Learning to Earn Online
I’m going to learn to earn online. That is why this site is called Cash Challenged. When I rise to the challenge and learn to earn, I will have cash.
Some of the links on this page may be part of affiliate programs. That means when you click on them and purchase the service from the vendor, I’ll make some money. Thank you for your support.
If you establish a site with the marketing goal of making money from it, you need to be clear on what those goals consist of. Once you know the goals of the site, you have a driver for the content. That doesn’t mean your content has to or even should be, sales driven. It needs to provide your future customer with the knowledge and tools to help solve the problem your marketing goals are for. Your future customer will be able to develop a relationship with you through your content.
When I look back over the last couple of weeks, it doesn’t look so bad. While I haven’t posted on here, I have been creating and posting on some of my other sites. That is actually good. Writing is like any other skill, the more you do it, the better you get. Learning to earn online has writing at its heart, so I really need to be the best I can be.
I’ve been quiet the last couple of weeks. That doesn’t mean I’ve been lacking focus. I have been focused on building a website for a non-profit I belong to. I used the project to further test the WordPress theme I have in use on this site. The theme is a premium theme by Elegant Themes called Divi.
Well, another week has passed and somehow it seems I’ve not accomplished much towards my goals. When I take a close look back at the week, I have done some work towards my goals but I’ve also let other activities take precedence. It’s not that the other activities don’t have value and importance, it is more that I’ve not been deliberate in giving focus to my goals.
Procrastination, are there any of us who don’t do so at some point? I know I can be very guilty of it at times. It’s so easy to engage in activities that don’t take any real effort, any real thought and any chance of not succeeding.
There are many approaches on this journey to earn online. Your biggest challenge is to determine your first step. You can eventually try all the approaches if you want to. Just not all at once. Start with one. Get a firm handle on how to use it, implement and then learn the next choice.
Moving Forward, Slowly and Relentlessly
Sometimes moving forward on anything seems like the slow relentless movement of a snail. Ever watch one? It takes a lot of time and patience to watch a snail. They move so slowly, you barely notice their movement. That is how I feel at times. Then I look at the calendar and realise that almost two weeks has passed. What the hell have I been doing?
Writing is Forward Movement
This time, when I looked back over the last couple of weeks, it doesn’t look so bad. While I haven’t posted on here, I have been creating and posting on some of my other sites. That is actually good. Writing is like any other skill, the more you do it, the better you get. Learning to earn online has writing at its heart, so I really need to be the best I can be.
Changing Sites to Divi
When I took a look back at the last couple of weeks, I did make forward movement. It’s just is slow and relentless. After my success with rebuilding the Colborne Legion website using Divi by Elegant Themes, I made a decision to switch all of my sites over to Divi. Couple of reasons for that choice. First, I really like the theme. Second, the more I use the theme, the more comfortable I become and the more I gain expertise.
Web Design Work Has a Base
I decided to promote my web design work from my personal blog. I also decided all of my design work will focus on Divi. So, I switched my personal blog over to Divi and built a page for web design and to display my current portfolio. As I get time, I’ll be adding posts with tips about the Divi theme. That will become my cornerstone content over there along with my personal posts.
This site will largely stick to my experiences with learning to market myself online. I have been doing a lot of research and learning which has provided me with fodder for some posts for my sites, including here. I am particularly interested in learning how to properly curate content.
There is a vast array of knowledge available across the web. Sometimes it makes more sense for me to share with you than to attempt to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Curating content is how that is done. I share content I’ve found and you get access to knowledgeable writers you might not have otherwise found yourself.
Adding Infographics to My Tools
Infographics, a rather popular way to share information in graphical form. I’ve known about them for some time but have never tackled trying to produce one. I came across a neat site the other day, Piktochart, it’s free to use. Well, unless you want access to their premium graphics and layouts. I used the free access to create an infographic for the Colborne Legion website.
If you are not familiar with the Legion, it is a veteran’s organisation, with four levels of membership. It can get a bit confusing about who qualifies for what level. So, I decided to create a graphic to give people a simple outline of how to join. There is an excellent array of fonts, graphics and layout ideas. It also allows you to upload graphics to use. As you can see, there was a few organisation related graphics I used to get the job done.
Oh, while I’m sharing about a graphic tool, it is likely a good time to share about another one. Now, I use Corel’s Paintshop Pro for most of my graphics, have done since the software’s early days. PSP is as close as you are going to get to Photoshop without the cost. I don’t pretend to be an expert but I get by.
Another Cool Graphic Tool
My sister over at Artemis North is working on doing a site redesign and was showing me some graphics she was wanting to use the other day. We were chatting back and forth about them on Facebook.I noticed that any suggested changes I made she was able to do and show me within minutes. I asked what she was using and she directed me to Canva, a free online site for creating website graphics. They also have an infographic design tool.
So, there I am, slow, steady forward movement. I have faith it will get me to my goals. How are you doing on your goals?