Blog Squad Interviews Darren Rowse, Problogger.net
Thursday, June 26, 2008
7 p.m. Eastern Time
Free – Registration Required
http://www.blogsquadteleseminars.com/problogger

Blogging for dollars: Can you really make 6-figures?

You’ll learn:

> How to determine the right monetization method that’s right for you

> The difference between active and passive income

> How to optimize ads for your blog

> The design elements you must have for your blog to be an effective money-maker

> Some of the secrets that make a blog successful

> Plus much more!

Register now at http://www.blogsquadteleseminars.com/problogger

Technorati launches blog ad network

Technorati has been beta testing a new CPM ad network, Technorati Media, featuring adverts from big-name companies like Honda, Sandisk, Microsoft, and Universal Pictures.

Right now, they’ve been working with larger blogs, but say that they plan to open up the network to anyone (yes, even the “little guy”) in a few months.

Read more at TechCrunch.

Hiring a web consultant – Pros and Cons

The following post on the “Pros and Cons of hiring a web consultant” was written by Lara Kulpa.

There are pros and cons to hiring an outside web consultant.So you’ve got yourself a little start-up blog and you’ve earned some okay money. You spend 5-10 hours a week writing, commenting on other blogs, doing all the things that Darren tells you to do in order to increase your blog’s popularity, but you’re still not raking in the big bucks, or getting the traffic even to come close to that.

Sometimes you even look at your blog, with that free template on it that you downloaded somewhere after spending hours trying to figure out how to install your blog software and make small customizations like the color of your text links, and you think to yourself that you’d really like something more custom.

There are pros and cons to hiring an outside web consultant, an SEO “expert”, or a designer, that you should think about before you make that jump.

Pros

  • A good designer and developer knows what attracts and keeps the attention of your visitors. Research shows that you have less than 3 seconds to get someone to click deeper into your site, and having a good visual appeal is important. Just because you think that falling snowflakes and animated gifs are cute, doesn’t mean everyone does.
  • Search engine optimization is more than just meta tags and keywords. There’s research involved, and while your style of writing might be really good, a copywriter or SEO consultant could very well help make it fantastic as well as effective.
  • Marketing people need to be creative by the very nature of the world, and a consultant will help you come up with brilliant ideas for spreading the word about your site that you likely have never even thought of.
  • Especially if you’re still working a full-time job, have a family to attend to, and are trying to blog for money, you simply don’t have TIME to learn all the things you should know about marketing a website or blog. Hiring a blog consultant or paying for their services will save you an enormous amount of time.

Cons

  • Consultants cost money. Good consultants cost a lot of money, and you will get what you pay for. Phoning up your 11-year-old nephew to have him spam MySpace pages in return for minutes on his cellphone is going to get you nowhere. You need to spend money to make money. Expect to pay anywhere from $40-$200 per hour for quality work.
  • Hiring someone else to do the work for you keeps you in the need for hiring someone else to do the work for you. You don’t learn on your own, and you are forced to rely on someone else to help you succeed (which means trusting a stranger with your livelihood).
  • Anyone with a computer can throw up a website and call themselves an “expert”. You have to do some research on the person you’re looking to hire, and you HAVE to ask questions. Ask for examples, references, and definitely Google them and their company before you sign any contracts.
  • You need to be willing to not only be taught, but to actually put the time into learning and DOING what your consultant suggests you do. Otherwise you’re throwing good money after bad, and you’re going to wind up feeling broke and no further along than you were before. Consultants are there to consult you, and if you’re not willing to put an effort into it, you’re going to make them feel like their words are going in one ear and out the other. If you’re not ready to learn, then you’re going to spend MORE money, paying them to do it for you.

All that said, having a good working relationship with a consultant or company that offers consulting services can give you long-term results that will guarantee you more traffic, more attention, and yes, more money.

This is it – The last 8 hour giveaway!

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Well ladies and gents, this is the absolute final 8 hour giveaway in the ProBlogger Birthday Bash! Can you believe it?

What we’ve got here is a pretty random mix of prizes, and we’re ready to get on with the giving!

Prizes

How To Enter

  • All winners chosen at random. One comment per person – duplicates will be deleted prior to draw.
  • If you’ve already one something from a previous giveaway, please don’t enter this one (unless we said it was okay on the other one).
  • Leave a comment below, with our last keyword of the giveaway: “Random8″ (This helps us through moderation… don’t worry if you misspell it or forget it by mistake – but try to remember or we might lose ya!)
  • This giveaway ends at 4am on Monday October 8 (New York, USA time)

Our last 24 hour giveaway is still going on, so if you’re interested in business and life, go check it out.

