Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 1

Hi all!

It’s been a while, I know… I’m trying a new experiment. This time I’m actually paying for ad placement at Google. This is something I’ve read about over the last couple of years, but never thought I’d actually try.

However… I decided I’d take the plunge and see how this works. I created a couple of ads. One for my main blog and one for an affiliate blog I’ve been running for a while.

Over night last night with my main blog, I received three clicks for about 3000 impressions. And today with my other blog ad I received 1 click for 610 impressions, but it’s slightly more targeted than the first one.

We’ll see how it goes. I’ll check in occasionally over the next week or so to let you know.

How are you guys doing with placing Google ads? Any luck?

–FItz

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Take a Smort from Smorty!

Hey all…

I’m still experimenting with various review tools to raise the awareness of this blog and make some money. I’ve seen Smorty ads just about everywhere on the internet and decided to give them a try.

Smorty

So if you’ve seen the Smorty ads, you know a few things already… It’s a get-paid-for-reviews kind of system that helps drive ads and revenue back to your site.

Smorty connects advertisers with bloggers. Advertisers, just like in some of the other review-related sites, pay bloggers to write opinions about their sites or products and provide links back to the advertiser’s site. Basically we bloggers do what we do best, which is write blog posts, and we get paid for blogging. What more could you ask for?

Once you sign up and get your blog(s) approved, you get a list of opportunities to write about. After you accept and write a post, you get paid for it via a PayPal account. The more blogs and opinions you write about advertisers on them, the more money you can make. Easy enough, right?

So we’ll see how this works. Check out Smorty for details if you haven’t already! Blog for money at Smorty!

–Fitz

NBC and Hulu.com

Hi all…

I thought all the hoopla about Hulu was interesting over the last few days.

A few months ago, NBC decided to pull out of iTunes and not renew. They were making piddly numbers and thought they could do the whole digital video distribution thing better and make more money at the same time.

Well, Hulu.com is the result of their labors. It’s in private beta now, but the upshot is that NBC controls the content and distribution of their own properties, which is probably in their best interests. Evidently it will be shared with NBC partners and other channels and small networks such as Sundance, Style, Golf, TV Guide, and National Geographic. The other major stations (CBS, ABC, Disney, and Viacom) haven’t yet signed on.

I find it interesting though in the land of free TV with YouTube, Blinkx, Joost, Blip.tv, and others, that NBC is going this route. However, since advertising is king, I anticipate that commercials will find their way into the equation somewhere.

Amazon’s Unbox service seems very similar to what I’ve seen and read of Hulu also, so I’m not quite sure what the differentiators are in the market. Hopefully that will become more clear when Hulu leaves private beta and becomes open to the world.

What does this mean to bloggers and advertisers? That’s tough to say. I believe that in the world of digital distribution, links are king. So I would hope that NBC (and others) would be smart enough to offer some sort of deal for associates pimping their products, but that’s just me. I’m a TV junkie and will watch in a variety of formats I’m sure.

What do you think? Will this impact an already crowded online TV market? Or do you think NBC may get it right and lead us to a nirvana of digital TV distribution?

Chime in!

–Fitz

Using Squidoo Lenses for your Blog

Hi all!

If you haven’t discovered Squidoo yet as yet another way to get the word out for your blog or product efforts, might I suggest that you take a look?

Check out my lens

Squidoo allows you to take your blog and wrap it in what they call a “lens” — you can use RSS feeds from your blog or add your own text (or html) as well as hooks into various search engines and other web presences like Technorati, CafePress, Amazon…

I’ve created a couple of lenses — one for my T-shirts (the one above) and one below for helping get some traffic for the Moebius Adventures roleplaying games.

Check out my lens

There are thousands of folks using Squidoo and it comes highly recommended by the CafePress community, so check it out!

–Fitz