Sunday, June 29, 2014

Racing Towards the Mark of Better Alexa Ratings

Harold Dog racing towards the mark

   Do you check your blog's Alexa ratings? I did an article here on May 27th of this year, in which I posted the rankings of my other two blogs and Hubpages. I wanted to share with you the developments I've noticed since.

  OK, so that was about 32 days ago from today and at that time I didn't have stats for this blog because it was too new. Christian Blogger's Journal has since been showing up and I've been watching it rise. Interestingly enough the only comment I received last article about this was an anonymous person who aptly said, "you have a long way to go." So, for you dear person, thank you for the inspiration. 

   May 27th:

   The Lowdown Truth:                     10,372,004
   A Writer's Review:                          4,733,324
   lowdown0 Hubpages:                      4,538,357

   June 29th:

   The Lowdown Truth:                        5,658,449
   A Writer's Review:                            2,887,196
   Christian Bloggers Journal:              3,939,758
   lowdown0 Hubpages:                       2,698,196

      The amount of articles I've written in each of these in the last month is as follows:

      The Lowdown Truth:                         5
       A Writer's Review:                            2
    Christian Blogger's Journal:              11
    lowdown0 Hubpages                          2

     Really, that's not a very high output for that good of a return. For the critic who so graciously came by to encourage me, what do you think? Be careful, cause you could end up encouraging me further. 

    I'm excited about this progress myself. It's strange why The Lowdown Truth is ranked the worst, as it's the first blog I started and the one with the most posts and back-links? O'well, I guess it's niche isn't as popular as the others are. Christian Blogger's Journal has risen very fast although I haven't even connected it to any blog directories yet. I do write in here more often than the others. 

     I could imagine if I were to triple that output on articles in the next month, my rankings would start to get respectable quickly. My next goal is to get all of them under a million in the next 3 months time. In the three months after that I want to get them closer to under a 100,000. If I can get all of these under 100,000 then I'll begin to see the traffic that will earn me some money and will start gaining a loyal readership. 

    How is your blogging going? Have you checked your Alexa rankings yet? You might have to enable your RSS feed in your settings section under the "other" subsection (Blogger). Your feed URL(RSS) should be automatically created under Feedburner. I learned how to do this when I started putting my blogs in directories. This allows you to give people email subscriptions and RSS reader subscriptions as well. Something to think about if your trying to grow your blog. 

    It's been a fun journey blogging. It's the perfect form of writing for myself, allowing for me to have the freedom and flexibility to write as I please and when I desire. This blog in particular has been a great addition, as it is less formal and therefor I can simply let myself simply write what's on my mind. This helps me understand myself and the world around me. Like I said in the first post here, it's your fault if you're reading it. Still, I'm glad you are, and if you want to get an email notification when I post, then subscribe through the email subscription area on the top right of the blog. If you have any questions that a simpleton like myself can help you with, then leave a comment. Remember to mark the box to receive email notifications in the comment box. 

    God bless and protect you and families, and may He guide you in your writing, this I pray in Jesus Christ name, Amen. 

Book of the day: Harold Bell Wright, The Shepherd of The Hills

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blogging System Outlook, Make $500/month Writing On-line

Harold Dog Says "Are You Done Writing Yet?"

YouTube Vlog

   Recently I've started a Vlog on YouTube to replace my BlogTalkRadio weekly program. It's only a half an hour show where I talk about what's on my mind from the week, but I enjoy doing it. BlogTalk failed me a couple weeks ago as suddenly after a couple years, the PIN # wouldn't work so I could call in my own show. I emailed them, still no response. I'm glad it happened because YouTube is a better place for my show. 

   After a couple shows, I can see the advantages, which are: I can record my shows whenever, the sound is better as I can record it on Audacity, it's a larger platform and I get more views, the ads don't play over the show, it's easier to use and edit, and I have my YouTube monetized. Really, it's much better place unless you want to take live calls, and then BlogTalk is the place to be. 

