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Google Moves to Continual Indexing

‘If you’ve noticed that Google seems to be updating their index more frequently than once a month, you’re not alone. Clint Dixon observed this as well. In this article he discusses how this changes the world for website owners, search engine optimizers, and anyone else trying to get on the front pages of popular search engines.

Google.com took a step forward in offering the most relevant information available by beefing up their mission statement. For a long time Google has updated their database of information by indexing the World Wide Web once per month. In light of recent events I have come to the conclusion that Google is now updating their index much more frequently, as evidenced by server statistics from my clients, and from my own server.

With the November 2003 Florida Update, Google dropped many of the offending webmasters who employed black hat SEO techniques off of the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). This upset a great many webmasters whose sites sat on the front pages of Google.com for years, and who felt smug without preparing for the future.’

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How big is the Blogosphere?

Clickz has a good article on the size of the Blogosphere which continues to grow.



‘The size of the blogosphere has doubled every five months over the last year and a half, according to blog analysis firm Technorati. Over that time, blogs have gone from being a word that sounded insulting to an online trend embraced even by a sexagenarian Massachusetts senator running for president. Given the frenetic pace of that growth, data charting the blog phenomenon have been vigorously consumed, and in some cases contradictory….

According to David Sifry, Technorati’s chief executive, the current number of blogs is now over 8 times bigger than the 500,000 blogs it measured in June, 2003.’

Read more at The Blogosphere By the Numbers

Services to Ping When you Update your Blog

Over the past year I’ve collected a list of services to ping when you update your blog. Here is a list of those I have so far. There are heaps more out there – you might also like to head over to Jeremy’s Services to Ping list also where he’s got a list of 41 or so services (many duplicated here).
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Tech Bloggers Wanted – AdverBlogging

Jeremy Wright’s employees are looking for tech bloggers willing to blog for a few dollars.



‘The company I do the majority of my writing for is looking to open half a dozen topical blogs. The content output expectations are fairly low. These are ‘entry level’ blogging positions. The positions are unpaid, but you get to put your ads on the pages. The site you’re blogging for gets 1M visitors per month, so you should be able to make a reasonable income via AdSense.’



Read more at Ensight Tech Bloggers Wanted – AdverBlogging

Google sees benefits in corporate blogging

‘Google, which implemented an internal web log system behind its firewall about 18 months ago, has seen tremendous benefits from it and may in the future consider providing tools and expertise for this purpose to interested clients, Google said.

Google deployed an internal blog for its employees shortly after acquiring the blogging service Blogger in early 2003, and since then Google staffers have found many useful and creative ways for the internal blog, said Jason Goldman, Blogger product manager at Google.

“Since then, we have seen a lot of different uses of blogs within the firewall: people keeping track of meeting notes, people sharing diagnostics information, people sharing snippets of code, as well as more personal uses, like letting co-workers know what they are thinking about and what they are up to,” Goldman said.

“It really helps grow the intranet and the internal base of documents.”‘

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Writing and Blogging Opportunities – California Chronicle & American Chronicle

Here is an opportunity for bloggers to get their name and writing into the public eye a little more – it doesn’t pay anything but the side benefits could make it worthwhile:

‘The California Chronicle family of online magazines is offering writing opportunities for authors and bloggers to publish with the California Chronicle, American Chronicle, World Sentinel and 17 additional affiliated online magazines throughout the US and the world.

These are unpaid, yet rewarding opportunities. Authors and bloggers may regularly submit their work on a variety of subjects to gain exposure for themselves as experts in their fields or to refer employers to professionally published examples of their writing to obtain positions as full-time, freelance, or syndicated columnists. Writers can show off the best examples of their writing to employers, families, or friends. In addition, authors can write about almost anything, including hobbies, opinion, sports, travel, politics, or entertainment.’

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9rules Blog Network

9Rules

A friend recently suggested I take a look at the 9rules Network of blogs run by Paul Scrivens. Paul, like many bloggers, didn’t set out to create a blog network, but rather found himself creating more and more site, out of which a network emerged. He bases his blogging on 9 Rules – (hence the name). These rules got my attention as being simple, to the point, well thought out and a great set of values to base a network upon:

1. Love what you do

2. Never stop learning

3. Form works with function, not against it

4. Simple can be beautiful

5. Work hard, play hard

6. You get what you pay for

7. When others talk, listen

8. Always improve

9. Respect your inspiration

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Affiliate News: Pay Per Lead/Click Program Reviews

Affiliate News has put together a very useful resource that reviews 9 Pay Per Lead/Click Programs

If you’re looking for ways to add an income stream to your blog using this type of approach this might be a good starting point.

Free Blog Tutorials

Orangejack Blog has a great series of free tutorials for bloggers. They write:

‘Interested in blogging? Don’t know much about what a blog is, why blog, or how to blog? Need to tweak your blog? Do you feel like you need to take some classes on it all?

Well look no futher. I have put together a series on the ins and outs of blogging. I call it the Orangejack Blogging University. Here’s the curriculum in case you’re interested in starting.

Blogging 100: Prerequisites

Blogging 101: Blogger.com

Blogging 102: HTML Code

Blogging 201: Posting Photos

Blogging 202: Publishing

Blogging 301: Marketing

Blogging 302: Webstats

Blogging 401: Template Tweaks

Blogging 402: Etiquette

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Blog Buyouts

Wired News has an interesting piece on media buy outs. The article finishes up by predicting that in the next year or so that we’ll see companies moving in to purchase blogs.

‘According to Sam Whitmore, editor of Sam Whitmore’s Media Survey, over the next 12 to 24 months you will probably see big media companies scarf up these cult destinations, where a growing number of people are going for opinions, analysis and community. “Look at what happened politically,” Whitmore said, when blogs hit the big time during the presidential campaign. “The same thing will happen in business, because people know they don’t need to head to branded sites for good information. Bloggers can be trusted to be independent and people will turn to self-published experts for information.”



Whitmore, a former editor and chief of PC Week, believes that established media brands will have no choice but to adopt blog strategies — and acquisitions will be a part of it. He predicts that by this time next year, Nick Denton, founder of Gawker and Wonkette, or Jason Calacanis, who co-founded micropublisher Weblogs, will have sold a couple of their blogs.’

Read more at Wired News: Web Media Buyouts Coming? Kinda

How much would you sell your blog for?