Over the last decade, I’ve occasionally thought about trying to make some money on the Internet (I know, me and two billion other people!), but I never had any success at it and lost interest fairly quickly. Since I have a little bit of free time now, due to being (STILL) unemployed, I decided to give it one more chance. I have a Google Adsense account still sitting around but not doing much; for example, in July it got 192 page impressions and no clicks. Pretty impressive, huh?
Of late, I’ve been doing a bit of reading and figuring out what I did wrong before. I’ve decided to take one of my old sites, which has no pagerank but has several pages indexed with Google, and see what I can do with it. (I also have a few other experiments going on, but I won’t mention them for now) The site I’ll be focusing on is Twenties Retirement; I put it together about four years ago but haven’t done anything with it since, and it still have no pagerank. I had some pretty decent information there – actually, a friend whose sister is a financial advisor told me she was sending some of her clients there for information – but the site was pretty ugly, didn’t get updated often, and didn’t have enough backlinks. I didn’t know about the nofollow tag and ended up getting a lot of backlinks from Yahoo! Answers that didn’t really do much good!
This time, I’m doing it a little more systematically. I’ve switched the site over to WordPress, which makes it a lot easier to update. I have a list of retirement-related terms that people actually search for, and I’ll be attempting to put up an article relating to one of those terms every day for the next month. I don’t want to end up in the Google Sandbox, so I’ll be careful with my linking strategy, but I’m hoping to start ranking for my keywords within three months.
I get distracted easily, so this time I’m setting a goal for myself: $1000/month in adsense income within one year. I started working on this right after Brit and I got back from the honeymoon, so I’m setting actually my deadline at just under a year: July 31, 2011. Possible? I don’t know…but I’ll give it a shot.
Ok, that was a bit of a longish post. Comments?