   I will improve my approach with the show as time goes, but as for now I use the same picture for every episode. Maybe I need to use the photo editor to place the episode info on the picture itself, then it will be easier for people to distinguish the episodes apart from each other. I want to keep the same picture though as a familiar sign of the show. 

Blogging: Monetary Goals

  Blogging is going well to my standards, the three main blogs I have are growing as is my Hubpages in the Alexa ratings. Overall if you look at the dynamics of making money on-line, a blogger or YouTuber makes about a half a cent per view on average at the best. This is basically true for Hubpages, YouTube, Blogger, and WebAnswers with Adsense. Therefor, if I want to estimate the money I'm making (or want to make as a goal), I simply need to look at the number of views that show up in Adsense, and then calculate this with a half a cent per view. To be safe, you may want to say a third of a cent per view. 

   Looking at the writing system this way, we can project a certain amount of views needed to make the desired amount. Let's say I want to make $500/month from all my on-line work, this includes ChatAbout, RedGage, Teckler, Bubblews, Inboxdollars, Webanswers, DailyTwoCents, YouTube, Hubpages, three Blogs, and Postloop. 

   Basically most of these aren't going to make much potentially, ChatAbout, Postloop, Teckler, RedGage, Bubblews, Inboxdollars, DailyTwoCents combined are likely going to make me about $20/month. I just don't put a lot of effort into these, but I do build on them some, so there is potential for them to make more over time. 

  So, the main sites I want to make money from is Hubpages, three Blogs, YouTube, and Webanswers. All of these are based on views basically, so how many views do I need collectively to make $480 to then make the goal every month?

   OK, so 480 divided by .003 = 160,000 views 
   Now, if I were to make a half a cent per view rate, then I would need 96,000 views to make $480.

   Those are Adsense views as well remember. My Blogger dashboard may say 100 views, but only about 25% of those show up in Adsense. 

    160,000 views means you would have to get around 5,300 per day. 
      96,000 views means you'd have to get around 3,200 per day.

   Now, this is money that you are making basically from Adsense only, so if you have an Amazon Associates account working, a donate button, Reverbnation songs for sale, or any other form of making money, that money would be on top of this $500/month. And with that many visitors, you could probably expect to make some with these. It's hard to say how much, that depends on the how effectively you market products and what kind of articles are attracting support. 

    Where Am I now?

   As of now I have a long ways to go to reach this goal. To estimate the amount of views I've gotten from Adsense and Hubpages last month (May), I would estimate around 8,500 total for all these sites.

  So I have to gain about 100,000 more views in order to reach that goal, basically depending on the multiple variables I considered. This doesn't discourage me though, because I just started my formal writing system about two months ago. I work full-time so I don't have the time to write or promote my sites as often as I would like. If I were to have full time to work this venture, I would likely be around 50,000 views a month already after two months, and the informal 3 months before this. 

   Since I'm merely plugging away and learning how to improve my system as I go, my goal is to reach this goal 6 months from now. During the Winter my seasonal job allows me to write more, so I will put in a near full-time effort and thus in a year from now it's very possible I could be making a full-time living as a writer/blogger on-line. This barring the total collapse of the world and the Internet in the meanwhile. Of course, I realize the world's precarious problems, yet that is what gives me my motivation, to expose the darkness and help bring people to faith in Jesus Christ as their savior. 

   Hope this blogger's article helped you in some way to get some perspective on your blogging/writing goals on-line. If you have full-time to put in to your writing, take advantage of it and make it happen. Another component of this strategy I want to implement is writing e-books as well. God bless. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Catching On To Tumblr

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   Learning is usually a difficult process, blogging is no different in this regard. It's exciting to learn, but also frustrating when trying to learn without a direct teacher. Everything I've learned on-line has been through my own seeking. It would be nice to have a direct teacher.

   There are some wonderful indirect teachers out there who have helped along the way with their blogs and articles. It's sometimes hard to find an updated lesson though. Seems like fresh articles are hard to find sometimes and things change quickly on-line. 

