Today I made 82 cents on the internet from my writing. My first 82 cents. It was 10 months in the making. This is not the story of how I made a million dollars or how I managed to get over 20 000 downloads. This is the story of how I, over 10 months, managed to earn 82 cents from my writing. It is the hardest 82 cents I have earned but also the most satisfying. This 82 cents makes me believe that I should keep going and that is priceless.
Having the Idea – I did not know what to write about for a long time. I knew I wanted to write a blog, so I waited for a while, thinking and hoping that a great idea would come. Nothing came. I just waited.
This process went on for a few months, maybe longer. I was thinking, searching, forcing and trying to tease out a brilliant idea. I never had one. I never woke up one morning shouting that I finally had a great idea. I decided to set up an interim website to learn how to do it, so that I would be ready when the great idea came. My first website was about health and being sick when you are young. (I am sick and I am young, so I had a lot to talk about)
I loved it so much I set up another website about writing, about sitting around waiting for good ideas to come and about how they take ages to appear. It never occurred to me that those two websites where my good idea until much later. For a long time I was working on them waiting for something else to happen. True story.
Setting up the web site – This step was quiet easy for me as I live with someone who does this for a living. He is very good and very fast, so I did not learn much about the setting up of websites. If you don’t have a tech genius on hand then there are great sites that can guide you through the process of setting up a website. It should only take you a few hours and will be ready to go in about a day.
I recommend – How to Make a Brand New Website – They have got all the instructions you need, heaps of support along the way and hosting so it is all in one spot. It will cost you to register the URL (Domain name) and you will need to pay a monthly or yearly fee to have the site hosted. It’s all there.
Start writing articles – This was the most enjoyable part for me (And still is) As I went about my day, I was taking photographs, writing articles and making notes for things to post later. It was great and felt so easy. I was just writing and posting with no regard for quality or audience. I was entertaining my self first.
I think if you are really struggling for material to write on the site then you might not have picked the right niche or the write content for your personality. It has to be natural and authentic and I think, easy. Otherwise, the writing will be hard to sustain and you will eventually forget about it completely. Relate it to your immediate environment to keep it fresh and vibrant.
Set up affiliates program online – This whole process probably took 20 mins, maybe less. There are heaps of programs available to join from big companies such as Amazon Affiliates to smaller programs where you can directly sell individuals products. You will notice these more, now that I have brought them to your attention. Only ever sell things that you genienly like or own yourself. Never try and be sneaky about advertising, if will discredit every other word you have written on the site if you are busted.
Link Website to Facebook Page – This was one of the longest processes for me to do and a still am not sure if it is set up right. I use word press for m hosting, so I have downloaded a few Facebook plugins. I have the plug in that is attached to each individual article. Don’t like it too much but have not found anyone who can help out yet? Anyone?
Actually Learn how to Write Articles The first articles I wrote were terrible. I know it. But I don’t want to take them down or re write them because those articles are where I started. This site is about being honest about where I started and people being able to see how it all came to be. Everything you find here is the original stuff that I have built up. I don’t want anyone to be intimidated by the huge task in front of them – just start.
Keep Writing Articles and reading great writing books. I started to read a little about writing better articles. I felt like I wasn’t improving for a long time and I was starting to get a little frustrated. I read Mark Tredenicks, The Little Red Writing Book. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Drew Eric Whitman’s Cashvertising. Now I can look back on those first posts and realize just how far I have come. I now write less in a diary format – I have started writing longer more in depth articles exploring a problem I am having at the moment. I always include an image. And I always break up a huge piece of text.
Give up hope that anything will happen. – I was completely convinced almost a year later that I had wasted my time. If I had not enjoyed it all so much I would have given it up. Definatly. I had forgotten about the associate program and was not sure why I what I was doing anymore.
10 months later – Head to the Bank!! Last night when I was heading to bed, thinking about how I could not make it work – I get an email saying that I earnt 82 cents!! Boom! I had been googling jobs in the area, thinking about how I could become a baby sitter when I got this email. It had worked. The hardest dollar you will ever make is your first dollar. And I have done it already.
What are you doing for the next 10 months?