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Archive for August, 2008


Back to the Basics: Choosing Your Niche

Several months ago I was reading all about the make money blog niche and decided it would be something fun to enter, and probably the easiest niche to monetize. Three months in, I have realized it is probably not the niche I should have chosen. In fact, the free blog I set up on WordPress about gaming is the only blog I’ve monetized yet. Granted I am nearing the $2,000 mark from almost 6 months of blogging, I am still enjoying the niche.

While the biggest mistake I made was not getting it’s own domain soon enough, I still enjoy it. Had I moved that blog to it’s own domain, I would have been able to monetize it very well. I am getting 1,200 views a day on that blog! Almost all of it coming from Google too. If I were to have Google AdSense up on a domain getting that traffic I could have made another couple hundred. If I sold private ads, another couple thousand.

What I’m getting at is picking your niche is very important. If it weren’t for me trying to prove the Noob that I can succeed in this niche, I would have dropped it a long time ago. Pick a niche you enjoy writing in. There are so many ways to monetize any niche, it’s just a matter of finding out how. Make it easier on yourself and start off from the get go with a niche you enjoy writing in.


Reason For Inactivity

So for the last week or so I haven’t even had a post to put up. There are two reasons for this, and they are both pretty valid reasons. I don’t like to leave the blog unposted on as usually I notice a dip in subscribers. Oddly, the count has gone up over the time I’ve spent not posting.

The first reason was I was having some hosting problems. I accidently had some files deleted for one of my other sites, and when I restored them it wasn’t working right. I had my host restore everything back to the way it had been several days before so it would have taken away any new posts I’d have posted since.

The second reason is I didn’t want to risk logging in here. An email and affiliate account of mine were hacked. I lost $250, but I got the accounts back. I was fairly convinced that I’d been keylogged so I didn’t want to log into anything important, which means my blog. I’ve determined it was luck, but who knows. Hopefully my accounts are still mine this time next week though.

I’ll be sure to start posting strong again. Maybe to make a little twist on things I will start talking about how I make money online, as blogging isn’t exactly doing it right now, and I have several projects in the works. Thanks for sticking with me through those days of inactivity.