Reading links for Tuesday.
- Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett have both just announced their book, ProBlogger – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. Darren says it’s the worst kept secret, but I’ve been trying to collaborate with Chris as well and I didn’t even know what he was up to. The book is published by Wiley – so it’s in print – and is available for pre-ordering through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (By the way, Chris, if you didn’t know, is one of the original founders of Performancing.) Sounds very exciting, though I’m guessing they didn’t get $300,000 for their book.
- Darren and Chris aren’t the only ones with a book deal. Hugh MacLeod, creator of the highly entertaining net comic strip Gaping Void has landed a deal for his How to be Creative series.
- Loren Baker, editor and owner of Search Engine Journal, has just announced a guest blogging competition. There are over US$9,000 in prizes from a number of vendors. If you have an understanding of search marketing and related topics, go check out the rules asap, as the contest only runs for one week, starting today. [via DailyBlogTips]
- Earlier I summarized the new features in WordPress 2.5. Not everyone wants to upgrade, and I don’t blame them. However, due to deliberate efforts to hack blogs, Technorati has announced that they won’t index hacked or vulnerable blogs. That means that if you don’t upgrade to some safe platform and version, you might lose any benefits of being indexed by Technorati. Even if you feel uncomfortable upgrading to WP 2.5 (I hate the new admin panel), at the very least, start changing your blog admin password regularly – even weekly. And check for any unusual outbound links on your site. Just because someone has hacked you doesn’t mean they’ve changed your password.
- I wrote about what’s wrong with the blogosphere, and the health issues and deaths of some bloggers. My colleague David Peralty has a different take on the issue, which I only partly agree with. It is NOT as easy to make a living blogging as he seems to suggest, but that doesn’t mean some people aren’t doing it. Though I’m actually suprised that David said, “you don’t need to do a million posts a day to bring in a reasonable income,” because I know how hard he works. My point is that most bloggers are not making a living and for that reason might be spending more time in front of computer, gaining weight and burning the midnight oil.
- One other problem with earning below your potential income is setting your rates too low. Neal Shaffer writes at Copyblogger about how to price freelance writing. (Though be warned that not every blogging client will negotiate. They don’t have to – not yet anyway.)