Making some progress on one of my affiliate articles

I’m on a mission.  I want to try to improve the earnings from my article about the best vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors.   The article seems to convert well and is making some decent money, and I would like to grow it.

 

So, one thing I’m starting to do is some more guest posting.  I recently did an article on The Westchester View which links back to it.  The article is about how to protect your hardwood floors after you buy a new house with hardwood.

 

Yesterday, I worked on optimizing the article a bit.  I added in some better calls to action and some new sections.  I’m hoping to do some more soon.

 

I’m trying to think of some other topics that I can include this in so I can do some more guest posting.  But, now I’m having a brain freeze as I think I’m too close to this.  Hopefully, something will come to me soon.

 

I am doing some more guest blogging, and just completed another one on Tuesday.  Yay.  And, I just got a text from a freelance writer who linked back to me on an article on an authoritative real estate site.  Double yay.

 

I think I’ll also write something on ActiveRain and RealtyTimes soon.  I just need to figure out the topics to write about.  I’m also going to write some other articles to link back and reference the places where I’m guest posting.

 

I’ve also been doing some guest posts for one of my clients.  One should be published the end of this week and then the next one around November 20th.  I’m hoping that will help his blog do better.

 

For my vacuum article, I continue to share it on pinterest.  I had made a new image which seems to be doing better.  I also added a link to the blog post on the sidebar on my site.  My ideal, though is that it does better in search.  I can see that’s going to be a challenge as there are many others who have written on this topic and their domain names are very focused on vacuums and they seem to know what they’re doing. But, I would love if I can just move up a couple of slots.

 

Currently, I’m getting a bit over 1200 clicks per month.   It seems to be doing a bit better on google search, but I would love if I can accelerate it.  I’m also going to check out the backlink profile for some of my competitors.  Maybe that will help.  And, maybe this article will help a bit, too.

 

So much to do, so little time.  What else is new?

Protecting your investment in your home

It happens every year…mother nature produces weather that’s a bit rough…and as a result, homes get damaged. And, that costs money.  And, of course it can be incredibly time consuming.  And, it often happens at the worst time…when you can’t afford it.

 

Now, it’s super important to have a good insurance policy, so if/when something happens, your insurance company will reimburse you for the damage (or at least most of it…as most policies have some sort of deductible).

 

But, importantly, there are many things you can do to protect your home so that you either prevent or minimize the damage that could happen to your home.  I’ve recently written some articles that provide advice on preventative maintenance as well as what to do if you do get hit.

 

First, don’t forget that winter is right around the corner, and fall is the time to prepare your house to avoid winter problems.  Check out this article with Tips to prevent ice damming.  Thankfully, ice damming is preventable.  This article shows you the signs to look for that could cause a problem.

 

Water does a lot of damage to homes in our area.  In fact, water is responsible for the majority of insurance claims (way more than fire).  Here are some tips to prevent flood damage in your home.  Of course every once in a while, we get a big storm in the form of a hurricane.  These are never fun, and when they happen, houses that have typically been fine for 30+ years get some major damage.  So if this happens to you, you should find these tips helpful – How to recover and sell your house after a hurricane.

 

Preventative maintenance can go a long way to help preserve the value of your home and minimize damage.  I put this checklist on home maintenance tasks to do throughout the year.  While it’s specifically written for vacant homes, you’ll see that most of these tasks should also be done for occupied homes.

 

I hope this info comes in handy.  An ounce of prevention can go a long way.

Some real set backs

So things have gotten more challenging.  I was feeling like I was making good progress on my debt reduction.

I have had 3 opportunities in Aug/Sept for potential additional clients, but none have materialized…at least not yet.

In August, I was so pleased with my passive income results as I made a bit over $2,400 and was getting close to my goal of reaching $2,500/month by end of year.  (I wanted $2,200 in Sept, $2,300 in Oct, $2,400 in Nov, and $2,500 in December).  This would help pay for the health insurance that I’m going to need to start paying – prob starting in December.

But, in Sept, I only earned $1,870.  So, I was disappointed.  But, determined to make October better.

Then, in September, things did not go so well with the part time painting jobs.  Leads slowed to a crawl (not my fault as it’s not my business and I was doing the marketing…but certainly my problem).  And, the leads I did get were pretty poor quality – very price sensitive customers and small jobs.  So, September was by far my worst month for painting commissions…at 1/3 of my goal and probably half the amount that I made in February.  Pretty bad.

So, I needed to make October great.  I decided to start blogging about painting on my main website.  Here’s the article I wrote:  What are the most popular shades of gray paint colors? The article took a really long time to put together, primarily because of all the graphics.  I made a great pin for the article – best gray shades of paint, and it’s been taking off.  In just a few days, it already has over 600 repins!

I also published my 2018 hardwood flooring trends article early – that was yesterday.  I figured that this would give me an early boost and hopefully help it rank #1 for next year (rather than #2).  And, I was happy that I had a friend of mine help secure a guest post about decorating (why it’s important to start with the floors first when you decorate).  This is on a high domain authority, so I was super excited.

