Niche Website Update 21 – Getting Interested Again in Affiliate Marketing – Plus $853 in Income

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Its official – summer is over.  The kids are back in school, the pool is closed, and I’m scheduling the sprinkler system to be winterized. In terms of my online business, that also means that I’m running out of time to hit the goals I had set with my niche websites before 2014 comes to a close. Personally I feel like each of my websites has got a LONG, LONG ways to go.  Which can be both a fun and creative thing.  I’m not just talking in terms of making money.  I also mean in developmental things like content, SEO, traffic, etc.  Those are the kinds of activities that I believe will ultimately bring in the money if you do them right for the long run. … even if no one wants to help you get those activities done (a funny story about … [Read more...]

My Money Design Turns 3!  What I’ve Learned About Writing Blogs for Money

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I’m proud to announce that as of last week MyMoneyDesign.com is now 3 years old! Running a blog is something that unfortunately not a lot of other people can claim to have accomplished.  During my tenure I’ve seen a lot of websites start, a lot of them fail, and some of them just completely disappear of the face of the Internet. But I’ve also seen a lot of the good ones carry on and take their sites to the next level.   They’ve encouraged me, inspired me, and even challenged me at times to improve.  I’m very thankful for all the friends I’ve made and for everything I’ve throughout this whole experience! If someone would have told me 3 years ago that this would be my primary way of making money on the side, I would have told them … [Read more...]

Niche Website Update 20 – Copying My Competition – Plus $1,226 in Income

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When you’re like me and depending on your hobby of blogging to supplement your income, you start to take a very active interest in how exactly you can do things better.  Why?  Because better = more money! That’s exactly what I’ve been up to this month – trying to figure out creative ways how to do things better.  Though I’ll get into more detail about it below, I’m confident that the things I’m doing will have long lasting positive benefits on my niche websites. Even though I declared in my last Niche Website Update that I wasn’t going to invest much more effort into my latest niche site #4 (which I call NS4), ironically that’s the one that I’ve been working on the most when it comes to “experimenting” with a few new … [Read more...]

Niche Website Update 19 – Using the 80-20 Rule to Adjust My Priorities – Plus $1,295 in Income

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Before we get to the latest developments with my side-income generating efforts using my niche website portfolio (and what a great month it was), I wanted to pause for a minute and have everyone try a short exercise I used this month. I was on vacation recently when I had a moment of clarity and decide to try out this little exercise.  It’s amazing how much your perspective on things can change when you’re physically in a new location and removed from the everyday grindstone of your normal routine. Here is the exercise I tried: Take a pen and paper and on the left side begin jotting down a list of all the things you or your virtual assistant work on every week to make your niche sites or blog money. Now add some kind of monthly … [Read more...]

How to Increase Your Google Adsense Revenue Using My Simple Equation

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Google Adsense revenue has got to be one of the simplest and most convenient forms of passive income I have ever gotten myself into. For quite a few months now I’ve been receiving close to $500 per month just from being an Adsense affiliate. $500 per month; can you believe that?  That’s practically a car payment.  And the best part is that it requires little to no effort on my part to earn it. Though there are many factors that affect how much money you’ll earn from Google Adsense, one of the biggest things I’ve come to realize is that you need to start with a good strategy if you expect to get any revenue.  Questions like “should I write a post about this or that” can make or break whether you’ll get a few bucks per click or just … [Read more...]

Niche Website Update 18 – Reaching Out to Other Bloggers and Changing Focus

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Welcome everyone to another monthly update of what’s going on with my niche website developments. In case you’re new here, I started building niche sites about a year and a half ago in an attempt to make more money from blogging and greatly accelerate my path to financial freedom.   If you’re a blogger or even just a regular person looking to add on to their regular monthly income, then you’re going to want to check this series out. All I can say about May was that it was a pretty eventful month in terms of up’s and down’s for my niche sites.  Here’s a look at how things have gone over the past few weeks:   What in the World Happened to the Rank of NS4? Oh no!  About a week after I published my last Niche Website Update … [Read more...]

How Content Improvement Is Better For Ranking Than Basic SEO – A Case Study

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One of my hopes and dreams as a blogger is that every single post I write will be some dynamite piece of content that makes it to the top of the search engines over time and lends itself to thousands of dollars of income for me. MMD – Keep dreaming! If you’d like a swift reality check, take what you believe to be your 5 best posts and see where they rank in Google search engine results for the keyword you were targeting.  (You can do this in Long Tail Pro or simply browse through your Google Webmaster Tools account).  You might get a pretty rude awakening! That’s exactly what I did recently when I was trying to improve the readership of my blog. One post I was particularly proud of was this one here.  It was a post I published … [Read more...]

Niche Website Update 17 – How I Went From Spot 500 to 14 in the Google Search Ranks!

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One of the most frustrating things about starting a new niche website or building up the one you have now is getting little-to-no traffic! Taking it a step further, “little-to-traffic” can be EXTRA frustrating if the whole point of that website you’re working so hard on is intended to be one of your “money sites”.  In other words, you were counting on it to earn a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars each month.  But obviously that isn’t happening. For any money site, it’s a numbers game.  The higher the targeted traffic, the more likely you are to get more clicks on products you’re promoting and the more conversions (or sales) it will lead to. Little-to-traffic is a killer.  It equals zero conversions.  No money for … [Read more...]