I am really excited about  today’s post.  Want to know why?  It was one year ago today that I started Internet Marketing Fanatic!  When I first started, I didn’t think it would last.  This was the first blog I created on my own domain.  When you set out to start your own blog, it can be overwhelming because you literally have to start from the ground up.

Unlike when using free article sites, there is no built-in page rank, which means it takes longer to get into the search engines.  The thought of having to promote products and write content for a site  scared me so much that 2 months passed before I wrote a review…ha, ha, ha.  Now, it’s second nature.

For all it’s challenges, though, having your own self-hosted blog is totally worth it.  You have complete and total control of the content that you publish on your blog.  You don’t have to worry about the possibility of your content being deleted with no recourse, which was the main reason I started my own blog.  Squidoo was deleting my stuff right and left.

Eventually, your blog will be able to easily out-rank those free article sites.  The thing I like most about having a blog is that you can use it to generate multiple income sources from one place and that it allows me to focus all of my energy into one thing.  I am building something that will last for years to come.

I encourage everyone who is looking to generate real, sustainable, long-time income to build a blog.  My best advice would be to start a blog about something you are passionate about.  The truth is that if you are passionate about something, that are probably a ton of people in the same boat with you.  When your passionate about what you write about, it doesn’t feel like work.

Money is secondary and will come.  There are programs to promote everything under the sun these days.  Finally, promote things you like and use yourself.  If you don’t believe it, your readers won’t either.  They can also smell BS a mile away! 🙂

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