October started out strong for the first day or two.

And, then boom.  It came.  The bad news.  The owner of the painting business decided to shut down the business.  That was yesterday.  Job gone.  Just like that.  Poof.  (And, no notice…all appointments that had been set are canceled).

Okay. I wasn’t expecting that.

So, now I need a new plan…and fast…because I don’t have any time or any savings to spare.

I’m doing what I can with some networking.  Waiting to hear on something.  Hoping to have closure tomorrow, but I have a hunch I won’t.

Finding it hard to concentrate on all the other work I need to do, including blogging for my 2 clients and my own blog.  I have to pull myself together.  But it’s hard.

So, crossing my fingers for some good news soon.  Maybe it will be a blessing in disguise.  Or maybe I can come up quickly with a new business idea.  It’s hard because I’m tired and stressed and didn’t sleep well last night.

So, yes, I want tomorrow to be a great day.

Seniors can be more sensitive to heat

I’m still astounded by what happened with Hurricane Irma and that Florida nursing home.  It’s pure negligence.  I understand that there are power outages, but to let those seniors suffer and not speak up, not take them to hospital across the street is just criminal.

 

You see when we age, we are more sensitive to heat, as our bodies are not able to regulate temperature as well.  While most people who are not in the healthcare industry may not realize it, those people should be keenly aware of the situation.

 

When you have an aging parent or adult at home, it’s important to keep an eye on them, especially when it gets super hot.  Sometimes, this may just come in the form of a heatwave.  You may find this article comes in handy.  It’s great for prevention.  Summer Safety tips for Seniors:  Tips for Enjoying the Season and Staying healthy.

 

If you have an aging parent who lives in their own home, be sure to check on them especially during the super hot weeks (and for that matter also check up on the extra if it’s super cold, too).

 

What happened in Florida was completely avoidable.  It never should have happened.  But, let’s learn from their mistakes so we don’t let this sort of thing happen to people we know.

August was a good month

Life is starting to get more sane.  August was my best month so far.  First, I had my best month on my blog where I earned over $2,400 for the month.  You can read more about my income report here.  My goal was $2,100 so I was pleased with that figure.  I want to/need to grow that further as it will enable me to pay down my debt faster.

 

Second, I had a decent month for painting.  It’s much lower than I would like, but every bit helps.

 

Third, my marketing business has been doing well as I now have 2 steady clients (and they both seem to be very happy) and I have another one where I’m doing a bit each month and the potential for 2 new ones to come on mid September.  I’m excited about this as I need to be earning more to pay down the debt and soon I will have some added expenses that I will need to cover, so all is good.

 

I really feel good about some of the articles I’ve written for my clients.  Here are a couple of recent articles I wrote:

 

The weather has also been great and I’ve love swimming almost every day.  I’m sad that summer is coming to a close as I love it.  I’m hoping I can keep the swimming up as it has been so refreshing and relaxing.  Hopefully, I can keep this up.  I may need to find a back up exercise plan for when it gets cooler.

 

On my own blog, I’ve been diversifying my content a bit so that I can create a bit of seasonal content.  These are articles that will recur each year.  So far, I’ve written these 2 articles:

Soon, I plan to do at least 1 (but hopefully 2) holiday/Christmas articles.  Hopefully, this will bring some incremental traffic and help me create some seasonal pins for Pinterest.

Wow, my Amazon associates account is on fire

Well that is probably an exaggeration.  But, nonetheless, I’m having my best month so far.  Month to date, I’ve already earned $1,096 in commissions.  Prior to this, last month was my best month with $680.  And, I still have a week to go in this month, so we’ll see how it finishes out.

 

I wish I understood what is driving the surge.  I know that one article in particular, my polyurethane article is doing the best for earnings.  But, I wish I knew what was driving that up.  If I knew that, then I could try to do more to accelerate growth.

 

Or, it could just be a 1 month surge as many DIYers are working on their home projects and moving into new homes.  So, this may come to a close Labor Day weekend.  Let’s hope it continues.  In the meantime, I’m working on more articles to hopefully drive more affiliate sales.

More progress

I’m so excited as things tend to be accelerating with my Amazon Associate program.  I’ve been lucky and I’ve had 3 days where I earned over $100 per day.  (My average is around $22/day).  So, this has accelerated my earnings.  So far on Amazon (through Aug 18th), I’ve earned around $730 which is the most I’ve earned in a month so far…and I still have another 13 days to go.

 

This month, my top 3 articles for Amazon are Best brands of polyurethane, My Coretec Plus review, and my recommendation on the best vacuum for hardwood floors.

 

I really have to figure out how to get each of these to do better on Pinterest.  I think I’m missing a big traffic opportunity. But alas, I haven’t broken the code on these yet.  I have some ideas and we shall see if they work.

