How To Make A Living Online
Goals have been surpassed, dreams have been fulfilled, houses will soon be bought, and sites have been lost.
Welcome to the world of being a Webmaster.
Checks have been cashed that seem unreal, only for the next month to be $1000. This sure isn’t a steady game. Sites have been worked on for years and earn good money daily only for it all to be taken away with a single change to some obscure piece of an algorithm.
Money is virtual and is just numbers. I never see it. I see numbers on a screen and I see numbers in a bank account, not so long ago, just over a year in fact, they were all scarily in the negative. But things change, a site has a success for a short period of time and things are looking up.
But tomorrow? This afternoon? 2 minutes from now?
I may have to start the whole thing over again from scratch.
What a funny way to earn a living. At the total mercy of a popular search engine that could wipe out dreams for the future in a second.
Why do it?
Why not build something that doesn’t ever rely on a search engine?
It seems kind of ridiculous. But I can’t even stand to think about going full time down the PPC route. Split testing who prefers cross-eyed women and trying to scrape a profit. Staying up half the night watching a campaign only to repeat it again the next day. I honestly cannot face it.
So, I build my sites, I build my backlinks, I watch them climb the serps until I get to number one. I watch my stats and backlink for all the terms I see, they all add up to money in the end.
I put love in to some sites and think they will let me buy my new house tomorrow rather than next year, but they never get the search engine love I know they rightly deserve.
I build ugly sites and throw up 50 pages of 300 word articles full of affiliate links and then forget about them. And then they suddenly earn me money. It is all one mass contradiction. I build beautiful sites that are fun and informative and should do well, and they squander away a year with no one to see the love.
But what can you do?
It is the path many of us have chosen.
When sites die new ones should be there to take their place. A backup for all important money earning sites should always be a part of your weeks work.
Who knows what will happen tomorrow.
Wow, 3 years next month since I turned my computer on and searched for just how to make money online. Time flies. I never knew what a blog was, I had never heard of WordPress. Backlinks? What is that? Affiliate links to earn a commission?
But it began with me sitting up until the small hours filling out online surveys for 50 pence. Thinking that if I could get enough of them every day then at least we could eat. I spent my days building sheds, tiling floors, mixing concrete and coming home to a house full of Dogs, my Wife away in the UK working so we didn’t starve for a few months when she returned.
She came back, we made blogs, we earned nothing. I did surveys, I searched for the magic that I new awaited me somewhere in this weird virtual world.
Then I found it.
And it was oh so simple.
Keywords in you post titles. Content that got visitors to perform actions you wished of them. Backlinks to get higher in the serps.
And that was it.
I knew I had found the answer.
The first dollar earned.
Ah, such a beautiful thing. 1 leads to 2 which means that all you have to do is to perform more work and the numbers will always go up.
Well, maybe not always. But, and this is the reality:
If you put in the work then you reap the rewards. $1000 a month, a day, a week, who knows? You can earn whatever you want, it just takes time, and a little luck, and you just pray to your God that tomorrow the algo is the same as it is today.