Monthly Archives: August 2008

Making Money With Blogs

Ok, so what does making money with blogs have to do with the jewelry and beads I mentioned in my previous entry?  Well, I also neglected to mention that I like to also make chain maille jewelry, as well as some rather complex silver jewelry.  And you know what all these have in common?  They cost $$$ for the supplies.  Especially for the complex sterling jewelry.

Sooo, where does the money come from?

Make Money Online

I've been making websites for many, many years.  For the past three years I had concentrated on search-engine optimized websites.  For example, my Great Florida Vacations site is over 200 pages.  The others range from 50 to 90 pages.  They make money for me via putting AdSense on the pages.

The only thing, is that I am easily bored.  I'll go great guns for 10 pages, then want to write about something else.  If I had decided to make just one website three years ago and put all my pages (and all the websites I started then decided to not pursue), I could easily have a 500 page site by now.

OK, so I'm making money, and that's a good thing.  But wait a second, there's a slight problem there.  From Labor Day through New Years Day, my traffic and earnings go way down.  Of course everything picks up big-time come January, but that doesn't help me earn much in the way of Christmas cash.

So I got a thought -- what can I do to earn money between Labor Day and New Year's, without creating whole new websites?  Would you believe blogging?

Making Money With Blogs

What I have discovered is that I can make tons of little "mini sites" using WordPress blogs.  These mini sites are great for seasonal products!  Because I only need to put up maybe 7 posts/pages, and then put up another post once every two weeks or so.

I earn the money through affiliate sales.  For example, on my Disney Princess Posters site, the money is made when I refer the buyer to the place they actually buy from.  So by referring the buyer to the seller, I get a small commission.  In other words, I don't need to make or ship anything!

What's really cool is that by using some special techniques, I can make it to the front page of the google search engine in just a few days!  I've already done it several times.  And you know what?  In 2 weeks, I made almost $100 from just two of these mini-sites!  And I've definitely gotten quite a bit of traffic and clicks.

So, making money with blogs (and websites) makes dollars and sense for me!

Lampworking, Glass Beads and Jewelry

I enjoy lampworking, when the weather isn't too hot.  Lampworking, if you don't know, is the art of making glass objects (in my case, beads) with a torch.  In other words, I take rods of glass, heat them in the flame of a torch until they melt, then make beads.

Here's one set that I made.  The beads are about 18mm tall and wide, and about 11 mm thick at their widest.

I mentioned that I prefer to make beads when it's not too hot.  You see, my studio is in my garage, and I live in South Florida.  As you can imagine, between May and September, the weather is hot and humid.  Since being in the garage seems to make it hotter (especially with the torch and kiln going).  So it will be another month or so before I'll start up again.

You know what's funny?  I make all these unique glass beads (and trust me, they are unique; it's rare that I can make two exactly alike) and I rarely make jewelry!  I tend to sell them faster than I can hang onto them.  However, sometimes buyers want me to make bracelets for them, so I get a chance to play then.

Seed Beads

Before I got into lampworking, I did make jewelry -- from seed beads, mostly.  Although I did also like to include keshi pearls, gemstones and Swarovski crystals.  I learned most of the stiches, but my absolute favorite was making organic jewelry.

Based on the Peyote StitchHere's a bracelet that I made which is an example of the kind of work I enjoyed.  It's made mostly with size 11 seed beads, but I also utilized size 15 and size 8 in places.  Oh, and turquoise chips here and there as well.

I always got tons of compliments when I wore it, but when people would ask the price, they would flinch since I'd quote $100.  It takes so long for me to make a bracelet like this, that I wanted to earn at least minimum wage, after the cost of the materials.

I also delighted in making organic watch bands.  My biggest problem was trying to find the right style of watch, so that I could make bands that would attach and detach (in case something happened to the watch itself.

Hey Everyone!

I finally decided to set up a blog instead of a website, since it's quicker to update with new information.

At any rate, this is my first post here.  I have a lot to work on, like getting the look and feel right plus some fun bells and whistles (gotta have them!).

In the meanwhile, you can see me on any one the the following websites and/or blogs: