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How Anyone Can Retire In 5 Years Writing Articles

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If I told you that you could earn over $1000/month, passively, for life - in 5 years (or less) would you believe me? I didn't either - at first.

I'm one of those guys that before I jump into anything, I like to, "look at the numbers". Perhaps it's a remnant of being in Information Technology (logical thinking) or just having an analytical mind - but before I invest in anything (be it my time, money or otherwise) I want to know what I stand to gain. So, when someone says, "How Can Anyone Retire in 5 Years Writing Articles" I don't give it much thought until the number crunching has completed.

As I started to crunch the numbers a few things came to mind immediately. The amount of money needed for retirement is very subjective. If you already have money saved up, you need less to retire. If you live in a country where the cost of living is below the 1st world you need less to retire. Bearing that in mind, the amounts here may (or may not) be enough to retire for you personally but what I hope you'll walk away with - is a sense that what I outline here can be scaled to suit your wants or needs.

I see a lot of articles and content out there touting how much article writing can make for you in the long run and many kind of throw out arbitrary numbers that more often than not simply aren't realistic for the average person. Things like, "If you could just write 30 articles per day... "Um, yeah - while it may be humanly possible let's be honest here - it's not realistic nor does it really give a path for people to follow.

Like any hypothetical, I will be throwing out some arbitrary numbers but I think you'll agree they're much more realistic for the average person and they will visually demonstrate how anyone can retire in 5 years writing articles.

So how is it possible to retire in 5 years writing articles? Honestly it's a combination of 2 things. Simple math and self discipline. It's easier said than done, but I do believe it can be done. There are many roads that can get you from where you are now to a retireable passive income. This is only one. It may or may not suite you - if it doesn't I understand and I'd love to hear how you intend to get there. If it does - then I'm glad this was helpful!

Ok - so enough with pre-amble, here's what it's based on and how it works -

The Assumptions

You will begin your path with 100 published articles already completed. Why 100? This gives you time to learn the ropes: learn basic keyword techniques, back liking, SEO (search engine optimization) and basic marketing. It is assumed by doing so, by the time you have 100 articles you'll be earning on average .30 per article per month and will be able to consistently earn this amount (or more) as you continue to publish. Note this is an average. Some of your articles will make more, some will make less and some will make none. The collective average should be .30 which I believe is totally doable. Costs are based on a $5 per 500 word article (from your ghost writer).

The Plan

This is a 5 year plan that upon completion will have you reasonably making over $1000+/month of passive income. That is to say, at the end of the plan - you may cease all effort on article writing and still continue to receive your $1000+/month theoretically for life.

This will be made possible by two major key elements: reinvesting every penny you make from your article writing during the 5 year plan and using that money to hire a ghost writer to supplement your own writing.

Under The Plan you will begin when you have your 100 articles and they are making an average minimum of 30 cents each per month ($30). For the sake of demonstrating the figures, I have elected to use January 1st, 2011 as a starting date with the plan completing on December 31st, 2015 earning a total of $1032.60/month in passive income for life.

The Plan is broken down into 3 sections:

  • Years 1 & 2 - Here you will still be writing, back linking, reviewing and correcting your ghost writers content and publishing. Did I mention this plan only requires you to write one article every 3 days? 10 articles total per month are all that's required by you (imagine how these figures would change if you wrote more).
  • Years 3 & 4 - Here you will quit writing and focus all your time and energy on back linking, reviewing , correcting and posting your ghost writers content.
  • Year 5 - Quite frankly, this is just a buffer year. If you followed the plan 100% you'd actually be done in 4 years. This year is the year where you account for every excuse that caused you a delay. I was sick, the ghost writer was sick. I took vacation, the ghost writer took vacation. I just didn't feel like it! Whatever it is, 1 full year of time is allotted through the course of your project to account for all of life's mishaps that will prevent you from following the plan.

So here's what it looks like -

Years 1 & 2: What you see here is a breakdown of your starting articles (100), the articles you contribute, the articles your ghost writer contributes as well as money earned, money spent (reinvested) and money that carries over (left over) month to month.

Make Money Article Marketing 1

As you go into this project with your 100 articles in the month prior you should have earned (at least) $30.00. This is the money you start with in the income column. You will then spend that $30 hiring your ghost writer to write you 6 articles at a cost of $5 each. In addition, you will write a minimum of one article every 3 days for a total of 10 articles per month (this is reflected in the articles by you column).

