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My Info Barrel Goals 2011-November Accomplishments and December Goals

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I am now in the home stretch in my series of monthly articles detailing my Info Barrel goals for 2011. I still find it hard to believe that a year has gone by since I declared my intentions to earn more residual income and learn more about the art of writing online.

As I wrote in last month’s article, November was going to be more challenging for me to get words to paper. My kids were going to be home for more days than normal. But that was not my only challenge!

My mom does not drive in the dark, and honestly, the fifteen minute drive to my house is a bit much for her. I needed her to watch my son while I was heading my Girl Scout meeting, as my older daughter was not home to take care of him like usual. On my way to get my mom, my car started to convulse. Long story short, my motor blew…a four thousand dollar repair to my 2003 mini van.

This is a major blow, especially since we have some other financial obligations with my husband’s business at the end of each year.

Well, no fretting here! I have not spent all of my Info Barrel earnings on my kids! Between my Sunday School job and my internet money, I had a portion of the bill covered.

To raise more money, I began selling anything in my house that was not nailed down. I tell people that I sell my children’s childhood to the highest bidder! (the holiday season is the best time to sell on Ebay). Having been raised in a Queens, New York apartment, we kept nothing.  It always got passed down to the next neighbor.  I have only a few items that I keep for sentimental reasons. 

Whatever I cannot donate I put up for auction. Many items that I held onto are now being enjoyed by others.

So listing has been the primary focus of my online endeavors in Novmeber.

I also started to do more extreme couponing-not that I do not already have enough to do!  Not just for myself, but for charity.  I was inspired by watching the hoarders on the TLC program to coupon with a purpose.  It is a great feeling to be able to help others.  With donation letters coming from several local organizatins, I have been able to pack bags of needed items and send them in, and it cost me very little to do so.  Even my kids are impressed (and you know how hard that can be!)

I had a great month on Amazon-my best ever! I sold thirty-five items, the bulk of them being to two people. However, it was not thirty-five laptops or big screen televisions (I wish!). The sales included a 68 cent cable. Not the stuff that car repair money is made of, but I will take it. I am hoping for more activity over the next few weeks.

I also became an affiliate for coupons.com. It was easy to sign up and I now have their ads on my websites.

December will be another short month for me writing-wise. My calendar is filled with end-of-the year doctor appointments and PTA volunteer activities. My twins' school runs a “Secret Shop” and my kids like me there. And if I am already there, I am not going to take a thirty minute shift; I may as well stay.

Our big Girl Scout cookie baking project for our soldiers overseas will take place today. I spent the better part of this week shopping and preparing everything. The girls are so excited! The there is one more meeting to plan, and I already know what I am doing. I will just need to shop for it.

Of course, the holidays will take over. I have yet to do much shopping for presents, so I will have to do some of that, too!

So did I accomplish my November goals?

-To write 31 points worth of articles, with at least five being featured ones for the 90% revenue share

I wrote 51 points worth, and had a front page feature!

-Write enough Girl Scout blog posts to get me into the second week of January

I did that, and even more. I published more content than usual, since it is the holiday season. I focused on gifts for Girl Scouts, and that led to some Amazon sales in that category. I also added Commission Junction ads.

So what are my goals for December 2011?

-Write 31 points of articles, with five being for the 90% revenue share

There you have it! Have a great month and keep writing! My next article will be the last one, and will cover what I have learned and accomplished in a year’s time.



Dec 2, 2011 9:04am
Congratulations on achieving your November goals and sorry to hear about your mini van, that kind of things normally happens when you are not expecting it and $4,000... that is a lot especially when it is not in your budget. Anyway, well done and good luck for your December 2011 goals.
Dec 2, 2011 11:17am
Sorry to hear about your car trouble, but I"m glad to here that your time spent here at InfoBarrel paid off. Also congratulations on nearly tripling your article points goal.
Dec 2, 2011 1:34pm
Sorry about the van, but I'm happy that you accomplished your goals for November. I hope you have a great December.
Dec 2, 2011 2:13pm
Bummer about the car, but congrats on your writing! Your updates and upbeat attitude, even in dire situations, is a breath of fresh air in the Internet Marketing world - every time I read your articles, comments or even forum posts, I smile. So thanks :)

(See! I told you I smile.)
Dec 2, 2011 6:00pm
Sorry about your van too, great job on the writing to date!
Dec 2, 2011 10:21pm
Congrats on your article writing and sorry about your van.
Dec 2, 2011 11:18pm
Great article! Impressed I am. You are so motivated, determined and find the time to be there for your family and to contribute to charity.

When the holidays get close yes, life can get very busy. November and December are my busiest months for work and you sound as if you understand how busy certain months can be.

Earning enough to cover a portion of the car bill is an accomplishment and should be a motivator for anyone who is new to writing online to earn extra income.

Heads up, fix a typo. Now not Know. I also became an affiliate for coupons.com. It was easy to sign up and I know have their ads on my websites.

In January, I'm going to check out coupons.com.

Have a great holiday season. I'll be in full force come January.
Dec 3, 2011 6:51am
Terrific accomplishments, Vehicles always cost when you least expect it. And isnt it funny how all the bills seem to come in this time of year more than other times.
Dec 3, 2011 8:08am
Thanks for the advice on coupns.com. It's great to write down your goals and watch them come to fruition!
Dec 3, 2011 10:27am
Thanks for all of the positive comments!
Dec 3, 2011 10:53am
Keep at it mommymommymommy,

remember what Jack Canfield says in the Success Principles, you have to allow yourself to dream big dreams and then go after them with everything you got.

Wishing you the best.
Dec 6, 2011 1:51pm
Doesn't it feel like money in one hand, straight out the other? Just think, least you have succeeded here to help pay for it. Nearly the end of 2011, 2012 will hopefully be grand for you.
Well done on all your success this month.
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