There internet is filled with websites that have
I've tried a lot of out there and let's just say… most are not what I needed (easy)
So I got the bright idea to get online and put up photos, music, and updates on a “website”… at that time I had no clue what a BLOG was and why you would want one as a one person shop.
I learned the hard way.
O M G
It was so bad and painful.
Being able to update, keep up, post, and interface with them was a pain in the butt.
Then came Blogger.com
Check out the Very first blog post I ever had on my blogger website
I can't even spell right… no joke. I wrote
“This is my firt blog. I'm trying to get with the tech savvy.”
That is so dang funny.. The first official blog post (after geocities, frontpage, dreamweaver fails…) and I butcher a post and show how bad I can't spell and type at the same time (that's gotta be a skill in some cultures… right?)
The idea I want to drive home is this.
In 2002 I was brand new to blogging. My very first blog post sucked. I don't know anyone else who had a worse blog post starting out.
But if you fast forward to 2015 I'm featured as one of the best bloggers on the net and even featured in this documentary as a million dollar blogger. (click image below to see my interview)
*my wife refused to get involved in the business until I made more money (wives… they know what they want), and so I just focused and retired her from accounting and myself from engineering in 2011 with blogging. (income disclaimer – results will vary – avg income results)
I can't say it was a complete waste of time using that old platforms but one thing I did learn… It's not built for people who are looking to make some money from home.
My old blogger blog is littered with adsense ads, and it's monetization strategy on blogger is NOT to be an affiliate…..
They want you to drive traffic so THEY can make money.
I didn't realize this but it made sense.
Servers and hosting costs money, but this blog platform is free… how do these free platforms make money?
Once I saw the inside and as a business owner I had to move on and learn how to really build a business without those restrictions.
But after having started from a simple blogger.com blog back 2001-2002 to mainly communicate to my family and friends I started to understand
There are REAL transactions being made online.. without a phone call or hotel gathers….
I saw you could write content, and you could potentially make some money online.
To me it was genius.
And that brought me to scouring the net on platforms that catered to someone like me
- looking to
- no restrictions on what I want to promote and sell on my website
- hosting cost won't kill me if I get traffic to the website
- is there a community of people I can connect with and even meet in person?
- are they growing with the times (upgrades)
- can the system help mentor me to making money online?
That got me blogging on different platforms and that's when I found this blog system below.
- Built for Business Owners (even part time ones like I was in 2008)
- Created by affiliate marketers FOR affiliate marketers (this was a big one for me)
- A community of like minded business marketers looking to push the envelope (I love the community)
I found a place I can work with, and one I can refer my friends and business associates to.
I wanted to spend more time building my side internet business, not pulling my hair out on the techie stuff.
So this could be a blog about
- buying domains
- finding authority aged websites
- private blog networks
- leveraging Web 2.0 sites
- Tumblr or WordPress or Custom – Content Management System (CMS)
- hosting with cookie cutter servers or go wordpress manages or vps or dedicated
Just being real with you? 99% of the people looking to get online could care less about all that technical mumbo jumbo. They just want a platform that is easy to take care of and fun to use.
Eventually people learn as they go but to be “slapped silly” with technical words and methods.. it's a huge bummer.
That's why I always refer to the simple and look for systems that play into the hands of helping the
- start up business person
- the weekend warrior
- the first time entrepreneur
- the work at home mom
There is this one blog platform that is built my bloggers and affiliate marketers because they KNOW what's it's like.
It's about K.I.S.S
Keep It Simple Stupid
That's what my professor always said at UT…. don't over complicate, use systems that work and tweak as much as you can to get to your goals. Building from scratch isn't ideal (it's a waste of time)