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1. How to Make Money with Your Blog

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 35 KB, 2619 words

If you are putting hours into writing content for your blog, you may want to make a few bucks (or more) to help pay for hosting charges and other costs associated with running it. Some bloggers find that they can make more than just small change, but most not enough to quit their day job. In any case, here are a few of the more popular methods.

Several ways by which you can make money with your weblog include Google Adsense, Amazon Associates, various other affiliate programs, advertising, and donations. Keep in mind that the success of these programs is highly dependent upon your content and the level of traffic you get to your site.

Google Adsense

Since its launch in the spring...

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2. Mena talks money

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 129 words

We had some big news for our company today, and as usual Mena explains it best. For those of you interested in what goes on behind the scenes here at Six Apart, she's done a nice job of showing where we come from and where we're hoping to go.

Trackbacks:

UserDriven - Good Things happen to Good People - October 10, 2004 07:13 PMSix Apart, the creators of Movable Type and TypePad have created a lot of value, not only in their products, but also in their way of doing business and in sharing their thoughts and experiences along the way. Thanks and

Previous Entry: Six Aparters out and about

Next Entry: Jay at Six Apart

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3. Six Apart & Series B Funding

Six Apart Mena's Corner, News, 27 KB, 1220 words

As you may have seen already, Six Apart decided to take additional funding from August Capital in a series "B" round.

When it boils down to taking funds, a venture firm believes that they will achieve a significant return on their investment. Venture funding isn't about charity. We believe that we have huge potential to do some great things. Ten million dollars is *a lot* of money -- it's a sort of figure that I can barely fathom when thinking about our roots. We'll use the money to bring the company to the next level -- a cliched phrase, I know. We're going to be competing with some of the largest companies in the world and it will take money to build the sort of features that we've...

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This plugin is for blocking feedback[ct(=comment) and tb(=trackback)] spams by adding an additional CCode(hidden ct input field) or adding TCode to original tb ID in tb URL, and then obfuscating that Code for the purpose of not easily guessing it.

MT 3.2's enforced anti-spam system is performed mainly after getting feedbacks. So if many spams are arrived, then it also uses system/MT user resourses when filtering, junking, unpublishing, and deleting spams although it becomes comparatively easy than pre 3.2.

CCode and TCode works in before saving spam feedbacks to MT system. CCode/TCode make it very difficult for spam-bots to guess tb URL and required ct input...

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6. Using XHTML/CSS for an Effective SEO Campaign

A List Apart, Tutorials, 10 KB, 1032 words

Any internet marketing professional will tell you, just as we will, that an effective Search Engine Optimization campaign can generate more traffic than an expensive banner-ad program, or costly and time-consuming pay-per-click methods. Some of the best methods of optimizing a website are ensuring that a page is not overly heavy in file size, maintaining a good content to code ratio, using lots of relevant content, and filling the page with as much text and links as you can without "spamming" the search engine spiders.

We're not going to cover all of the basics of XHTML and CSS. We assume that you have a basic, working knowledge of the two languages and have...

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7. In Defense of Big (relatively speaking)

Six Apart Mena's Corner, News, 24 KB, 1082 words

I've been reading Signal vs. Noise, the weblog from 37Signals, for quite some time and consider the work that they do quite inspirational. One of the best company weblogs out there, Signal vs. Noise covers a variety of topics ranging from usability and design to company culture.

An underlying theme over at Signal vs. Noise is the concept that smaller is better -- smaller in terms of start-up capital, company size, development teams and even hardware. As part of a two-person team that created the initial versions of Movable Type and TypePad, I certainly understand the logic in encouraging small and nimble teams. The eighteen months that Ben and I spent in our spare bedroom coding was...

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8. Google Adsense Placement After First Post

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 26 KB, 1234 words

Google recently released some useful tips on how to optimize the use of Google Adsense on one's web pages. No surprise - the hottest "hot spot" for the best click-through returns lies right in the middle of your content.

