Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Other things I often do to alleviate my workload are lowering my level of personal hygiene. I often times find it helpful to smile big and laugh out loud for a period of 3 minutes or longer with no apparent reason for the happiness. If someone asks why I am laughing or smiling too much I generally respond with a comment such as “Oh you’ll see!!” while rubbing my hands together. Always follow the laughing with a period of looking off into nothingness and lightly chuckling.
OK, to recap, when you find you already have too much work and you do not want to have additional work added to your plate you must take the following steps.
Speak only Klingon at work and require all new projects to be submitted to you in the written Klingon language.
Lower your level of personal hygiene, ie quit showering and using deodorant. Remember to increase your level of physical activity during this period, because extra sweat should equate to extra stink and less work!
Smile and laugh allot
If none of the above is working, set your garbage can on fire and roast marshmallows over the flames.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
The Smiley Phone features a 15 inch touch screen and a full size keyboard glued to the bottom of it. Battery life is great because the phone utilizes a full size truck battery. It weighs only 87 pounds but with the included backpack it feels like nothing.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I was walking along minding my own business when all of a sudden this funny looking bird landed in front of me and started talking about the weather. I realized the bird was trying to start up a conversation with me. I was a little shocked to see a talking bird and I said to him “Um, you’re a bird. When did you learn to talk?”
He responded, ”What? All birds talk. Haven’t you ever seen a parrot? Anyway you’re a giant walking pile of fur and nobody really believes you exist. What business do you have being surprised to see a talking bird?”
Now, I am not much for small talk so I just came out and said, “Well you’ve never talked to me before and generally when somebody I have never spoken with comes up and starts talking to me they are trying to sell me something I don’t need or want. So what are you selling?”
“Oh, my friend that’s where you got me all wrong. I am not selling anything. I am granting a limited number of people the opportunity of a lifetime….” And that’s when I granted him the opportunity to fly further than any bird has ever flown before.
The following income streams (from a number of blogs) have helped me to earn a six figure income each year for the last three years from blogging. I’ve ranked them from highest to lowest.
I hope you find it useful to see the mix and variety of ways that I earn a living from blogging.
Despite not using it here at ProBlogger any more (here’s why) I continue to use AdSense with amazing effect on my other blogs. I have them all set to show image and text based ads and find that 250×300 pixel ads work best (usually with a blended design). I don’t have much luck with their ‘referrals’ program but their normal ads work a treat and continue to be the biggest earner for me.
Chitka continues to be a great performer for me on my blogs. They work best on product related blogs although their recent announcement of their Premium ad unit is exciting as they now offer ads with a non product focus that I’m hearing great conversions on (I have one reader who is getting $28 CPM on this ad unit).Chitika offers a range of ad units that I experiment with. I find their eMiniMalls work best and that Related Product Units are also good. Their Shoplincs product isn’t performing as well as it once did for me - mainly because I’ve been promoting it less and have driven less traffic to it. Over the time I’ve been using Chitika they’ve now earned me over a quarter of a million dollars - I can’t recommend them enough!
Amazon’s affiliate program has been one of my big movers in the last 12 months. I used to make a few odd dollars from it - however in recent times it has become a significant earner for me (as I’ve shared previously). This quarter it grew even more than previously as a result of continued growth of DPS where I recommend books, software and cameras.
The only problem that I face with the job boards is that there are so many bloggers looking for work that the demand for jobs far exceeds the supply. On the good side of things is that advertisers are reporting getting amazing quality of applications.
WidgetBucks is similar to Chitika and Shopzilla in many respects and works well on product related sites. It does best on sites with US traffic (the reason I’ve not used it as much as I get a lot of international traffic) so if you have a product related site with a US audience it’d be a no brainer to try out WidgetBucks. I’m hoping they’ll continue to expand their offerings in terms of ad types and visitor location.
I think that that covers most of it although it’s worth mentioning that last time I did this list I also included TextLinkAds which used to be every bloggers favorite way to make money blogging by selling text links. I’ve stopped using them due to Google cracking down on them (read more about this here) but it’s worth noting that many bloggers still use them successfully - I advise to proceed with caution. Disclaimer - TLA are an advertiser on ProBlogger
Useful Resources for Bloggers Wanting to Make Money Blogging
A lot has been written on the topic of making money online from blogs. There is a lot of wonderful information out there - but also a lot of hype and sometimes dangerous information.
Below are a number of articles that I’ve written exploring some of the different ways that bloggers make money.
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