Even though I can no longer contribute articles to eHow (the old fashioned way - I don't have the energy to do it through DS yet), I still track my earnings there just for the fun of it. I am happy to say that my earnings have continued to rise each month. What fascinates me most is the very first article I wrote for eHow in June 2009 titled "How to Stop Belly Bloat". Even though this was a pretty simple article to write, it continues to increase in income each month.
The belly bloat article started out earning a little over $2.00 the first month and then kept on climbing. In April 2010, the article earned $10.37 for the month. In May it earned $14.36 and so far in June it has earned $10.93. It wouldn't surprise me if it breaks $15.00 for this month. In all, so far, the article has earned $82.95 for the past 12 months. Now, I know there are people who have earned much more each month/year for an article at eHow, but my simple little belly bloat article still amazes me. It didn't take long to write and I never thought it would earn that much money in a year's time.
If I had sold that article on Constant-Content for its going price of around $30, that is all I would have ever made from it. I would be out $52.95+. Or if I had placed it on another residual earning site like Triond or Associated Content, I wouldn't have earned anywhere near what I've earned at eHow. I'm happy it's still sitting on eHow, earning residual income.
So, What's My Point?
This is not a post to encourage people to sign up and write for eHow through DS or to discourage people from writing for Constant-Content, AC or Triond. I like all of those sites and write for them all (except DS for the time being). I just wanted to point out how a small article that you think isn't worth all that much can earn a good income through a residual site. When you write an article, you never really know how well it will do - that is part of the fun/frustration with writing. There are always little surprises along the way. So, if you come up with an idea for an article, no matter what Google's tools tell you about earning potential, write it and post it anyway. You may get a happy surprise.
I wonder if I should start a belly bloat website?? Seem like it may have good earning potential. (Ha, Ha)