Congratulations to Best Blogs of 2010 via TIME

Aug 30, 2010

We love bloggers. We love bloggers and our publishers even more.

Recently, TIME release Best Blogs of 2010 and we want to highlight and congratulate every blogger on the list, as well as the Lijit publishers who made the list, as well.

BEST BLOGS:

  • Cake Wrecks: When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong.

FailBlog made the list (as an Overrated Blog) – but we collectively and strongly disagree. FailBlog is one of our favorite sites – they receive a daily visit from everyone in the Lijit office. You can always guarantee a laugh and the best part is that it’s all real – maybe it makes us feel better? Either way, we’re giving FailBlog a Best Blogs of 2010 list, right at the top. They’re worth featuring, without a doubt.

You can read the rest of the list here.

Congratulations and high-fives to all the winners!

Lijit takes on Formula Drift and the Las Vegas heat

Aug 25, 2010

Ouch.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting sin city itself, Las Vegas, for the first time in my young life. However, I wasn’t there to blow through my life savings ala Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation,” or to tie the knot with the, uh, “exotic dancer” I met just hours prior. No, my intentions were elsewhere. My eyes and ear and rental car were pointed about 25 miles north of the Vegas strip to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was there, among the gloriously desolated desert I was to witness a one-of-a-kind car racing event: After Dark – Round 5 of the Formula Drift series of competition.

What’s drifting, you ask? Well if you haven’t seen the second installment of the Fast and the Furious, here’s a little background direct from Wikipedia:

Drifting refers to a driving technique and to a motorsport where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle prior to the corne apex, and the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa), and the driver is controlling these factors. As a motor sport, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide.

Hope that clears things up. At any rate, my purpose was to watch these immensely beefed-up cars careen around cones at exponentially high speeds, shooting clouds of tire smoke into the 112 degree desert sky and showering spectators in bits of rubber. Aside from the tents of the various event sponsors, including MotorMavens.com, on of Lijit’s premier publishers, there was little I could do to escape the heat. Read: I was a sweaty mess close to 100% of the time. But what a perfect catalyst to help make said bits of tire stick to my skin, no?

So long, tires.

The event was anything but lackluster. I had the chance to meet the drivers, including Rhys Millen (of the Rod Millen family), Chris Forsberg, Tyler McQuarrie, who took home the gold, and the riotous, Mad Mike Whiddett driving the beastly Mazda RX-8 sponsored by Team Need For Speed and closely tied to a personal favorite site of mine, Speedhunters.com. Further than the drives, I had the pleasure to actually meet, face-to-face, with the heads of Team Need for Speed/Speedhunters and their acclaimed videographer, Will Roegge and photographer, Linhbergh. And isn’t it always better to put a face to a name? I got to do just that, too, when I shook the hand of Antonio, one of the masterminds behind the aforementioned, Motor Mavens.

Hopping from tent to tent, checking out the latest products from leaders in the industry, pounding NOS energy drinks (probably downed close to 4 gallons in two days), handing out Lijit shirts, collecting loads of free swag, I didn’t stop moving from the times the gates opened at 4PM until they closed at around 1:30AM each of the two days. Although I only got to check out the casino in the Golden Nugget, the hotel I called home for the weekend, I am not a big gambler and that side of Vegas wasn’t alluring to me. I did pull the lever on one $1 slot machine. Then I called it a day.

The flags flying high at the Motor Mavens booth.

The flags flying high over the Motor Mavens booth.

A rollercoaster weekend of networking, burning rubber, 112 dry heat, over-air conditioned rooms, carnival-style food, meeting some of the best and brightest in the drifting world, rental car radio and my phone dying when I really, REALLY didn’t need it to saw me returning to Denver exhausted, slightly more broke, two lungs filled with tire smoke, and feeling accomplished. Will I be back next year? Heck yes! Will I be trying to attend more local Colorado-based automotive events? YOu better believe it. So, if you see me, feel free to say hey. I may even have a bag of shirts with me if you are lucky.

The BlogFrog Launches Their Frugal Living Community

Aug 9, 2010

We’re all about supporting local. We’ve worked with The BlogFrog before by featuring the online Boulder company that allows bloggers to create instant community on their blogs, by letting readers connect, interact and share content. BlogFrog is like attaching a social network to your blog.

Well, we’re featuring them again because they just launched their Frugal Living Community!

To get the community going, The BlogFrog launched The Dream Team (many of which, are also using Lijit’s custom search, stats and advertising – see the crossover?)

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Publisher Spotlight: wrapcandy.com and BabyAnimalz.com

Jul 28, 2010

Ryan Sawyer manages two main websites, wrapcandy.com and BabyAnimalz.com, in addition to a number of other sites like his personal site, ryansawyer.com. Wrapcandy sells software for creating personalized candy wrappers and party favors. There’s some really cool stuff you can do using wrapcandy so check them out if you’re looking to get a little creative! BabyAnimalz provides light-hearted photos and commentary on baby animals and there’s no better place to go for a little cheering up.

Lijit sat down with Ryan, Lijit publisher extraordinaire, to learn some of his tricks of the trade.

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Get To Know Lijit: Matt Haltom

Jul 21, 2010

I know, I know – we’re a little backed up on our Get To Know Lijit series but it doesn’t mean we forget about our amazing team here at Lijit. Although Matt has been with us for some time now, he deserves this shout out as our official, in-house web designer and developer.

Matt makes our website pretty and shiny, plus his enthusiasm is infectious. So without further ado:

What is your Lijit contribution?

