- August 9, 2011 at 1:04 am #29199
hHi Mitz, I hope you don't mind but I'm going to go into a lot of explanation about where I'm coming from so you'll understand more.I started Bodaciousboomer.com just over 2 years ago the day after I saw Heather Armstrong who writes Dooce, on Oprah. At that time Heather said she was making $45K a month.How hard could it be I thought? (Feel free to laugh hysterically now.) I knew I couldn't expect to make $$ like Heather. She'd already had Dooce for 9 years; but I did think I'd be making a few hundred a month by this time.So I read on Google about Word Press and Blogger. WP looked like the way to go, so I did. About a year after I started, I went to a guy for a blog re-design. He was the star of the Art Institute of Houston class. I told him that my hope was to eventually be able to make $$ from my site. He showed me a number for themes, saying they were all ad friendly.Well apparently, the one I have is NOT. And the guy who worked on my blog last year is no where to be found of course. Initially my recent plan was to find a ad-friendly WP theme. However, now I seem to be having WP problems on a regular basis. When I tried to insert a compressed photo into the blog today, as I've done a hundred times, it just wouldn't insert. It would upload, but that was it. When I clicked the "insert" button nothing ever happens. I tried it 10 times, literally. Any ideas?When I went to the WP forum I searched awhile for help, but I was totally overwhelmed. As I'm sure you know there are thousand of pages in the forum. I got desperate. I even Tweeted asking if there was a WP wizard who had a magic wand I could use. That's when I found you.I know I probably sound like a pea-brained LOL- and I'm not, really; but I sure feel that way right now. (Maybe I did party too hard in the late 60's.)I've even thought about moving BB.com to Blogger, which I've heard is a much easier platform to work with for people such as myself. However, I've not been able to find much information about if it can be done. And I only want to do it if it can all be moved. I don't want to have to start over having lost all my old posts.Anyway, by this time I've spent a lot of money on BB.com; money unfortunately I no longer have,My husband took a fall in March and needs orthopedic surgery and we're uninsured; so money is tight. In the meantime I'm trying to open an online store, making things that are all upcycled. I'm making bracelets and earrings from old LP's, shower curtains from billboards, etc. I was hoping to be able to put a big banner on BB.com that would link to the new store. I thought the blog would feed the store and vice versa.Well I guess that's it for now. Any wisdom you could provide would be much appreciated. Once the store is open, you'd be welcome to come and pick something out for yourself for your patience with me.BTW- Where are you if it's morning there? I'm curious.Thanks so much for listening to me ramble and whine.Michele
Mitz from Tips4pcAugust 9, 2011 at 1:33 am #33364
Hi MicheleI am in AustraliaYou are aiming very high there hoping to make 45k a month but I am not going to tell you cannot do it, because you can.. But I am going to tell you to come down a peg or two and aim for $1000 a month, then $2000, and $5,000 and so on. That's how it all starts. I can't imagine how many years Heather Armstrong was blogging for before she actually started to earn that money? But it is no use focusing on her business so we will start with yours!1.August 9, 2011 at 2:38 am #33365
Hi Mitz. What do you mean “I may have gotten ripped off a bit.”with my theme? I am confused; a condition with which I'm all too familiar as you know.I was told I had to move BB to a new theme if I wanted to be able to put large banners on my site. Was I misinformed? I'd prefer not to move it if I don't have to. I like how it looks.I was planning on moving to a new server soon. It gets very frustrating. The one I'm on goes down 3-4 times a week. I heard Dreamhost was good. Any thoughts?Now for your questions:Who do I want my target audience to be? I don't really care. In the beginning it was all female baby boomers. Over time though my audience has grown to include people from 18 to 71, mostly female; but some males too.What content would they like to see? I don't know for sure. They seem to like when I write about funny/odd things that have happened to me; or when I find strange things online like today. I've never thought about writing for a specific audience. I've always just written for me; not that I couldn't I suppose. I'm open to suggestions.What % will I scare away with xxx content? There are a few FB friends that never comment when I'm too explicit. However even on those days things aren't THAT explicit. (It doesn't sound like a Harlequin romance or anything.) For the most part I think younger people are relieved to know there's more than knitting and rocking chairs to look forward to when you get a little older. And besides it's not their parents they're reading about. And my older readers always get a kick out of it.
Mitz from Tips4pcAugust 9, 2011 at 4:09 am #33366
I said you may have been ripped off because this is the impression I get from you… Regardless of the price, it looks great! As for the ads, you can work around that...The hosting...I do not know one blogger that uses Dreamhost...and I know hundreds. They all use Hostgator or Bluehost. The standards of these hosting companies are amazing. I use Hostgator for all my websites! (20 websites)The reason I asked you about targeting is because I could not figure out who you were targeting? This makes it very hard to target an audience when you do not know who it is. This is something that has to be figured out first.Lets look at the audience Dooce has:August 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm #33367
Hey Michele Did you see my answer?
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