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A Couple More Great VC Blogs

Posted on: November 30, 2007 I Written By

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I’ve really grown interested in the various VC firms, startups and getting funding for a startup. It’s like entering a new world that speaks a different language or at least talks at a different level. However, I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read and I hope that all goes well and I can start working on building my idea.

Anyway, VC blogs are some of the most interesting websites out there on this topic and today I came across 2 more on Techcrunch.

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures
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Rick Segal a Toronto-based VC

CSS Layout Techniques

Posted on: November 26, 2007 I Written By

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I must admit that I’m not very good at CSS. I think I’ve learned enough that I know about 3 different techniques and I get lost in between the various ways to style a page. Considering I’m going full bore on my gifts to spoil your girlfriend or boyfriend idea I’m going to have to learn how to do proper CSS in a hurry.

Here’s one CSS resource that looks interesting. Does anyone else know of good CSS resources that will teach me good strategies for doing CSS? I don’t really want a tutorial. I know generally how it works, but I’m interested in something that discusses the best times to use the various styles.

France Implements Law to Crack Down on P2P Users

Posted on: November 24, 2007 I Written By

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I just finished reading the report on TechCrunch saying that France and more importantly the French ISPs are implementing a 3 strikes and you’re out policy for internet users that are using P2P. This of course makes me wonder if this is just a French thing or if the French adopting this law will prod other countries such as the US to adopt similar policies. My guess is no. The US believes in a free market society and there are just too many legal uses of P2P technology that I don’t see the US ever being stupid enough to implement this type of policy.

This is a big win for the RIAA, but it’s definitely just a battle and not the war.

Something Kind of Similar to PayPerPost

Posted on: November 21, 2007 I Written By

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Someone emailed me about a website called Pick A Blogger. It’s a cheap attempt to compete with PayPerPost. I didn’t sign up, because it didn’t seem like there was really anyone on the site. It was like a ghost town. I’ve often said about PayPerPost that they needed to focus on advertisers and making sure there were plenty of ways for bloggers to make money. They’ve done that and done well. Unfortunately I don’t think that Pick a Blogger has done the same thing.

My PPP/Izea Ranking

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PPP/Izea has rolled out their new RealRank measure for blogs. Honestly I don’t personally believe that this rank will have much meaning outside of those blogs that participate in PayPerPost. However, it will have significant meaning to the 70,000 (or however many it is now) bloggers that use PayPerPost. Plus, it will be great for all of those stats addicts out there like me.

Of course, I’ve been in Hawaii and so I haven’t been able to check my PPP tools (now called ITK) to make sure it was installed properly. Looks like when I was trying out the Argus beta stats I messed up my PPP tools. I’ve fixed it now and tomorrow I’ll finally be able to see my RealRank.

If anyone else needs help with this let me know. I’m always happy to help people when I can. Even if it will be a bit busy over Thanksgiving.

Heading to Hawaii

Posted on: November 10, 2007 I Written By

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Well, I must admit that I’m really tired right now and in a couple hours I’m getting on a red-eye flight with my wife and 2 children to go to Hawaii. Ok, I’m sure that no one will have sympathy for me going to Hawaii. However, I’m kind of dreading the flight. Hopefully I can sleep quite a bit.

I must also admit that I’m a little sad to be going to Hawaii now that PayPerPost announced SocialSpark. Well, Hawaii should be a lot of fun and it will be really interesting for me to present at the EMR conference I’m going to attend. Hopefully I can get on in the evenings when the kids are asleep.

LiveBlogging Announcement of SocialSpark (Argus) at PostieCon

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Ted is excited. You can see that he’s pretty nervous.

-It’s about advertisers and giving them value
-We have the loudest bloggers
-Announcing SocialSpark
-Bloggers and Advertisers are the same (this is nothing new, he told us this a while ago)
-Each blogger and advertiser has a public profile that’s available on the general internet
-A few technical difficulties
-Props or drops on a person’s profile
-Eventually will present a history of screenshots to see how a blog evolved
-Alexa and Google PR kind of suck and should go away. ROI rank is SocialSpark’s way of measuring value
-Provide live view of stats and even offer demographic information on who visits a blog
-Demographic information is only of those people who visit your blog and our members of Izea
-Blogs are going to have RSSBrief look at what kind of perception your blog has.
-Actually 2 Ranks. One called ROIRank and one for RealRank which just takes into account traffic
-Place to leave your personal information for sampling opps

Ok, that’s enough liveblogging for me. I’ll write more about it later.