How does one place a Google Adsense ad (or any other ad, bit of text, or image for that matter) between entries on the main index page of your MT weblog? By using a simple trick of the "lastn" and "offset" attributes outlined in the MT manual here.

Normally on your Main Index template, you would have your MTEntries section laid out like so:

for MT 3.2:

<MTEntries> <$MTEntryTrackbackData$> <MTDateHeader><h2 class="date-header"><$MTEntryDate format="%x"$></h2></MTDateHeader>...

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9. CSS Talking Points: Selling Clients on Web Standards

A List Apart, Tutorials, 13 KB, 1386 words

It's been a slow year. With the Internet economy taking a bit of a tumble (perhaps you've read about it), new clients just haven't been calling like they were. So what's a hapless web designer with a family and a modest mortgage to do? Use the downtime to re-tool, re-learn, and switch over to Standards Compliant Design of course (wild cheers, whistles, deafening applause).

Done! Ummm, just one small problem. How do I convince my clients to go along with it? They may not be tech savvy, but they are well-versed in the mantra of designing for the least common denominator. Full access for everybody is the battle cry of the small business, and what's worse,...

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10. Understanding Web Services

A List Apart, Tutorials, 15 KB, 1702 words

The web services concept being championed by computing giants like Sun, Oracle, HP, Microsoft, and IBM doesn't contain many new ideas, but it is a great step towards simple access to software over the network. By promoting standards–based communication, web services might change the way we build websites.

What is a web service?

Web services make software functionality available over the Internet so that programs like PHP, ASP, JSP, JavaBeans, the COM object, and all our other favorite widgets can make a request to a program running on another server (a web service) and use that program's response in a website, WAP service, or other application.

So when I need to get some...

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11. Typepad or Movable Type?

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 23 KB, 1717 words

People who want to start blogging often ask me which tool they should use, Typepad or Movable Type? 9 times out of 10 my answer is Typepad. That's odd, you might think coming from someone who runs a blog all about Movable Type. The answer has more to do with who is asking the question than the relative merits of either program. Both products are created by the team at Six Apart and both are based on the same technology. The main difference between the two is that Typepad is a fee-based hosted service and Movable Type is software that you license to run on your own server or web host. The reason that I more often recommend Typepad is that, unlike Movable Type, you don't have to...

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12. Barak at Six Apart

Six Apart Mena's Corner, News, 34 KB, 2231 words

On April 20th of this year, The Mercury News ran an article about the how Jonathan Abrams (Friendster) and Sean Parker (Plaxo) were each handling changes of management and their departures as CEOs at their perspective companies. Apparently, they were handling it in different ways and Parker had seemingly been "dismissed, almost without a trace."

Ross Mayfield wrote a thoughtful post on this article and I considered writing my own post on how I, as a CEO, handle transitions in Six Apart and in our team.

I decided against it because I wasn't ready to create a stir of speculation. Tonight, on the eve of a change of position, I write about Barak Berkowitz who will be taking over my role...

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13. The Future of MT-Notifier

Don't Back Down, News, 25 KB, 2263 words

Recently I have received a number of comments about how MT-Notifier appears to be working fine, then suddenly stops functioning. The most often factor in this change is a larger number of subscribers. That is to say, things are working fine with a few subscribers, but as that number increases to hundreds, so to do the apparent failures of the system.

Let me say that I don't know what causes this. I haven't seen the problem personally, and I know of at least one installation that has a very large number of subscriptions that continues to work fine. This would lead me to believe that it's a resource issue. Specifically, I think that much of it may have to do with the use of the...

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14. Why Don’t You Code for Netscape?

A List Apart, Tutorials, 12 KB, 1120 words

Q. Your website looks nice in Internet Explorer 6, but really bad in Netscape 4.7. Is this the type of web page design that you are recommending to your readers? The worst problem is that it doesn't even look like the same page!

By the way, the buttons that supposedly let the reader choose the font don't work in NS 4.7.

As a web designer, it's important to me that my site not only look good in both browsers, but that all readers will see the same design and formatting.

