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Welcoming Dutch and German Readers

I think I might need to learn Dutch and German because some days I think this site is read (and linked to) by more bloggers speaking those languages than English.

It is actually a wonderful thing about blogging – forging relationships with people on the other side of the globe – now if only I knew what they were saying about me!

ProBlogger on WebProNews

Yesterday I was approached by Rich at WebProNews with the request that they be allowed to republish some of my content on their site. I was initially quite flattered by the offer as they feature some of my favorite bloggers including Steve Rubel, Wayne Hurlbert, Robert Scoble, Jeremy D. Zawodny, Andy Beal and more.

Once the flattery wore off (after all we’re all just blokes sitting in front of computers) and I gave it a little more objective thought I began to sort through a few costs and benefits of going with this approach. I emailed the five bloggers above for their opinion and ended up seeing it like this:

On the upside

  • Builds Profile – getting your name out there and building profile is probably the biggest benefit of this partnership. WebProNews is a widely read website with some quality contributers. The common theme in the advice that the bloggers I approached gave was that this was the best aspect of it.
  • Inbound Links – each article that they use of mine has a number of links back to the blog of the author and other projects that they are working on. This of course helps with SEO.
  • Google News – WebProNews gets picked up by Google News which again takes your posts to a larger audience and gives you further reach.

On the downside

  • Off site readership - One of the things that my blogging colleagues advised was that there is a risk that my readers might come to my blog less because they can read some of the main posts elsewhere.
  • Duplicate content - My main initial concern was that my content is being duplicated in more than one place. This is not looked upon well by Google.
  • Increased chance of those you’re writing about finding your posts – Steve replied to my email with the caution that what is written gives you a wider exposure which brings an increased chance that it will get found by those you write about or those that disagree with you which might bring criticism. I guess is the cost of increased traffic any of any variety…

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ProBlogger Email Newsletter Update

If you’ve signed up for the ProBlogger’s Email Newsletter in the past 36 hours you’re not alone. I’m really happy to say that there are already over 60 of you who’ve taken a step deeper into ProBlogger in this way. Scanning the list I see quite a few regular contributors to the comments of this blog as well as a couple of what I’d consider to be A-lister bloggers – overall the quality of those in the list is fantastic and I’m hoping we’re going to have a good time with it.

If you’re impatiently waiting for an newsletter to hit your inbox you’ve got a few more days to go as I will be sending the first ever one early next week.

As I said in the introductory post – the newsletter will be no more than a weekly one at this stage with highlights of the week that was on ProBlogger – a few special ‘members only’ tips – previews of ProBlogger news and down the track some competitions. Sign up in the sidebar to the left and join the growing numbers of readers who want to take their blogging to the next level with ProBlogger.

Back in Town

Just arrived back in Melbourne after a whirlwind trip to Sydney for 36 hours of meeting with my blogging partners from the Breaking News Blog Collective who were up there for a few days from overseas. I won’t disclose all that we talked about at this stage except to say that it was a very worthwhile time together and that I’m excited by some of the dreams that we talked about and the blogs and blog services that will no doubt emerge in the coming months.

It was nice to have some face to face time with them also as our main interaction is via MSN Messenger which can be effective on some levels but nowhere near as productive as sitting together in front of a blog you’re working on together and talking it through.

The next few days are going to be about catching up on the work I didn’t do while away as well as working on some non blog related projects but have no fear – ProBlogger will be back to normal (although I probably posted more while away than normal as I had the advanced posts going off as well as some new ones (we had a wifi connection in Sydney) so I doubt anyone would have realized I was gone).

Receive ProBlogger’s Email Newsletter

The community at ProBlogger is growing in size and involvement so today I’m happy to announce a way in which readers can become a little more involved in the blog by subscribing to a special free members newsletter.

This weekly(ish) newsletter will include:

- a short summary of the hottest posts of the week
- special reflections on entrepreneurial blogging
- advanced warning of ProBlogger news, interviews and tips
- prizes and give aways (hopefully down the track)

I’d also love to highlight some of the blogs of those who subscribe from time to time here on ProBlogger as case studies at some point in the future (with permission).

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Sydney Bound

I’m heading to Sydney today for a couple of days to meet with some blogging partners (the co-owners of Breaking News Blog). It is time for some reviewing and planning for the collective which has been live for five months now.

So blogging will be a little scarcer than normal until Thursday night. I’ve set a couple of advanced posts to go live in the next 48 hours but if you’re expecting email or replies to comments it might not be til I return unless I get a little spare time online in Sydney. So talk nicely amongst your selves and last one out lock the door please.

Have a good day or two.

Download MP3 Interview with ProBlogger

Andy over at Easy Bake Weblogs has just posted an audio file of the interview that he did with me last week. So if you want to hear my Aussie accent and learn a little bit more about my blogging strategy download it and let me know what you think. It goes for about 40 minutes in total.

Andy and his listeners ask questions like:

- what would you do differently if you were to start it all again
- is there too much competition for new bloggers to start niche blogs?
- what traffic volume do you need before using ads?
- which is better, individual blogging or writing for a network of blogs?
- what is the biggest mistake of beginner bloggers?

We talked heaps about Adsense.

See a full running sheet of what the interview covered here.

Hope you can understand me – my phone line wasn’t the best and I have a cold.

Australian Blogger Get Media Attention – Is this as Good as it Gets?

Darren-Rowse-SpamA few days ago when I was lamenting the fact that Australian Bloggers don’t get enough local press coverage I was hoping that it might cause some reporters to do a feature or two – but I wasn’t expecting the article that the Herald Sun published today which highlighted a post on my personal blog that was written over a year ago titled I’m Pro SPAM! (click to enlarge the article – no online version that I can find). I laughed so hard when I saw this – I guess any publicity is better than nothing.

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Interviewing ProBlogger

Just a quick reminder that I’m doing an interview with Andy in a couple of hours time that you’re welcome to listen in on live. Details are at Easy Bake Weblogs; Exclusive Interview: Darren Rowse from Pro Blogger. Drop in and say hi – it could be fun.

Update – We just did the interview – it was FUN! Thanks to Andy and his great listeners/readers. If you want to ask more questions after reading through my archives just let me know in comments below or via my contact form.

Andy tells me that the interview will be posted on his website for your download in the next day or two.