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November 29th, 2011

Make A Dollar A Day Website

March 28th, 2011

Somewhere in the recesses of your mind you have the goal of making a lot of money with your website.  But because you are a realistic person, for now,  your goal is to simply make one dollar a day.

A dollar a day is a modest and reasonable goal.

It also an exciting goal.  Imagine falling asleep on the couch with an empty ice-cream bowl on your gut and your site earns you dollar.  Passive income is a magical thing – even when it is just a dollar.  You live your life and your site makes you money.   It feels like free money.

Your goal is to create a website that works for you.  A site that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It works when you are having dinner, when you are walking the dog,  it works when you are doing nothing at all.

A measly dollar a day – how hard can that be?

How Long Does It Take To Make A Dollar A Day

Not to brag, but I just reached the goal of a dollar a day.  I set this goal two years ago.  At the time I believed it to be a silly and simple goal – a goal for the sake of having a goal.  Start at a dollar a day and then move up from there.  I can now say with no exaggeration that I have never worked so hard for a dollar.

Due to the nature of my site, I keep track of a lot of statistics.  Besides keeping track of how many visitors I receive and how many pages they view per visit, I also keep keep track of how many hours I have worked on my website.

To reach my goal of a dollar a day I slaved for 705 hours.  Slaved, because before I reached this goal I was working for less then a dollar a day.  705 actual work hours – hours spent in front of the computer pecking at the keyboard.  705 does not include the countless hours gazing out the window hoping a post idea surfaces in my head, or the number of hours I have spent staring at a blank page.  They are 705 hours of moving the mouse and clicking keys.

Two years ago when I set the goal it did not seems daunting, after all, it is just a dollar.  A dollar a day seems like a natural starting point.  In blogging forums you see it often, something like, “I just started blogging, I am still learning, I would be happy with just a dollar a day”

The fact is that it is not just a dollar a day.  It is a tough goal.  Most bloggers never reach it.

Fortunately The First Dollar Is The Toughest

Do not be discouraged if you are not earning a dollar a day.  A personal investment planner will warn you that the first million is the hardest.  In the blogging world the first dollar a day is the hardest.  If you are struggling to make that dollar find solace in the fact that you are not alone.

Regardless how long it takes and the hoops you need to jump, once you reach the first dollar you can be certain that the following dollars will be a lot easier.

Once you achieve the goal you will certainly have the following personal traits:

  • Patience.  It might take two years to reach this goal.
  • Persistence.  Lot of things will not work before you find the few that do.
  • Solid understanding.  You have a blog full of quality content, you have made many online friends and contacts, you know the difference between search engine traffic and social traffic.
  • Not blogging just for the money.  Spending all your free time and effort for a dollar a day is a clear indication that you are not motivated only by money – this is good because at the beginning the money will not motivate you.

How long does it take to make a dollar a day?  It could be six months, a year, or like me it could take two years.  The good news is that once your goal of a dollar a day is reached you are well on your way to earning two dollars a day.

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