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Posted by on May 25, 2008

Talk about an exciting last few days!

First, I got asked to do a guest blog post for C. A. Simmons on his blog Circle One Connect, reviewing the book Before You Quit Your Job (this blog is no longer around) by Robert Kiyosaki. I first wrote a longer version for one of my other websites, Reviews Of Everything (I no longer own this site), then changed it up for his site. That way, we both get a bounce from the same book; I thought that was kind of cool. At some point I hope C.A. does a guest post for me.

Then I got a unique opportunity to review and help edit Guy Kawasaki’s next book, which will be book number nine, and that was wild because I not only got to help, but I got to pick up some tips that I should be able to use in my business. That’s always a good thing, and I’m glad to have been a part of it all.

I also spent some time yesterday working on a couple of my websites, trying to update and add more content because I want people who come to my sites to get some value out of the things I’ve written, as well as, hopefully, entice them to buy some of the products I show.

However, I’m having some thoughts about one of my sites, and I thought that I’d put it out here to see if anyone wishes to make some comments on it. I have a site called Services And Stuff that just doesn’t get any juice whatsoever. When I purchased the domain name years ago, my thinking was that I wanted to create my own type of web portal or directory, but I wanted it to be a bit more exclusive. I didn’t want a lot of junk links popping up; I wanted to be able to verify that all the businesses on the site were legitimate, whether they were marketing services or products; hence the name. I also wanted a place to put all these neat looking affiliate link ads from Commission Junction, which I’d just joined at the time.

The original design I actually loved, but it really did look amateurish. I was trying to be cute, but in retrospect, it was clunky, though I left it alone for about 8 months. Then I did a total redesign, which is what you’ll see if you visit, and thought it was much better. I was prepared for growth if it came, because I figured I’d make a little money off it, and as it grew I’d make even more money off it, and I don’t mind doing the work when money is involved. It seemed like a perfect site to generate passive income, so to speak.

But it’s generated almost none. Frankly, I’m thinking the vision for the site is askew at this point, and I’m trying to figure out how to change it up again. I still want to have a place where people can request me to post their links, but I want a better opportunity to make some sales, as in adding pages where I can write about affiliate products and the like; at least I think I do. I’m proud of the page rank of 4 it’s attained, and its Alexa rank isn’t bad considering I don’t have the Alexa toolbar helping to drive it anywhere, but it barely gets more visits that my ROE.info site, and that’s a shame because the Reviews site has only been up since February.

I’m only about 24 hours into the thought process, which is why I’m putting it out there to the universe. Brainstorming only works when there are more brains in the storm, right?

So, let’s see where this goes, and I thank anyone who leaves a comment for their thoughts on the matter.

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Sire:

This won’t help much but I found a typo; You wrote ‘ If offers blogs’ instead of ‘It offer blogs’.

It looks OK. Have you submitted it to all the directories, used it in signatures in forums and the like?

May 26th, 2008 | 12:37 AM
Mitch:

Now that’s embarrassing; it’s been like that for a very long time.

Yup, it’s been submitted to some directories, but others it got turned away from because it’s hard to categorize exactly what the site is. The last thing I did to this site was add the Google search bar and the Adsense at the top, but because it gets few visitors, that hasn’t really done any good. Did you check out the articles page? I had hoped that might bring some people, as some of those pages get the most activity, but none of them have ever earned a cent.

May 26th, 2008 | 12:46 AM