Do You Blog with Honor?

Blogging-buddy, Jim Kukral, sent me a link to an interesting initiative – an honor pledge for bloggers.

With less and less transparency in the blogging community, it can be hard to know if your favorite blogger has “sold-out” or not. The Blog Honor Pledge, is designed to help bloggers make a statement, including:

What does Blog Honor mean? It means I have chosen to pledge to you the following:

1. I will endeavor to continue to bring you the highest quality content that I am capable of

2. I promise to attempt to disclose or clearly mark any content or advertisements or other monetization attempts that help me keep my blog operating

Social Network for Blog Readers

Have you ever wondered if you’re the only one who reads “John’s Sea Shell Collection Blog”? – if that blog actually exists – don’t admit to reading it. ;-)

Thanks to MyBlogLog, blog readers can now build a profile and find others who share their same blogging interests. As TechCrunch reports

The service lets users associate themselves with their favorite blogs, build a profile page about themselves and send internal messages. By default MyBlogLog users join the community of a site using MyBlogLog after ten visits to that site, but you can increase that number or require manual joining. Blog publishers can show a badge on their site with pictures of the most recent MyBlogLog members to visit the site and can display the five most popular outbound links from their blog oithout CEO faculties?

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Google Webmaster Tools Adds Crawl Rate Charts

Google has just added a couple of new features to its Webmaster Tools.

The first offers charts that show you the crawl rate for your site. Basically, Google shows you Googlebot’s activity on your site including:

* Number of pages crawled per day
* Number of kb’s downloaded per day
* Time spent downloading a page

There’s also an option to tell Googlebot how fast to request pages. If you want to see how the charts look, head over to Aaron Shear’s blog – he had the scoop.

Also added is the option to opt-in to Google’s “Enhanced Image Search“. What the heck does that mean, I hear you ask?

Google Announces Increased Profit and Revenue

Reuters has details of Google’s Q3 announcement

…quarterly profit rose 92 percent as the company tightened its grip on the Web search market.

Net income for the third quarter grew to $733.4 million, or $2.36 per diluted share, compared with the year-earlier quarter’s $381.2 million, or $1.32 per share.

Gross revenue rose 70 percent to $2.69. Excluding traffic acquisition costs of $825 million, the financial cut which affiliated Web sites receive for featuring Google advertising, revenue rose to $1.87 billion.

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Google Employee Adds Personal Post to Official Blog

I’ve lost track of the number of times I have posted to the wrong blog (my personal blog, instead of this one). It usually happens when using the “Blogger” button in the Google Toolbar – it defaults to the most recently updated blog, not the one you select as “default”.

Anyway, I’m glad to hear that even Google employees can make this mistake

A Google Inc. employee mistakenly posted information to an official Google blog that she had intended to publish in her personal blog…two postings about skull-shaped candies appeared on Blogger Buzz, the official blog of this Google blog publishing service.

The postings were quickly removed from Google, but it shows that blogger is perhaps not robust enough to manager large-scale corporate blogs.

AdSense Leading Google’s Growth?

ClickZ takes a look at the contribution Google’s contextual ad network, AdSense, is making to the growth of Google’s revenues.

A big part of what’s driving that growth is the expansion of AdSense, Google’s mammoth contextual ad network. While
second quarter earnings pegged revenues on Google’s own sites higher than on AdSense sites ($1.43 billion versus $997 million), AdSense has the larger reach, according to Kim Malone, director of AdSense online sales and operations.

Having spent some time with the Yahoo Publisher Network team, I can tell you that they realize the huge potential of contextual networks too. They showed some very promising developments and plan for growing the YPN network. I’d reveal more, but I lost track of what was under NDA and what wasn’t, and, not being partial to waking up with a horses-head laying next to me, it’s best I err on the side of caution. ;-)