The Death of BlogRush


After careful consideration, we have decided to shutdown the BlogRush service.  If you have the widget code on your blog you will need to remove it.


When BlogRush launched in late-2007 it spread like wildfire all over the Web.  Thousands of bloggers were talking about it and the service exploded to become one of the fastest growing free services in the history of the Web.  During the first year of the service it successfully served 3.4 Billion blog post headlines and the BlogRush widget could be found on blogs all over the world; even up until the moment we closed down the service.


BlogRush didn’t grow without its fair share of problems — from security issues to abusive users trying to ‘game’ the system to much lower click-rates than expected.  We also had some problems with trying to fairly control the quality of the network, and in the process made many mistakes in deciding what blogs should stay or go.  All of these issues, ultimately, limited the service’s full potential.


Our team worked very hard to try and build a service that would truly help bloggers of all sizes get free traffic to their blogs.  This was our primary focus.  Not once did we ever try to monetize the service with ads or anything else.  BlogRush never made a single penny in revenue.  We wanted to be able to help our users FIRST and then worry about monetizing the service later.  Unfortunately, the service didn’t work out like we had hoped.  (It happens.)


I want to say “Thank You” to all of the great bloggers that at least gave BlogRush a test to see if it would work for them.  We sincerely appreciate you giving the service a try.


We have received several offers & inquiries about acquiring BlogRush, but we are choosing not to go that route.  While many might think this is crazy, we truly feel it’s the ‘right’ thing to do for our users.  Believe it or not, it’s not always about the money.  In fact, BlogRush will have lost a small fortune when it’s all said and done, and it was by choice.  There were many things we could have done to monetize the service but we wanted to make sure it was going to benefit our users first.


Last but not least I want to say that I hope the failure of this service doesn’t in any way discourage other entrepreneurs from coming up with crazy ideas at 4AM (like I did with this one) and from “going for it” to just try and see if something will work.  Without trying there can be no success.  And as we all know, ideas are worthless without action.  The Web wouldn’t be what it is today without entrepreneurs trying all sorts of crazy ideas.


On behalf of the entire BlogRush team, we wish the best of luck to everyone with their own blogs, ideas, and crazy ventures.




John Reese


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Using A Free Blogging Web Site

For first time bloggers, a free blogging web site is a great way to get started in the blogosphere. Popular blogging web sites like blogger and eponym allow users to set up and host a blog without paying any fees at all.

This encourages people to start blogging, because the fact that one of these sites can provide you with all of the tools that you need to get your blog up and running without spending any money means that you have nothing to lose by starting a blog. The fact that it is so easy to find a way to blog for free is one of the reasons why so many people who have never had any other kind of web presence before find themselves drawn to blogging.

By signing up with a free blogging web site, you may find it easier to get listed in search engines that you would if you were starting your own blog from scratch. For example, google runs the free blog hosting site blogspot and crawls its pages very often looking for updates, so if you have your site hosted by blogspot you are almost guaranteed to be listed on google’s blog search engine. This easy access to search engines can take some of the work out of promoting your blog, and can help you gain a following with a minimum of marketing effort.

If your blog attracts a large readership, you may want to consider moving your site. Many people feel that being hosted by a free blogging web site gives a blog a kind of amateur flavor that is fine for a new member of the blogosphere, but is not appropriate for a high-profile blog.

Having your own domain can help you make your blog feel professional, and finding a company that will host your domain is not difficult or expensive. Once your blog takes off, you will probably be able to sell enough advertising space to be able to afford to buy a domain and pay for a hosting package, and still have money left over. However, it does not make sense in most cases to invest in these glossy luxuries before you have a sizable readership.

Starting your blog on a free blogging web site is a great way to build a following before you spend any money on your blog. If and when your blog becomes popular and you are ready to take the next step and purchase your own domain, your readers will follow you to your new home.

The fact that it is possible to use a free blog host like blogspost, blogger, or eponym as a kind of incubator for your blog is great news for bloggers everywhere.


