Posts Tagged ‘feed’

Simple Way to Add AdSense for Feeds to Your FeedBurner Feed

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

If you’re like me, you probably have FeedBurner feed all set up for your blog, but want to add AdSense for Feeds for some extra revenue.  And if you have done some research, you probably heard nightmare stories from people who switched entirely from FeedBurner feed to Google feed.  Lucky for you, I have a simple solution!

Set Up Your AdSense for Feed

First, log into your AdSense account and set up AdSense for Feed:

  • Click on AdSense Setup
  • Click on AdSense for Feeds
  • This takes you to the main set up screen.
  • Click on burn a new feed (look toward the bottom)

    You’ll get a pop-up box.

    • Enter your non-FeedBurner feed address — i.e., http://www.blogthority.com/feed

      • Click on Next and you’ll see this pop-up box

        • Click on Next again
        • Click on Close

          Now you are back on the main set up screen again.

          • Click on Create new channel
          • Enter a name — i.e., Blogthority.  You can make your feed targetable if you want.
          • Click on Add
          • Set up your ad placement and configuration
          • Copy your AdSense for Feeds feed address – i.e., http://feedproxy.google.com/Blogthority
          • Click on Save

            You are done on AdSense side.

            Redirect Your FeedBurner Feed To AdSense Feed

            Now log in to your FeedBurner account.

            • Click on your feed — i.e., Blogthority
            • Click on Edit Feed Details…
            • Change your original feed — i.e., http://www.blogthority.com/feed to AdSense Feed — i.e., http://feedproxy.google.com/Blogthority
            • Click on Save Feed Details button

            That’s it! You’re done.  You may or may not see the change immediately.  However, you’ll start to see ad Impressions and other statistics rolling in on your AdSense Report.

            Want to be a Good Blogger? Be a Good Reader

            Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

            One of the most important concepts in producing successful creative works is to know your audience. If you know what they want, and what will encourage them to do what you want, then you know what to produce.

            Reading

            Photo by delgaudm via Flickr

            In blogging, once you get going, you can know your audience by their comments. But what about the early stages, before your blog has many commentators? The simple solution is to become your audience — read widely in the niche that you want to write in, and then think about why you act on them in the way that you do.

            Ideas to Try Out

            Subscribe to a few blogs in your niche

            Check out any link roundups, and think about whether you want to subscribe to the blogs linked. Use Social Media sites, vote up and down based on what you like.

            Go to actual blog sites in your niche

            What are you drawn to, how have they structured their information, what interests you, do you want to subscribe, and if not, why not? what do you want to know on your first visit? do you want to comment on a post? did you actually leave a comment? how do you find new blogs?

            Using your experiences, look at your own blog as you were a first time visitor

            Click on all the sidebar links and check that they go where you want them to. Think about where someone would naturally look to contact you, find out more about you, or read more posts. Look at how your commenting is set up. Compare your content to other people’s content that you like in your niche.

            Real Life Examples

            Social Media

            Normally, I’m not a very visual person, and when I started blogging I didn’t really use any pictures. As I became involved in StumbleUpon, I noticed that one of the features that encouraged me to read the post were the pictures at the top of the posts. After a while, text all looks the same, whereas pictures are much more eye-catching. Since then, I’ve started using pictures more and more on both of my sites.

            Commenting

            I started blogging because I started commenting. I used to read a lot of great posts, but would always be put off when you had to log in to comment. I felt like the writer was telling me that I wasn’t important enough to be allowed onto their site, and I didn’t register on a single one of those sites. When I started my blogs, I made it as easy as possible for someone to comment — there’s no registering and no default captchas.

            Technical Stuff

            When I first started Plonkee Money, I didn’t know anything about RSS, other than that it was a good thing to have. So, I burnt a feed at FeedBurner and then collected some HTML code to add to my blog. Unfortunately, I generated code that linked not to my feed, but to the FeedBurner home page by mistake. It stayed like this for at least month.

