I've had this site sitting here for quite some time. I've used it for the usual pointless things most personal blogs are used for. I've posted personal anecdotes about my day and my life. I've deleted most of the posts I've ever made here because they were in fact pointless. In fact I still consider most of the posts that are left to be pointless. All this to say that I found it odd when I received a deposit from Adsense last month.
Sure, I have ads here. I've had an adsense account for years and I've routinely thrown up ads many sites I've ran, I've even gotten paid from them, but this time I didn't expect it. I mean this site is just completely thrown together. Add to this that what ads I've seen displayed appear to be completely irrelevant to the content. The idea that I would make any money at all from this site seems absurd. It also goes against everything we are told about how to make money from a blog. I don't have a domain, I'm not paying for hosting, I don't have a target audience. and in general the writing is poor. So wtf? The answer to that question is... I have no idea. It did however give me an Inkling of an idea. Why not see how far I can take it? Why not see exactly how much money I can make from a free blogger.com site.
Traditional Ways to Make Money Online
Looking around the web will yield near infinite results for making money online. Most of my readers will be familiar with all of them I'm sure so I wont go over them here. What most of the info you find has in common is an assumption that you own your own domain and are paying for a host. I have done both of those things in the past but I was on a bit of a rocky patch when I started this blog. I had no job and my only internet access was through an old cell phone without even a full browser. I'm no longer in such dire circumstances and had been planning on buying a domain and getting a host. Then I got paid. Therefore I've decided to hold off on that until I feel I've taken this experiment far enough
I Won't Use Underhanded SEO Tactics
While researching for this project I came across Mathew Woodward's Zero Backlink Experiment. His experiment is pretty interesting and the results have made him a load of cash. I think making money online and not becoming an internet dirt bad are both admirable goals. There are plenty of sleazy SEO sites that seem to make money from a combination of gaming Google and talking about how they make money, we don't need another. In short, I won't be joining a PBN or starting my own. I won't purchase Twitter followers or social media shares. All traffic and backlinks for this blog will be generated the old fashioned way.
This Will Require Some Effort
I haven't really ran a for profit site in a while and when I did they were self hosted WordPress blogs. I've forgotten most of what I knew, but it really wouldn't apply in this situation. Blogger has some serious limitations when compared to WordPress. It lacks customization options that seem obvious to most modern web veterans. It isn't as popular due mainly to it's limitations. There is also a big risk that Google could decide to take it down for any reason but you run that risk with any host you don't control. I'm going all in on this and so I'll have to relearn SEO. I'll have to write with a plan rather than pointless web scrawling. I'll also have to learn some new skills and try lots of new things. This looks like an opportunity for personal growth as well as potential wealth.