Sites Let Bloggers Make Money on Photos

With the popularity of Flickr photo sharing site, some people get shortchanged for their work. Two sites are finding ways to compensate the photographer and the bloggers who post their photos.

I learned about photo money for bloggers first from Photrade, at BlogWorldExpo. Now stock photography company Corbis is offering bloggers to use some of their images free. The images have ads embedded in them (and show up when you mouse over them) or the ad is an overlay on top of the image.

Rather than user-generated they are professional pictures. Corbis has more than 100 million creative, entertainment and historic images from top photographers. They will offer the images through the site Picapp. The images can be tracked and the company can determine if they’re used illegally. Bloggers earn revenue when people click on the images.

Online Advertising and Display Ads Rise

Internet advertising as a whole is steadily rising. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) announced in early October that Internet advertising has reached a new record of $4.9 billion for the first quarter of 2007. Last year first quarter revenues were at $3.8 billion – a 26 percent increase.

I recently read a MarketingSherpa article on one type of online advertising that is making a small comeback. Some call them banner ads some call them online display ads, but according to MarketingSherpa, they are back in vogue. Why? They are lower cost other online advertising methods. MarketingSherpa published a helpful introduction to this advertising medium.

Linky Goodness, November 29

Woah. I almost usurped the “Pilgrim’s Picks” title. Freudian, I’m sure.

Newspapers Reject Established Access Standards

This should come as no surprise from the people who’d sue you to stop you from linking to them: at a publishers’ consortium today, after complaining about the limited nature of robots.txt, the newspaper industry has proposed new standards to prevent search engines (and other sites) from indexing their sites willy-nilly.

This has been in the works since September of last year, when Andy called it like he saw it: “Publishers to Spend Half Million Dollars on a Robots.txt File.” Granted, it’s not just a robots.txt file—but it’s not too far off.

The plan, announced at an NYC gathering of a publishers’ consortium today and known as Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP), would give publishers more say in what search engines could do. Rather than a simple do/do not index request, publishers could come up with specific rules, such as how long a search engine could retain content, or what links it can follow.

Facebook Blinks on Beacon

It’s been so long since I’ve been able to write about Facebook every day. I’m gonna relish this while I can. BusinessWeek reports today that Facebook may be tweaking the ill-received Project Beacon. These changes could come as soon as November 29—aka today.

BusinessWeek points out, accurately IMHO, that as Facebook tweaks the system to assuage its disgruntled users, it runs the risk of upsetting its advertisers and partners:

Any move that weakens Beacon’s appeal to advertisers leaves Facebook under pressure to find other ways to lure marketers and justify the lofty $15 billion valuation bestowed by Microsoft (MSFT) in October, when it purchased a 1.6% stake for $240 million (BusinessWeek.com, 10/25/07). Users of social networks are typically less responsive to standard ad formats, such as the posterlike banner ads commonly seen on the Web, than to newer, more interactive or personalized advertisements. Some marketers say that when they place banner ads on Facebook, the so-called click-through rate, a measure of user responsiveness, is one-fifth the rate for the larger Web.

Google Lets Children Write Their Code

In an effort to introduce secondary school and high school students to open source software development, Google has announced the Google Highly Open Participation Contest at the Open Source Developer’s Conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Students can compete for prizes such as cash and t-shirts; ten grand prize winners will receive a chance to visit the Googleplex in Mountain View, Ca. The contest features tasks that fall into the categories of code, documentation, research, outreach, quality assurance, training, translation, and user interface.

Over the past three years, college level students have participated in the Google Summer of Code where they have been introduced to open software development. Throughout that time, thousands of people from around the world have begun developing and writing millions of lines of code together, and now it’s time for Google to turn their attention to the younger crowds.

Don’t Miss PubCon Next Week – Parties and Shows Galore

If you’re heading to PubCon next week, you’re likely going because of the chance to catch many great speakers and fantastic session topics.

Of course, the after-hours networking is also a good reason to attend, as are the many different parties.

In case that’s not enough, Joe Morin and the PubCon team have 500 tickets to some of the top shows in Vegas, and they want to give them away for free!

Now, I’ve already bagged 499 of them–so I can scalp them along the strip–but if you hurry, you might be able to get that last ticket. ;-)

Here’s how you can get you hands on tickets to top shows such as The Blue Man Group, Cirque Du Soleil, and Spamalot.

See you in Vegas (Baby)!