It turns out that the Google algorithm change was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get out of my comfort zone and start my own website, although using the interface at Weebly is not that uncomfortable. For this lack of having to deal with uploading various parts of a site to a hosting service, I do have to share AdSense income 50-50 with Weebly, but it is worth it to me.
The interface has become fairly easy for me to use and navigate in under a week's time. In that time, I have published 7 pages of content most of which are between 400 and 500 words. The best part is that 5 of those content pages have been indexed by Google! The site is only 10 days old. Plus the home page, about page, policy page, and the 2 article content pages have been indexed. Only my 2 most recent articles have yet to appear.
I was able to use one of the themes on the site and modify the picture to some that are appropriate for my topic. It is an informational site colored by my personal experience in options trading. It is monetized with AdSense on the left and an Amazon capsule at the bottom of each page. I like the layout but would appreciate any comments or suggestions as this is my first attempt.
Like I've mentioned before, my new website is not the greatest site out there, but it is mine! I have purchased the domain for the next year and am able to publish my articles quickly with the push of one button. It is very easy, and I am enjoying it. The total direct cost for this service to me was $40 which I paid using PayPal. My main goal would be to make my money back over the next year and get on the first page of Google with a keyword or two.
So, without further delay here is the site: optionsdude.com! I hope you enjoy it, but mostly I hope that it is informative and educational and even profitable for anyone who visits.
Felicia at No Job For Mom posted about Decision Makers. I am not sure where the last 10 days have fit for me, but I do seem to enjoy the direction I am heading. Between the improved eHow earnings, the new HubPages ad program, and getting started on my own site, I have a positive outlook on the future.
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.