My main website has been doing VERY well and earning a very full time income. One of my closest friends and I talked last summer about creating another site. Managing 2 sites is challenging, but doing it together as a team is much easier, especially since we each know how to do different things. And, having a collaborator always makes things better.
The 2 of us have a shared worth ethic, so we thought it would be a good idea...well until Google made an algo change which impacted my traffic and income. So, I was no longer making $10,,000/month. I had to refocus on my base. Thankfully, 2 months later everything got resolved, and I bounced back stronger than ever. Then, I created 2 SEO books and did a few other things which really grew my blog's income.
So, we were busy, but decided on April 1st to try to start the new website.
But, somewhere in March, a friend of mine decided that she wanted to sell her site called Healthy Savvy & Wise. I thought the name was cute and it fit in with many of the things were planning to blog about.
This is someone I know, and I had coached her last year on SEO. I loved the fact that site has already aged for 18 months. That gives us a head start vs. starting fresh on a new site. It already had 60-70 articles (most are 1,500-2000 words). She is doing decently on Pinterest and has already qualified for a premium ad network.
She was earning $300/month on the site. So, a little bit of money, but not too much, so it's withing reason to buy. And, it has lots and lots of upside.
It allows me to SEO optimize what's aready on the site, accelerate pinterest by creating some new pins and boards. And, it gives me a good outlet to do some blogging about blogging (which doesn't really work for my main home decor site).
It also gives me another outlet to promote my SEO ebooks, so I'm very excited.
We've had the owner make some tweeks to the site, so it's a bit cleaner looking. We are in the process of transitioning affiliate links and growing Pinterest (or at least trying). We should take full possession of the site by end of May.
Lots of exciting things coming up. We are hoping thngs go well.
Transitioning, of course, is taking longer than I expected. I think I tend to underestimate how long things take...on every project I do. You know I know my own site very well and every post I've ever written. Now I have a site that I know very little about. So everything takes longer...including just finding the articles and know what's doing well.
We are swapping affiliate links, and a bunch of them I'm already an affiliate for. But, then I realized that I need different affiliiate links, because on these I need to split the income with my business partner. So, sometimes, I can just give them a new tag to differentiate them. Other times, I need to appy for a 2nd account.
It all just takes a while, and I need to pace myself, especially since I have my main blog which is doing very well. So my time, from an income standpoint, is better spent on my own site, at least short-term. But, long-term, the new site has a lot of potential. I don't think we'll really see much of that income until next year.
Here's hoping for the best