Growing the Blog

Now that I have a blog site, I have started to add analytics and monetization options…

1. Google Analytics

This is probably the most important item I added to the site. Google Analytics let’s you see how much traffic is going to your site, where it’s coming from, and how users are spending time on your website. You start over at Google Analytics and setup a new site. I also setup Google Tag Manager to make administration easier. Then I used the WordPress plugin “Google Tag Manager for WordPress” to easily add the tracking code to your blog content in one place. Then you can go to the Google Analytics website to see charts and graphs. I setup a dashboard of my favorite graphs. Basically at the moment I don’t have any users, but I have had a few visitors from China and Japan. And a few search results for Amazon have brought up my site!

2. Google Search Console

I also went to Google Search Console to see information on how Google Search views the performance of my site. These results can affect my search result ranking. It requires adding a TXT record to your DNS settings of your webhosting company. So far I haven’t found this information to be at all useful, but maybe as the site grows….

3. Amazon Native Ads, Bounty Program, Etc

See any Amazon ads at the bottom of this content? Cool right? I get paid if you click them and buy things! First you setup an affiliate account for yourself at Amazon Affiliate Program. It was pretty easy to setup Amazon recommendation ads in there. Then add the content to this blog using the “Ad Inserter” plugin. You can also look through the bounty program for other ways to drive traffic to Amazon and make money.

4. Amazon Affiliate Links

You know what’s cooler than Amazon ads? Amazon affiliate links! First you setup an affiliate account for yourself at Amazon Affiliate Program. Then you find a product and it will generate code you can include on your site. If anyone purchases through that link, I get a percentage!

It’s Alive!

I started my blog with just notes in Evernote. In my head I wondered if I should post it publicly. What’s the point? Do I really want people reading my inner-most thoughts? Well, I got bored and decided, why not? It will take awhile before it gets traffic anyway….

First question, what domain should I get? I wanted something anonymous and not linked to my name. But with a variety of topics it was hard to think of something relevant and simple. TinyGeekGal.com seemed to represent me, which is really what this blog is about.

Then I went to GoDaddy.com and bought WordPress. When searching online for what to write blogs in, WordPress was the clear winner if you ever want to grow it or monetize it. The good news is that when I bought the basic WordPress product on GoDaddy, I got the domain for free! I went through the initial setup steps to link my domain, etc, which were a bit tricky to understand, but didn’t take too long either. Once I was in WordPress, picking a template, setting up a menu, etc were really straight forward.

I also wanted to link an email address to the site for people to contact me. GoDaddy used to offer free email forwarding when you buy a domain. But I guess it doesn’t count if you get that domain for free when buying WordPress. I was only offered Microsoft O365 email with my WordPress domain. So, I set it up there, and can always tweak it in the future if I want. 

Then I copied my first post out of the notes in Evernote, and into WordPress! Formatting took a few tries. WordPress tries too hard to be user friendly. I’d rather just write the HTML code itself. It turns out you can, but took me a few minutes to find it.

The tags and categories are useful given I plan to write on a variety of topics and can use them to differentiate and point people to relevant similar posts.

Let me know in the comments, what do you think so far? What should I write about next?