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Do You Maintain Your Website?

You love to write. So you decided to bite the bullet and set up your own site.

You write articles. You receive some visitations and decide you'd like to make a bit of money for your efforts -- if nothing else, to pay your site costs. So you check out the ads. You enact a scheme to make this money.

Then you look for a little cash flow to cross your path. True, it does come, but it's such a trickle, you get frustrated.

So you heavily boost your output. Not bad, you think. I should get more money for doing this. And you do.

But the added income is nothing short of pitiful. You've only succeeded in adding to your frustration. After all, you've provided quality links and you've even embedded truly helpful videos. So you return to a lesser productivity. After all, what else can you do?

Well, I'm not writing genius. The topic of most of my material will never be seen in any equivalent to the Nielsen ratings. I'm not an IT expert. And as to SEO (search engine optimization), I'm not the cat's meow. Yet, my site is bringing in an increasing income. No, not enough to earn a living (at least yet). But it looks like I can expect about a 50 to 75% increase this year over last year. That's a pretty decent pay raise!

Here's what I've done and am doing...

  • I promote my work very modestly.
  • An IT expert helps me some if I seek her aid.
  • I check links, mostly the video links.
  • I upgrade images, trying to provide as many of my own, quality images, as possible.
  • I always correct every typo and format error.
  • I try to write on subjects I know, but that would be likely candidates for public interest. Particularly for younger people and computer-wise older persons.
  • I try not to simply rehash everyone else's work, or utilize references such as Billy Boy's Blog.
  • I correct and update content, as needed.
  • I hand choose advertisements, I don't allow the propaganda to let the provider choose the ads at their personal whim.
  • The End... for now, anyway...

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Kasman wrote on March 2, 2018, 2:21 PM

I have a website on Google Blogger. As such I don't 'own' it (less hassle) but I do maintain it, as you maintain yours, by checking links, etc., and updating when necessary. My 'niche' if you want to call it that is (of course) Scotland and everything to do with her. I do have an Adsense account but don't earn much probably because I'm more interesting in writing and photography than actually making money and I don't promote my site too well. Perhaps I should rethink that - what's the point of writing if no-one reads it!

Last Edited: March 2, 2018, 3:37 PM

VinceSummers wrote on March 2, 2018, 2:48 PM

Cool. AdSense allows you to check out your site and its ads. If you let them, AdSense puts up a ton of ads for THEIR site, as well as Facebook, PayPal, and Amazon. Those ads are up all over the universe. It helps THEM, not you. So I edit out those ads and some others that will not bring in money for me. It takes a good half-hour or more to edit ads, and I do it at least every month, but it pays. You might check that...

Kasman wrote on March 2, 2018, 3:37 PM

Yes, I will.

MegL wrote on March 3, 2018, 3:36 PM

Great tips and very important for monetizing web sites.