Madam Geek…

Finding the geek in every woman

We All Like to Reblog June 3, 2010

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I just came across this piece of news from WP.com and of course I had to try it out and see how effective it is.
Yours truly,
Madam Geek

We All Like to Reblog Have you ever come across a blog post that you enjoyed so much you wanted to easily share it with the readers of your own blog? Sure, you can copy and paste the link and perhaps even a snippet of text with your own comments, but overall it's not a particularly enjoyable experience. We wanted to change this and make sharing other posts with your readers as easy as posting to your blog. Today we're introducing a new like and reblog feature enabled … Read More

via WordPress.com News

 

Can a blog make money? May 29, 2010

Filed under: Madam Geek,RLabs — madamgeek @ 2:57 pm
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Hell yea!

This morning I was part of the RLabs team where we had iGeek (Gerhard Portgieter) with us. He was generous enough to take a couple of hours out of his Saturday morning to give us some tips on Monetizing your blog!

Talk was very interesting and insightful. Who knew what has been happening in the blogerspere all this time where money has been made.

Some important tips from Gerhard are:
1. never blog for the sake of money
2. important to build a following

Things to help you get results faster:
*focus you blog (niche)
*be passionate about your subject
*be obsessed about your topic
*build a following
“when you combine all of these you will build a following easily”

Different ways of generating income through:

*advertisements
There are 2 popular advertisement companies in South Africa used to run online advertising:
1. Google AdSense
Uses the pricing model: cpc – cost per click (every click) and cpm – cost per mile (every thousand views)
2. Adgator
Uses only the cpm model and also the 50:50 revenue share

*product reviews
payperpost

*affiliate programs
kalahari.net (if your blog is focused on local market)
amazon.com (if your blog is focused on international market)
trafficsynergy and offerforge (cpc) is used by iGeek

*Merchandise
Sell Merchandise
put your logo on a t-shirt and give a few away and sell the rest on your blog. People like wearing a t-shirt with a website address on

*Donations
eg. PayPal
put a donation button on your site

*Public Speaking
take it offline. share your blog with others

*Guest posting
guest blogging. sharing your blog online

Some Advice from iGeek
*do not be desperate to make money from ads by placing it all over your site
*try and keep your content clean of advertisements
*try and make the ads blend in with the theme of your website, Google Adsense allows you to customise the look of text ads
*don’t click on your own ads, most ad providers can pick this up and will disable your account

After this we were ready to set up google adsense

These are just some steps I managed to capture while listening and blogging at the same time:
Create an AdSense. If you have a GMail account even better. You just need to log in and there you go.
Log in on your WordPress blog
Go to Appearance
Go to Editor
Theme Files
Click on Sidebar
Recommended to use the following
300X250 medium retangle
125X125 button
fonts
corner styles
show public service ads
adsense unit name
code embed into blog
(all of these will make sense once you have the screen open)

After listening to all of this, I was told that it will only work on a self hosted blog. Unfortunately, I can not run google ads on my blog as I don’t have a self hosted blog. So my dear readers, what should I do?

Here are some pics of our morning!

 

Blogging with the Bloggers! May 21, 2010

Filed under: Madam Geek,She's the Geek — madamgeek @ 3:49 pm
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Just chatting to Clinton and Craig now and we are discussing blogging. Clinton quotes: “If you can talk you can blog”. He said he heard that somewhere else but cannot remember who said that. Craig says: “Blogging is like an online journal”.

Why do we blog? What makes us want to share our thoughts and ideas on such a public space? What pushes you to read someone elses blog and let alone follow someone elses ramblings? Are you a blogger or just a follower?

Over the past week I have had various discussions with various individuals, around why they have a blog and why they blog. Some individuals went through the exciting process of creating their own blog. Yet they never went further to finalise the theme and add plug ins and widgets. Is the excitement of a new blog enough to keep you blogging? Choosing a platform is the most tedius task. How do you even decide between: blogger, ning, wordpress, posterous, etc? Ok, that’s a lot of questions.

Below are Clinton and Craig sitting in my office. A couple of real life and active bloggers.

