Learning things in ways I wouldn’t have expected and yet learning things where I wouldn’t have even looked….right under my nose! ;o)
The blogging side of it is no different on that score and what I have gained over that time I couldn’t put a price on it in many ways but putting what I have learnt into practice is the key.
That’s the aim and it is giving me two feelings, one of slight anticipation and one slight excitement and fear mixed.
One the one hand it’s all “go for it” and yet on the other it’s “what if goes wrong?”
So who better to ask than you, the reader. :o)
You see there seems quite a divide among bloggers and no-one will please everyone but at least pleasing your own readers is the main thing. :o)
What’s this divide?
Monetisation and those who bleat about the so called “cause”, which I guess is that blogs are “diary’s, personal, not meant for making money with”…the brigade who in my eyes have no place telling others what they should and shouldn’t do on their blogs.
If blogs weren’t made for monetisation why did Google start AdSense?
But I digress, the fact is there is a divide and to me it’s as daft as ya like. ;o)
Blogs are simply dynamic websites, no more no less. ;o)
The easy way to build an online presence…for anyone, and fast.
But it also got me thinking… ;o)
I got thinking about this blog and what I want from doing it as well as what other plans I would like to carry out elsewhere…which way am I going, and where to?
I got thinking about what I can do, now and further down the line.
Well I got some answers from asking…me, but I don’t read this blog, I write it so the reader is as important as me in what can be done to improve things, after all that’s the whole point and you benefit the most. ;o)
I did get some great tips from a readers view from a discussion board and it made me think too.
I will tell you why too…and I do think it matters.
We all market, we all not all marketers yet we are.
An oxymoron I know but what I mean is it’s a mentality, a marketers mentality and it’s more so with IM, (Internet marketing).
So while we all blog we need readers and in some way the blogs are marketed to them, even indirectly, if you blog…you market in some way yet you may not actively market.
You don’t have a “marketing head on” all the time.
It’s a real thing and it can also be an addictive thing but also being exciting, frustrating uplifting all rolled into one it can be a nightmare to stop, to turn that “marketing head” off.
IM is a myth, a mentality, yet a reality! ;o)
But here’s the rub, without learning what I have through IM I wouldn’t be where I am now. ;o)
But I digress, where was I?
Oh yeah…having stepped out of the IM circle a bit in the last month or so I have had my eyes really opened by stepping more into the blogosphere and the “social network” side of the net…which I always known of just not realised the scope and benefit of it.
The future is there, and we are a part of it already.
But I also now realise who diverse the wider picture is and feel more in line with where I am going and how, just need to act and act the best I can on what matters while also growing in the right direction.
This blog is a big part of that direction.
Lets be straight here and lets say…for instance, as it could be anyone of us bloggers and most of us will have asked themselves at some point, so for example…
It cost £30, or $30 to be online a month, so we can say…
The reality is £1, or $1 a day from this blog keeps this blog going easily, so that’s free Internet…not much is it?
Where does that come from?
If I don’t get that how can I do that?
And every month?
(Sheesh my IM “marketing head” is partly back on… See… ;o) )
The basics people say are you usually get a 1% response rate, meaning 1 out of 100 will actually give, buy, act in what way gets you the £1 or $1 but…
Only if they have a way for you actually getting that £1 or $1.
- If you rely on Adsense or similar you need alot more than 100 visits to get the £1 or $1 a day.
- If you have good traffic to your blog you could do it with Adsense easy, if it’s the action you want and lead them to take.
- If you have something to sell that your readers can buy you may well do it easy.
- If you sell adspace privately you may well do it easy.
- If you have a good readership and a good niche and you are an affiliate you may well do it easy.
- If you have a good following of fans whether due to controversy or other you may well get the traffic funnelled someway to earn indirectly.
- If you give great content freely and people donate to you.
It’s the last one that’s so pleasing to me and THAT is the one I like most. :o)
When I get a beer it does make me feel great and knowing someone gave freely is the icing on the cake. ;o) Maybe it’s the supposedly “subliminal messages” here which I can’t find! ;o)
But if you did all of above you make your chances better and worse, depending on how you do them…mix and match is what most people do.
So while I was asking myself these questions I realised making money from this blog was never really an intention but it has become a need for now because of that stepping out of the IM circle gave me a slight dip which I has risen above now…just hoping not too late. ;o)
I view the world online a little different to some being deaf it makes the world more communicative. ;o)
More accessible and fo
r that I want to stay online for good.
Re-thinking plans and taking the lessons learnt I have to embrace changes and I will. ;o)
Well I got thinking about how this blog looks, what you get from it and how best to ensure of a £1 or $1 a day thrown in the mix.
Just for the simple reason of making the Internet pay for itself via at least one thing I do and if it’s this blog than all the better…
Because I give all in this blog the best I can and want to improve, grow and write under no pressure of the content I put here, meaning it doesn’t have to do more than I need it to do money wise, I enjoy writing on here and want to enjoy it more. ;o)
So in all honesty I only need to do ONE thing…for at least £1 or $1 a day I give content that’s worth it ;o)
That’s why a beer is better than a sell. ;o)
It means what I wrote was worth it to someone who is under no obligations.
I prefer to write longer and better posts if I can give something to someone in some way. :o)
So two or three ideas spring to mind…
- Keep blogging as I do, leaving the blog as is?
- Improve the overall blog layout keeping it clean and simple yet not too different?
- Streamline and clean up alot by reducing the adspace and similar?
- Have only MY income makers and not other peoples, of which is very little anyway?
- Remove all but the beer, keep on giving good content but relying on at least ONE of you a day buying a beer?
- Remove all but the beer and the only time I really share other peoples stuff is in a relevant post?
- A possible addition could be a forum, maybe as a place to also discuss this blogs post, ideas, share tips and more…free or even indirectly helping by a one off charge of a £1 beer? ;o) (It stops spammers! ;o) )
- Other ideas, or another mix?
What would make you happier to read this blog again, what would you like to see?
Would any of you feel if all but the beer was removed that you would ever buy the beer?
Or would you get me drunk? ;o) ( Not that it goes on beer of course! )
Any thoughts, comments? Please comment.
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Or even buy me a beer? ;o)