These are probably the two most common used terms during the 6th Philippine Blogging Summit ((iblog) held last April 16 and 17 at the Malcolm Theater of the UP College of Law in UP Diliman. It was my 2nd time to attend this summit, having endured the 5th summit last year at the same venue when this blog “Jazzrunner” was barely five months old.
A year and a half of blogging later i’m still groping about blogging’s idiosyncracies and i’m just beginning to understand its potential commercial value, not that i intend to earn money exclusively from it (wouldn’t be bad to do so, though), but the many possibilities that your blog could achieve like creating traffic so more people would come visit and still, maybe, just maybe earning from it, would be a bonus, for a start.
The most tricky part though is putting value into your blog that would get the attention of advertizers and that would attract traffic of readers. So now, they preach about SEO or Search engine optimization. It’s the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a web site or blog from search engines via “natural” or un-paid search results, the theory being that the earlier (or higher) a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine.
Adsense! Didn’t add up to any sense (pun intended) when i first heard it, but it’s actually a product of Google wherein it’s a free program that enables website publishers, blogs including, to display relevant Google ads and earn from valid clicks and impressions. I’ve tried to apply with this program at Google but i’ve learned, through Jinoe, that having a wordpress blog, ads are not allowed here! Ha, so much for my ambition!
The summit itself is a valuable tool for bloggers especially the newbies who want to learn more about the different types of blogging. The program of the two-day seminar is as follows:
Day 1 (April 16, 2010)
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Ceremonies (National Anthem, Welcome Remarks by JJ Disini)
10:25 – 10:50 BREAK
10:50 – 11:10 SPONSOR talk (Ivy Jean Vibar)
11:25 – 11:45 SEO & Blogging to Promote Your Business (Francis Gary Viray)
12:00 – 1:30 LUNCH / NETWORKING
2:40 – 3:00 BREAK
4:05 RAFFLE and GROUP PICTURE
Day 2 (April 17, 2010)
10:45 – 11:00 BREAK
11:00 – 11:20 Blog Policies (Emerson Bañez)
11:35 – 11:55 Blog on Mobile (Racquel R. Cagurangan)
12:10 – 1:20 LUNCH & NETWORKING
1:20 – 1:30 Performance (UP Concert Chorus)
3:05 – 3:20 BREAK
4:30 RAFFLE, iBlog Video Contest Winner Announcement, & GROUP PHOTO
Emcees: Flowell Galindez and Atty. Michelle Dy (UP-ISP)
The second day was intended for those who have just started to create a blog and the topics discussed on that day were worth attending. Our very own JINOE GAVAN (takbo.ph) was also there on the 2nd day to discuss a very interesting topic, “Launching Successful Blog Contests.” He discussed why run a blog contest, how to conduct them, where to get your prizes, etc. It was a nice overview on the mechanics of running blog contests.
I would have to buy a dot com for my wordpress blog if i want to have ads on it. At any rate, ads or none, i’m just happy to continue promoting running and pursue in sharing my experiences in this sport. This is what i aimed at for this blog in the first place, anyway. Hope i made sense!
Till next topic!