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Thursday, March 15, 2007

3 Years Old - Roanoke Fire Dot Com

You know what I missed. I missed the 3 year Anniversary of the Blog. Roanoke Firefighters Blog, Roanoke Fire Blog, Roanoke Fire.com, whatever you want to call it has been online for 3 years now.

If you had asked me 3 years ago where we would be today I would not have thought that we would be 840+ posts deep. The blog has covered all kinds of topics and a lot has been thanks to the readers from Roanoke's Bravest to readers across the Nation. We have seen the blog used as a tool for communication, to catch up with old friends, to get new candidates hired, to train, to network, and many other uses.

I must say that the very few occasions where I think about hanging it up and ending the blog I usually think of the good times I have had and the fun I have had in bringing the news to you.

I must say that if I could change one thing I would rather not have had to regulate commenting. Which has worked out. Most of the negative commenter's have decided not to take the time out to register to post comments.

Today, I attended a blog meet up put on by Roanoke Biz2Biz and Stuart Mease who works for the City and runs Connecting People Blog. The event was enjoyable, and would have been perfect for any individuals or businesses who are looking into beginning a blog.

I don't know what will come in the future. It is kinda weird, but I don't have any goals for this blog. It kinda runs itself, but if you have an idea let me know. I have been focusing mostly on promoting VAFireNews.com which showcases the Fire/EMS Service across the State.

5 comments:

Sean said...

Try moving your Google AdSense to the header or at a minimum closer to the top. Your CTR (click-through-ratio) will improve and whatever your AdSense revenue is will increase. I've got AdSense stuck into my directories in various ways, but if you look at NewHorse.com you can see it is located just under the header. It's not too obtrusive and for that web site it takes the revenue up to $2,000/mo on that site, up from about $500/mo if I just had it hidden down below "the fold".

If you notice the revenue increasing after you do this, then sit it out a month and see what sort of extra income it generates. You might also consider getting some traffic numbers together and perhaps pitching a site-wide sponsor that you could work into your header. Is there a safety/survival solutions company locally? Back when I was a web design consultant in my previous life I did alot of work for a helicopter sales/survival equipment distributor and a firm like that would totally be willing to sponsor a blog like yours because firefighters from all over will stumble across your blog and its an opportunity each time for them to brand the firefighter.

Sean

FireFleitz said...

Thanks Sean. It is funny you bring that up, because I tried moving it just this morning. I will revisit the issue soon. I used to have it there before the new blogger. I was having trouble getting it where I wanted it.
Thanks for the information, I will change it.

Sean said...

If you need some help moving it let me know, I could show you where to cut/paste it.

Sean

Sean said...

Der, never mind. I see it now :)

FireFleitz said...

Thanks Sean, I finally figured it out and got it up there. I appreciate it.