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Hey Bloggers, What Are YOU Thankful For?

November 22, 2007

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Even if you aren’t an American, today is still a good day to just relax and have a good time. There’s a lot of fun stuff out there to make your day, so why don’t you try some fun and addictive games or just take a break? Blogging is hard work so get your mind off of it for a little while and enjoy yourself – this day only comes once a year!

After you’ve had your fill of games, I would like to discuss the role comments are going to play this holiday. Everything is, of course, optional, but you will only benefit from the festivities! COMMENTS:

1. Tell me what you are thankful for. First things first, since it IS Thanksgiving! In your comment, please let myself and the other bloggers and visitors know what you are thankful for – whether in be in the real world or the online one. Passing around gratitude is good for everyone. It makes you happy and soothes your spirits. So please let us know the things in your life that you really appreciate and don’t want to take for granted. What good things have happened to you this year? Focus on the ups, not the downs.

2. Get a free link(s) from SuperBloggingTips.com! This is how I would like to thank YOU! This blog would be nothing without all the kind people that have helped me or shown interest in this site. In your comment, just let me know that you would like to be included in the linking fun – please don’t be shy or humble, the more links received, the better! If you are going for a certain keyword, let me know your anchor text preference and I’ll use it to help you out some more. ALL links will be added to the bottom of this post, so you have 100% chance of getting a free backlink. However, ONE of those links will be randomly selected to win a spot in the “Recommended Sites” in the sidebar for a month, which is sitewide advertisement (worth $5). What’s to lose? It’s my thanks to you, ALL OF YOU!

So please don’t miss out on any of the excitement. I am very thankful for my friends and family. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities with this blog, and the successes I have achieved. I am SOOO thankful for all the great people I have encountered. I am also grateful for my current text link advertisers, Blogging, Technology Me & Analyzing Modern Design, JoJo Effect, and Handyscell.de (if you want to be a sponsor, click here).

My visitors sure do mean a lot to me, so I can’t wait to hear from you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

UPDATE: A huge thank you to Djahna, Hopeful Spirit, Ruchir, and Sandra for stopping by to leave a response. :)

Do YOU Have A Blog?

November 8, 2007

Typing Hands OnlineRecently I ran a poll on this site asking the question, “Do you have a blog?” I received a generous amount of responses and most of the voters said that yes, they do have a blog. Of course I guessed that a very high percentage of people would pick that choice over “no” and “not yet”, since after all this blog IS about blogging, but I was surprised at just how high that percentage was.

91% of people who voted said that they do have a blog. 4% of voters said that they don’t have a blog at all, and another 5% said that they haven’t made their blog YET. It surprised me that more people didn’t vote that they were going to make a blog but hadn’t yet. I thought that there would be more beginners reading this site, interested in finding out what it takes to have a blog and make money online with it.

I really enjoyed going over the responses and finding out what kind of readers I have on this site. It’s always important to know who you’re writing for exactly so you can do a better job at it. If you haven’t run any polls of the sort on your own blog yet, you might want to try it. There’s an interesting plugin I use called WP-Polls Plugin. It’s very simple to work with and once you starting using it on your site, it will be 100% to your advantage.

For me, running polls is a win-win-win-win! I can learn more about the readers of this site and get feedback to help me out, for one thing. Having a poll within posts or the sidebar also adds a sense of interactivity to a blog and gets the readers interested. And then, once you’re done with the poll, you can write up a post sharing the results! Polls are a lot of fun and can be very, very helpful. Any blogger who has never implemented one on their site is definitely missing on some great opportunities.

Tell me, do YOU have a blog and how do you use polls on it, if you do at all?

Responses To: Would You Ever Sell Your Blog?

October 29, 2007

Pile of Coins

Photography: Contando Dinheiro by Jeff Belmonte

A few days ago I asked one question: Would you ever sell your blog? For some people, the answer was simple. For others, it was a bit more complicated. However, I am going to share the most interesting responses here with you right now. If you’ve ever considered selling your blog, or you might like to think of it as an option, you might like reading other bloggers’ opinions on the matter. Either way, the four best replies below are pretty interesting.