Look forward to a final post from Darren to wrap up the whole thing (yep, we’ll have one special last giveaway that all can win!) sometime at the end of the 24 hour giveaway.

I also just wanted to say thank you to everyone thus far – you’ve been great, and most of you have welcomed me to ProBlogger for the giveaway in the most wonderful of ways! Thank you so much! ~ Lara

Update – We’ve just closed this competition. We’ll be in touch with the winners and sponsors in the coming hours. Stay tuned for one last post and competition in the coming hour or so.

It’s a “Go With” kind of giveaway!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgWe’re running a 24-hour giveaway here that offers a $2,000 marketing package to one lucky winner who takes the time to write a brand new post that’s a review of something. Definitely check that out, since it ends on Monday morning (New York, USA) but in the mean time, we’re running this 8-hour giveaway to send out all our remaining business/marketing/life coaching prizes!

I’m going to encourage those interested to enter BOTH, as there is only one winner for the big prize, but we have 10 prizes and 23 total winners on this one! Yes, if you win here, you can’t be eligible to win that bigger one, but it’s something, right? And we’re almost done with the giveaways (only one more 8 hour one after this, and a surprise giveaway at the end) so if you haven’t won something yet, there’s no time like the present to give it a try!

Okay, enough babbling…

The Prizes

As you can see, some of these are directly related to your website or business, and others are geared toward YOU as a person. These things go hand-in-hand, especially for entrepreneurs and startups, because when you start off, you ARE your business. I’m very excited about these prizes, being a business owner myself and knowing how important it is to balance these things out in life and get a little help where you need it.

Anyway, here’s the deal…

How To Enter

  • All winners will be chosen at random.
  • This one will be open until 8pm (New York, USA time) October 7th.
  • You may not win if you’ve already won a prize elsewhere (unless we’ve said so on that particular post already that it’s okay).
  • While we’d love to be able to let you pick your prizes on these, it’s just way too hectic to be able to do so. Prize distribution will be random.
  • Once a particular post closes, we will notify both the sponsor and the winner so that you may work out the details of the prize distribution.
  • All you have to do is leave a comment below – Make sure you include “BusinessLife” in it to help us with moderation.

There’s only one more 8 hour giveaway after this, and it’s pretty “random” in terms of prizes, but this is our last batch of business related items. If you’re NOT interested in business stuff, save your entry for the next one (some of these next items will make great gifts for yourself or others and yes, the holidays are NOT far away).

Update

This one’s over gang – head on over to our final 8 hour Birthday Bash Giveaway, and thank you all for participating! Winners and sponsors will be notified soon!

Last 24 Hour Giveaway – Review Something!

In this last 24 hour giveaway problogger-birthday-bash.jpgIttyBiz, the offshoot blog of Itty Bitty Marketing, is offering a prize of their premium $2000 marketing package, customized for your blog or home business.

This is a completely customized package. IttyBiz will provide whatever YOUR blog or business needs to start achieving success, however you define it. Whether you’re looking to increase your affiliate income, jumpstart your conversion rate, make yourself an authority in your niche, sell more ebooks or get more customers for your business, they’ll make a custom package just for you.

Some of the things they offer include:

- Blog audits
- Ad campaigns
- Publicity campaigns
- Copywriting
- Social network coaching and strategy
- SEO editing, coaching, and writing
- Custom article writing
- Domain name analysis and brainstorming
- Theme coaching
- Link building campaigns
- Creating linkbait
- Offline marketing

How To Enter

This one’s pretty simple: Write a review post on your blog, and link to it in the comments here. You can review anything you want, a movie, a website, a book, a cafe, a TV show, an e-book….. it could be a new flavor of chewing gum for all we care. It has to be a BRAND NEW POST – Don’t just change the date on an old one (we’re on to that one) and if you post an old one, we’ll delete your comment because it will weaken the draw pool for the valid entries.

Just write the review (we’d prefer it to be more than a paragraph of course) and put the link in your comment below.

Oh, and don’t forget the “I’m not a spammer” keyword: “IttyBitty”.

  • Winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.
  • This one will be open until 9am (New York, USA time) Monday October 8th.
  • You may not win if you’ve already won a prize elsewhere (unless we’ve said so on that particular post already that it’s okay).

This is the last 24 hour giveaway – and it’s worth $2000 – so get involved! We’re looking forward to reading your reviews!

Update

Please guys – Read the rules for entry.

Only NEW reviews. We ran into this issue on another giveaway, and I’m going to have to delete anything that’s old so we don’t weaken the total number of entries for the draw.

