Back in the days of 2007, before anyone knew what a “tweet” was, when Facebook was still for college kids, and before email storage space was unlimited, I needed a way to archive my funny email forwards that I got from friends and family.
Well, I thought: why don’t I just start a free blog on that blogger platform that Google acquired and just post them up there. Â That way I can free up my email and others might find some funny stuff on there. Â And so http://funnyforwards.blogspot.com was born. Â I created the site, uploaded about 50 email forwards that were humorous, and then pretty much forgot about it.
Sometime in 2009, I had another stockpile of funny forwards so I posted about 50 more. Â Then I honestly forgot about it again.
Then in 2010, happen to stumble on my Google AnalyticsÂ account and noticed that I was getting tons of visits every month. Â The traffic would generally be about 100 to 200 visitors a day with spikes of up to 1000. Â So I did what most rookies would do and slapped some Google Ads up there. Â After a few weeks and only making a couple of bucks on ads I foolishly decided to move on.
Looking to consolidate some of my web properties and focus my efforts I stumbled across this site again a couple of months ago.
Now that I know what a niche actually is in the online world and know how to identify and evaluate one, I realize that I picked a really good one and set it up properly to get traffic.
What I am stillÂ uncertainÂ of is if I picked a niche that I can monetize easily. Â For example, when selecting a website niche where the goal is to put ads on, you want ads that have high cost PPC rates. Â This way you make dollars when ads are clicked, not pennies.
However, if your plan is to monetize with a different method, say an eBook, you have completely different qualifications to look for. Â For instance, it might be difficult to sell an eBook to monks, as they typically don’t do a lot of purchases online, let alone Internet browsing.
To make up for my mistakes I am going to be spending some time on this site to see if I can monetize that traffic. Â I’ve already changed the design, changed the ad style, and moved the ad placement a couple of times to test what works best thanks toÂ Pat Flynn’sÂ advice:
The changes that Iâ€™ve made with my Adsense ads that have dramatically increased (and decreased) my income.
Was I foolish to turn my back on this? Yes. But granted, I didn’t know then what I know now: that getting consistant traffic can be really difficult and that there are thousands of different ways to make money fromÂ that traffic. Â In my own defense, it is hard to know what you don’t know.
So if you do have some websites already, take a look at the analytics once in a while. Â What you see may shock you. Â And if you do have some traffic, figure out a way to convert that traffic to sales. Â Or at least start building a relationship with yourÂ audience.
I will keep you posted on my progress with this.
Oh yeah, and case and point of this post, I guess content really is king.
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