Archives for April 2007

Sprint? Verizon? Who’s gonna buy Vonage?

There are the beginnings of some buyout talks going on today. Supposedly, Sprint and Vonage have a deal on the table that may include a buyout by Sprint Nextel. It seems to hinge around the April 24th ruling on whether Vonage can continue signing up customers or not because of the Verizon patent suit.

Obviously, if the ruling says that they can’t until after the patent is fixed, it would mean that Vonage is pretty much dead in the water and suddenly becomes perfect for buyout. Sprint or Verizon buys them up on the cheap, starts running the company like it should have been and maybe even make a bit of money off of them.

If, on the other hand, the ruling continues the stay it would mean that Vonage is safe for a little while longer. They still have to find a way around the Verizon patent problems. If they can do that, maybe the buyout goes away and they continue with the budgetary restructuring that they are currently trying to accomplish.

I’m pretty sure that there are buyout talks going on. It makes sense. Either Sprint or Verizon would have reasons for buying Vonage up and trying to turn it around. Verizon wouldn’t even have to worry about too much as they already own some of the patents. 😉 Of course, so does Sprint so it really is just a horse apiece.

Either way, there might be some happy Vonage shareholders in a few months. Jeff Citron wasn’t so stupid to keep buying up the companies stock was he? Of course, he was buying at $6, so they’ve got to get a pretty good cash premium or a really good stock exchange to make it worth his while.

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Are you down with the sickness?

What an interesting week it’s been. We spent last Thursday and Friday nights in the hospital with our son who was dehydrated from Rotavirus and needed to be attached to an IV for fluids. Then I was home with him Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday.

I finally made it back to work Wednesday morning only to go home at 11:30 because I seem to have caught the Rotavirus. I’ve been playing couch potato and this afternoon is the first day that I’ve been able to sit at a computer for more than 10 minutes with out getting light headed. Still isn’t a picnic in the park, but getting better.

This Rotavirus is some nasty stuff. Pretty much lost all appetite. Constantly weak and unable to really sit or stand for long periods of time. And up until this afternoon, didn’t dare try any real food beyond some saltines and gatorade.

Fun, Fun.

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Thinking? Blogger? Me?

Ok. I’m not sure I see it, but Northern Girl has tagged me for a thinking blog award. As I don’t get tagged for memes very often, I feel almost obligated to participate when I do. The idea is simple.

NG tags me and then…

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to the original post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

So, there you have it. Now, to tag a few of my own.

  1. Dooce
  2. Futility Closet
  3. JeredTEde.com
  4. 45n5
  5. Greywolf’s SEO Blog

As can probably be expected, the list is a little tech leaning, but they all are quality reads that are sure to make you think a little. Maybe even bend your mind a little too!

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How I make my Money

It occurs to me that I’ve never really said exactly how my money from my websites comes to me and that some of you might be a little bit curious about it. So, listed below in order of magnitude, or how much I make from each, are the current sources of income for my websites.

  • Text Link Ads: I’ve been using TLA since about August of last year and I couldn’t recommend a better income stream. If you’re using wordpress, as I am, it’s extremely easy to insert their plugin and code to throw the links up. It is a little difficult to get into the program if your blog is new, but once you do, it can be very beneficial. Currently, about 2/3 of my income comes from this source.
  • Google Adsense: I honestly don’t remember a time when I wasn’t using Adsense on my sites. It’s fairly easy to implement, needing only the insertion of code into your template and the payout is probably the easiest as it’s self customizing to your site. That being said, the eCPM or earnings per 1000 viewers, is rather low in comparison with some of the other streams I run. Even so, Adsense comes in at just under the other 1/3 of my income.
  • AuctionAds : These guys are a relative newcomer on the market. I’ve only been using them for a little under one month and already they have passed my lowest income generator. I think as time goes on and I find new ways to integrate the ads into my sites, I should begin to see this number climb and possibly pass adsense.
  • Commission Junction: CJ is one of the largest affiliate networks and has a really decent system for signing up and getting the links for the affiliate companies. They’ve got some pretty high profile clients and I can’t complain about anything they’ve done. Unfortunately, I’m not much of an affiliate marketer just yet so am not making much of anything through them.
  • Amazon: You’ll notice that I have an amazon banner on the left hand side of this page and I usually try and insert the affiliate code whenever I talk about a book. I don’t push it nearly hard enough to make any decent income off of it, but I do make money from it. Enough to receive a check about twice a year. Which isn’t much.

At the moment, those are the main income streams for my websites. I’ve got a few others that I run on a couple of sites that I either haven’t made any money with or haven’t gotten a check from so I didn’t count them as an income source.

Of course the first thing you’ll notice is that four sources isn’t as diversified as I could/should be. I completely agree. If either TLA or Adsense dropped out on me, it would make an impressive dent in my income. I don’t count on the income, but it is nice to have so I would rather not lose any of it. For that reason, I’ve been attempting to learn more about affiliate income, but so far have had little to no good results. I also am thinking of making a few changes here on thatedeguy in those regards. I make little to nothing off of adsense here so I may begin trying to implement an auctionads block instead and see if that does any good.

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