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BrendaReeves
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on 02/16/2012

How many websites do you write for and socialize on, etc. I'm writing for two affiliate sites, I'm on Facebook, have a blog that I've let fall by the wayside, occasionally write for Textbroker (boring) and started an Etsy store. Do we really need to spread ourselves out there like that to make money? I write very slowly and would prefer to concentrate on one site (Wizzley) and building my Etsy store. I also have my elderly mother living with me, and she'll never get it through her head that I can't be interrupted when I'm writing.

What say you?


Brenda Reeves
katiem2
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on 02/16/2012

I know from experience you can make a great deal of money on one site.  This is a good site for you to concentrate on your plan.

I would block out time to maintain your blogs and such.  You have to pick and choose.  I would never put all my eggs in one basket.  But you don't have to put them in more than a few.  Know your limits and stick to quality not quantity.

I really feel their doing it right here, stay abreast of changes and modify you work to accommodate those changes and you'll be golden.


Digby_Adams
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on 02/16/2012

Hi Brenda. I think Etsy and Wizzley are a fabulous combination. My sister is just starting an etsy store. I've been doing her backlinking for her. But in a couple of months, I'll have her writing here as well.

Don't pay much attention to other people. You're doing what's right for your circumstances. Etsy can be very profitable. If you can create stuff for there, I would make that your priority. Then Wizzley. I bet it'll be great!

BrendaReeves
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on 02/16/2012

Thanks for your input  Katie and Digby. I'm going to concentrate on those two.


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Marie
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on 02/17/2012

Hi Brenda,

I consider myself to be a bit of a slow writer too. I'm on quite a few sites now but when I started writing online which was 18 months ago, I had a vague plan to build up an online writing income one site at a time.

I started with a blog first which I worked on solidly for about 6 months when I was starting to earn a trickle of money from it and then I moved onto Squidoo and got that established as well with over 100 pages over several months of working day and night! I kept my blog going at the same time but was only having to add to it once a week.

Next, I came to Wizzley and wrote over 50 pages before going off and setting up another blog which I'm focusing hard on now.

So I write (seriously) for 4 places online but the bulk of my concentration is always on one of those while I still add to the others on a regular basis as well.

Etsy is great. When I used to sell my own crafts, it was a great place to sell online. I'd say it sounds like a good plan to concentrate on that and then add to Wizzley when you can. Good luck with it :)


TerriRexson
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on 02/17/2012

I'm building things up one site at a time. My rough approach is to focus on one site each year. Last year was Squidoo, and I still write there, but not at the same rate. This year it's Wizzley (as you may have guessed!)

I find I'm much more efficient if I mostly work on the same site. No, you don't need to spread yourself around to make money. It's important to diversify a bit, but I think a lot of people do this too soon and too much. You do need to be aware of risks and plan accordingly. 

I do have a few of my own sites, but they're not blogs and don't need to be added to all the time. I don't want to create a load of sites that I need to maintain, and I'm rubbish at sticking to a topic and creating one big site. I'm still working on my strategy for my own sites (that means I have no idea!) 


BrendaReeves
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on 02/17/2012

It sounds like you have a good plan Terri.


Brenda Reeves
lakeerieartists
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on 02/18/2012

 

Digby_Adams: 16. Feb 2012, 22:05

Hi Brenda. I think Etsy and Wizzley are a fabulous combination. My sister is just starting an etsy store. I've been doing her backlinking for her. But in a couple of months, I'll have her writing here as well.

Don't pay much attention to other people. You're doing what's right for your circumstances. Etsy can be very profitable. If you can create stuff for there, I would make that your priority. Then Wizzley. I bet it'll be great!

I agree with Digby.  You need to work out your own system that works for you.  I write on several sites but focus on one at a time. 


Paula Atwell (aka lakeerieartists) is the owner of an online art gallery, Lake Erie Artists Gallery and a freelance writer
Digby_Adams
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on 02/18/2012

Terri also makes great points about learning one site at a time. I work more in 3 to 6 month increments. All of these sites are slightly different in the way they respond to SEO, backlinks, and promotion. They might attract slightly different demographics. IDK but it takes different strategies to make them convert.

I think you have to spend a substantial amount of time working the different systems to understand them.

