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Links of the Week (2007/50)

I though I’ll start a series of posts (which I hope I will be able to fill each time) with a few interesting links I came across the past week, without much commentary:

Li’l Buttons

Julia’s blogroll update gave me the idea to draw small 80×15 buttons for those of you who’d prefer to link here with images rather than text – round or angular, take what you prefer:

cimddwc button angular   cimddwc button round

For my own blogroll, I’ll stick with pure text links, though, and use buttons only for blog directories and similar things (in the footer).

Fever of 40,000

From the current statictics of the German Blogfever.de* link exchange syndicate (which, by the way, need just 31 more members to reach the 500 mark), translated:

General statistics for cimddwc

You have earned a total of 40018 points. Your balance is -12 points. All your headlines were displayed 40030 times in other blogs and clicked 90 times.

On the one hand, that sounds rather sparse – 0,225% – on the other hand, it means 90 (not necessarily different) visitors. :)

Now of course I don’t know if that’s below, above or near average – it’s a little less than others’ links have been clicked in (the German part of) my blog, at least…

* This link contains my referrer code so that I get credits if you register through it.

BlogFever, BlogSpeed, BlogRush…

Blog link exchange syndicates are somehow “in” – to me, too, somehow :) – so a little intermediate result to these three services:

BlogRush.com is just intended for English-language blogs; I had their widget, for which you cannot configure anything but picking one of about a dozen border colors, here first at the bottom, then more to the top, when English was chosen. The operators are about to check all registered blogs according to their quality guidelines, which I think is a good idea.

Unfortunately, they deactivated mine, without telling what exactly they dislike (just sent the guideline list), so I can only speculate that maybe there was one German screen shot too many (the translation of which they missed), or whatever else. Maybe they reply to that question… and my wish to delete my account, which they forgot to offer on the Web.

Anyway, I couldn’t notice significant numbers of visitors coming via BlogRush.com.

BLOGspeed.de* (for German blogs) is somehow just dawdling around – I see only 2-3 links here, 2 of which always the same (or at least from the same blogs), plus their own, and due to the inflexible IFRAME format (which causes a lot of free space with so few links) I couldn’t move it up higher, away from the bottom of the sidebar. On the other hand, it doesn’t bother down there, so it remains active for now…

Blogfever.de* (also German only), however, does things mostly right: Extensive crediting (for views and clicks), nearly complete configurability to adapt to your own blog design (which is often recommended for Google Ads placement, too, thanks to “banner blindness” of many surfers) – and they are actively communicating with their users (e.g. on their own blog) and often listen to their wishes.

Even if their statistics are not extensive yet – what they do offer is more than found elsewhere, and they offered it faster. They also worked on the unpleasant double listing (did they?) – and they actually gave me some visitors.


For these reasons, Blogfever.de – you can see it here with German language setting between RSS/galleries and poll, by the way – my clear favorite among these syndicates, and I wish them ongoing success.

* These links contain my referrer code so that I get credits if you register through them.