Wow, this is something that I was not expecting, but it does make sense. TechCrunch and several other blogs announced that they already have a plugin installed to allow readers to post video comments. In fact if you head to that post you will be able to see dozens of examples, including some from Mike Arrington himself.
Become an Affiliate for Killer Domains
The sales of the Killer Domains ebook are going well, but I thought that opening up the affiliate program couldn’t hurt, right?
I am selling it through E-junkie, and they have a very user friendly affiliate system. You just need to click on this Join our Affiliate Program link, register your account, and you are ready to go. You can either use a “buy now” button or link to my release post, both will track your referrals. Finally, the commission is 50% (or $8.5 per sale) with no minimum payout.
8 Rules for Telling Stories on Your Blog
This is a guest post by Jennifer Fulwiler.
For those of us who have diary-style blogs in which we offer readers a glimpse into our daily lives, there are times when we find that we have to write a long post in order to convey a story. However, it can be hard to find tips for creating long blog posts since a cardinal rule of writing for the web is to keep it short.
Web readers do occasionally read posts like this if they’re done well. I believe that the key to getting visitors to thoroughly read a long story is that it first must be scannable. When a reader comes across your blog and sees a long post she is going to take no more than a couple of seconds to ask herself, “Is it worth my time to read this?” Here’s how to show her that the answer is yes:
RSS Awareness Day Update
First of all a big thank you for everyone supporting the initiative. The website RSSDay.org is practically ready, and you can already find the banners there or link to it as a resource explaining to people what RSS is all about (if you have any criticism or suggestions for the site let me know).
Breaking the Digg Code
The guys from Invesp.com just released a special report titled “Breaking the Digg Code.” It is a small PDF with 21 pages, but packed with information about how to get your stories popular on Digg. In fact the tagline is: a step by step instruction to getting on the first page of Digg in four weeks or less.
Open Discussion: What Do You Think of Internet Marketers? (aka the long sales page gurus)
First of all, notice that there are several types of Internet marketers, the questions I raise in this post regard specifically the ones that use long sales pages and several other questionable tactics to sell their products and services.
Brian Clark from Copyblogger is certainly an Internet marketer. He recently launched a program called Teaching Sells, where he managed to create an initial buzz around it, had affiliates on board and so on. Yet his tactics were down to earth, and I am pretty sure that no one had anything negative to say about his program.
The same cannot be said about people that resort to the long sales pages, though. If you navigate around the web you will notice that there is a great deal of controversy around these practices.
Link Tips: 20 April 2008
Some interesting links that I gathered this week (and a couple a bit older). A scam alert, web 2.0 generators, web metrics and podcasts, enjoy.
Make Sure Your WordPress is Not Hacked
Lately there there seems to be a hacking spree around old versions of WordPress. Most of the times the hacker will edit your theme files to insert spam links. One of my older and non-active blogs got that problem, and I had several friends complaining to me about it as well when chatting over IM.
I would therefore recommend that all of you run a quick check on your WordPress to make sure it has not being compromised.
The Fonts Paradise: dafont.com
So the other day I was talking with my designer about a logo, and he recommended me to go to dafont.com, choose one font, and report back to him. Believe it or not I had never came across this site before.
Website Traffic Series Part 4: Faking A Website Sale
In the previous parts of this series we talked about generating traffic to your website with CSS galleries, Blog Carnivals and by leaving comments on other blogs. Those were all basic techniques, so lets talk about something less trivial today: faking a blog sale.
Before going further, though, keep in mind that I consider this technique to be unethical. I try to keep a 100% transparency approach on all my projects and endeavors, therefore I would never fake something to generate traffic, and I don’t recommend other people to do so either.
And There Goes Our Alexa Rank!
I woke up today and was browsing through my RSS feeds when I came across an interesting post from Problogger: Alexa Announces ‘New’ Rankings.
Lack of Ideas? You’ve Got to Be Kidding!
This is a guest post by Alan Johnson, the author of The Online Business Handbook.
One of the most common things bloggers complain about is their lack of ideas. You hear all about how excited they were during their first week as bloggers, only to realize that things stand quite a bit differently once they start losing momentum.
Is that the case as far as you are concerned, are you using lack of ideas as an excuse? Well, guess what: there is no such thing! Show me one person who says that he or she doesn’t have great ideas and I’ll show you a misguided individual.
Killer Domains: My First eBook is Available Now
All right, I always wanted to feel like Steve Jobs unveiling some cool product, that is why I used such a title…
Anyway, my first ebook is getting launched today. It is titled “Killer Domains: Tools & Techniques to Find the Perfect Domain Name.”
If you tried to find some good domain names lately you know how disappointing the experience can be. It feels like all the marketable domains are already gone. And the problem is that the success of your website starts with the domain name.
If you use a structured research process with efficient tools and techniques, however, I am sure that you will be able to find dozens of good domains that are still available, or to find registered domains for sale that will represent an excellent investment.
PassionDuo WordPress Theme Released
It is time to update our WordPress themes collection, and with not one but three new themes. The PassionDuo theme has a clean style, rounded corners, space for advertising and a lot of room for your content. It comes in three color versions: red, blue and green.
The theme was created by DesignSaurus. If you are planning to get a custom design, make sure to check out their competitive prices.
Wikio, News Aggregator and Top 100 Blogs
I will be frank here, I think that the marketing rep of Wikio.com emailed me about 10 times on the last month to let me know about their new blog ranking system (as you can see perseverance pays off…). But I am not writing about them only in the hope of stopping the harassment: I also think that they have an interesting service.
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