This month marks my 2 year anniversary of writing online and trying to earn a little bit of income. In fact, it was 2 years ago on May 26th that I wrote my first Hub at HubPages. Actually, I didn't even really think of the income aspect as much as I wanted to spend my time online doing something productive rather than spending too much time playing games or wasting time on Facebook.
More Than a Hobby
Although I initially thought of blogging as more of a hobby, it has become a little bit more for me now. I view it as a passion and a challenge. The passion comes from writing and sharing my thoughts. The challenge comes in trying to actually make a little bit of money on the side and create an income stream that can be used to pay off some debt. I have not been very successful at that aspect yet but I have learned a lot.
Meeting New Friends
There are a lot of people that I have met online and lest I forget anyone will not name them one by one. Suffice it to say that I have a blog roll full of those whom I follow closely. These bloggers offer much advice and encouragement. They will post their results whether good or bad. If you are just starting out, find several bloggers that you can follow and with which you can grow. I have learned that bloggers are a rather friendly lot who will help you out.
Build Your Own Site
Yesterday, my OptionsDude.com traffic was higher than HubPages or any of the other content sites where I have articles. I have been blogging there and then commenting on other blogs. I am not earning a lot but the fact is that in 3 months, I have been able to get more traffic there than anything at HubPages or even this blog speaks volumes. First, I am doing a much better job of marketing the site through blog comments. I even have a guest post out there. Second, I am so much more motivated to make it a success because I don't feel as if I am working for someone else.
Diversify for Income
This is a biggie if you want to make money. The Panda update really demonstrates the need for diversification. I was very dependent upon HubPages and its authority to get traffic and earnings from AdSense. That isn't happening any more so it is vital to develop my own site. I think I like the blog format and WordPress better than the static type site so I will be starting my own WordPress style blog using HostGator over the long holiday weekend and seeing what I can do over the next 2 years. I would bet that I will be much farther along.
These are just a few of the things that I have learned about making money online over the last 2 years. Of course, I have gained a lot of technical type knowledge about SEO, backlinking, etc but that wasn't the main point for me. The point is that I am enjoying what I am doing, am meeting new people who enjoy what they do, and have this wonderful opportunity before me to make some extra cash that is only limited by my own effort. Time to get started.
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.