I’ve been so busy attempting to grow my blog and monetize it the past year-and-a-half that I almost forgot why I started it: to chronicle my day-to-day operations as a web entrepreneur.
A lot of trolls and critics flame me in my comments or on forums for not being successful enough or not making enough money. What I don’t think a lot of people understand is that my blog has never been a “how to become rich” site. I’ve never proclaimed myself as a guru or multi-millionaire, and I’ve certainly never said that if you read my blog that I’ll teach you how to make a lot of money online.
Now, I can understand how some people may have got that idea. I haven’t posted a lot about my projects and what I do day-to-day for quite a while. In fact, I haven’t really posted like that for 2 years, as you’ll see below.
Part of the reason is because I was working hard to grow my blog and start monetizing it, which meant a lot of promotional, marketing, and link-friendly posts such as useful articles and blogging contests. The other reason why I stopped chronicling my work journal posts is because of thieves. I noticed that there were many people blatantly copying my ideas and sites, and it’s also a very bad business decision to reveal everything I’m doing with certain projects and sites due to competitors reading.
However, I’m going to try to make an attempt to go back to my roots and start posting basic journal-type posts of my day-to-day operations. I think I’ve grown my blog and monetized it enough to rest that aside for a while… I must admit that it feels good to have increased it’s earnings from $0 a month to over $1,800.
Below are a few examples of how I used to post back in 2006:
So, What Have I Been up To?
While my blog is still my main focus at this point, I’ve still been working on my other projects as well. Lately, my secondary focus has been on PublisherSpot.
As outlined in my Community – My Secret Ingredient post, I’ve been busy integrating new features to facilitate community. I’m currently waiting on my programmers to fix a couple of bugs in the blog and forum. Hopefully they will take care of this tomorrow. Once they do, I will be launching a fairly large marketing campaign by purchasing paid reviews on a bunch of blogs at the same time.
I hope to have reviews on 6-7 large blogs, and 25-30 smaller blogs. I already have John Chow, Joel Comm, and several others lined up. It’s a bit of a risky decision… running this marketing campaign before more features have been implemented, but the fact is that new features and improvements will never stop coming. I’ve already put off this marketing campaign for many months due to waiting for more features, and there’s nothing stopping me from launching another marketing campaign in a few months anyway.
Anyhow, I’m just waiting for the few bugs to be ironed out and then we’ll see how the effects of the paid reviews pans out.
I’ll be writing a more detailed post on PublisherSpot in an upcoming post.
Apart from my blog, PublisherSpot, and taking care of e-mails and advertisers (no small task), I spent the last few work sessions by going through all of the sites that I’m an affiliate of (which is a lot), and updating my contact information so that payment and user details are put in the name of Merendi Networks Inc. instead of my personal name. So far, Merendi Networks Inc. has only made around $325 this year so I really need to start having payments getting sent to it.
Yesterday, I updated the WHOIS details on all my domains to put them in the name of Merendi Networks Inc.
I’m now working on updating all of my sites to change the PayPal details from my personal PayPal account to the corporation’s business PayPal account. So far, I’ve only finished TylerCruz.com.
Later, I need to update all of the footers on my sites to put the copyright as Merendi Networks Inc. instead of SiteName.com.
I’ll have to leave this post as is here, as if I’m going to start to try to write journalistic posts again, I need to learn to cut down on their length.