I cannot figure out how to monetize RSS feeds, I must get paid for suppling all the aggregate sites, I provide the content, they make the money.
Generally, most Blogger want to be famous, this is their pay, I want money.
The traffic has doubled since I stopped it.
I want the RSS feed: There are three ways to monetize a post.
1. In the RSS feed, requires and unbelievable amount of readers
Not Traveler friendly
2. In the email, 10 times higher payout.
3. Read online, this is the best, but the most difficult for real travelers. If I give a snippet and it goes to the page, I cannot download my own blog and read it offline. I am in some ways always making this for real traveler.
Not Traveler Friendly.
RSS is the hardest to monetize, the hardest for travelers to read.
Owning a mailing list is of value, what the techies want to stop. And correctly it applies to some who sell or cheat the readers.
I find people do not know how to manage their email boxes, I am not sure what to do.
Good move on making the index page title link only.
The first step to getting people to read is to get them to click. A click is an investment of effort -- it is the first step towards investing the time to really read something.
You are right Wade. I finally realized readers do not want to read daily, They want to hop and skip around, I have so many post, even doing that is difficult.
I was having trouble telling one friend how to find my Haiti post, now they can see a few because the snippets go thirty post back..
This way they choose a topic that is of interest to them, then maybe they enjoy and subscribe to the journal. However, I must somehow change the words from travel to culture or anthropology, in a way, travel is not the subject of the journal, it is more about the explanations of culture.
Fun stuff, but I have little respect for the new generation of readers who never read anything, they just look at the photos and words, then make a snap judgements.
I noticed that the readers on my travelogue seem to have favorite types of posts. I can almost predict in advance who will comment and seem interested in which types of posts.
You are right, readers skim pages looking for what they want to invest their time into reading. They NEED to in a world full of mountains of information, content, and words to read. This is the state of the world. I don't believe that there is a new type of reader, rather I believe that we all are reading in a new time. Our access to content in mountainous-- we can't read everything -- we need a way to quickly determine what is worth reading for us and what is not. By publishing the entries title link only, I feel as if you are enabling this decision making process a little further.
Having a lot of content up front encourages skimming -- giving people the choice to jump to what they want to read encourages reading.
Though I have one big suggestion. I think that you could encourage this process further by color coding the title links in accordance to the topics of the posts.
Blue= Travel tip
Red= Philosophy/ travel thoughts
Green= Destination information
Orange= News/ current events
Like this it would make it easier for regular readers to find the type of entries that they like reading the most, while having not much of an impact on the one time visitors.
Types of travel blog entries, http://www.vagabondjourney.com/travelogue/types-of-travel-blog-posts-travelogue-entries/
Wade idea is good for categories, I think you two are talking about the categories of a newspaper. We will eventually hire people to file away missives, so all readers can reader to until exhausted on their very specific topic although 4800 divided by six categories is not quite what I had in mind.
Newspaper post do not have a long shelf life, they are "News,", they become "Olds" soon, a different genre.
I had to finally admit two years ago, nobody did a log, they wrote articles.
My biggest talent is I will speculate, and I am not afraid to tell my opinion in passive voice, mixed with active authoritarian. This terse tone, mixed with normal ambiguities of daily life takes readers off center. Taking them from understanding to misunderstanding and not wrapping up all the conclusions but allow them to do this keeps them awake. Generally the slower bunch, get tired, the quicker bunch gets intrigued, and photos keeps most happy.
I talk before, during and after a situation, while 99.99 percent of Travel Writers want to be appointed the guru, without the credentials.
Then also, I can easily see when others are searching for topics in their mind, my mind is trying to limit the number of topics per day, minute, or second.
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I agree that readers often and increasingly will skip around around to click on blog titles that appeal to them. I think most people are guilty of skimming over internet websites and content, like Wade mentioned there are mountains of information to explore and learn from and there only so much time in front of a screen. I appreciate your frankness in regards to present internet users. I've answered over 1500 questions at allexperts.com and SO MANY of these questions could be answered and easily found by using google or yahoo but like you said they's either dumb, lack reading skills or in my opinion are just LAZY. Over the years I've noticed this laziness toward written content among native English speakers who prefer their content verbally. I am the opposite prefering to communicate in writing so I have proof of what as exchanged because when done verbally people do not truly listen or they edit what was said like gossip.
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