The month of February 2008 came and went and I just realised I never got around to making a new post on Pingable for the whole month. I have been busy starting a new job, which has kept me away from my blog a lot. When you spend all day looking at a PC sometimes it can be a chore to come home and do more on your PC. I also was unfortunate enough to break my laptop, I dropped it on the screen, so I only have shared desktop to use at the moment.
What have I learnt from my blog?
Well the page rank for Pingable is finally something I am proud of, PR 4 isn’t bad. I only noticed this a few days ago. Although one of my posts has had a PR of 4 for some time.
I tried the advertising network blgads, I put the ads up for less than a week, I got 8,000 impressions, and only 5 clicks (despite placing them in article, blending + different formats) and only made a total of 17cent for my efforts. So pretty much a waste of time. I guess this is the case with all contextual advertising networks. If you don’t write about a profitable topic, your clicks aren’t going to be profitable.
Since I haven’t posted in a month, I also haven’t promoted or had any content promoted on Social Media sites like Stumble. So my traffic has dropped off considerably. My Alexa score has dropped from 105,000 to 145,000.
What else have I been up to?
I have been disappointed with the cash flow that this blog brings in. I know blogging about blogging is hardly a profitable niche, so I am realistic about what sorts of mediums should be earning money on here. But the truth of the matter is Pingable hardly covers the cost of my web hosting. I guess at the end of the day, blogging hasn’t been all about money for me, my day job pays ok (we are looking at buying a house in the next few months), so I had only hoped that this blog might some day bring a bit of extra side cash.
As the blog has been a finical disappointment, I have spent some time looking for other ways to make some quick cash online.
Making Quick Cash Online Ideas
Here are some of the ideas I have tried and what success I have had:
I decided to make this into a full post: Read full post here.
I have a Myspace resource site, but I tell you, unless you already have a foot in the market, I have found that Myspace marketing is very hard work, and really unprofitable. I won’t go to the effort and length to describe any of the techniques I have tried, but they all failed miserably. So if you were thinking about getting into this market, I wouldn’t. PPC ads like adsense pay as lows as a few cents most of the time, and I haven’t found much else that gets any attention.
I tried creating a article directory site. However I found the software completely unbearable to work with. Just installing it took serious effort, and even then, once I had it up and running, I couldn’t log in, and I was getting errors. The advantage of creating an Article directory, is that you can put articles in your directory that relate to high paying ppc terms, then promote these articles on the homepage, and using off site SEO. Then any clicks you get for the content will pay very well. Article directories seem to rank well in Google also, despite having very little to no unique content. But as I found the software such a pain to use, I have put this idea on the back burner for now. Maybe someone else wants to try it?
Adsense content sites using PLR content
PLR stands for private label rights, and there is plenty of PLR articles out on the Internet to be found in different places. PLR content can be redistributed for free. So if you buy PLR content you are free to give it away or sell it, if you want to. My idea was to get a whole lot of PLR content that related well paying ppc terms, then publish it with Adsense ads. The problem with this is almost all the PLR articles you find around the net are published in 100’s of sites. So even though my content looked great, related to high paying terms, I got very little search engine traffic, and haven’t made much from this technique so far. Check out some great PLR Products at 8biz.
I am moving my online efforts back to working on Pingable, so I hope to be adding quality content at least once a week from now on. I am now a firm believer in quality over quantity, I hope you continue to enjoy reading my content.