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…
Blogging News From Around The Web
Happy 10th 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…