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Cripes, if coherent is the minimum standard, I am well and truly fornicated.
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Cripes, if coherent is the minimum standard, I am well and truly fornicated.
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you do self deprecation like a brit

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Thanks for the kind words. We are glad you are finding what we share helpful.

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We will need 2 to 4 hours a day of good internet service for her to keep this income.
This video was shot off the Washington Coast in 2010.


It was like that for four days. The 14ft seas took another day to settle down while we ran for shelter between fronts. It doesn't happen often but it does happen and the only way to avoid it all together is to stay in port. The point is, if you are going offshore, there will be days when you simply can't do that sort of work, sometimes several days in a row.

I would take that into consideration when making your plans.
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Just shows that plans and conditions can easily change once you get away from the dock. Those conditions look like it would make anyone seasick.
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Re: Making money with your sailing blog

Some very good advice here!

I thought I might try and add to it. In 2009/10 I was at the point of being (more or less) a full time professional blogger with a web-industry site, compassdesigns.net

This is what I learned on the way.

There are several ways to leverage a website to generate revenue, but before any of them happens you need traffic. The fundamental way to attract traffic is to have compelling content. Most often it is content in the form of "text". SItes such as journal-types, or training-types fall into this category. People used to (and still do) try and use a blog to sell an ebook. This isn't really that effective these days, and you'd be better off putting all that content into the website. A great resource for the idea of traffic through content is Content Marketing Solutions from Copyblogger - spend an afternoon reading that site.

There are other forms of content, think images, video, but generally content in the form of copy is the most common.

Once you have compelling content, people will come to your site to read it. Generally, the more specific your niche, the less content you need. My site was getting in the order of 2,000 to 4,000 visits a day. Obviously, you might well be in the "sailing niche", but you could be even more specific than that. Generally, the conventional wisdom is you give 90% of your best content away for free, i.e. put it up on the website.

As has been previously mentioned, it's a significant amount of work to get to this point where the traffic and revenue are meaningful. You are splitting your time between generating content, SEO, marketing and business partnerships. The other thing is a blog needs constant care and attention. Fall off this regimen and traffic falls off fast (as you can see above!)

So, you have created your compelling content, and are starting to get 100-500 visitors a day, then what.

In order of amount, here is how you can get an income:

1. Affiliate placements, most effective when you have an email list along with your site.
2. Offline services associated with niche (speaking/training, etc)
3. Membership site for exclusive content. If your stuff is good enough, you can charge for it.
4. Highly targeted advertising. You'd be seeking out specific companies to advertise on your site.
5. Automated advertising (Google Adsense), hardly worth it.

One last thing, don't be too fast to try and monetize the blog. Get the loyal traffic THEN start putting ads on. To give you some idea, I was blogging for about 2 years before I started placing ads on my site.

One last thing, you are not going to get anywhere with a clumsy site and doesn't look so great. It's well worth spending a hundred bucks or so right away to use something like Wordpress with a professional template.
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Whoa, those are some gaudy numbers. That's awesome.

With my boating activities and sailing skills, I'd need a basket of kittens, some yarn balls, and a lot of soft lighting to get that big a slice of the internet.
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One last thing, you are not going to get anywhere with a clumsy site and doesn't look so great. It's well worth spending a hundred bucks or so right away to use something like Wordpress with a professional template.
Yes, and while we are on the subject, make sure your site is mobile device friendly and quick loading. Mobile access is expanding rapidly and sites that are clumsy on phones and tablets will not do as well. Experience talking.
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Whoa, those are some gaudy numbers.
To clarify, that was my tech blog, not my sailing blog , I am just scratching 100 a day on that one!

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Yes, and while we are on the subject, make sure your site is mobile device friendly and quick loading. Mobile access is expanding rapidly and sites that are clumsy on phones and tablets will not do as well. Experience talking.
This is so true! As an example, go to my blog, Sailing with Kids and grab the corner of your browser window and wave it around to resize the window and see how the site responds.

Current thinking is that 20-30% of sites are being viewed on tablets or phones/devices and not computer screens.
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To clarify, that was my tech blog, not my sailing blog , I am just scratching 100 a day on that one!
Ah, ok. I hope there's a return policy on these kittens...
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Re: Making money with your sailing blog

this the graph of internet hits on the candle heater films



450,000 hits in one day

it is my sixth viral -0 none of them about sailing

the best hitting sailing film I have up has had 20,000 hits

it is easier to make money elsewhere

but I love the feedback and advice I get on my blog

gives me a buzz every time I get a cheque for 1000 words about sailing
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