Where is The Center of My On-Line Writing System?
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I've been evaluating my system of writing on-line lately and coming up with a question that I haven't really answered yet. The question simply is whether I should focus on my blogs more or Hubpages and Wizzley? I have two different blogs, one which I don't have much conflict with Hubpages because the writings are not suited for Hubpages as much. Yet, the other blog is where I write reviews, how-to, and about articles –- this is where I'm in conflict.
After an initial beginning of distrust I have embraced HP to a certain extent and have written now 18 articles. The amount I have earned there is about $6.50 so far from this effort. Now this doesn't sound like a lot, but the amount I have made from my blogs is less, and I've written at least twice as much so far (that are counted towards Adsense).
The Adsense ads and Amazon is basically where I'm making my money from my blogs. Amazon and the Adprogram is where I make money from Hubpages. For now I will leave Wizzley out of this conversation, but I earn from Adsense and Amazon there too. So, basically if I can get a thousand views I can basically get paid about the same from either or. So, the question is which one has the greater potential for getting views in the long run?
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I think it would require a leap of faith to venture out and rely mostly on my blogs. Lately, in my mind HP has been where I've been concentrating. I have been writing more blogs, yet HP has been where my mind has been for making money. See, I'm looking towards the future here, thinking about when I find a way to get a thousand views a day instead of 50. As it is now, I get about an average of 50 views a day from both my blogs combined. That comes from writing about one post a day from either blog, so about 7 posts a week (this effort started only a week ago).
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That is what I'm struggling with is where is my center to this writing system. Is it my blogs or HP? As it is my blogs haven't been making very much and the traffic is hard to get. What I want to happen though is for my blogs to start getting authority and picked up by search engines in the searches. Then I will have organic traffic to my blogs continuously. Also, the back-linking and forum posting should contribute to this strategy. If I'm posting once a day and then writing snippets for that post the rest of the day, this should give that post a good buzz and healthy traffic for awhile.
The thing about Blogger is the numbers are off in the dashboard. I can't rely on those numbers at all, because they will say 100 and Adsense will say 30. I have to go with what Adsense and Analytics are saying rather than the Blogger dashboard. Because I started my Adsense up after I had 18 posts already on my first blog, the numbers that are in Adsense don't reflect the totality of the numbers I've had from my blogs. Yet, because it was new and I was just starting out the numbers were very small anyway besides the bots.
So this is me thinking out loud here, trying to figure out where to make the center of my writing system. I'm going to be pushing forth with a lot of writing and I want it to make the biggest impact I can muster with the tools I have learned. I will learn more as I go of how to increase traffic. When it comes down to it, I want to make the decision based on where I like to write the most. And I like to write on my blogs the most.
HP and Wizzley are quality places to write and I like them, but still they are not designed by me, they don't have the same feeling of home as my blogs. Also my blogs have a lot of widgets and serve as a home base for readers to connect with me on many different platforms. My blogs serve as a hub you could say for my total on-line effort, which will integrate an Ebay store widget soon enough. Enough said, the answer has been mined out of this analysis. Hope this has helped you figure out this as well, as to what path you're going to take with your on-line writing system.