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Brush With Extinction » Blog Archive » Looking for the Midas Touch


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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 27

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 28

Strict Standards: mktime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 14

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 23

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 27

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 28

Looking for the Midas Touch


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A major motivation to start this blog and reinvigorate the Brush with Extinction project was the Zero Dollars, a Little Talent and 30 Days project undertaken by Jennifer Laycock, editor of the Search Engine Guide. Jennifer’s goal with the project was to set up an online business with zero cash out of pocket and try and turn a profit in a 30-day period. I know that it will take some funds to get Brush with Extinction up and running and in front of decision makers, and my intention is for the website to generate some of those funds. However, I also want to be careful to not detract from the serious intentions of the project with loads of distracting advertisements. My sherpa in the world of blogging, Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.net, also has a series of article about making blogs self-financing, starting with one appropriately titled Introduction to Making Money from Blogs. Once I have reached a much higher level in the blogosphere I can read his articles about blog monetization (Six Figure Blogging), but for the moment will focus on walking before I run. The most important thing that Darren discusses is to keep realistic expectations, with the knowledge that most bloggers do not make a full time living from blogging and are only able to use the blog income as a way to offset some Internet access costs. For the moment, that is my goal. The current Internet costs for Brush with Extinction are fairly low (around $42.00 a year), so hopefully I will be able to cover those costs, with some left over for other administrative expenses such as postage. As covered by Darren, there are two areas of earning money from blogs – direct and indirect. The two earning methods differ as to what aspect of the blog generates the income, with direct coming from the blog and indirect coming because of the blog. Direct income earning methods include:

  • Advertising in its myriad of forms (I’m not planning on doing that yet, but may do Google AdSense)
  • Sponsorship of the blog (an ideal situation for Brush with Extinction given its ideals and goals, but I know that it will be difficult to find advertisers on my own)
  • Affiliate programs (I have already signed up for Amazon Associates - see post from June 1)
  • Donations and Tip Jars (I am not sure about asking readers for money directly, but perhaps this is something that I should consider given the nature of the project)
  • Merchandise (I am setting a shop to sell t-shirts of Lauren’s artwork that is linked to the website)
  • Blog Networks (an unexplored avenue that I might explore once I have become a more successful blogger)

For the moment I think that indirect income earning methods, such as consulting and speaking opportunities, will have to wait until I have a much higher profile as a blogger. Website statistics for week seven had its ups (unique visits) and down (page views), but I still think that the traffic is mostly down to the web designer and myself. One interesting note was that Google had three instead of the usual single referrals, so hopefully this means that they are sending some search traffic my way.

3 Responses to “Looking for the Midas Touch”

  1. Brush With Extinction » Blog Archive » Rattling the Tin Says:

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    […] mentioned previously, one funding option for this project is to ask the readers of the blog for donations directly. I […]

  2. Brush With Extinction » Blog Archive » Making Sense of Ads Says:

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  3. Faye Sellen Says:

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    I discovered your site when I was looking for something else, but this page showed up at the top of Bing your web site must be incredibly popular! Keep up the good work!

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