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  • Michael Krakovskiy 6:55 pm on October 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , advertising module, , , , ,   

    Amazon Ads in RSS Feeds 

    A while back I’ve added an advertising module to my site that allows me to inject amazon item ads both into the site content and into the rss feeds. I hand pick the items, which most of the time fall into one of the three categories: stuff that I would probably want myself, stuff that I already have, stuff that I mentioned in the post, and stuff that is just funny. Four categories.

    This is not “punch the monkey”, not the same one ad that some bloggers stuff into their rss feeds and keep there forever until you are sick of it. From time to time the amazon items are really funny.

    On the other hand, at my level of readers, the princely 6% commission that I get on Amazon purchases that come through the site, it’s not really a major financial incentive. The ads do cover my hosting expenses, but I do kinda feel guilty of thrusting the ads on my readers.

    So, tell me, what do you think about the ads? Should I just junk them? I already replaced some of the ads on the site with links and ads for products that I simply like, without getting any payment, just as a way to say “thank you” to the people who make these products. I might do the same thing with the rest of the ads.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 3:36 am on September 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Boing Boing, , , , , , Merlin Mann, , search engine traffic, , , the Starbucks post   

    State of the blog 2008 

    A while ago Merlin Mann gave a pretty neat definition of what makes blogs good:

    ” 1. Good blogs have a voice.
    2. Good blogs reflect focused obsessions.
    3. Good blogs are the product of “Attention times Interest”
    4. Good blog posts are made of paragraphs.
    5. Good “non-post” blogs have style and curation.
    6. Good blogs are weird.
    7. Good blogs make you want to start your own blog.
    8. Good blogs try.
    9. Good blogs know when to break their own rules. ”

    My list would have been very similar, and I am pretty sure deadprogrammer.com is a good blog. God knows I try :)

    On the other hand, I seem to have about the same thousand readers I had 4 years ago. I was kind of hoping that my writing and photography would work on their own, bringing me a steady stream of new readers. It does not seem to be working. Every time I try to put some extra effort into a post, my hopes of somebody linking to it, digging it, twittering about it, or even just leaving me a thoughtful comment are dashed. After a few years of this, it gets harder and harder for me to write. My posting frequency is not what it used to be.

    Several hundred readers still subscribe to my blog from Livejournal. The majority of the rest resulted from a single Boing Boing post. I don’t really think it’s the most interesting post I ever wrote, but to this day it brings in about 25% of my search engine traffic, and the majority of outside links.

    Back then I actively tried submitting my posts to Boing Boing. Boing Boing submission form can rival magazine publisher’s black hole. I finally practically begged Cory Doctorow in a personal email to take a look at at the Starbucks post (which the submission form vaporized previously), and I did get that link.

    I tried to get Jason Kottke interested in my blog, especially since it seems to me that a lot of the stuff that I write about is very much up his alley, but after a chat or two I got tired of pitching. It just does not fell right for me to buttonhole busy A-list bloggers – hey, look, I wrote this, you might like it.

    Anyhoo, what’s the point of all this? Apparently I suck at PR and self-promotion, and I would really like some help here from the audience. Do you know somebody who’d enjoy reading Deadprogramemer.com? Please, tell them, especially if it’s an A, B, C, D or E list blogger. Please?

     
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