Australian Newsagency Blog

A blog on issues affecting Australia's newsagents, media and small business generally.

Entries Tagged as 'Blogging'

New newsagency blog video

July 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Just now a new video introducing the Newsagency Blog and its purpose has been loaded in the top right corner of the home page. This video was shot in the office yesterday. 7 likes

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Tags: About us · Blogging

Management and marketing resources for newsagents

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

On the side of this blog is a list of categories under which I file posts. Marketing and management advice remain the most often searched content. Click here for access to free newsagency marketing tips. Click here for access to free newsagency management tips. 5 likes

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Newsagency management

Blogging software update

December 14th, 2013 · No Comments

The software managing this blog has been further updated. While most of the changes are behind the scenes, one change makes it easier for people to read and comment from their smart phone or tablet device. Enjoy. 3 likes

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New introductory video for the newsagency blog

December 13th, 2013 · No Comments

I shot a new introductory video for this blog earlier this week to outline my goals here and to explain what this place is all about. The old video was being viewed 20 to 30 times a week and had been live for almost a year and I felt it was time for a change. Here’s […]

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Newsagency management

Changed security Captcha codes

November 21st, 2013 · 11 Comments

A couple of weeks ago O changed Captcha codes to reduce spam and attacks on this blog. Following feedback from what was implemented and complaints from many that they could not get their comments up, today a more human-friendly Captcha process has been put in place. I hope this works better for people. 6 likes

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New Popular Posts feature on the newsagency blog

November 14th, 2013 · No Comments

Next to Recent Comments on the right hand side of this blog now you will find Popular Posts. This is a new feature. The blogging software tracks traffic by post and creates this list dynamically based on traffic. I’ve had this added since there are some older posts that get a fresh burst of traffic. […]

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Traffic at the newsagency blog

October 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments

Every so often I check the traffic this blog attracts to gauge audience size and to see what brings people here. The latest analysis shows we’re attracting on average between 1,100 and 1,300 visits a day with that dipping on there weekend to between 650 and 850 a day. People tend to visit multiple pages […]

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Tags: Blogging · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities

Changes to comment security here

October 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment

We have upgraded the software that runs this blog and with this the security features of posting comments has been enhanced. You will now be asked to enter two words instead of a four character code. This stops automated comment attacks. Sorry for not mentioning this when the change was made Monday. 2 likes

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Joining the betterRetailing team

August 9th, 2013 · 2 Comments

I’m thrilled to be joining the team at betterRetailing, a free hub offering advice, support and services to independent convenience retailers. Based out of the UK, betterRetailing is packed with excellent resources ideal for newsagents. Click here to see the introductory post. 16 likes

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Newsagency management

Comments issue on the Newsagency Blog resolved

June 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments

We experienced a glitch with publishing comments on the blog overnight. The process of authentication that a comment is from a human broke down following a security upgrade. This has now been fixed. Let the comments flow once more…. 1 likes

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Blog down

June 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Sorry for the blog being down this morning. The server farm where it is located has been down with all hosted websites affected. It’s limping at the moment and will be to full speed very soon I’m told. 2 likes

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Newsagency Blog introductory video

March 20th, 2013 · No Comments

A colleague shot a video late last week to embed on the landing page for this blog to explain what it’s about and why I write what I write. Check it out: 24 likes

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Newsagency management

Light blogging this week from China

September 17th, 2012 · No Comments

I am in China this morning, in Beijing and about to head out for the first event in a Trade Mission organised by the Victorian Government. My software company was invited to participate in pursuit of sales opportunities to independent and small retailers here.  There are 600 delegates here from 400 companies. Plus the Premier […]

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Tags: Blogging

Like changes liked

June 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

I acted on a suggestion made here a few days ago and added a like button for comments. The immediate engagement with the buttons encouraged me to add a like button for posts themselves. These too are being used. It’s terrific to see engagement with these. There is no control other than one like per […]

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Tags: Blogging · Newsagency management

Now you can like a comment here

June 18th, 2012 · No Comments

A like button has been added to the comments facility here enabling readers to like a comment without having to make a comment themselves. To like a comment just click the button, you don’t need an email address or anything. 9 likes

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Two AFR.COM subscriptions worth $680 up for grabs

May 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Click here to get the details of a competition being run here with two year long subscriptions to AFR.COM (worth $680) of offer. 0 likes

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This blog being preserved by the National Library

March 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This blog in being preserved as part of the PANDORA project by the National Library. The National Library made the request some considerable time ago in recognition of the cultural value of what is published here.  Here’s an explanation of PANDORA from the website: PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, is a growing collection of Australian online […]

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I am not paid to write about what I write about

February 10th, 2012 · 2 Comments

I rumour was put to me for clarification yesterday that I was paid by some newsagency suppliers to talk up certain products. I have never been paid to write anything here and have not sought and will not seek payment for anything I write here. I write what I write because I want to. Anyone hearing the […]

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Ugh!

Blogging at 30,000 feet

January 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This is pretty cool. I am on a flight from Dallas to New York and have wireless internet access.  It cost me US$9.95 which for a 3 hour and 30 minute flight is good value in my view.  I have caught up on emails for work and news from home.  In the five other seats […]

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The 10,000th blog post

January 8th, 2012 · 24 Comments

While I’m not a big milestone person I couldn’t let this 10,000th blog post pass without comment. What started on January 27, 2005 with a tentative first post has evolved considerably over seven years, 10,000 blog posts and 27,180 comments. I didn’t really have a plan when I started the blog other than to write […]

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May be some disruption to blog posts

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments

We have upgrading the technology which underpins this blog and this may disrupt posts and the look and feel of the blog over the next few days.  The software upgrade will provide enhanced blogging facilities which will make finding posts through Google and the like easier.  Thanks for your patience if things go awry for […]

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Newsagent contributions here are appreciated by magazine publishers

April 16th, 2011 · 5 Comments

More and more magazine publishers are using this blog as a resource for learning what newsagents think.  They usually find the blog through a Google (or other) search and then read all the comments posted by newsagents and others on a topic. I have been contacted by three publishers this week, two in Australia and […]

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Tags: Blogging · magazines · Newsagency opportunities

The morning paper

October 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Check out morning paper, an old blog from 2003 showing images of the morning paper as received by the blogger.  A nice is somewhat melancholy catalogue, especially if you like newspapers. 0 likes

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Tags: Blogging · Newspapers

How this blog works

September 15th, 2009 · 12 Comments

Blog posts here are conversations. I’ll publish a post and people, sometimes many people, comment on this and, from time to time extend the post into new areas. The first comment posted by someone is moderated and from then on their comments are published immediately. People are responsible for their own comments. The openness of […]

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Excellent Media Watch

July 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Media Watch on ABC1 was excellent last night in a couple of fronts: a review of Michael Jackson coverage and attention on John Hartigan’s speech last week at the National Press Club and, in particular, his claim of high standards for professional news organisations compared to bloggers.  The whole episode is available online. 0 likes

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