August 28, 2006
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.
– Hunter S. Thompson
Welcome to The Blog Columnist v6 – I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and did whatever gets your rocks off. Now sit back, take your coffee in hand and settle in for a read.
Lets start of with some nice, feely-good news, and go downhill from there…
The Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Effect
Darren, I could easily kiss you all over … but, err I won’t.
People of the blogosphere! Screw the Digg effect, I’m talking about something so much more powerful: The ProBlogger Effect.
It struck me over the weekend at my weekly scotch n’ glance session over my stats for the previous week … and it left me staggered. But why should I be surprised. It has happened before.
See, Darren ever so kindly did a small write up on a resource I had set up at my ePublishingDaily blog. I had written, or compiled, The Ultimate Resource Page … for information publishers – a list of 100+ useful resources.
Now check this graph … and the sudden spurt is 100% due to being on ProBlogger. Cool, ha!
The numbers: average daily pageviews 143 (don’t snicker, it’s still a relatively newish blog). Page views for 25/8: 579; 26/8: 1,279 and 27/8:
725 1,425 at the end of the day . Pretty clear-cut what getting on ProBlogger can have on a blog.
Now I know the effect this can have. Last year Darren included a post of mine in a series called “31 Days to Building a Better Blog”. The numbers this has bought in has been steady and over the long term. Even today, with my old blog a shell of its former self I still get good numbers coming directly through that one link.
Sometimes nice guys do finish first!
Performancing Exchange is a Crock of Shit
That’s what you get with such a free service. I spent Friday night writing what I thought was a pretty good offer to include in the “Exchange” for some win/win offerings I had in mind.
I spent nearly two hours on it, put it up and watched it taken down within minutes. WTF!
Fuck that shit! I wasted nearly 2 hours of my time. You’ve lost me guys and if you don’t change your overly-moderated ways you’ll lose many more. Sometimes to grow you’ve got to let the reigns go.
If you’re really serious about making an offer, an exchange, forget the free rubbish, go for quality and pay for it. At least you won’t be wasting your time.
It’s laughable … how many times have Nick & co. had to comment asking: Pay? More details please? Compared to your other offerings this one’s turning into a flop.
Once again : Performancing Exchange is a Crock of Shit. But I’m totally biased and opinionated because they fucked with my time. Maybe they work for you. I would love to hear about it, but maybe not. Next!
9rule’s Mike Rundle asks the Hard Questions of b5media
Seemingly, 9rules snarky bulldog Mike Rundle all of a sudden wants to publicly question b5media’s numbers – calling b5 out and saying the figures just don’t add up … inflated?
In the comments, Mike puts Jeremy in the hot seat. Big time.
Ouch! 20m pageviews a month says b5 and Mike seems to have spent some time digging deep – for what ever reason I don’t know.
All of a sudden, Mike Rundle is an investigative blogging journalist. It’s strange because he’s one of the guys behind 9rules, the same 9rules who keep saying they are not a blog network … really, we’re not.
I find it strange that 9rules appears to be the ones who wants to raise such questions. I don’t get it. And lets now get over the pretense of a lovey-dovey blogoshpere: 9rules have king hit b5media, in effect calling them liars.
As Jeremy said, Mike could have asked privately … before doing a hatchet job on b5 – and trust me, scrap the forced niceties this IS a huge hatchet job.
So what have we learned from all this? Number One: website/blogging stats are all over the place. Nothing is perfect and really … it should be.
SiliconBeat writes …
independent third-party tracking of traffic to Web sites, and of user clicks on Web page links, is deeply flawed … there doesn’t seem to be any remedy in sight.
Great! Programmers and techies get to work, Pronto, on a solution.
And no matter what anyone says, or will privately tell me, b5 must be fuming, especially Jeremy Wright (and by the looks of it, b5’s own bull terrier, Duncan is on the prowl with some anti 9rules comments flying). Memo to b5: if you really believe in your numbers then show some teeth.
The UK’s Daily Telegraph … Shame on You!
From Brian Clark’s CopyBlogger I read this shameful act of plagiarism … and not just by anybody, but by an old mainstream media outfit – The Daily Telegraph. Reputable. Yeah, right!
Could one of only two remaining daily British broadsheet newspapers be so desperate as to steal blog content?
The answer would seem to be YES!
Check out the original article – here
Check out The Dail Telegrphs blatant rip-off: here
Caught red-handed. The solution: The “journlaist” in question should be sacked. Nothing more, nothing less. But then there was a break through. The journalist explained the situation and apologized, blaming an unknown editor. Uh-Huh, yep … sure!
Even well-kown copyright revolutionary/idealist Chartreuse writes about it. 😉
As a former journalist turning tricks these days with blogging I find this totally shameful. It was so blatant and pathetic that it had to be an error! Swine the lot of them! At best it’s was lazy, sloppy journalism/editing … and at worst it was plain theft. We’ll never know.
Oh, by the way, here’s the response from the original writer to all this, clevely entitled Today is to cut corners…
Cutting corners. Now that’s spot on.
This is How You Go About Podcasting
Want to see a professional podcasting set up? Then check my blog friend Matt over at The Blog Herald, who lets us all into his home office to reveal The Blog Herald Podcasting Rig.
Holy batshit that’s some serious goodies in there.
Scobleizer and His Boo-Boo
Amazing to see so-called A-List blogger Robert Scoble act first then think later, potentially damaging the reputation of another blogger.
As blogging matures expect to see defamation and libel action or threats thereof, unless bloggers (and you’d expect more from Robert in this case) don’t do some (usually) basic fact-checking before pressing the publish button. No matter what ideals we all believe in these times of “new media” libel is still libel and defamation is still defamation.
In the comments at the offending post:
“Hey Robert, You’ve just committed libel. That’s not my blog. Before you slam something like this, I sugged doing a WHOIS to lookup the information on who actually owns the blog. It so happens that he’s using an aggregation plugin for WordPress that I wrote and GPL released, but that’s it.”
Really stupid, Robert.
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Tis all folks. Have a good week and see you at the end of the week for The Blog Columnist v7.
Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy… or they become legend.
– Jim Harrison
i gotta find myself some love
igotta find myself some drugs
i gotta find some liquid sunshine
igotta find myself, i gotta find myself
Motley Crue’s Generation Swine