It’s not fair that one person can link to something they already wrote while another person has to take the time to write something to enter. So ALL entries need to be brand new posts. I’ve already deleted 6 entries within the first hour and a half.

This is a HUGE prize, guys. $2,000! We have to be fair.

Update

This one’s over gang – thanks again, and check out the final post from Darren (which includes one very last giveaway – good for 3,000 of you) and thank you all for participating!

Gourmet living, people… Another giveaway!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgIt’s time for another giveaway, gang! (Are you staying on top of things by subscribing to the RSS feed? The party’s ending soon!)

Thanks to all who entered the “ComputerGaming” giveaway- we’ll get those winners picked in the next few hours and will notify everyone via email. For now, on with the prizes in this next Gourmet Giveaway!

Gourmet olive oil? A “truffle tree”? Soy coffee? Cigars? Any of these things interest you and you’d best get to commenting below!

Before we give you details of this giveaway (below) – here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • All winners will be chosen at random.
  • This one will be open until 12 noon (New York, USA time) October 7th.
  • You may not win if you’ve already won a prize elsewhere (unless we’ve said so on that particular post already that it’s okay).
  • While we’d love to be able to let you pick your prizes on these, it’s just way too hectic to be able to do so. Prize distribution will be random.
  • Once a particular post closes, we will notify both the sponsor and the winner so that you may work out the details of the prize distribution.
  • Keep in mind that there are only 2 more of these 8-hour giveaways after this one. If you think you might want ANY of these, make sure you enter. (We do have one more 24-hour one coming up as well).

So with all that said, here’s the list:

Make sure you put “GourmetLiving” in your comment so we can find you if Akismet picks you up… ;)

Update

This one’s closed – make sure you check the Birthday Prize Giveaway category for what’s going on now – we’re reaching the end of the celebration!!

Computers, Video and Gaming Giveaway! Eight hours and the clock’s ticking!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgThanks to all who entered the travel giveaway! Now that’s over, we’ve got some nifty computer / video gear and gaming stuff (even casino gaming!) to hand out. Yes, I know, this is one thing that many of you have been waiting for!

Before we give you details of this giveaway (below) – here are a few details:

  • All winners will be chosen at random.
  • This one will be open until 4am New York, USA time October 7th.
  • You may not win if you’ve already won a prize elsewhere (unless we’ve said so on that particular post already that it’s okay).
  • While we’d love to be able to let you pick your prizes on these, it’s just way too hectic to be able to do so. Prize distribution will be random.
  • Once a particular post closes, we will notify both the sponsor and the winner so that you may work out the details of the prize distribution.
  • Keep in mind that there are only 3 more of these 8-hour giveaways after this one. If you think you might want ANY of these, make sure you enter. (We do have one more 24-hour one coming up as well).

So with all that said, here’s the list:

All you have to do to enter to win one of these prizes is leave a comment with “ComputerGaming” in it somewhere to help us with moderating.

This one ends at 4am New York, USA time on October 7, 2007.

At that time, comments will be closed, and winners will be drawn at random and notified.

Check out the other great prizes up for grabs during the giveaway!
Make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed to keep up to date on what’s going on!

Update – we’ve just closed this giveaway. Winners and sponsors will be notified of the results in the coming hours. Thanks to everyone for entering!

There’s only a few more giveaways to go – the next one is kind of Gourmet – you can see it here.

Like to travel? We sure hope so…

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgPlease pay VERY close attention to this 8 hour special, gang.

We’ve got some travel related stuff to give away, and I can’t stress enough how important it is that you are sure you can and will be able to use the prize if you should win it. Please don’t enter if you’re not going to be able to definitely use the prize, okay? There’s still a lot more coming up, and plenty else for you to win.

Prizes

None of these include airfare or any other necessary travel arrangements.

The subscription to the Home Exchange Site provides you the opportunity to “swap homes” with others on the site located just about anywhere in the world – just like in the movie The Holiday (romance not guaranteed!).

In this giveaway, you are actually REQUIRED to tell us in the comments which prize you’d like (because not everyone can travel to all of the given locations), and if the random number generator happens to choose two people who have chosen the same prize, we will award it to the first person and re-draw for another number.

So leave anything you like in the comments, but include one of the following:

  • HouseSwap
  • FloridaCondo
  • SedonaRetreat
  • PuertoRicoBB

If you’ve already won a prize in the giveaway, you may not win one of the above unless we’ve already said otherwise in that prize post.

This one ends on Saturday October 6 at 8pm (EST – New York, USA).

Update

Winners and sponsors have all been notified by email. Thanks for participating, and keep checking the Birthday Prize Giveaway category for more chances to win!