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May 2
The BlogBurst Debate: Who Will Benefit?
BlogBurst Logo.gifI have a question for you.  Please post your answer below.

Question: Who will benefit from BlogBurst?

I think many bloggers will benefit from BlogBurst.  Would you object to a post from your blog appearing in a major newspaper or at a major news website, along with your name and URL - at no cost to you?  (I didn't think so.)  All you're doing if you sign up with BlogBurst is accessing one more potential source of incoming traffic to your blog.

The key benefit to BlogBurst, I think, is the exposure that you'll get.  People you never could have reached otherwise will come to your blog wanting to learn more, and they'll come trusting that your voice matters because they first heard it through BlogBurst.

The only possible drawback I see is that BlogBurst requires you to give them a full feed of your blog, without embedded ads.  To me, the benefits outweigh the potential costs.  Can't you just create one feed especially for BlogBurst and another that includes ads if you like?

Some bloggers worry that BlogBurst will make money off of their content without rewarding them at all.  You can follow some of the ongoing BlogBurst debate at ProBlogger and TechCrunch.

A few hours ago, BlogBurst's Dave Panos explained the service's plans at ProBlogger.  Listen to Dave:

"We have repeatedly said that we will have a blogger compensation track after we get out of the lighthouse period. Everyone needs to see how the system works before weighing in on the monetization approach for Publishers, Bloggers and Pluck. This is all in the spirit of cooperating to build a system where everybody can win. Second, all posts do provide full attribution back to the blogger, including their byline, a photo/icon, a link to their blog and a link to the specific post. That’s a lot of very valuable exposure — and the key ingredient."

Sounds very fair to me!  I think Aaron Brazell, Darren Rowse and Quick Online Tips would agree with me.

If you have a corporate blog, you should strongly consider joining the free BlogBurst program.  Give it a shot and you'll be surprised how much you may reap from letting BlogBurst sow your posts everywhere!

(Disclosure: I'm enrolled in BlogBurst, as are several other Know More Media authors, such as Jeff Carr, Razib Ahmed, Bill Belew, Marshall Sponder, and Maria Palma.)

So: Who do you think will benefit from BlogBurst?  It's okay to say "nobody" - but please defend your answer.

Cocomment Releases New Firefox Extension
I am super excited about this one!  My favorite comment tracking tool, cocomment, has released a new cocomment Firefox extension.  I'll play with it and let you know what I think.  In the meantime, I highly recommend that you try cocomment out.  It can make keeping track of your conversations a breeze.  (See my cocomment page.)

In fact, cocomment has helped me do a lot MORE commenting around the Web, since I'm no longer so worried that I'll forget where I've talked or what I've said.  GREAT tool.
Blogging Resources To Get You Through The Night
Here are four fun and/or useful links for souls interested in fine blogging.

First, I've just discovered Vitamin (tagline: "Nourishment to help the Web grow").  It's basically a tip resource for bloggers who want to make the most of their blogging - who want to inject their blogs with high-powered vitamins of design and content wisdom.

Not only is the Vitamin site visually pleasing, but it's also extremely functional and easy to use. Kudos to the Vitamin design team for making the site work - if it didn't, they'd probably have a riot on their hands!

If I had a tad more free time, I would have loved to apply to become a Vitamin correspondent.

Subscribe to the Vitamin feeds. It's a promising resource a la Performancing, but even easier to feel welcome at because you don't have to register in order to partake of the full menu.

Anyway, moving on ...
Fun link: Gizoogle.  Check out my blog through the "transizlatin' Page" lens :).

"Why didn't I think of that?" link: Scanr.

Info Glutton Link: Podcasting Legal Guide.  We need one of these for corporate blogging!
Apr 8
15 Blogging Tips I Live By And Tools I Use
Darren Rowse was kind enough to publish a post of mine at Problogger today.  In the post, I talk about 15 blogging tips and tools that I have found important.  Have a great weekend (or whatever's left of it, if you're in the land down under with Darren!), and let me know what you think of my tools and tips.
The Three Coolest Tools I Found On The Web 2.0 Awards List
I scoured the entire new Web 2.0 Awards list for useful business blogging tools that I hadn't heard about.  I discovered the following excellent tools:

Eurekster Swicki - Lets you add a smart little search engine ("swicki") to your blog that anyone can use collaboratively to generate focused searches on topics that are important to you.  Comes with a buzz cloud that shows you what people are searching for on your blog!

TagCloud - This pulls keywords from RSS feeds you specify and displays them according to prevalence.  So you could publish a tag cloud that shows your readers what topics are most popular at your blog.

WetPaint - Allows you to place wikis on your blog where people can collaborate by sharing information and ideas.

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