After asking some bloggers why they chose a certain platform a few of the answers were: Craig Ross says: “I was experiementing and playing around with various platforms and came across wordpress and liked it. Now I have a self hosted blog on a WordPress platform. WordPress for me is easier build on and add on as it is an open source platform as well”. Clinton Liederman: “If I can be honest I looked at various blogs and the platform I was exposed to was Blogger. But after trying it out and using it for a while I became bored with themes and templates. Blogger is perfect for people wanting to start out as everything is easy, clear and well layed out. After watching my friends sign up to wordpress and seeing the different themes and templates I jumped ship, and I now I have a wordpress blog.”

I had started off in 2007 with my first blog. The reason I decided to start blogging was more peer pressure (everyone was starting their own blogs) and pure frustration. I needed a place to air my thoughts and really just get some things off my chest. I will not put you through the agony of actually linking that blog to this site. That process was short lived and after a couple of blog posts my enthusium died out. A lesson well learnt for me. Don’t start a blog if you just want to vent.

In September 2009 after some thought, delliberation and inspiration we started Madam Geek. And my dear friend Monique and I launched She’s the Geek at the same time.

So my dear friends and readers my advice to anyone wanting to start blogging. Think about it and make it your own. It has to be something you would continue using and sharing with others. Our ideas and experiences are not our own, we have them to share with others.

Love Madam Geek

 

iPhone WordPress and the ‘Sell Outs’ April 7, 2010

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I was just reminded by a friend that I am the last one in my group of geeky friends to still use the old fashioned wordpress.com blog. One by one over the past year they have all started getting their personal domains.

To name a few of them: marlonparker ; kingross ; reagenallen and the latest one brentsjourney . The only one allowed to have moved over to her own domain with no resentment from my part is my friend and sister blog: shesthegeek. I do tease the rest of them and say that they all are sell outs!

And of course we have had loads of discussions: when does a blog become a website? Is it still a blog once you move over to your personal domain that you have to pay for? Isn’t the whole idea of having your own blog that it is free and you don’t have to pay for it every month? It is easy to use and plug ins are easy as well as changing gravatars and avatars?

Well I seem to be the only person left believing that theory. I must admit though, my biggest reservation is that I do love blogging from my iPhone WordPress app and don’t want to loose that. I have not figured out how to use the WordPress app to load a domained blog (is this even a word?). You see that is the nice thing about having your own blog you can pretty much write whatever you like.

So are there any iPhone app gurus out there that can either create an app to use so that I can blog directly from my phone to my blog just the same like using the website or show me how to hack it? Here is a screen shot of the current apps on my iPhone and obviously my most frequented app: WordPress!

I do need to make time to write a post on which apps are most useful to have and those that are just plain friendly.

 

I’m still an iPhone gal… March 30, 2010

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My husband, Marlon Parker just arrived back from Finland after being there for 3 weeks. He visited one of his favourite places: Nokia. It must be his 3rd or 4th visit already.

Marlon has been an avid Nokia supporter and user since long before I met him which was 10 years ago. He loves technology and all things that push the boundaries of how we use it.

He is also a very romantic husband and decided to surprise me with a Valentines Day gift: iPhone. I have longed to own one since January 2008. Yes, I remember the date. That was the first time I held one in my hand and fell in love with it. It was love at first touch! So now I have my very own iPhone that I absolutely love!

Ok, so back to the point of this blog post: Marlon IM’d me from Finland during his trip and said there is something he just had to get and he is toying with the idea. After he said what it was I immediately googled it and couldn’t believe that he was still toying with the idea of buying it? He hasn’t got himself a new phone in over 2 years. After a bit of back and forth chatting, the next day he says he bought himself a NOKIA N900! I was happy as I know he absolutely loved Nokia and didn’t really enjoy playing with my iPhone.

The minute he got off the plane I heard all the details about the NOKIA N900. I like listening to people passionate about their mobile devices and decided to do some research and hear what other people are saying about. I was not given a chance to touch, play or test the phone yet myself. It was demonstrated to me, but no touching it for myself. Maybe one day I will get to play with it?

I found this blog post and wanted to share it. I like to be objective about things and give every device the benefit of the doubt even if I don’t personally agree.

Check out this post: http://thenextweb.com/2010/01/03/nokia-n900-takes-6-stabs-iphone/

If you are an iPhone gal, don’t get offended as we know who wins hands down!

 

 
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