Thursday, December 22, 2005

Clear Sailing

Well, I know I keep harping on these web design side jobs but as of 5 minutes ago they are all done! Yea me! Nice little chunk of change coming in from them. So, it only leave one tiny job (which is a barter situation) and a big honking job where I am waiting on the client. There is a second big honking job that was started several months ago and is in stall mode also. (not my fault ....since I am the sub contractor on all these). So...what does this mean? It means I am free!!! freee!!! to work solely and exclusively on my own sites for a bit. Feels really good. Adsense the last few days is doing really well ...boy adsense can get addicting. I'm going to go off now and figure out my total moneys earned over the last few months..... I always find it interesting when I find that kind of thing on other folks' sites ...then I'm going to surf around for an hour before I leave for the day.

How are you all doing ? Do tell!!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

weekend madness

Crazy time of year and crazy amount of things to do. Good news is that I sent out 2 invoices for web side jobs and will have another one to send tomorrow. I have almost all my xmas cards in the mail ( a new record for earlyness for me!). I am trying to clear everything off my plate so that I can concentrate on my own projects....won't happen completely but it will be good to get all this little stuff OVER.

As for my affiliate stuff (after all that is what this blog is supposed to focus on) one site is going strong ...adsense is better that usual ..I'm sure due to the holidays. However, I have had several over $2.00 dollar days and I have never hit $2.00 before ever!! Traffic is steadily increasing too. (I should make a happy graph and post it here ...because I am very proud of my steady increase in traffic!!)

My site (which was launched in late July has a google page rank of 4 and an alexa page rank of 126,222. I know these number mean diddly ...but at least they prove to me I am getting somewhere. I am trying to keep up my current blog and start 2 new ones.

We'll see..... I'll write more tomorrow is late...and I'm going to go watch Sleeper Cell on TIVO.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

got my first check

It was from October and a big $2.00 from Linkshare! ...gotta start somewhere. I got linked from Treehugger today ...always a nice spike in traffic.

I'm trying to get a few more sites up ...tough to get the time in though.
more later.

Friday, December 09, 2005

trudging along

Well...always forward motion ...never as fast as I would like but I'm moving that is the good news.

So, I have a regular 9-5 job as a webmaster at a university and then I have a freelance web dev. business and now I've got affiliate marketing. ...and not enough time to do everything!

Anyway, enough complaining. Earlier this week I was listening to a podcast on webmaster radio with Jen from (it was from august or so). She was talking about YPN and how they were only going to let 2000 publishers join the program through the end of the year.. Well, I got to feeling "special" that I was chosen to be one of those 2000 and so I switched off adsense an replace it with YPN for 3 days.

Stupid move!! ...I didn't get one click and this is the busiest time of the year!!! Do you think I gave it enough time? for the most part, my ads were not very appropriate for my site ...Oh well now I am back to google and getting my $1.00 or so a day. I also took off many of the chitika ads I was running on my site since they were only rarely bringing in any money and I think the site looks better with a few less ads.

So, I'm in the process of setting up 4 more sites ....yeeks.
more later!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Things are going great!

I had a business meeting with my new partner yesterday ...she is pysched to work on this with me and I am psyched to have her help. She will be a great writer for my blogs.

We brainstormed many ideas and I am happy with the place we are taking the business. Basically we will create a network of blogs that will have focus but some affiliate marketing thrown in on the products if it is available ...I figure if I'm writing the review and linking to the product ...may as well add an affiliate link if available. Important not to force the affiliate angle however since I sense that folks smell the manipulation matter how much I try to mask it.

As for my one blog that is up and running ...I checked the stats and it is growing at a rate of 20% more visitors every month. That is pretty good.

Earlier this week I got linked to by whenever they link to me it means lots of traffic for me ...always nice.

My webdesign side biz almost lost a big client tonight ( i was sorta hoping it would so that I could concentrate on my sites ) BAD!!! BAD!!! Oh well...we are back making yet another design for them. Thing is..>I had a feeling from the get-go that this company was going to be trouble!!! Gotta listen to your gut!!

Saturday, December 03, 2005


Well, my saturday got a bit messed by a friend landing in town ...but it was great to see her and I don't regret taking the time away from my plans here. I'm working alot this weekend on my webdesign business ...I've got a huge project from hell and the client is finally ready to go.

I'm sad that it will take me away from my affiliate web money making projects ...but it is a big chunk o' change and I am happy to have the work. Hopefully once we get the navigation issues nailed down all the product pages will almost make themselves!!

