It’s Been A LONG Month

January 10th, 2009 | Posted in Blogging, Current Events, Misc Assorted General Stuff, Opinion | Comments Off on It’s Been A LONG Month

I just had a look and the last time I posted here was back on Dec 11th 2008.  It feels to me like it was a lifetime ago on another world.  Shortly after writing that post my wife had to be admitted to the hospital to get treatment for cellulitis, a truly nasty bugger if ever there was one.

I went with her.  Not only to keep her company but also to help out in whatever ways that I could.  Being in the hospital is bad enough without having to do it alone.  I stayed with her until late Dec. when I had to go home for a while.  That was the last time I saw her.  I’m not going to repeat all the details here, that link will go to a post that I wrote on one of her blogs to tell the story.

The long and short of it is that, in addition to having to deal with the terrible news, I’ve also been trying to pull myself together enough to get on with the business of beefing up my income to make up for the fact that we were totally un-prepared for this.  Oh, we’d talked about it but we hadn’t ever come up with any kind of plan for what to do “in the event of”.  Take it from one who knows.  If there is ANY way that you can make some kind of plans for this nasty possibility, including setting aside finances for the survivor, then I strongly advise you to do so.  This is NOT the time to have to scramble to make up for a lost income and no savings!

Therefore I’m turning my efforts to something I’ve been learning about for several years now, only now it’s time to jump in for all it’s worth and squeeze ’til it bursts.  I’ve actually got several projects in the works, one of which is an SEO friendly web directory.  Inclusion is actually free for those who agree to placing a reciprocal link on their site.  It also offers featured listings that are exempt from the reciprocal requirement and are displayed more prominently for 90 days for only $5.99.  (btw- I’ve seen a LOT of directories like this and MOST of them charge $10.00 or more for the featured listings!)

I’ve also been re-evaluating money making efforts that I’ve been trying out.  The Widgetbucks thing in the sidebar has been removed because since I put it in last fall it’s made a little over a dollar.  The Bidvertiser blocks have also been removed because of only making less than a quarter in all the time they’ve been running.  Other efforts with Google Adsense have shown me a bit over $50.00 which, while it’s nothing to write home about, there’s at least a chance that it could get a lot better.  Therefore Adsense is now in the sidebar and I’ll probably be adding a few more blocks over time.

What’s really fun is trying to get all that and a bunch more I haven’t mentioned worked on at the same time and at as close to breakneck speed as I can manage.  All things considered, the next few months are going to be interesting to say the least.

[Tags]Reciprocal Link, Squeeze, Last Time, Web Directory, Inclusion, Blogs, Featured Listings, Directories, seo, insurance, life sucks[/tags]

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