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ReviewU: Jackie’s Biz Blog

Jackie, of Jackie’s Biz Blog, wrote in to request a ReviewU. I’m running out of witty things to say here in the introduction, so let’s just dive into the review.

First impressions

Before I even started reading Jackie’s entries, I noticed one feature that really stands out on this blog: Buttons. Widgets. Graphics. Blinking things, everywhere. Two columns of graphics and widgets (including the worthless Blogrush widget), a ridiculous number of banners in her most recent post (to be fair, they were the focus of her article), and at the bottom of every post, this:
Social networking buttons

I can readily identify eight of those buttons (Squidoo, Stumbleupon, Netscape, digg, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and delicious). The other forty-two, I’ve never heard of. I can understand wanting to submit your articles to the big social bookmarking sites, but this widget always make me cringe. Really, fifty social bookmarking sites is excessive, and I’d be very surprised if the majority of those sites helped build permanent traffic.

I’m not a huge fan of social bookmarking sites, so I personally can’t recommend using a plugin like this. Those folks are very fickle, popping onto your site and then disappearing forever. I’d say around 1% of my Stumbleupon hits actually stick around for more than a day or two. Personally, I believe relying on such methods to build traffic will only result in disappointment.

Anyway

On to the meat of the site. Essentially, this looks like just another make money online blog, but there are two key differences:

  1. She actually DOES make money online, through a variety of methods (aren’t you all jealous?). Apparently she’s been doing it for six years. Let’s see, what was I doing six years ago? I believe I was in my parents’ basement, playing Playstation games and working at an Arby’s. Yeah, that sounds about right.
  2. Much in the same way some of my past reviewees have been milking the “I’m a teenager and I make money online” theme, Jackie appears to be milking the “I’m a stay at home mom and I make money online” idea. That’s good, it separates her from the masses. It’s good to show a little personality while blogging.

Aside from that, it’s just another making money blog (although it has an air of legitimacy, which is rare). Contests, happenings in the blogosphere (I still hate that word), and the like. As for monetization, there’s not much (I’m guessing she doesn’t really need draw a big income from her blog). She has an empty Scratchback widget with spots for sale for $5, the occasional affiliate ad (Amazon, for example), and that “Buy me a *blank*” link at the bottom of every post. She seems to prefer coffee as her beverage of choice. If I ever use that method, I’m going for tea. Not just any tea, mind you, but those gigantic 24 ounce cans of Arizona flavored iced tea. 24 ounces for a dollar. That stuff is great.

What I would change

Not a whole lot, really. The theme is nothing special, but it works. I’d consider changing or removing the social bookmarking plugin, and I’d flat out drop Blogrush (as I said, worthless). I’d also consider reducing the total number of posts displayed on the front page. Right now, displaying ten posts makes the page incredibly long, and increases the loading time. I’d cut it down to five. Other than that, the site is fine. She updates consistently, she knows what she’s talking about, and she’s obviously blogging just because she enjoys it. That earns big points with me, as I can’t stand people who blog solely for cash.

Overall, a good site.

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3 Responses to “ReviewU: Jackie’s Biz Blog”

  1. Jackie Says:

    You know, LOL when I first signed up for BlogRush I thought they were screwing me over, so I signed back up again…and I actually have stats with them and decided to keep them. Thank you for the Review. I like your honesty, I will keep in mind some of the stuff you mentioned. Thanks again. :)

  2. Ryan Says:

    I agree with Geoff here. I can’t stand 50 million social bookmarking icons on everything.

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