I purchased a menu system (popup menus) from to help me with the site. Those darn drop down menus are a big fat pain!!! Anyway, project seven makes nice products that work in every browser. I highly recommend them! (not for affiliate stuff ..but for regular brochure ware sights)

Last thing....I found a site tonight that has tons of sites listed that will be great from my affiliate blog. Loads of inspiration and stuff to blog about. Also they were offering a link in their listing for $35.00 a year. I bet that brings them in a nice bit of mooolah for barely any work!!!

Anyway got me thinking ...(alway a dangerous thing!!) more later!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Not much progress today. But, of course, I do have a real job too. more like surreal job.

But, I can claim some good progress!! I finished the last piece I wanted to do for yogagirlsite. I wanted to make her a favicon ...which I did (it was so easy!!) and now I am going to bill her. I'm also billing hairsalonsite. Paidpersonalsite is done...but being the nice person I am, I volunteered to do some stuff for his businesssite for free (got to stop doing that!!).

I updated my shopping blog. The traffic on that site is steadily going up and up. I am happy about my work on that site. I think alot of it was beginning luck and not knowing what the heck I was doing and just going for it!! ....this weekend I hope to devote entiredly to new affiliate site. As long as bigclient site doesn't rear his ugly head and want his work done now now now!!!

Monday, November 28, 2005


A few months ago, I took a class taught by Darren Rowse of Problogger fame and Andy Wibbels of Easy Bake Weblogs fame. It was a great course. Both Andy and Darren are real stand up guys and I felt like their message was very straight forward and honest. (sometimes there is alot of hype out here in internet land and you don't know WHO to believe) Anyway, the course had tons of information packed into 6 weeks. I'm going to start listening to it again on my ipod at work to keep me motivated. The link is an affiliate I will get a cut if you sign up and take the course.. Feel free to ask me any and all questions about it if you are considering it. The price goes up after Friday. Six Figure Blogging I will ONLY recommend stuff on this site that I have purchased and tested myself and I will always point out affiliate links when I use them....just so that we're all clear from the get go.

As for updates on my projects.....petstoresite is done, paidpersonalsite is done and hairsalonsite is done. My business site is still NOT done and neither is my photo blog back on line, I did not take a walk, and not much work on my affilaite sites either ...BUT, But, BUT it was really helpful to write out how much time I was going to spend on each site and I think that helped me stay on track. ...of off track as the case may be. I went back to work today and I am having a difficult time staying enthusiastic. I want to quit and do my own business ..but the truth is I AM NOT READY!!! Patience.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

I really don't like blogger

Just for the record ..I really DON'T like blogger!!

I'm sick

and it is getting in the way of me being productive!! I had follow on work for petstoresite which is practically finished.

Tomorrow, I have to do hairsalonsite -- should take 2 hours

paidpersonalsite -- which involves hacking the heck out of coppermine -- should take 3 hours

finish our redesign of our businesssite -- should take 2 hours

then I can work on my affiliate site. (7 hours doesn't sound bad). At least today in all my unproductiveness I had the great idea to do the laundry so at least that won't be interupting me all day tomorrow. I don't have anything important on monday and give myself persmission to stay home sick.

Oh, one more thing I wanted to do was export all the entries out of my old personal blog (moveable type) and import them into a wordpress blog so I can blog photos and stuff again. That will be another 3 or so hours.

Fun fun ...and I must get out for a walk since if I just sit in front of a computer all day everyday I'm going to get old and fat. horrors!! can't have that!!

Friday, November 25, 2005


Well, today I knocked off work for one client - petstoresite. I'm totally bummed since I severely underestimated part of the job and it took me quite a bit longer than planned. Not sure how many hours I will be able to bill. Doesn't matter, I suppose. Let it go.

I did alot of podcast listening while I was working which was awesome!! Some marketing guy ...where I learned a lot nad some from webmaster world where I also learned a few new tidbits. I really love this whole search engine world.

Tomorrow, first up my business site ...just do it and finish it. Then on to the hairsalonsite. and then the paidpersonalsite.

I've got to make the priority to work on my new affiliate site. Also listened to James Martell buzz thingy. He never really says anything that I don't already know.

more later.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Big Thanksgiving Day weekend

I have lots of plans of getting much work done. First I want to make a Favicon for my yogasite client to give her a "free prize inside". Then I need to finish up the petstoresite's updates and changes. Then I need to finish the paidpersonalsite with the photogallery (Copermine) and guestbook. Then I need to finish the hairsalon site. That is many paying clients to finish up!!

Then, on to my affiliate programs. Update and add entries to ggg1 site. Update and add entries to ggg2 site. Finish reading James Martel and write a review for this site. Write a review for sixfigureblogging for this site. more and more!!!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Here's my story

The great green affiliate begins her brave journey towards wealth and riches!!