I did not conduct monthly reports from the beginning it is currently March and I began last September. I am starting monthly reports to track my own progress and so others can see as well.
Let’s see…where to begin… I have always been interested in running my own website I guess it really began when I was in elementary school. Here is one of my earlier attempts at a webpage (please don’t laugh to hard, were you coding in html in middle school) . I cannot find any earlier pages but I probably began dabbling a few years prior to this page using free website hosting websites.
The page above was also my last webpage to attempt until this one that you are reading currently. Like I said I have always been interested in having my own webpage and in 2014 I was reading Pat Flynn’s website and two week later I said shoot I’ll give it a shot part time and see what happens.
Now I must admit my recollection of web design involved tediously programming in html (like in the 1990’s) and I was not looking forward to learning html but I was committed. I went to godaddy.com and bought this domain and a year worth of hosting (about $20 on a special introductory offer). The goal is to by the time the introductory offer ends that I will have enough traffic and content that the website will pay for it’s own hosting.
I had a side goal of having a professional looking site that could be used to apply for future jobs. Kind of a display of my skills and abilities. Finally, I wanted to share my ideas and thoughts with the world.
I spent about two weeks brainstorming website ideas to get what I thought was the ultimate url: ASolutionADay.com it was easy to remember and the title gave me a goal and a purpose “To produce A Solution A Day”. Then I bought the URL and a hosting plan using godaddy.com. The hosting plan came with Website Build a graphically oriented web design platform. I quickly realized that I didn’t need to learn html (apparently 15 years is a big time frame when talking about internet technology). I also quickly realized that Website Builder was inadequate and too simple for what I wanted to accomplish.
I spent the next day and a half researching and finally decided to use WordPress. I called godaddy and asked for them to switch my product to the other introductory offer. Which they did without any hassle. I have been using WordPress ever since and really like the product.
Very quickly I found out that there are two difficult things about successfully making a website on the internet:
- Generating Content
- Generating Traffic
In my opinion (after 6 months of doing this) content is king. If you do not have content then there is no reason for anyone to visit your website. Secondly, your content can be amazing but if people don’t know you exist then it doesn’t matter.
My focus is on providing good content that provides use or value in this goal I feel that I do well. Looking at graphs and reports the general trend was from September to November …I think part of this was inflated due to asking question on forums and getting help from people who have been doing this longer than myself.
In mid November I got frustrated and overwhelmed (thesis in graduate school) and the website fell to the side. I stopped producing content and pretty much abandoned adding to the site.
In December in an attempt to re-motivate myself I posted some of my previous academic content on fracking (which I should have scheduled on a weekly basis to show Google that I was regularly putting out content.
Oops, I forgot to mention that in September I put some affiliate advertising on my website (which I continue to use affiliate networks and other advertising programs). From September to January I successfully earned $0. Currently it is March 2014 and I will write about February soon (the month things changed) and then March. Following this I will do a monthly posting looking at what has and what has not worked for me, You can compare this to Pat Flynn (this is his first year, so I have no idea how my first year is comparing and these are his monthly income reports) who has posted monthly reports for several years now.
Total Earnings to date:
So far this is pretty bleak as far as hitting my goal of self funding the website after one year (will need to make $9.99/month by September).