For an update to this post on 4/22/08 please see How I Turned This Blog Around. It seems like I can make money with this blog afterall!
I am not sure what I am going to do with this blog/website. I have asked several people and I have had mixed answers including stick with it, trash it, and try to sell it to some sucker (uhh…I don’t mean you Sucker).
One problem I have, and many others have as well, is that Google penalized me from a PR3 down to a PR0. Before I knew better, I wrote 3 paid posts and had 2 paid links from (I don’t even want to name those companies anymore). I have deleted those ads and posts over three months ago and they still have me at zero. This impacts be I believe because it lessens the amount I can sell this blog for.
From what I understand, no one knows for sure whether these penalized sites like mine will ever be given back their page rank. I contacted Google and admitted I violated their terms and told them I was taking everything down. I did take everything down but nothing has changed. It is frustrating when you see other bigger sites blatently advertising paid posts and links like it is just fine. They don’t seem to lose their page rank and they make money off the sucker newbies.
For now I am going to keep the blog and post whenever I can. My subscriber numbers will go down, as will the readership – I know that. I have no idea what I will post, when I will post, or what the quality of my posts will be. Actually, you might have noticed that both the quantity and quality of my posts have been going down this year. The bottom line is that I just don’t care that much anymore and having a blog like this is not the way to make money on the Internet. I have made money with this blog, somewhere between $250 and $300 per month, but that amount does not warrant the time spent.
I am working to change the wording of some of my past posts to get better rankings in the search engines. I really never paid too much attention to that and now I regret it. This blog makes some money by just sitting here and getting some hits from the search engines. I would love to get more search engine hits and fewer regular readers. (I want both kinds of readers but the people coming from the search engines make me more money) So far, I am having a little bit of success at getting more Google hits but I have a long way to go.
I also am not ready to give up the DayJobNuker.com name. A lot of people like it (at least that’s what they have told me) and it is a catchy .com name. It seems that even if I were to someday end this blog, the name could be used to sell an ebook or something. You know, like DayJobKiller.
I’m still looking for work from home jobs and ways to nuke my job but this blog is not the solution. Unfortunately it is taking time away from finding and working on that solution.