Have you been wondering where I’ve been? No updates and no new articles for two weeks can mean that I gave up, perhaps. Since you’re all smart folks, however, I am sure that you noticed the all new site design. No, I didn’t give up. I was busy restructuring and renewing this site, whose name is now officially The Money Earning Sites Central. In my last Saturday update, I said that I was considering a revamp, but that I had no intention of doing it for the time being. Even a teddy bear should have noticed, by this time, that I changed my mind about it. Why is that? As mentioned in the past Saturday updates, I became very enthusiast about the concept of domaining; I applied everything I have been taught and… nothing at all happened. Getting anyone to notice, let alone buy my domains, looks like mission impossible to me! And I am quite positive that my domains aren’t worthless. For example, I have swaplinks (dot) org in my portfolio. The .com TLD is owned by Afternic, one of the biggest corporate level domainers. They are selling it for $120,000. Now, it’s highly unlikely that anyone will buy that domain for that kind of money and .org domains are only worth 25% of a .com. So my domain should be worth $30,000. Let’s say they sell it for only 10% of what they are asking for. If you are confused, the domaining industry works by corporate domainers setting very high prices for what are known as premium domains, and then the buyers making considerably lower offers. That still means $3000 for my domain. What am I actually asking for the it? $300, NEGOTIABLE. I would probably sell for $70-$80. How many people are interested in that? ZERO. That put me down. It wasn’t the only thing. I had a few issues with people I know in real life who stumbled upon my blog. But the coup de grace to my morale came from some idiot who deleted a link I was very fond of, which gave me a huge helping hand for the site’s SERPs. With the link gone, I lost my ranking on page two of Google for that keyword. In a moment of desperation, I opened a thread on the Warrior’s Forum stating that I was going to give up and hated Internet Marketing. Of course, it was only for five seconds. I quickly came back to my senses especially after reading the hundreds and hundreds of responses full of encouragement from the folks over there. My thread was the most popular of the week. But I needed a dose of reality. Look Who’s Back!
What is this site about? Building and monetizing Web Sites, of course. Irrespectively of the site’s size, this method of generating an income online is considered by most to be a passive one. Put together a Web site, have it rank in Google for some competitive keyword and wait for people to click on your advertisements and affiliate links. As long as the site stays ranked, it will keep generating money without the webmaster having to lift a finger. That is a big if, however. Even if a site gets ranked number one in Google, that does not mean that it is going to stay there forever especially in today’s search engines’ environment. Frequent updates, article writing, SEO, advertising, public relations and many more tedious tasks come into mind; they turn that “without lifting a finger” into a mere modern-age utopia. As such, this is not such a great definition of “passive income,” so it is best to seek another one. If we turn to the biggest expert in the field, Pat Flynn, we get this one: Passive income is income generated without trading time for money. This is unquestionable a much better definition, but one that does not convince me. Pat himself admits having very busy work days, and I am myself so exhausted that I would gladly sink into my bed and sleep for three consecutive days. On the other hand, when I was earning bread and butter on eBay, I was able to make a great deal of money without spending more than a few hours every day on the job, so I was trading very little time in exchange for cash. But no one would even dream of calling that “passive income“. Instead of using time as a means of distinguishing between active and passive income, I would rather use their “Power To Recur.” Censored
What is the one issue that nearly every kind soul who visited my blog complained about? Well, I am sure some of my acquaintances hate me because I did not speak of them too nicely, but I am not talking about that. What most of my “fans” such as Another Loser were skeptical about is this one thing: I never made any money online. As such I should not try to teach others how to do the same. I am going to refrain myself from explaining for the nth time why, in today’s scenario, learning from someone who just started up is far more valuable than studying what anyone did to monetize a Web site in the past ten years. Of course, I am not making any money because the project is brand new, and shaping up a site into an authority blog is a very long and tedious process. Today, however, I want to underline a fact, which some of you may have missed: I have indeed made money on line in the past. Thirteen years ago, making money on eBay was my cup of tea. In the course of three years, I made around $100,000, possibly a little more. I spent a little less than $30,000 to buy my stock, which leaves a net profit of about $70,000, or $1900 per month. However I wasted around $40,000 buying other stuff for myself, so I only put around $30,000 in my pockets. Considering that in Malta, where I live, the average wage is $2000, I could have easily made a living off from that. Click Here To Learn How I Did It
This hasn’t been a momentous week for my business, but somewhat of an earthquake for my personal life. I would love to share with my greedy nation the whole story, but I can’t. The reason is that if I did, things would get worse for me. After all this is a public place and anyone can read what I post here. I hope none of you are curious folks otherwise you risk being left dying out of curiosity; I am not going to elaborate any further. Last week I had been too optimistic with my predictions on my impressions. They seem to have peaked at 400. I predicted at least a 1000 based on the number of spam comments I had been getting. Still, 400 is my second best result ever. It sounds such as my impressions peak whenever my PEACE article is ranking for “money earning sites“. I say “when” because Google cycles that article with the homepage and my introduction for beginners. When PEACE is in charge, I rank on page 2, the homepage, for a moment today, was on page 1 position 9. The introduction is always on page 3, which is where I am at now. I will be honest and admit that I don’t understand why Google does this. I am trying to keyword-optimize only one page for each set of search terms now to avoid this scenario. Of course, I can modify the beginner introduction and eliminate the keywords from it but I still won’t know how to deal with the homepage, which changes for every article I post. Any suggestions are welcome!
So much has changed in the wonderful land of SEO in the past few years. Remember those days when the top ten results in Google consisted of sites filled with spun articles or even malware? I guess a few of you will miss those days; others will thank the almighty one, that is Matt Cutts, for freeing the Web from such rubbish. Whichever way you feel about the deal, know that whatever used to work three years ago no longer does the job. Today most SEO experts are putting emphasis on quality: original content, relevant topics, perfect grammar and studio quality videos. The demand for state of the art products, whether visual or written, has increased exponentially. Getting paid for an article or getting a link in exchange for one is not as easy as it used to be. A blogger could get away with poor English and a mediocre style in the recent past. That is no longer so. Even if you are publishing articles exclusively on your blog, you still have the judgment of your own readers to care about. With quality standards being set so high, getting your work rejected isn’t uncommon. Whether that rejection comes from other bloggers whom you want to guest blog for, or it manifests itself between the lines of the comments that your own readers leave on your site, dealing with it can be hard. When one takes pride in the work which he or she does, hearing from another human being that their work is not worth a dime is even more discouraging. If you get rejected, there is one thing which you have to keep in mind: Rejection is an event, not a status that defines you. What separates winners from losers is not lack of rejection by the former; it is the way they deal with rejection. A successful writer or entrepreneur takes rejection as an opportunity to grow. Quitters internalize rejection, and transform it into an obstacle that prevents them from achieving their goals. A better understanding of what rejection is and what it’s not will help you deal with it in a positive way, and use rejection as a means to grow as a blogger, writer and human being too.