Today I want to Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping the Extra Money Blog reach 5,000 plus readers. This is a wonderful gift for me this holiday season and I want to thank you for making it all possible. This milestone is particularly special for me because this blog is very different from what I am used to doing online, and prior to just over a year ago, I knew very little about how blogs worked relative to static websites.
Over the past 14 or so months, I have talked about having established and sold an ecommerce website for a quarter million bucks, having sold numerous niche websites at a five figure price tag, as well as establishing a portfolio of niche websites all of which generate passive and residual income for me month after month.
But unlike any of these ventures, I started this blog with a completely different intent, one that involves interaction and discussion with the readership community. It’s been an interesting journey thus far, one that I’ve enjoyed more than any other online endeavor in the past.
I think you should know that although most of my time and effort is involved in growing this blog, it is my least profitable web property to date; yet I enjoy working on it more than anything else online. Some of you may be nodding your head just about now.
Just a little over a year ago, blogging was completely brand new to me. I entered the blogosphere not knowing what to expect and where it would take me. Today I stand at a healthy readership of just under 6,000 and I genuinely thank you for being the reason for such a wonderful achievement.
So with that I’d like to share with you a few upcoming initiatives to look forward to:
Survey on What You Want! – I want to focus more on what you want to read about. I will be launching a public survey in the near future and I would certainly appreciate your input. You are the reason this blog exists. Please help me shape its future direction with your valuable input. I conducted a similar survey just for my email list, but this one will be for the entire blog (RSS readers). I will be giving away a prize to one lucky participant.
Giving Back – I will start giving away free stuff as my way of showing appreciation and encouraging more interaction. Some of what I am thinking about giving away are the following: gift cards of all sorts, free consulting sessions, items I have won on contests and those that online vendors frequently send me, FREE VACATIONS as well as free niche websites! I will also give away an Apple Ipad 2 and $1,500 Cash.
Podcasting Series – I will be interviewing successful entrepreneurs from all walks of life, as well as many who have established successful side businesses while maintaining successful corporate careers.
Training / Coaching – The response to my 0 to $1,000 a month report has been tremendous. Although I don’t know how many times it has been downloaded, I often receive emails (at least once a day) with all kinds of questions about the process. I will be releasing a classroom type training program with a coaching component in form of a weekly conference call (Q&A session).
I am thinking a video training series at this point, but I am open to your input ? ? ?
This training will cover niche site establishment from end to end, from conceptualization, niche research, to keyword research, site establishment, SEO, marketing and monetization.
I will cover building niche sites for the non techie like me using free or low cost turn-key tools and solutions available online. I am very excited about this initiative. Many fellow niche site developers have already contacted me with an interest to collaborate. This may evolve into a joint venture with other niche site veterans.
The Kicker: While I will initially publish announcements here on my blog, I will eventually communicate special events, promos, contests, giveaways and most importantly the winners through my email newsletter.
Many readers are subscribed through RSS, which is fine, but in an effort to increase newsletter readership, I will provide this exclusive content through my email newsletters. I won’t be hurt if you unsubscribe from my RSS feed and resubscribe to my email newsletter instead. In fact, subscribing via email will get you my Free Report on How to Make $1,000 a Month in Passive and Residual Income all in Your Spare Time.
So I hope you found this quick update helpful. I will try to do this more often to keep you updated on what’s in the Extra Money Blog pipeline, like a “state of the blog update” of some sort.
Again, I cannot thank you enough for being part of my small community. Needless to say that this blog exists because of YOU.
Readers: Please help me shape up its future direction by providing your thoughts / comments / feedback in the comments section below . . .
I wish you a very happy and festive holiday season!