What is a blog?
Why do I want a blog anyway?
How do I start an Orble Blog?
OK, I've created by blog, what do I do next?
What should I write about?
What is the difference between a regular Orble blog and a Domain blog?
How do I get a domain blog?
Is Orble free?
How do I get published on the Orble homepage?
How much can an Orble blog make?
Can I have a classifieds section on my blog?
Can I use an Orble blog to promote my business?
How do I get AdSense working?
Where can I learn more about using the Orble system?
How do I get more people to read my blog?
How many readers can I expect on my Orble blog?
How do I add a Title Banner?
My title banner is not centered, how do I fix it?
What is the difference between a Blog and a Post?
What is Orble Karma and how do I get more of it?
Can I publish more than one post a day and what happens if I miss a day?
Are there any restrictions on content?
I'm having trouble with my AdSense application, any advice?
I'm not making much in AdSense revenue, is there something wrong?
I've got a question I can't find an answer to, what should I do?
Who owns Orble?




  What is a blog?

Blogs (or weblogs) started off with the creation of software to make the publication of online diaries simple even for people without any knowledge of HTML. The author of the blog would publish regular "entries" or "posts" consisting of text and possibly a photo or two to document their life. Anyone who read the blog could then leave comments about what the author had written.


Since these humble beginnings the term Blog has grown to refer to any website on which dated posts can be published with ease. They are now used for anything from the traditional one person diary with a couple of posts per month to major news and current events websites which have hundreds of new posts every day.




  Why do I want a blog anyway?

Blogs can usually be classified into three types: recreational, professional, and business.


Recreational blogs are those written for enjoyment. It can be lots of fun to write about whatever is on your mind and get feedback from people all over the world. It's also a great way to keep friends and family informed about what you have been doing. Orble provides all the tools you will need to run a recreational blog that everyone will enjoy, including you.


Professional blogs are written by people who want to either make a living (or at least some pocket money) out of writing, get a message across, or who just get a kick out of creating active communities. They are also usually focused on a particular subject and examples include Soccer, African Politics, or Knitting. Orble will provide you with all the tools and advice you need to run a successful professional blog.


Business blogs are effective marketing tools. By publishing quality articles related to your area of business you can build trust with your readership and many of them will turn into customers. Businesses are also now using internal blogs and forums to keep their employees informed and to improve the flow of information.




  What should I write about?

If you are writing a blog for fun then you can write about whatever takes your fancy, however if you are aiming to generate some cash from your blog it is very important that you focus on a particular subject and that the subject you choose has some appeal to a large number of people.


Some examples of subjects which will appeal to a large number of readers:

  • Cricket
  • Knitting
  • African Politics
  • Movies
  • Punk Rock


Examples of topics which usually find it hard to attract readers:

  • My life as a student
  • Thought for the day
  • Harry's diary
  • My love life
  • My musings on the universe


Also keep in mind that some topics typically generate more revenue than others the important factor being the existence of a competitive advertising market. The difference can be quite dramatic. A blog on Digital Cameras will probably generate about 20 to 100 times as much revenue as a blog on philosophy with the same number of readers.


Examples of topics which typically generate high revenue:

  • Digital Cameras
  • Real Estate
  • The Share Market
  • Jobs
  • Cars


Examples of topics which typically generate low revenue:

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • Art
  • Books
  • News


At the moment Orble is particularly interested in blogs on the following topics:

  • Film
  • Sport
  • Travel
  • Business
  • Music
  • Video Games
  • Parenting
  • Technology
  • Politics
  • Food
  • Health
  • Motoring
  • Writing




  How do I get published on the Orble homepage?

If you start a free or domain blog you will have the option of publishing your posts on the Orble homepage.




  Can you write a blog with someone else?

Writing a successful blog is quite a large commitment. You can share the work load by getting together with a couple of friends or colleagues to collaborate on a blog.


Orble provides all the tools you will need to successfully work together including full control over writing and commenting permissions along with membership management.




  How much can an Orble blog make?


See this page for more information.




  Can I have a classifieds section on my blog?

Orble blogs can have classified sections. ZCars is a good example. You can make your classifieds free or charge for them, or a combination of both. Classifieds can be a good extra source of income for your blog on top of advertising revenue.




  Can I use an Orble blog to promote my business?


Orble blogs are great for attracting readers through publication on the Orble homepage and through attracting traffic from the search engines.


By publishing quality articles related to your area of business you can build trust with your readership and many of them will turn into customers.


Please note that Blogs which merely promote products and services will be deleted. Your promotional blog should be about a subject which attracts your target demographic, not actually about your business. You can place a link to your business at the end of each post.




  How do I start an Orble Blog?


You can create an Orble blog on this page.




  OK, I've created by blog, what do I do next?


Work your way through the New Blogger Checklist.




  How do I get AdSense working?


Apply for an AdSense account here.


Once your account has been approved you will need to tell us what you client id is. You can do this here.


You do not need to post any code into your blog despite what Google says. Everything is done automatically by Orble.




  Where can I learn more about using the Orble system?


The Blogging Tips blog will tell you how to create new posts, edit them, insert pictures and much more.




  How do I get more people to read my blog?


Read the Blog Adviser blog. It's got lots of great advice, especially this post.




  How many readers can I expect on my Orble blog?


See this post.




  How do I add a Title Banner?


You've not read the Blogging Tips blog have you :) This post will tell you how to add a title banner.




  My title banner is not centered, how do I fix it?


This post will help you out.




