BlogRush: Get an Axe! It's a Trick!

Hey, Rizzn-ites, Tamar Weinberg at technipedia was axed from the BlogRush network, along with around 10,000 other bloggers this weekend, according to an email I recieved from CEO John Reese: We’ve just completed a massive SWEEP of our entire network. We’ve removed over *10,000* blogs (Yes, ten thousand) that did not meet our new Quality Guidelines. We have done a huge “quality control audit” of our network and have reviewed all the blogs one-at-a-time. We will continue to review each NEW blog that is ever submitted to our network. You will notice the HUGE DIFFERENCE in the quality of blogs that now appear in your widget. This major *sweep* of our network will also increase the click-rates across the entire network and you will start to receive more traffic. The email I received from him also promised MOAR HITZ and BETTAR TRAFFIK, presumably because all these spam blogs are no longer on the network. It boggles my mind, and is almost a waste of time for me to attempt to construct what possible scenarios must be at play over at BlogRush HQ that causes them to delay any type of meaningful stat reporting this long and removing “spam blogs” like Tamar’s. Essentially, all this to say what I’ve said before: ditch BlogRush. They’re not a scam, but they certainly don’t have their act together. As someone said down in the comments on Tamar’s blog: “I think a ban from Blogrush may be a badge of quality as I note some the quality of some of the blogs that run it. In fact, when I see a blog with the...

How To: Effortlessly Maintain a Link Blog

Hey Rizzn-ites, Apparently, I’ve made a couple converts with last night’s quick commentary on tech blogging being bent on the concept of maintaining a link blog, judging from comments and emails. Jeffr0, for instance, asked for an easy way to create a linkblog, as I described. It’s actually quite simple, barely warranting a blog post on it, so I’m going to take it a step further, and show you how to create a custom river (ala Techmeme) as well. First, you need to be using Google Reader. I’m not sure why you’re not using it to begin with, if you’re not. It’s just hands down the best reader utility for the power blogger. Second, take note of two particular features – the shared items feature, and the tagging feature. The beauty of these features is the fact that you’re able, with a couple of keypresses, very quickly add items to an RSS feed. Here’s how mine are set up: I use my shared items button to generate the Rizzn Network Link Blog. I simply took the RSS feed that gReader generates (which can be found under the tag settings link, in your gReader Settings), and threw it into a FeedBurner setup. What you do with that feed, after that, is up to you. I personally ran it through my HTML display scripts to integrate it with my website, but you could also do what Robert and Todd do, and simply link it in your sidebar for others to subscribe to. If you want to take it a step further, and provide a “River” of source material you use, you...

Attention All Non A-List Bloggers!

Hey Rizzn-ites, Robert Scoble, Andy Beal, Michael Arrington, and very likely every other A-List blogger is gazing towards their navel as they all unzip their feed readers and compare the size of the feed-count. Maybe you can call my disinterest feed envy, but I’ve got to be real honest: I’m more or less sick of everyone in the so-called A-List talking about how great they all are, and how awesome it is that they are about to be a part of another exclusive club of folks with a thousand or more subscribers or ten-thousand readers to the blog or what have ya. As to the rest of us – I got a proposition for ya. Remember that episode of Star Trek, the Next Generation, I think it was, where the Borg had the Enterprise in the cross-hairs, and then Geordi and Data came up with the plan of uploading the logic bomb that looked like a mobius strip, wound up making all the A-Listers Borg sit there and try to assimilate the information while the Enterprise beat a hasty retreat. These top lists, Technorati, TechMeme 100, and what’s sure to be the Google Feed Reader 100 that some jerk with an Ajax development kit is writing as we speak, are our logic bomb. Here’s an idea – let’s write about some stuff that matters to more than about 100 people or so, and then steal all their subscribers and readers. Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

BlogKits/OfferForge ads on Rizzn.com Cancelled.

As of today, I am cancelling the appearance of BlogKits/OfferForge ads. If you look below the comments link of every post on Rizzn.com, you’ll see a “Support this blog” link. This form of advertising on this blog has been deemed utterly useless in terms of bringing in revenue. It has been up on the site for several months now, and resulted in absolutely $0 in revenue. This is not a revolutionary form of advertising, as it was billed to me. Don’t think I can reccomend this form of monetization to any other bloggers out there....

RizWords – Daily Politics and Tech EP 37

RizWords – Daily Politics and TechEpisode 37 – download now – subscribe now – iTunes subscribe A member of the TechPodcast Network @ techpodcast.com. If it’s Tech, it’s here. Remember, if you’re listening on the podcast recording, you can call into the show live if you tune in through TalkShoe.com at 2:30 PM EST every weekday. If you like the podcast (and you haven’t already given us a rating), head over and do so, and don’t forget to sign up for the discussion list. Other Podcast Plugs: TalkGirls comes on Tuesday nights. Check out the TalkGirls Podcast … it’s good times! Cotolo Chronicles: Frank is a good friend of the show, and an associate of the late great Wolfman Jack. Check out his podcast. NewsReal: Good friend to Art and I – has one of the best hours of news podcast each week. Sponsors: Try GoToMeeting for 45 days! Visit www.GoToMeeting.com/podcast to start your free trial today. AACS – Guaranteed improved credit – http://aacsnet.com/ – Mention RizWords and get $50 off your entry to the program. This was a PACKED episode… FULL of news. Art Lindsey is still on Medical Leave. See www.artlindsey.com for more information. On Monday, Bill Grady from You Are The Guest Podcast will be joining as co-host, and Derrick Vann, longtime personal friend, will be joining us on Tuesday. Do not fail to miss these shows, if you can. Hopefully, Art will be re-joining us next week soon. But now, the news! The big talks today center around re-opening of merger talks between Microsoft and Yahoo!: Massive: Microsoft, Yahoo Talk Merger By Nicholas Carlson Microsoft...

