Over the weekend, I got a note from a friend. My friend is trying to build up an empire of websites that will earn money for himself. From what he says, though, so far it just is not working.
Because this fellow is a friend, I would love to help him be able to attain his goal of making money on the web, so that he can live the life that he wants to live.
So, in my desire to assist my friend, let’s look at bits of his e-mail, piece by piece, and I will offer suggestions on what I think he should do. I’ll call my friend Charlie. Here is what Charlie had to say:
im a total newbe to internet marketing. but willing to learn. i have 5 blogs but im not getting anywhere on them.
No problem with being a newbie, we all have to start somewhere. Just plug away, and soon enough you won’t be a newbie any more, Charlie! Now, first thing.. if your sites are not going anywhere at all, I would highly recommend that you start over. This time, choose one site to concentrate on. Choose a topic that you are passionate about, and also that has interest for others. If you are passionate about the topic, then you should be able to write regularly, like try to write every day, or at least 5 articles per week. After you have made a hit out of the one site, you can move on and build additional sites. But, use all of your efforts on a single site to get started.
ive been reading all your articles and i like what you said about online image. i want to use your services but not sure where i should start. building a fan base?
Yes, you should certainly build a fan base. The best thing to do, in my opinion is to start out on Facebook building up your number of friends. If you get up to where you have 500 or more friends, you can start to effectively building a fan base for your site. Make sure also that your site has a Facebook Fan Page too, that is very important. I’m not talking about a Facebook friend page, I’m talking about a fan page for your site.
You should use the Wordbooker plugin on your site so that whenever you post a new article, it gets a little feature on Facebook, so that your fan base knows about the new article. This will drive plenty of traffic to your blog, if you have enough friends and fans on Facebook.
right now my site is on blogspot so maybe if you recomend it next week i will get started with a domain for my blog
Oh! Stop the presses! You need to stop everything and get a domain, then set it up with your own WordPress site. Right now, you are actually lucky that your site is not popular, because if it was, you would have a lot harder job of moving it to your own domain. Remember, if you blog on a hosted service like Blogspot, you don’t own the content there… Blogspot does!
my current blog is for filipinas and another for truckdrivers like me.
OK, Charlie, well, as you know, I blog on Philippine topics too, because I live here in the Philippines. Just a word to the wise, though, the Philippine niche is a low paying niche, and you will have to work hard to make decent money. You can make more money if you choose a better niche. However, if the Philippines is what you are passionate about, so be it, and move forward!
you can check out my blog and see what im doing
I checked it out over the weekend, Charlie. Let me be honest. I am not trying to be mean, or hurt your feelings, only offering a true assessment of how I see the site. It looks pretty unorganized to me. You need to clean it up a bit. I don’t like the color scheme… too dark and to me it is hard to read. I would try to brighten it up a bit, clean up the clutter, and make an effort to make your articles a little more engaging.
i want take my time do it right and learn
That’s the kind of attitude, Charlie, that will lead to success! Keep plugging away, and always keep an open mind. If you seek a critique like this one, have an open mind to what is said and don’t feel offended. I like your attitude, and I feel that you can learn and become successful on the web.
my ultimate goal is to live and have a family in the rp like you. i love and respect there culture. thanks bob i hope you can help me do it right
Thank you Charlie, and again you are displaying the kind of attitude that will lead to success if you take the time to become successful. Don’t give up too early!
To sum it up, Charlie, here are my recommendations to become more successful on the Internet:
- Work on Facebook and other social networks to build up a large number of friends so that you can promote your sites to them.
- Choose one topic to blog about for starters, and write on a schedule every day if possible.
- Get off of Blogspot.
- Get your own domain.
- Set up a WordPress blog on your domain.
- Go for a cleaner look on your site, lighter colors and such. Make it easy to read.
- Make sure you check your spelling and grammar before you post your article. It is important to do so, so that you present a positive image.
- Keep on working!