February 20, 2014

Why I gave up the top level domain name for this blog

As you probably know by now, I did not renew the top level domain name for this blog. So is now

So I saved $10 for the domain name. Some of you would say that is a big deal and a few years back so would I. But I have found out something else has happened in the last few years, Google search has changed.

It use to matter what domain name you had, now it is all about the content and social media. Google rates a website or blog higher in searches if it has good content that is searchable but also if people are mentioning it on Facebook,Twitter and their own golden child, Google+.

So now instead of links pointing to your blog or website, you need social interaction with it. Mark my words, in a few more years that will change too. Yep, Google keeps people learning new SEO all the time.

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June 15, 2013

Are you losing revenue from your website or blog?

If you have a website or blog like this one and have been putting either banner ads or Google Adsense on them to make a little extra on the side, you should read this post because I am about to tell you why you are not going to make much money in the future from that.

A fairly recent wave of software and apps is starting to spread out over the internet. They are called ad blockers. Sad to say but I even use one on my Chrome browser. I installed it to see what ads were being blocked and the ad blocker does its job nicely too. It blocks all of the Google ads and most banner ads. What it doesn't block is text links. So my revenue from my sewing links, like this one are making through the ad blocker. Strange as it may sound but my revenue from that source has gone up but clicks on my Adsense ads has gone down........a lot.

Since the ad blocker I use is one of the most popular for Chrome, I recommend that you also install one to see what your blog is showing. The ad blocker will even block ads shown on videos from YouTube so if you are counting on revenue from there you can also count on a drop of ads being shown.

Bottom line is, you have to keep up with what is going on with the way your customers surf the web if you want to make money online.

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May 25, 2013

Your blog is more than an advertising place for your products - you can make money from it too

Blogging is much more than a way to advertise what you make. There are countless ways to make money from your blog just by writing on it.

If you have followers to your blog you know that people are reading it, so why not make money from those visitors? Here are some helpful tips:

If you are always making items, taking pictures of them and putting it on your blog then you should be putting up affiliate links to the products you are using to make those items. The affiliate links I recommend are Amazon where you become a member and can put up affiliate links like this one to sewing products at Amazon where I earn 6% on every purchase made by someone who clicks through that link. You can of course use Google Adsense but the average click through rate is less than 1% and you will need about 1500 visitors a day to make about $10 a day. Another good one is where you can choose the companies you advertise. I tend to shy away from ad networks that want you to place a code on your page and they control the ads. Did that once and had some ads show up on the blog that had nothing to do with sewing......never again.

Another way is to do reviews of products that you use and tell your readers that you would like to review other products for them too......maybe one of your readers is a CEO of a well known company that sells items that you use and will pay you to review their products. That is something I have done and usually the pay is pretty good.

Think of your blog as an online magazine with helpful articles and some paid advertising.

One last word of advise, if you are not making money off of your advertising after a month, remove that ad and try something else.

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