Welcome to The Blog Report

I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you find this blog an interesting read. I've been blogging since April of 2006, currently the author of six public and two private blogs. In the beginning I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. Over the years through trial and error, frustration and elation, and a few tears I've learned a lot. However, the learning process when it comes to blogging continues to evolve. Here you will find a hodge podge of my blogging experiences, useful codes and how-tos, sprinkled liberally with my opinions. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Anonymous Commentors

Blogger settings allows you to be able to set it so someone who doesn't have a Google ID to respond anonymously.  For the most part this works rather well and most readers who want to comment do not abuse the privilege.  Then there are the jerks (a polite way to address them) who seem to think they can say whatever they want but the lovely commentor from Blanchard, Oklahoma likely didn't realize they weren't as anonymous as they thought they were.  The comment ended up in the trash right where it belonged.  It almost makes me want to take away the option of being able to comment anonymously.  The problem with this approach is some folks do not want to sign up to any service just to be able to leave a comment.  Now, if a commentor is that determined to leave a comment to the point they would sign up for Open ID just to leave a vial comment, well then there is a bit more of a trail to block them out from future comments.  The second option is to eliminate being able to leave comments entirely and something totally possible on the blog I'm talking about.  I went to no comments on all my blogs for about 2 months and didn't like it.  The third solution is to simply delete the obnoxious comments and ignore.  The final option is to report the 'anonymous' sender to their ISP.  Even if they use a proxy that ISP can trace it back to them.  Again, this problem reinforces the fact that all blog comments should be moderated.  At no point should comments be allowed through without your approval!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fair Compensation

I get a lot of requests for paid links (eg. just the bare link, something I don't do) but lately I have had an increase in paid post requests.  It's not the type of paid post that some bloggers were into where you would see almost the exact same post, word for word appearing on a multitude of blogs.  This is paid in the sense of writing a unique blog post on a very specific topic with a link so it is more than a paid link (link only) but not a generic paid post.  I don't see the harm in accepting these types of offers if it is something that works with which ever of my blogs they are interested.  For example, I wouldn't accept an offer to write about home insurance on my cooking blog but might consider it for my homemaking blog.  It is a legitimate form of advertising.  It's no different than the affiliate I have been with for over three years where I'm paid to promote their site with a clear disclosure.  I am under contract with them which works well for me.  I use links to their site when blogging however, they do not choose the anchor words, I do and I can link to any part of their site I choose.  I also promote them via Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth.  I really should add a sig on my email promoting them as well since I have had a wonderful experience with them.  So back to the paid post requests...

What is fair compensation?  I know what I get compensated through my affiliate, which is quite generous but there is more work to it than just writing one blog post.  If the average blog post takes 15 minutes to write with a compensation of $15 then it works out to $60 per hour which isn't a bad wage.  If the post takes an hour to write, then it is only $15 per hour and while that is not a good wage, some would be quite happy with it.  At the same time, this type of post remains in the archives which is rather inexpensive advertising for them.  The only time I would remove the link is if it is dead.  So what is fair compensation for this type of monetizing?


Friday, March 8, 2013

Nickle and Diming It

Shortly after getting into blogging their appeared all of these blogs hell bent on making a living blogging.  Well, you can't blame them really because some were unemployed so working from home blogging and making money sounded like a great thing to do, so many bought into that concept.  The reality is any money earned via blogging is basically nickle and dime stuff.  I've had days where I have made $300 but other days where I made nothing.  If I average enough to pay my blog advertising and internet costs with a bit of money left over to splurge on eBay or the Zynga game of the day with a bit left over in PayPal at the the end of the month, I'm pretty content.  I have no aspirations that my blogs are ever going to support my lifestyle or make me a multimillionaire but you never know especially if one of them goes viral. 


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Browsers

One of the often heard recommendations for bloggers is to test out their blog, how it looks and functions on other browsers.  Well, back when I used a PC desktop, I used mainly Netscape (Mozzilla) then I went to Mac so really liked the clean functioning of Safari.  Once again I find myself between the Windows and Mac debate when it comes to browsers.  I use an iMac (dual core) desktop at home, but when traveling I use an iPad and Toshiba laptop.  So I am still very actively using both Windows and Mac.  The only thing for certain is I do not trust Internet Explorer, period.  I really liked Google Chrome until I caught it turning off part of my Norton security.  There is no way a browser should ever do this with out your permission!  That means Chrome is history. 

When I first started blogging I had three browsers to check how my blogs looked.  Now, there is the concern how it looks on mobile but really when using Blogger, I have very seldom had a problem with my blogs displaying properly using any browser including mobile.  I honestly don't know if it is still the problem it once was or if the industry has solved that issued.  I do know there is no longer a need to have three or more browsers on your computer simply to test your blog.  Still it is not a bad idea to check out how your blog looks and functions on mobile devices even though Blogger has made this rather seamless as well.