As you can tell, this is going to be quite a different blog post than usual!
Technically, I did not get paid today, per say, I got paid Yesterday.
So, If I got paid (and just in time for the weekend mind you!), why am I not happy today?
Well, in general I am happy with having success this month. Not many people can say that they are making money from their blog, so in a way, I not only feel happy, but also very lucky.
HOWEVER! And this is a very big BUT, in a way.
I don't feel happy, or as happy as I should feel because I wasn't aware that I would be getting paid from this particular source.. Until today.
I love making money online, and trying new things, but up until recently, I have been seeing a real turn around with all of my affiliating links, especially those I signed up for Years ago. One of them being E-junkie.
Let me break it down for you a bit.
It is no secret that I run several affiliate links on my blog. Its one of the many things I love about blogging the most. That and the freedom to tell people all of my experiences blogging.
I signed up for E-junkie about two years ago, as an experiment. Mainly, because I had NO IDEA what I was doing, and secondly because It was one of the very first affiliates that I had heard so much about. Later came Amazon, and much later came Bluehost and Adsense.
Up until Yesterday I realized I have never made a dime from this site until this month.
So, this is where I'm a little disappointed and happy at the same time.
Now, I'm asking myself this question- What did I do differently this month, that I have not done in the past, for me to make money from this site?
While I am happy that I made a small amount of pocket change from E-junkie, I want to know what I did to make that money, and make sure I keep making money in the future, and learn how to grow my investment.
The Change, Design and Domain
It hasn't taken me long to figure out that the layout, and the design change in my blog has a lot to do with the recent spike in my traffic, e-mails and now apparently my earnings.
I added more information ABOUT ME, My Blog, and now my Resources page, that helps me direct my readers' attention to where they can find the information they want for their own business.
Has this helped me increase my income? I like to think so!
It's more than just a simple design that's helped me attract more visitors and increase my income, its also the new Domain name, and the change in my blog.
I recently purchased a new domain name for this blog, and it has helped change the way I blog in general.
This blog is no longer called: Beyond Words, it is now called-
The Beyond Words Blog.
Slight difference, and yet it's given me quite the turn around in my traffic.
If anyone wants to change their domain name, transfer or buy a new name, please use Bluehost. I cant emphasize how easy it is to use this service.
You can then, design your blog your way, and create the appearance you want.
Lastly, I changed the design of the blog itself.
Before this design, my blog itself was more business than anything. This would have been great, except for the small problem that I already have a business blog, and It felt like It was unclear as to what blog was for what business.
Basically, I had two blogs for the same topic.
This would have been great, except like I mentioned above, it was very confusing!
Not just for me, but for my READERS. And that, was not good.
You could see the confusion everywhere- my traffic, my comments, earnings..
Now that everything is clearer, and direct, I was surprised to see a new payment yesterday, but I'm a little bit upset that I did not that that affiliate more seriously in earlier.
Now, I'm not only going to work on my blog, but really dive into affiliate marketing!
Stay tuned for more!
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