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Are You an A-list Blogger?

If you’ve ever wondered whether your blog is on the “A-list” or “D-list”, Kineda has put together a delightful piece of linkbait that tells you exactly that.

Using the number of links in the last 6-months at Technorati, the tool calculates whether you’re the shizzle or not.

Of course, it could be rigged to show everyone as an “A-lister” just to get bloggers linking (like me). Anyway, I make the A-list..

A-List Blogger

Does this mean I can start telling the whole world how they should blog? ;-)

Via Nathan.

Speeding up WordPress with WP-Cache

One annoying thing I’d noticed after switching to WordPress, was the increased time it took to load each page.

I’ve just installed the wp-cache plugin, and it’s very much helped to speed up the site. If you’re running WordPress without it, you might want to give it a shot. It effectively caches your pages and reduces the load time and server strain. You’ll also likely want to fix one minor bug with wp-cache, but it’s so easy to do, even a caveman can do it.

So with all that said, I’m now ready to be slashdotted or dugg. So if you could just help me out with a test, that would be great. ;-)

Bloggers Going Pro

The Economist has a quick look at the growing trend of bloggers going pro and making some cash. In particular the “mom and pops” who see blogging as a way to stay at home and earn a living.

“In the old days, we used to be called newsletter publishers,� says Om Malik, a technology writer who quit his job at Business 2.0 magazine in June to work full-time on his blog, GigaOm. He has hired two other writers, and his blog now attracts about 50,000 readers a day, generating “tens of thousands� in monthly revenues. Costs, including salaries, are around $20,000 a month.

Since becoming a consultant, I’ve decided to make MarketingPilgrim.com a large part of my career plans. We’ve already got a great new design, we’re engaging the community, and looking for sponsors. In the coming weeks, you’ll see further new developments here, and some new contributors.

Blog World Conference Announced for 2007

Just learned of a new conference for bloggers, taking place in Las Vegas next November.

Blog World claims to be the first and only tradeshow, conference, and media event dedicated to promoting the dynamic industry of blogging and new media.

The show floor will feature an abundance of products and services designed to help bloggers and new media entrepreneurs improve the look and functionality of their blogs, increase their readership, and monetize their blog…Topics will include blogging basics, monetizing your blog, podcasting, corporate opportunities in the blogosphere, building readership, RSS, Search Engine Optimization, blogging in the political arena, and other topics vital to serious bloggers who want to solidify their own space, and build their brand in the blogosphere.

Hopefully next year’s PubCon won’t clash with this, ‘cos I’d like to go.

106 Blog Ideas for Real Estate Agents

I mentioned Saturday, an article that provided 21 link bait ideas for real estate agents. The authors at FamousAgents.com (disclaimer ~ they’re a client) have now released 106 different content ideas for Realtors struggling to find something to write about.

If you’re in the real estate business and are struggling with ideas for your blog, you’ll find juicy suggestions, such as:

8. Create an ebook. Example: “(Your name)’s Guide to Buying Real Estate in (your area). Make it a step by step guide to let your clients know exactly what it’s going to be like to buy real estate in your state.

Reuters Buys Stake in Pluck

Reuters has announced they’ve invested $7 million in to Pluck which operates the recently formed BlogBurst distribution network for blogs.

[BlogBurst] connects newspapers and other media sites to 2,800 selected blogs, helping traditional media supplement their journalism with blog viewpoints…Reuters plans to offer Pluck’s BlogBurst blog syndication service to thousands of its media customers worldwide, the London-based company said.

Plucks decision to shutdown its RSS reader now makes a little more sense. Reuters obviously wants the company to focus on BlogBurst and the deal gives them a stake in consumer generated news.

Blog Queries Now Showing in Google Webmaster Tools

If you use Google’s Webmaster Tools, you’ll be please to learn that you can now view top performing keywords via blog search.

Hat-tip to Rubel.