BrendaReeves
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on 02/18/2012

I've decided to stick with Etsy, Wizzley and maybe Suite101. I've been with Suite for three years and never really made any money. I was beginning too right before Panda hit. I've been hanging around waiting to see if they come back from the dead.


Brenda Reeves
AJ
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on 02/19/2012

 

TerriRexson: 17. Feb 2012, 02:48

I'm building things up one site at a time. My rough approach is to focus on one site each year. Last year was Squidoo, and I still write there, but not at the same rate. This year it's Wizzley (as you may have guessed!)

I find I'm much more efficient if I mostly work on the same site. No, you don't need to spread yourself around to make money. It's important to diversify a bit, but I think a lot of people do this too soon and too much. You do need to be aware of risks and plan accordingly. 

 

This is roughly how I am working too.

My focus has been on Squidoo for a long time and now I am trying to build up content on here. I also write on an Anti-Bullying Site and of course co-own Writing Online with Bev and Paula and we all help Anne with Squidlog.


While it is good to diversify, you do need to not allow yourself to be too distracted with the networking that goes on. Facebook and Forums can be huge time thieves if you are not disciplined with regard to how much time you spend on them. 

Prospero
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on 02/24/2012

 

BrendaReeves: 16. Feb 2012, 21:55

How many websites do you write for and socialize on, etc. I'm writing for two affiliate sites, I'm on Facebook, etc etc...

Well here's my take on this Brenda - a Bardiness post: Space-Craft

 

BrendaReeves
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on 02/24/2012

That's great Prospero, and it makes me feel better. I've pretty much decided that I'm going to stick with Wizzly and also Suite101. Suite fell to the bottom floor with Panda, and they are in the process of reinventing themselves. I've been there for three years, so I'm going to stick around and see what happens. I'm also working on selling my art on Etsy. That's more than enough for this type B introvert. I really admire type A, high achieving extroverts. I even made an effort to be one of them, but I discovered that Popeye is right. I yam what I yam.


Brenda Reeves
Sunforged
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on 03/04/2012

hmmm, I write regularly on HP, Xobba , Wizzley (diff acct and now this one) .. most every week I add at least one new article to around 5 of 100 affbased sites that are in active development.

( I have portfolios at AC , FTdz and Ib also , but dont consider any of them worth even typing their whole names out and I dont add to them anymore)

Have ongoing drafts for Kindle books and ebooks for other platforms that get some write time, a wordpress plugin and occasionally client work (clients aren't occasional, just writing for them is, as I usually outsource boring copy)

Oh and  almost daily sets of 2-3, 300+ word posts for backlinks  at a time to various private sources.

Am I spread too thin, or do I get the great option of variety and accessing a very large network?

I'm surprised anyone writes for S101, I have never heard a single good thing about the platform! I like to keep on top of "success stories" and earnings logs that people post (like this one: http://www.wahm.com/forum/writing-freelancing-46/541890-suite101-success-stories.html ) the posted PV rates are pitiful and are a third of what i would consider a good ROI.

Anyone have and good things to say ? besides, Im going to keep trying just because I have been trying so long! 


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BrendaReeves
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on 03/04/2012

Sunforged, You're only spread too thin if it stresses you out and you can't function efficiently. If that works for you, keep doing it. I started at Suite101 three years ago and wrote for them sporadically. I was just starting to make money on there when panda hit. They sunk as low as you can go. They are in the process of reinventing themselves. They'll even have a new name. I'm starting to make money again. I'm sticking around to see what happens with them. If major improvements don't occur, I'm out of there.


Brenda Reeves
onepagearticles
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on 03/05/2012

I have been online since 2004 ish and trying to handle accounts here and there used to do my head in until I started to write the classic evergreen content mixed with experimental test articles just to test certain things in affiliate marketing and monetization and really this has helped me hone in on what I really want to write about and create. I write on Hubpages, Squdoo here at Wizzley and on my own websites too. I have lots of art websites some out there, others will be this year!


To draw is to create and to create is to imagine....Draw Fantasy Art
BrendaReeves
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on 03/05/2012

I would love to see your art websites, onepage.


Brenda Reeves
onepagearticles
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on 03/06/2012

There's drawfantasyart.com which is linked in my forum signature....but I really need to work more on that one this year....then there'll be others on drawing tattoo art coming out this year too which will be fun.


To draw is to create and to create is to imagine....Draw Fantasy Art
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