   The latest journey for this blogger is Tumblr. I've heard of this site before, but never though it was somewhere for me. A couple days ago though, I decided to give it a try after finding out it could be a great way to promote my blogs. I found out you could even monetize it with Adsense. After a couple days of messing with my new Tumblr blog, I haven't yet successfully placed any ads on it. 

   Still, the site is a great opportunity to promote my blogs and hubs. The Alexa rank of Tumblr is 35 in the world and 18 in the US. So, obviously this is a great place to get traffic if used in an effective way. 

   Blogging is a learning process for sure. After starting my Tumblr blog, I appreciate even more - my Blogger blogs. The design and usability is so much better in my opinion. Tumblr is more like a social site than a blog. Yet, being able to monetize your blog and other usability features makes it more appealing than Google+ and Facebook. 

   I'm going to use it for back-links and try to monetize it when I figure out how. Of course, every site has more potential when you spend more time there and build it up. I'll do an update review after awhile and tell how well it's working out. 

Here is my Tumblr Blog if want to check it out:


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Streamlining the Writing System

   Lately I have been wondering about the strategy I've been using writing on-line. I wrote an article about 25 back-linking sites I use to promote my blogs. I'm just wondering how many of those are worth using if I'm don't have the time to build them up. And some of them are just such liberal places, I wonder if it's even worth wasting my time using. 

  The thing is, using a handful of sites is better than a dozen because then I have time to work them and gather an audience. If I simply write a snippet and then leave a back-link and never interact with the community then I won't receive much attention. So, what I'm realizing is that I don't have time to interact and use all the sites I've been using for back-linking, and so spending the time writing there is a waste of time really. The only reason I would say otherwise is because the back-link gives my blogs more authority. 

  I'm not sure how much authority some of them give though, especially if they are ranked higher than say 30K in the world. And even so, if I spent more time at a handful of sites I back-link to then I would gather more traffic from these sites alone. The amount of traffic I can get should give more authority. Just thoughts from someone who isn't an expert in these matters. I guess I'm learning as I go which strategy is most effective for me. 

  I need a strategy where I can be the most productive and streamlined to maximize the effectiveness of my writing. Cutting down the amount of sites I use to simply put back-links will free up time to build up more of a presence on the sites I am going to use to get traffic and authority from. Then I will simplify my writing and allow for me to build more of a strong presence in the places I am committed to using. 

  For instance I can cut out the sites in which I don't make any money from and hardly get any traffic from. Maybe I could work these sites more and get more traffic, but why should I work them when I have other sites I could work and make money from too? There just isn't enough time to work all these sites.

  The sites I'm going to cut out are: MyLot, Allvoices, and Newsvine. I have been using these sites and getting very little traffic from them. Newsvine has been the best traffic source, yet the people there are absolutely anti-God and liberal. None of these make any money either. 

  Another interesting aspect to writing on-line is looking at the numbers without the hype. Hubpages for example has earned me about $13 for $25 hubs. That is about .50cents for each article, although it will continue to grow. So if I spend an hour to make a hub, and say make a $1.00 on it over the time it is alive, that's not very good is it. I mean if I spent an hour at Postloop forum posting and posted about 30 comments, then I would make about $1.80. I mean at Bubblews I make about .25 cents for a simple article that takes 5 minutes (if they pay me). Or Daily Two Cents I could write a 100 words and make .20 cents. Just some food for thought. 

   So maybe I need to just write a simpler article at Hubpages and not spend so much time on it. I have gotten it down to about 40 minutes writing a Hub, but I'm thinking 15 minutes would be better. That way I could write more of them, make more money, and still have quality back-links. Maybe they will decrease my Hub score and not show me any favor, but already they are showing me little favor because some of my content is the opposite of liberal. 

   This is a blogger article here, asking the questions about streamlining a writing system. Having less sites to work and build up, and maximizing the ones do use, seems like the angle I'm going to use from now on. As I have less time to write and need to use it effectively. Hope this helps, God bless. 

Book of the Day: Fox's Book of Martyr's