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Blogging for Money

Not that I'm mocking Kottke at all, but this is a good wake up call to many who think that they can make a living out of full-time blogging. At best, revenue that you may collect through online corporate advertising (Adsense, Chitika, etc.) can only cover your web hosting fees, and if you are lucky, electricity bills for 1/12 of the year.

And for all the many websites out there that claim to have earned 5 figure digits per year, come on out and show us your rock-hard-solid-paper pay cheques from your advertisers. Your laughable desktop screenshots of your Photoshop-ped earnings just don't work.

The reality is, Google Adsense has been running on Think Blogging for almost a month now, and all I've got is $2.00. (I remain optimistic) Guys, let's just keep our day jobs ye?

Read more about Kottke: here.

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Ad-Free Blog

Ok perhaps not really this blog. A few bloggers have come together to launch a quiet 'movement' against corporate advertising on blogs. This 'movement' isn't a big hoohaa, just edging on its supporters to display their sentiments on their blogs by placing a small graphic on their blog that looks like:


(enlarged version)

By using this icon, users are stating:

1. That I am opposed to the use of corporate advertising on blogs.
2. That I feel the use of corporate advertising on blogs devalues the medium.
3. That I do not accept money in return for advertising space on my blog.

It's free at AdFreeBlog.org.

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Bloggoing - Now With Audio Player

Jeff from Bloggoing just sent a mail to all its users today to inform us about his new feature on Bloggoing, an audio (mp3) player.

It is a standard free feature for all of Bloggoing's users, and can be customized as one of Wordpress's options, under 'Audio Player.' Customization options are available if you wish to change the colours of the player to suit your blog theme. However you may not change the layout of the icons or their looks.



Implementation of this fantastic plugin will be easy, with a one liner that looks like [audio:http://Your Mp3 Link Goes Here]

It's free at Bloggoing.com.

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Irritating Advertisements on Adsense

I'm keeping a list of irritating advertisements that appear on my Google Adsense spaces, that usually have nothing to do with my blogging content. No qualms if these advertisements look good to beautify my website, but they don't. They are ugly, irritating, and their content, nonsensical.



If you have just joined Adsense, I'd encourage you to add these irritants onto your Competitive Ad Filters immediately. =)

Irritants (Hope to add ALOT more soon!)
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icicinri.net
iotap.com
qumana.com
sitediary.com
sulekha.com
usafis.org

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