Make Money on the Internet (They said it would be easy)
photo by AMagill
So far my attempts to make money on the internet have been less than stellar.
I had a website built that was graphically appealing but the guy who built it admitted he wasn’t an expert in this Search Engine Optimization stuff. I did the research and added the metawords (something my spell checker doesn’t recognize) and made other changes, set up the blog and developed the mailing lists by writing a newsletter and having people sign up for it. My site was in the top ten for search results for the area in several categories. In the end I made $300 on affiliate sales from an ad I put in as an afterthought. Only a few cents from Google or Amazon, but I still wasn't in the big leagues as far as hits.
Well, then I got a real job and I let the website slide and eventually pulled it – kind of short sighted, in retrospect, but it was a demanding job and I really didn't have the energy to maintain it so that it would at least break even with the hosting charges.
Any way I came back to it with a website and a couple of blogs and so far I’m looking at 30 cents profit. The Google Cash Machine is looking more like a penny arcade.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone with Adwords experience, What kind of businesses does it work well for? What should you have in place before you spend money to drive traffic to your website?