Off the Beaten Path
Join me on an adventure. Where will we go today?
It is a numbers game to monetize your original content. I have been working on it for about 2 years now. I started with Patreon with my original crime and horror stories. I paid my entire advertising budget with an established crime website that hosted conventions and had hundreds of thousands of viewers. I gained a few subscribers on my Patreon but they did not stay. They said my writing was horrible - rather, I was writing more horror than crime. I conducted exit surveys and did a market focus group to realize - I write as much horror as I do crime. I do not even like to read or watch horror myself! Yet, here I am, writing short stories that sometimes verge on horror. www.bitesizecrimestories.com if you are interested. It is my highest performing blog out of 8 that I originated.
I researched several promotions companies and finally settled on one who did everything they said they would do. I ran a very affordable one-time campaign. My readers on the crime story blog increased by ten people. That was a success and I earned 35 cents in ad revenue last week. It is a major improvement on the previous months. As of today, this website is not monetized. I have been researching out why Google AdSense has not approved it for ads. Apparently, I am not wordy enough for monetarization. All the articles and You Tube videos I watched suggested every blog contain a minimum of 600 words. I am able to say what I want quite often in 150 to 300 words, way too short to justify an ad apparently.
While I had some limited success on Patreon, the subscriber model does not work for me. I am using social media to bring my blogs to the attention of Google as I am running their AdSense to earn money to help offset all the business costs I incurred in setting up 8 websites, hosting, and software. I am available if anyone has any questions on how to get started. Please use me as a sounding board!
The best part about the online business game is that the income is fairly passive. Once I launch this blog into the internet universe, I can ignore it and move along. Hopefully, people will find it from the code words I used when I set it up. The majority of my views seem to be coming from google search engines so I know that it is working.
It is a number driven game. There are several people out there unethically offering to get me thousands of Instagram followers for only $19.99. I can only assume they are either lying or the accounts are fake or bot accounts. All of us are hoping for that one big hit. One thing goes viral, and the content creator has a nice side hustle. Until then, we all are consistently churning out our best work in the hopes we are noticed in the ocean of content.