Getting started with videoblogging

Videoblogging is the next generation of posting ideas and products over the internet. Everybody knows about textblogging. Now they use videos for a better way of expression. This form of communication may entail a lot of resources, but it is all worth it. If pictures say a thousand words, videoblogging exceeds that by far.

A videoblog requires larger disk spaces on websites, a faster server, and a whole new set of programs to support it. Videoblogs can be fed through RSS. This is technology of syndicating your website to other RSS aggregators.

Videoblogging works with people on the internet expressing their selves. Now if you put this on a business prospective, you are up to a lot of benefits. Think of it as a powerful tool in making showing your prospective customers your line of products or your services. It’s just like showing a commercial all for free. And if you videoblog through RSS, then most probably you are getting your target market.

People like to see what they are going to buy. Some would like to see proof and be sure that they are getting their money’s worth before shelving their dimes on it. All of us know the influence of a thirty second commercial. The effect of videoblogging is similar to that. You show your product, people watch it. If they like it, they buy it. If you present it good enough, they’ll buy the product even if they don’t need it.

Now on the web, things are pretty much static, unlike in television in which all are moving. If you post something that is mobile, it would most likely catch attention. Now imaging your product parading in all it’s royalty through videoblog. You’ll get phone call orders in no time.

If your business is just starting up, you can create a videoblog right at your own home. All you need is your web camera, microphone, video software, and lights. For as long as you know how to use your camera, then you can create a videoblog.

Invest in a good web camera. The higher its resolution is the better the output. And you like to present your goods in the optimum way so get the best one possible. Make a short story, or just capture your goods in one go. Just make sure you are getting the best profile for each. Get those creativity juices flowing.

Lights are important in a production. Make sure you illuminate entirely the area you are going to use to create videoblog. The brighter the area, the crispier the images will be. You can also use lighting effects for added appeal to the presentation.

Should you require sounds for your videoblog, you need a microphone. Record you voice as a voice over for promoting the product and its benefit to consumers. Sounds are as important as videos on a videoblog. It is advisable to make your sound effects as enticing as the video.

Your video editing software can be any program. You need this to finalize your work. You can add sounds, delete some bad angles, or insert some still pictures in there too. Some programs are user-friendly and can be used even with zero knowledge on video editing. Even simple video editing programs should do the trick. Select your background carefully too. The light affects the presentation so make sure that the background and the light complements each other.

Videoblogging is a great tool but it also has it downside. It may slow down the computer so other may steer clear of it. Download time may also be time consuming especially if customer is still on a dial- up connection.

But don’t let those stop you. Let videoblogging be an alternative for you, though it is best to still keep the text and pictures present in your presentation to accommodate all possible viewers of your site.

Nowadays, the more creative you are in presenting your product to the market, the more you are likely to succeed. Videoblogging offers an interactive way of selling. You involve the customers and you instill in them the advantage of your goods. And often those two things are enough to make a sale.


Problogging: Make Money From Blogs

A weblog (or simply blog) is a website that ‘publishes’ or features articles (which are called ‘blog posts’, ‘posts’, or ‘entries’), written by an individual or a group that make use of any or a combination of the following:

· Straight texts

· Photographs or images (photoblog)

· Video (videoblog)

· Audio files (audioblog)

· Hyperlinks

Usually presented and arranged in reverse chronological order, blogs are essentially used for the following purposes:

· Online journal or a web diary

· Content managament system

· Online publishing platform

A typical blog has the following components:

· Post date -the date and time of the blog entry

· Category – the category that the blog belongs to

· Title – the title of the blog

· Main body – the main content of the blog

· RSS and trackback – links the blog back from other sites

· Comments – commentaries that are added by readers

· Permalinks – the URL of the full article

· Other optional items – calendar, archives, blogrolls, and add-ons or plug-ins

A blog can also have a footer, usually found at the bottom of the blog, that shows the post date, the author, the category, and the ‘stats’ (the nubmer of comments or trackbacks).

