Things have changed around here – again. I started this site about nine years ago (actually under a different domain name) as a journal of my struggles to learn everything I could about running websites. Then for the past few years I stopped maintaining this site for the most part because I was too busy actually doing the work to journal it.
Now, finally, I’m a full-time blogger. The money I’m making isn’t huge, but it’s enough to let me work from home and do something I enjoy for a living.
I wake up to birdsong instead of the alarm clock. I no longer have to arrange my day around an employer’s schedule. I don’t have to worry my job will be phased out. And I can devote all my time to growing my income instead of waiting to see if my employer gives me a good raise. I’m free and in control.
I don’t claim to know everything about making money online, and I don’t position myself as one of those gurus who promise to dribble out a few hints and secrets if you read between the lines enough. The big secret to online success is hard work combined with experimentation. I don’t mind at all telling you my “secrets” because all they’ll do is save you time and mistakes.
For starters, here’s my first “secret”: making a few hundred dollars a month from a blog isn’t difficult, if you know what to do and what not to do. Getting that to a full-time living phase requires something extra. That “something extra” boils down to persistence. “Luck” is what happens when you keep at something until eventually the odds have to swing into your favor. If you keep at anything, then sooner or later “luck” happens.
I’ll tell you one other “secret” for free. People think online marketing is all about Google and ranking in Google and blah blah blah Google. If that’s what you care about, please go Google one of the eleventy billion SEO/Google blogs out there are read them. The pursuit of SEO and ad clicks goes against time-tested marketing principles, and aside from mentioning that from time to time and maybe going into more detail about it, that’s all you’ll hear from me on the topic.
So here we go!