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Darren's January 2014 Earnings Report

By Edited Jul 25, 2016 6 7

Start 2014 Properly - Aim to Fail

It does not matter what your aim for 2014 is, it is highly likely that you are going to fail. I have taken that attitude so that I do not create a massive number of false ideas to win at everything on a shoestring budget.

There are loads of new InfoBarrel-ers out there so let me introduce myself - I am Darren and I failed last year. I wanted to start making some proper money online and I ended up giving away a lot of my services for free, in between lots of chaos of moving jobs, family changes and things that you really do not want to know about (and if you do hunt me down on Bubblews)

So let's start where we want to start off:

Dedicated Sites


Those of you active in the Squidoo thread on these forums will already know that I am completely underwhelmed with the needs and desires of the team behind the website. Original content with original images and a few of their Amazon modules simply were not good enough for them and 2000 word plus lenses went to waste.

That being said I had a lens which I thought got high enough to be a small payer in December alas I never got the magic payout banner. The ranking system must have adjusted and be tweeked to pay out much less than when I last get a lens that high!

I am not editing any of my lens to a massive degree anymore and as they all slowly get locked I let them lapse.


I published 3 articles in January and they have received a few views without any significant publicising. A total of 4352 words and earning me around $3. Something that catches me every time is that I start an article at the end of one month, publish it the next and it does not qualify for the Features Contest.... I really should draft content locally.


I have never really reported my progress on here before and so I will give you some starting figures so that I remember for next time. Today I have 72 posts which have earned me $31.91 and I have not cashed anything out yet because I was at $20 when they raised the bar to cash outs.

My posting to Bubblews is hit and miss. Two or three posts one day and nothing for a few more.

My Websites

I currently have 4 websites which are in various states of build.
  • The Golden Block - My original catch all site to direct people elsewhere. Not really designed for converting viewers
  • Build My Own Computer - I want to make this an authoritative site about building your own PC
  • Reuse Your Old Computer - Says what it does on the tin
  • 6 Grand 6 Months - We need to raise £6k in 6 Months for a deposit. I started off well but the wife forgets to contribute to it!

Over the course of the month I managed about £2 in Adsense and £1.01 in Amazon Affiliates on these. I also have Commission Junction on 1 site which has no income.


If anyone can take credit for me starting these reports again then it must be adragast who was the first earnings post I saw this month.

February Targets

  • Average of 1 Bubblews Post per day (28 in total)
  • 31 Points on InfoBarrel
  • Get Active on Writedge

I would like some inspiration this month. I know I want to write more about my "full-time" job, but I will have to get permission!



Feb 2, 2014 11:39am
I'm not sure what you mean about starting an article one month but not finishing it until the next month makes it ineligible to be featured. You can still submit it. The only thing is it won't be considered for a feature until the following month.
Good luck with your goals.
Feb 2, 2014 11:47am
Hi WriterJoanne,

That is exactly what I meant. I have a habit of starting an article and then not finishing it until the following month which makes me ineligible when it fits into a topic. It frustrates me when I do that because it is my fault not persevering to finish it earlier.
Feb 7, 2014 1:22am
I didn't know either that you could not submit an article started a previous month. I think Vicdillinger said something similar in the forum once but I thought it was just his opinion (that they should not be featured) not that it was a rule.
Anyway, thanks for the mention, I am glad I was an inspiration as I like to read earnings reports and enjoyed yours.
Good luck with the 6 grands!
Feb 7, 2014 6:01pm
Thank you for your kind words.
I am determined to make the push now!
Feb 7, 2014 2:17am
I think it's the date the article is published which counts, not the date you created an article. At least in January I submitted an article published in January but actually started on InfoBarrel back in November.
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Feb 7, 2014 6:02pm
I will have to take a look this time around and maybe I was mistaken.
Mar 1, 2015 2:29am
I am hoping it is the date it is published too. Because I wrote one and saved to draft with 28 feb on it. So held out until this avo in Australia to publish but it still came up with 28 feb. Although mine will languish in the approval queue as still struggling to be approved. So maybe it will go in as 1/3/2015
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