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33 Must-Have Firefox Extensions

March 30, 2008

Firefox logoFirefox is faster, more secure, and can easily be customized to look and perform just how you want it to. There are thousands of add-ons, extensions, and themes to download to personalize your browser’s look, feel, and use. Whether you use the internet for fun or serious work, there are tools to make your daily life even easier.

Thus, Firefox is my browser of choice – and it’s also the browser of 72% of Super Blogging readers. Since so many of you are Firefox users, I thought I’d share some excellent must-have Firefox extensions to make your internet browsing more enjoyable. If you’re not using Firefox, then I at least recommend you to try it and see how great it is for yourself. You can download it here.

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The Best of the Blogosphere: March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

Hi and welcome to another edition of The Best of the Blogosphere, where I gather all the great content, contests, information, and blogging news from this week into one valuable resource for you to learn from, enjoy, and share with your own readers if you like.

If you ever have anything you’d like featured in these weekly resource posts, please contact me and we’ll work something out. Not only do I like bringing the best stuff to my readers, but I like helping out other hard-working bloggers as well in getting some extra exposure. Here’s to another great week!

Blogging

25 Paths to an Insanely Popular Blog at Skelliewag.

8 Post Types to Expand and Highlight Your Blog’s Content at DailyBlogTips.

Simple Steps to Improving Quality of Posts at Blogtrepreneur.

Be Insanely Useful and Make Your Readers Come Back at NorthxEast.

Which Type of Blogger Are You – Leader or Follower at The Blog Entrepreneur.

Get Your Blog More Readers by Answering Questions at JohnTP.com.

Making Money Online

Maje Money Blogging by ‘Selling’ Your Knowledge at Caroline Middlebrook.

7 Reasons Why You Don’t Make Money Online at The WWW Observer.

How Much Should I Charge for My Advertising Space? at ProBlogger.

Design

101 Typography Resources for Web Designers at Vandelay Design.

How To Install DomTABs on WordPress at Pro Blog Design.

The Efficient Web Designer: Simple Adjustments That Will Dramatically Increase Your Productivity at Bits O’ NewMedia.

Super Blogging News

If you haven’t noticed yet I posted about advertising deals on Super Blogging. This hasn’t gotten much response because people obviously think it’s just a big promotion for them to purchase banner space. However, in that post I am asking a very vital question – which ads YOU, the reader, would and would not mind seeing here on this blog. I am talking about current ads and future advertising options as well. My readers are important to me, and I’d love to hear your opinions. So if you haven’t responded yet, please check it out.

Also, if you enjoyed this week’s resource links, please give it a stumble on StumbleUpon so others can be introduced to this great content in the blogosphere and the writers of the excellent articles above can get some more well-deserved traffic.

Hope you enjoyed, and have an excellent weekend! :)

Advertising Deals on Super Blogging

March 27, 2008

Hi guys. Today I thought I’d let you know about some great advertising deals here at Super Blogging, and also ask your opinions about the current and future monetization, including ads you don’t mind seeing and which ads that you absolutely hate. In this niche a lot of it is about making money online, of course, but I still want my readers and visitors to be happy with the options here. It’s not possible to please everyone, but I’d like to get as close as I can. Here are the deals currently offered here:

125×125 Banner Ads (Available!)

These banner ads are placed in a prime position above the fold and are sitewide. They rotate positions randomly with each impression and are visible 100% of the time. One 125×125 banner is $25 per month. Click here to purchase.

Featured Video (Available!)

If you go to the homepage you’ll notice that there is a section for a featured video. This space is popular because it is unique, very informative, and an interactive part of the blog. If you want to take advantage of this space with your own video, it is just $20 per month. Click here to purchase.

Text Link Ads (Available!)

Text link ads can help increase your exposure and are a very inexpensive way to advertise. One text link ad is just $10 per month. Click here to purchase.

Sponsored Reviews (Available!)

Sponsored reviews are a complete and detailed review of your site, blog, or service. They will contain constructive criticism if needed to help you better your site, and also promote it to the hundreds of RSS readers and daily visitors Super Blogging gets. Your review will cover any topics you ask and contain any links or anchor text you wish (but please remember all final decisions come down to me). It will remain on this blog permanently. One review is just $50. Click here to purchase.

To see all details, visit the advertise page.

You might also notice a new advertising option, the Featured Video. Right now the featured video on the homepage is one by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net, a video I chose to place there. However, I am willing to monetize that space as well (only to relevant videos, of course). Selling relevant videos there is, in my opinion, unobtrusive and can also be quite helpful. Let me know what you think about that.

I was also thinking about possibly extending ad space further, but trying to do so in a smart manner. This could include a stripe ad at the top of the page (see Winning The Web for an example). It could also be something like a 234×60 ad box on the homepage only. Or, I could consider selling text links that appear at the bottom of the RSS feed only.

I would love to increase this blog’s income while also making sure that it’s not overrun with annoying ads, so please let me know which advertising options I listed that you wouldn’t mind or would mind seeing on this site, and if you have any ideas for ad placement, I’d love to hear your recommendations. The web is expanding all the time and there are plenty of options – but I’d like to know what works for you, the reader.

Also if you like any of those deals seen above, I do believe advertising here will help increase your exposure in the blogosphere so get in touch with me or go ahead and grab one if you don’t want to miss out (see the advertise page here). Also, if you’re willing to advertise here in another manner, let me know and maybe we can work something out!

Thanks, I really appreciate it. :)

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The Differences Between Fixed and Fluid Width Designs

March 26, 2008

When a person is designing a blog or website, one of the most important aspects to figure out is whether they want a fixed width or fluid width design. Sometimes this choice isn’t easy, so the best way to figure out which is best for you is by determining the look and feel you want for your site, what your site is about, and looking at the pros and cons of both options.

You may recall when I asked my readers whether they thought fixed designs or fluid designs are better. Now I’m going to touch on that topic again and let you know the results of the discussion and help you determine which is right for you. Read more

8 Ways to Write a High Quality Post

March 24, 2008


Writing a high quality article is certainly not an easy task. You already know how to write a successful post, but now you’re going to learn how to write a high quality post effectively and understand how to be productive when creating your articles. Combine productivity and an amazing post each day and you’ll have a goldmine of valuable content on your hands.

1. Close everything else you have open.

While it might be hard to completely distance yourself from everything you do online during the day, all of those distractions can not only make writing a post take a lot longer, but they can also ruin the quality of your post as well. When you open up WordPress or your writing program, close everything else – the internet, any instant messaging systems, and make sure you log out of your email – you don’t want to be tempted! If you need to, leave an online page open for research or reference, but make sure you don’t stray off to any other sites that’ll just prevent you from doing your work. Read more

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