March 4, 2011

How To Start Making A Living Online – 28 Days To Be A Better IMer

Albert Einstein once said a very famous quote:
“Make Everything As Simple As Possible, But Not Simpler.”
To that effect I’m going to do some daily publishing here on this blog and call it affectionately, with tongue-in-cheek, 28 Days To Be A Better IMer (and kinda blogger).

These posts will be short and to the point and will not go into detail. They are basic guidelines and they are what I consider to be the most important part of making money writing articles, blogging, and building websites.

We all know about the 31 days to be a better blogger philosophy brought to us by Darren over at PB but is that really what we should be doing if we are in this to make a living rather than make a name for ourselves?

For me, I don’t really want to make a name for myself – that’s why I go by Chezfat – I just want to feed my cats, take my wife on an annual cruise, help my grandparents and family out financialy, and afford a decent life for my baby who is due in June - I'd like to also have a good bottle of scotch in the cupboards at all time too. :) I don’t want fame; I just want to pay the bills and enjoy life and I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

Day 1 – Pick One Topic And Write 20 Articles On That Topic
Publish all twenty articles on the same website and contextually link between them all using keyword anchor text. Make sure each article links to at least 4-6 of the other articles and make sure every article has at least 4-6 backlinks coming from the other articles.

Of course following basic on-page SEO is important. Make sure to use keyword focused post titles but beyond that the internal linking should do very well in helping you index, rank, and build relevance and revenue.

Seriously, publish this info in a few days time and then sit back – let your analytics tracking code begin compiling traffic stats for you to use to your advantage later on. This will take time but you have to publish content to start getting traffic.

That’s it for day 1. Check back in tomorrow for day 2... and if you enjoy what you are reading let me know below in the comments and maybe even with a backlink.  Thanks.

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  1. This is exactly what I was looking for to help me get started on InfoBarrel. Motivational, Inspirational and Actionable. I Love It. Thanks.

  2. No problem anon - Good luck with your work.

  3. Just found out about you over at No Job For Mom and have read through all your 28-days posts to-date but thought I'd comment here at the beginning. You're delivering as promised - thanks! I really appreciate your clear, concise "basic guide" approach. I tend to get lost when wading through too much info and prefer to get right to the heart of the matter. Anyway, I'm not sure exactly how I'll use this info yet but I'm happy to say you've given me a couple of light-bulb moments and I have a better understanding of how everything interrelates.

  4. Thanks for the comments Crystal - sometimes it's best to just hear the steps without the the details. This is a series I'm not sure I know where I'm going with either but sometimes just getting this info down can help to clarify things that we try to make to difficult or complex at times. Usually we can all just be better IMers by simply re-focusing on the basics every now and then.

    Thanks for the tip to "No Job For Mom" - I'll definitely be digging through her archives a bit now. :)

  5. Like Crystal, I found you through NJFM as well. I keep telling myself that IT can be done and I'm sure of IT. The problem lies with myself. I find that I begin something, get way laid and lose momentum. I agree with Brian, we often make things more difficult than need be. I'm going to be reading your posts and giving it another go.

    Thanks to both NJFM and you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

  6. Mrs D - I really know it can be done - I also know our minds try constantly to tell ourselves that it has to be harder that it really is. The hardest part is just saying I AM GOING TO DO THIS and I'm not going to sweat the details and I'm not going to make this more complicated than it needs to be.

    Just sit down and do it, I know you can and I can't wait to see your growth. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    ...and thanks to NJFM for sending all these readers my way! :P

  7. Brian, I love a good internet find and I think your site is a good find. I only recommend good sites to my readers.

    You have a new fan.

  8. Hi Brian, just found out about you through NJFM also and I'm very glad I did. You have an excellent site. I'll be back often to soak up all this info, but for now I'm going through your 28 days to be a better IMer. like Felicia said, you have a new fan.

  9. Hey man, I love this series!

    The other day I had one of those 4 a.m. thoughts, and said to myself, "What the heck, I'll buy a domain and follow along to a 'T'..."

    Sure I'll be a week or two behind, but I'm planning on doing everything you lay out rather than my usual methods (which aren't that much different). It'll be like a mini case study from a third person perspective.

    Anyway, just thought I'd let you know that you've got at least one guy about to follow your instructions to the letter :)

  10. @Felecia, that's a great compliment, thank you, I hope you continue to et something out of my work.

    @Anon - again, thanks for the compliments, I hope the series helps you out in some way.

    @Lee - awesome! I love seeing people take action. :) Taking the first steps blindly is always the hurdle that is hardest to overcome. Please continue to share with us your progress.

  11. Your blog will be really useful to me, I have been trying to decide what my next process will be since I am so addicted to writing online, it is my passion but learning seo and how to use web 2.0 is something I want to do better with.

    Thanks to nojobformom, she recommended your great blog.

  12. @Nuclear - Thanks for the comment I hope you do find the blog useful. I've enjoyed using web 2.0 sites to support my efforts online. They pay me well too. There are other ways but this is a good way to start.

    I would recommend that you stay open-minded about other ways to perform online as well as using web 2.0 sites.


    Thanks again to NJFM for the mention! :)


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