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Where’s my traffic jam?

30 March 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been 2 weeks since I started writing in these blogs, even less for those I’ve bought domains on, so I probably shouldn’t be annoyed with the fact that my sites rank so low on the search engines.

I’ve begun the monetization process on two sites, one of which I’m more serious about than the other — The MT Effort — with Google Adsense and a few affiliate sites (excluding Amazon because of their whole Colorado ban).

The second site I’ve been playing around with is a subdomain on a site I plan to make bigger some time. It’s basically just a site which I can’t quite categorize, as all it has is pictures of cute things… puppies, kittens, things like that. It’s silly, I know, but I have fun seeking out photos that I can use, either on stock photo sites or other blogs.

Why do I care about puppies and kitties? They make me feel good, and it’s better than going to look at real puppies, because then I just think that I want one, when the truth is that I really don’t; I have enough. So I figured, if I can get the word out for other people to come see my compilation of cuteness to bombard their faces, maybe others will get the same satisfaction out of it too. Cute shit brightens my day. Let me show you.

cute kitten in a basket.

See, see, see? How cute this is?

So yeah. I just can’t help it when it comes to cute kitties.

But still. Nobody has been visiting these things. Even after I go into my sisters social accounts and start linking the shit out of cute pictures. Course, SUPER CUTE! has only been up for a day, but still. Come on.

I’ve even gone as far as to find information on how to build traffic, search engine optimization, backlinking, google ranking, social networking, etc., etc., etc., via podcasts, blogs, ebooks, etc., etc., etc. to the point where I no longer care about the content, I only care about the traffic. It’s time to stop caring about money. Who care about money? Money is worthless.

(Yeah. Right.)

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Is it tomorrow yet?

17 March 2011 3 comments

scholastic book ordersBack in elementary school we used to get these things from Scholastic Books in school every so often. Book orders. I would try and budget my orders as much as possible, so that my mom could review them, and after she’d sign I’d go ahead and add a few more books to the order. I’d turn them in the next day at school, then be in for a few weeks of waiting before the shipments arrived.

Somehow, the day before the books came, the teachers always knew exactly when the books would be there. I guess now I’d have to assume that they probably received them before hand and just had to sort out who had ordered what. Whatever the case was, I could never get to sleep on those nights. I’d try so hard, lay as still as possible, and could just never sleep while I was waiting for my literary gems, such as R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps and Wacky Mad Libs, to come in.

It turns out that I haven’t changed. Except now I get to track my shipment through the UPS website. Later today, at some unknown time, I’ll receive my materials to begin class. Raise your hand if you get excited to receive a dictionary in the mail!

Same as it ever was.

Actually, it’s not like I’ve been sleeping lately anyway. Not during normal hours, that is. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve gone to bed before the sun rose. Yesterday I went to sleep at 3. In the afternoon. Eventually the pattern will correct itself, and then eventually it will go back to the same thing. It’s nothing new.

It’s become painfully obvious that I’ve been pretty much void of any work for the last couple of months, and I’ve finally become tired of waiting.

Within the last 5 days I’ve begun three blogs, bought three domain names, one hosting subscription, paid $1,500 down on a medical transcription course, cleaned the house, watched the first series of Mahoromatic, saved many lives in Trauma Center, held a personal Steve Martin fan-fest, been glued to NHK, and learned how to say “I WANT __!” in Japanese. What the hell.

Quite honestly, I don’t know if I’ve been making the right decisions. For two periods throughout the day, there are certain frames of time which I cannot think rationally, nor can I remember much of anything. Once in the morning, and then during the wee bit I stay up longer than I should. And although I have been staying busy, the days seem long. I haven’t reached the point of insanity tonight, yet. I’ll get there.

All in all, aside from the down payment to the school I’ll be attending, I think I’ve made pretty good use of my time. Although, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that it’s going to be hard to keep up with the blogging thing. It’s fun, to an extent, but I’m not doing it without money on my mind.

I’ve also been trying to keep up with what’s going on with Amazon Affiliates. I haven’t kept up with it for a year, and just found out that almost exactly one year ago Colorado has been given the ban-hammer on their affiliates program (ban-hammer is a term I learned from playing idiotic MMO games that I obviously have no resentment for). This is due to changes in tax laws, and so instead of Amazon complying with the laws, they decided to just disregard Colorado as a potential for affiliate candidates. Fucking bummer.

But news has it, at this time, California is thinking about passing similar laws. At this time, it sounds like California has about 10,000 associate affiliate members within their state. If they throw down the ban on California, I don’t expect many people to be happy with them. If they decide to screw over another 10 thousand peoples incomes, I’ll just write them an angry letter. Dear Amazon, I won’t buy the things I wasn’t going to buy from you in the first place. Ha!