Tipping is something that Americans are very familiar with. You normally tip a person for performing a service that you are very satisfied with. The amount of the tip may be a percentage of the bill or it may be at the discretion of the tipper, and usually the better the service the larger the tip.
Bloggers may be seen by many as providing a service and that service is by an large the passing on of information. Unfortunately except the various ‘please donate’ badges there hasn’t really been a way for the reader to tip the blogger for the service provided. Thanks to Scratchback.com I am now have a virtual online tipping jar where the reader can now reward me if they feel that they have acquired something of worth form any of my posts.
There is one major difference and that is that tippers are also rewarded for the tip provided. Rewarded in what way you ask? For your kind generosity you get a link placed in the widget that is displayed over on the right. As this is a relatively new site I have set tips at a $1 which must agree is an extremely low price. I have decided on a top 10 placing and your link will stay in the top 10 until you are bumped off. An example of bumping is that if you are on the No.1 position and someone new tips me you will be bumped to No.2 and so on down the line. If my posts are slack and tipping is slow you could be on the Top 10 for quite awhile.
So, let the tipping begin!
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OK, I am normally a patient sort of bloke but this “You Comment I Follow” bullshit is really pissing me off. I reckon that although there may be some bloggers that are doing the right thing most of them just display the badge to con people into leaving a comment. Out of all the comments I have left on so called ‘You Comment I Follow’ blogs there was only one blogger that had the decency to follow me back to my blog and actually leave me a comment. That blogger was David Rader whose post was actually sending the whole thing up anyway. David I commend you on your post U Comment I Follow Parody Badges for it certainly is a mockery of the movement.
Still I concede that there is merit in the idea, it’s just too bad that bloggers are not following it diligently. I see no reason why I shouldn’t try to take the ‘You Comment I Follow’ movement one step further. I promise that if you comment on one of my posts, not only will I follow you to your blog but I will comment on one of your posts. Now I concede that may well have been the intention of the original movement but apart from those like David very few are following it to to the point of leaving a comment. Maybe they are following, maybe they are getting lost along the way, but whatever they are bloody doing it’s not culminating in a comment. So as far as I am concerned it’s out with the old movement and in with the new.[eminimall]
I reckon that as there may still be a lot of people who may not be sure what a blog actually is, that we should really start with a short description. In essence a blog is short for weblog, which is really an online journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated (ergo it’s SEO appeal) and intended for general public readership. Blogs can be personal, or they may provide a commentary of regular world news. Companies even use blogs to provide their customers with reliable updates of their products or services. There are also many companies out there that use blogs as effective marketing tools.
So technically blogs can be used to record anything that you like, but we must keep in mind that the more interesting we make it the bigger the readership which in turn creates more earning potential for the respective blog. I can see how some may be wondering about what sort of things you can blog about and it can really be about anything at all.
- Do you have a hobby you are passionate about? Imagine how many other people in the world share the same passion.
- Perhaps you have some expertise you can share with others.
- Experienced mothers may want to share their experience with new and prospective mothers.
- Perhaps you’re a budding photographer and would like to share some of of your prized photos. If you do I would recommend you include descriptions of the photos or how they were taken as this will give the search engines something latch onto. I have seen so many Photo Blogs where the blogger only posts the photo with no description and they probably wonder why they do not get indexed by search engines. If they were to use the right keywords in their descriptions they would definitely get more hits as well as a higher PR.
- Going on a holiday, then what a perfect time to share your experiences with others.
You see, the choices are endless so don’t be frightened to join the world of blogging.[eminimall]
OK, maybe that is stretching the truth a little too far, but the thing is I did actually sell a photo on Photrade and although I am far from being a true pro photographer, having sold one does sort of make you feel that way. Having said that, I reckon that if told my mates I was a pro they would surely take the crap out of me. Anyway, out of all the photos I have listed, this is the one that that they bought.
I have no idea why they picked that particular photo, perhaps it was for an ad on how not to take a photo of tomatoes, or some school instructing their students on how you should take out the worm ridden tomato out of the group before you take a photo of it.
I used to have my photos on flickr but then I found Photrade which gave me the opportunity of turning my photos into a money making venture.[eminimall]
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