Courtney Tuttle said:

“I think that most people would sell their blogs. I would sell any of my other blogs if the price was right. Some people would say that they’re too passionate about their blog to sell. What if someone offered you $100 million for it though?

I think most people have a price, and that’s ok. Aren’t we trying to make money anyway? …” [view full comment]

Linda said:

“A blog, for me, is personal but as you say there are those who create blogs only to sell them but it´s a lot of work to get a high ranking blog so you would probably put in a lot of hours. I have however heard that My Space blogs sells really well but I´ve never been interested in My Space.

I have a high ranking blog with many daily visitors and I love that blog. It´s my baby! It was the first blog I ever created, how could I ever get rid of it? No one is able to write the way I do nor keep it up like I do, I´m sure. There are no money in the world that could buy my blog. So no, don´t touch my blog! I´d be devastated if anything happened to it! …” [view full comment]

Steven Snell said:

“I certainly have no intentions to sell, but I wouldn’t be against it down the road if the situation was right. It would be difficult though since my blog is just a part of my business’s website. I would rather develop other blogs on the side with the intention of selling. …” [view full comment]

Ruchir said:

“Well, there’s never a definitive answer for a question like that. Currently, I don’t think I’ll be selling my blog in the future. It’s really about how much money people are willing to give for your blog. That’s the only questions. Many bloggers (myself included) say we won’t say our blogs. But what if someone offers a boatload of money like $20,000? I’m sure most of us will give in…

If my blog is able to achieve the heights I want it to achieve, then yes I might sell it but then again, those heights are pretty high and will take a minimum of a year to complete. …” [view full comment]

Reading about what others had to say on this topic was definitely a nice experience. As for me, right now I probably wouldn’t sell this blog. For me to be able to sell, I will personally need to be done with the project. There are still so many things I’d like to do and try with this blog that I’d never be able to complete if I sold it. I love this blog with a passion and I love working on it. To sell it I would need to be at a point where I was satisfied and had no further intentions to carry out.

To sell I also think I would need to work further on branding this blog and making it more business-like. I’d also need to try and monetize it even more and continue to increase its rankings. Like many of the answers you read above said, if the time and the price are right I would sell. If you’re going to offer me tons of money for Super Blogging, there are high chances that I’d accept your offer! However, I do think I still have plenty of work to do. :)

If you never got to share your opinions on blog selling, don’t hesitate. I’d still love to hear them!

Would You Ever Sell Your Blog?

October 25, 2007

Question MarkBlogging started out as being something very personal where people wrote about their lives on a daily basis. That’s still sometimes the case today, but blogging has also evolved into a profession, a business. More and more entrepreneurs are starting blogs in hopes of making good money with them for a while, and then selling the blog for an even greater profit when the time is right. So I have a good question for you: Would you ever sell your blog?

Some people plan to sell their blogs from the start; some people choose that path later on, for various reasons. So would YOU ever sell your blog? When you first made it did you intend for it to be sold right from the time it went online, or was that not the case but you’ve now changed your mind? If you would, please tell me why would you or why would you not put your blog up for sale.

The best, most interesting answers will be featured on this blog within a couple of days. I will take the responses I like the most and paste them into a new post, linking back to your own blog and crediting you for what you’ve said. That’s a free link for you and free exposure, so give an interesting and detailed answer please! I would really like to know your opinions on the selling of blogs.

Personally, at this point I don’t think I will be selling my own blog. I love it with a passion, I love working on it, and I love seeing what I can get out of it. Besides, this blog has not been completely business-like from the beginning. While that’s not required, it definitely helps. Potential buyers like a blog they can easily transform into whatever they like, and that’s more difficult if the blog has a personal aspect to it. At this point in time my answer is NO, I will not be selling this blog. No guarantees that that will be my answer forever, but that’s where I stand right now.

What do you think? Would you ever sell your blog? How much money would you ask for it? What are your thoughts on the topic? I look forward to hearing them and possibly linking to you and your response in a future post!

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