Sunday, April 30, 2017

Making Legit Money Online- Let's Talk About Websites

I had to cut the series short because of work obligations and as I stated in my last video, there will now be weekly updates here on the website and via the podcast.  Between these two vehicles I think I'll be able to deliver the info a lot easier and faster than taking hours to record and edit a video.

This part of the puzzle will not work for everyone but it works really well for me.  Granted this particular website that you are looking at right now doesn't receive a lot of views, this website represents the type of layout of the website that we will be talking about in this post and it is the exact same type of website that I use for all of my websites. 

I pay ZERO for hosting for this site.  Not one dime.  If you haven't figured it out yet, this website is hosted by Blogger.  It's a blog site and technically what you are reading right now is a blog entry.

What about the url?  I register all of my urls through GoDaddy.  Contrary to what some people believe, you don't have to get a .com site either.  In fact, I avoid a .com as much as I can and opt for a .info instead for a few different reasons.

REASON 1: It's cheaper.  I can get a .info for around $1.99 for the first year or 99 cents if GoDaddy is having some sort of sale.  When I go to renew it will be a bit higher but with an initial $1.99 or 99 cent investment, if the website is a flop I'm not out much money.  If the website is worth renewing, I can get a rebate through Ebates and GoDaddy.  Now I do also pay the $7.99 to $9.99 per year for the private registration to keep my personal information private in the WHOIS database but the rebate applies to that as well.

REASON 2: Google likes a .info just as much as a .com so it doesn't matter.

REASON 3: They are easier to get because not as many of them are taken.

How to Choose a Subject for Your Website

Let me ask you this... what do you love?  What are your hobbies?  What do you enjoy?  What do you already KNOW?  Whatever that thing is, that should be the subject of your first website.

Don't worry about anything trendy, ever.  I always want the biggest return for the least amount of work, who doesn't?  That's why I never go for anything trendy or in the moment because it will fizzle out and die when the trend changes.

The next thing to remember is to not go after subjects that are over saturated.  I know a LOT about chickens and one of the first sites that I did was a site on chickens.  It made less than $1,000.00 the first year it was up so to me, it was a failure.  Why did it fail?  Have you Googled anything on chickens in the past few years?  There are THOUSANDS of websites that have to do with chickens.  Since my site was late to the party and almost impossible to rank in Google because of the competition, it failed.

Choosing what you already know means that the time involved in research and writing will be at a minimum.  Plus, the affiliate income will be bigger because you KNOW what is a good product to associate with your site and what isn't.  Like I said in my podcast, never post an affiliate link for a product that you aren't familiar with.  Choose the wrong one once and your site's credibility is shot.  You want return readers because returning readers equals AdSense and affiliate income on products because people KNOW you are right and if you do this correctly it can be very successful.  I have multiple websites that I have had for years that I consider successful because I followed my own advice that I'm giving to you right now.

What to Do If You Think You Can't Write

First I have to call bullshit on that.  If you can talk, you can write.  The thing that I always suggest to people that swear they can't write is to record yourself talking about the subject matter at hand.  Write down your bullet points so you don't forget anything and talk about those points while recording it.  Transcribe your little speech and there you go.  You just wrote something.

If that won't work for you then you do have other options but the good ones aren't cheap.

  • You can go to a site like freelancer.com or fiverr.com and hire someone that will write how many ever words you want in an article for a few bucks.  Problem with this approach is that you WILL have to edit it.
  • You can go to a content mill site like textbroker.com and hire a contract writer though them.  You will be able to choose what level you want... 2, 3, 4 or 5 to write your content.  The higher you go the more expensive the per word rate will be, but the less you will have to edit.  Level 5 is the most expensive but you won't have to edit at all.
  • You can privately hire a freelance writer like me to write your web content for you under a written agreement.  I have to forewarn you that this option is not cheap.  You are looking at 10 cents per word MINIMUM when you hire a seasoned freelance writer.  Many won't work for less than 25 cents per word, it really depends on what you want written.  As an example, this writing will probably be about 1,200ish words when I'm finished and if I had written this for your site at my minimum 10 cents per word rate, you would pay $120.00ish for it.
(Side note: that is NOT a ploy to try and get new writing business at all.  I am not interested in taking on any new clients at this time.)

 Attempting to hire out the content writing will obviously add to the upfront cost of your website.

Google likes updates and from what I've noticed, it looks like something new needs to be added at least a couple times a month in order to stay competitive in the key word searches for the niche that you have chosen for your website.

If you don't know anything about keywords, search engines and how they determine ranking, you might want to hire a writer and specify that you want your articles done for SEO (search engine optimization).  I always suggest that people try it themselves first though.  You may be surprised at how well your writing will do.  Just remember that writing for the internet is different than writing for a paper magazine, newspaper or newsletter.  You have to gain the reader's attention and keep it as well as compete with other writings that are right next to yours in front of the reader.

Lastly, the purpose of a blog site is for Google search.  Google looks at updates and writing a lot more favorably than a website full of just products for sale.  The more content you have on a subject, Google will see your site as more of an authority in the search algorithim which means more traffic with your key words and ultimately more AdSense revenue and affiliate income.  The writing is a technical necessity.  I really hope that makes sense to you.

Well, I think I'm going to stop this piece here.  Another important thing to remember is that most people today have an attention span about as large as a grasshopper's butthole so keeping writing, as well as YouTube videos, as short as possible is always best.

Next week I will continue with part 2 on creating your website and writing for it.

In the meantime, don't forget that RB50 does have a Facebook page where I do post deals, memes and other garbage that I find interesting and you may too... including coupons and thoughts on certain things.  You don't have to "like" the page but you might want to follow it.

Cheers!

Lanie