Make Money Online for Beginners
My Other Blog's a FerrariIf you want to make money online blogging is Wordpress inherently better than Blogger ?
Have you ever looked at your blog and thought it looked a bit dull or amateurish ? A bit of a clapped out old push bike compared to everyone else's brand spanking new Ferrari? I have to admit I have and in fact I do all the time. I console myself with the thought that I'm not the only one with a blog put together on the kitchen table!
Some blogs I read just oooooze professionalism - see the recent makeovers of Problogger and John Chow - others look like they were cobbled together on a manual typewriter and stuck together with bits of sticking plaster.
This raises the question - does style matter ? After all, if you've got nothing to say then all the professionalism in the world ain't gonna help you. Help !
Well, it all depends on the sort of image you are trying to convey. If the message which you intend your blog to send out is : "Hey I've made a load of money blogging about trivia and vacuity and you can do the same!" then a sharp professional image gives the impression that you probably have made all the money you say you have and so you probably know what you are talking about.
If, on the other hand, you are actually providing people with useful information, like how to cure their bowel cancer, then an old manual typewriter will do just as well.
This blog definitely falls into the manual typewriter category with regard to style, but is also a bit light on useful information ! (That's a slight exaggeration, but I am rather harsh on myself at times).
Well, I've decided to try and do something about it and give one of my blogs a makeover. Hooray ! Well done me.
In my virtual travels around cyberspace and my visits to the abodes of the bloggerati, I have noticed that nearly all the professional looking blogs are Wordpress blogs. There must be a reason for this I reason, so I have taken it upon myself to personally get my hands dirty and delve into the murky world that is Wordpress ! Not here on this blog, at least not yet. This blog will remain as it is, a sort of repository for odd thoughts on the myriad ways there are of making money online.
The blog that I will be re-vamping (at very little expense hopefully) is one of my other blogs - http://www.sharescity.com/ - my financial blog, which actually brings in more money than this 'money making' blog.
I have decided, as an experiment, to run a second parallel financial blog using Wordpress (the content will be slightly different of course as I do not wish to run foul of Judge Google's duplicate content laws). This shall be an experiment to see if it is easier to build up readership using Wordpress or if it makes no difference !
It will not just be an exercise in style, but also a study of the various 'widgets' that people rave about that are available with Wordpress and an examination of SEO techniques to see if they are easier to implement than with Blogger. One thing I have noticed already is that there is a Wordpress forum where you can ask questions and hopefully get informative answers, unfortunately that may be because Wordpress is a lot harder to get to grips with than Blogger.
I started work on my new improved financial blog three days ago, (although you wouldn't think so to look at it), and I'm already beginning to wonder if I've done the right thing. Blogger is so easy and intuitive. If you want to change something you click on 'dashboard' and change it! Wordpress seems to be a whole new kettle of smelly fish designed to make life as complicated and frustrating as possible and my brain is hurting already.
It has taken me around 12 hours of fiddling and messing around just to set up the webhosting and download a theme (template). But now I've got the theme I don't like it, so I will probably have to start again. Plus I can't even see how to change the fonts or the title ! The problem is I've no idea what I'm doing and manuals are written by experts so are of little use to nitwits like me.
However, I shall be keeping my loyal readers informed of how I get on and the pros and cons of Wordpress vs. Blogger over the next few weeks and months, as I get to know just how Wordpress functions and I find out if I'm as slow and dull-witted as I sometimes appear.
So, if you've ever wondered whether you should be making the switch to Wordpress or if it entices in more readers than Blogger, or if it is a waste of time and effort, then stick me in your bookmarks or your RSS reader to find out the truth.
From my point of view it would be useful if I had a beautiful assistant who knows all the ins and outs of Wordpress and how to configure and use it. So if there is anyone reading this who can help in this area then please get in touch. I can't promise any money at this stage but we may be able to come to some sort of mutually beneficial arrangement. :-)
Stay tuned for further updates and please leave any comments (whether useful or useless) or suggestions in the comments box. Thank you.