Wassup With Halloween And Making Money

The beauty about comments and commentluv is that it can lead you to some very interesting blog articles, and if you’re not one to reciprocate comments, or at least check out who is leaving comments on your blog you’re possibly missing out on some really great reads.

Just the other day Trey of Swollen Thumb Entertainment left a comment on one of my posts that linked to his Treat Your Blog Like A Living Thing post and I’m here to tell you it is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time, entertaining as well as informative. Just in case you are missing the point, I am suggesting that you go and have a read :wink_ee:

Scary Crow Adult CostumeThat post galvanized me into changing the look of the blog to coincide with the up and coming Halloween festive season. Luckily for me, FlexSqueeze, this blogs theme, makes it extremely easy to change the look and feel of a blog, as I demonstrated in my Flexsqueeze & The Total Screen Recorder post. I simply installed a new header, changed the overall color of the theme including some lovely blood red links etc. to give it what I believe to be a nice Halloween feel.

I’ve even changed a couple of banners in the ‘feature’ section of the header to offer the readers a great selection of Halloween costumes and paraphernalia. For those of you who have been following my earning stats over the last few months, you may well have noticed an increase ever since changing to the Flexsqueeze theme, and it’s my opinion that it’s directly related to that ‘feature’ section of the blog. We all know that when it comes to making money on a blog, sales is largely dependent on your ad placement, and I’ve found that area to be the best performer for my blogs.

Don’t be surprised if over the coming weeks some form of horrible, scary header appears as it’s all to do with getting in the spirit of Halloween.


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BlueHost, CPU Throttling And Dedicated Server Packages

It’s been close to three weeks since moving WassupBlog to BlueHost, and so far I am very happy with the move. The original reason for the move was because my last host suspended my account because my CPU usage was above the allowed amount for shared hosting.

This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me, as my post Of Web Hosts And Blogger Friends describes how LunarPages handled the very same situation. The problem seems to be with the shared hosting package that most bloggers, including myself, go for, as it is by far the cheapest way to host your blog.

I think it is safe to say that most of the time a shared hosting environment is all that the average blogger will ever need, and they may never have their blog suspended or banned by their host because of excessive CPU usage. Then again, you never know when one of your posts may go viral, or when you may cross the line by adding one too many plugins, or by installing a poorly written script, any one of which may cause your CPU usage to spike to such an extent that causes your blog’s suspension.

You may want to check with your host to see what their policy is in regards to this situation. I’ve found that this blog’s host, BlueHost, has a very unique way of handling this problem. They have incorporated what is known as CPU Throttling, so instead of your site going offline due to excessive CPU isage, it merely slows down to lower the amount of CPU being used. As you can appreciate, it’s a whole lot better to use this method to deal with the occasional spike in CPU, causing your blog to slow down for awhile, rather than having it shut down altogether.

This is all great stuff, but there may come a day when your blog outgrows your shared hosting package, and you will need to move over to a dedicated server, which is a single web server within a network of computers, dedicated solely to one customer. Once hosted on a dedicated server you no longer need to worry about other sites causing your site to slow down.

The reason that most people do not go this route is because of the added cost. I have had look around and managed to come up with several low costing packages that may suit the small business blogger who want go straight to the better package rather than go through the stress and hardship of moving over when things pick up.

  • ServerPronto: At $32.95 per month it is one of the cheapest dedicated server packages around.
  • 1&1 internet Hosting: Also offer dedicated server hosting for less. Apparently you even get your own box? Check out the following special. Click here for 50% off First 6 months of already low priced server plans.
  • LunarPages: I have several blogs hosted with Lunar pages, and they also offer dedicated server hosting which will set you back $99 per month.
  • At the moment I am quite content with the way things are going with my shared host packages, but there may well come a day when I outgrow them, and when that day comes I reckon I will will be considering on of the above packages.

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    WassupBlogs Rockin September Statistics

    You will see that September’s stats do not include any paid post’s revenue. This is largely due to the fact that I can’t seem to log onto my PayU2Blog account? Reckon that perhaps I’ve done something against their TOS, although I am pretty sure I didn’t as I am always really careful. I’ve also turned down a lot of opportunities from other sites because I wasn’t happy with the amount offered for the tasks.

    Knowing that this month’s stats wasn’t going to include any paid posts I really expected them to be pretty dismal, but luckily for me Commission Junction performed really well. I reckon it was partly due to my Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs post which may have convinced some people to make the move to hosting their own blogs.

    Anyway, let’s have a look at this month’s stats, and if you’re lucky I may even include some analytics for you.

    • Adsense: $21.53
    • Voxsant: $0.19
    • Kontera: $0.31
    • Clix Galore: $0.22
    • Chitika: $1.66
    • Infolinks: $0.75
    • Advertisers: $20
    • Commission Junction: $90
    • E-Junkie: $0.00
    • Jumbo Affiliates: $10.27
    • RegNow: $0.00
    • Paid Posts: $0.00
    • Commission Monster: $14.11
    • Amazon Associates: $8.40
    • CashBurners: $51.00

    TOTAL: $218.44

    As you can see the bulk of that is from Commission Junction, but I also have two newcomers to the table, Amazon Associates and CashBurners, which is my main affiliate for my Top Sexual Aids blog.

    These earnings are a concerted effort from all my blogs, but just to give you an idea of some of the traffic my main ones get I thought I would post some traffic stats for you.

    The first is from my Load Of Bullshit blog. All in all this blog had a total of 1582 visits, 1331 of those from search engines. All in all this blog’s share of Adsense amounted to $12.29

    Then we have this blog. In total it generated 1759 visits, only 488 of those from search engines.  This isn’t all surprising as most of my time is spent on WassupBlog and almost all my commenting on other blogs link to this one.  Adsense earnings for this blog amounted to $2.89

    Even though I don’t spend all that much time on my Scenic Adelaide blog, it still generated 725 visits, 514 of those from search engines, and it earned $3.75 in Adsense dollars.

    And finally, Top Sexual Aids the newest of my blogs. Out of the 112 visits, 23 of which came from search engines, it still managed to earn $1.46. The other few cents were generated by my other sites.

    I have to say I am a little shocked to see that this blog was pretty well the worst performer as far as Adsense earnings go, and it seems that my Load of BS site is the best performer. I reckon, seeing how most of the visits on Load Of Bullshit are search engine generated that you could almost say that search engine traffic are the ones more likely to generate Adsense income.

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