Published since 1995
Lover of jazz, technology and sitting in a chair, Mick merged his three passions to create All About Jazz.
We have some important information to share since our previous newsletter. Please read on...
Useful Info and Tips
We've compiled a handful of contributor tips that explain how certain processes work and will save you and our editorial staff time in preparing your articles.
Celebrating 10 Years at AAJ!
Collectively, they've submitted over 6,000 articles, so thank you Chris Slawecki, Jim Santella, Jack Bowers, C. Michael Bailey and Glenn Astarita. It's been a pleasure working with you all.
And here's to another ten!
We're always looking for ways to improve the website and we've made some recent changes.
We upgraded the News Center, the Guides Center, MY AAJ, the Musician Center, how we serve banner ads, how we manage editors, and have developed two new Live Content widgets (Calendar and Birthdays) that should help boost traffic and increase AAJ's awareness beyond our website.
Readers (and contributors) can now view All About Jazz's upcoming article and CD review release schedule by visiting our new Editorial Calendar page. Get a glimpse up to 30 days out and see what's on our immediate editorial horizon.
And we finally corrected the character set problem that plagued our older articles. Those unsightly "?" have been converted back to rich-text characters or international symbols.
Digg Your Articles
We leverage new technologies to maximize exposure for your articles, whether it's syndicating your content through our live content feeds, RSS, or WidSets (thanks for the suggestion, Eyal!).
You may have noticed a "Digg" graphic (like this one) to the right of your articles.
Digg.com is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web, and you can make your articles available to a growing Digg community by clicking the "digg it" graphic. You'll have to register as a Digg member, but once you sign up, you can recommend your articles or other articles at the site.
Musician Profile Editors Wanted
Building the Musician Center has become a priority and we're looking for help from everyone to create profiles.
If you've written a review of a musician or band that is not listed in the musician center, please add their profile. You can create a new profile by clicking the "Submit Profile" link on the Musician Center landing page. If you can copy & paste, you can create a profile in a matter of minutes. Take it from someone who has created over 2,000it's actually fun, and helps make the site that much more comprehensive.
Pump Up the (Interview) Volume!
Thanks to the herculean efforts of John Kelman, the interview center has become the hottest section at AAJ. We're now publishing three interviews a week and plan to expand to four. Sounds crazy good!!
If you're interested in interviewing artists or more importantly, becoming an interview editor, contact John to find out what's involved.
We've expanded the RECENT INTERVIEWS box on the home page to accommodate this increased volume and to make sure everyone receives proper exposure.
All About Jazz reached 1,483,819 visitors (47,865/day) and generated 7,395,693 page impressions in October 2007. All record-high figures for AAJ, which has seen its web site traffic grow by 54% since October 2006.
Here's a look back at October visitor traffic over the last four years:
2004 - 431,092
2005 - 800,552
2006 - 964,133
2007 - 1,483,819
Interested in the numbers? Click here for 2007 year-to-date traffic.
AAJ's Jazz Mobile Service
Jazz Mobile gives you everything you expect from a major wireless provider:
As always, we welcome your ideas and input. As AAJ continues to grow and reach more jazz fans, musicians, educators and industry people, your support becomes even more and more important. Shoot me an email if you have a question or suggestion.
Thanks for reading!
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