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It’s Jeremy’s fault that I spent the last 10 minutes doing this but I’m a sucker for a good online test.

My nerd rating is 9 – They say I’m definitely not nerdy and might even be cool! Can someone please tell my wife?

My geek rating is 153 – Digital Ace – although I was penalized for being a Mac user.

Six Apart to go Public?

Dave Winer believes that Six Apart’s motivation for buying is LiveJournal is about Six Apart wanting to go public:

‘In all the speculation about the deal betw Six Apart and LiveJournal I haven’t seen what surely is the motivator. Six Apart plans to go public. The market will value SA based on its ability to generate profits, and it will likely do so in proportion to the number of users, the theory being that they can sell things to the users, so the more users, the more they can sell. The more users the more value. LJ has a lot of users. So the founders of LJ get SA stock, and the shareholders of SA get more users, and value of the combined companies goes up and the day of the IPO gets closer.’

Chat with me on MSN Messenger

I have had the fortune of chatting on MSN messenger today with a couple of my Problogging heroes and thought I’d like to connect with more in this way in 2005. So – with much trepidation I’m going to let you know my MSN Messenger ID.

It’s [email protected]

Please note – this is not an email address I use or check – EVER. But if you’d like a chat please feel free to add me and message me to say hi (it might be worth introducing yourself in your first message and saying you are from this blog as I occasionally get a few ‘nutters’ msg me out of the blue who I tend to block pretty quickly).

Of course some times are beter to chat than others so don’t be offended if I’m a bit slow to respond – I’ll get to you eventually but sometimes when I’m multitasking it takes me a few minutes to finish up a stream of thought (or a stream of blogging as they case will probably be).

Do Internal links boost Search Engine Ranking?

Interesting thread over at ‘Self Starter’s Weekly Tips’ forums – Do Incoming links from the same URL have less weight than incomeing links from a different domain? was the question that started the thread off.

The advice is good – and can basically be summed up as follows:

Internal links within your blog are good for a number of reasons:

- Firstly they help your readers navigate around your site. A well thought out menu or relevant links within your posts to other post on a similar topic will help you retain your reader for longer and send them deeper within your site.

- They help Search Engine’s robots to navigate your site and hopefully to get every possible page indexed. If you have a site map page or an archives page that links to every page on your blog this helps the SE’s robots index you more comprehensively.

- It seems that most Search Engines (like Google for instance) do give some weight to internal links when it comes to ranking your pages.

However internal links are not the be all and end all when it comes to SEO

- I suspect that Google are decreasing the value/weight of internal links. There is a number of other people that I respect who believe that the last few updates to Google’s algorithm have had something to do with this – and that pages with a lot of internal links have actually seen their search engine page rankings (SERPS) decrease. I don’t think internal links are penalized – but rather have been given less value. Its just my opinion.

- External links are more important to SEO. If you want to build your blog’s ranking and SERPs then it would be a better use of your time to look for external incoming links from other relevant sites than to plaster your own blog with internal links.

Blog Ads seeks Sales Person – Blog Job

Blogads.com is looking for a sales person. Their advertisement reads:



Blogads.com ,a fast-growing ad network focused on bloggers, is seeking entry-level salespeople and assistants.

We’ve got offices in Carrboro, NC and Budapest, Hungary and have been featured recently in Business Week and the Wall Street Journal.

You must be an articulate, personable, pop-culture savvy, hyper-literate, ambitious media maven. You’ve got to love communicating. You are decent at math and enjoy science. You want to make money AND grow.

You will service existing clients and research and sell to prospective advertisers. You’ll analyze advertising trends. You’ll stretch and grab and pull in all sorts of unexpected directions. If you want the status quo plus 7%, don’t apply.

If you are interested, please e-mail a resume and a short cover note explaining what you think makes blog advertising special. Extra points if you already blog.’

