April 2012 Earnings Were Pretty Good!
The details, of course, are the key. I made $41 from Google Adsense via my various channels. Interestingly, this was exactly $20 from Infobarrel and more from others. My own niche site was quite successful, compared to the previous month. In terms of daily earnings, there were several very significant days.
Highlights of the Month
$41 earned from Google Adsense
$20 earned from Infobarrel
$12 earned from Chitika
$1 earned from Redgage
$3.40 earned from Squidoo
$122 earned from affiliate programs
The affiliate earnings are quite interesting. There were two sales for $11.10 each. These managed to tip the balance in my account past the $50 threshold for payment. This is a very common feature of online revenue sites. In this case, I received a payment this month for sales earned over the previous three. The large affiliate payment of $100 was received in April for sales received in the previous two months.
Google works the same, allowing you to earn month over time to be paid when a threshold value is reached. For Google, the amount is $100. I earned my first payout in about nine months. My second was after five months. My payment this month took four months. There is usually a period of time after earning the payout amount before money is actually paid. In Google's case, you reach the threshold in one month, they review your account in the next month and pay before the end of the next. If it takes you ten months to earn $100, it will be nearly twelve months before you get any money. By earning more per month, you have the ability to reduce the wait for payments. You do this, of course, by having more articles and better paying ones.
My Infobarrel portfolio revealed some interesting facts in April. I earned $20 on the site. The highest amount was earned by one of my images, $4.70. The next highest was for an article, $2.80. The third highest was another image which earned $2.10. This tells me that images are important, accounting for nearly 35% of my revenue from Infobarrel for the month. They don't even have to be good images either. I have a mix of images that I have received from publicly available sources, from my own photographs and ones that I create myself using graphic design programs. In many cases, my images are very rudimentary. No matter, they receive traffic since Google indexes images. In fact, images may be better indexed than text since there are far fewer images on the Internet than text. Another bonus from images is the bounce rate. If a viewer arrives at one of your images, they see the link to your Infobarrel article which uses the image. The viewer is likely to surf to your article as well. This improves the quality of both your article and your image.
My earnings from Squidoo were disappointing this month. This is mainly due to my lack of attention to my articles their. Squidoo does not believe in the passive income approach to online earnings. Instead, they insist that authors constantly update their articles with new text and images. If you don't, your work drops in the site index ranking. Once you drop below 400,000, your work is no longer featured on the primary indexes, which results in reduced numbers of viewers. Because I have over 180 articles on the site, I am unable to update them as often as Squidoo wants me to. They drop in rank, go out of the index and drop some more. When I first started on Squidoo, they indexed all articles. They then capped them at 400,000. They continue to pay based on a tier structure which has not changed. The best 2000 articles receive the most money. The next 6000 and 72000 receive lesser amounts. The ranking algorithm is secretive but depends on article re-writing. I still intend to use Squidoo but as a backlinking site, not a primary money maker.
The Squidoo experience is why I continually return to Infobarrel. It offers the best revenue earning model, in my opinion. Articles there stand on their own and earn money based on their relevance. There is no artificial ranking system used. If the article gets traffic to engage, it does better. This is true today and in a month. Likely periodic content updates will help the Infobarrel article as well but this is not absolutely necessary. One of my oldest articles earned money during April. Other earnings came from newer articles.
Since I have found that images can earn significant amounts of money on Infobarrel, I am going to dedicate myself to adding lots of images in the future. Some of my oldest work have no images at all. While some of these are poor articles, some are OK. They could be improved by editing the text and adding photos. I'll do that. As mentioned, the photos don't have to be excellent. They just have to be catchy and have good titles. Some of my best articles have a few photos. I think that 2 or 3 should be the goal for all authors' articles.
This is the second time that I have written this article. Unfortunately, the first version was lost by the Infobarrel editor. During a save of the text, it popped up a warning that the keyword densities were too high. It only had the title so each of those words had a density that was too high. Since all of the text was lost, it was easy to see why the density was too high. Over 800 words were lost. This happened to me a couple of times before. Then, I was able to quickly start up a new Infobarrel session, open my draft document and save my work. No luck this time. Ironically, I had saved my work about 30 minutes before I posted the article. I then added about 350 words. I didn't save before hitting publish. Never again! From now on, I will save to the clipboard before publishing, or develop the article in a separate application before posting to Infobarrel.