I've been lurking around as a visitor for a few days, trying to absorb as much as I can. I am a complete beginner to website design, improvement, buying and selling so some if it sticks, and some doesn't!
So, a but about me - I'm 32 and live in London. I have a full time job but to be honest it is not very taxing (or amazingly well paid) so I find myself with quite a lot of time on my hands that could be beter utilised doing something to better my lot. Actually I am not new to making money online - For a couple of years I have been spending some of my time doing online surveys and am signed up to about 40 diffent companies and clear about £1K a year doing this but it is soooo tedious it is mind numbing so I am trying to branch out and see if I can make some money through website ownership.
I have started a couple of blogs, simply to get my opinions out really, and due to the non existent barrier to entry. I have adsence on my blogs and have managed to attract several hundred visits in the last few weeks but this seems to have earned me exactly zero with my adsence account. Not sure if this is normal or if I have managed to break it somewhow I am blogging through Google blogger and don't find it all that userfriendly so in looking for another platform, I came accross Weebly.
Last week I used Weebly to construct a website around quite a small niche - I guess it's cheating really as it was very easy! I purchased my own .com domain name from Go Daddy which included my two key search words hyphonated and decided to use this Weebly website to practice trying to improve the SEO of the site in preparation for a "proper" site I built myself on a platform that is not going to take 50% of my earnings. I guess this leads me on to my first question - how long after you start trying to build more SEO would you expect to find your website on the front page of Google given a narrow niche and relatively little competition? After a week my website is lurking back on page 12 and does not have any visitors, apart from those that I drove their through facebook. This has left me a little disheartened but am I completely getting my time scales wrong here? Or am I being completely unrealistic thinking I can do this myself? I don't have any advertising on the website btw, if I do manage to get some organic traffic I might bolt on an affiliate link.
So, that's where I'm at now. If I make a success of my goals with this Weebly site I will pay out for a proper hosting service and perhaps try and build something from scratch.
Sorry this is a bit of an essay, I was going to just say "Hi, great informative site" but I got a bit carried away