Friday, February 16, 2007

My new renter

If you look at the right side of my blog, you can see a little section that marked as, "New York Nitty-Gritty". This is the new renter of this blog. I sign up for the "Rent My Blog" program in BlogExplosion, and this photoblog owner decides to rent my blog space.

BlogExplosion is one of the many traffic exchange program in the web. The basic concept is simple. You surf other member's blog to get credit such that you can give credit for other members to surf your blog.

I used to be very keen on BlogExplosion when I first start blogging. However, I soon found out that the traffic I got from it are not very useful. Vistors from BlogExplosion usually stay for a very short time, and they will not click any ad! Furthermore, many people on the web claims that traffic exchange program violates the Google Adsense terms of agreement. Thus, I seldom use the traffic exchange program from BlogExplosion any more.

However, I found some of the services provided by BlogExplosion, like "Rent My Blog", has a lot of potential. At the time of writing, BlogExplosion only let members to rent blog space for credit, but in the future, BlogExplosion can let members to rent out blog space for cash. This could be a new revenue source for bloggers. Google Adsense is by far the most popular advertising avenue for bloggers, but since it is paid by click, the income generated by Adsense is not consistent. A "Rent My Blog" type of service can give blogger a consistent stream of income.

More thoughts on BlogExplosion:

  • There aren't many bloggers using the "Rent My Blog" service. I consider this as the biggest drawback.
  • There are some web sites that let bloggers to sell text link, but they usually requires a high Google page rank.
  • If I start a "Blog rental" service, would anyone be interested?


Linden said...

The adsense comment is true. What I do is make my blog not show adsense when it's on an exchange, and it opens all the links in a new window.

Then I put an easy to find subscribe to the blog via email form on the top right of each page. That way they can easily subscribe.

As for the renting blog space idea, I'd only go with it if you can find a unique twist for it. Something that sets it apart from what's available now ;-)

Johnny Cash said...

Hi Linden,

Thanks for your comment. Do you have a step by step guide about how it could be done?