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Can a blog make money? May 29, 2010

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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!

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She’s the Geek introduces Twitter May 24, 2010

Filed under: RLabs,She's the Geek — madamgeek @ 12:53 pm
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On Saturday morning She’s the Geek facilited another Mom3.0 cafe session for RLabs. The overall feedback from the moms were that they are excited to have an expert in their midst. We hoping She’s the Geek will have more sessions as the moms are so excited when they hear their facilitator is non other than a previous graduate of RLabs Monique Theron Ross. We have 10 new recruits to Twitter. Let’s see who becomes a ‘Twitster’ first. (A twitster is a twitter gangster, a name co-created within RLabs meaning someone who has over 1000 tweets).

I have included the presentation used to introduce Twitter to the group.

 

Bullying is Bullying May 22, 2010

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After some research and loads of reading my conclusion I came to is: bullying is bullying! Regardless of age, gender, race, education, creed, generational gaps, etc – the way you feel when you are bullied is the same.

My friend ‘Wiki’ says: Mobile Harassment a type of cyber-bullying, is sending any type of text message, sext, photo message, video message, or voicemail from a mobile phone that causes the receiver to feel harassed, threatened, tormented, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise victimized.

Comparison of cyber-bullying to traditional bullying:
Certain characteristics inherent in online technologies increase the likelihood that they will be exploited for deviant purposes. Unlike physical bullying, electronic bullies can remain virtually anonymous using temporary email accounts, pseudonyms in chat rooms, instant messaging programs, cell-phone text messaging, and other Internet venues to mask their identity; this perhaps frees them from normative and social constraints on their behavior.

Cyber-bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech), ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation.

Cyber-bullies may disclose victims’ personal data (e.g. real name, address, or workplace/schools) at websites or forums or may pose as the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them. Some cyberbullies may also send threatening and harassing emails and instant messages to the victims, while other post rumors or gossip and instigate others to dislike and gang up on the target.

A recent ruling first seen in the UK determined that it is possible for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to be liable for the content of sites which it hosts, setting a precedent that any ISP should treat a notice of complaint seriously and investigate it immediately.

A recent study by Marlon Parker and Grant Oosterwyk from CPUT shows some interesting preliminary stats. (They have decided to share it with us before it being released at a conference later this year).
Bullying via Mobile Phones at Cape Town Schools-
Bullied via Mobile at School 16%
Bully others via Mobile at School 16%
Bullied via Mobile outside School 17%
Bullied others via Mobile ourside School 17%
Know people being bullied via Mobile at School 61%
Know people being bullied via Mobile outside School 59%

 

Blogging with the Bloggers! May 21, 2010

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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

 

Teens and mobile phones: A match made in heaven? May 17, 2010

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Guest post by Marlon Parker

Over the past few weeks Marlon Parker was involved with a research study in Cape Town that investigated the use of mobile phones by learners aged 13 -18. The full paper will be presented at a conference later this year but below are some findings that will be useful to those working for organisations who are trying to reach young people via mobile phones.

We distributed 420 questionnaires at high schools in Cape Town and 358 was returned. Most of the respondents (57%) were female and 93% owned a mobile phone. Only 3 of the youth had NO personal ACCESS to a mobile phone and all of them were aged 13. The mobile network most popular with youth was MTN (38%) followed by Vodacom (34%) (See image above).

The uptake of social networking amongst youth is evident with 27% of using social networking sites such as Facebook all the time. In the above diagram it is evident how the Mobile web and Mobile social networks graph lines are very similar supporting the increase adoption of mobile web for connecting with friends and families. The most frequently (“All the time”) used mobile phone service was Multimedia and the Mobile web was the most popular service to be used over weekends. The most popular mobi sites visited by the youth were m.facebook.com and m.google.com. Mobile web and technology offers great opportunities for youth and with the increased adoption of these technologies it is therefore an opportunity for organisations to access this market using these mediums.

Most of the youth (75%) use R70 airtime or less, explaining the popularity of Mobile Instant Messengers (MIMs) like MXit, Mig33, 2Go and others (See image on the left). The most popular mobile handset was Samsung (45%) followed by Nokia (21%) and then Sony Ericsson (10%) (Graph below). None of the youth in our sample owned an iPhone or Android device. This is important for any developers and organisations targeting youth with services via mobile phones to realise the handsets and that most of their target audience are using.

Only 7% (19) of the youth interviewed does not use the mobile internet with majority using it would do so on a daily basis, whereas 27% will use it over weekends (See diagram below). This supports the fact the more people in South Africa access the internet via a mobile phone than via a PC. All the youth who have access to a mobile phone have used a Mobile Chat or Mobile Instant Messenger (MIM), such as MXit.

The uptake of social networking amongst youth is evident with 27% of using social networking sites such as Facebook all the time. In the above diagram it is evident how the Mobile web and Mobile social networks graph lines are very similar supporting the increase adoption of mobile web for connecting with friends and families. The most frequently (“All the time”) used mobile phone service was Multimedia and the Mobile web was the most popular service to be used over weekends. The most popular mobi sites visited by the youth were m.facebook.com and m.google.com. Mobile web and technology offers great opportunities for youth and with the increased adoption of these technologies it is therefore an opportunity for organisations to access this market using these mediums.

 

She’s the Geek welcomes the Samsung Corby!

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Guest post by She’s the Geek.

On Friday Craig Ross from RLabs welcomed the Samsung Corby txt that was sent from Johannesburg from Samsung Mobile from a woman named Palesa on behalf of Monique.

Over the next two weeks She’s the Geek will be reviewing the mobile device which Samsung loves to call the Bloggers media unit.

 

Apple : iPad, the revolution has begun… May 13, 2010

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