  How do I put videos in my posts?


This post in the Blogging Tips blog will tell you how.




  What is the difference between a Blog and a Post?


A Blog is a website on which individual Posts are published, similar to how a newspaper is a place where individual articles are published.


So for instance a Soccer blog could be called "Soccer News" and would contain posts called "Manchester vs Liverpool, what a game!" or "David Beckham, the best player ever?".


Some people use the term Blog to describe a Post but rarely the other way around. This can get rather confusing! A Post is also sometimes called an Entry.




  What is Orble Karma and how do I get more of it?


Every time you vote for a post its score will increase by the amount of Karma you have. Any posts you write will also start off with a score equal to your Karma.


The Karma system is designed to encourage people to contribute to the Orble community in a constructive way.


Your Karma score is made up of three parts:


1/3 is the amount of traffic that your best blog receives (if you have more than one). This is a good measure of blog popularity.


1/3 is the ratio of comments and ratings received on your blog(s) to the number of posts written. Another good measure of blog popularity.


1/3 is the number of comments you have made on all the Orble blogs. This is a good measure of the contribution you are making to the Orble community.


The scale is also roughly logarithmic with it getting much harder to move up each progressive level of Karma.


You can see your own Karma by going to your homepage (use the "My Profile" link at the top of this page).




  What is the difference between a regular Orble blog and a Domain blog?


Regular Orble blogs are those which are hosted on the www.orble.com domain. Orble also provides "Domain" blogs which are hosted on their own domain name, for instance www.myblog.com.


Domain blogs are linked into the Orble network and generate a much larger readership than regular Orble sites.




  How do I get a domain blog?


To obtain a domain blog create five posts on a regular Orble blog. You will then automatically be considered for a domain blog.


Your four posts should focus on a particular topic such as Football, Films, or Music, rather than random musings on the universe.


At the moment Orble is particularly interested in blogs on the following topics:

  • Film
  • Sport
  • Travel
  • Business
  • Music
  • Video Games
  • Parenting
  • Technology
  • Politics
  • Food
  • Health
  • Motoring
  • Writing




  Can I publish more than one post a day and what happens if I miss a day?


You are able to publish more than one post per day. However, it is not advised to post one week's worth of material in one day and then neglect your blog until the following week.


You can delay the publications of a posts using the "Display Time" field on the blog creation form. The Display Time is when a post will be published on your blog. Many bloggers write two or three posts in one go and have them actually appear on their blogs over the next few days.


Search engines direct more traffic to those domains/blogs that are active and updated regularly, i.e. at least 3 times per week. To attract repeat readers you will also need to post regularly to give them something new each time they visit. Try and make up for a missed daily entry!




  Are there any restrictions on content?


There are no restrictions on content as long as you do not post anything offensive, racist, or pornographic. Exactly what offensive means is hard to define but we reserve the right to remove any content we think may offend people. In practice this has only happened a couple of times and we take a very liberal stance.


Expletives are okay, but in moderation. If a post contains adult content it should be flagged as "Mature".




  I'm having trouble with my AdSense application, any advice?


The usual reason for an AdSense application to be refused is that there is no evidence of domain ownership. Google seem to be quite inconsistent on this point.


If this happens to you try the following:


Create a regular Orble blog called "Your Name" (replace "Your Name" with your actual name) with a short welcome post. Don't mention AdSense in the welcome post, talk about your family or what you had for breakfast etc.


To do this go to my.orble.com and click on "Create a new blog".


Then reapply to AdSense using the URL of the new blog which will be something like:


www.orble.com/your-name/


If your application is successful you will then need to submit your client_id at:


http://my.orble.com/community/adsense/


If your application is not successful then create a free blog on blogger.com (owned by google, the can't refuse that) and apply for an AdSense account using that domain.


If both of these approaches fail contact support.




  I'm not making much in AdSense revenue, is there something wrong?


The first thing to check is that your AdSense account is registering Page Views. If no page views are registering then there is most likely something wrong. Make sure you have correctly submitted your AdSense Client ID on this page.


If your account is registering Page Views then everything is working correctly. The average return for AdSense on blogs is around $4.00 per thousand page views. This can vary from $1.00 to $40.00 depending on the topic you are writing about and the source of your traffic. You obviously need to be getting quite a few page views every day to make a decent amount of revenue.


You can also expect a click through rate (the percentage of readers who click on an ad) of around 1% to 5%. If you have had 100 page views you won't necessarily have had someone click on an advert, it does not mean that your account is not working.

The key is to be patient. You most likely won't make more than a couple dollars in the first few months of your blog's life. Read this post to see how you can expect the traffic on your blog to grow over time, and your revenue along with it.


Your AdSense stats may not correspond to your Orble stats for the number of reasons. First of all half of the page views are attributed to the general Orble Account, that's how we provide all the free hosting and domain names. Also a number of page views can be not counted by AdSense for a number of reasons. Don't expect your Orble and AdSense stats to be an exact match.




  I've got a question I can't find an answer to, what should I do?


If you've read this FAQ and the Blogging Tips blog and still can't find an answer you can ask your question on the Writer's Forum.


You can also try searching the Writer's Forum for answers to previous questions.





  Is Orble free?


Orble will never charge writers for anything. If you are given a domain blog, Orble will pay for the domain registration and hosting.


Orble makes money by taking a share of the advertising revenue.




  Who owns Orble?


Orble.com is owned and run by On Topic Media PTY LTD.
ABN 18 113 479 226