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Services to Ping When you Update your Blog

Over the past year I’ve collected a list of services to ping when you update your blog. Here is a list of those I have so far. There are heaps more out there – you might also like to head over to Jeremy’s Services to Ping list also where he’s got a list of 41 or so services (many duplicated here).
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Writing and Blogging Opportunities – California Chronicle & American Chronicle

Here is an opportunity for bloggers to get their name and writing into the public eye a little more – it doesn’t pay anything but the side benefits could make it worthwhile:

‘The California Chronicle family of online magazines is offering writing opportunities for authors and bloggers to publish with the California Chronicle, American Chronicle, World Sentinel and 17 additional affiliated online magazines throughout the US and the world.

These are unpaid, yet rewarding opportunities. Authors and bloggers may regularly submit their work on a variety of subjects to gain exposure for themselves as experts in their fields or to refer employers to professionally published examples of their writing to obtain positions as full-time, freelance, or syndicated columnists. Writers can show off the best examples of their writing to employers, families, or friends. In addition, authors can write about almost anything, including hobbies, opinion, sports, travel, politics, or entertainment.’

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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.’



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Pay Per Click (PPC) Blog

Cube Management’s Pay Per Click (PPC) Blog will be an interesting one to follow if you are thinking about promoting your blog in this way. As the name suggests its following all Pay Per Click news from around the web.

‘Pay-Per-Click is a powerful tool that companies can use to increase sales. Cube’s PPC blog offer helpful insights the multifaceted world of pay-per-click campaigns, focusing on relevant stories and issues that appeal to both PPC novices as well as expert Pay-Per-Click campaigners. Cube’s PPC blog aims to be the top pay per click resource on the internet.’

Found via PR Leap

Ways to promote your Blog

Boston.com has a good article on ways to promote your weblog called Don’t let your blog get lost in the fog.

They write – ‘But even good blogs can go unread, without a little extra effort to attract visitors.

What’s needed are some eyeball magnets — blogging tools that will bring new traffic to your site. And there are plenty to choose from.

Syndication, for one. That’s the popular practice of adding a tag to your blog that will automatically let readers know when you’ve added material.

On many popular blogs, you’ll see a link marked RSS, XML, or Atom. Plug that link into a syndication software program, and you’ll get an update every time the website is updated. Most avid blog readers use syndication programs to keep tabs on their favorite sites. Adding syndication to your own blog can deliver a quick boost in readership.

The leading blog-hosting companies, like Google Inc.’s Blogger, provide syndication; it’s just a matter of switching it on and adding a bit of extra code to your blog. If you’re serious about expanding your audience, it’s the first move to make.’

Google traffic vs Slashdot traffic – Which would you prefer?

Have you ever been Slashdotted?

It sounds painful doesn’t it – but its actually quite fun. Being Slashdotted basically means that you’re linked to by the mega-blog – Slashdot. The cool thing about the experience is that if you chance upon being mentioned on Slashdot that you are about to have a deluge of traffic.

This morning I awoke to find that one of my new blogs had been mentioned in a post – just 6 hours after it was linked to the blog had had over 25,000 unique visitors. Pretty cool stuff – I mean traffic is the key to making a fortune online isn’t it?

Does 1000 times the traffic = 1000 times the income??

Wrong – Buzzz – Please Try Again….
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Why Weblogs work so good at site promotion

Sohosad has a good post on Why Weblogs work so good at site promotion. Complete with cool little pictures!

Do hits matter?

‘The problem with blogs that are only intended to attract traffic is that they can’t survive in the long-run. Traffic statistics keep bloggers going for a while, but the numbers eventually stabilise: there can only be a 100,000 most popular 100,000 websites. The world just doesn’t have enough internet users to support millions of traffic-seeking blogs.’

I just read an interesting article in The Age newspaper about blogging and the reliance upon hits to make it a profitable enterprise. Its a bit of a no brainer really – although I’d disagree that its ALL about hit levels. They write:

‘The few bloggers who try to transform hits into returns invariably focus on ad revenue. Unfortunately, ads cannot sustain millions of blogs, and never will. Some simple math makes this painfully clear. If five percent of a blog’s visitors contribute 25 cents in ad revenue each, it will take 100,000 visitors a month just to make $1250.’

Ok – thats good analysis – if you’re going to make reasonable money blogging about a topic that pays 25 cents per click you do need a lot of hits. However if you are blogging about a topic that pays 50 cents per hit – or even $2-$10 a hit you need a whole heap less traffic.

I have a number of blogs – some are obviously more profitable than others – some rely upon lots of traffic, others do not. Traffic obviously helps them all – increase it at any pay per click level and you’ll increase your earnings – but also be smart about your topics and income stream choices and you can also do pretty well with average hit levels.

10 No-Cost Ways to Generate Site Traffic

‘No matter how cool your site or how fabulous your product, you’re not going to generate enough sales to make your business viable unless you can generate traffic. You have to get the word out about your site and give people a reason to visit it, or else you’ll go the way of the dinosaur.

The good news is, there are lots of ways to effectively advertise your site online and drive tons of qualified traffic to your site, all for free! And by qualified, I mean people who belong to your target market and who are most likely to buy the products or services you offer. These are the people you want coming to your site.

Without further ado, here’s our countdown of the top 10 traffic-generating tactics:

Traffic Generation Tactic #10: Use viral marketing strategies to “infect” people with the desire to learn more about your product. These days, viral marketing messages are spreading through the Web like wildfire. Viral marketing is any type of advertising that is self-perpetuating, compelling people to share it with others so that it spreads through a community like a virus—but a good one.’



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