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Everyone seems to be playing Draw Something. I was quite amused to find that my Parenting Blog has been getting lots of hits from my post Can I Play Draw Something Online? Just take a look at this log which I copied and pasted from the Recent Keyword Activity log from my StatCounter. Between 8.03 to 8.33, there were 10 visitors from people searching for Draw Something Online. That means someone wanted to play Draw Something Online every 3 minutes.
I copied and pasted this log which came with live links but deleted the links in case I get penalised for over linking or something. In this log you will find the date, the time, where the visitors are coming from, whether google, yahoo or bing etc, the search term as well as the url they visited. Sometimes you see little numbers after the search term. Those mean whether my blog post is #1 or #4 or etc on google’s first page. It is dynamic so if you do a search right now on google for “Draw Something Online” you may see my post on different spots, sometimes #1, sometimes #3 etc. The little magnifying glass shows details about the visitor and where he or she is coming from.
It’s fun to monitor my stats. My visitors has doubled ever since I wrote the post. Too bad my adsense did not double, if anything it went down. Haha. That just goes to show that more visitors may not always mean more sales.
Do you like to play Draw Something? Which do you prefer? Draw Something or Angry Birds Space? Go to my post Draw Something Online and Vote in the Poll. At the moment, I have just 10 voters. Aww.. but no worries, the numbers will go up. Have a look at this other poll I did some time ago. There are 788 votes as off today.
I love polls. I am mad about blogging. I love watching my stats. I love Squidoo. I’m happy to be able to do what I love.
Yesterday I banked in my first Amazon Affiliate Cheque. Along with the cheque came an Invoice which had the word Vendor Name next to my name. I was so proud I didn’t even want to throw away the envelope that came with the cheque. Haha. It’s rather nice to receive cheques from big names like Google and Amazon. It’s lovely to receive money from Amazon, a place where people spend money. Though the amounts I receive are small, I feel elated because I learned to earn my pocket money all by myself.
No one suggested to me or taught me how to do it. Everything that I learned, I learned on my own, sometimes through trial and error. Read My Squidoo Log to see what I learned about Blogging and Amazon Affiliate Program vs Squidoo Lenses and Amazon Affiliate Referal links.
My dear friend suggested that I write an e-book next. I love that idea. Oh if only I had the time. You see, I think blogging is over the curve now. The golden age of blogging is over. If you were caught up in the first wave, it would have been very exciting.
Now we have so many social media sites and so much information. I don’t see many people going to blogs now for information. However ebooks may be a different thing the way tablet computers are selling like hot cakes. Ebooks may just be on the rising curve or at least even if it is on the way down it is not as far down as blogging.
Perhaps I may consider it, but oh if only I had the time. Hmm… what should I write about? Kids crafts? Breastfeeding? ???? I don’t have to write anything new. My 5 blogs some of which are 7 years old have lots of information I can pull from and there are lots of free resources to do so. Hmm… perhaps its time I learned something new again. My hands are itching but my time is limited.
I am coming out of hibernation today. It sure has been a long time. I’ve missed my blogs. Well, not really come to think of it. I haven’t had much time to think about it.
With the kids at home during the school holidays and the spouse on year end leave, I’ve had almost no free time to myself. That is the part I miss the most. Sure, I love my family lots but everyone needs a little time to themselves every now and then.
Now, its the beginning of a new year and back to school, back to work and back to routine. So, I’m going to have to wake all my blogs up. I have lots to write about but they are mostly in my head. Perhaps I will let some of them stay in there.
Well, its time to wake some of the other blogs now but before I do, a few quick New Year’s Resolutions.
