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Archive for September, 2006

indeed: Bloggers Make $39k a Year?

indeed is a new site focused on job searches, but they also have a handy tool to let you know the average wages for a job. I put in things like Blogger, Journalist, Reporter, Computer Support Technician, Writer among others and got some interesting figures. I will tell you right now, I make way less blogging than $39,000 a year.

indeed: Bloggers Make $39k a Year?

An interesting tool but I question its accuracy. Though it might also be a good way to ask for a raise…

Categories: Blogging News, Blogging Sense

30 Million China Bloggers

Blogs are exploding into the lives of many from all corners of the Earth, and China is not being left behind as they quickly adopt blogs and blogging. Some of the top blogs on the Technorati top 100 are from China, making you wonder, due to their massive amount of people, if the language of blogging will shift towards Chinese languages. Could we see blogging applications written and commented in Chinese in a few years? How big will China grow as part of the blogosphere?

CNN looks at the change in a short article.

he number of blog sites in China reached 34 million in August, a 30-fold increase from four years ago, state media said on Tuesday, despite a series of curbs on media and dissent.

China has more than 17 million people writing blogs (short for Web logs) and more than 75 million people reading them, Xinhua news agency said.

I need to learn mandarin or something…

Categories: Blogging News

Google Page Rank Update

Don’t get too excited it will take a while for everything to settle, but it looks like it is Google Page Rank update time again. This means your blog could shift around in search results leading to more or less traffic. For those of you getting higher page ranks you might be able to leverage it for some more money, for those of you dropping in page rank, you will probably not be able to make as much money through things like banner and text link advertising.

Good luck to everyone, and may your page ranks be high.

Source: Problogger.net

Categories: Blogging News, General

WordPress Theme: Gray Incite

A two column theme from Justin Shattuck today, called Gray Incite.

What is Gray Incite?

Gray Incite is a simple, modest and easily modifiable theme for WordPress. The layout is extremely minimalistic in approach, with a slight amount of eye candy to create just enough contrast between sections of content. Included in the theme is a navigation menu, section for sub-level navigation, sidebar content boxes and an easy to follow content section.

A simple theme, but very nice looking. You can check out an image of it on his site, and grab the download.

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress Theme: TerraFirma

There is not much I can say about this theme, other than it looks really nice, and actually reminds me of the design I have created for my next blog, and so I might use it as the foundation.

TerraFirma is the wordpress theme, based on a open source design by nodethirtythree.

Its first version is released on September 25 2006.

Its a two-column,Fixed-Width, Widget-Ready wordpress 2.0 theme.

Key Features :

1. Page Template for Archives Page
2. Page Template for Contact Page
3. Page Template for Links Page
4. Automatic Page Navigation
5. Widgets Plugin Compatible
6. 404 Not Found Page

Check out TerraFirma.

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress Problem: No Comments for Non-Members

Okay, please don’t laugh at me, or tell me to post in WordPress Support. I have already posted it there, twice.

So, my blog www.phoenixrealm.com is not taking any comments except those from logged in users. The option for that is not checked, so I don’t know whats going on. I upgraded from 2.0.2 to 2.0.4 to try to fix it, but that did not happen. No errors, no settings that look like they need to be changed. Turned off Akismet to see if that’d fix it…no luck. No other comment moderation plugins or systems. Help!?

Oddly it redirects to http://www.phoenixrealm.com/wp-comments-post.php and shows the front page, when the user is not logged in and comments. While logged in commentor is brought back to the correct page.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

Here are the steps I have taken so far:
Realize comments work for me when I am logged in, but not when I am logged out.
Checked WordPress settings.
-Users must be registered and logged in to comment is unchecked
-Discussion Options Page looks correct
Turned off Akismet
Upgraded WP from 2.0.2 to 2.0.4
Tried using another theme (the default theme)

Categories: WordPress News

WordPress Survey Plugin

Relying on a SurveyGizmo account and API, the SurveyGizmo plugin still seems rather interesting.

The SurveyGizmo plugin for WordPress gives you the best of both worlds. Use SurveyGizmo to build powerful, sophisticated and custom styled surveys, but stay in WordPress to monitor responses. The plugin also makes it easy to quickly edit, preview, or grab your publishing links.

It puts a survey tool inside the WordPress dashboard, allowing you to take stock in your users answers without ever leaving your admin console. I’d love to see some reviews on this plugins, so give it a test, and let me know how it goes.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

Making Your Blog Popular Through Content

Neil Patel of Pronet Advertising has a post up about making your blog popular, giving tips that as much as they are common sense, not many people seem to follow.

Break news
Post on weekends
Write timeless posts
Teach don’t sell
Join in on conversations

I think timeless posts are where the real power sits. Making sure that someone coming to your site a week, month or even a year from now can still find relevance in your post is a great thing. It will get you links long after you have moved on to another topic or another thought on the matter.

Categories: Blogging Tips

WordPress.com VIP

It looks like Matt and gang have started releasing details on their WordPress.com VIP program.

What does this mean? Well, if you have more than one hundred thousand page views a month, you might be getting what almost amounts to a deal.

Right from WordPress.com:

Here’s how it works:
You create WordPress.com accounts, import your content, and point your DNS at us.
We load balance your site across our dozens of servers.
You can have your own domain name.
All of your administration will be over SSL, which means no one can sniff your password.
People logged in to WordPress.com will also be logged in on your domain, which makes it easier for them to comment and link you. (Also gives you free integration with our My Comments, Tag Surfer, and avatar features.)
Included Akismet spam protection.
Inclusion in our top lists, which can drive a great deal of traffic.
You will have the ability to edit your templates via Subversion (SVN).
You can run most plugins (that don’t modify DB tables).
There are no restrictions on ads, javascript, etc.

What do we ask in return?

A “Powered by WordPress.com” logo on your site.
A few standard hooks in your template for our centralized stats.
Your tags go into and point to our Tags community.
$500 to setup your site and $250 a month.

Okay, wait a second here, $500 for setup, and $250 a month, as well as a Powered by WordPress.com logo, giving WordPress.com stats access, pushing tags into their community, all so you can get on some load balanced servers? Hmm…I don’t know how I feel about this yet, but I guess for some people this would beat buying your own server.

The one thing I do notice though is that if they can get a good ten or twenty people signed up, they have money rolling in to pay atleast one of their new staff.

Categories: WordPress News

Comparing Blog Platforms at eMoms at Home

Over at eMoms at Home, Wendy compiles a list of blog software and gives them a quick rundown comparison in a chart.

The platforms included are:
WordPress.org
Movable Type
TypePad
WordPress.com
Blogger
Expression Engine
Squarespace

In the end she decides that WordPress is the software for her, and the blogs she wants to launch.

I know my blogging needs are not the same as everyone else’s on the planet. I have had to do a lot of research since the beginning of my blogging days, and even more recently as I begin laying the groundwork for a few other blogs I will be launching

Check out the article.

Categories: Blogging Tips