NY Times Buys into Blogging

The New York Times now own the largest blog network in the world. They have just agreed to pay $410 million for from Primedia Inc. in an all cash deal. Primedia bought in October of 2000 for $690 million in stock but had trouble in capitalizing upon the purchase.

‘The company says the deal will give it the 12th-largest Internet presence and a platform for future growth on the Web. The Times Co., whose digital properties include and, has a current base of 13 million users, while has 22 million monthly users.’

Read more at Crain’s New York Business news, lists, rankings, directory and more

2005 Business Blogging Awards Results

Congratulations to Security Awareness for Ma, Pa and the Corporate Clueless who have unofficially taken out the Best Overall Business Blog at the 2005 Business Blogging Awards (they are still tabulating the votes but the result is pretty clear). Thank you to all who have voted for ProBlogger your votes took us way out in front early but unfortunately we might have peaked too early and couldn’t keep up with Security Awareness in the past few days who had a couple of big surges in voting over the past two days to blow the rest of the competition out of the water.

They are a worthy winner of the award and our congratulation goes to Greg and his team for some fun competition. Congratulations also to Blog Business World, Slacker Manager, How to Save the World and Coyote Blog who each made this category one that was an honor to compete in.

Blog Hangover

Have you ever woken up with a blog hangover? This morning I did after staying up til the wee hours of the morning blogging on a couple of my blogs where there are US trade shows underway on the topics.

In the past 20 hours there have been 27 new Camera Phones announced and I suspect that tonight will see a few more added to that number. I think I might go and have a mid afternoon nap.

My Readers my Valentines

Well my wonderful readers – its Valentines day here in Australia today and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you of my undying love for you all (ok – it might not be love – but I do appreciate your support and hope you’ve enjoyed our time together lately).

Now I’m not expecting too many of you to send me Valentines Cards this year but if you’d like to do something nice for my blog this week perhaps you could head to the Business Blog Awards and cast a vote for ProBlogger.

Last night when I went to bed I was 8% in front – this morning just 6 hours later I’m down by 1% and thought it worth one more call for votes.

Vote or not – have a happy Valentines Day readers!

Contextless Problogger Links

Some more weekend ProBlogging links without context:

Adsense Blogger Movie – Using Adsense with Blogger (movie – 16.7MB)
Six Apart May Be Acquisition Target
The Secret To High Traffic
Real Benefits of Blogs
FeedDemon v 1.5 RSS Reader Reviewed
Adsense inline – WordPress Plug in for inserting Adsense into Posts
Click Fraud Looms As Search-Engine Threat

A Question of Fonts

Today I had an email from a reader who suggested that the font of my new design might be a little hard to read – especially in large slabs of text. What do you think?

I’m taking an informal poll in comments below. I want to make reading this blog a natural and easy thing so if the font is hard on your eyes I’m more than willing to make some changes.

To see a post with lots of text look at this one as a test.

Let me know what you think and I’ll try and adapt the overall thoughts into my design. For Sale

Internet news reports on a NYT announcement that megablog,, is for sale. The asking price is anything between $350-$500 million. Key bidders could include Google, Yahoo, AOL and Ask Jeeves.

‘, the eight-year-old guide to the Web, is up for sale, according to the New York Times, with bids due on Tuesday…. was founded in 1997 as The Mining Company on the original Yahoo model of a human-edited Web directory. took the human bit a bit further, by installing “Guides” who were subject experts as hosts of approximately 700 different topic areas. It was renamed in 1999, and acquired by Primedia, a publisher of niche interest magazines, in 2000.

Primedia touts as “the Internet’s largest creator of original content,” with over 1 million links and 250,00 articles — each one a potential vehicle for ads.’

Read more at on The Block

ProBlogger Changes

Thank you to all the well wishers who have stopped by in the past 24 hours to check out the new home of ProBlogger.

Many thanks to those of you who have already changed your links to our new URL and RSS feed. I was expecting to loose a certain amount of readership in the short term after the move – however have logged on this morning to find more than normal activity on the site over night. Considering its the weekend still for most of you that is a positive sign.

I’m also taking on board the feedback on the design of the site. A number of people are having trouble with the orange/yellow links and the contrast between them. Let me know your thoughts on that please if you have a moment.

More changes coming: In addition to a new URL and design I’m hoping to make a few more changes to ProBlogger in the next few weeks. The first one will start late today with the publishing of our first interview. I have been talking about doing interviews with ProBloggers for some time now and have three ready to go and a number of others on the way.

Come back later today with the first one – an interview with Joel Johnson – editor of Gizmodo.

If there is a ProBlogger that you’d like to see an interview with please let me know – also you can continue to suggest questions for on ProBlogging – I’ll answer as many as I can but also include some of them in the interviews.

Questions for ProBloggers

Are you starting, or thinking of starting, a commercial blog? Do you have a question that you’ve been trying to figure out around some of the topics of ProBlogging? Feel free to submit your question for ProBloggers in comments below and I’ll try to get back to you with an answer – or at least point you to a previously written article on the topic. Questions might also feature in future interviews with ProBloggers.

Your questions can focus on anything from using Adsense on your blog, to which Blog tools are best, to Affiliate programs, to Search Engine Optimization, to writing content through to business blogs. No question is too stupid to ask. If I don’t know the answer I’ll open it for general discussion and see if our collective knowledge as probloggers can work it out.