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9Rules

A friend recently suggested I take a look at the 9rules Network of blogs run by Paul Scrivens. Paul, like many bloggers, didn’t set out to create a blog network, but rather found himself creating more and more site, out of which a network emerged. He bases his blogging on 9 Rules – (hence the name). These rules got my attention as being simple, to the point, well thought out and a great set of values to base a network upon:

1. Love what you do

2. Never stop learning

3. Form works with function, not against it

4. Simple can be beautiful

5. Work hard, play hard

6. You get what you pay for

7. When others talk, listen

8. Always improve

9. Respect your inspiration

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8 Year Old ProBlogger blogs for a Horse

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8 year old Delaney is a ProBlogger. Her new blog – Horseshues.com is an attempt to buy her a horse (and teach her a few lessons in web design, business and creativity along the way).

The concept is simple – she takes old horseshoes and she decorates them and sells them from her blog for $15US. Its quite the little cottage industry.

The site uses PayPal to collect the income and has photos of each horseshoe for sale.

One of Delaney’s parents left a comment on Paul Allen’s Internet Entrepreneur blog saying that she has made enough in her first week of operations to pay them back their initial set up seeding investment in her project and that she is well on the way to buying her horse.

What a wonderful idea – not only will Delaney get a horse one day from her blog – but along the way she’s learning some really useful lessons and developing some wonderful skills.

The question is – if an 8 year old can do it – what is stopping the rest of us?

Sharp Money – Making Money Online

Sharp Money is a blog about making money online which itself is an attempt at blogging for money.



‘With this blog, we will explore opportunities for making money on the web (without resorting to spam, spyware or other predatory practices). Of special interest, of course, will be generating money from blogging. We’ll also look at ebay, affiliate programs and anything else having to do with generating revenue on the web.’

Its still very embreonic by the looks of things but will be an interesting one to follow. They are running Google ads as an income stream (although none are showing at present on the front page – perhaps they need to set up some alternate ads).

Spy Journal ProBlogs

Tim has emailed this week while I was taking a bit of a holiday in New Zealand to let me know of a mini problogging network that he’s started reading the tips here on Problogger. You can check his new blogs at:

He’s using Adsense as an income stream. He’s asked for some constructive criticism of his blogs as he’s still developing them and I’ll be shooting him off an email tonight with some of my suggestions – but drop by and say g’day (he’s an Aussie) and give your own encouragement and suggestions there on his blogs.

The Stylephile

The Stylephile is a new commercial blog from the Variety stable of blogs that is focussing upon Shopping.

They’re posting on sales, openings and products/picks of the day.

At this stage their income stream is not overly evident – although the topic of the blog will definitely lend itself to all kinds of options including static advertising, contextual ads and affiliate programs.

Street Talk

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Street Talk is another blog with an income stream that uses the Adsense program. It is a little different to other blogs that we’ve featured here in that instead of focusing upon products it focuses upon a popular New Zealand Television show – Shortland Street.

The site is currently in beta and will no doubt add more features and advertising opportunities – it will no doubt be a popular site for private advertisers which will be drawn to the site as traffic levels build – which they will if it goes in the same direction as another NZ fan blog that the owners of Street Talk own – Idolblog which focusses upon the New Zealand Idol and Australian Idol shows (ala ‘Pop Idol’ (UK) and ‘American Idol’ (US)). Idolblog has been a massive success for its developers generating a frenzy of activity every week before during and after episodes of the popular shows.

The beauty of these sites is that they are highly targeted on geographic areas and they will appeal to private advertisers from those locations.

Nick Denton Profile

Fortune Magazine has a profile piece on Nick Denton and his growing blogging ventures:

‘With nine sites launched in two years and 24% month-over-month aggregate traffic growth, the business outlook for Gawker’s mini-media empire seems promising. Denton won’t talk about the company’s financials, and he points out that even at 2.5 million unique visitors per month his sites are only just starting to “get the numbers that actually register with media buyers.” But he also makes the case that numbers aren’t everything. “It’s not just a numbers game. If it was, they’d all be advertising with Weather Bug,” he says referring to a popular Windows toolbar download.’

Read more at Gawker Grows Up

Travel Blog

travel_blog.jpgTravel Blog is one of the best ProBlogging ideas I’ve seen for a while. They offer free blogs to travellers to update with their latest travelling stories and photos.

‘Travel Blog is a collection of travel journals, diaries, stories and photos from all around the world. The journals are added by real travellers, and recount real experiences and impressions from the places they visit. The site includes lots of features that help you keep family and friends back home up to date with your adventure.’

So how do they make money from their blogs? Adsense ads appear on most pages – and adsense ads for travel pay out pretty well from what I’ve heard and seen.

They also sell Travel Blog Journals on the side. I havn’t seen any affiliate ads yet on the site but suspect that they would do well to add some – especially ads for travel books (amazon), cheap flights etc.

Found via Seths Blog

Great Wines of North Carolina

Great Wines of North Carolina is another good example of a Blogger doing his thing by focussing upon a niche market. I’m not seeing too many obvious income streams on the blog – but its an interesting focus and one where he has a good change of capturing a large segment of the market that he’s writing about.

Brent explains his blogging strategy.

‘I aim to drive it to the top of the search engines for every major keyword associated with wine in North Carolina and the Yadkin Valley.

For example, when you type in “Raffaldini” as a search term on Google, I show up #2….someday this will overpower their site and show up #1…same with all the vineyards, and all the more common terms like “Yadkin Valley”, “North Carolina Wine”, etc… It will take some time…the funny thing is that I have not started yet! The rankings and traffic today are solely from my initial work, so watch and learn…I’ve done this a thousand times.

I’ll keep you posted as the progress unfolds. Last week traffic increased about 20%, every week it gets a little bit busier!’

If he indeed reaches his goal of dominating Search Engine results for his key words he’ll be in a great position to run some well paying private advertising of local wineries and perhaps run Adsense on his site (if there is a big enough stock of good ads).