The Truth About Making Money Online. My Jump From $3 a Month to Over $100 a Day

Ok, the first thing I’m going to do is connect this string of articles I’ve written together as a series. So this is actually part 1 of a 2 part piece on what I would do to get my blog some traffic , except I wrote and posted part 2 first. Hahahaha! But this post is also like part 5 or 6 of what you could call my making money online series. So I’m going to go over all the things I learned in the last 10 weeks. That’s right. You should know the credentials of the person who’s giving you their findings. And so let me reiterate my experience; bought the server space and domain name April 07, didn’t do anything, then started blogging daily October 07. Didn’t make any money online . March 1 decided to spend every day to uncover the “secrets” of making money while on line . By the way your first “secret” is right there, Google gives more weight to underlined words and words in bold. Keyword density relates to how often a word or phrase is repeated within a given body of text. 6 percent is the optimal ratio I hear a lot, but you’ve got to be careful not to overuse KWs, or you might get penalized by Google. And speaking of that; you need to know that Google is king . I wrote a piece during the MSN attempt to buy Yahoo, and mentioned the stat for searches per month was like 6 billion for G, 2.3 for Y and 1 for M, so even if M had gotten Y they STILL would only have gotten half the traffic of G. By the way, there’s another “secret” technique; you also have to watch keyword use for Adsense relevancy in content matching; so I’m very careful about which words I repeat in a post.

Personal Blog vs Money Blog

So I’m not going to drag this shit out; I’ll tell you the money stuff first and the traffic stuff second. I’m using software . Having said that, it still doesn’t tell you anything about HOW I’ve learned to do it. I can’t tell you for sure if it’s what the pro “make money” bloggers are doing. Bascically I reinvented the wheel and just taught myself, so you can ascribe whatever value to that admission that you want. Software also will not solve your problem if you don’t have a plan for making money on the internet, but it’ll make it easier and faster to implement-because you’re going to need your time to maintain, refine and GROW. So let’s get into what I think about this industry. Number 1; I don’t think a personal blog like this one can be a big money maker anymore . I think a personal blog like this, after a couple of months can start to generated maybe $50 and maybe peak at around $1000 and maybe even $1500-2000 for a real hustler. But that’s in the “personal blog” category, NOT the make money online blogs (also known as MMO). I have not made this blog a MMO. I sometimes talk about my income experiences because it falls into the “computer/tech” category, but today I wrote about Suge Knight and last night Speed Racer and the day before R. Kelly, so I still talk about stuff that’s not related to blogging or how to make money from my blog.

Conversely, what my 10 weeks of study showed me was that a money blog does NOT have to be full of content. People keep telling you that’s what you need to do. Everybody keeps saying if you make a blog full of content a) you’ll get traffic and b) traffic equates to money. This is a lie. This is absolutely not what I found to be the case . My money blogs are half hour creations. THIS blog on the other hand was blood, sweat and tears of work for 7 months of trying to write every day. Even when I didn’t make my goal of a creating a content rich post every day I THOUGHT about it and felt bad if I didn’t make it. But here’s another fact; you can write the greatest thing in the world, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get traffic . That’s a fact. If you don’t hustle up some traffic you’ll be writing in a void. Because I DID write in near silence for months. But once I put in the SEO work and joined a bunch of Social Networking sites the traffic came. What you can take away from that is this; traffic is not passive. If you build it they might come (but probably not). And even “traffic” doesn’t mean money. In an upcoming post I’ll talk about the real and the mistaken value of an Entrecard, Stumble or Digg.

A blog like this does have value. Personal blogs serve as a foundation . I’m building thousands of links, and building Google Page Rank, and relationships with other bloggers and general traffic of people who come from the search engines . But again, I only make what I call “expenses income” from this blog (maybe a hundred a month). I got a copy of Camtasia this week, so I’ll try to do a video of my computer screen to show you the various regions of this blog and how they’re monetized. My money blogs? Adsense and affiliates programs . Ebay is an affiliate too, but that slice of the pie is so…powerful that I really consider it a third program. Seriously, Ebay “money site” work is so specific that it really is a science all its own, but it’s not traditional blogging . And that was the biggest hurdle I had to get over, and possibly many of you too. Blogging for dollars is not the same as blogging for readers . Money blogs or simple websites don’t need a lot of content, and they are intentionally created to generate Adsense revenue or affiliate sales. You are trying to help people get from point A to point B. They want X and you are directing them to X and taking a thank you tip like a taxi driver. So let’s recap : if you don’t have an older established blog, don’t have a very focused blog, and/or don’t have an MMO blog, MY BELIEF is that you’re going to reach an income ceiling and level off.

