What's Next For Blogs?

What's next for Blogs? Who knows for sure, but some people have ideas of what the blogosphere may look like in the next two years.

I am new to this, so be gentle. Some of these ideas have happened, some are coming, some are hypothetical, and others are an ongoing process.

All Wordpress Themes Are Now Free

Wordpress.com is thriving with business, and now offer free themes across the board with a new membership.

Users Own The Comments, Not Bloggers

A half dozen companies provided a commenting system for bloggers to organize comments in a more meaningful way. The main premise behind these companies is that users should own their comments. They provide commenters with a login that can be used across all of the blogs that use their system, and then an account where they can go to manage and track all of these comments in a central location. This should improve engagement because users are more likely to comment when they can own it. These services have been gaining a lot of momentum over the years.

Widgets Evolve Into Web Rings 2.0

Web rings are making a comeback in a big way in the form of widgets. Numerous widget providers are offering publishers ways to improve their page views – either by syndicating their content elsewhere or by doing a better job of driving intrasite traffic.

Widgetbox Has New Network

Widgetbox has a new network that allows you to place your blog into an interest channel – such as technology – and then install a widget that links to content from other members of that channel.

Lijit Increases Page Views

Lijit increases page views by adding social search to blogs.

Outbrain Also Increases Page Views

Outbrain increases page views by identifying your blog's best content and providing widgets that link to it.

Buzzlogic and Technorati Launch Own Advertising Networks

There are more options than ever for monetizating your blog, and everyone with any sort of scale is trying to get a piece of the pie by launching their own advertising network. Buzzlogic and Technorati are now live and accepting new publishers. The basic premise is that they have a network that is large enough and has the critical mass necessary to serve advertisers, while having the data about users and blogs needed to target ads effectively.

Google Launches Changes

Google launched over 500 changes to their algorithm, so by some count they changed their algorithm almost every day, almost twice over.

The Daily Mail Becomes World's Most Visited Newspaper Website

The Daily Mail’s website, the online alternative to the British newspaper that was first published in 1896, covers all things news, gossip and viral online. They produce the kind of content you won’t always like to admit you enjoy reading.

Mashable Named Most Influential Tech Blog

Mashable adapted their content to the social media space and started publishing more articles than ever before.

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