As you publish your ghost writers content along with your own, your earnings will increase proportionately. That money is then added to your left over and spent on hiring your ghost writer to write more articles. You'll note that in some months (for example), there's not quite enough for 7 articles (you have 34.80 and 7 articles would cost you $35, this is where the "left over" column comes from). This money is carried and reinvested as often and as much as possible.

The key here is to reinvest everything (100%). Another interesting note, by June (just 5 months in) your ghost writer is already producing more content than you are - how cool is that? Let's move on.

Years 3 & 4 - It's been two long years of writing, reviewing, correcting, back linking and publishing but the results should speak for themselves. Now you begin to reap some of the rewards - guess what? Now you may stop writing! Yes, it's true - as of today you may quit writing. There's a reason though!

The sheer volume of articles being produced by your ghost writer(s) (you may need to hire more than one before the end of year 4) will probably require your full attention in reviewing, correcting, back linking and publishing. So, while your writing days may be over, your involvement most certainly is not. In fact these two years may be harder than the first two! The volume here is going to get crazy! Let's see how it plays out.

Make Money Article Marketing 2

Here's where we see the magic. If you've ever heard of compound interest you'll see the effect here only with articles instead of interest. Everything is now growing exponentially. But Kevin, it's year 4 and I'm not seeing those kinds of results! This is where Year 5 comes in.

Year 5 - Perhaps things didn't work out quite as planned. Your earnings weren't quite 30 cents per article. You or the family were sick from time to time. You had to transition ghost writers (some were fired, some were hired or you just plain wore them out). Whatever the reasons, if you're not making the above by year 4 you have an entire year to work it out.

Back link more. Market more, enhance your keywords and SEO (search engine optimization). If by the end of year 5 you can correct these short falls - you stand a good possibility of making these numbers a reality. So here we are, we're at the end of 5 years, now what? Now you quit working, discontinue reinvesting in your ghost writers and deposit that $1032.60/month into your own bank account! Now you reap your own rewards. Perhaps you'll write a book about how you did it? Just remember to give ole Kevin a shout out!

Perhaps you want (or need) more to retire. The figures I used above are pretty conservative I think. We have writers on Info Barrel alone (a PR 4 site as of the writing of this article) who make over $1000/month with less than 500 articles. This means they are averaging at least $2 per article per month (over 6 times the figures I've quoted here).

If they can make that on a SINGLE PR 4 site, again - I think the figures above are totally doable and realistic. This article does not presume all of your writing is done for one site. Like any good investor I would advise you to spread your writing content among several reputable revenue sharing sites. This way as they come and go your portfolio's impact will be minimized.

In addition, you can SIGNIFICANTLY increase your passive income by stretching out the time involved. As this compounds with time, the real fun is just beginning at 5 years! If you continued this model for 10, 15 or even 20 years you could be looking at $5-10K/month easy simply by reinvesting.

So now you've seen how anyone can retire in 5 years writing articles. Even better, it can be done without ever spending more money out of pocket than your articles earn. If you can keep from touching the money being generated by your articles and reinvest it in yourself - you CAN make it. The path is here in front of you, all that's required is for you to take the first step and you can take it now by signing up and writing for Info Barrel or any of the other reputable revenue sharing content sites out there!



Aug 22, 2010 3:09pm
Great article, would like to retire in 5 years writing.
Aug 22, 2010 3:59pm
This has got to be one of the single best articles I've read in awhile, Kevin! I can tell we are both 'cut from the same cloth', so to speak....I love the research and analysis behind your approach here, and, I'm sure you know that I try to embrace that with everything I do as well (here on Info Barrel, blog posts, etc)....Thanks, Kevin!
Aug 22, 2010 4:26pm
Lynsuz, I do too! That's why I started looking (deeper) into the numbers - I think it's totally doable!

Howie - Thank you so much! That's such a wonderful compliment. I really enjoyed putting this one together and I hope it inspires others as it has inspired me.
Aug 22, 2010 7:00pm
I loved this article. Very inspiring.
Aug 22, 2010 7:17pm
I would add though, it is a good idea to also build some sites of your own and investigate other programs other than just Adsense. There is no guarantee that Adsense will even be around in 5 years.
Aug 22, 2010 7:23pm
Good point and very true! Thanks for adding that retireyoung.
Aug 22, 2010 7:39pm
This is an interesting concept. I'm surprised that no one else has commented on the "ghost writer" part of it. I have thought about that, but then I figured it might take me just as long to correct and edit as it takes me to write! Have you used ghost writers yet? I pick up assignments at one of the other writing places and wonder if there are people from here or other sites putting in orders.