            I may never have realised that I done this if I hadn’t looked at my own site as a first time visitor might and clicked on all the buttons. Once I realised what I’d done, it was very easy to fix, but no wonder I didn’t have any subscribers for a long time.

            If you want to be a good blogger, become a good reader.

            12 Essential Companion Accounts for a Successful Blog

            Friday, February 1st, 2008

            Aside from the standard accounts for your blog — i.e., domain name, web hosting, and WordPress — there are several companion accounts that I think are very useful. Below are 12 essential companion accounts, plus two that are worth mentioning.

            For Money and Monetization

            • PayPal – This is an online payment web site that allows you to accept money and credit card for products or services that you sell. I have used PayPal to accept payments, pay other online service providers, and even accept donation for my free products.
            • Google AdSense – This is service allows you to display advertisement on your blog and you will get paid for both impression paid and click through. You can see Google AdSense ads everywhere, including the ones on this blog. This is perhaps one of the best monetization tools available for blogger today.
            • Amazon Associates – This program allows you to sell Amazon.com products and earn up to 10% commission. This hasn’t been a big money maker for me, but I heard some people have done really well with it.
            • Commission Junction – This program allows you to pick products and services from hundreds of advertisers. Each advertiser offers different referral plan, so you will have to read each one. Like Amazon Associates, it hasn’t been a big money maker for me, but it’s a decent option.

            For Subscribers Count and Management

            • FeedBurner – Their service basically put your RSS feed on steroid. With its companion FeedBurner FeedSmith plug-in for WordPress, it allows you to accurately measure the number of subscribers. I use it to consolidate my subscribers count, accept subscribers via email, monetize my RSS feed, and show off the number of subscribers. However, there are a lot of great capabilities and I haven’t fully explored them all yet.

            For Traffic and Networking

            • Stumble Upon – This is probably the best social site at the moment. I enjoy stumbling to find new and interesting sites (note: I choose the topics, so I only look at a blogging and finance sites). To get a network going, gives thumb ups to sites that you like, leave a comment, and add other people who gave thumb up to the same sites as your friend. If you have a group of friends, you can submit each other sites to stumble upon for some traffic — however, don’t over do it and only submit your best work.
            • Technorati – This is a blog search engine and tag search service. When you use tags on your blog (note: tagging is a native feature in WP 2.3.x) and ping Technorati with updates, people who uses Technorati can perform searches and easily find you blog. I occasional use Technorati to find other “on topic” blog articles to link to.

            For Search Engines Optimization

            • Google Sitemap – This is part of Google Webmaster Toolkit. The program allows you to check many important aspects about how well search engine spiders (specifically Googlebot) can go through your blog and index it for searches. There are also many interesting tools within this site — e.g., report that track top search queries and top search positions for your blog.

            For Statistics and Traffic Analysis

            • Google Analytics – This is a statistic tracking tool that shows many useful information such as the number of visitors from various sources, page views, search terms, most viewed page on your blog, etc. This is a good way to find out which articles your readers like, where your traffic is coming from, etc.
            • Site Meter – Another good and simple statistic and analysis package. I use this concurrently with Google Analytics. I like the hour-by-hour reporting. It’s quite addictive.
            • Crazy Egg – This tool allows you to visualize clicks on any web page on your site. It’s a great tool to help you understand users’ behavior. I use this tool to help me determine how I can move elements on my blog around to maximize usability and revenue potential.

            For Spam Protection

            • WordPress.com – You will need to set up an account with them in order to get the WordPress API key needed from plug-ins like Akismet and WordPress.com Stats. And you don’t want to run your blog without Akismet, so the account is essential.

            Other

            • MyBlogLog – This is a community that allows you to connect with your readers. If you install their widget on your blog (I don’t do this due to clutter), you can see people with MyBlogLog account that visited your blog recently. A good use of MyBlogLog is to make sure you are logged in so that your avatar shows up when you visit other blogs. You can get small amount of traffic this way.
            • BlogCatalog – This site also provides similar services to MyBlogLog, but with very robust discussion forums where you can meet and network with other bloggers.

            If you have other companion accounts that you use to help improve your blog performance, please share it here.