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Asking The Readers: About Making Money Online

April 23, 2008

askingthereaders.pngWelcome to Asking The Readers! You are invited and encouraged to share your opinions and responses today. Super Blogging has a fantastic community full of friendly and intelligent readers – so don’t be afraid to read the post and the other comments, and then share your own thoughts and ideas. We love hearing what you have to say!

Today I’d like to bring up making money online. It’s the niche we all claim to be in, but all we post about and are preoccupied with are tips on blogging and productivity. While that’s not a bad thing and while those articles are most certainly needed, they’re not about making money online. The last time I published an article about actually making money online was my review of PepperJam, over a month ago.

So now I’m going to discuss making money online with all of you – how much you make, how you make it, and how much work you’re putting into it. If you want, you can also let me know what things you don’t know about making money online, and then hopefully I can create future posts covering those points for you and other readers. But now, it’s time to ask the readers…

1. How much money do you make online in a month?
2. What do you do the most to make that money? (Sell private ads, do affiliate programs, etc.)
3. How many hours do you put into it?
4. What would you like to learn or experiment with when it comes to making money online that you haven’t done yet?

Most of the readers of this blog are obviously trying to make money online, so these questions should apply to many of you. However, some people don’t like disclosing all the details – so if there are any questions you’d like to skip or not answer in full, you’re not obligated to do so. Apart from those questions, feel free to share any thoughts and opinions you have about making money online – along with any questions. If there are any articles you’d like to see here that help you make money, let me know!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and, if you do so, for sharing your own responses. We all have the same goal in mind, but it’s one we often talk about less and less. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and learn what you all think. Remember, if there’s ever a certain post you’d like to see here about a tutorial, case study, experiment, or lesson with making money online, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m keeping a notebook of reader questions and maybe yours can be answered next!

Be sure to subscribe to Super Blogging so you don’t miss the results of this Asking The Readers session about how to make money blogging and online!

Asking The Readers: Fixed or Fluid Designs?

February 17, 2008

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Welcome to Asking The Readers! You are invited and encouraged to share your responses and opinions. Super Blogging has a fantastic community full of friendly and wise readers – so don’t be afraid to read the post and the other comments, and then share your own thoughts and ideas. We love hearing what you have to say!

This time around I’d like to discuss two popular types of designing a page: with a fluid layout, or a fixed layout. A fixed layout is created by specifying the main wrapper to an immovable width or a certain amount of pixels, so the page will be one size no matter what resolutions it’s viewed in. Super Blogging is a fixed design, and so is John Chow. A fluid layout is created by not specifying a wrapper width or using percentages, which means the content will fill the entire page and stretch out to fit the whole screen, no matter what its size is. GrayBit.com is an example of a fluid design, and this is a fluid page as well. Most of the blogs you read are probably fixed designs.

The thing is, there are pros and cons to both the fluid and the fixed layout. A fluid design will fit any user’s screen and can be completely universal, while a fixed design often times has more usability and is easier to read, plus more easy to control. Depending what kind of site you have and what you’re trying to accomplish, either could work for you.

However, I’m asking you, do you prefer fixed or fluid designs, and why? Is one more easy to use and access over the other? Does one simply look better and the other doesn’t? Do you like reading sites with fluid or fixed designs, and which type of layout is YOUR blog or site using? Would you ever consider changing it to be fluid if it’s a fixed design, or vice versa? Let me know what you think on the topic, what you prefer, and why.

Please leave a comment and let us know! Depending on the responses received, I will take my favorites and include them in a new article or in the next Asking The Readers post, giving you credit and a link back to your blog featuring your response. In that future article I will also share my own opinions about fixed and fluid designs as well. Until then, I can’t wait to read what you have to say. The comments are open, so don’t be afraid to share. I look forward to your responses!

Asking The Readers: What Is Your Favorite Social Media Site?

January 22, 2008

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Welcome to the latest Asking The Readers! You are invited and encouraged to share your responses and opinions. Super Blogging has a great community full of friendly, intelligent readers – so don’t be afraid to read the post and the other comments, and then share your own thoughts and ideas. We love hearing what you have to say (that’s the purpose, after all)!

Social media is one of the best ways to create traffic for your blog. It isn’t the easiest method to convert visitors into regular and loyal readers, but the traffic is still great quality and gives your blog value. Since we all use social media here (and if you don’t, then please do read the comments and opinions because you’re missing out), I am wondering, What is YOUR favorite social media site?

