To Blog Or Not To Blog, That Is The Question

I can honestly say that I was never a great fan of Shakespeare. I was forced to read Romeo and Juliet, and while the sword fighting was cool, it was all a bit melodramatic. Then there was A Midsummer’s Night Dream, well that never really did it for me and whilst Macbeth wasn’t too bad, not one of them ever made a lasting impression. probably the only two lines that I can remember from any of his plays was ‘Alas poor Yorick, I knew him’ and ‘To be or not to be, that is the question’.

Strangely enough though I remember the phrases, it wasn’t till I did an Internet search that I found they were both from Hamlet, one of his works that I’ve never actually read. It got me to thinking, what if we changed those famous words to;

To Blog Or Not To Blog

To blog or not to blog, that is the question
Whether it is better to blow the mind of others
By filling them with absolute drivel
Or to provide content of such brilliance
That they subscribe so as to always be informed
Stringing words together to please the souls of others
Or grouping them so as to please the search engines
To write, perchance to inspire, some bloggers dare to dream
For there are some that aspire to reach great heights
To thrill others with their cleverly woven words
While others wish only to encourage those
Who read into clicking or buying their offerings.
To research, to provide titillating information
To inform and satisfy needs and curiosity
Or to confuse, to confound, to bombard
The poor surfer who happenstance drops in to read
But then shakes their head in forlorn disbelief
To wonder what cruel fate caused the post to appear
Forsooth, the question is not worthy of contemplation
For in truth the question is all screwed
For in essence, the question should truly be
To blog with honesty and the goodness of heart
Or to blog merely for reasons that are not so pure

I honestly believe that if you were to research any of the top bloggers you will find that they all have one thing in common. They all host their own blogs. Some of you are probably thinking that these guys are able to host their own blogs because they make enough money from their blogging. I say to you that one of the reasons they do so well from their blogs is because they host it themselves.

I’ve been in business for nearly thirty years and I understand the necessity to invest money in any business venture. The beauty of starting your own website or blog is that the cost of web hosting is minimal. There are hosts that offer great deals, some under $4 a month! Most people spend more on coffee every week, and I can assure that apart from giving you a caffeine fix the only thing coffee will help you with is taking money from your wallet.

There are many other reasons for self hosting your sites, especially if your considering a business site.

  1. Professionalism! If you want people to take your seriously then you have to show them you are serious, and you won’t be doing that form one of the many free sites that are out there.
  2. Control! You have complete control over your site, on how it looks and on what you are able to post on it.
  3. Security! There are many people out there who have lost blogs, myself included, that that have poured countless hours into them only to have the site close down causing them to lose everything.
  4. Marketing! Because it’s your very own site, one that is actually costing you money to maintain, you are much more likely promote it. You will put more effort into marketing it, through whatever means available because you want it to succeed.
  5. SEO! It’s a lot easier to use Search Engine Optimization techniques on your own site because you can access the files you need to change to apply some of these techniques.

Honestly, I have never looked back once I decided to host my own blogs, and instead of costing me money it’s actually increased my revenue stream.

June Statistics Better Than Expected

Man, oh man, I can’t believe that half the year has just gone by. Where the hell did it go? It’s almost as if I blinked and missed most of it. Reckon I’m going to have to stop doing that. Still, as the last month has gone by it’s now time to post last month’s statistics. I’m happy to report that the overall earnings are up and that it is partly related to the overall page impressions increasing from 10,729 to 13,200.

The other major difference it that the paid reviews takings has also increased partly because I’ve had some nice tasks assigned to me. It seems that some of the advertisers have taken a liking to my work. I’ve even had to knock several back because they were either too low or not suited to the blog in question.

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Anyway, enough waffle, lets get down to the stats.

  • Adsense: $30.43
  • Voxsant: $0.19
  • Kontera: $0.11
  • Clix Galore: $0.40
  • Chitika: $1.81
  • Infolinks: $1.15
  • Advertisers: $4
  • Commission Monster: $19.42
  • Jumbo Affiliates: $5.38
  • Paid Posts $135

Total: $197.89

The biggest jump was obviously the paid reviews, but we also had a couple of affiliates that have decided to show some stats this month, Commission Monster and Jumbo affiliates. I was lucky to make a couple of sales from Commission Monster that paid 5% commission as well as a campaign that paid 35 cents per click. Too bad that campaign only lasted a week. As for Jumbo affiliates, thanks to the $90 Million OZ Lotto Jackpot last Tuesday I made some commission from sales as well as signing up 15 new clients. Hopefully this will lead to a steady monthly income stream. Note to self; Must remember to keep an eye on future Jackpot draws.

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