Thursday, December 30, 2010

Looking Ahead to 2011

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Hi all,

The new year is almost upon us and it is generally a time for reflection and making new goals.  This year I don't plan on making any detailed goals with my writing other than to say I hope to double my residual income in 2011.  In 2010, I doubled my residual income from the prior year, which, even though it wasn't an earth shattering amount, it was still a good accomplishment for me.  By applying Felicia's ideas (No Job For Mom) of working smarter instead of harder and dropping the low-income sites that I have spent time on in the past, I hope to build up my residual income with the sites I write for that I have a good income history with. 

My other goal is to continue building this blog and adding even more writing opportunities for both internet and print media.  This next month, I plan on adding a page which lists resources for print media writing opportunities.  I started my writing career writing articles for parenting magazines and I still think that many offer good opportunities for beginning writers and accomplished writers as well.  Many of these publications also have online versions where you can earn additional money.  Be sure to look for this resource page on my blog in the next few weeks.

Saying Good-bye to Sites can be Difficult

There are a couple of writing sites that I have continued writing for in 2010 which weren't high earners but I kept hoping would come around.  In 2011, I have to finally break away from them and concentrate my time on more productive sites.  Sometimes it is hard to walk away, because I have put so much time and energy into these sites.  But, as far as I can tell, they are never going to be big earners for me even in the long run.  One of these sites is Examiner.  Although I really enjoy my two topics at Examiner, I only earn pennies a day there and can no longer "wait" for the site to grow or the earnings to get better.  I know that some people make a lot of money at Examiner but I am not one of them.  I don't plan on quitting Examiner officially - I do earn some money there and don't want to lose my titles completely.  But the most time I expect to spend on Examiner in 2011 is to write two articles month.

Sites I Plan to Stick With

It is actually a relief to narrow down the sites I plan to stick with in 2011.  It's like finally cleaning out that cluttered closet and giving away items you no longer need or want.  Throwing away the old can make you feel less stressed and gives you more time to focus on a more productive tomorrow.  These are the sites I have earned the most money at on a consistant basis:
*I consider this as residual because you never know when an article is going to sell. :) )

By focusing on these sites, I hope to continue to build my residual income while working on some other, bigger, projects of mine and hopefully double my residual income in 2011.

I do write for a couple of up-front writing sites that I also plan on sticking with.  However, I do not count that income as part of the residual income.

Wishing you all a productive and successful New Year in 2011!

Happy Writing,


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All

Hi all,

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year in 2011. Thank you all for reading and participating in this blog. It has been so much fun getting to know so many of you over the past 2 years and I hope every one of you is able to make your writing dreams come true in 2011.

Happy Writing,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Playing Around with HubPages

Kitten number five!
Hi all,

I haven't had much time this month to do all the writing I had planned on doing. I had a little bump in the road that has side-tracked my days - and nights.  Actually, this "bump" wasn't found in the road but instead abandoned in the doorway of an apartment building.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that earlier this year we found two kittens on a country road, abandoned.  We ended up keeping those kittens because they were brothers and we didn't want to separate them.  Well, because we already had two older cats, we then had 4 cats and that was enough - more than enough.  Earlier this month my daughter found a three-week old kitten abandoned in the entryway of her apartment building.  The Humane Society was full so guess who ended up with it? While he is adorable, he is just a baby and needs to be fed every 2-4 hours.  So for the past 3 weeks I have been up night and day with this kitten and unable to think clearly enough during the day to write many articles. We haven't yet named the kitten - but I keep threatening to name him Cinco since he is - eek! - number 5.  At what number of cats do you change from being an animal lover to an animal hoarder? Hopefully not 5!

Writing for HubPages

I've never done a review of HubPages although I have been a member there since 2007. When I first joined 3 years ago, I placed about 20 articles there and earned a little over $3.00 at Google. After a year, I took those articles off and moved on.  This past year I've been playing around with HubPages, mostly because of the success Kidgas of My Online Income has had there.  I only have a few articles there and haven't made much money but I did play around last month and put up 4 product hubs to see if I could sell any Amazon products.  Surprisingly, yesterday I saw that two products had been purchased through my account and I earned $1.40 from it at Amazon.  While this is not a lot of money - it is a start and it showed me that product hubs may be the way to go at HubPages.  If you are interested in how to earn money at HubPages, visit this page.  Once you get the hang of writing hubs, it can be a lot of fun.  And you can earn money several different ways - so there is potential.

