This has been an interesting spring (to say the least both online and off)
I started the month by looking at the book idea I was working on and decided to scrap it. But then in mid-May, I got to thinking about the topic and decided that I was interested enough in pursuing it whether it was a big money-maker or not. Rather than stopping the project about anti–aging, I’ll continue it for my own interest. See below for more about this.
A Simple Reader Download System
I decided to experiment with a very simple download system. Using a site called book funnel.com, I uploaded free e-books using selected posts on each of my three sites. These three initial e-book downloads are linked to the following posts:
A Walk In The Park (Fountain Lady) (fiction) 3 visited – 0 downloads (that may have been me running tests)
Brief history of publishing (this website) 2 visited – 0 downloads (that was me running tests)
Six Ways To Kill Plants (gardening) 16 people have visited the link and 6 of them downloaded the content
Bottom line: not going to worry about doing this anymore. I will continue to use BookFunnel to deliver free ebooks to my fiction readers as I build that career. I also have plans for this website but that’s a post for another day.
This post was dictated with this software, and I’m slowly but surely learning how to use it. There is a serious learning curve to using this software effectively, but I’m determined to make this work.
A Brief History Of WebSite Building
There has been an ebb and flow in the creative process and website building over the last 10 years. As the technology has changed, so have the delivery systems and the ways of evaluating and using those delivery systems.
Readers responses have changed as well. When I first started writing, if you included a picture in the website readers would complain because it slowed their computer down too much. Now, if there aren’t multiple pictures in the website readers complain that there aren’t enough pictures. This change has happened in the 12 years I’ve been writing full time on the Internet.
I predict that video will be the next must-have on how-to websites. In fact, it’s pretty much here now so that’s not much of a prediction. The issue of course is that video is more expensive to produce than text so, once again, the big boys will carry an advantage there.
Many of us built multiple websites to make it easier for readers to find the specific information that they wanted. In my case, I owned seven gardening websites and two or three other smaller websites on specific topics.
But then Google decided to release a bunch of animals named Penguin, Panda, and who knows what else. The net effect of this was to penalize many of the smaller sites (no matter how good they were) and encourage the larger sites. Again, many of the larger sites were simply click bait but they did fit within the new Google search parameters better than our smaller sites did.
I sat in on a Google AdSense meeting, and listened to some of the experts talk about small versus large sites and it became clear, at least to me at that time, the larger sites had an advantage. This was, of course, assuming the sites were quality and not simply link bait.
I consolidated seven garden websites down into two gardening websites and that’s where gardening sits at the moment. There are literally hundreds of articles on both of those sites and frankly, I no longer worry about ranking or Google or anything else. I just write what I want to write and what readers ask me to write.
And Now Today.
I have pretty much given up on Google AdSense is an economic model. I have written about this before, so I won’t add to the point here. To be frank, I still have AdSense installed on all of my websites – including this one – and they pretty much take care of paying for the hosting and registration fees with enough left over at the end of the month to go out for dinner.
What you’re going to see moving forward is is me writing books on subjects I’m interested in, such as Alzheimer’s disease or living forever. As I write the book, I will also post the information up on its own website. This means that every e-book gets a supporting website.
The alternative was to write the book without a supporting website and simply link from this website out to the book wherever it is being sold.
But I Learned That Lesson
Consolidating everything into one website leaves you with the total mercy of Google (or now Amazon with ebooks) and whatever fashionable search system they implement for that year.
It is far better to put multiple eggs in multiple baskets than trying to have everything on one website.
I’m currently working on two books, one on Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and one on Living Forever (just doing the basic work on this one – will update links when finished)
Both of those reflect my current interest in the non-fiction writing field.
You can follow along with all of my nonfiction topics (right here on my Facebook page. You’ll get all the updates from every project that I take on, as well as posts from this website. Note my Facebook Gardening page is different and is right here.
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