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by Diane

Why is it Important to Disclose your Affiliate Relationship?”

January 26, 2011 in Blog Education by Diane

Having a game plan as a blogger, also means knowing when to be able to adapt your plans for whatever reason.
The business of Ethics, Blogging Ethics
Case in point, I had intended to continue with the series Having a game plan today, but because of a question being asked on the Megatraffick.TK forum, I have decided to answer Dorothy Sander’s question here.  Dorothy by the way, is a very cool lady who owns the Blog Aging Abundantly.  she is a great writer which will either inspire you or will give you food for thought.   That by the way was my plug for Dorothy and my disclosure is ” I am not getting paid to say nice things about Aging Abundantly and my association with Dorothy and her blog comes from just liking her/it
Disclosure..an interesting topic that is being talked about by many people and most recently by Danny Brown on his blog.
Yesterday on MegaTraffic ( a ning forum that I like going to), I had posted about Danny Browns post titled “Why Affiliate Vendors Need to Start Taking the Rap“.  to me it was a very important post not just to bloggers but also the vendors who should be telling their affiliates to make sure they disclose what they are doing.
In that forum Dorothy wrote: “I have a question: Why is it important to disclose your an affiliate relationship?
It was such a good question that I decided to answer it here, rather than on the actual forum.
Funny enough back in 2008, On Success BlogNet I had written a post on the very topic of disclosures, which I then updated this last November (2010) The title was “Disclosure Policy – A Tool – A Necessity!” and while this post is an important read and to my way of thinking a necessity, it does not answer..at least not properly, Dorothy’s important question “why?
So here is my answer Dorothy ( long and drawn out – lol, but I got there).   To me it is important to disclose what you are doing because it gives you credibility, it gives you authenticity and it is showing that you are being transparent in all that you do in your blogging life.   In plain and simple language it is all about ethics and being professional.
From the standpoint of a blogger, here is a great explanation about what this all really means to you Dorothy and to everyone else who is blogging and was done by Whitney Hoffman on her blog Reading Whitney on Oct 6,2009.
This is a longish post by the way, but a MUST read to fully understand the scope and the meaning to understanding about endorsements and disclosure.
In part what she says is: no longer as bloggers can we go around saying this or that and get paid for doing it (or be given gifts) and NOT SAY ANYTHING  We need to be and act as  professionals just like any big time company.
“The whole point of having FTC guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials is to try to ensure truth in advertising, so that if the typical consumer sees an ad on TV, in a magazine, or online, they are aware it is an ad, and that the information contained within it is reasonably truthful and reliable.”
When you become an affiliate in any way, then just  do the right thing, disclose, disclose….DISCLOSE!
Have I explained well enough… Do any of  you have any questions?

by Diane

Explaining Bandwidth in Simple English

January 29, 2009 in Blog Education by Diane

How many of you have ever seen this message when you have gone to your blog to post an article?

509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

Trying to figure out how to explain bandwidth to people is not easy, considering how everything is very  technical.  So I searched around asking different people to help me come up with a way to explain in words what is bandwidth ,what is exceeded bandwidth and what can be done to save yourself from having to see 509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded.

Tim Southernwood the CEO of this site as well as BlogNet Awards came up with this analogy.

“Compare it to a funnel. As long as the amount of liquid (data) flowing through the funnel isn’t so excessive that it flows over.. all is well!

If it flows over..you’ve exceeded bandwidth  – it’s a drain on server resources and accounts are structured with specific allotments for obvious reasons. So those with the most information flowing carry a greater share of cost.  If you exceed your allotment, your site is disabled until the flow is reduced, or the pipe (your bandwidth) is enlarged (increased).”

For those of you  who would like to know more about  bandwidth and the speed of bandwidth I found this great article by Leo Notenboom that you should read.  It is called ” What is bandwidth?”

One simple way of reducing your bandwidth is by minimizing the size of images. By minimizing the size of your images, whether by resizing, cropping, or altering quality settings, this method will result in a direct decrease in bandwidth.

If you have other tips or tricks, then be sure to let us know :-)

To Your Success,

Success BlogNet  Team

by admin

Are You Pinging your Blog?

November 26, 2008 in Blog Education by admin

Ping-A-Ling!  Ping-A-Ling! Are You Pinging your Blog?

A member came to me and said – ok what is this business about pinging a blog?

I gave her a very simple answer and she replied..there has to be more to it than that!

Rolling my my virtual sleeves I went searching for the most complete answer I could find. Here it goes -

What is Pinging?

Here is what ravi9237 said in part

“A ‘Ping’ is a basic Internet program that lets you verify that a particular Internet address exists and can accept requests. The verb ping means the act of using the ping utility or command.”

ok a rather complicated answer,but still descriptive.

How about what the fine folks at Cruft said ( loved the moustaches by the way :-) )
How Pinging Works
Sending out a ping is like raising the red flag on the mailbox to tell the mailman
you have new mail to be sent. In this case, you are telling the weblog tracking sites
that your site has been updated.
Here is what MomsCashBlog has to say on How to PING your blog

What are the main advantages to pinging your blog you ask?
From Maxblogpress here is the best advantages to pinging your blog that I could find:

# Some of those websites add your blog in their directory giving you a one way link.

# Some of those websites list your blog in their recently updated blog list.

# Search engines quickly come to your blog, index it and start sending traffic.

# Blog search engines like Google Blog Search, Yahoo Search Blog, etc… also crawl and index your blog which in turn send additional traffic.

# People visiting those blog directories see your blog there and come to your blog.

# Blogrolling scripts like blogrolling.com and WordPress check update services to see if you’ve updated and then they reflect that on everyone’s site, usually by moving you to the top of people’s blogrolling list or putting a recently updated indicator by your link.

# Services like Technorati (http://technorati.com) spider your links to tell who is linking to you and who you’re linking to, almost in real time. If you show up on someone’s Technorati link list for their site (often called an “egorati search”) they’re likely to visit your site to see what you said, increasing your exposure.

# Other sites like weblogs.com and blo.gs list the most recently updated blogs and many people browse these to find something new when they’re bored.

By the way, read their warning and heed!

Any other Questions?

To Your Success,

Success BlogNet Team