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Bleacher Report launch

by Bill Ferris on February 23, 2008 · 2 comments

in Blog Networks,Blog News

Bleacher Report launched a new design with a bevy of new features this week. Bleacher Report isn’t an compilation of other existing works on the net, but a community project where writers can sign up and submit articles. Those articles are debated and critiqued and the best and most liked will bubble to the top.

Techcrunch picked up the launch, and are quick to point out why an aspiring blogger/writer might want to hook up with BR:

While sports writers could simply sign up for accounts at WordPress or Blogger, they’d do better to publish at Bleacher Report for several reasons. The first and most compelling reason is a better audience. The site attracts sports fans and surfaces the best content to the homepage after assessing several factors such as writer rankings, editor ratings, community ratings, and hits. Readers who like your stuff can become your “fan” and track your work alongside others’ on a special “lineup” page. And articles published to Bleacher Report are categorized into sections like “New York Giants” and “MLB” so your content is found by those interested in just those topics.

Instant exposure is always a plus, not to mention the fact that writers get instant critical feedback. The same sort of feedback that could take months or years to get if trying to launch a blog on your own.

The downside is that you don’t really own the content and you’re writing for someone else. Still, it might be a worthwhile strategy for anyone looking to gain additional exposure or boost his or her authority ranking.

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The Mets Blog Network

by Bill Ferris on March 29, 2006 · 1 comment

in Blog Networks,Blog News

Matthew Cerrone is working on building an online community by offering free blogs in the Metsblog Network. There are a limited number of free blogs available, with pretty loose terms of service:

  • Focus your blog primarily on the topic of sports, baseball or the Mets. It’s OK to blog about other topics, but if you want to create a blog about your cat, this program’s not for you.
  • Be active; blogs that are not updated will be removed. Blogs that have not been updated within the last 30 days will be subject to removal.
  • Only one blog per person please!

Each blog receives its own Metsblog subdomain. It’s not exactly clear how the network will be tied into the main site, but it does say that there will be special RSS feeds and services to keep people updated on network happenings.

It’s an interesting idea, and it seems to differ slightly from TwinsGeek’s attempt at a multi-blog network. It’s will be interesting to see how it works. Best of luck to Matthew on this endeavor.

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Duck Snorts moves

by Bill Ferris on March 6, 2006 · 0 comments

in Blog Networks,Blog News

Geoff Young, the long time proprietor of the popular Duck Snorts blog, has left All-Baseball. He has set up shop at http://ducksnorts.com/blog.

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Baseball Toaster Grows

by Bill Ferris on December 12, 2005 · 1 comment

in Blog Networks,Blog News

The folks over at Baseball Toaster have added a couple new blogs. Bad Altitude will be covering the Rockies and Erik Siegrist’s, Just a Bit Outside will “challenge the conventional wisdom.”

The Toaster guys are also reinvigorating The Griddle by assigning Dodger Thoughts commentor Bob Timmerman to captain the ship. Bob’s enthusiasm is evident with 7 posts his first day on the job.

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Why join a blog network

by Bill Ferris on November 25, 2005 · 0 comments

in Blog Networks

Blog networks aren’t new to sports blogs. Christian Ruzich had one of the first sports blog networks with All-Baseball. Evan Brunell has been running Most Valuable Network for several years with bloggers for most teams. Sports Blogs has baseball very well covered and is branching out to other sports. So networks aren’t new, but what is the incentive for the independent blogger to sign up?

1. Traffic by association

One of the biggest reasons is to enhance traffic. By being part of a network, your postings are likely to be highlighted on the main page at some point, and cross promotion between other blogs will help your traffic and pagerank as well. Whether you are an established blogger looking for a bigger audience, or just starting out, joining a network could provide a boost. Now a network isn’t a magic elixir for traffic, and it is no substitute for quality content. However, I know of several bloggers that do a very fine job that just don’t have an audience. For these individuals a network would be perfect.

2. Not so much into the technical stuff

Say you’re a sports fan, or someone who wants to dabble in sports writing, but you have no interest in CSS, PHP, MySQL, webhosting or anything technical. By joining a network you can leave all the coding and infrastructure to someone else and focus on sports writing.

3. Money

Most of the time a network will pay you to blog for them. The amount of money varies, but generally depends on the networks overall revenue and the individual bloggers contribution to that revenue (ads targeted on a particular site, number of posts, number of visitors/pageviews). However, one could always make that money by selling advertising on their own site. The difference may be that on one’s own site they could be limited by either of the other two items already discussed.

4. Collaboration
Blogging isn’t a standalone activity. It is a way to promote discussion. By joining a network, there are collaboration opportunities amongst all your new partners. Again, this could be accomplished independently as well but the network could definitely facilitate things.

This all sounds pretty good, so why wouldn’t you join a network? In my case I decided to stay independent because I had invested quite a bit of time in my site, and I somewhat stubbornly wanted to continue to go it alone. Also, I didn’t want to give up control of design. The other issue with control is who “owns” your writing? Is it the network or is it you?

If you’re interested in joining a sports blog network, there are several opportunities available right now. Sports Blogs is looking to increase their team offerings (including collegiate teams), however they are looking for people with a blogging track record of some sort. MVN is also looking for bloggers for various teams. b5Media is a rapidly growing blog network covering a variety of topics, and they are looking to bolster their sports offerings (currently they only have two sports blogs). Also, Sports Cartel is another newer sports blog network looking to add more team blogs.

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Twinkie Town

by Bill Ferris on November 22, 2005 · 0 comments

in Blog Networks,Blog News

Via aarongleeman.com there is a new addition to the Sports Blogs network. Twinkie Town will be covering the Twins beat, and it is being run by a couple of the contributors from the now defunct Twins Territory.

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