When I decided to move to the Philippines, I thought it would be a nice idea to start a blog to document and journal my thoughts, experiences and observations. I get a free blog on Goggles Blogspot. It was easy to get, and they had some nice templates to use. Since I am not a programmer, I never changed the template and just concentrated on the articles and ads to try to earn a little money.
At first I wrote about the how’s and why’s I was moving from America to the Philippines. Then I wrote a lot about my family here and about our life.
Over time I started to write more about the Philippines and what it is to live here. I would write about people, places and thoughts.
I would get a few hits or visitors a day and the money from the ads never amounted to much. Since Adsense will not pay until you reach $100.00, I would joke that I hope the first check would arrive before I died.
I was told for a while I should register my own domain and get it hosted. I was already listed on the search engines, so I wondered why spend the money for such a small reader base. From most articles I never received comments and when I did it was just a few.
Well, 2 months ago I jumped in and registered my domain with GoDaddy and put it on HostGator for the Hosting service.
I have experimented with ads and referrals. The best help was asked to be interviewed on Expat-Interview. I had known of the site but did not visit often. I started getting visitors that would read my articles and would comment. Then I found other expat blogs and would read them. If I found something I could honestly comment on, I would and sometimes the owner of the site, or his readers would visit my site and enjoy it enough to continue reading.
From this I have developed some regular visitors and have even made friends online with some. The best was my getting to know John Ray from www.palawanecdotes.com and from that friendship I helped him get his own “dot.com”
As I did last month, here are my new stats:
Avg. per day: 87.74
Unique Visitors: 1,206
Page views: 16,409
Comments: 945 (most have been since This site became a (dot)com
I will not report on income since it is still low but growing.
So with all this said, I want to Thank You all for visiting and helping American in Davao become a place I like to write and you enjoy reading. Without all of you there would not be much of a reason to be here either.