- Remember to exercise in the mornings
- No going anywhere near the computer from afternoon onwards. PC time is only in the mornings and that includes blogs, squidoo lenses, facebook, twitter etc. (Phew! That’s a tough one)
- Cook some new dishes for the family
- That’s it! Lets not keep it too long or it’ll be hard to keep up
Time to go. After all, I’ve only got the morning to exercise and blog and make lenses and I must go wake up the other blogs now. That’s not a lot of time but since I can blog in 10 minutes its not so bad. Its only the squidoo lenses, they take at least half a day or more each but in terms of personal satisfaction, blogging is better but squidoo beats blogging in monetary terms so I guess the time spent is justified.
If anyone told you how wonderful it is to make money online and earn passive money in your pajamas and they made it sound very easy then they are not telling you the other side of the story.Making Money Online is Not Easy. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes hard work and It requires Know How. There is no shortcut to making money online.
There are many ways you can make money online.
- You can sell stuff on eBay.
- You can write a blog and put up ads.
- You can become and affiliate marketer and sell other people’s products through some of those Online Affiliate Programs.
- You can do paid surveys.
- You can write sponsored posts.
- You can write freelance articles.
I am not going to elaborate further on the ways to make money online. You can get plenty of ideas. Just google “How to Make Money Online” and you will be greeted with plenty of links to inspire you.
Making Money Online Requires Know How
However, don’t think you can do it overnight. Like everything else, if you want to make money online, you have to work hard for it. You also have to keep on learning. The cyber world and the internet is changing all the time. You have to learn about keywords and SEO and how to market yourself or your product or service online. You must have the drive and interest to learn for without it, you will be lost. Some of the work you have to do to market your online sites are really boring and administrative too.
So, if you think you want to just start a blog, place ads and start earning money in your sleep then think again. Start a blog only for the love of it and not for the money and slowly over time and with a little knowledge you may perhaps start to earn some passive income. However, it isn’t really passive because you have to put in effort.
Making Money Online Takes Time and Patience
It took me over a year before I had my first adsense cheque. Then there is my Squidoo venture. On my second Squidoo payday, I earned USD8.86 for 23 lenses then. This was after putting in 2-3 months of effort.
Making Money Online Takes Hardwork
If you look at my Squidoo lenses , you will realize how hard I worked to earn it. The kind of effort and time is not for everyone. Do it only if it really interests you and not for the money. If you do it for the money and you want to earn money online FAST, then you will be frustrated.
I do it because I love it and because I feel a sense of achievement when my effort pays off, even if it is for just a very small amount. For example, two nights ago someone bought this off one of my Squidoo lenses and I earned a commission from my Amazon Affiliates account. I felt a sense of achievement and pride because I learned to make money online all on my own by learning all the time, testing and doing. That process is ongoing – learn all the time, trial and error then just do it but be very careful to avoid scams.
I guess you could say I earned money in my pajamas while I slept because the sales came in when I was sleeping but don’t forget, I actually put in a lot of effort and hard work into it. So if someone tells you making money online is easy, think again.
Making Money Online is possible but it is not easy and don’t expect it to be fast.
I have mentioned before that its sometimes takes me only 5 to 10 minutes to write a blog post, especially a blog post without pictures. Well, it takes me a whole morning to write up a Squidoo lens. Phew! Writing Squidoo Lenses is hard work.
Take for example this post. I am in a hurry as I am rushing for some other task, so I can finish this post in 5 minutes flat because my thoughts are pouring out faster than I can type. On the other hand, it took me the whole morning to produce my latest Squidoo lens for little Bob the Builder Fans. Bob The Builder Online.
That is not all. Once a blog post is published, I promptly forget about it. However once a Squidoo lens is published, I come back to it often to tweak it over and over and add stuff and more articles in it constantly to improve my Squidoo rank. It is an ongoing thing.
Hmm…. it had better be worth my while! Still, I enjoy it and I guess that is the most important thing of all. I can’t decide which I enjoy more. Blogging or Building Lenses. I guess I enjoy blogging for writing and Squidoo for the images and what I can do to make it look nice.
Right. Times up. For the record, this post took less than 5 minutes.
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