There are numerous types of blogs. Some of them are the following:

1. Political blog – on news, politics, activism, and other issue based blogs (such as campaigning).

2. Personal blog – also known as online diary that may include an individual’s day-to-day experience, complaints, poems, and illicit thoughts, and communications between friends.

3. Topical blog – with focus either on a particular niche (function or position) that is usually technical in nature or a local information.

4. Health blog – on specific health issues. Medical blog is a major category of health blog that features medical news from health care professionals and/or actual patient cases.

5. Literary blog – also known as litblog.

6. Travel blog – with focus on a traveler’s stories on a particular journey.

7. Research blog – on academic issues such as research notes.

8. Legal blog – on law (technical areas) and legal affairs; also known as ‘blawgs’.

9. Media blog – focus on falsehoods or inconsistencies in mass media; usually exclusive for a newspaper or a television network.

10. Religious blog – on religious topics

11. Educational blog – on educational applications, usually written by students and teachers.

12. Collaborative or collective blog – a specific topic written by a group of people.

13. Directory blog – contains a collection of numerous web sites.

14. Business blog – used by entrepreneurs and corporate employees to promote their businesses or talk about their work.

15. Personification blog – focus on non-human being or objects (such as dogs).

16. Spam blogs – used for promoting affiliated websites; also known as ‘splogs’.

Blogging is typically done on a regular (almost daily) basis. The term “blogging” refers to the act of authoring, maintaining, or adding an article to an existing blog, while the term “blogger” refers to a person or a group who keeps a blog.

Today, more than 3 million blogs can be found in the Internet. This figure is continuously growing, as the availability of various blog software, tools, and other applications make it easier for just about anyone to update or maintain the blog (even those with little or no technical background). Because of this trend, bloggers can now be categorized into 4 main types:

· Personal bloggers – people who focus on a diary or on any topic that an individual feels strongly about.

· Business bloggers – people who focus on promoting products and services.

· Organizational bloggers – people who focus on internal or external communication in an organization or a community.

· Professional bloggers – people who are hired or paid to do blogging.

Problogging (professional blogging) refers to blogging for a profit. Probloggers (professional bloggers) are people who make money from blogging (as an individual blog publisher or a hired blogger).

Below are just some of the many money-making opportunities for probloggers:

· Advertising programs

· RSS advertising

· Sponsorship

· Affiliate Programs

· Digital assets

· Blog network writing gigs

· Business blog writing gigs

· Non blogging writing gigs

· Donations

· Flipping blogs

· Merchandising

· Consulting and speaking

The following are a few things that you need to consider if you want to be successful in problogging:

1. Be patient. Problogging requires a lot of time and effort, not to mention a long-term vision.

2. Know your audience. Targeting a specific audience or group is a key to building a readership.

3. Be an ‘expert’. Focus on a specific niche topic and strive to be the “go-to” blogger on that topic.

4. Diversify. Experiment with various add and affiliate programs that enable you to make money online (aside from blogging).

5. Do not bore your readers. Focus on the layout. White spaces, line spacings, and bigger fonts make a blog welcoming to read.

Certainly, it is more than possible to earn money from blogs. One just needs to take risks and have the passion and the right attitude in order to be a successful problogger.


How To Keep Your Blog At The Top Of The Rankings? Some Social Marketing Tips

Adding new posts to your blog is one of the simplest ways to keep your blog at the top of rankings. A new post will always keep people interested and clicking on your blog, more clicks means higher ranking since one of the ways rankings are established is by counting the number of clicks earned by your website. People will return to your blog if you include funny anecdotes, free advice and links to other interesting pages in your blog.

Maximum advertisement of your blog is another way to keep your blog at top rankings. You can advertise at forums, post links in chat rooms, tell friends to post links on their websites to your blog and find websites that are looking for blogs to be added to their web pages. The number of links caught by the web spider will automatically increase your ranking.

