The site was set up to help out a friend who creates websites for booksellers. He pulls in my listings and I decorate around that. He's running an application behind the scene to do this, and I'm working within his environment to customize.
I had three blogs in Blogger.com that I pulled into this site (using frames) - again just for fun. Couple of years ago I added Adsense but haven't gotten much of anything out of it and didn't spend the time to figure out why... until now.
NOW I'm trying to take the site in a new direction and make money with it. But the more I read here the more I see that I seem to have done everything wrong!
So far this is what I see as mistakes:
- Using Blogger, should be using WordPress
- Have a framed site and that won't work for search engines
- Need direct URLs that go to the blog articles (one separate page on the site devoted to one article?)
I'm sure there is more.
I think my niche for the site is the 'Simple Living' blog because my main area of interest is the green living, gardens, raising chickens, raising worms, etc in the city. I am very active on other forums and on Facebook in this area and I now see all of that voluntary content could have been going into my own articles and aiding my own site. (doh)
My website is earthmombooks.com
The sales of books, etc is not my primary interest, as I have shops on many other venues that sell this inventory. My primary interest at the moment is building up the blogs (especially the Simple Living blog) and increasing traffic.
If you do manage to get traffic though, is that alone enough to make money? I don't have a specific service or product that I'm trying to sell through the blog.
I've been reading so much on these forums but I've gone very deep into areas I'm not ready for yet and that is causing confusion. I think I need to step back and restructure what I already have.
If anyone can take a few minutes and check out what I have and make suggestions, I greatly appreciate your help and expertise.
--- Added --- I was an Amazon affiliate and you'll see the site dripping with Amazon ads for that reason. Then the State of CO got into a fight over taxes with Amazon and we lost our affiliate status. So no more Amazon affiliate. I left the ads in place out of depression, as well as a bit of hope it would be reversed soon.