RizWords – Daily Politics and Tech – EP35

RizWords – Daily Politics and TechEpisode 35 – download now – subscribe now – iTunes subscribe A member of the TechPodcast Network @ techpodcast.com. If it’s Tech, it’s here. Remember, if you’re listening on the podcast recording, you can call into the show live if you tune in through TalkShoe.com at 2:30 PM EST every weekday. If you like the podcast (and you haven’t already given us a rating), head over and do so, and don’t forget to sign up for the discussion list. Other Podcast Plugs: TalkGirls comes on Tuesday nights. Check out the TalkGirls Podcast … it’s good times! Cotolo Chronicles: Frank is a good friend of the show, and an associate of the late great Wolfman Jack. Check out his podcast. NewsReal: Good friend to Art and I – has one of the best hours of news podcast each week. Sponsors: Try GoToMeeting for 45 days! Visit www.GoToMeeting.com/podcast to start your free trial today. AACS – Guaranteed improved credit – http://aacsnet.com/ – Mention RizWords and get $50 off your entry to the program. This is a story that really cracks the vernier on Obama’s plastic smile. Underneath all that shiny new unspoiled politician lies the heart of… just another backbiting politician: The Battle to Control Obama’s MyspaceBy Micah L. Sifry, 05/01/2007 – 11:15pmIn November 2004, Joe Anthony, a paralegal living in Los Angeles, started a unofficial fan page for then-newly-elected Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) on MySpace.com. Inspired by Obama’s keynote address at that summer’s Democratic convention, Anthony had never been politically active before. “I was just blown away,” he told me. He put time into the...

Has Blogging Reached It's Peak?

There’s a lot of things I could talk about today. It’s definitely been a hellish week for the ol’ Mr. Rizzn here. A lot of my stress has been brought on by this guy, but I’ve gotten my nerdy revenge, with my smooth SEO skills. Doing a Google Search for who is now, I suppose, a declared nemesis of mine, will yield my account of his atrocious behavior at Rank 5. Go me! It’s not been all bad. I’m also at Rank 6 for this Google Search, which is a good thing (I was, but now I’m at 11 and 12). At any rate, I picked up this story today from ValleyWag for today’s RizWords. It all refers back to the State of the Blogosphere release by Technorati recently that noted the end or at least stall of the growth of the blogosphere. There’s been a lot of talk as to why this has happened, but no real concrete theories that set well with me and go towards really hitting towards the heart of the issue. As you real Rizzn-ites know, it’s darn hard to create a viable business model that supports the participants in any Indy-Journalism venture. I’ve attempted to create several such ventures here .. the most recent of course being the Oblong Box network, ModernOpinion and PoddedMeat. Other similar ventures in the past were things like BlipMedia and even my own blog, Rizzn.com, what you are reading right now. I’ve never really publicly discussed why these ventures have failed, but I’ll bet the intelligent reader can guess: Money. It comes down to money, and the inability...

RizWords – Daily Politics and Tech – EP 32

RizWords – Daily Politics and TechEpisode 32 – download now – subscribe now (For some reason, the system has not yet processed the file. Look for it to appear later this weekend. To make sure you’re updated first, subscribe in iTunes – or maybe from now on you should just listen live!) A member of the TechPodcast Network @ techpodcast.com. If it’s Tech, it’s here. Remember, if you’re listening on the podcast recording, you can call into the show live if you tune in through TalkShoe.com at 2:30 PM EST every weekday. If you like the podcast (and you haven’t already given us a rating), head over and do so, and don’t forget to sign up for the discussion list. Other Podcast Plugs: TalkGirls comes on Tuesday nights. Check out the TalkGirls Podcast … it’s good times! Cotolo Chronicles: Frank is a good friend of the show, and an associate of the late great Wolfman Jack. Check out his podcast. NewsReal: Good friend to Art and I – has one of the best hours of news podcast each week. Sponsors: Try GoToMeeting for 45 days! Visit www.GoToMeeting.com/podcast to start your free trial today. Want $10 for free? Try Google Checkout today! Visit http://oblongbox.net/checkout/ to create your account and start with $10 off your first purchase. Normally, something like this would be a complete non-story in terms of what we normally cover on the show, but so many of my friends (quite rightly so) decry the worthiness of the mainstream American media, and point to the UK’s Guardian as the only bastion of credible American news, of course never forgetting...