Please explain the logic of designing only for one browser.

Cordially,[Name withheld]

A. Thanks for writing. We don't design for only one browser. We design for all browsers and...

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15. Automated Smarty Pagination

Don't Back Down, Tutorials, 16 KB, 1142 words

As mentioned previously, using Smarty for pagination isn't difficult. Of course, the simple example already given doesn't really do much - your users would still need to know about it, and manually construct the URL. That wouldn't be much fun. Using Smarty, we can do the work for them!

You'll need to start with a "total" count. I use MTCategoryCount, as I'm doing this on category archives. If you wanted to do a complete blog archive, you may want to use MTBlogEntryCount or something similar. You could also perform a similar process for comments with MTEntryCommentCount, trackbacks with MTEntryTrackbackCount, etc. {{capture...

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16. Flash Access: Unclear on the Concept

A List Apart, Tutorials, 30 KB, 3428 words

In Christian theology, it doesn't matter exactly when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. As long as you do it before you croak and ask forgiveness for your sins, you're in like Flynn.

This, apparently, is the Macromedia philosophy when it comes to accessibility.

The company's flagship product, Flash, is intrinsically inaccessible to anyone who cannot see properly and is very often inaccessible to a deaf or hard-of-hearing person. It's also completely inaccessible on slow computers or any machine that lacks the Flash plug-in, rendering those viewers more functionally disabled than they actually are.

Macromedia has, however, undergone a kind...

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17. Much Ado About 5K

A List Apart, Tutorials, 11 KB, 1117 words

It was an unassuming little web page that posed a singular challenge: could you build a complete website using less than 5 kilobytes?

5K? Was contest creator Stewart Butterfield nuts? The rules of the 5K Awards, in their entirety, read as follows: "All HTML, script, image, style, and any other associated files must collectively total less than 5 kilobytes in size and be entirely self-contained (employing no server-side processing)." Great. All he left out was the part about not using a monitor or keyboard. And the flagellation, of course.

One of the most-respected designers on the web told us privately: "It can't be done."

We nodded sagely. After all,...

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QuickImagePost is a blogging tool like a QuickPost. But it is especially for an entry to embed image. During surfing Internet, you may find an image with which you want to post an entry. How many images do you see in Internet a day? Do you happen to want to log some impressive images in your blog? You can use default QuickPost of course.

But not just one-click. You have to find image URL AND copy-and-paste it to entry body AND add IMG tag AND if you have a block to quote, again you have to copy-and-paste it. These are routine process.

QuickImagePost makes again just one-click publishing even for an imaget. You right-click on an image(before it, you can drag...

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19. Movable Type 3 Bible - Book Review

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 24 KB, 1251 words

Several months ago, author Rogers Cadenhead released the first book detailing MT3 - the Movable Type 3 Bible Desktop Edition. Since Anil mentioned the book in a MT news post on MT books, I thought I would put my 2 cents in about this book.

The first thing you should know is that the MT3 Bible is not a book for non-technically-oriented beginners. The book is filled with great information, but if you are looking for the simplified introduction to Movable Type, this isn't it. Many of Roger's instructions are in the form of Unix shell commands that you would use to manage files on a web server. In fact, the book's second chapter is on how to prepare your web server for Movable Type. If...

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20. MSN, Opera, and Web Standards

A List Apart, Tutorials, 11 KB, 920 words

Ed.Note – In this special editorial for ALA, Opera CTO Håkon Lie debunks Microsoft's claim that browser blocking at MSN.com has anything to do with "web standards." Though he is hardly an impartial observer, Lie's argument is worth reading, because it is based on the time–honored method of comparing a product to the claims made for it.

On 24 October 2001, users of Opera and Mozilla found themselves locked out of Microsoft's MSN site. The next day, CNET reported the following statement from Microsoft in defense of the lockout:

"All of our development work for the new MSN.com is ... W3C standard," said Bob Visse, the...

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mgs | September 27th 2005