I made this post too long too didn’t I. Ok, I promise this week I will tie all these post together into a series and I’ll do all the traffic stuff and show you which methods I used. But I sincerely think that, if you hadn’t already figured out the ideas I’ve presented here, you need to seriously take a moment and consider the fact that personal and money blogs CAN overlap, but they’re not the same . Any site can make money from Adsense or affiliate programs, but if you try to do it with a personal blog you have to be VERY FOCUSED. Topics have to be streamlined, because the Adsense will be all over the map. Additionally those seekers I mentioned earlier, looking to do “X,” will not find you as often if you’ve got multiple topics. Hope to see you in the next part of this. It’ll be done this week.

20 thoughts on “The Truth About Making Money Online. My Jump From $3 a Month to Over $100 a Day

  1. Hi Paul I’m so glad you found me. Thanks so much.

    And Hi Kathy. Well, you’ve seen the bulk of it, I’m just going to tie it all together and add these posts;

    -Mommy bloggers, and the 1 million hits a month lady
    -The traffic generation things I did, quantity/quality
    -The theory of Long Tail and how to use it
    -That video of my computer screen as I talk about stuff

    And maybe something else, but I’m groggy-you know if I’m commenting this early in the morning it means I’ve been up all night experimenting with plugins…and on top of that the Comment Luv plugin and the one that’s supposed to attach your pictures aren’t even working!!!

  2. It’s great to see someone else figure this ‘secret’ out.

    One thing I would add would be not to use Adsense on a blog like this one unless you used a plugin to restrict it to search engine traffic only. This will help you prevent getting “smart priced” across the board.

  3. Oh I got priced! You bet your ass on that one. I do actually use Adsense on the post pages NOT the home pages so I don’t get that low CTR.

    But yeah I’ve got multiple Adsense articles with me trying to figure out what was going on. And I’m doing some tested AS WE SPEAK to figure out some UNpricing solutions. Too complex for this format to do a lot of details, but I really want to thank you for looking out. This stuff is SOOOO subtle and tricky.

  4. If you put too much detailed content on a straight-up MMO blog/site,the visitors won’t need to buy anything.

    Case in point: John Reese’s old back in the day TrafficSecrets course landing page was filled with so much info that all I did was study it intensely while googling the terms that made no sense at the time. What do you know,I ended up learning what was in the course without buying it…good thing too because it sold for $999–now he was wrong for that!

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  5. Hey Caleb! My man, long time no see-in internet time :). Good to hear from you.

    But yeah, that’s pretty much how I learned. I just put all these systems on an imaginary table and walked around 360 and saw what went in and what came out to determine what’s inside.

    But bascially it’s all “out there” the SKILL is being able to discern the crap from the goods. And secondly being able to HEAR the good stuff. Sometimes the real stuff seems too easy or simple and we gloss over it.

    Somebodoy throw me a Stumble or Digg-as I mentioned earlier those systems DO have value and one of the things they’re good for is the quick dissemenation of an idea or story. Thanks in advance.

  6. I left a comment saying I Dugg you and bookmarked you using OnlyWire,but for some reason that comment didn’t show…

  7. Thanks Caleb, somebody slipped in a Stumble too, so I got a hit or two from there.

    I’m assuming OnlyWire is a type of posting software? I’ll Google it in 5 minutes-but yeah I am trying to track down a comment problem-a few really…
    Thanks again! I also found your lost comment and put a digg in for your pennies piece.

  8. Thanks for the straight talk. I’m adding you to my reader and I stumbled it. Can’t wait to read what’s next.

  9. Hi Lynn!
    Thanks so much for the support.

    I really did just get sick of this “blind leading the blind” activity I was seeing and decided I was going to “crack” the puzzle. I was really VERY surprised that the results defied what everybody was saying.

    Every day I watch my Adsense dollars trickle in and I’m still amazed.

  10. Are all your blogs listed in Blog Catalog? I was trying to get a sneak peak of examples 🙂 I am a fast writer so i don’t know if software would help me or not – from what i can tell i already have most of those articles prewritten but it does look very interesting, especially for sites I write for like associated content where quality doesn’t mean dirt!

  11. HI Chelle I was just by your blog (that one I know about) looking at your new layout. It’s nice and able to present a lot of the content.

    As for MY blogs, nope. None of my money blogs are on BC. Just some fun and test blogs. I use Blogger for testing. And I’m going write up my opinion about software tonight/tomorrow and get that up ASAP.

  12. Well Hello Sue!
    I like to think I’m JUST like a real person-nearly human, but all my wires and electrodes sometimes give this robot away.

    I appreciate your compliment-I set out to BRIEFLY enter the making money online arena so I could at least be once source out there for people looking for info. And I hope what I’m doing makes the fake people look as fake as they are.

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