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Bloglines Problems

Is anyone else having issues with Bloglines today? I logged on this morning only to find that I could not access it at all. I thought maybe they were having issues and waited an hour or two only to find it still timing out. Now 10 hours later I’m still without it and starting to get a little edgy about it as I know others on my IM lists can see the site. My ISP says it must be a computer problem, but I’m not sure about that as I’ve done nothing to it since last night when I could access the site fine. Very strange.

I’m not sure what I’d do without Bloglines – I currently track 300+ feeds on it, it provides me with the content for my blogs, which my business revolves around. Maybe I’ll have to find a new news reader – anyone got any suggestions of one that works well with a Mac?

Update – Still no luck with Bloglines – its been 19 hours and counting. At least I’m not alone though.

Update II – We’re back online with Bloglines – phew….I think I might back up the feeds I follow – the threat of losing them has left me realising the importance of that list of sources – its actually an asset!

Customize Google News – to a Point

I welcome the new customizable Google News – but have to admit that I’m not as excited about it as I first was when I heard about it. The changes that they’ve made don’t really change the way I’ll use the service. It all seems a little cosmetic to me – yes they allow me to have a bit more control over what is viewed on the page but it seems like largely the same features which can be moved around the page a little.

When they let me track RSS feeds like on MyYahoo! and when they allow me to track my News Alerts via RSS rather than via email or manually going to the page – thats when I’ll be excited. For now I still prefer using Topix which allows me to watch my selected news alerts via RSS. I’m sure Google will catch up eventually.

What Google Never Told You about Making Money with Adsense – A Review

GooglecoversmallA couple of days ago I interviewed Interviewed web entrepreneur Joel Comm who authored the e-book What Google Never Told You About Making Money with Adsense (affiliate link).

Since that time I’ve had a number of emails from people asking for my opinion of the book as they are considering making a purchase of it so I thought I should give you a brief review here to help readers work out if its the book for them.

I should say right up front that I’ve been using Adsense for over 18 months now on my blogs and whilst I won’t pretend I know everything there is to know about the program, I would classify myself as an advanced user of the system. It makes up a significant part of my income from blogging.

So with this in mind I’ll say the following about Joels E-book:

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ecto for Windows 1.5

For all you Windows users – can I suggest you check out the new version of ecto for Windows 1.5. I won’t rave on about ecto again because I have many times before – but I would highly recommend it. If its anywhere near as good as the Mac version that I use it will save you a lot of time and make your blogging a lot more professional. In short – ecto is a way of publishing content to your blog that you can do without actually logging onto your blog’s back end. Check out its feature list here.

‘After a longer than anticipated development and testing period, here is the new version 1.5. Most of the bugs have been caught and fixed, including those from the previous version 1.0.8.x. The main omissions of this release are Japanese/French localizations for the new features which will be provided in future updates. You can download this new version here, and read the changes and known issues in History.txt file. For existing ecto users, please read the Upgrade.txt file for important information on installing version 1.5 over 1.0.8.’

Read more at ecto blog: ecto for Windows 1.5

Mini Interview with MyBlogLog

I’m still following the stats that MyBlogLog.com after signing up for it last night.

I actually decided to send them an email to ask a few questions and thought I’d share their answers here as they are not addressed on their General Questions page. Eric from MyBlogLog emailed back the following answers very quickly. Thanks for your time Eric!

ProBlogger – Do you track clicks that come from links that are images?

MyBlogLog – We do track image links.

ProBlogger – Are you able to track Google Adsense links?

MyBlogLog – We do not yet track Google Adsense, but we’re working on it.

ProBlogger – Do you have plans to (or the current ability to) track which pages on a blog the clicks are coming from?

MyBlogLog – Tracking which pages the clicks are coming from is definitely in the works. It’s a bigger challenge than just tracking the links, so we didn’t want to hold up the launch for that feature.

ProBlogger – Do you have an affiliate program or some way of paying a commission to bloggers that refer paying customers to you?

MyBlogLog – We will be setting up an affiliate program soon. We didn’t expect this level of enthusiasm so quickly, so a lot of things are coming to a head sooner than expected. So much for a “soft” launch!

MyBlogLog – Track your Outbound Links

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I just signed up with the free service at MyBlogLog (affiliate link) which tracks where people go when they leave your blog. Well it tracks them to a point (its not quite stalking) in that it tracks which links your readers click that take them out of your blog.

They offer two versions – a free one which tracks the last 10 outbound links clicked and a paid Pro version ($3 per month) that gives you real time stats and more than just the last 10.

When you sign up for the free version you get 7 days for free of the pro version. You need a different email address for each blog you sign up for. I’m tracking two blogs – this one and my digital camera one. I’m interested in knowing about the outbound links for a number of reasons:

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When the blogging stops…

It looks like a number of my blogging tools are making the most of the weekend to do maintenance. Bloglines hasn’t been accessible for me for a while and Adsense has also been out of action for the last few hours. I’m not sure I’ll make my 25 post target today – maybe I’ll have to go find something non blog related to do! Hmmmm – I wonder if I remember how?

WordPress 1.5 – Latest Stable Release

World Press users might like to upgrade to the latest stable release of WP 1.5.

WordPress 1.5 Gamma – Review

Weblog Tools Collection has a good review of the soon to be released (I hope) WordPress version 1.5. The review is glowing and leaves me hanging to see what it is like for myself. I’ve recently moved a number of my blogs (including this one) to WordPress (1.2) and found it to be a highly effective tool and am hoping version 1.5 launches soon.

You can also read an interview with the guys behind Word Press at The Inside Scoop.