No, I wasn’t joking, we DO plan on buying an Island. We’ve been looking into different prospects and, let me tell you, they are NOT cheap. The closest you’ll get to cheap are those small, 2-beach, volcanic islands. But hey, give the extra buck or two and get yourself a nice, spacious, tropical one. I’m not sure about local inhabitants though. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like some cultural exchange on MY island in the Pacific Ocean. Maybe you can rent a village. My blog should cover the expenses. Oh yeah! I can’t wait! Although there are some legal issues to be addressed, having an Island kicks ass. Anyone can buy an island no matter what blog, no matter what field. All you need is faith, time and goooogle (*)
Now I should probably introduce myself, or better said ourselves. We're two students that, until recently, were not particularly interested in blogging. But since we needed a project to work on, we decided to give it a try and create a blog. Still, it's not as easy as it seemed at first and we've managed in such short a time to make quite a lot of mistakes. Nontheless, mistakes are neccessary. I guess it's all part of the process.
Moving on to our goals I can say that for the moment we're not overly interested in making a profit. We prefer to progress as bloggers and gain knowledge that will benefit us in future enterprises, maybe even pro blogging as you put it. After all, who isn't hunting for profit nowadays ?
Furthermore, it helps to have a place (in our case a blog) where one can go at the end of the day and lay down a few thoughts or post a few pictures. Some might even call it relaxing. I'd say a productive hobby is always a good thing to have. Then again, if you don't take care of your blog and strive to improve it and offer the extra piece of info, the extra feature, the detail that will bring you more visitors, you might just end up talking to yourself. In our case that's impossible since there are two of us :)
Now let's get down to it. Have we learned anything ? Has it all been a waste of time ? I for one don't think so. Why you may ask . . . Well, i'll just list a few things that, in my oppinion, prove our progress:
1. HTML coding - yes, we learned it out of the need to better our blog. Here I'd like to thank Darren Rowse from ProBlogger.net for the link highlighting he uses on his blog. It’s much better than simple underlining.
2. SEO techniques – amongst other things, we tried to look out for keyword density in our posts. Our chosen keyword is “pet pictures”. Also, we played around a little with the alt tags . . .
3. experience with Google AdSense – yes, yes, PR for the win ! And now . . . [make sure you’re seated for this incredible breakthrough I’m going to share with you] . . . we PASSED the $1 mark with Google. Stop laughing, we’re on course for that island.
In conclusion, we’ve kind of already completed most of our goals regarding gaining experience as bloggers. So here are our newest goals:
1. be listed in the first 10 sites on “pet pictures” searches on different search engines (for example google or yahoo).
2. reach the 100$ mark by the end of the month and get our first check from Goooogle.
And that’s it in a nutshell. I hope I’ve been able to retain your attention until now and thus, my fellow bloggers, I bid you farewell and good luck in your endeavours.
P.S. We already have a boat: Today the boat, tomorrow the island !
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(*) and a little bit of . . . luck! . . . ok, maybe a lot.