PayPerPost (IZEA) Announces SocialSpark

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Update: TechCrunch finally put up their coverage of SocialSpark. Pretty weak coverage since Mike didn’t cover much of the announcement at all. Maybe he was busy since it’s the weekend.

I’m currently sitting at PayPerPost/Izea’s user conference called PostieCon. In 30 minutes we’ll be seeing the unveiling of Argus to the world. I’ve previously blogged about how Izea is planning to take on Google. We officially know that Argus is now called SocialSpark. I’ll place a screenshot of the new site at the bottom of this post.

I think the most groundbreaking feature they are announcing with SocialSpark is allowing advertisers to sponsor blogs.

In addition to sponsored posts, SocialSpark has created a viable alternative to traditional online display ads designed to provide a higher return on investment for both advertisers and bloggers. The revolutionary new form of advertising allows marketers to set a price range they are willing to pay to sponsor a blog via an interactive ad unit called a Blog Welcome™. The new unit welcomes a user when they visit a blog and then collapses into a small persistent sponsorship bar that remains at the bottom of a browser.

I’m not so sure about having a permanent bar at the bottom of a blog, but I guess I don’t see any reason why it’s a bad idea. I think I’ll have to see the full implementation before I make final judgment. Plus, I think it’s important to know how much that’s worth. Can you have multiple advertisers? Does the toolbar have a set price for a certain time frame? I think we’ll find out when Ted shows it in a few minutes.

As expected, Izea is going to have a whole group of stats.

Analytics tools installed on a blogger’s blog allow SocialSpark to provide traffic data on the blog’s public profile. Advertisers are provided with a complete picture of a blog’s influence including visits and page views, along with other demographic information such as aggregate gender, age, location, interest and other visitor information. That data allows advertisers to build their street teams based on the audience of the blogger. Once a campaign is launched, advertisers can monitor CPC and CPM as well as gauge brand awareness and campaign impact across the blogosphere.

Looks like SocialSpark should be pretty interesting. They are also unveiling a blogger’s social network. It doesn’t look that interesting to me. Although one feature I know about does look interesting. It’s essentially a way to manage your blog roll using PayPerPost SocialSpark. For advertisers the idea of creating your own niche social network of bloggers is a pretty unique way for advertisers to find their target market.

Another important part of this announcement is required in post disclosure. A great step forward.

30 minutes and we’ll be able to see it in action and I’ll be able to tell you more about what I think of SocialSpark.

SocialSpark Initial Release

Tired But Can’t Sleep..Yet

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I must admit that I’m so tired I’m about to fall asleep just sitting here. Unfortunately, I’m printing a whole bunch of handouts for my presentation on Monday and I want it to finish before I go to sleep. If I had more time this week I could have done it at work on the color laser and had it done in a few minutes. Oh well, at least it’s getting done now.

It’s really funny that I’m so tired, because I haven’t been feeling really good over the past few days and I finally talked to a doctor like person who gave me some drugs that I hope will help. The pharmacist told me that one of the drugs would keep me up. I’m not sure if he knew what he was talking about. I’ve been tired all evening.

Let’s just hope this eternal print job will finish up and I can go to sleep.

Meeting Ted, Brit and the PayPerPost Team

Posted on: November 8, 2007 I Written By

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Well, I’m going to write this post and then probably head back to work. I think it would just be wrong for me to do some BlogWorld Expo posts without acknowledging the whole reason for me to go to BlogWorld: Ted and company.

I pretty much just went straight to the IZEA booth. Of course it was listed as the PayPerPost booth.

I saw Brit and I went right up to her and said, “Hey Brit.” She gave me this look, like am I suppose to know this guy. The cool part was that she really had no clue who I was. I think she remembered my name from an email I sent her asking for a BWE code. However, that was the closest she came. I finally told her I was techie so she wouldn’t think I was some stalker.

I then talked to Ted for a while. He’s a fun guy. The best thing he said is that he took my advice and is trying to get together a major cake plow for lunch. That will be cool if he can put it together. I think I might have to split the conference with my wife and let her go in the morning and I’ll go in the evening. I guess we’ll have to see.

Either way, it was fun to finally meet all these people that I’ve interacted with online for over a year now. I’m excited to see what happens at PostieCon. Even if I think I’m going to be disappointed with Argus. Time will tell. The best part will really just blogging during it. I think I need to start some sort of blogger war while Ted’s talking. Jules are you in?

I think this whole LobbyCon idea is pretty cool. Especially with an eclectic group like bloggers.