I am the designer/developer at Lijit and I help communicate product ideas into usable designs or prototypes. I essentially put the shiny wrapper of graphics, usability and interaction onto every Lijit product, whether that be icons for a report or the layout of our blog, website and tools.

What are you passionate about?

Engagement.  I think most of the web is a really noisy place with no purpose, and I really enjoy turning that into useful and engaging designs and content.  Outside of design I always enjoy meeting interesting people, playing frisbee with my dog Vida and snowboarding.

What is your least favorite word and why?

I’m not a fan of the word “no”, especially when a person does not provide a reason or alternative when they say it.  NO it can not be done or NO that will not work… I always like to be positive and stay away from negative comments.  When someone says no I would rather go prove them wrong then accept it (unless I agree).

What is your favorite sound and why?

Waves crashing on the beach.  Reminds me of great times in Brazil staying on the coast and enjoying caipirinhas all day.  Sometimes I’ll even set my phone to play beach sounds when I go to sleep.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt and why?

I’ve tried many jobs from full-time snowboarder, to snowcat operator & EMT.  Since joining Lijit though I’ve really enjoyed the work style at start-up companies, I’m not big on corporate jobs.  Eventually I want to open my own start-up or boutique design studio in the US or Brazil.  I love Brazil, there is a huge opportunity down there in the design/tech/ad world.

Something you’re guilty of…

Dropping out of college to be a snowboard bum.  Yes I did it, and although I DID go back to college it was an awesome experience to spend 2 winters snowboarding every day with friends.  Life is short, you have to live it up sometimes.

It’s okay Matt, we don’t blame you for being a snowboard bum. Good call (although we’re glad you’re making things shiny at Lijit!)

Find Matt out yonder: Twitter, Personal Blog and Tumblr.

The 3 R’s : Recurring Payments, Real Time Status, and Referrers

Jul 16, 2010

We just finished rolling out yet another software release packed with new features . This release has new functionality and improvements to just about every aspect of the Lijit product. There are advertising account updates, search result updates, new stats, and much more.

Automated Recurring Payments

Let’s start with Automated Recurring Payments. If you haven’t checked out Lijit Ad services yet, you should. This new feature makes it even easier for you to get the money you earn by placing Lijit display ads on your site. Instead of requesting a payment each month for your outstanding revenue, you can now provide us with your payment details and we’ll automatically pay you at the end of the following month. If you happen to forget to update your payment information, we’ll send you a friendly reminder.
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Lijit Is Sponsoring the SavvyBlogging Summit

Jul 8, 2010

We love to connect with our publishers which is why we find conferences, meetups and events so gratifying to meet face-to-face with bloggers and Lijit publishers.

This weekend Doni, Perry and I will be attending and presenting for Lijit as one of the sponsored partners for the 2010 SavvyBlogging Summit in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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New for publishers: Lijit auto payment processing

Jun 29, 2010

Beginning in August, Lijit will provide auto payment processing for all publishers earning advertising revenue. This change should streamline the payment process because publishers no longer need to request payment every month. To take advantage of auto payment, please set your payment details between July 19 and July 31 using the following instructions:

  1. Login to your account and select the “Account” section
  2. Select the “Earnings” tab, and click the “Edit Payment and Registration Info” button
  3. Fill in your Paypal payment details and tax information and select “Save Changes”

Additional auto payment transition details:

  • Request payment deadline for June revenue is July 19th. If you don’t request payment by the July deadline, your next payment will be processed as part of August’s auto payment.
  • To be paid for July revenue, all publishers must set auto payment details by July 31.
  • We have amended our publisher agreement to include auto payment updates.

Please visit us here for more information on Lijit’s publisher advertising services.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at feedback@lijit.com.

Scheduled service upgrade on Friday, June 25

Jun 24, 2010

Note: the following email was distributed to all Lijit publishers on June 23.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:  feedback@lijit.com.

We would like to inform you of an upcoming service upgrade that we have scheduled for Friday, June 25th starting at 11:00 p.m. MST.  Here are the key points we want you to know in advance of Friday’s service upgrade:

 No action is required on your part.

  • Your Lijit search box will be temporarily unavailable to your readers while we conduct this service.
  • Your ad passback tags will work as configured.
  • The overall performance (i.e., page load times, etc.) of your site will not be effected during this service.

Lijit service windows are rare and this is the first time in three years that we have had to make back-end infrastructure improvements to better support our growing publisher base. We have chosen this day and time because it reflects low impact and low traffic times for our publishers.

Advertising Services:  We will not have the ability to serve any Lijit ads during the upgrade.  As stated above, passback tags will still be available for publishers using them as part of their Lijit configuration. Please see our advertiser FAQ for additional information on passback tags: http://www.lijit.com/help/pub-ad-faq#_Toc_passback.  

For more information on our advertising services, please see http://www.lijit.com/publishers/commercial-publishers.

We appreciate your understanding and apologize in advance for any inconvenience this service interruption may cause.

Stats, Stats, and more Stats | Lijit Product Updates

Jun 10, 2010

This is our first software release of the summer and we definitely consider it a “blockbuster”.  We work hard every month to bring you valuable tools to make you a better publisher and to help you monetize your content. We think this software release does both!

More Ad Stats-

We greatly expanded the range of ad stats available to you in your stats dashboard. Prior to this release we limited the ad stats data you could report on to the previous month, and current month. You can now run reports for any date range you wish, as well as have quick access to your current day stats, yesterday, week to date, and month to date. This should give you even more visibility into how Lijit is helping you monetize your site, and allow you to see the “big picture” when it comes to ad performance on your site.

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