Everyone has a preference, whether they like Digg, StumbleUpon, Sphinn, Reddit, Mixx, Propeller, Blogging Zoom, smaller niche social media sites, or others. Since social media is one of the most important aspects of blogging, it just can’t be ignored. I would like to know which is your favorite and why.

Please leave a comment and let us all know which social media is the one you use most often, and why it’s your favorite. Also, how do you promote your content through social media? Do you submit most of it, or only your best pieces? Do you submit your page and hope for the best, or contact friends and others to vote for it?

Depending on the responses received, I will include my favorite comments in either a new post or the next Asking The Readers post, giving a link back to your blog if your comment stands out to me or is valuable and well thought out. I will also share my own opinions then as well. I can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say!

(Also, today is the deadline for Super Blogging’s group writing project, where you can submit any three articles you’ve written that have to deal with blogging and get free backlinks and tons of exposure. Today is the last day you can submit, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!)

Asking The Readers: How Often Should Bloggers Post?

December 19, 2007

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Photography by Picture Perfect Pose.

Welcome to this week’s Asking The Readers. I invite and encourage everyone to share their response and opinions. Super Blogging has a great community and we want you to participate too, so after you’re done reading, please leave a comment and express your point of view as well!

So now I want to know, how often should bloggers post? Browsing around the blogosphere, I see a lot of different thoughts on this topic. Some people love quantity and having five new posts appear in their RSS reader or inbox for them to devour each day. But others prefer quality, and they’re happy with one to four posts a week or even much less than that. There are so many opinions on this topic, and none of them are either right or wrong – but I’d like to know where the majority stands.

Personally, I’m all for quality. If a blogger is putting out ten worthless posts a day, then in my opinion that’ll only drive people away instead of helping to grow that blogger’s site – I read a lot of blogs, and I just don’t have the time for that. I think anywhere from a couple posts week to once a day is a nice amount – but occasionally two or three posts in one day wouldn’t hurt, just not all the time.

Besides that, if you’re in one niche and write several posts a day, I believe that you’ll quickly burn out and the quality of your content will drop considerably, if you can even come up with any new ideas. Posting around once a day or less helps each post to get more exposure and gives you time to develop ideas for more articles.

That’s how I feel, but what’s YOUR opinion? How often do you like the blogs you read to post, and why? Please share your thoughts in the comments section and we’ll discuss it!

How Long Have You Been Blogging?

November 28, 2007

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Once again, I have recently held another poll here at Super Blogging, asking How long have you been blogging? This was another thing I was interested in discovering about my readers because you need to know who you’re writing for. Should I write mainly for beginners, or can I feel free to cover more advanced topics and define the basic steps less? While I think it’s important to write for everyone who is interested in your niche and could possibly read your site, there are some statistics you’ve got to know and understand.

50% of voters said they’ve been blogging over a year. That surprises me, because I haven’t even blogging for a year yet and it seems like a lot of the advice I offer on this blog would already be known those experts. However, the second highest amount of voters told me they’ve been blogging less than three months (27%). The rest of the votes were split up between people who have blogging for three months to a year (23%). So, either I have a wide range of reader types or things are pretty inconsistent. Of course, you have to take it into mind that not a lot of people actually vote, but still…

So now I’m asking YOU this question: How long have YOU been blogging? This will give me a chance to learn some more facts that the poll didn’t cover, or give you a chance to respond if you missed that poll. If you want, tell me when exactly you started blogging, how you celebrated some of your blogging milestones (3 months, 6 months, etc.) Feel free to share any great things you’ve gone through (your first PageRank update, first social media traffic spike, etc.) or ANYTHING YOU LIKE. Mainly I want to know how long you’ve been blogging and some minor details on that, but I am all ears to any of your other experiences or any advice you’d like to share.

As for me, this is my first “serious” attempt at making blogs or websites online, and this blog turns a year old in mid-March 2008. I actually did get a PageRank in the first update I experienced, which occurred in April. I ranked a two. :) I never did any huge celebrations for my own blogging milestones, except for being personally happy, but I did make this post once upon a time. All in all, I’ve been blogging between six months and a year and I’ve been getting better at it all the time – practice makes perfect, that is definitely advice to live by!

Now how about you? How long have you been a blogger? :D

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