"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Why I've Been So Quiet

I've been building a business.

My financial adviser finally drilled it into my head that I need to focus on making more money, not saving more money. So, I bit the bullet and spent the money for a SBI! site.

A couple of weeks in, I can already tell that, if I keep on following their hand-holding process, I'll be making my money back, and maybe even more.

I've had a lot of ideas for making money with a website and/or blog for some time now, but no notion of how to go about it. SBI! does all the techie stuff for you. It truly works with mathematical precision.

Of course, I did a lot of research on this system before buying into the hype.

I know that organizing is too broad a niche for me to corner the market and retire on the proceeds of a website. But it's a topic that interests me and for which there is a lot to write about. I wanted to cut my proverbial teeth with SBI! on a subject that I knew would give me back my initial investment if I put time and energy into it. Once I've mastered the basics and manage to actually monetize this site, I'll reinvest the proceeds into a tighter niche.

Another reason that I picked organizing is that I've had an idea for an e-book and had absolutely no idea how to market it. I knew this blog would give me only minimal opportunity. The SBI! site is going to provide me with the perfect vehicle.

I'm ultra focussed on this project because I want to start monetizing the website by June so that I can know by the end of the summer if I can count on any revenue from it for my fall projects. I'm in a time crunch to put together my motorhome plan, but this actually works in my favour. The more rushed I am, the more focussed I am. I do wish I'd begun months ago since postponing the move isn't an option. At any rate, I'll see how it goes.

6 comments:

mama kelly said...

i really like the ideas I saw on your organization site. I plan to go back again!!

Best of luck with your business

Raven said...

Thank you for checking out my site!

(My latest update has yet to 'go live', so you probably haven't seen some of the changes I made this afternoon to the library, media, and living room pages.)

Please do check back as I will be adding more information about organizing craft areas, bedrooms, and bathrooms as well as downloadable forms and checklists.

1001 Petals said...

Congratulations! It's a nice, clean site.

I'm curious how you can make money off of it.

Raven said...

Thanks for checking it out! The site is definitely in its infancy.

SBI! is essentially a four step process to monetizing a website. You start off with content--building quality pages that people will visit. Then, you build traffic. Then, you 'presell', that is establish yourself as enough of an authority on your subject to make people open to buying your products or referrals. At this point, you monetize. You can do that many different ways, like Google ads, selling hard goods or e-products, referrals, etc.

I'm a LONG way from the monetizing step and still in the first stage of building my content.

I actually make a bit of money with this blog, believe it or not. It's really not much, but it pays for a lunch, a couple of drinks, or one movie a month. I've done that by just fumbling around and experimenting, which leads me to believe that I can make real money by following SBI!'s proven system that makes logical sense.

Another thing I like about SBI! is that it's a local company based in Hudson, Quebec (suburb of Montreal), so I know right there it's a system that works for Canadians.

I recommend you check out their site for more info.

Bast said...

If you eBook, you might want to consider making it available for Amazon.com Kindle owners:

http://dtp.amazon.com/mn/signin

I wish you the best of luck!

Raven said...

I'm not sure my Ebook idea would be suitable for the Kindle format, but I'll keep it in mind for other projects on my burner!