If you use your blog to promote your website, you can hire one or two writers who can write daily posts for your blog. This will also add fresh ideas and better perspective to your blog. There is no shortage of blog writers, since there are people who write blogs for themselves as well as earn a living through the blog. You can advertise on job boards and the interested ones will send you their emails and sample work, so it will be easy for you to choose the one that suits you.

You will not feel stressed with the thought of updating a blog, while you will also be reaping rewards for fresh blog entries regularly. If you earn from your blog you can surely afford hiring one blog writer. The best one would be the one who was a style of writing that matches yours.

Hiring a web writer to write keyword rich articles for your blog is another good idea of increasing your web rankings. People with good idea of SEO can do the trick for you. You can also buy top ranking by using Google Adsense, here you will have to link your blog to several sites. This effort will surely pay off in increasing your rankings.

The most important thing about maintaining a blog is being loyal to it. You should return to it each day and add at least two posts. Increase in internet rankings in the only way you can ensure that your exposure on the internet has increased substantially. You can create a newsletter and add it to your website and other ways of advertising are all good means of increasing your search engine rankings.

Your rankings will go up if you provide amusing blogs. Consistency and providing new material are the key to maintaining a healthy audience for your blog. Check out this great blog as an example.


Content Articles Can Bring Your Blog More Traffic

As an internet user, you are probably well aware of how fun, educational, and interesting blogs can be. You may even have your own blog. Have you ever given a thought to the content you find on a blog? Did you know that there are content articles you can add to your blog to help draw traffic to it? It’s true and if you have a blog you can use these content articles to help boost the popularity of it and the amount of readers that you have.

By adding good quality content to your blog, you can attract more readers to your site faster. Below are a few good reasons content articles work well to boost the traffic to your blog.

Keywords in the article

The keywords in your article will attract traffic faster than about anything. The keywords are what cause your article to be returned in a search engine when a search is performed. For example as long as your website is in the search engine and you sell rubber gloves then when someone searches on a search engine for the term rubber gloves, your site will be displayed. The trick is to try and get your website to rise up through the rankings and be among the top few returns on an internet search.

Informative and educational articles

Make your articles educational and entertaining so that your readers will enjoy your articles and want to come back and read more. If you are not a very good writer, you can find writers to do it for you on one of the freelancer sites. Give your readers what they want and information they can use.

Post regular updates

If you don’t update your blog on a regular basis, your visitors will tire of seeing the same old thing and will eventually stop coming. Keep your content fresh and post at regular intervals and your visitors will return. If you decide to use a content writer, you can order several articles in advance so you don’t have to worry about running out, and then post them at the appropriate time.

The above tips will work together to bring you more hits to your blog and this means that your blog is becoming more popular and more people are visiting and coming back to read your updates. This is an important concept because loyal readers will soon become loyal customers and may even refer others to your site because they like it so much.

So if you have a blog or are thinking about setting up one, keep these tips in mind because they will help you to get more readers of your blog and increase your traffic and hopefully your sales too! Check out this top blog as an example.


Google neglecting your site? Add a blog.

How long has everyone been telling you that Google loves blogs? Months? Years? Well, it’s true, and I wanted to share an experience that helps reinforce that truth to you.

The Blog That Resurrected My Rankings

I had a site devoted to a particular type of exercise equipment. The site was in the top 7 results for its keywords in Google for over six months. Unfortunately I had server problems and the site went down for a few days. Google crawled the site constantly because it was well-linked, and so big G knew instantly that the site was down. Since it stayed down for a few days, Google must have decided it wasn’t coming back up, and its rankings plummetted.

After the site did come back up, it reappeared in Google, but this time on the third page (ranking 25 – 28 for its keywords, on average). Its original page one rankings just wouldn’t come back. I shrugged it off as a lesson learned and basically forgot about the site.

Early last week, though, I was testing a tool I’m creating that helps you write and post blog posts to WordPress blogs super fast. I decided to setup a blog on the site that lost its rankings, just to test it out. I made a bunch of blog posts (they were post-dated so they would show up slowly over time), and sat back to see what would happen.

