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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.

About.com For Sale

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

‘About.com, the eight-year-old guide to the Web, is up for sale, according to the New York Times, with bids due on Tuesday….

About.com was founded in 1997 as The Mining Company on the original Yahoo model of a human-edited Web directory. About.com 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 About.com 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 About.com 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.

Welcome to a New Look ProBlogger

Congratulations – you’ve found your way to a new look ProBlogger in its new home at ProBlogger.net.

I started ProBlogger last September as a place to keep a record of the lessons that I learnt from blogging both for myself and for those I knew who were trying to make a living from their blogging. The blog design was primitive and I just tacked it onto the livingroom domain that I used for other blogs.

ProBlogger quickly turned into something bigger than I had anticipated and I soon realised that I would need to consider moving my 500 or so posts to a new permanent home with a more professional design. Rachel over at Cre8d Design was kind enough to take the project on and has put together what you see before you today. I love her designs and would recommend her services as a professional blog designer.

The new design is still new and we are making some final touches. I’m certain there are a few things we’ve overlooked so as you look around and make yourself at home please don’t hesitate to let me know of any problems that you might find. Also give you feedback on the design itself – how does it look in your browser? Any suggestions or critiques (constructive ones preferred) are welcome.

Don’t forget to vote for ProBlogger at the Business Blog awards here.

Lastly – if you have a link to ProBlogger in your blog roll I’d really appreciate you making an adjustment to it with our new domain at problogger.net – also don’t forget to change your RSS feed for this site to this new one.

Blog Revenue Streams

ProBlogger is all about how to make a few dollars (or more than a few dollars) from your blog. Around 9 months after starting my first blog I began to experiment with a variety of income generating ideas that I suspected would be suitable for blogging. Over the past 18 months I’ve built these revenue streams to a level that I am now making a full time living from blogging.

This site is a place where I share what I’ve learnt. My archives are full of ideas, experiments, lessons and tips. Let me point you in the direction of some starting points if you’re interested in learning what I’ve discovered.

  • Blogging for Dollars – This is an article I originally wrote back when I first started experimenting with making money from blogs. I’ve learnt a lot more since but it is a good introduction to the topic.
  • Adsense – This is my Adsense category where I keep all my tips and news on this contextual advertising program. Adsense is the main way I earn an income from my blogging. If you want a good starting point for learning how to use it on your blog check out this first part of a series I’ve written on Adsense for Bloggers.
  • Affiliate Programs – Affiliate programs are where you link to products that others are selling – in return you usually get a small percentage of any sales. Amazon has a popular affiliate program that you might want to check out but there are hundreds of others also.
  • Advertising – this is where I keep news and tips on other forms of advertising (apart from Adsense. There are many ways of advertising on your site ranging from selling text links, running private banner and skyscraper ads, using systems like BlogAds or Fast Click.
  • RSS – RSS feeds are one of the most exciting and fastest growing aspects of Blogging. The race is on to provide easy ways to monetise these feeds.
  • Other Income Streams – there are many other ways to earn an income from blogging. Every week it seems someone is trying something else. These methods range from selling your blog, blog consulting, writing books, selling subscriptions to your blog, asking for donations, auctioning yourself as a blogger on Ebay etc.

Pro-blogging >> My two year Journey of Discovery

Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of the very first blog post that I ever did on my first personal blog.

It has been a very interesting and rewarding two years. I’ve been reflecting today a little about the journey of blogging so far. There have been a number of movements that have brought me to the place I’m in today as someone who now who earns a living from blogging. Let me reflect a little on the journey so far….

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Product Placement hits Blogging

‘On Monday, a squad of around 15 independent bloggers will begin inserting mentions of Marqui’s hosted communications management services into their blogs for money.

The bloggers will get $800 a month to mention Marqui with a link once a week in their blogs and post its emblem on a page. They’ll get an additional $50 per qualified sales lead they send to Marqui.

“We hit on the idea of [connecting with] heavily read, influential bloggers who create public discussion groups and get feedback,” said Stephen King, Marqui CEO. “But there are no mechanisms for them to make money. So we came up with idea of paying them.”‘

Read more of this article at Marc’s Voice: Marqui product placement ads

Also talking about this story is Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion, who writes ‘I am on the fence on whether this is smart strategy or not. On the one hand, the company gets to reach influentials in a very cost-effective way. On the other, I feel that it’s tainted.’

I tend to agree with Steve and feel like this is something of a risky experiment both for Marqui and the bloggers taking on the job. Does this approach run the risk of disenchanting readers?

This will be an interesting story to follow – if its done carefully and the bloggers chosen are writing on related topics to the product they place in their content then it could prove to be a worthwhile move – however if it becomes an unsubtle and obviously money grabbing exercise that dominates the blogs chosen then I’m not so sure.

About ProBlogger

Welcome to ProBlogger – the Blog that helps bloggers to add income streams to their blogs.

My name is Darren Rowse and I’m a full time Blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs like Digital Photography School.

Back in 2002 I stumbled upon an article about ‘Blogging’. I didn’t know it at the time but that moment changed my life. I know that statements like that belong on those cheesy ‘buy my book’ sites (don’t worry I’m not selling anything) but it is actually true.

Within 24 hours of reading the article I had started my own Blog – a personal blog where I’ve explored issues of Pop Culture, Spirituality and Blogging ever since. I learnt so much for the experience of that blog that I’ve since started many other blogs.

In 2005 I embarked with three others on the biggest blogging project I’ve ever done – b5media – a blog network that has over 100 blogs written by many bloggers from around the world.

As my blogs have grown in popularity and have begun to generate income Blogging has grown from a hobby (some would say an obsession), to a part time job through to a fully fledged business in recent times. I have slowly built my blogging into a income source that has enabled me to dedicate more and more time to the medium to the point where I am currently a full time blogger – a ProBlogger.

If you want to read an extended version of my story I’ve written it at Becoming a ProBlogger. You might also like to visit my ProBlogger in the Press page.

This site is dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.

I started it in September 2004 mainly because I wanted to keep a record of what I was learning about blogging for money. Since then I’ve added over well over 3500 articles, tips, tutorials and case studies to my archives here.

If you would like more information on ProBlogger please get in touch with me through my contact page.

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