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Alaska Blog

Posted By Darren Rowse 29th of July 2005 Case Studies 5

Taughnee Stone writes that she’s starting a new Pro Blog – the Alaska Blog and writes an interesting post about the first four days blogging and the response that she’s had so far. At the bottom of her post are some good reflections of what she’s learned from the experience so far.

1. It’s important to write what you know, and have passion.

2. It’s important to choose a topic that people are interested in. I’ve heard that niche topics are best, but I’m not entirely convinced that’s the only way to do it.

3. It’s important to consider the quality of the keywords that will appear in the AdSense ads, checking the Overture Bid tool has been my guide there. I know which topics are of interest to advertisers, and I can plan accordingly.

4. One blog is probably not enough to make a living at this, unless you happen to win the “blog lottery”—Time, patience, perseverence, hard work and constant research, adaptation and original, quality content development seem to be the key.’

Taughnee’s approach to the Alaska Blog seems pretty solid to me – she’s picked a niche (not as narrow as some – but a good one) that has some real commercial possibilities, both through Adsense but also affiliate programs. Tourism sites can be lucrative if you can climb the rankings (it will take time but it’s possible) so it’s well worth the attempt to do so.

I’m looking forward to following Taughnee’s progress.

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Comments
  1. Thanks Darren! :)

  2. Taughnee has a great topic to focus on. By highlighting the Alaska tourism industry, she builds upon her own personal knowledge of Alaska while potentially attracting advertisers both local and national. I believe her use of pictures, in particular, will help set her blog apart from other travel-related blogs. Not to mention that it looks professional, too. All in all a great combination for a successful money-making model. I’m going to keep close watch on her acheivements in the coming year.

  3. she has a nice site, but needs to reduce the number of showing posts…..page too long. you will loose interest in views, and also clicks….

  4. number of posts shown, imho, is a matter of preference. some hate scrolling down a lot whereas some, like me, hate clicking for the next page.

    although, I have to admit, Bambi surely has a point about clicks.

  5. I have really enjoy her blog so far. I think the layout is fresh and exciting. The colors are attractive and energetic. She is bringing a great perspective to what is in her area and gives readers something fun to read, as well as extremely informative.

    Thumbs up, Taughnee!

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