Welcome to Revenue Blogging Version 3.0
Yes this is the third, and hopefully final, launch of this blog. The difference between this and the last two times I tried to get this going, is I now have the experience and knowledge to back up what I will be writing about. Two things that were sorely lacking previously.
My name is Greg Young and I am a full-time Internet Marketer. My journey began three years ago when I was listening to Leo Laporte’s Tech Guy podcast. He was talking about John Chow and how he was making $10,000 a month from his personal blog. I visited John’s site and if you knew it back then, you remember it was a simple blog and the posts really weren’t anything Earth shattering. Some would say they still aren’t, but I am not here to critique anyone else’s way of doing things; he was making money online and I wasn’t. I figured I could do what he was doing. I was working a full-time corporate job at the time and I thought it would be a fun hobby to learn more about it.
I quickly learned how to register a domain name, purchase hosting and set up WordPress (it’s not hard), and Revenueblogging.com was born. If I remember correctly my first post was entitled How to Make Money with Adsense. I laugh when I think about it now, because how could I credibly teach people how to make money with Adsense, when I wasn’t doing it myself. In fact, knowing what I know now about the intricacies of Adsense, including the importance of targeted traffic and keyword selection, writing that post is embarrassing in its ignorance
As I continued to learn more about how to generate revenue blogging, I discovered that the “make money online” niche was both over crowded and often not as lucrative as other niches that appeal more to casual web surfers. So I launched a few different websites on different topics, but I was still “blogging” in a social sense; much along the lines of what Yaro Starak and Problogger teach. In fact I was even a member of Yaro’s paid program for a few months.
I floundered along this path until I discovered Griz’s how to make money online blog. I connected with the methodology he was teaching and finally started to make a few dollars consistently each month. I think it was some time in here that I tried to launch this blog for a second time, but the fact of the matter is that I was too interested in my niche sites that were actually making money, that maintaining this site just didn’t have any appeal to me. Fast forward to today and my full-time corporate job is behind me and my hobby has turned into a full time living. My business model now mainly follows developing niche websites, built on WordPress (self-hosted) and monetized with affiliate offers. I do have a few Adsense sites with respectable CPMs as well.
As I mentioned above, a blog about blogging or making money online is not a good choice for actually making money online, so instead my reasons for re-launching this site now are as follows:
- To teach friends and family exactly what it is I do for a living and give them a blueprint so that they can do it for themselves.
- To establish a visible online presence for myself.
I know a lot people who would like to work from home or at the very least make some extra money online. They have expressed interest in learning what I do and while there are several good, free sources for this on the web I wanted to provide a step-by-step outline of what I do specifically. I want to share what actually works for me and what pitfalls to avoid. I also want to provide some of the technical instruction with respect to WordPress and hosting and I want it all to be in one place. So while I don’t proclaim to have the only way or method to be successful with affiliate marketing, I do have tested and proven techniques to really make money online.
Secondly I want to begin networking more with others in my line of work. I feel to do so effectively you need an online presence. As I teach you more about this business and niche marketing you will find that it can be somewhat lonely. A golden rule is that you never give away the addresses of your money making niche websites to other Internet Marketers (don’t trust anyone and all that). So without a “flagship” blog, I am finding it difficult to bring an identity to online conversations that I want to engage in or contribute to. So going forward, at conferences, in forums or in blog comments, I can be known as Greg from Revenue Blogging. This site will be my business card if you will.
To accomplish the first goal I will be rolling out a “Beginner Series” of posts and tutorials on how to get started from scratch. These will be a combination of how the business works and technical instruction on setting things up. If you are new to making money online, then these are the posts you want to watch out for and follow.
Interspersed with the beginner posts will be regular blog posts where I will share my opinion or take on things that are happening in the industry and will serve as an opportunity for me to be social with my peers.
That’s all for now. Be sure to Subscribe to Revenue Blogging by Email to ensure that you don’t miss a future post. Take care.