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Is Your Blog A Busines Or Just a Hobby?



August 25th, 2008 00:20 am | by Ed |

Way back in '85 when I got my first computer I knew that there had to be a way to use it to make money. While I was going about life pretty much the same as most folks, from one day to the next, I would occasionally revisit the idea and work on ways to earn money with a computer that didn't need a fortune of capitol that I didn't have and couldn't raise to get started. I was also very much against the idea of having a lot of physical labor or hot pizza kitchens involved.

Sometime around the middle of 1998 I first began to see mention of "webblogs" which later came to be known simply as "blogs". I didn't think much of them and frankly didn't actually like the word "blog" because it somehow managed to grate against my nerves the wrong way.

It wasn't until some time in early 2006 that my opinion of blogs and blogging had softened enough that I actually started one myself. Some months later I began to learn some of the ways that an otherwise unremarkable blog in a sea of blogs could be built into an actual home based business with a real potential to earn significant amounts of money.

I started out slowly at first, writing posts that talked about websites and the products & services they offered and providing a link to the site. This wasn't a lot of money mind you, but it was the beginning of "the thing" I'd been looking for all those years. The way I see it, writing a sponsored post is similar to writing advertising copy except you don't need a degree to do it.

Over time I found assorted variations on this and began to make more money. Maybe it wasn't the thousands a month that a lot of places claim you can make, but it was a significant enough contribution to our income to be a noticeable help.

Over the last couple years I've been toying around with Adsense. For the first 18 months or so my efforts at Adsense made me something just over a sawbuck. Because of this I had just about decided that I wasn't going to make much there.

Then I decided to give it another try and apply some of the SEO techniques I've learned over the last few years and as a result I've made more with Adsense in the last six months than I did in the 18 months before that. It's still not enough to call it significant but it does show me that I'm on the right track.

Now I'm spending more time exploring affiliate programs and learning how to spot the good ones that actually work amid all of the junk plans that do little more than waste your time and separate you from your cash.

I'm also working on an advertising pricing structure for selling various types of advertising on my blogs. Once it's done I'll be trying it out on this blog.

It's been slow progress so far, but I'm picking up the pace and I can honestly say that my blogs are NOT "just a hobby", They're a home business in which I do something I really enjoy... write and like the commercial says: "It doesn't get any better than this." My goal is for this work from home business to become large enough to qualify as a "serious income".

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