To my surprise, over the weekend my site jumped back onto page one for its rankings. I hadn’t touched that site in months, and now it’s ranking better than it ever was — at #4 for 3 great sets of keywords. This, of course, has spiked my AdSense earnings for the site.

Another nice benefit of the new blog is that the blog itself is getting some additional traffic from Google, even though the blog does not have any external links directly to it. Google is applying the authority of the site itself to the blog. Since the site is well-linked, the blog is given a bit of “trust” by Google and is appearing in the search results as well.

Scraper Sites Can Help You Rank

On a related note regarding blogs and traffic, I’ve recently setup a blog that automatically creates a bunch of posts each day based on a variety of keywords. This blog is a test for a larger idea I have in mind, and the test is working great, with the blog having achieved more than 12,000 unique visitors in the last 5 days. The vast majority of the traffic has come from Google.

As part of that same test, I setup a second, similar blog that does the same kind of thing. Despite the second blog actually having more content, it has (so far) received no joy from Google at all (it’s not even indexed yet).

The difference is in the scraper sites that are referencing the content. The keywords that I’m creating content around for my successful blog is a scraper magnet — hundreds of scraper sites are auto-posting content from my own blog to theirs, and giving a reference link back to my blog posts to try and make it more legit.

How do these scraper sites know about my brand-new blog posts so fast? Because the blog is indexed by Google’s blog search, and many scraper sites scrape results from that blog search to post to their own blogs. They also scrape many other blog search engines, and since my blog pings those search engines when I make a new post, the blog’s content gets picked up and spread around fast.

Those links from these automated scraper sites have resulted in my blog quickly gaining hundreds of backlinks from all over the web, and that means great rankings for the pages of my blog.

The second test blog I setup, however, has not attracted the scraper blogs and so hasn’t even been indexed in Google yet. It might seem strange that scraper sites can help you rank, but if they link back to the source of the content, they really can.

Trackbacks Are Your Friend

On a final note, I recommend setting up your blog to automatically post trackback links to the blog posts that you link out to. If you’re not familiar with trackbacks, it’s a simple concept: any time you link to an external blog post from within your own blog post, your blog posts a “comment” to the blog post you’ve linked to, letting the readers of that post know about your own post referencing it.

Now, not all blogs will approve your trackback link, but many will, and I’ve received literally thousands of visitors from a single trackback link appearing on a popular blog. So make sure you setup your blog to automatically post trackbacks to the blogs that you link out to — it can often result in a flood of traffic.

Have any more great blog-related traffic building ideas? Care to share your opinion about this post? Please post your thoughts in a comment below.

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50 Blog Post Ideas in 50 Minutes — You Can Do It!

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to generate a lot of ideas for a great number of different blog postings for your websites, this article is for you. I’m going to give you a tried-and-true method that consistently works for me. When you have mastered this technique you will be able to generate 50 blog post ideas in 50 minutes — no kidding!

First of all let me say this: if you prefer to write everything down on paper, then you would want to do this with your tablet in front of you. On the other hand, if you prefer to type, you would want to do this with your favorite computer text-entry application open and ready-to-go. You can experiment with either approach and find which one works best for you — I prefer to do this using paper because it forces me to “disconnect” from the computer screen in order to do some creative thinking.

Ready? Excited? Okay then, here’s what you do — on your piece of paper (or computer screen) number 50 lines — from 1 to 50. At the top of your paper write down the link text phrase that you want to use — having it in front of you will serve as a reminder when you are trying to generate ideas.

Now on each line, write down a suggested title for a blog post. Nothing else — just the TITLE. When you get a little experience in doing this, you’ll be able to formulate a title that will encapsulate the central thought that you want to communicate in that blog post. If you use paper, you may find it best to use a full-size tablet, so you’ll have plenty of room to write. I prefer to use steno notebooks — simply flip them on their side and you’ll have more room — you can write across the length, and you can flip the pages over easily due to the spiral binding. I hold them so that the spiral binding is to my right, and I flip the pages over using my pen hand — I don’t write on the other side (I am right-handed; if you are a lefty, just reverse the notebook so that the spiral binding is on your left). I also a hard-copy notebook because they can be used as a reference in the future if you need blogging ideas…

I recommend that you just go through your entire numbered list and jot down a title — many people find it much easier to “flesh out” the wording of the individual blog posts once they have a title written. At least I do — and with a little bit of practice and patience, you will soon find that this technique will also work for you.

