I started my blog as a sort of diary so I could look back at it in the future and revise important lessons I had learnt. This didn’t happen, although writing down things I learnt along the way did help ingrain the knowledge into my head better.
More and more people started reading it and I decided to start putting advertisements on it. I’ve always been really interested in creating a web site and have learnt from online tutorials on web design in the past. I didn’t use much of that knowledge in the creation of this blog, but a web site that did come in useful was ProBlogger.
Anyway, getting to the point, I started advertising on my blog, hoping to make some money from it. I didn’t think it would be very successful but I put up advertisements anyway. Worst comes to worst and I waste a bit of my time.
After a while my site was blocked because you’re not allowed advertisements on a WordPress.com free site. My account was reopened on condition that I removed the adverts. I did so, but the links within posts remained.
Many months passed and I didn’t make any money from the adverts. Then I decided to give up my successful poker career while on my gap year. But my blog was still up and I was getting an average of over 30 visits per day. About 2 months ago I checked how my adverts were doing and I found that I had made over $500! Incredible!
$400 of this money came from TowerGaming. A site that I used to play on and have complemented many times, because it’s a great site with great bonuses. Two people deposited $600 with TowerCasino – a total of $1200. I take 25% of that and that’s $300 in my bank account! It’s surprising that I got 2 casino signups since I have never advertised the casino, but the casino must have a good bonus too, just like the poker.
If you have a website and are interested in becoming an affiliate for TowerGaming then click here.
The other site that I made affiliate money from is PokerAffiliateWorld. Through PAW you can become an affiliate of Full Tilt, PokerStars, Party Poker, Mansion, Absolute, Casino on Net and many other poker sites and casinos.
One last point. These are the ways in which I greatly increased the number of visits to my site:
- I posted about other poker related topics that I wouldn’t usually write about (ie. playing poker on the Apple iPhone, WSOP)
- I put a few of my posts on Digg.
- I put a link to my blog in signature at poker forums such as FTR and 2+2.