My December Income So Far

I've been surprised at how well my income has been growing this month despite my inability to write many articles.  My EHow articles (old account) are doing exceptionally well - my revenue is up 38% over the same time last month.  I hope this continues throughout December.  My Google Adsense earnings are up too. I am averaging over $1.00 a day - generally I earn about $10 a month and I am already over $15 for the month.  My other residual income is staying about the same as it normally is - which is okay since staying the same is better than going down. 

For those of you following my EHow income through the DMS program - I still only have 11 articles there and am now at $5.85 in earnings for 8 weeks. Since I know it takes time for articles to build up steam and start earning, I'm happy with these earnings and as soon as I have the time, I will be adding more articles to increase this source of revenue. 

Hope your December earnings are growing too!

Happy Writing,

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

November was a Good Income Month

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Hi all,

Happy to say that November ended as a good writing income month for me.  A lot of factors were involved in increasing my income - many out of my control - some just good luck. Here's how it went.


My Suite101 earnings ended slightly higher than last month yet nowhere near what they were in August and September.  Although, I haven't added any new articles there since my income dropped a few months back.  I'm going to let Suite sit for the time being and get back to it after the first of the year.


My EHow earnings (old EHow) did their highest month ever in November - up only 10% from October but I thought October's earnings were high.  Compared to my average earnings at EHow, November is up 50%.  I have no control over my EHow earnings anymore since the changes made in April yet the income continues to rise.  No complaints here.

As for my DMS EHow earnings - I ended the month with $2.46 in earnings for 9 articles.  Since this was the first month I tried this program, I was happy with the results.  I am going to try to add 5-10 more articles in December and will be excited to see how the earnings do.

Google Adsense

I am thrilled to say I finally reached payout with my Google Adsense earnings in early November and I earned another 13.70 for the month of November so my Google payment should be $113.70 this month.  Ever since I hit the $9.00 mark with Google for one month in June (as I mentioned in this post), my monthly Google income has steadily grown each month. The majority of my Google income comes from Triond, this blog, my health blog and then some of the bookmarking sites I use.  Speaking of which...

Xomba and Infopirate

I have had a little success earning money from both Xomba and Infopirate since I started adding bookmarks for articles on those sites.  I've been adding bookmarks at Xomba for over a year now but have only been with Infopirate for a few months.  Year-to-date I have earned $4.08 at Xomba and $2.24 at Infopirate.  Every little bit counts so if you are bookmarking articles, you may want to try both of these sites.


I had a great month at Constant-Content because of all the articles I added in September.  I sold 9 articles which added up in income quickly.  Now I have to get to work and add a few more Full-Rights article on CC in the hope they sell in the next couple of months.  If you try CC, don't be discouraged if your articles don't sell right away.  Most articles do sell eventually and if it is a hot topic, it will sell quickly.  Most of my articles were on family health, so they went slowly.  But I was happy to see so many go in November to pad my income a little.


Triond continues to be a happy little surprise for me each month.  I have a little over 50 articles there and my income from both the site and Google Adsense has grown each month.   No, I'm not getting rich on Triond, but I earn more money there each month than I do at Examiner only by adding 2-4 articles a month.  And it has helped me greatly to finally reach my Google Adsense payout - so Triond is definitely a keeper.


Examiner made a few changes this month and although I know of several people who didn't like the changes, I am still writing my two topics there.  I'm kind of at a hard spot where I am earning enough each month to not want to quit but not enough to want to work too hard at it.  So I plan on adding a few articles a month to keep my topics and leave it at that.  If I give up Examiner now, I will lose all the hard work I've put into it.  If the income becomes very small, then I will reconsider keeping Examiner as a writing income.

Associated Content/Yahoo! Contributor Network

I do continue to write for AC/YCN and submit Featured Contributor articles in the Health & Wellness section that are offered to me each month.  My monthly earnings are only around $10 but I earn an additional $30 for the three assignments offered.  The main reason I like to write for AC/YCN is because I can write on any health topic I want and they aren't choosy about a particular format.  Besides, every dollar counts as far as I'm concerned.

Other Writing Income

In November I also landed a new writing gig which I will tell you about in a future post.  The pay per article is about 6 times what other sites pay and the editors are great.  I found the site when I was looking for resources for an article I was writing for and thought it looked like a fun site to write for.  So, after searching the site I found out how to apply and was accepted.  They are not a site that actively searches for writers, so it was both luck and pure tenacity that got me the writing gig.  And the best part is that I doubled my monthly writing income just by writing two articles for the new site!

Hope you had a successful month of writing and that December will treat you well too!

Happy Writing


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