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LTG: Raking in the Dough

Blogging has changed from when I first started. Back in the day, when blogging was new, it was all about expressing ideas and sharing things. As time went on, people realized they can earn money with blogging. As such, blogs were tweaked and massaged to satisfy the search engines.Make Money

Early on, there was search engine competition such as Yahoo, Hotbot, Ask Jeeves, AltaVista, Excite, Infoseek, and several others. Now, although there are search engines other than Google, Google dominates the internet, unfortunately. And, in response to Google’s domination, bloggers began tweaking their sites to please Google.

Blogs that have Google’s favor receive lots of traffic. Lots of traffic means more money for those who monetize their blogs. However, when the Google winds shift, and blogs fall out of favor, the traffic disappears, and the income declines. That’s a hard pill to swallow. Google giveth and then Google taketh away.

It’s Not All About Money

There are some bloggers and blogs that are not about money. Those blogs seem to be few and far between, but they do exist. As for this blog, Low-Tech Grandma, it’s a hybrid. If I can make money on it, I’d love to, but if I don’t, I still love to write, and I will continue to write whether or not Google approves of my blog. Actually, Google has shown me that it does not approve of my blog, yet I’m still writing.

Let me share my income with you. Below is a listing of the money I’ve earned on this blog/site since creating it in 2015.

2023: $37.87
2022: $151.62
2021: $190.27
2020: $152.80*
2019: $66.38Earnings
2018: $170
2017: $188.45

Total income since creating the site in 2015: $957.39

*Some of 2020’s income came from sources other than Low-Tech Grandma, but with such a small annual amount, it’s not worth trying to figure out how much came from where.

In the eight years of writing on this site, I earned just shy of $120 per year. That’s a little less than $10 per month. It’s just enough money to pay for the domain name and keep the hosting company happy. So, do you think I write here for the dough? Not at all.

Making Life Easier

Writing is therapeutic for me, and writing here on Low-Tech Grandma makes my life easier. I often come across situations where I cannot find the answer online. Since there’s no quick fix, I must figure it out myself. Once I figure it out, I write step-by-step instructions about it. I do that so that when I come across the same situation later, I know where to go for the answer. Also, when someone else comes across the same situation and asks how I did it, I can send them the link and solve their issue too. At my age, I sometimes don’t remember all of the intricacies of how I solved a problem, but by having it written online, I don’t have to.

Initially, I used to save my written answers on my computer’s hard drive. That proved to be a big mistake because I couldn’t remember how I named the file and where I placed it. However, If I put it on the internet, I will always be able to find it.Helping Hand

The beauty of the internet is that my problem-solving article can help folks I haven’t met. For example, my most popular article is the one I wrote about Speeding up the Amazon FireStick, followed by the one about converting the Evenflo Exersaucer to Stage 3. Call me weird, but I get a kick out of being able to help folks.

Why Did I Write This Post?

I wrote it just because I felt like writing it. See, that’s the beauty of having a blog that Google doesn’t like. I get to write about what I want, and if nobody else reads it but me, that’s all well and good. I’m free to write as I wish. Also, my last post got me to thinking, and my thoughts created this post.

About the Author: Felicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and low-tech blogger.

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