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BlogTshirts.com – Now you can wear your favorite blogs.

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I just stumbled on another way you can make a few dollars from your blog – this time directly from your readers – its by starting your own clothing label! Ok – maybe not your own label but you can have your own T-Shirts. Check out BlogTshirts.com which lets bloggers sell T-shirts without the hassle of having to make or send them and simply by letting others do all the hard work of inventory etc. I know there are other places you can do this online but this is one of the first I’ve see that is targeting bloggers! Its a service run by Dan Sherman.

‘Are you a blog reader? Show your fondness for the blogosphere by wearing your favorite blog on a t-shirt.

By wearing a blogTshirt, you not only show the world your awareness regarding the future of news delivery, but you also support your favorite bloggers. Each blog owner receives $10 per t-shirt purchased with their blog on it…..

Everybody wins. You get a cool t-shirt, bloggers earn money to support their nasty blogging habit and we here at blogTshirts.com can make enough money to retire to the Bahamas. (Don’t worry, we’ll keep blogging and making t-shirts.)’

So the question I have is this (and its not deep) what should the slogan be for ProBlogger’s T-shirt?!? I’ll take nominations below. If I use your nomination I’ll buy you a free T-Shirt.

I’m not sure how many of you my wonderful readers are going to rush out and buy a ProBlogger blog but I’m sure there are plenty of other blogs that this would work better with. At earning $10 per sale its worth a go if you have a lot of avid/obsessive fans reading your blog.

The 2005 Business Blogging Awards – Voting Time

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Looks like voting is open in the The 2005 Business Blogging Awards and I’m surprised to find ProBlogger in the Best overall Blog category. i wasn’t sure what their definition of a ‘Business Blog’ was but perhaps I’m one after all. Anyway you can go here to vote and to surf through some excellent examples of business blogging a wide variety of topics. If you’re looking for the category we’re nominated in start scrolling and don’t stop til you stop. The best ‘overall’ blog is ‘underall’ the others….sorry – I couldn’t resist.

Update: Voting has been suspended due to some irregularities with the system – seems that votes were accumulating very quickly (ie one vote sometimes came up as multiple votes). Thanks for the 11,000 people who voted for me (joking). System should be back up again shortly.

The Business Blogging Field Guide – Types of Business Bloggers

The Social Customer Manifesto has a great series going at the moment titled The Business Blogging Field Guide which goes beyond the usual ‘what is a business blog?’ question and describes six different types of business bloggers – giving examples of each:

The Tour Guide

The Recommender

The Maven

The Customer Advocate

The The Do-er

The CEO Blogger

How Personal do you Get on your Business Blog?

There is an interesting dialogue going about how personal you should get on your business blog over at CorporateBlogging.Info and public (MIND). Hans wants to know more about Fredrik – Fredrik doesn’t want his blog to go there.

‘As Hans Henrik says, I try to keep this site focused on blogging and related communication discussions. I’m not doing it primarily to be read, even if that’s fun and stimulating. I’m doing it to learn. I work that way. If I read stuff I forget it. If I read stuff and write about it, I’m able to transform it from information to knowledge. And with a journalistic background no other writing than that in public really counts.

Writing more about my background, my family, views and opinions on other matters — that wouldn’t fill any purpose from that perspective. In my corporate blog (Swedish only) it’s somewhat different, because there I have other purposes.

That’s one part of the answer, the individual part of it. In more general terms I think – as a blog reader – that it’s not very interesting to get too much personal stuff. If I read a blog to, say, find news and discussions about web design I couldn’t care less who the blogger had dinner with the night before. I don’t want to know that.’

He also wonders if it might be a cultural thing that highlights the difference between how Europeans differ from Americans in their business blogs.

It could also be a personality thing I guess. I personally have some boundaries about what I will and won’t blog about on my different blogs – however would probably be a little more open to revealing a little about myself on most of my blogs. I am someone who is drawn to real people and not just information.

I like blogs that have a photo somewhere on them of the person and that give some indication of who they are, where they are, what they do with their time etc. I also like humor in blogs and enjoy a good story every now and again. I guess it is a personal choice – but I wonder what you think? How much do you reveal about yourself on your blog? Do you have boundaries about what you will and won’t post about?