Anyhow, this is a good goal. I think you are spot on saying AFTER the first 100 because it's true, there is a very big learning curve for writing online. I was a blank slate when I started.
Aug 22, 2010 7:39pm
@retireyoung - What types of programs?
Aug 22, 2010 10:58pm
Thanks for laying this out in a spreadsheet format - I love seeing numbers in a spreadsheet because they are so telling. Interestingly you only assume that you write heavily yourself for the first month and are only slowly building up a ghost writer for the first 24 month - If instead you were to continue to heavily write yourself for the first 6-12 months before transitioning to predominantly ghost writer territory things would speed up dramatically.
Aug 22, 2010 11:21pm
This is a very interesting and inspiring article. With 4 years of high school ahead of me, it would be very intriguing to have a livable income before even entering the work force. Of course, studies come first, so I might not have quite enough time to commit towards article writing.
Aug 23, 2010 6:48am
JP - I haven't hit my 100 article mark yet no I haven't hired a ghost writer yet.

Chezfat - That was (to me) the beauty of this outline, its flexibility. It could be done much faster merely by manipulating some of the numbers (like you demonstrated, writing more, or earning more per article) - both of which are totally doable).

Honeyberdy - That would be awesome would it not? What a great way to hit the work force (running!).

DKrunner - Thank you very much for the compliments. I really thought it painted a clear picture (that's it IS doable) once I saw it (I had to see it myself) and that anyone could do it if they put their mind to it!
Aug 24, 2010 4:41pm
This is great Kevin! Thanks for all of the figures and research. My motivation has definitely jumped since completing my read of the article.
Aug 25, 2010 9:52am
This is a terrific article and very inspiring! The 100th article is so important, as well as mastering SEO. I have been editing my earlier articles to help me earn more money.
Aug 25, 2010 10:06am
HFT - You're most welcome! I really enjoyed putting that together and I'm glad it helped with the motivation (it helped mine too)!

I have too mommyX3 (editing earlier documents to improve SEO, etc.)! I agree, it's a very important step! Thank you!
Aug 25, 2010 10:27am
wow, gonna start on 100 articles now i can see a clear path ahead! awesome
Aug 25, 2010 2:54pm
I confess some skepticism to the ghost-writer part. What quality of writing can you get for $5 an article? The poor ghost-writer would have to churn out one every 30-45 minutes just to earn the equivalent of minimum wage! There may be all kinds of things to outsource, but the writing?
Aug 25, 2010 3:34pm
APG - To use a ghost writer or not is a personal decision, one that every writer must make. It should be noted that It's done successfully every day. Note the plan has you reviewing and correcting work full time for 2 solid years. All that being said, this article is nothing more than a springboard of assumptions. You could easily double your cost, make more money and come out the same (or ahead). The idea is to merely illustrate possibilities.

If ghost writing's not for you, Phil outlined some ideas to perform even better doing it entirely yourself in the forums that might be of interest.

Thanks for your comment!
Aug 26, 2010 5:17am
Very interesting.
Aug 31, 2010 1:12pm
any suggestions on where to find a good ghost writer?
Aug 31, 2010 1:48pm
I haven't reached my 100 article jump off point yet but I know some of the IB writers here are experimenting with it and intend to post their results in the not too distant future. If you don't see anything new - start a new topic in the forums and let's see what people say!
Aug 31, 2010 7:44pm
I've just started, so I have something to look forward to!
Aug 31, 2010 9:41pm
I hope you don't mind, Kevin...but, I took a page from your playbook when it comes to the IB referral link in the author bio box...I like how you linked the word "invitation", so, I hope you don't mind, but I decided to try that out on a few articles. Credit where credit is due. :)
Aug 31, 2010 9:45pm
I'm honored! Thank you very much :)
Sep 3, 2010 3:36pm
Wow! Seriously, all I can say is "Wow!" This has to be one of the most thought-out, well-written and info-rich pieces of writing I've found on the Internet (not just IB) in a very, very, VERY long time.

