Everyone gets started in blogging a little different. For some, it is sharing information. For others it is a fun past time.
For me, it was the thought of professional blogging.
To give a brief history, my girlfriend left for basic training. That left me with a lot of time unaccounted for. I always had fun on the internet, and realized that there was money to be made, but how?
I chanced across a post, “Ten Steps to Professional Blogging.” Actually, it was a pdf in the works, seeing as though it was unfinished (and still is from the looks of it).
At the time, I equated being a professional to making money… So I started my own site, JDsBlog.com.
For those that have been with me from the beginning, you know I tried my hand at just about every banner scheme and monetization rule available. I didn’t see the minimalist side of the coin. Sure, I was making money on my site, but for the most part it was an eyesore.
Ads everywhere, 20 second load times, things flashing and popping…
After tweaking and testing, changing and learning, I finally am at a point that I really like my site. It makes more than enough money, and I have grown to absolutely love blogging which is more to the point. It is a passion and a past time.
So through all of my trial and error, I have one thing to say when it comes to blogging for monetization. “All things in moderation.” Don’t try to knock the lights out with your first attempt. At the same time, don’t follow the 1000 page views rule. Do what is best for you and your site, and learn until you are an expert.
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