3 years ago, I made my first attempts at writing blog articles.
At first, I had 2 purposes in mind:
- it was a way for me to log strange computer problems, so that I could “remember” how to fix something, if I encountered it again, many months later.
- it was a cheap way to advertise Computer Aid, and implement some SEO
It has been useful in both ways.
I’ve been able to avoid “reinventing the wheel” a few times.
And I’m currently getting about 20 – 35% of my new customers from the internet.
At first, the traffic for computer-aid was low… about 200 – 600 visitors per month.
But then, I was using blogger.
Around July 2006, I switched to using wordpress (directly under the computer-aid.com.au domain. By the end of 2006, the website was getting around 3000 visitors per month.
And now, I’m getting around 10000 visits per month (http://www.computer-aid.com.au/cgi-bin/awstats.pl?config=computer-aid.com.au).
Clicks on my sponsors are currently earning me a bit over $400 per year, which covers the cost of the domain and website hosting… but not the huge number of hours I’ve spent writing blog articles.
I’ve also found I quite like writing my blog … so its nice to know that over 300 people per day actually read it also.
So, where do I go from here?
Ideally, I’d like to more people to click on my sponsor links… but I won’t hold my breath on that one.
For the moment, I’ll just keep going, with no major change in my routine.
Due to some recent events, I’ve deliberately slowed down my work schedule (from insanely hectic to moderately busy), but that shouldn’t affect my posts by much.
Anyway, thanks for reading.
Its been an interesting 3 years, and who knows what will happen in the next few years!