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?
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!