Mashups utilizing 3rd party services are a growing and competitive market, and only people who are fast on their feet get the chance to grab mind share with early adopters. Rarely is there a chance to take advantage of an API – before it is available.
How many blogs link to Technorati on every post they publish? Many blogs also use followable links to social bookmarking sites such as Delicious, and social news sites such as Digg on every single page of their site? Google in their recently disclosed patent are saying that it could be a negative indication of quality.
The press are an evil bunch:- they phone you when you are busy, ask you lots of difficult questions, try to trip you up or squeeze something juicy out of you, wasting lots of your time, and the buggers rarely give you a citation or a link for your efforts.
You could blame this plugin on Lorelle for suggesting this weekend as a “Code Marathon Party“. Honestly though her code weekend idea just gave me a kick up the backside to finally just archive something on my harddisk and stick it on the web for public download.
It is great theorising that you can monetize your blogging activities with various forms of advertising, and possibly some affiliate reviews, but blog visitors often don’t click contextual advertising, and affiliate marketing is most effective when you have a large amount of traffic to a small number of sites, or a small amount of traffic to a huge number of sites. Your relationship with your audience is also extremely important, as Scott Jangro was recently discussing in relation to Google’s new CPA offerings.
When I wrote my Ultimate Guide to DoFollow plugins, I hadn’t read a solution to removing Nofollow from comments for Blogger that actually passed the link credit from your own domain.
For a long time my blogs have performed amazingly well with Google Blog Search. I always appear in the relevant results quickly, and the results I obtain have some reasonable longevity, even when I am not the original source of a story.
How many people are using Twitter for more than saying what they just ate or where friends can meet them? Lots of people are certainly using Twitter to express their ideas, and often link to blog posts that are related to their business, or opinion.
Twitter is thus being used for WOMM (Word of Mouth Marketing), and should be subject to the same ethics rules and recommendations as blogging. (note: I am not a lawyer)
I came across an interesting piece on the WOMMA blog that unfortunately falls well short of what you would expect from such an organisation.
As always I am not a lawyer, and this is just for entertainment purposes. I am sure WOMMA have some lawyers though, so they really should take a lot more care with what they state and how they state it.