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I can't sit idle, I am always working on something…

I can't sit idle, I am always working on something…

Just finished a ton of work on this blog! Some of you may remember my affiliation with PayPerPost back in the day. The idea was to try out sponsored blog post writing, you know to make money off the blog and my writing efforts.

It went well for a while. I made a few hundred dollars during the year and it did pay some of the bills but I learned that my affiliation with them would impact my google page rank. See how I have no page rank as of the date I wrote this post?

I did research on paid posts, page rank, learned stuff, formed my opinions and decided to try sticking it out with PayPerPost since they seemed like they were working to bring in advertisers who weren’t looking for blogs with page rank since hardly any PayPerPost bloggers had page rank anymore.

Also PayPerPost was making claims that they were working to clean out the junk blogs and imporve the quality of bloggers using their service. One thing I noticed a ton of was fellow bloggers on PayPerPost who weren’t managing quality blogs, they were just creating blog so that they could take opportunities and to make money. Their blogs were not targeting any audience or providing any real benefit to anyone but the advertisers who were paying them for nofollow free links which is unethical in paid post advertising (in my opinion).

Plus my own blog’s readers and traffic had really grown a ton and to me the quality and target audience of PayPerPost’s paid opportunities just wasn’t worth tarnishing my blog or annoying my readers anymore. Sure when you get like 20 hits a day it doesn’t matter if you take a paid post for a sheistey (sp?) dating site but when your daily traffic is over 300 hits it is a different story.

So here’s to you my 50+ regular readers and my 200+ readers who arrive here via google everyday, you helped me grow and stuck with me through the process. I’ve kicked PayPerPost to the curb and will continue striving to provide some real quality content to the web to benefit you!

Now I am looking at other ways to monetize this blog. I’ve already got adsense going and amazon referrals and I would love to get on with BlogHer but they aren’t taking new publishers right now… So I’ll just focus my money making efforts in other areas like on helium.com and also on these two pages I’ve created (Alternative Health Zone and Alternative Birthing Zone).

I love to stay busy! Got any blog monitization tips, traffic improving ideas or questions about all this for me?

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Update: 8pm 1/26/2009

We are forecasted for some severe winter weather according to N’s station’s dooms-day weather coverage. Apparently we are going to be getting some inches of snow (big freaking deal!!)…

The real worry is about freezing rain/ ice storms that could leave many without power. No power means no internet 🙁 I think our gas heat and stove will still work unless ice storms can take out natural gas supply too… Hmm. It seems like forecasters and people in general just freak out over nothing weather wise here. We’ll see if the ice storm happens though.

If you are weather curious you can see a current video of our conditions here. I have a few scheduled posts so you wont notice a lack of content here if we do loose power but you can check my twitter page to see if I am alive or not. Also our current weather forcast is here. Wanna take bets of weather or not the ice will happen? Better yet go place your baby weight bet here!

5 Comments
  • I think some of the ads things only work well for really high traffic blogs like over 1000 hits a day or something. I haven’t heard too many people sing their praises. Wish I knew more to share.

    January 26, 2009 at 10:46 pm
  • I honestly don’t know anything about ads. Sorry, I wish I could be better help.

    I’ll have to go and look at our new pages. There are days that I would love to do absolutely nothing…I rarely get those.

    Beckys last blog post..Celebrate Good Times!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:58 am
  • I’d love to learn how to better monetize my blog as well. I’ve never tried the PayPerPost or Helium. I AM a member of the ad network you mentioned, but I really don’t make much. I’ll have to go and check out your pages.

    Hope you’re staying warm and the storm aren’t too bad.

    Momisodess last blog post..The Choice Was Clear

    January 28, 2009 at 9:36 pm
  • This is a topic I am really interested in. I want to know how to make the money, and if you have suggestions on how to increase the readers, let me know. I have goals, after all, and I am not there yet.

    Karens last blog post..Mail Lost And Found

    January 29, 2009 at 12:45 am
  • I’ve got nothin’! sorry.

    Hyphen Mamas last blog post..Dear Mother Nature…. What Gives?

    January 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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