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Archive for September, 2005

WordPress Theme: 15n41n1

Here’s a nice looking new WordPress Theme

You can check it out here or download it here.

Categories: WordPress Themes

Mint = Overrated!

David has done a little writeup of Mint entitled Choke on a Mint. I think it hits the nail on the head.

Another thing that is really bugging me is the fact that everyone is tripping over their feet to pat him on the back, as though he did something different, or even new. He just added AJAX and a nice set of graphics, which I find both a little slow to load.

Also, I like looking at numbers as much as the next person, but with all of them crammed onto the screen in alternating cell colours, it really does not convey to me what I am looking at. I feel like I am missing something, and the comparisons are just numbers which honestly, over a period of time, lose all meaning. Where are the graphs, and pie charts?

Anyway, at $30 a pop, I think my money is best spent elsewhere. BTW, I believe Shaun Inman is a genius for doing this, he should make a nice chunk of change out of it. I just believe the only reason it’s getting hyped so much is because it looks purdy and because it has his name attached to it. I don’t see it as anything revolutionary like everyone else seems to think it is. Nothing against Shaun of course :P

Categories: General

Other Blogging Revenues

I’m always reading about how Adsense is the best source of income for a blog. While I love Adsense myself, I don’t believe it necessarily has to be the biggest source of income for a site. My sites’ biggest income comes from directly selling ads to people.

I make almost twice as much by directly selling ads when putting it side by side to my Adsense revenue. While it takes a little more time to direct sell advertising, the benefits in my opinion are far greater than just filling every little spot with Adsense. I know you’re thinking that in order to make twice as much, I must actively seek out advertisers for my sites. I don’t. I’ve only posted a want ad for advertisers once on one of my sites, and it has resulted in a grand total of zero advertisers. If you have a quality site, the ads will sell themselves.

To add a little perspective, if Darren Rowse had the ratio that I have, in addition to his $15,000 a month from Adsense, he would have an additional $30,000 a month from other ads. That would put his yearly total well over $500,000 a year. According to Jason Calacanis, Weblogs Inc pulls in a million a year now from Adsense. They could easily be pulling in another 2 million a year from other revenue. Either of these guys could be pulling well over that 2 to 1 ratio for all I know, or they could be pulling far less.

I’m just trying to say that while Adsense is nice, it’s also nice to be a little diversified. Having revenue coming from places other than Adsense just provides me with an additional since of security. It makes me feel a little safer since I don’t have all my eggs in one basket, that basket being Adsense. After all, if I relied purely on Adsense and Adsense failed, well then that would be the end of me. Anyway, the point is, research other ways to make money. Don’t just put Adsense up and never think a thing about other ways of making money.

Categories: Blogging Sense, General

WordPress Theme Toolkit

Here’s a nice little toolkit. If you’re not the best PHP programmer in the world, then this might be for you. It simplifies some things that might be hard for a PHP novice. From the author’s mouth:

Adding an admin menu in your theme ensures that end users can customise things without editing source files, just as naturally as changing a WordPress option in the admin area.

WordPress Theme Toolkit is a PHP class that gives WordPress theme authors the opportunity of creating a persistent admin menu for their theme as easily as editing 3 lines in a file.

You can check out this WordPress theme toolkit here.

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress Theme: Renovatio

There’s a new WordPress theme that has been released call Renovatio. There are a few different cool features for it including

  • fancy tooltips
  • dynamically generated image headings
  • preferences page for the user to customize the site
  • one post front page view

and more…. Note that it does require that GD2 is installed and configured correctly with PHP.

Categories: WordPress Themes

Bloggy Network Released

I know I have many sites already, but I am launching a few more and putting them all under an umbrella called the Bloggy Network. What is the Bloggy Network you ask? Well it is a compilation of blog related sites that will target specific topics as well as some helpful resources in blogging.

What is going to make us stand out from the competition? Well, not only are we going to have blog sites, but we are also going to have blog service and tool sites to help bring the blogging community together.

We start off the network off with 1 blog service site in Blog Catalog, and then 10 other sites that are purely content specific blogs.

“Jacob”, you ask yourself, “how in the world are you going to run 10 blogs by yourself?”. The answer is simple, I’m not. No folks, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve hired the first full time blogger of the Bloggy Network, David Peralty. What made me pick David out of all the possible bloggers out there? Easy, he was the one that stood out compared to everyone else. He’s a truly great writer that will fill every need perfectly. He’s fresh out of college(only 22 years old) and has a real desire to blog. He’s going to be writing on a new line of electronic and gaming related blogs.

Since I’m launching so many new blogs, I figured that I need a good brand to consolidate my blogs and make it easier to differ myself from the competition. I thought about it for days until I remembered that the simple answer is usually best. A long time ago I remember there was a craze where everyone was adding the “e” in front of domains, so I figured, why not use the same concept, except for with a “b” to signify it is part of the Bloggy Network. It should be easy to remember. Using this new “b” branding are the bCellPhones blog, bLaptops blog, bDigitalCameras blog, bXbox360 blog, bPlaystation3 blog, bTelevisions blog, and the bMonitors blog.

What made me choose these topics? Basically, these are some of the topics David has a passion for and enjoys blogging about, and I hope are of great interest to the public at large. I wouldn’t want him to be blogging for me unless he can write about something that he enjoys. You can read a little more about these 7 new blogs on one of the about pages.

This is just the first in what is going to be a new line of sites to be launched by me. I hope to add an additional 4 new blog sites during the month of September. Two of these will be existing sites that I’m just improving and adding to the network, and the other two of these will be brand spankin’ new sites. None of these four sites will be actual blogs, I might add, as they are more in the blog service/tools area. These four sites should be helpful to a wide variety of bloggers, from those just being introduced to blogging all the way to the more experienced bloggers out there.

I’m launching these sites not to compete with any other networks, but to establish my own unique identity. I believe I have some unique ideas and talent that can take this network in a different direction than any other. Other networks are purely about being blogs, I want to be about blog related sites in general, and deliver high quality, useful content.

For those of you who were wondering why the posts haven’t been flowing here like they should, that’s the reason. From now on, you have a renewed commitment from me. I should be posting consistently from now on. I know I haven’t been posting like I should and I truly apologize. Please don’t be too mad. I should be able to take care of everything a little better now. It just gets a little hard sometimes while you’re still in college ;)

Categories: General

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