Blog Blazers Book Review

Blog BlazersIt’s always great to read interviews of bloggers who have gained fame, fortune, notoriety or notice to find out exactly what they’re doing and their influences, but it’s an even better thing to be able to read the interviews of 40 personalities in the field of blogging all at once. Stephane Grenier has put together such a read in his book Blog Blazers that covers the gamut in the world of online discussion.

Blogging goes far and wide on the internet and Blog Blazers touches on everything from SEO, to small business, to parenting, to business opportunities, to Google Maps, to coding and beyond, way beyond. Stephane secured interviews from such personalities as Aaron Wall, Dane Carlson, Erik Sink, Anita Campbell, Neil Patel, Seth Godin (nice one Stephane) and many more, picking their brains to find out just what has made them successful and keeps them going in their work.

The book is packed full of resources because Stephane asked all the bloggers he interviewed 3 important questions about their influences. The questions were:

Which 5 blogs do you read regularly?
Which websites would you recommend for new bloggers? and…
What is your most successful blog post ever?

Lots of great info here, but by far you can get a wealth of information by just scanning through Blog Blazers and looking up the most successful posts ever by these writers. After all, these posts have already been chosen by the readers of these blogs as noteworthy and the best of what each blogger does, so you know they’re worth checking out. It’s also interesting to note the number of bloggers that mention Darren Rowse at Problogger.net as one of the biggest influences and inspirations in their work. It would have been nice to see an interview from Darren himself to see what his biggest influences are and who he reads on a daily basis.

If you want to power up your blogging regardless of what niche you’re writing for, then Blog Blazers is definitely worth the time to read. The only thing I’d change about the book would be not to ask the exact same questions of every blogger interviewed. It would have been nice to mix up he questions a bit, but don’t let that stop you from a great read.

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Read The Top Internet Marketing Blogs

One of the best ways to learn about internet and affiliate marketing is to read about the successes and failures of people who have been in the trenches for awhile. There isn’t anything better than to learn from the experiences of others who have been there and done that. If you want to make $5,000, $10,000 or $100,000 a month with a business on the net, you should be reading the stories of the people who have earned that kind of income.

Fantastic you’re probably thinking, but how do I find all those successful people and their blogs without spending hours searching for them? And when you consider your search efforts will turn up plenty of wannabe affiliate marketers that aren’t really making any money at all, it can be a daunting task to get connected to the best information.

But there is an easier solution…

Gyutae Park of WinningTheWeb.com has put together an invaluable resource for bloggers and Internet marketers with his creation of the IM Top Blogs list. Currently the list features 279 of the top blogs on the Internet that deal with making money online, affiliate marketing, traffic generation, PPC, blogging and anything related to marketing on the net. The nice thing about the list is that it’s not just Gyutae’s opinion of which blogs are the best because he has gone through the painstaking task of ranking them according to various criteria such as Technorati, Yahoo Links, Google PR, Alexa Ranking, Feedburner stats, StumbleUpon reviews and other factors. All these variables virtually guarantee that you will be reading the best, most popular blogs available in the IM niche.

The list is constantly updated so you can keep checking back to see where your favorite blogs rank, how many links they’re getting and so you can discover new blogs in the web marketing space you may not have known about. Heck, just a quick look on the first page of 95 sites listed I found at least 10 blogs I’ve never even heard of.

A big shout out goes to Gyutae for doing the work and putting together the list. There’s lots of valuable information contained in the blogs listed here. Spend more time reading through the experiences of these Internet bloggers and stop spending so much money on worthless ebooks. You’ll save some money and will learn more current and useful info for your own business and blogging efforts.

By the way, AffiliateConfession.com is ranked at 159. Thanks for the resource Gyutae!

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Free Blog Review Added To Blog Contest

BloggeriesThere’s still 1 week and 1 day to go in my latest blog contest and the pot just got sweeter courtesy of Bloggeries.com sponsoring a free blog review for the winner. The reviews normally cost $25, but they have generously donated a free one for the contest. Your in-depth review will be posted on a PR 4 blog and you will get at least 2 links back to your site within the review. So if you want a shot at a free blog review, you have to enter the contest.

Bloggeries also has a blogging forum I just recently discovered through EntreCard and boy, what a find it is. I find it amazing that as much as I travel the net, I still manage to come across very popular sites that I didn’t even know existed. The forums at Bloggeries as of the writing of this post contains more than 3,100 threads and more than 15,000 posts, so you know it didn’t just get going yesterday. I can’t believe I didn’t find Bloggeries a lot earlier than I did.

You will find tons of interesting topics on the forums such as making money with your blog, marketing ideas, blogging guides where webmaster Rob selects the best bloggeries (blog posts) from members blogs to discuss, themes and blog templates, podcasting, StumbleUpon advice and reciprocal stumbles and lots more. When you become a member in good standing you can also get some additional benefits from the forums such as being able to show off and post about your own blog. You get these privileges as well as being able to request a blog review after 10 posts and after 25 posts you can actually earn money from Bloggeries. They are a revenue sharing forum and you can earn Adsense income from the threads you start once you get to this level.

