Not 12 hours after saying I was going to wait and see what happened with Google's Farmer update, I decided to take matters into my own hand. I started my own website and have published 5 pages of content on it this week.
I know that some of my regular internet marketing readers will be somewhat disappointed, but I decided to go with Weebly for my site. I did purchase my own domain name but I know that some will bristle at the 50-50 split with AdSense. But listen to my rationale first before throwing stones.
First of all, I don't feel as if I have a complete understanding of setting up my own site. I know that I could stumble my way through it, but I wanted to get something up on the net and quick before I got totally discouraged and lost momentum. I wanted to be able to focus on content.
Secondly, cost was a factor. Since this is a great unknown for me, I decided the cost of getting a domain name at $10 plus hosting at a cheap $8 per month is $106 for a year. I would have to make that amount back before profit began. My cost for a year of hosting at Weebly plus my own domain was $40. With a 50-50 split, I only have to make back $80.
With this arrangement, I am able to avoid the frustration of dealing with building my own site and getting frustrated. I can instead focus on content. I am getting more valuable use of my time. Plus the hurdle to make back my costs is much lower. For me, it was a win-win. Not to mention the fact that I was able to pay with PayPal which only had $50 in it. That was money that I had earned on eHow. So my "hobby" still hasn't cost me anything other than time.
I have noticed that many people don't share the name of their other sites. I am not sure why that is, but I am tempted to share and post a few links once I get up to 10 pages of content. Please provide some comments and guidance as to why it may or may not be a good idea to share the site name.
I am just a neophyte learning to make money online. I am excited about the opportunities and hope to share what I am learning.
I am also interested in real assets such as gold and real estate. I have a blog on these topics as well. Be sure to stop by and check out both my blogs.