I’ve decided to change directions with my blogging for the remainder of the year. Actually, I should say that I’ve decided to change directions from this point moving forward.
Because up until this point, specially in years past, my blogging plan has been something like this:
- Get an idea for a blog.
- Convince myself that the blog based on my idea will be awesome, super cool and will totally make some money for me.
- Buy a domain name for the blog based on some perfunctory keyword research.
- Install WordPress.
- Get ads setup on the site because the site needs to be monetized.
- Lose interest in the topic after 2, maybe 3 posts.
- Never look at the blog again until it’s time to renew the registration.
- Renew the registration even though I have no interest left in the topic, but it’s such a great idea and the domain is aged now so it’ll be stupid to let the domain go. Besides, I swear I’ll write some posts for the site real soon.
- Never write another post for the site.
- Repeat step one.
So now, I have a new plan. It’s a better plan in that I actually have a plan now.
Here is my new plan:
- No more domain name buys for the remainder of 2012.
- No ads on any site with less than 1000 unique visitors per month.
- Domains that I’m not interested in will be let go, no matter how “aged” they may be. This alone will save me $250+ a year on domain name renewals.
- If I can’t come up with 50 titles for posts on any particular domain, the domain will be dropped and not renewed.
- Actually write the 50 posts. Each of them has to be at least 300 but no more than 700 words long.
- I know that I’ll want to buy another domain this year, but I will not buy it if I can’t pass the 50 posts bar. I know this goes against #1, but I know me, and I know my penchant for buying domains. I need to have a built in relief valve that will let me consider buying domain names, but won’t actually let me do the buying.
- Drip out the 50 posts and use the posts for articles and link building.
That’s all there is to it. Most people have one or two blogs at most, I have way more than that. I need to focus my attention on specific things since I’m about to ramp up my working hours.
I do want to make some income from my blogging efforts, so I plan to focus my efforts in order to make that happen. I think the hardest part of this whole deal will be just letting go of domains that I’ve owned for years and never done anything with.
Here’s to sticking with the plan.