I’m seeing a bit of buzz around today about BlogBurst, a service that allows bloggers to submit their feeds to top tier news outlets (like Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle) for republication/syndication.
To use it you need to publish full RSS feeds, not have ads in your feeds, produce family friendly content and to be posting at least at a weekly rate.
It’s an innovative service that gives bloggers a chance to promote themselves in new avenues. They are especially looking for blogs on the topic of Travel, Women’s Issues, Technology and Gadgets, Food and Entertainment and Local Metros.
If all you want is to promote yourself and perhaps find new readers then this is a service to consider as when your content is used it will receive a byline and link.
HOWEVER you need to keep in mind that you’re not going to make any money out of it and that others are. BlogBurst charges the people that will be using your content for the privilege – but they don’t put any money into the hands of the bloggers whose content they sell.
I’d recommend bloggers consider their options and go back to thinking about their blog’s goals and objectives. If you’re blogging to raise your profile then this could be a useful service. If you’re in it for money then you might not go though. Also worth considering is the implications of your blog’s content appearing in multiple places online (consider duplicate content), especially on sites that are likely to have a higher page rank than your own.
There are both benefits and costs here (ie you’ll be getting links from highly ranked pages – but you might find that their republishing of your content actually ranks higher in search engines that your own posts do).
I’d be interested to hear whether people are going to give this a go?
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