Article by Wendy McCance
When I started blogging last year, I never dreamed that I would switch over to writing full-time. I also never thought that I would like blogging so much that I would create all of the things I have put together on this site. Life is full of surprises and when you sit back and allow the story to unfold, amazing things seem to happen.
Switching over to a dot com has been the best decision I have made. The freedom it allows you is unbelievable. It’s so much fun to have such freedom over what you create with your blog. Changing my site has allowed me to develop all sorts of creations I never even dreamed I would attempt.
When I realized that I wanted more from my blog, I have to admit, I would see other sites that had the components that I wanted and I would be envious. I would wonder how were they able to do what they did? I also wanted to know if their efforts really paid off.
As always, I want to share my experiences with you. I’m sure there are many people reading this that have been wondering if you can really make money off of advertising, affiliate marketing, consulting and writing. I know that my experiences will be different from other people attempting the same thing based on personal knowledge, effort and ways they get their traffic. Even so, I’d like to share as much information as possible.
If you are thinking about switching over to a dot com, the one thing I would recommend is to have a link that pulls readers from your old site to the new one. I never did it and it has been painful to see my dead site get so many views. I still have days where I will have close to 100 views and the site has been dead for over a month. Not only that, but I still get 5 or more new followers a week, comments and likes even though it says on the old site that we have moved.
I finally cut the cord and deleted all information accept a note saying we moved and a link to this site. I still got two likes. I have no idea how since it doesn’t show likes on the site anymore. I got the likes messages in my emails.
I have been doing a ton of reading about monetizing blogs. I have decided that for my blog I would put in the store for affiliate marketing and I would offer companies the ability to advertise with us. I am also offering social media consulting and writing services. So I am trying to juggle four different types of services to see what might hit and take off.
The one thing I won’t do on this site is overload it with ads. You will never see a pop-up add that you have to click just to read the article underneath. The only ads I will use will be in spots where they don’t get in the way of reading. They also have to be relevant in some form to be placed here. I have decided I won’t be using Google Adsense. I haven’t heard people making much money off of it, and I want more control over what goes up on my site.
I promise that I will be keeping you in the loop with this new venture. I will let you know if all of this effort has paid off for me. Wouldn’t it be great to know if you really can make money from affiliate marketing (for example)? I will tell you how much I’m making, the learning curve, what I have tried out to make the most out of what I am attempting etc…
So look at this as a grand experiment that you can sit back and read about without getting your own hands dirty. It should be interesting to see how it all goes. I’ll keep you posted.
If you are trying to do the same thing with your own blog, I’d love to hear from you. It would be awesome to hear what you are trying, what has worked and what wasn’t worth your time.
In the meantime, if you are interested in pursuing a way to monetize your own site, I have done some crazy amounts of research. Below I am sharing some of the best sites I have found to help you along. Trust me, the sites are worth the look. If you don’t have much time, at least look at the first link, it’s my favorite link out of the bunch.
Links worth a look at:
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