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Big Day Tomorrow…Maybe

June 3, 2010
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So, tomorrow I’m going with my mother to a conference about how to make money with the Internet. This will be the second one of these we have gone to. At the last one they were selling website design and support stuff. Mom bought it. Basically for me. Isn’t she sweet?

So, now I have a website. And I’m not really sure what I want to do with it.

I have wanted a website for my blog. And I have considered putting together a site to sell some of my craft items – baby blankets, jewelry, etc. I even thought about putting together a site to promote being a life coach. Also, the people who sold the site support mentioned something called drop-shipping.

Basically, it sounds like drop-shipping is selling items for someone else. I would put the vendor’s stuff on my site and when people order the stuff from me the vendor sends it to them and I get paid via PayPal. Sounds like a pretty easy way to make money. But what would I want to sell?

Well, having my own site is a great idea for my blog. It would make it easier to find and give it more of an aire of importance. However, I will have to pay $25 a month to keep the site going. That means I should probably find some way to make some money with the site in order to justify the cost.

So, I’m thinking: my personal blog; drop-shipping psychology, self-help, religion and spirituality books; and the life coach stuff. Maybe I’ll even put together a version of a digital book of my own that I can sell – something self-helpish.

Now I have to get a domain name (which also costs money by the way) and learn as much as I can tomorrow about how to do this. I also need a PayPal account and really, that scares me. I don’t want some Internet-based company to have access to my checking account. I wonder if I can open another account at BHFCU just for this that isn’t linked to the rest of my money. That would be really nice.

I’m nervous and excited and the lazy parts of my personality are kicking in. I’m thinking things like, “How much work is it going to take to maintain this?” And wondering if I can really commit to writing a blog once a day. I mean I definitely can’t write a good blog once a day. And it can’t be as personal as my current blog (not that I’ve even been writing anything all that personal on my blog in the past six months) – so maybe the blog isn’t a good fit for the site.

Then there is the fact that I will need to make decisions, and that is kind of paralyzing for me. I mean how the crap am I going to pick a domain name? I don’t want to go with my actual name because dang that’s way too hard to spell. And what could I possibly sell?

Grr.

Well, I guess I’ll just have to see what happens tomorrow. Maybe I’ll decide to chuck the whole thing.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2010 3:36 pm

    The only problem I see with making money using a website like this is, what kind of prices can you sell stuff for? Would it be low enough to compete with Amazon.com's pricing? You can get just about anything on Amazon these days. Also, Google and Bing have shopping searches which search the Internet for the cheapest price on any given product. You'd have to be able to compete with that. Plus, this company that you get the website from, do they do all the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) that will get your site seen? It takes a lot of work to get your site to come up on the first page of a Google search. If you don't go that route, consider selling something that appeals to people in Rapid City or South Dakota specifically so that you can pay for some marketing materials like business cards and fliers that you can spread across town for people to be exposed to your site/business. This is a tough road and I don't want to see you invest too much just to have to scrap it all. It seems that the only way to make money via the web these days is coming up with the new cool thing. If you're going to sell items, the template based websites are going to get lost in the crowd. Get in touch with me if you'd like to discuss this stuff further. I think I could give you some insight since I work with this stuff on a daily basis.

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  2. June 8, 2010 9:40 am

    Hey Jerrod, thanks for the advice. And thanks for reading my blog! The conference turned out to be a bust. The company was just hard-selling thier $6000 package. I still might buy a domain name and activate my blog on it's own site, but I doubt I'll sell much of anything on the site if I do that.They were teaching us a little bit about SEO, but if I were that serious I might just pay the local newspaper to manage my SEO. I really appreciate your insight and your concern. It's very sweet of you to offer to help! But I think I'll stick to the day job and the blog for now. I don't really want to be an online mogul. 😉

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  3. June 12, 2010 9:30 am

    I've been using paypal for like 7-8 years now. Most of the poop they deal with, has to do with how disputes are handled…and no one is EVER happy how those shake-out, regardless. Other than that, they're pretty good at security, and…just in general, I've had a pretty positive experience with them vs. getting my own credit card stuff set-up. They also have an awesome link-in with your website if you ever decide to start selling stuff. That is, they make it almost as seamless and powerful as, say, amazon.com

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  4. June 12, 2010 9:32 am

    On an aside, bonanzle and ebay are fantastic places to dip your feet in. Between ebay and paypal, expect to pay about 11% (2% credit card/transaction fee + 9% for your auction). Bonanzle is cheaper, easier to use, but NO ONE EVER FREAKIN' GOES THERE!! so it's almost useless. A little like having a car without an engine.

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