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Blog Stats Junkies Beware

Posted on: June 23, 2007 I Written By

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Automattic (the makers of WordPress) have put out their WordPress stats plugin that’s been on WordPress dot com forever. I must admit that there are still a lot of things about BAStats that I will always love, but for a stats junkie like myself it’s nice to have two different views of my blog stats.

I still have a little work to make the WordPress stats function work properly for me. It’s not capturing the title of my blog posts for some reason. I’m not exactly sure why. However, it’s the totals and referral pages that I really care about.

One last word of caution. The Automattic WordPress stats plugin does require you to have a WordPress.com account and the worst part is that you have to go to WordPress.com to see the stats page. Luckily I figured out how to give permission to my various WordPress.com accounts so I don’t have to log in and out. That would have definitely been a deal clincher.

Pay Me To Blog About You – PayPerPost Direct

Posted on: June 20, 2007 I Written By

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I love talking with people that don’t know much about blogging and tell them that I get paid to blog. Their jaws drop and then ask how I’m able to do that. If they were honest they would ask me what they were really thinking: who pays you to blog? It’s pretty simple if you know something about blogs. Blogs are very powerful and offer a lot of advantages over other forms of online advertising.

It turns out that a lot of people understand this principle, because I’ve gotten a number of requests for me to do paid blog posts. It was pretty nice to do that, but there was quite a few logistical costs that weren’t so fun to manage. For this reason, I’m glad that PayPerPost is leading the industry in blog advertising and has recently started PayPerPost Direct.

I’ve been meaning to add it to my blog for a while, but I’m finally getting around to it. There are actually a number of other options similar to this in the marketplace like ReviewMe. I’ve heard ReviewMe keeps up to half of your money on posts. That makes me wonder why I should even try with ReviewMe. Maybe others have experiences that would teach me otherwise, but for now I think I’ll stick with PPP direct, because they only charge 10%. I’m interested to see if PPP can continue to do it with those margins since I know how much PayPal charges per transaction.

Once again I wish I had Dan Rua’s seat and could enjoy watching PayPerPost’s statistics on clicks, conversions, margins, etc. Maybe once I finish my Masters degree next year I can convince Ted to hire me. I’ll be their resident jack of all traits that can cover for anyone that is gone. Well, I can always dream.

By the way, here’s a link where you can hire me to blog about you, your company or your mamma.

PPP Direct

Instant Upgrade Is Great for Upgrading WordPress

Posted on: June 15, 2007 I Written By

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I must admit that I never thought I’d be saying this, but the instant upgrade plugin for wordpress is great. I’m a little nervous with the file permissions you have to set on the server. I think that if you do it wrong, then you could be opening yourself up to some problems. I suggest installing the InstantUpgrade plugin and run it. Then, it will walk you through which files and folder you need to give 777 permissions to. Don’t read their documentation. The program is designed to tell you exactly what you need to change.

Despite the permissions issue, the InstantUpgrade plugin worked like a charm. This blog had a problem with it install (probably due to my lack of upgrading) and so I just ran instant upgrade and it made my comments start working again and made the plugins page in my admin utility work again. The plugins page would just go blank before the update.

Sure, I know I could have done this manually, but that would have taken a while. InstantUpgrade did it in no time flat. In fact, I remember sitting back in my chair after hitting the upgrade. Then, I saw there was something on the screen already to read. As I read it I realized the upgrade was already complete.

I’m sure this sounds like an infomercial, but I just really liked using the InstantUpgrade plugin.

I also love the latest version of WordPress. Finally some of the great features I’ve been enjoying on WordPress.com on my other blogs.

Quick Blogging Widget Thingy

Posted on: June 13, 2007 I Written By

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Thank you to my dear Jules for hooking up the Quick Blogging movement with the first Quick Blogging Widget thingy.

Quick Blogging Widget

I hope people will put it on their site, promote the concept and enjoy the freedom.

Yoga for Your Blog – Release Your Pent Up Blog Posts

Posted on: June 12, 2007 I Written By

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Quick Blogging is going to be a revolution. It’s going to release all of those bloggers out there that have a pile of things they want to post about, but they are afraid to post them because they want them to just be right.

Any true blogger knows that there are 100s of life’s experiences that never see the light of day on your blog. Quick blogging helps you to share those life experiences with others without concern for being proper.

Don’t look at your pile of good ideas that you want to post about with dread. Instead, post even if it’s not just right. Just get it out there for all to enjoy.

Dropping the Long Blogger Syndrome

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I know that many of you that look at my idea for Quick Blogging may have a hard time trying to leave your Long Blogger Syndrome behind.

One of my friends (who will remain anonymous) told me…

“I am so slow”

It’s ok. Some people take time to learn how to emote their thoughts quickly without concern for what other people might say. Here’s my 5 easy steps to Quick Blogging:

1. Don’t think about your readers
2. Learn how to spell right the first time and get the latest Firefox with built in spell check – Quick blogging is not an excuse for incredibly poor spelling and grammar
3. Length doesn’t matter
4. Display doesn’t matter
5. Get it off your chest and on someone else’s

Quick Blogging – Join the Revolution

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I decided that in honor of Twitter I was going to start doing Quick Blogging. It’s a new form of blogging that doesn’t require you to think before you blog. In fact, you really think as you blog. If you have an idea of something you want to say, then you just say it without thinking.

Sure, there could be some social impacts, but I’m saying forget about that. I think it’s much better to get content out there than to have a bunch of interesting (or not so interesting) thoughts rolling around in your head that no one reads.

In fact, this post is the first step in Quick Blogging. This blog will heretofore be the start of Quick Blogging. I think we need a logo/widget that people can put on their blogs. Until then, I’ll be blogging whatever comes to my mind from now on. If you like it good. If you don’t like it, then go to the next post. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like. If you don’t, then check my other blog.

What to Blog and Knowing What Not To Blog

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Sometimes people might think it is worth blogging about crazy people. Occasionally I might be interested in blogging about crazy people myself. Some of them are quite interesting. I love crazy people. That’s why I loved visiting Italy.

However, some people we’ve known are crazy people for so long that you just can’t blog about those people. It’s not news worthy if you’ve always known they were crazy.

How You Know You’re A Nut Job

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You might just be a Nut Job……

IF….

You have an attorney on speed dial!!