|Saying Goodbye to Write Moms|
2011 - The good, the bad and the ugly
2011 started out great - Panda had not hit and my income was increasing at leaps and bounds across the board at sites like eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. Then, as we all know, Google's Panda took a big bite out of earnings and things just kept going downhill from there. So, instead I placed more focus on my own websites which were beginning to earn a monthly income. Once again, mid-year, Google struck again. For reasons unknown to me, Google closed my Adsense account claiming there was click fraud, and that was the end of my Google Adsense earning power. You see, Google can call it click fraud whether you do it or someone else you don't even knows overclicks your ads. Since I know I never touched an ad - and neither did any of my family - I have to think that someone else did and that lost my account. Losing income from Panda was bad enough, but now I lost most of my income from the sites and that caused me to really rethink the direction I was going.
The good news is I was already writing regularly for a couple of very big sites so the income I lost earlier in the year was replaced with those. And, quite frankly, I was earning way more than I ever had with all those revenue share sites combined. Again, I began to rethink my strategy for freelance writing and decided that writing for other sites made more sense to me than trying to build an income through revenue share or building my own sites. While these two ways work for many people - they just weren't working for me.
More than doubled my income
If you follow this blog, you know that my only resolution for 2011 was to double my freelance writing income and continue to find new sites to write for. Well, despite the fact that I lost a lot of income through being hit down by Google, I still managed to end 2011 by more than doubling my income - in fact, I increased my income by 237% this year. Amazing, considering I worked a lot less and yet earned a lot more. That is mainly due to being fortunate enough to find sites to write for that pay incredibly well. I will be sure to stick with these sites for 2012 too - or for as long as I can!
Changing focus in 2012
As you have all seen with my last few posts, I have been changing my focus from freelance writing articles to writing books and self-publishing. As some of you already know, I had already written two books years ago and wanted to somehow get back to novel writing - but wanted to be paid also! I began looking into eBook publishing and found so many people who were not only living their dream of writing novels and self-publishing them - but also earning a living doing it. Well, if they can, why can't I? So since the end of November, I've been busily creating eBooks out of the two books I already had and am now working on the next book I hope to publish by March. I have also been working furiously to promote these eBooks, get reviews, and, of course, sell a few. In only one month I've accomplished a lot, had a couple of really nice reviews and even sold a few eBooks, and I hope this will snowball and continue. All I can say is thank God for Kindles, Nooks and iPads and self-publishing because I am finally back to where I want to be and will hopefully grow from there. In 2012, I will be working on writing a publishing more books and hope to have two more fiction novels out there by the end of the year.
What about Write Moms?
After this post, I will no longer be adding new posts to Write Moms. I have so enjoyed writing this blog and helping other people find ways to work from home by freelance writing. But it is time for me to move on and I've already done that at my new blog - Deanna Lynn Sletten. There, I will be writing about self-publishing, promting and other aspects of being a self-published novel writer, so come on over and visit. Write Moms will still be here, though, because it contains a lot of valuable information for the beginning freelancer and hopefully people will still find answers to their questions here.
Thanks to everyone who followed this blog, who commented and who visited. I look forward to seeing you all over at my new blog and, if you want to read a good book, maybe you will read mine and leave me a comment. :)