About The Blog – FAQ
Why did you start the blog?
I was between jobs and looking for something to do so I thought I would give it a go?
Although I now work part time I find the blog is an interesting hobby and I enjoy the thought that I am helping people get a better result from their building experience.
Why about new houses?
I’ve always been interested in architecture and the houses people live in.
Not huge mansions but the homes ordinary people, like you and me live in.
When was the blog started?
How many people look at your blog?
Currently around 350 visits a day with an average of 2.2 pages viewed per visit. Over 20,000 pages viewed a month. (Aug 2015)
How many posts are there?
In August 2013 there were over 600 posts. I am currently doing 3 posts a week, so the the total increases by around 14 a month.
Do you make a living from the blog?
No, its really a hobby.
The Google Adds help pay for the running costs. I also sell 50-60 anewhouse Guides a month, and with the occasional advert, I do make a small profit.
However based on the time put in I probably only make $2-3/hour, so I still have a real job.
How come the E Books are only $4
A few reasons are:
- When researching the price I found that typically authors get paid around 10-15% of the cover price of a paper book. After all the costs of running this website I get around $3 profit per book so I think that’s equivalent to a hard copy costing around $25-30.
- I would rather sell more books at a low price.
- I think people may come across my site at different times during their new house adventure. By providing smaller books for different stages they can just buy the book that interests them.
Have you had many problems?
Well the first problem was convincing myself it was worth starting. To make sure I wrote 50 draft posts before I started.
Other problems are that I got hacked twice which set me back a fair bit. (Sorry if you got sent by an out of date link on a previous attempt to get to the site) . . . . . I’m much more security conscious now.
Why Do You Have What The….? Posts
Well I see a lot of strange things on houses as I travel around, and look through web pages, so I like to share.
House building should be fun so I like to give visitors something to smile about.
What Do Building Professionals Think Of The Blog?
Well I have sold several many copies of the PCI Guide to Architects, Builders, and Building Inspectors who have generally been quite complimentary.
Can I Advertise On The Blog?
I do allow advertising on the blog. . . . Check out Advertising.
What Is Your Policy On Guest Posts?
If you are a ‘Hobby Blogger’ like myself I will publish a guest post on this site provided you allow me to guest post on your site.
If you want a guest post on behalf of a commercial website my normal advertising rates apply. (check Advertising)
All Guest posts will be clearly identified as guest, or sponsored posts.
All material on guest posts must be original and is subject to approval by myself. . . . Products and services which I do not agree with will not be published.