monthly blogging scoop

Monthly Blogging Scoop: Make Money, Adsense, Penguin 2, Ad Taboos, Tumblr

This month I have decided to add a new feature to Blogging Spree blog, called Monthly Blogging Scoop. These posts will be written at the beginning of a month and will reflect on events that have taken place in the past month in the blogging world and on Blogging Spree.

The aim is to share with you any major blogging related news that are happening online. As well, any significant information that I might have shared on Blogging Spree during the month may be summarized and posted.

Monthly Blogging Scoop In The Spotlight This Month:

  • Can one still make money blogging
  • Blogging Spree gets adorned with Adsense
  • Penguin strikes again (Penguin 2)
  • Advertorial Taboos by Matt Cutts
  • Yahoo purchases Tumblr for 1.1 billion

Blogging News From Blogging Spree

Exciting Conclusion Of Challenge To Make Money Blogging

On March 13th, 2013 I challenged myself to see if I could significantly increase traffic to this newly established blog and make money blogging in 60 days only working 60 minutes per day while staying within a very small budget of $100.00.

At the finale, on May 13th, I was able to report very positive results, both with respect to making a significant amount of money and to substantially increasing traffic, including organic traffic. You can read all about my victory here…)

Make Extra Money Blogging With Google Adsense

With increased traffic, Blogging Spree has graduated to the level where she could be “adorned” with Google Adsense in an effort to generate passive income. Adsense is a wonderful way to make money with your blog 24/7. I have taken care that the ads do not look spammy and detract from the user experience. I believe I have achieved that on my blog. If you want to read more about adsense and how you could make money with it you can read more here…

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Blogging News From Around The Web

Happy 10th Birthday, WordPress!

Wordpress Cellebrates 10th Birthday

Happy Birthday WordPress

All over the world people have celebrated. Yummy cakes have been baked and eaten in honor of the wonderful WordPress born in 2003.

It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little as a fork of b2/cafelog. As of April 2013, version 3.5 had been downloaded over 18 million times. (Wikipedia)

Matt Mullenweg, is still clearly in love with his “baby” and he certainly shows it in a wonderful post titled, “Dear WordPress”. Below is a touching excerpt from his letter:

You’re so beautiful… I’m continually amazed and delighted by how you’ve grown. Your awkward years are behind you. Best of all, through it all, you’ve stuck with the principles that got you started in the first place. You’re always changing but that never changes. You’re unafraid to try new things that may seem wacky or unpopular at first.

I see you all over the world now, glowing from screens, bringing people together at meetups and WordCamps — you’re at your best when you do that. You’re my muse; you inspire me, and I’ve seen you inspire others. You become a part of their life and they become a part of yours. I hope we grow old together.

Cheers to ten years, and here’s to a hundred more.

from “Dear WordPress”

Interesting that it has been only 10 years since WordPress was “born”. To me and millions of others who enjoy this wonderful blogging platform it seems that it has existed forever.

Google Rolls Out Penguin 2.0 – Penguin Webspam Algorithm

After a lot of anticipation Google finally released Penguin 2.0, the purpose of which is to reduce web spam. Despite all previous attempts, 1st page SERPs continued to spew out spammy worthless sites that contributed nothing to the user experience. This is exciting news for the public and also for the bloggers who strive to provide valuable information to our readers.

Matt Cutts explains on his blog

We started rolling out the next generation of the Penguin webspam algorithm this afternoon (May 22, 2013), and the rollout is now complete. About 2.3% of English-US queries are affected to the degree that a regular user might notice. The change has also finished rolling out for other languages world-wide. The scope of Penguin varies by language, e.g. languages with more webspam will see more impact. Excerpted from Matt Cutts’ blog.

More is expected to come in the near future. Matt Cutts also released a video where he discusses what SEO should expect in the next few month.



Advertorial Taboos From Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts released a video describing “advertorial taboos”. In other words, an explanation of how we should treat advertisements on our sites. For the best explanation, please hear it from horse’s mouth.


Yahoo Buys Tumblr for a whopping 1.1 Billion Dollars

In an effort to attract young audience, increase traffic and advertising dollars to their site Yahoo forks out 1.1 billion dollars for the popular Tumblr platform (wow, heck of a lot of money for paid traffic).

Yahoo is hoping to increase Tumblr’s revenues by filling the Tumbr layout with advertisements. As you may know until now Tumblr was ad free. The CEO of Tumblr, David Karp is going to stay and hopefully he will see to it that Tubmblr will remain true to its form and that with some adjustments, it will also become more profitable.



Many Tumblr users are not happy with the acquisition. According to Matt Mullenweg from WordPress, they are already seeing a significant transfer of Tumblrites to WordPress. Hopefully, this represents only a small majority of users and it will not continue. Let’s cross our fingers that something good will come of this acquisition and Tumblr, a platform that many people love, will remain viable for years to come.

