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Make Money for Recommending Movable Type

It looks like Six Apart are moving toward an affiliate program where people recommending Movable Type will get a commission from anyone buying a license.

‘Many of you recommend Movable Type as the weblog platform of choice to your customers or clients. With our new reseller licenses, you’ll be able to make money each time you sell a copy of Movable Type. We’re planning to offer generous commissions for all of you who offer software and services on top of the Movable Type platform.’

There is no ETA on when the program will go live yet.

Source: Six Apart Professional Network Overview

Publisher Driven Advertising

John Battelle also has a great column over at Technology Review that puts forward an idea called Publisher Driven Advertising (PDA). It is an alternative to the traditional approach to advertising where advertisers hold much of the power in the relationship between audience, publisher and advertiser. John argues that with the interactivity of the internet that an alternative economy is emerging that rebalances where the power lies in this interaction.

Of course the recent trend in online ads has gone to pay-per-click (PPC) which John argues is the first step to moving to a PDA economy. PPC represents a significant shift where ‘the advertiser pays only when the ad performs—when someone clicks on the ad itself. Second, paid search networks “disaggregate” advertisers from publishers—that is, advertisers no longer purchase space on the publisher’s site but instead pay for keywords.’

Battelle takes PPC a step further and suggests that the next move to PDA could be something like:

‘Next, imagine that, instead of buying into PPC networks or specific sites, advertisers release their ads onto the Internet….

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Shawn Collins on RSS: RSS & Blogs and Affiliate Marketing [MarketingStudies.net]

Here is an interesting interview with Shawn Collins (an affiliate program manager) on the topic of RSS & Blogs and Affiliate Marketing.

‘Since it’s increasingly challenging to reach the inbox of affiliates, with Spam filters, ISP black lists, abandoned email addresses, etc., I think RSS will emerge as the preferred tool for communicating with affiliates….

It makes all the sense in the world for affiliate programs to pursue and place increased value on blogs as affiliates. In general, contextual placement of ads is the best way to make money in affiliate marketing, especially if an affiliate has unique content, and they integrate text links into their content (i.e. making every instance of the word book link through an Amazon affiliate link).’

PS: Don’t know what Affiliate Marketing is? Read What is Affiliate Marketing?

eComXpo – Affiliate Marketing Event

eComXpo is an online event for Affiliate Marketers that might be worth ProBloggers participating in. They are planning over 100 presentations spread over 3 days.



“eComXpo is a bunch of folks’ attempt to create a “big-tent” event for the affiliate marketing industry: a single, independent venue where all involved in this industry can educate, be educated, meet, and have fun.

Because it’s being held completely online, the hassles and costs of physical events are avoided. Besides providing enormous flexibility for attendees and exhibitors, it means that this event can be attended by just about anybody, by any organization, big or small.

We expect to make a formal announcement around the first of October.”

Read more at ReveNews: eComXpo

Webmaster World – Free Advice for Bloggers on Profitable Blogging

Webmaster World is probably one of the best places that I can suggest you head over to if you’re interested in developing a profitable blog. It is on my regular rounds of surfing for ideas and discussion about how to get the best out of your website. Of particular interest to me, as a Google Adsense user, is their forum dedicated to the Adsense program. Whilst the discussion rarely mentions blogs and at times can be a little criptic – I’d say I’ve learnt more about how to get the most out of the program through digging through the hundreds (if not thousdands) of threads there. Often users of the forum are pretty secretive about the sites they are talking about and don’t give everything away (and I don’t blame them – tell everyone your secrets and you’ll end up with hundreds of new competitors) but if you’re willing to dig around and read between the lines you can learn a lot.

I remember one afternoon learning one small thing on those forums that doubled my earnings with a simple change to my approach. So it is well worth visiting and participating in the discussions there.

Also in their Marketing section of forums is one dedicated to Search Engine Promotion and another looking at Advertising Sales and Affiliate Programs – both of which are full of useful information.

Add to that the rest of their forums and you’ve got hours, if not days, of rich learning about running a successful website (and most of it is easily transferrable to blogs) – and its all free.

A beginner’s guide to setting up an online store

I’ve noticed a number of blogger recently who are setting up their own online stores to sell products related to their blog’s topic. Following is an excerpt from a useful article that might help you to begin to think through what such an approach might entail.



‘Online selling is by no means a simple task. To sell products online not only requires making use of high end marketing strategies but also involves lots of planning. This article is meant for those of you who intent to start an online store. It is intended to give you a fair idea of what you would need to do and what you need to avoid while planning an online selling business.

The following are the various steps that you would need to take in order to open a successful online store

The first most important aspect of online selling is to have a professional looking website that is designed to sell. You can go about creating the website from code up using web designers or simply go for readymade website templates. If you are purchasing website templates, be sure to go for templates that are professionally designed and have the option of shopping carts. Buying templates from providers who offer allied services like template customization, web hosting; SEO etc would be even better. Some template providers like ‘buytemplates.ne’; offer allied services irrespective of where you actually purchased the template from. To get a rough idea of how your site should be designed you can take hints from successful online discount stores like http://www.ishopage.com and bestbuy.com.’

Read more at A beginner’s guide to setting up an online store

10 Ways To Make Money Blogging





10 Ways To Make Money Blogging is an article written by a blogger who is making a bit of money on the side of his hobby. Whilst I probably don’t see eye to on a political spectrum with John, he does speak some sense when it comes to blogging. His writing reminds me of my own post on Blogging for Dollars

John takes a look at a variety of methods that people use to make a dollar through blogs – here is his headings (you’ll have to head over to Right Wing News to get the meaty bits.

  • Amazon
  • Banner Ads
  • Blog Ads
  • Button Ads
  • Donations
  • Charging for Content
  • Freelancing
  • Fundraisers
  • Popups/Popunders
  • Text Ads