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Adragast September 2013 Earnings Report

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 5 17

Since I started writing my earnings reports, this is the first time I didn't feel really enthusiastic about it. September has not been a good month for me and I don't want to lie to you by making up some numbers just to make my report look better. 

I have heard many people say that summer was a low period and that the selling season would start in September but I made much more in July or August than in September and October does not seem promising either.

1. Adsense and IB Tier 2

I made $2.5 with Adsense, everything included (IB, Seekyt, my blogs, Wizzley, Hubpages,...). This is so low that there is no real point in dissociating where the money is coming from.

I made about $0.5 with Tier 2 at IB. Actually, Tier 2 is working better than Adsense for me.

2. Squidoo and Zujava

I made $7 at Squidoo (includes 1 Tier 2 lens some Tier 3 lenses and some small sales). This is good for me but I fear for the future. I have less and less lenses in the paying Tiers and the tier payment is just going down.

At Zujava, I made $0.6. I have given up trying to figure out how this is calculated. I am pretty sure I had a tier 1 leaf and 3 tier 2 leaves. How come payment is so low?

I am a bit frustrated about Zujava also because they take too much time to review accounts. No petting zu graduates for a month or so and many IB writers are suffering from it (one is my referral). Bill is not answering to PM about this topic either.

3. Bubblews

This is my strongest revenue stream right now. I made $50 and I am quite close to the next redemption.

On the other hand, the risk of not being paid there is real. Bubblews owes $350 to another IB writer and this scares me.

4. New Stuff

Well, first I had a new blog for Halloween. Unfortunately, it was a complete miss. Last year, one of my Halloween lenses did quite good so when it got locked I created a new Halloween blog and moved its content to my blog, hoping it would be as successful as it was last year. Unfortunately, it didn't work. No traffic whatsoever.

I have started writing for writedge. It is a nice site with some incentives every now and then ($2 to write an article in an empty category, $10 to reach 10 articles, $20 if you get the most shared Halloween article, etc...). However, I feel the rules are a bit too strict. Only 2 links OR an Amazon module (the only one available being the search box). In the 2 links, only 1 can be an Amazon affiliates link. Not sure if this will be enough to make some money out of the articles.

I have applied for a bubbajuju account but haven't heard from them after that. The displayed message promised the review would take less than 24h and it has been 3 days now.

5. Future

I really enjoyed writing articles and I have made some friends here and at other writing platforms but right now, I am reconsidering everything.

Have I targeted the wrong niches? Am I missing in promotion? Or am I simply a terrible writer that people don't like to read? I need to figure this out before I move on.



Oct 2, 2013 9:52am
Never give up on writing! Especially when it gives you satisfaction. Concentrate on the quality of the text and not on the earnings aspect and I am pretty sure income will generate itself. For me writing is a long-term investment.
Oct 2, 2013 9:54am
Thanks for your support!
Oct 2, 2013 10:50am
The last few months have been very challenging for writers. I've heard comments from some people who say we need at least 100 articles on a site to get some idea of how profitable it will be in the long run. However, some sites, like Squidoo, are not even worth the effort right now. I think it's a good plan for this site though, and perhaps Wizzley and a few others.
Oct 2, 2013 11:06am
I think you are right. I should try to get to 100 "real" articles here before giving up. I say "real" because I have many articles like this one who do not make money and aren't supposed to. Thanks for your comment!
Oct 2, 2013 11:37am
Thanks for sharing your earnings with us, I just started on IB, I had a great luck on Squidoo making total of 685+$ in one year but now I earn almost nothing there. I have made 42$ on Bubblews but they never paid me or even respond to my messages. If you for any reason didn't get paid then please let me know.
Oct 2, 2013 11:39am
This is the biggest problem with Bubblews now. Sometimes, they refuse to pay writers and don't give the reason for it. I wish you the best here!
Oct 2, 2013 12:03pm
Thanks my friend for your wish, I hope the same for you.
Oct 2, 2013 1:03pm
I feel your pain and can appreciate what it takes to keep going. At the end of last year/beginning of this year, I was earning around $3-5K a month on Squidoo. That's all but gone now...
Oct 2, 2013 1:33pm
That's really sad when you build something so big and see it destroyed overnight. I hope though you will be able to reproduce your success here or at other places.
Oct 3, 2013 11:40am
September was a big let down for Adsense for me. Don't give up! I know I am not!
Oct 3, 2013 11:49am
I know you won't give up, you are such a strong person! I won't give up either but I may reconsider the way I do it.
Oct 4, 2013 1:58pm
This is exactly where I am standing right now. My online writing has actually imploded! I'm going to have to reevaluate "what" I'm writing about, "where" I'm going to write, and "how" I'm going to go about it. I've been writing online for several years now and due to Google's continuous revamps, I haven't gone anywhere at all. With their latest Hummingbird re-write, I'm actually back to where I first started. I no longer believe in the marathon. I think that's just an illusion.
Oct 4, 2013 2:06pm
Thanks a lot for your comment, it is a real eye-opener. I was somehow under the impression that people who had been there for years were "immune" to the problems I am facing. It seems we both need to re-evaluate everything!
Oct 5, 2013 7:00am
I'm only really making money on Hubpages where I have 200 decent pages. I've been wanting to get 200 pages here, and of course I can only imagine I've got better at the game with time....but the backlinking policy here doesn't make sense to me. I don't do "link building," I've always done about the same thing everywhere...created five to ten backlinks, and let things ride.

I don't understand why I'm not supposed to use relevant text backlinks on other sites to here; it seems only logical that one does use their IB stuff as links when relevant on other sites.

I see people like Patty Inglish on Hubpages...she's got 2,000 well written pages there, and over ten million views. I know she's making money, and I have to believe that if I had 2,000 well written pages, I'd be making money too, lots of it, at least plenty of it....so I should probably figure out what I'm going to write about today.
Oct 5, 2013 7:03am
I see, thanks for the info!
Oct 7, 2013 11:21am
Adragast, you're a really good writer and people like to read your articles. Maybe try to focus on just one or two sites for now, in addition to Bubblews, in order to really build up your article base. That's what I'm trying to do at the moment.
Oct 7, 2013 11:44am
Thanks for your support, I really appreciate it. I don't think I will ever completely give up writing but I am now considering other ways of making money online. I will see how it goes.
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