My name is Deb and I’m a niche-aholic.
I have blogs in many different niches. It’s a sickness, really.
I have ideas for blogs and potential income opportunities, and they stay in my head until I do something about it. Except for one thing. I’m technically challenged.
The problem with being a technically challenged blogger is that I had to rely on other people to set up my blogs for me because I was clueless in that area. This got to be very expensive, especially when you change your mind as much as I do. However, one day when I was screwing around on Bluehost and I saw that they had an easy do it yourself WordPress installation feature.
That was the day everything changed for me blog-wise.
Not only did I use the quick and easy WordPress installation feature on Bluehost, but I also learned how to upload themes, templates, and plugins. Here I was worried about code and breaking blogs and yet I was able to set up a fully functioning blog, all by myself, in less than an hour.
Because I learned how to set up my own blog, new doors opened:
I gained confidence
I’ve always been embarrassed of how my blogging skills consisted of writing, basic SEO, basic html, and the ability to cut and paste something into a widget. I mean, here I am, someone who talks about blogging all the time, who works for a blog conference, is a community manager for a blog network, and work my hardest on trying to sell blogging to others, and my skills with setting up a blog are pretty basic. Now, I’m still no techie (and I won’t pretend to be) and I’m lacking in design skills, but I don’t feel like I’m going to break things anymore. Now, when I have an idea, I go for it.
I learn something new with every blog I set up too.
I started several niche blogs
In the past I had to stop myself from setting up blogs because of the cost associated with it. Not necessarily the cost of hosting and domains, but the cost associated with set up and design. I worked with many different designers, some who took advantage, and some who were awesome, but they were all expensive. Having the ability to set up a blog myself cut out the biggest cost associate with my blogging. Now, when I have a good idea for something nichey, I take time to plan it out – I like to strategize how it will earn and how much time it will take, and it’s an efficient use of my time. If it’s something I feel I should pursue, I set it up on my own time. I don’t have to wait for someone else, or haggle over nitpicks and pricing, and wait for it to be done according to that person’s schedule.
I can’t tell you how freeing that is.
I began earning a little side money
I found that different niches provided different ways to earn money. Each niche especially has some interesting affiliate opportunities to explore. Before I began setting up my own blogs, Amazon.com’s affiliate program was my go to source for side money. But by spreading out to programs such as shareasale.com and the different affiliates in their network, Commission Junction , One King’s Lane and others, I expanded my income base.
What’s interesting now is that as I add new content to each of my new blogs each week, my monthly income grows. It’s not huge by any means but it’s growing each month.
By mixing affiliates, private ad sales, and contextual advertising, I’m supplementing my full time income quite nicely, thank you very much. PLUS, I know that by bringing in money through my blogs, I’m making my blogs appealing to future buyers should the opportunity to sell one of my blogs present itself.
I don’t have to hesitate before acting on ideas
In the past, if I had an idea for a niche blog I didn’t always act on it because it was so expensive to hire someone to set up a blog and get things running for me. Now I can do it all on my own. I research the idea, plan at least a year’s worth of content in advance, (I don’t recommend blogging on topics you’re not interested in or aren’t passionate about), and research income streams. If it’s something that looks like a good investment of time and resources, I give it a go.
If I’m building a blog and get stuck on a component I now research how to fix it. In the past if I got stuck I might abandon the project or spend a lot of money on hiring someone to fix things for me. Now? Not so much.
I’m not afraid to learn anymore, nor am I afraid to “break things.” I have confidence to do some really fun personal projects.
I’m making new connections
Different niches mean different communities, and that’s where I really shine! I’m meeting new people, getting involved in some fun online groups, and making important new connections.
I’m continuing to learn
And that’s never a bad thing!
Isn’t it interesting how learning how to do one thing can open new doors? And even more interesting is how I’m learning more about the process every day. None of what I’m doing takes a huge chunk of time, and it doesn’t take away from my work. But by teaching myself how to do the things I need to do to grow my own niche blogs, I’m also learning skills that will help me with my clients.
Independence is a beautiful thing.