Visualization of Blogs

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Anjo is doing some very interesting work on Visually representing blogs. The picture to the left (click to enlarge) is a partial visualization of Scobleizer over a year. Anjo describes what you’re looking at by writing:



• Size of a blob is determined by the number of words in the post. Bigger blob, more words (in fact: every pixel represents one word).

• Colour of the blob is determined by whether there are links to others (grey), links from others (green) or no links (red). All with respect to a community of KM bloggers determined by Lilia and
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It is an interesting first implementation of this visualization system – well worth checking out. Read the rest here. I’ll be interested to see what else emerges.

RSS Advertising More Superior Than Email – RSS Spam to Follow?

Marketing Rampage with Blogs has an interesting post that argues RSS Advertising outperforms Email advertising.

‘Pheedo ran the campaign for 6 weeks and from their results, RSS feeds outperformed the best click through rate in email by over 26% as compared to the industry average of 8.7%.’



It is an article that both excites me (as someone just beginning to test the theory) but also scares me a little. You see email advertising became the bane of my existence for many years with the advent of Spammed Emails – I’m just wondering how long before we see the same vast quantity of Spam RSS feeds bouncing through our news aggregators.

I already regularly see what I consider to be RSS spam in my bloglines aggregator – junk posts that appear again and again day after day on the search terms that I follow. I wonder how much longer before this practice becomes so wide spread that I give up using the search for a keyword function of Bloglines.

NYT Online Advertisign is up 32%

ClickZ reports that Online Ad Revenues Up 32 Percent at New York Times Co. its not a blog – but I figure its representative of what is happening in the wider online community.

‘Advertising revenue for The New York Times’ online unit increased 32.2 percent for December 2004 compared with December 2003, driven by strong growth in display advertising and all classified advertising categories.



That robust online performance contrasts with the almost flat advertising revenue growth company-wide. Total advertising revenues across all of the Times’ media holdings increased 2.2 percent to $187.2 million in December. For the year, the Times reported total advertising revenues up 3.5 percent with $2.19 billion.’

Google testing ‘new’ user activated ads on Adsense

The Adsense community are in a bit of a tizz at the moment over testing of a ‘new’ ad feature whereby readers get to choose their own advertisements. In actual fact this is not a ‘new’ testing that Adsense are doing at all – I observed it back in October on one test site that I watch – if only they’d been reading ProBlogger! :-)

See some more of the current discussion and observations at:

- Webmaster World – Site visitors able to tweak Publishers Adsense blocks

- Inside Google – Google Testing True User-Specified Ads

- SEO Round Table: Google Beta Tests New AdSense Ads

- Jermy Zawodny – Google’s Per-User Adsense Tweaking

- pc4media – Search Adsense Ads from your Website

CSS Vault is Sold for Five Figure Amount

Big Money Tips today announced that he’s sold one of his flagship blogs – the CSS Vault.

‘When I created the CSS Vault I didn’t even plan on making any money from it let alone sell it. Things just happened to work out the right way in the end. Dumb luck. Later this week I will go more into detail the reasons for selling as opposed to keeping it from a business perspective.’

As usual with these types of sales the amount has not been revealed except to say that it was a five figure money – between $10,000 and $99,999.

This is the second such public sale for a blogger in the past few months with Jeremy selling his back in September. I’m sure its something we’ll see more of but I am still left wondering how does one make the decision as to how much to sell their blog for?

Estimating what the Big bloggers earn from Blogads

Right Wing News has done some estimates on what they think some of the bigger blogs are making from Blogads on a weekly basis. The estimates are rough and they admit they are probably over estimates as Blogads do take 20% in commissions and it doesn’t take into consideration advertisers buying long ads (which are usually discounted) and it wouldn’t take into consideration the free ads that some bloggers use. On the flip side of course, these numbers are conservative in their overall earnings as many of them use other advertising also such as Adsense, affiliates, private ads etc.

Having made all those disclaimers this is an interesting analysis. Here are the top 10 on this list of estimates of Blogads weekly earnings (check here for their complete list):



Daily Kos:$6800

Talking Points Memo: $2900

Instapundit: $2125

Eschaton: $2000

Andrew Sullivan: $2400

Hugh Hewitt: $1500

Political Animal: $1430

The Smirking Chimp: $1350

Wonkette: $1150

Political Wire: $1100