Thursday, 28 October 2010

Miss Cellania at Blog World

Blogworld - a huge convention for bloggers (well, what else would it be with a name like that I guess?) recently too place in Las Vegas.  Miss Cellania, who has her own (and eponymous) very cool blog visited the convention and soaked up the atmosphere - and quite a lot of coffee too from the sounds of it.

Her report on her visit can be found over at Neatorama.  It is well worth a read - I must admit to being jealous of what sounds like a marvellous geek fest.

IZEA - Help to Monetize Your Blog

One of the more dispiriting things about blogging is the lack of money you can make from traditional forms of online advertising.  By that, what I mean are the banner adverts that you can place around your posts.  Money seems to build up at a snail's pace!  It can work very well but sometimes you need over a thousand page views just to make a dollar!  It is little wonder that so many bloggers give up so quickly.

You might argue that it is a way of sorting the wheat from the chaff.  However, there are other ways to monetize your blog and one company at the forefront of this is IZEA, who have created an excellent name for themselves in the world of  through their SocialSpark network.

With IZEA you can go down the traditional road of placing ads on your blog.  However, if you have a niche readership this can mean getting little financial return for all your hard work.  Again, many say that they blog for the love of it and that is fine.  However, if you would also like to make some money from your online publishing then IZEA offers other ways.

Just about the best thing that IZEA does in my opinion is to give bloggers the opportunity to write sponsored posts on their blogs.  IZEA has a strict code of conduct so there are rules to follow – and of course you will find that the advertisers must do the same.  What is more, many people who read blogs are happy with sponsored posts being on your blog.  After all, if they read magazines and newspapers they are used to this format of advertising.

So, my advice, if you want to monetize your blog, is to take a look at IZEA.  As well as being one of the most trusted platforms for blog monetization they are very helpful – there is a whole community of other bloggers there who are willing to help you along too!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Debt Consolidation - Think About It!

Debt consolidation – two words that people who are in debt need to consider very carefully. You need to consider the process with extreme care before you proceed and to do your research to see whether it is the right move for you to make. Remember that what happens after your can sometimes be worse that the situation you are in now.

To begin with your credit score will be hit for many a year – and that may mean an embarrassing moment or two in the mall. Plus you may well be able to sort your finances out perfectly well on your own instead of paying a debt consolidation company to do it for you.

Do some research and make the right move for you!
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