I think I owe you a beer :)
Sep 3, 2010 3:38pm
I just reread my comment and it looks kind of sammy, which wasn't my intention, I promise! I was just so stoked about your compounding plan (spending profits on outsourcing additional articles), reinvesting your profits and all that jazz that I jumped the gun and hit "submit" too early.

Sorry about that!
Sep 3, 2010 3:39pm
Why thank you! Spread the word, retirement doesn't have to take 40 years anymore! :)
Sep 3, 2010 5:13pm
I am intrigued by your plan. Thanks for the thorough work on this. As I near retirement, this is going to be helpful.
Sep 3, 2010 5:33pm
Thank you LL, I'm so glad it was helpful!
Sep 9, 2010 2:44am
Best article I've read in quite some time. Well thought out, love the "compounding interest" concept.

I hope I can learn SEO & backlinking practices within 100 articles, it still seems so confusing.
Sep 9, 2010 7:09am
Thank you AJ! It definitely can be confusing! There's a lot of great help and information here at InfoBarrel to help though - if you have questions please post them on the forums and I know many people will jump at the opportunity to help you out!
Sep 12, 2010 3:09pm
As a newbie here on IB this is a very inspiring article for setting goals. I will be bookmarking this article for future reference. Thanks for sharing.
Oct 15, 2010 6:31pm
Thank you for this great article Kevin. It sure sparks anyone´s motivation to continue writing. Nothing is that easy or comes for granted. Everything requires certain amount of effort. I read it twice and will read it once more.
Take care!
Nov 2, 2010 2:16pm
This was encouraging to see numbers plugged in that are realistic. Inspiring.
Nov 2, 2010 2:30pm
Poeticmind - It is a motivator isn't it? I started crunching those numbers just to reassure myself it could be done and by the time I got through I was sure motivated! haha

Dpeach - I'm glad this was inspiring for you! I hope if nothing else, it illustrates the sheer potential in what is (when talking about retirement) a relatively short period of time!
Nov 16, 2010 2:20am
Great article, thank you very much for the outlined and very doable plan. I've tried ghostwriters in the past and found that they advertise that they know SEO well, but actually don't after I receive the articles. And in some cases, didn't even address the subject in any sort of quality way. Thus, I did a lot of work editing the articles, too much in fact so it turned out to be wiser for me to keep writing them myself. HOWEVER, I do believe that somewhere, out there are great SEO ghosties- it's just a matter of trial and error. Start them out only for 1-3 articles as a test. I went to Elance for this...again not great luck but maybe someone else will.
Nov 16, 2010 8:19am
You're so right Brookewrites! Just like everything in life there are some bad and some good. You do have to use trial and error (or a good referral) to find someone capable of meeting your standards but like you - I do believe it can be done!
Dec 10, 2010 1:30pm
Fascinating feature, really well-written and full of valuable information... I have only posted two articles here so far and, as a professional journalist, it is quite hard for me to get past the fact that you don't get paid straightaway. It does seem to be true that, with time and effort, the money does come - unlike conventional journalism, where you're paid once and that's it. Hurray for passive income!
Dec 10, 2010 1:50pm
Welcome aboard SuzieQ and thanks for the comments. While I'm not a journalist by trade, it too took me some time to come to terms with the "work now, be rewarded later" mechanism that is this industry but the proof is out there and it does work! Look forward to seeing more of you around!
Apr 10, 2011 4:54pm
KevinMarx, thanks for the great article! Love the visuals--I don't think I could have figured it out on my own--ha ha! Will have to look into this some more as I am almost halfway to 100--thought I'm completely new to SEO and online article article which might mean I may need more than 100 to implement your plan.
Jan 8, 2012 6:36pm
This article has me even more excited about writing for infobarrel. Thank You KevinMarx
Aug 1, 2012 7:25am
Well now this has really given me hope - great article Kevin, I'll get on with my writing. Regards, Oliver
Aug 18, 2012 6:18am
Chomina - You're welcome for the article! I need visuals too, once I had written them it just made sense to include them in the article!

Kitesnsights - I'm glad to hear this article excited you about writing for Infobarrel! It really is one of the best out there in my humble opinion!

Olimoor - Woot, I'm glad this gave you hope that online writing can be a powerful tool. I've seen some of your work, you're doing great. Keep it up!

Thanks everyone!

May 13, 2013 2:59am
Read this a long time ago. Made me realize how important it was to reinvest money. Glad I found it back so that I can thumb it.

I am unfortunately way below 30 cents per article, but hope to get there one day.
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