What I like most about Bloggeries is the way everything is laid out, the color scheme and forum’s ease of use. I also like a feature you don’t see on too many forums and I’m surprised more people don’t use it.  When you set up your profile you can enter the rss feed to your blog and every time you post in the forum, your latest blog post title shows up next to your name. Between 25 and 30% of the members don’t use this feature and I can’t understand why. If you have a catchy title on your latest blog post, you will definitely get traffic to your blog if you have this feature enabled. I click on someone’s link probably once or twice for every 20 posts I read and I’m sure others do a well.

If you haven’t had a good look around the Bloggeries Forums, now is the time to check it out, contribute and learn.

And don’t forget the free review they’re sponsoring for the winner of my latest blog contest.


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Getting Inbound Links And Making Money With TNX

Visit TNX.netYou’ve probably seen this little 125 x 125 banner almost everywhere as have I. The banner belongs to TNX.net a system that facilitates the buying and selling of text links on your blog or web site.

For webmasters, they have gone beyond just selling 1 set of links for sitewide display or only selling links on the home page, you can sell different links (up to a total of 4 at a time) on every single page of your site. It has a great advantage for bloggers or if you use a template for your site in that all you have to do is install code in your sidebar or template once and their system takes care of determining what links go on what pages.

And if you need to get links back to your site, there are great advantages to using TNX. First, the links are non-reciprocal, meaning you don’t have to do the silly my-link-for-your-link type of schemes with their system. Secondly, you can get hundreds or even thousands of one way links from relevant sites in several different categories and do it for much less than other text link brokers.

To protect the integrity of their system with search engines you can’t choose or see the exact web site your text links will appear on until after you have placed your advertising campaign. But if after placing a campaign you see a site that doesn’t fit in with how you want to advertise, you can just delete it and have points credited back to you. You also don’t have to worry about advertising on pages that aren’t indexed or don’t have visitors because the TNX system won’t place advertising on any page until it meets those criteria.

Now I keep using the term points because that’s how TNX is run rather than dealing directly with paying cash for specific advertising. You can buy points, earn points through their affiliate program or earn points by selling links on your sites. You then spend those points to to buy your advertising or if you are an affiliate, you can trade points for cash or use them for advertising.

Advertising With TNX

When I first joined up, I found figuring out the whole advertising process a little cumbersome and I think their help balloons could be better managed as they tend to close up too soon after clicking the little question marks next to specific functions. You have to keep clicking on the question marks to finish reading the pop-up help boxes. Even though the advertising process could initially be easier to grasp, once I found this little gem below that shows you how much it costs to get x number of links, it all started to come together for me.

TNX Links Cost

This tool is at the bottom of the advertising interface and shows you approximately how many links you will get back to your site by the criteria you have chosen via the overall advertising interface.

Making Money With TNX

TNX InterfaceAs I mentioned earlier, there are 2 ways to make money with TNX. You can either put their code on your web site and sell links to advertisers or you can make money with their affiliate program.

If you decide to sell links you can’t use a free hosted web site and your host must support php (you shouldn’t be hosting with a company if they don’t). Their system completely hides the code from search engines and all your visitors and search bots see is real text links with real PR juice going to real websites.

They even have a handy little tool that you can use as a webmaster to figure out how much money you can make with your site. Obviously the higher PR your site has and the more pages you have with a high PR on them, the more money you are going to make.

When you log in as a member of TNX you will see an interface like the one to the left where you can choose to do any of the operations available through the system. For Webmasters you can get the code to put on your site, add a new site to place the code on and sell points to other TNX users. As an Advertiser you can create new campaigns, check your stats and check your balance of points.  As an Affiliate you can see how many referrals you have and pick up banners and your affiliate link to place on your web sites.

And if this is all a bit confusing to you, TNX is offering 2,000 points for a limited time to all new sign-ups so you can test out their system before you spend any of your own money. And if you join as a Webmaster and put the TNX code on your site you can get 5,000 points to start your own advertising. Read more about getting your free points here. Even after you spend your initial points, buying more points is relatively inexpensive allowing you to get incoming links to your sites for much less than their competitors. For example, you can get 17,000+ points for $25 and 40,000+ points for only $50. With 40,000 points you can get around 62 PR1 and 2 links or 6 PR4 and 5 links for a month.

Also, don’t think for a minute a good strategy would be to buy thousands of high PR links into your site all at once. That would be a sure sign to Google your site is up to something. TNX offers great advice on their forum at DigitalPoint that tells you how to use their system to have your site rise in the SE rankings and get on top.

Lots of people are using TNX as I found out when I logged in for the first time. As of Sunday when I wrote this post there were more than 41,000 users, 31 million links in the system and 20 million pages indexed by their system. Sounds like it’s pretty popular to me.

Just to let you know, I had been looking at TNX, but never signed up. They approached me to do a review of their system. However, I did receive my 2,000 free points in about 24 hours from notifying TNX so I’m ready to start advertising. I’ll let you know how it goes.

You can sign up for TNX here.


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