This concludes the Monthly Blogging Scoop for May 2013. Hopefully you enjoyed reading these bits of information. I would love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment and if you have a moment, please also click the Like button. Until June then…


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22 Responses to Monthly Blogging Scoop: Make Money, Adsense, Penguin 2, Ad Taboos, Tumblr

  1. Muminur Rahman August 15, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Adsense Earning is a great way of passive income. I am going to launch new website with online earning niche. Can you suggest between .com and .us which one will be better? Though this is offtopic , I couln’t resist to seek help from popular blogger like you.
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    • Dita Irvine August 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Hi Muminur,

      I would not use .us. It is very specific to United States. I would definitely try to find and use .com

      • Winsten October 10, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

        .Com domain is always preferred but if you are a blogger, I think a .Me domain can be also be unique attention grabbing. However a .US domain would seriously limit your traffic as the perception could be that this site is a country focused site. What do you think Dita?

        • Dita Irvine October 22, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

          Hi Winsten,

          I also read somewhere that it is in a way restricted. Any mention like that would scare me away because I’d hate for someone to tell me that I cannot use the domain name because of the extension.

          I would not use .me for a serious blog either. It belongs to the country of Montenegro so you never know the country can also restrict the use of. I would use .me for some domains that are not very important.

  2. Jerry Handy June 22, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Awesome stuff Dita. I like the way you’ve laid out an overview of events and it gives your reader insights into what’s currently going on with you and the blogging world. The other advantage is the increase in your stick rate and keeping people on your site longer. Definitely helps in the eyes of grand daddy google. Good work my friend.
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  3. Kishore June 18, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    It is a good idea, in addition to I adore the method that you pointed out past calendar month illustrates and also the details. I seriously loved looking over ones The search engines Adsense write-up. A person supply some top notch data on adsense.

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    • Dita Irvine July 6, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      Hi Kishore,

      There is so much happening online these days and one just cannot keep up with it on her own. It is helpful to find some articles that brief people on the new stuff and that is why I started this series of posts.

      Take care,

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  4. Hector Olivera June 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Hello Dita,

    congratulations on your success!, I joined QSC yesterday and today went to the FB Group Blog and found your comments very encouraging.

    Best wishes in your endeavor,

    Hector Olivera

    • Dita Irvine June 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi Hector,

      Congrats on joining QSC. That is really a step in the right direction.

      Best of luck


  5. David Povilaitis June 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Well done, Dita! I am glad to have found your site especially this valuable section…It will be on my top 10 check-in list.

    AllBest, DavidP

    • Dita Irvine June 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Hi David,

      Thanks for the compliment. I am glad my site was helpful.


  6. Glenn Shepherd June 3, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Hi Dita,

    I like your new idea, I think it’s great. If it was more often than once per month then I think it would be overkill, but to do a monthly summary of various highlights is a wonderful idea. It gives your readers a choice of which interesting topics they’d like to explore.

    You always provide content that’s useful and interesting, keep up the fantastic work!

    Glenn 🙂
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  7. Eric Pangburn June 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm #


    This is a great idea, and I really like how you highlighted last month highlights and the scoop. I really enjoyed checking out your Google Adsense article. You provide some very good information in regards to adsense.

    The updated penguin is some big news and I have already heard of many that are actually liking what they see already. With good quality content the penguin seems to be rewarding those sites with awesome content that more people are buzzing about.

    Also, I had no idea that yahoo purchase Tumblr. I guess I have so wrapped up with Google purchasing the solar farm in South Africa.

    Thanks for sharing this monthly blogging scoop!

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    • Dita Irvine June 6, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for stopping by. Having these types of posts among our friends quickly lets us know what is going on in the blogosphere. Some of my blogging friends have weekly updates and I really enjoy reading them.

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  8. SandyHalliday June 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Hey Dita,

    I think this is a great idea. Good to have all the news at a glance. I have seen other bloggers doing a similar sort of thing.

    WordPress has certainly come a long way since it was first launched. They have made it so easy now to install a WP blog compared with how it used to be a few years ago.

    You had to know some html in the early days if you wanted a WP blog. I started off Blogspot, as it was known then, because of this but eventually bought an expensive step-by-step video course on how to set up a WP blog.

    Not long after that Fantastico, the one click install script, became available together with a lot of plugins that made installing and starting a WP blog a doddle.

    Where would we be without it?

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    • Dita Irvine June 6, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Sandy,

      Thanks for the comment. You are right, more bloggers introduced this idea. As a matter of fact, I mentioned that I’ve seen it on Adrienne’s blog who writes updates every Thursday. I believe this helps everyone around.

      These days I am using QuickInstall for blog installation because I found that it automatically install the wp super cache, so it is one step less to take when setting up the blog.

      Take care,

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  9. Dave E Wilkes June 2, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    It is easy to forget what a lit happens within just one month.

    Your summary was very interesting to read.

    I must confess that I digressed a little and followed the links to your Make Money Blogging and the Adsense summary pages.

    I was very impressed with the income you made.

    I can see that you have put a lot of effort into preparing and presenting the info here and so you certainly deserve to have done so well.

    Many thanks for the summary, though – you have made a useful reference point.

    Well done!
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    • Dita Irvine June 6, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Dave,

      That is precisely the idea of the monthly blogging scoop. It gives a reader a summary of important events and a link to these events. By having a link to some of my posts in the report, I am hoping that the reader will visit my links and read more and stay more. I guess you proved that it works.


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  10. Jeff June 2, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    Hi Dita,

    I absolutely love this idea about the monthly blogging scoop! It has so much information and seems can be my one stop shop for finding out what is going on, not only with you, but with everything from around the web! Fantasitc! Keep up the good work!

    And Congratulations on all your success!

    All the best,