Build a passion site.
We had some affiliate payments the beginning of the month and much to my surprise when I added it all up this site made well over $1000 for January. Not bad for a site with a couple of readers, absolutely no search traffic and is written for my benefit really.
Nothing like stroking the ego by talking like you know what you are on about!
Making money on the Internet is boring, boring as hell. Once you know the basics (and that is all you need really), you quickly realize that it is monotonous, mundane, and downright superficial in the extreme. But I have a passion site, and it has taken me some time to realize that this is it. This here blog.
How To Build A Passion Site
The reality is that I began this blog because I needed an outlet. As I mentioned to my MMO hero who graced me with his presence here, I still think of myself as “noobish”, and if I am honest then I know that this is the case. But I have a passion for making money online, no doubt about it. I do it all day, I talk about it with my Wife, she does it, she likes this blog and so do I.
And that is the point, this is a site set up because of my passion. It is my outlet, my escape from the mundane daily work, and I also learn a ton of stuff in the comments.
I have to be honest and say that I would absolutely die for a blog like this in any of the niches I actually earn a lot of money in. Imagine a site with hundreds of comments on each post, talk about a captive audience.
Stuff dreams are made of, no doubt. But I make my money selling white socks and there is no way that is going to attract cool conversations, not the kind I want to get in to anyway (at least not in public).
I can write eloquently interspersing my content with a miasma of exhilarating and enthralling lines full of a plethora of magical words all done in a myriad of varied styles designed to entertain myself and to somehow still come across as both eloquent and knowledgeable (see!).
But the reality is that my daily 8 hours is made up of writing very basic words that anyone who can read can understand. There is no point trying to sound eloquent and highly literate when trying to sell socks, you may put the readers off. But this site is my escape from the boredom and my excuse to write whatever is on my mind.
And I want to be totally honest here and say that I do believe this is one of the absolute best MMO blogs I have ever read. I know that sounds weird coming from me, but it is not just that we have here a blog about making money on the Internet that can go from talking about an authority site to also having posts about leaking time. Plus comments ranging from how to make an Amazon link to the complexities of why Americans seem to love shooting each other.
It is this mix that makes this site so appealing to me. And that is the point. And as with any passion, yes there have been times when this site has frustrated me and I have almost deleted the whole thing on a number of occasions and thought it would be better to disappear back in to total obscurity where no one knows my name. But…….
A passion site is the site you would want to read if you weren’t the one writing it. It fulfills what YOU want from a site about the topic you love.
This is my blog. I can do what the hell I want. And that is why I see it as such a great site. It is personal and if I didn’t write it then it would be the kind of site that I would want to read. It is my personality in blog form. Scatterbrain, forgetful, written with a hangover quite often, interspersed with Astral projection and does making my post title clickable increase my site authority.
Nearly every other MMO blog I have ever read is written by someone out to fleece you, and yes I am too to a certain extent. I want to earn money from all I do online, (it is now totally ingrained in my nature after 2 years) but this site would be here regardless of that. Nearly ever blog in this niche is crap, totally pointless drivel. There are a few goodies but not many. Most blog owners in this niche want to come across as the ultimate authority, while I readily admit that I do not know everything and make mistakes and learn things daily.
This is as it should be. Why be a dick about it? It is who I am and I don’t claim to have the answers. Just another Dude who can string a sentence together.
And because of that we have a good time here. We chat, get some light relief and also talk about ranking our stuff. That is what this site is supposed to be about anyway.
And that my reader is how to build a passion site. It can’t be faked, you can’t just decide to make a passion site if you don’t have the passion. If you approach it as writing a site for yourself containing all the information you would love to read if no such site existed then you have a passion site. You can hang in forums to gain readers, you can participate in conversations with others that actually have the same interests as you, and you may even make some money.
I am amazed this site goes along so well. I don’t know where anyone came from to be honest. I don’t go out of my way to get anyone new to read it. I did try sending 5 backlinks to the site the other day as I thought maybe I should start trying to rank for things. But I did 5 and won’t do any more. Why?
Because then it would not be a passion site. It would be a chore and just work, like every other site that I own.
No, let people find us however they do, let people ask questions and praise my kind heart, and let it stay a nice group of people that help each other out, talk away about nonsense half the time and give advice to others the other half.
Part of me thinks wouldn’t it be amazing to have thousands of subscribers like other blog do. But then I would have to deal with all the crap that comes with that and it would not be like a little family anymore. No, a passion site is a site that you write because you have grown to love it. Because you interact with your readers and you actually like hearing from them.
You can’t fake it, it won’t last if you do, and I am simply happy that I have one site where I feel no pressure to rank, to impress, to fake it, to link to it until my fingers bleed, and the reality is that apart from one other blog I own, this site gets more comments on every single post than I have on my whole network of sites.
Should You Build A Hobby Site?
The style of this site is different to everything else I write. It flows and is natural. I talk about what I do and some of you even buy things through my affiliate links, and even send me donations. If you want to build a hobby site or a passion site then it may be just what you need.
A place to talk about the things you do and a place to gain trust. Heck, you can even recommend some products and earn money. Who knows? But just do it out of love if you are going to do it at all. You may be pleasantly surprised in a year or so. I think the main thing is that if you do it to try to make money then your motives may show through. Think of it as simply the site that YOU need to make as it does not already exist and is what you want to be involved in.
Now, but some shit off me, I want to make 2 grand here next month.
Who loves ya baby?