Following my last post Write On The Money, where I gave you some idea of the mountain of sites that I seem to have created over the past year or so, I’ll carry that theme on in some way with a shorter post asking the question “Am I doing too much?”
Well, if you count up the hours I spend in front of this thing every day – that’s seven days a week – it can seem overwhelming. I spend upwards of 12 hours a day constantly writing, building websites and populating them with all the things that they need to be populated with. Add to that the occasional battles with hackers, the more constant wrestling with spammers in the forum I run, not to mention keeping up a presence in there so the members know their forum is being run by someone and you have a recipe for a full schedule of work.
But that’s not all.
What about the freelance writing?
Oh yes, that. That’s the part that keeps my paypal account fluid so that I can keep buying more domains, pay for hosting and any other business related software or tools that I may need. It also pays the bills, which some may consider to have some importance in running a household. Mmm.
I’m currently in the middle of a 200 article job that is keeping me more than just a little busy, so that takes precedence over everything else. Whatever time I have left at the end of the day after completing my daily quota of freelance work is for building more sites, checking out the expired domains lists for anything interesting, writing some articles for SEO and in-links to my newer sites and finally, if there’s any time left at all – I’ll write a blog post in one of my established blogs.
Like this one tonight!
Now, many bloggers who poke their heads around the corner here and in some of my other older, established blogs might be forgiven for thinking that I’m letting these blogs go downhill by not updating them regularly. Well, that’s not the case.
I don’t judge my blogs’ performance on the number of feed readers I have or even the number of social visitors I get. While they are important as its good to have people read what you write. Or it gets pretty lonely writing to a audience of the dog sitting on my lap – and he can’t read! But of importance when it comes to earning an income online from these blogs, which is their prime reason for existing and why I’m paying for hosting rather than doing it on free blog platforms.
I have plenty of those too, which I write on just for the fun of writing. But what makes money online is attracting good numbers of organic search traffic from the search engines for certain keyword terms. They are the people that will generate the income by clicking on affiliate links etc, whereas social visitors tend not to.
I believe I’ve written about this ad nauseum in other blogs of mine, so I won’t labour the point here. Suffice it to say that I’ll make entries in my older blogs just to keep them current and updated in th eeyes of the search engines rather than those of the readers, because – hate to say it – the search engines provide my bread and butter visitors.
That’s why I’m putting so much effort into so many new websites, squidoo lenses, Hub Pages and blogs. They are all part of the master plan to raise the authority and traffic of my main sites, which can make money for me in the niches they occupy only by ranking highly enough to be attracting organic search traffic.
So back to my original question. “Am I doing too much?”
But then I should follow that question with “Is it really necessary?”
The only answer to that, assuming I don’t want to go back to working 9 to 5 for some asshole boss who demands a “yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir” attitude, is a resounding YES!