Apply for the job at Sales person for blog ad network

Breaking News Blog Collective is Launched

One of the projects that I’ve been working on with a number of others over the past two months is Breaking News Blog. Put most simply, the Breaking News Blog project is a collective of bloggers who are each focussing upon a niche news topic. There are currently 17 blogs that are live on the network in four general themes of Technology, Health, Sport and Entertainment and Lifestyle. The latest post from each blog in the collective are presented on the central Breaking News Blog home page but each is an independent blog in its own right at:

Technology Blogs: MP3 PlayersSatellite RadioPDAsRoboticsPrintersVoIP
Laptops
Health Blogs: Medical ResearchMineral SupplementsDietsMedical Alarms

Sport and Entertainment: America’s CupJessica Simpson

Lifestyle Blogs: Personal FinanceCredit Card NewsLife Insurance NewsCar Insurance News

Also hosted by Breaking News Blog is the Blogger Idol project.

Bloggers in the collective write about areas of personal interest and expertise. Of course there is a financial element to what we do (income stream is largely Adsense, Amazon and other affiliates) but we’re not only interested in the big dollar and are looking forward to some projects in the months ahead that will make a difference to the wider community that we are a part of.

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Six Apart buy LiveJournal – Its Official

Live Journal have just made the news that Six Apart are buying them out official at Big news… Six Apart and LiveJournal! They attempt to answer the ‘why’ question with the following reasons:

‘Our companies are more alike than different.

We both use Perl.

Together we form super robot that’s stronger than the sum of its parts.

Super robots can fight super companies.

They respect us, we respect them.

We have a number of features they don’t.

We have experience with making “inward-facing” community sites, whereas their sites/products tend to be “outward-facing”. They want some of that inward-facing action.

Because we’re awesome.’

Six Apart also make the announcement official:

‘Six Apart, makers of the highly acclaimed Movable Type publishing platform and TypePad personal weblogging service, today announced that it has acquired Danga Interactive, Inc., the operators of the popular service LiveJournal, for an undisclosed amount of stock and cash. With the acquisition, Six Apart solidifies its position as the industry’s recognized leader in weblogging software across all markets, and LiveJournal can continue its rapid growth trajectory under Six Apart’s umbrella. As of today, the combined user base of both companies exceeds 6.5 million users, with thousands more added daily.’

Mena has also some interesting comments on her blog:

‘Brad’s initial question — an expected one — was “why does Six Apart want to acquire Danga (LiveJournal)?” The answer was simple; “Many of our weaknesses are LiveJournal’s strengths and many of LiveJournal’s weaknesses are our strengths.”’

Using your Visitor referrer logs

Wayne posts a useful tip on using your Visitor referrer logs in your statistics package over at Search Engine News Journal.



‘Visitor referrer logs are valuable records to examine, from time to time. In my case, and probably yours too, the visitor logs get more than one peek a day. Admit it. It’s not just an exercise in ego or vanity to read your visitor log records. In fact, it might be the nicest thing you can do for the interests of your regular and new readership.

In the referrer records, there are probably indications of the keywords and phrases that discovered your blog. Everyone who uses a search engine types in a search phrase in the hope of finding some relevant information on the subject.’

Read more of this article at Visitor referrer logs: Keeping in touch

The Importance of User Feedback

Michael has a great tip on The Importance of User Feedback over at Figby.com:

‘In retrospect, the conclusions seem obvious: Assuming you want as much feedback as possible from readers, you should make it as easy as possible for them to reach you. You may need to experiment with different comment forms, link locations, or link text to get the best response. Your readers are probably happy to help improve your site—they just want to do it with a minimum of effort.’

Jeremy C. Wright – Fired for Blogging

Another blogger has joined the growing number who have been fired for blogging. Jeremy Wright of Ensight Was Just Fired for Blogging ‘divulging company secrets’. Its not a nice feeling – I’ve know a couple of bloggers who’ve been through the same thing – not nice at all. However in both cases that I know of the saga has actually led to them moving forward into new areas. One of them actually got a new (better) job via the publicity of his sacking.

So Jeremy – my thoughts are with you and the sting of this news – however hang in there – use it to your advantage as you’ve used so many other opportunities in the past. Lick your wounds (take your time on this bit – its important to take stock) and Blog on!