 

I’m also excited as I’m doing some more blogging and coaching work for several clients.  This week, I have a lot to get caught up for my Long Island Cash Buyer client.  I’ve been having fun writing some of the blog posts for him.  I met with another client that I’m coaching this week.  I have a hunch that we’ll just be meeting monthly (which is perfectly fine as this will be a bit of extra ongoing business.

 

And, I’m continuing to work with my Home care client where they offer in home nursing care.  We are really just getting started, so I’m excited about how this project will unfold.

 

And, this week I met with a real estate agent and I’m going to help her with her email/CRM program.  I’m very excited about the possibilities and this also made me realize how I can create some info products later (on my main site) and monetize them.  Very very excited about this.  Now, I just need to find the time.

 

My blog, which is my real future, is doing well.  It looks like I’m on track to make $2,100 for the month in passive income and possibly more.  Hopefully, thinks won’t drop off at the end of this month with Labor Day weekend.  I’m very behind on my articles for this month, so hoping to get my blog post cranked out tomorrow.

 

I keep trying to learn and experiment with Pinterest.  As of yesterday, I was able to reach 15,000 clicks/month.  Yay.  Hopefully, it will continue to grow.  It’s been gradually growing for the last few months.  What I really want though is to for it to accelerate.  I just read the updated version of Carly’s Pinteresting Strategies, and it was EXCELLENT.  I got several new tips, so I’m in process of trying to implement from them.  If you have an interest in growing your pinterest traffic, it’s a MUST READ.  It cost $32 and it’s totally worth it.

My continued learning on SEO

One of the things I love about my new “job” is that I’m constantly learning.  Each week I learn something new…and often each day.  When I say my new “job” – it’s both my business and my passion.  So, I’ve been trying to grow and monetize my own blog, and marketing business where I help clients’ websites rank better.

 

The good news is that most of my learning helps me do better with both businesses, so they are somewhat synergistic.  Today, I read a helpful article on backlinking and how to do this better and more naturally.

 

I actually already follow some of the processes and principles in this article already, but it opened my eyes to a few other ways that I can naturally build some links for my customers that I hadn’t really thought about.  So, I’m going to start implementing some of these ideas later today.

 

Summer safety tips for seniorsSo, for example, I may leverage some pictures and link the pictures to the client’s website.  This picture links to a recent article on my client’s home care site.  I’m going to try to link more pictures (in addition to the text links) for some additional exposure and for a more natural link profile.  I also realized that this gives me some more flexibility on subjects I can write about for backlinking.  And, that’s a good thing since I’ve been starting to run out of ideas for one of my clients (because I’ve written so many so far.

 

I’m very excited about this learning (and several others) from the article.  Now, I’m off to read some more.  Oh, and it’s not even 8am… and I already have my new learning for the day.

Random thoughts

Today I read a blog post and it reminded me of one of my dad’s past clients.  He was rather wealthy (and that’s probably an understatement) and had a large collection of Picasso’s and artwork from many other famous artists.

 

So, I googled his name to see what info I could find. (He had died in 1987).  It was really fascinating.  I knew that he was a big art collector.  What I didn’t realize is that he was the original owner of Le Reve.  This is one of Picasso’s most famous works of art.  On this site, it’s rated as his 4th most famous painting.  Apparently he bought it for just $7,000 in 1941!  Wow.  It looks like after he and his wife died, the estate auctioned it off in 1997 for $48 million.  Wow.

 

Apparently he and his wife had a passion for spotting talented artists before they became grand masters.  He also had paintings from Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg and Frank Stella.  At the time, their auction (after their deaths) resulted in the highest ever private auction (at that time…and I believe now 3rd in total).  Wow.

 

They truly had a knack for selecting fine art and spotting talent!  I wish I had gotten to meet them.

 

It’s interesting because recently I did an epic article on Selling an Inherited House to settle an estate, and in the process of my research, I interviewed my dad (who was an estate attorney) to get his perspective and advice.   He had a lot of value to add on the process and some of the basics.

 

He also explained that often when there are large estates, the real estate and/or the artwork values can be rather high and in order to pay for the estate taxes (for high worth individuals), many need to sell the house and auction some of the artwork off quickly to pay off the taxes.

 

This would be one of those examples…as the artwork appreciated sooooo much.

 

 

 

 

My best month for income from my blog…so far

I’m so excited as I had my best month of income from my blog…so far.  In July, I earned $1,996 and was so close to my goal and psychological threshold of $2,000/month.  You can read more about it in my July Passive income report.

 

July was also a much better month for me on the painting business, and so far, August is off to a good start.

 

My marketing business has been picking up as well, and very happy about this.  I’ve been working on Long Island Cash House Buyer site, and making some good progress on that.  And, I’ve been doing a bit of work on the NYC home care site.  I have a few other customers that I’m doing some work for, so it’s a nice variety to keep my brain stimulated.

 

I am also very excited about a new affiliate I’m working with (Rewardstyle) and just finally learning their system.  I just wrote a blog post on purple area rugs using their platform, so we’ll see if it works.  Importantly, I can now create some collages on pinterest to drive traffic to my articles.  Very excited about this.

 

Onward and upward.