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My First Stab At The CopyBlogger Model

My First Stab At The CopyBlogger Model

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Kids, I’m kind of exhausted today after setting everything up for ABDPBT Tech Services, which is my first stab at using the Copyblogger model for monetizing my blog. Of course, it’s kind of misleading to suggest that this is a monetization of the blog, because really, it’s a launch of a web design business. But without the blog, there is no web design business. And besides, I don’t want to stop blogging or anything. I still want to conquer the blog world and get a good income from advertising, but that takes time to build. So basically, I wanted to come up with a way to generate another income stream from this blog that would not take all of my time away from me and leave me with no energy for working on my writing. So far, the experiment is a total failure, because there’s a lot of stuff you have to do upfront when you want to launch a service business online.

But that’s OK. I’m semi-confident that things will work out. [STRESS LEVEL IS THROUGH THE ROOF.]

The thing is, I never set out to become a web designer. This was not my master plan. But more and more I keep getting questions about web design and if I’ll redo people’s blogs and all that, so it seemed silly to not try to do something with it. So I’ve been trying to determine what kind of tech services I could provide that would not take up all of my time — what are the things I can do relatively quickly and easily, but that are difficult for other people and so they might want to pay me to do it? This is how I came up with the free WordPress install launch special. The idea is, people buy web hosting with Liquid Web through my affiliate link, and then I’ll set up their blogs for them for free. I’m hoping that this will work out for all parties involved, and not leave people feeling all icky like now I’m a sleazy internet marketer who is always trying to sell you something you don’t need.

As time goes on, I’d like to keep working on developing things that I can do to generate more income streams that do not require me to sacrifice all of my time. I think that developing physical products or information products is key to this goal, but so many online products seem like total bullshit to me, so I’ve kind of steered away from that kind of stuff so far. I don’t think that just anyone can write an ebook that is going to be worth spending a money on. It’s got to be really good to justify that, and some of these CopyBlogger people are always coming out with new “information products” and it comes across kind of hucksterish to me. I don’t want to be a huckster.

OK, maybe a little bit of a huckster. But not somebody that you actively think about as being a huckster.

I think the key is going to be delivering value for a good price and trying to balance the amount of time I can spend doing various tasks. But it’s going to be interesting to see what happens, and I hope you’ll all come along for the ride.

Comments (7)

  1. Feb 4, 2010

    I like it.

    Also, Liquid Web is beyond awesome. I love those people. So it’s a genuinely great deal, because people are buying hosting from a company they should use anyway.

    I’m excited to see how this works. I would have definitely appreciated this when I was starting.

  2. Feb 4, 2010

    Yeah, I think most of my audience already has a blog set up, but some of them might be thinking about switching. LiquidWeb is a little more expensive up front, so that might turn people off. But it’s really in their best interest to pay more in this case, as I learned from experience.

  3. Feb 4, 2010

    Neat, congratulations! Good luck and I will definitely keep this in mind if I ever graduate from Blogger.

  4. Feb 4, 2010

    Thanks, Becky!

  5. I hope it’s a big success for you! Seeing what you’ve done here on your own blog I know you easily expand out from this initial model as well.

  6. Feb 23, 2010

    Anna, I really admire what you’ve done with your blog. Every time I come by I find another great piece. I was so glad when I saw your offer because I’ve been thinking of making the switch for a long time and expanding my blog into something so much bigger than what blogger can do. Thanks again for helping me do that–you really made everything easy!

    Best of luck with this endeavor!

  7. Feb 23, 2010

    Thanks, Tiffany, and enjoy your new venture into WordPress!

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