Archive for March, 2007
Now that the fourth big tech show week (CES, MacWorld, 3GSM, Cebit, CTIA) is behind us, I came to a conclusion. I hate these big tech show weeks!
I run a few (2 updated almost daily and 2 updated when I feel like it) tech “newsy” blogs. They are about ayear old and are real “newsy”. I don’t have special access to hardware to do a reviews, I do not even have a deep knowledge of PCs or Cell Phones (topics of my blogs). I consider myself an advanced user. What I do, is find new things that others missed and report them.
Every major and minor company is timing their PR stunts for one of the big tech shows. And prior to the show there’s a lot of leaks, rumors and hints about new products. A nirvana for a guy like me.
Well, it’s been almost a week since I started regularly posting on this blog. It took off nicely and I think a little introduction is in order.
My full name is Stanislovas, but friends usually call me Staska (it’s like William and Bill in English). The staska.com was taken, so I had to settle for staska.net here.
I was hooked on (pro) blogging in 2005 and started my first blog on Dec 31, 2005. It was a joke site and I did it more as a test and to get my feet wet. It worked.
In February I was ready to launch my first tech blog. It was newsy, computer related blog, writing about laptops, desktops and other PC things. It started quite well and by June was doing 2000 pageviews a day, mainly through search engines.
…every problem may look like a nail :
Psychoanalyst (P) sits bored in his office waiting for the clients. Suddenly the door opens and a guy gets in walking on his knees, with something in his mouth and dragging a rope behind him.
P: “My, my… What do we have here? I think it’s a little snake. Come, come crawl in, crawl in little snake, doctor will help you.”
The guy desperately shakes head.
P: “Oops, sorry… Bah, it’s a little turtle came to visit us. Crawl in, crawl in little turtle, lie down on the couch, and tell good doctor DoLittle what’s the problem.”
The guy shakes his head again.
P: “Hmmm. Oh! I think it’s a little worm…”
Finally the guy looses his patience and shouts::
“DOCTOR SHUT THE F@$#@ UP!!!! I’M JUST TRYING TO INSTALL THE NETWORK…”
What’s wrong with Digg search? It’s the third day now that I try to do a search of articles for the past year and get this:
All other searches – for the past week, month or all time work ok.
Content monetization options for your blog keep getting better and better. Just yesterday John Chow opened Kontera Inline Content Ads for us and today I see an invitation to join Amazon Associates Context Links Beta.
Amazon Associates Context Links Beta is a program very similar to Kontera Inline Link Ads – it searches your pages for the relevant keywords and then transforms these keywords into product links. When user mouses over the link, a box with the relevant product ad appears:
When user clicks on the ad, he is taken to the Amazon Product Page. If he buys the product, you get affiliate commission.
If you go to the bigger tech related sites you probably have noticed double underlined links in text there, when you mouseover them a little bubble pops-up with an ad in it:
The service is free for the blogs with less then 1000 pageviews a
month day and $14.99 a year for the blogs doing 1-10K pageviews a month day. After that the price goes to $1 a year for 1000 pageviews per month day, so you’ll pay $50 a year for 50K users/ month day. Which looks very reasonable if the service is good.
Is there any blogger blogging about blogging that hasn’t posted a list of his favorite plugins yet? Well, since I’m now in it too, I might as well do it. But you won’t find a list of my favorite plugins here. I did much better! I compiled a true TOP 30 list of the most popular plugins in blogosphere
The list is based on the Lists of favorite WordPress plugins, made by Lorelle last month. Lorelle found 48 lists with a total of 280 plugins that were recommended by other bloggers to their readers.
So I went through all those lists and compiled a spreadsheet of the mentioned plugins to see which of them were the most used in blogosphere. Here are the results: Read the rest of this entry »
My dear Sir,
Could you be so kind and repeat this inspirational speach that you have told us a few moments ago, since many of the important points that you have stressed here with such inspiration have not fully reached my consiousness in a way that you might have intended.
In other words….. What?
If you have a tech/gadget related site and are running only AdSense on it, you are leaving a lot of money on the table. And you probably already know that, since everyone writing about how to make money online is telling you this. But it doesn’t make it any less true. By putting just one new ad unit I almost doubled my blog income overnight.
To supplement my blog income I have been running another CPC network – Chitika – ads for more then a year now. And the income from it never amounted to much and was certainly not comparable to what AdSense was generating. Until this January. When Chitika started earning almost the same amount of money as AdSense, which effectively doubled my blog income.
What happened? Well, Chitika introduced a new ad format, called “Related products unit” (RPU). It looks like this:
If you are writing some product related posts, RPU’s are a perfect fit. You put this ad right under your post text, style it with CSS and it doesn’t look like an ad at all. So you get a very good click through rates. For tech products, the CPC of RPU ads are even better then the average CPC I get from AdSense. And when one of my blog posts was dugg, Chitika RPU pulled in two times more then all other ads combined. Read the rest of this entry »