Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Would it Make a Difference?

May 8th, 2008 Viewed 2171 times

Lined Notebook So I got to wondering the other day while I was mowing the lawn…

What is the effect of a high ranking blogger on a blog?  More specifically, if a more popular blogger were to comment on a rather unknown blog, what effect would they have on that blog?

Could I get someone like Darren Rowse of to write a guest post on my blog by means of research– somehow measure the effect of this high ranking blogger posting on a blog that was relatively unknown?

Measured By Looks

April 10th, 2008 Viewed 2273 times

josefina 5 I once read an article about how to get to be a top Stumbler on StumbleUpon and part of the winning scenario included creating an account that was for a college aged girl, with a picture borrowed from some dating site for some foreign country and making sure to stumble photography.

I know that when I was IM’ing back in the late 1990’s that opposite sexes would randomly IM each other more than than the same sex.  So it doesn’t surprise me that when a man pretended to be a college-aged blonde girl using a picture from a Russian Dating website that his “Libertarian Girl” blog became more popular than it would have been if he blogged as himself.

Fence Posts

April 10th, 2008 Viewed 2327 times

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As some of you are aware, Monday was my birthday and I planned to take the day off and enjoy my family.  My brother and his wife were in town for their vacation, and he decided that he’d like to help me tackle a project that my wife and I wanted to do for over 3 years– put up a fence in our small back yard to help my wife watch our kids when they go outside.

So, instead of spending some time writing posts over the weekend, I found myself working on posts– holes for them, panels and gates to attach to them, and driving around to get them.  Let’s just say that I should have been blogging the whole adventure, and I won’t bore you with the details.

Text Link Ads – Promote My Site, Please!

February 1st, 2008 Viewed 1901 times

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Text Link Ads (and their accompanying banner ads) carry a similar problem to Pay Per Post, but they also pay better than most of the other money making systems.

The problem that’s similar to PPP is that people are trying to get links on your site so that they can get “Google Juice” and reach your audience. And yet these ads pay the best and allow you to have a great deal of control over what gets displayed on your site.

Pay Per Post – What’s That About Page Rank?

January 31st, 2008 Viewed 3013 times

Pay Per Post Billboard

After I saw that I wasn’t making much money in Affiliates or AdSense, I looked into other methods of making money online and found Pay Per Post. When I first saw people referring to this service, it was the ethical discussion that originally kept me away from signing up.

You see, on some level, you could equate Pay Per Post for spam. With the way that they are set up, they are paying you to post on a topic or a site that wants traffic, higher Google search rankings, etc. And in some cases they do not want you to tell your readers that you are being paid for a post.

On the other hand, some of these things you may have blogged about anyway, so why not get paid for it? Why not pass along something that you’ve found and get paid in the process? This is the tight rope that some “posties” walk.

Google AdSense – Click Here

January 30th, 2008 Viewed 2024 times

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When I first started blogging on Brave Journal close to four years ago the only ads that you saw were the (sometimes blinking) ads that were placed there by Brave Journal themselves– on the top of the blog. They were irritating, and they did nothing for the blog itself, and so when I first moved off Brave Journal to a friend’s family site, I bragged about my new blog not having ads at all!

At the time I thought it was just nice not to have to have the things blinking at me, and I figured that it was better for my readers– at that time only two really followed me to my new home.

A friend of mine suggested I try a new service– Google AdSense– figuring that I could make a buck or two on the content I was already writing. I wouldn’t have to do anything to select the ads, and they had bunch of formats.

Since that time, I’ve experimented with a lot of different ad formats, to many different degrees of success:


Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.