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The Journey to a $15 Million Blog Sale
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BankaholicAs all WebProNews readers are probably aware by now, Bankaholic, a blog run by 22-year-old Johns Wu was sold to BankRate.com for $15 million, a price some people find shockingly high, but enough to change a man’s life dramatically. We’ve covered this inspirational story extensively since we first learned of it.

Blogger Hits Jackpot with Sweet Deal from Bankrate
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Reports have surfaced that Bankaholic.com, a WordPress blog run by Johns Wu (alone) is selling for $15 million to BankRate. That’s quite a deal for Wu, I’d say. According to paidContent.org, Wu gets $12.4 million up front, with another $2.5 million possible earnout over the next 12 months.

Aerosmith Lead Singer Sues Blogging Imposters
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Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is suing a pair of bloggers who impersonated him online and wrote about "intimate details" of his life including his mother’s death.

Successful Blogger Makes Conan O’Brien and Ellen Show
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BlogWorldWebPronews anchor Abby Prince-Johnson was present for the keynote delivered by Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV at the BlogWorld Expo. Vaynerchuk talked about how "America is a branded society."

Get Relevant Quotes With Latest Google Labs Project
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The latest project to come from Google Labs is called "In Quotes". Basically what it does is pull quotes from stories linked to from Google News. You can search for a keyword or phrase, and it will find quotes talking about it.

The Blogosphere Is Expanding

Two weeks ago, I gave a class on blogging.

BlogWorld: Dave Taylor Explains How We Got Here

The answer to the question “Where are we going?” has never been so uncertain. That’s probably not true, what I just said—likely every generation walks that line of dread. Our generation, if we were to follow Dave Taylor, would end up where he did eventually—at some future crossroads equally uncertain—but we’d surely arrive there by different roads.

Targeting Conversations, Not The Whole Web
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Rob Crumpler, CEO of online advertising company BuzzLogic, says there’s a strong correlation between campaign effectiveness and blog quality. But quality doesn’t necessarily mean popularity; more likely it has to do with the strength of a blogger’s influence.

Google Looking for A Larger Presence in Asia?
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Google has acquired Korean "blog specialty" company TNC (Tatter and Company). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TNC

Blog World Expo Las Vegas

 

I wonder how many people reading this blog right now work for a company that:

Malaysian Blogs Shaking Things Up
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The New York Times recently claimed that the "year of the political blogger" has arrived. While that might be a true statement, it is certainly not limited to the American political agendas discussed in that article.

The Malaysia Situation

TechDirt has been keeping an eye on what is happening with blogging in Malaysia, and gives a little background:

Google’s New Blogger Features
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Google’s Blogger is unleashing some new features to make blogs using the platform more social. They will be rolling out these features over the next several weeks.

Author’s Death Inspires Bloggers To Create
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The untimely death of the author who co-wrote the adventure travel guide "100 Things to Do Before You Die" has led many bloggers to create their own lists of things to do before making the final exit.

Dave Freeman, an advertising executive who co-authored the 1999 book with friend Neil Teplica, died on August 17 at the age of 47 after falling and hitting his head at his Venice, California home.

Author’s Death Inspires Bloggers To Create

The untimely death of the author who co-wrote the adventure travel guide "100 Things to Do Before You Die" has led many bloggers to create their own lists of things to do before making the final exit.

Dave Freeman, an advertising executive who co-authored the 1999 book with friend Neil Teplica, died on August 17 at the age of 47 after falling and hitting his head at his Venice, California home.

Author’s Death Inspires Bloggers To Create

The untimely death of the author who co-wrote the adventure travel guide "100 Things to Do Before You Die" has led many bloggers to create their own lists of things to do before making the final exit.

Dave Freeman, an advertising executive who co-authored the 1999 book with friend Neil Teplica, died on August 17 at the age of 47 after falling and hitting his head at his Venice, California home.

Author’s Death Inspires Bloggers To Create

The untimely death of the author who co-wrote the adventure travel guide "100 Things to Do Before You Die" has led many bloggers to create their own lists of things to do before making the final exit.

Dave Freeman, an advertising executive who co-authored the 1999 book with friend Neil Teplica, died on August 17 at the age of 47 after falling and hitting his head at his Venice, California home.

Bad Idea: Tax Energy To Reduce Blogging
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File this one under U for "Uh, Wow, Okay." Before you do that, here’s a summary of a Washington Post editorial entitled "If Everyone’s Talking, Who Will Listen?":

Movable Type: Blogs Not Social Enough
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Moveable Type from Six Apart has a new incarnation out that aims to take blogging in a more social direction.

As Om malik points out, blogging has always been a social form of media. On the flipside, sites like MySpace incorporate blogs into their profile pages.

But where platforms like Wordpress miss the boat, this new Movable Type incorporates the ability to set-up networks into it.

Journalist/Blogger Leroy Sievers Passes Away

Leroy Sievers passed away on Friday.

He won quite a few awards for his journalism and news production efforts over the years, working with NPR, CBS, and ABC.

Blogging Success Takes A Few Months
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The popularity contest of blogging and gaining links and traffic doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and work.

LaTimes.com Credits SEO As Traffic Winner
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Tech-pundits have droned on for years that print is dead. It sure started to seem that way this year, with report after report of lost newspaper revenue and subscribers. Cooler heads all along have countered the impending doom theory with the idea that nothing worth anything dies—it only evolves. The LA Times puts itself up an example of the latter idea.