Finally … the first 2 ebooks are coming by the end of the month. The road was long, but much was learned, which we look forward to sharing once the publishing is complete.
I am horrible at keeping on track and focused. Part of me thinks this is a benefit to my development as a person, but the other part thinks it limits what I can do productively.
The one tool that keeps me focused and motivated is hitask. It is a web based time and task tracker that works the way I do. The layout is simple and it is easy to move from one thing to another.
The folks behind the site don’t seem to be full of themselves and caught up in their brand image. They just develop a good tool that people want to use.
What I love about their product:
- Timer – I can start a timer on tasks and let it roll.
- Notes – Anything can have a note associated with it.
- No plugins – I can run it on a basic browser without needing to download anything.
hitask can keep you on track when you’re writing.
Continuing the discussion of the FortheInfo blog network, I thought it would be a good idea to touch on revenue generation.
There are a number of things I’ve tried for generating revenue in the blog network:
Adsense: The most common method of generating revenue on a site is Adsense. Google’s contextual advertising program always performed well for me, but I could never break through. It seemed as if my revenue was capped at a certain limit and was throttled. I have no evidence to back this up, but it led to my being suspicious of Google. Of course, I love them for providing the program, but I wish there was more transparency.
Amazon Associates: Amazon allows you to sell products for them and you earn a commission. I still use this program and it generates revenue regularly. The only issue I experience is keeping the product links updated. There are a number of very old links I have on the sites that no longer lead to a specific product.
Clickbank: Affiliate marketing should be easy and Clickbank makes it so. Sorta. I started with them, sold some things, but never saw any money. Various fees sucked down all the money I generated. lol. It was really frustrating trying to figure out why they kept taking money away and I could never get a straight answer.
Way back when Blog Networks were trendy, I decided to get into the business. One day I’ll explain how our sports network was a little early in the marketplace. Right now, though, there are a number of blogs in the network.
I use the term network very loosely, as I don’t sell advertising across the networks or anything like that. They are just the sites content is generated for.
Active Blog Network Sites
Sports Injury Blog – The Disabled List shows common sports injuries and how to deal with them. The site was started due to the lack of real world, helpful information.
Reviews of Everything – Fine Reviews is my personal thumb up the nose of UGC sites. It makes no sense to me why people contribute to Yelp, Amazon, etc. sharing their experiences. Those companies then own what you say and make money off of it. I also rolled the former movie review website into Fine Reviews.
Information Blog – Webcasty is an offshoot of my late 1990s, early 2000s goal of bringing old information to the world. Thanks to Google and their book scanning efforts, the site is relatively unused now. I still contribute old papers, recipes and more I created to it.
Technology Business Blog – Yald is my personal site and where I pontificate on technology, news and business. It really is a catch-all with some old, embarrassing stuff on it.
FortheInfo is publishing.
Friction free information.
There are many companies designed around publishing, but very few focus on making the information concise, affordable and friction free.
FortheInfo’s simple goal is to provide concise, affordable and friction free information.