Try to write down a different blog post title within 60 seconds. Don’t try and do anything more with that post right then — just move on to another title. If you can come up with a new title every minute, then you will have generated 50 blog post ideas in under an hour! Once you have your 50 titles, you can go back and work on each of your blog posts separately, filling in the additional wording.

Oftentimes, I will think of some specific points I want to make in my blog post — in that case, here’s what I do: Next to that blog post title, I add an asterisk or star symbol. On the back side of that page, I write down the post title number, and note a few bullet points as reminders of what I want to cover . You can note these points very quickly on the back of the pages, and then turn the page over and get back to generating titles quickly — it’s important not to lose momentum! Once you have your 50 post titles written (and a few bullet points/reminders about specific points to be covered here and there) you can take your tablet or notebook, fire up the PC and begin to write your blog posts.

Why does this approach work so well? Here’s what I think: Many of us blog for backlinks inefficiently because we are trying to do several things at one time: generate ideas, fill out content, type (for the most part a mechanical act), check our spelling, deal with the system interface for submitting the posts, etc. By using this method, you are separating the “creative” work (generating idea content) from the “mechanical” work (typing, spell checking, submitting through the interface).

This method also helps you to overcome “writer’s block” because you will be less likely to interrupt your train of thought (your creative mental processes) — you will not be stopping to type everything in, spell-check, submit via a web form, etc. You will stay “in the flow” until you have all your concepts captured (written down).

Try this method for the next 30 days and you’ll see a dramatic improvement in the quality and quantity of your blog postings. I guarantee it. I have written over 800 blog posts in the past month alone (for promoting my own sites, as well as for other clients), and I’m telling you — this works.

50 blog post ideas in 50 minutes — you CAN do it!

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How to Improve Search Engine Placement By Using Targeted Blog Postings

By Jorge Chavez

To improve search engine placement is a huge, almost universal goal of webmasters everywhere. The main ways to achieve this goal are getting many good backlinks, posting large amounts of good content and optimizing website parameters to get maximum credit for these changes.

Probably the single most effective measure one could take to improve search engine placement would be to get more backlinks. There are two important aspects of backlinks: 1. The pure, gross number of them linking back to your website and 2. The quality of these backlinks.

Quality of backlinks is measured both in the importance of the website linking back to yours (usually expressed in its page rank or PR) and the relevancy of the site in relation to your keywords. If your website concerns “dog collars” links from other dog related sites carry more weight than links from, say scuba diving sites.

One excellent way to get large amounts of targeted backlinks from high-ranking related sites is to make posts on blog threads in which your keywords appear. If you can find and post on blog sites where there are discussions using your keywords you can play directly to the best relevancy side of the ranking equation.

You will need to select sites that have high page rank and that use “dofollow” attributes for comments posted. (A comment posted where “nofollow” rules are used, does nothing for you.) Until recently, it was difficult to find all of these positive factors together at once. It required hours of blog surfing and reading to find them.

That has now changed with the advent of blog finding software that finds the threads and reports them back to you with their pageranks and dofollow/nofollow attributes. Add the ability to add your comment or posting directly from the program’s surfing window, spell check what you post, and you have just what you need.

Technology has changed the entire cost-benefit equation. You can now quickly find and post to good, relevant blogs with high PR and dofollow link attributes. This permits your links to be rapidly spidered and credited to your website.Excellent, high quality backlinks to improve your search engine placement are now easily attainable and free for the posting. It’s a tool that if you aren’t already using, you should be.

For more details about how to improve search engine placement through targeted blog postings, follow the links below…

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