Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Another PLR site... Shoes

I know this is a tough industry, but I decided to do a shoe site, and am just putting the PLR's from my subscription on there right now - Shoe Guide - I'm sticking with the same template I did for the last one. I figure the Adsense is still in the hot zone so I'm going to see how that works out.

I realize I need to get rolling to get 50 done by September, but I'm actually getting excited about putting these up. At this point I'm not even rewriting the PLR articles, so hopefully that won't end up hurting me in the end... but one great thing about having so many different sites is that you can try out different things.

Test, test, test, right?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Getting the 50 Out

I just realized that the end goal for the 50 site challenge is approaching fast! So I'm going to work on getting these 50 out for now, then go one to building them up. I was writing PAD articles to get some of them indexed - because I don't want to sumbit them to the SE's, but I don't have time to do that with the rest, so I'm just going to link to them from here and get them going that way.

The newest one, AromaNaturals, is basically articles from my new PLR site (along with a few press releases on aromatherapy). I liked the topic so I figured I might as well try out doing a site based off of the articles.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Eerily Accurate Astrology

So today has been a very productive day, and thank goodness, after having a week where I didn't even want to LOOK at the sites! I actually came up with some new ideas for my first site, and I'm really excited about them!

It's amazing, all these different ideas just came to me in the past few days, and I've decided that I really want to focus mainly on this one site for now, and get my new 50 sites (I still can't believe that!) indexed. On top of that, I've actually gotten a lot done today - posted some articles, did some great keyword research, started implementing ideas...

So, I go to MSN Astrology - which is always soooo eerily accurate (how does that work - I mean, I don't think it's just vague stuff!) and here's what it says:

You can be more productive today than normal. Your mind is much more centered and focused, helping you to channel your energy into one thing instead of millions. This is your secret to success today. Take this idea to heart and you will flourish.

I hope I will flourish - in any case, I think I'm going to end up with another site (besides my hobby site) that I really like!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

This is the REAL plan

Okay, I know I've come up with several gameplans over the past few weeks... but it really defeats the purpose when I don't stick to it - haha.

So really, here's THE gameplan - Back to the Basics

I'm going to go back to the days when I wrote like crazy with wide-eyed-enthusiasm... things just worked better then.

And I'm going to go back to two of my first sites, the two that used to do so well, and work on those.

My plan is to write 2 articles/day from scratch - one for each of those, and to rewrite 8 articles/day for my other sites. (On weekdays).

I'm going to stick with this for a month (unless just the most amazing thing in affiliate marketing presents itself) and see if there's any improvement.

Then I'm just going to hire writers to do my PAD articles - heck, I can't afford them for much now anyway!

So... new plan... starting tomorrow - today I'm just taking it easy and getting prepared.

Monday, August 07, 2006

"...Where have your walls gone? I Think about it now..."

I had a look back today, to compare my stats with what I did last August. It really made me think about things.

-Last August I made over $900.
-I'll be lucky if I make $300 this August at the rate I'm going.

-Last August most of that came from TWO sites, which made over $300 each.
-This month my income is coming from... 50 sites.

-Last August I wasn't a link whore.
-Apparently, since I've placed a reciprocal link directory on each of those two sites, I am now a link whore.

-Last August I was writing 100% original content for each site, and around 3 articles a day.
-This August it's hard to crank out one, so I have recently taken to rewriting PLR's (will I pay for that later?). (Note -I do still think that rewriting them is a great way for me to create leverage at this time.)

-Last August I was quite optimistic about affiliate marketing.
-This August I'm... not always so optimistic.

This realization has really made me wonder if I'm the cause of my drop in earnings. Maybe I need to get back to the basics, maybe updating a few sites on a regular basis is necessary, at least in this stage of my sites. Or maybe sites simply do well at first, then drop. Whatever the case, I really need to stop and formulate a plan and implement some more focus.

Friday, August 04, 2006

I Jumped on the Leverage Bandwagon

(Wait, first of all, I really do like this blog! Even though I deleted my last post...)

So I've really given a lot of thought to the idea of creating leverage lately, what with all the talk going around, and I'm glad I did, because I've found a new best friend: PLR articles.

Now there was a time when I shuddered at the thought of using them, but then I actually received some free ones, starting playing around with them, and realized it's MUCH easier for me to edit and add to one of them than it is for me to write an article from scratch.

What I do to make my PLR articles unique and valuable

First of all, I use my new 500 word minimum rule on each article. Since very few PLR's that I've seen reach 500 words - this means, of course, something has to be added.

This brings me to the second thing I do to give them added value - I look up the topic and try to add more information (as long as it's interesting) than other articles provide.

I also interject my own anecdotes and opinions.

And of course, I edit the article to make it grammatically correct, structurally sound, etc.

For most articles, after doing these things the article looks very little like the original.

However, I have run across a few great ones which just required a few changes.

The great thing about these is that I can easily do about 7 a day! Where as before I could barely get one or two articles written from scratch each day.

So, I'm reading reviews right now, and trying out free PLR samples, and after I find a good one I'm going to subscribe to it.

Oh, and my earnings for last month - struggling still - around $400