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My Info Barrel Goals 2011 December Accomplishments, The Year in Review and 2012 Goals

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 5 13

It’s finally here-my last installment of my Info Barrel goals for 2011.  Thirteen months ago, I publicly declared my intentions to learn more about writing online to increase my income.

To be honest, stating my year of goals first came from a place of fear.  My husband is a rare person who has been working for the same company since he graduated college.  He had risen through the ranks, paid his dues, and for sixteen yeas ran two branches of his company’s offices.  For me, that was sixteen years of being a single parent with a wedding ring Monday through Friday.

When the second office closed, he was transferred back to the main office, located less than ten minutes from our home.  To say that this transition was stressful for our entire family would be an understatement.  While his being home was welcome by us all, it was not for the right reasons.

My dream was always to be a stay at home mom.  I have lived this dream for the last nine years, and last year, was not willing to give it up.  When a friend told me she would look for a part-time job in her line of work which had “mom hours“, that scared me…I did not want to be stressed by any kind of outside the home job.  As stressful a job as being a mother at home is, it is my choice to be here. I enjoy my volunteer work and the fact that I can wake up every day and make my own choices.

And for those who think jobs with “mom hours” are ideal, think again.  They are typically low paying, and there are still the stresses of sick children, missed activities at school, and house responsibilities that still have to get done.

In addition, my twins are still young enough to need me and my mom’s health is a constant concern. In the past, I have worked both full time and part time after my children arrived.  It is not for me. 

I had been earning some money from Info Barrel, and knew that I had to learn how to earn more to stay at home.  I am one of those people who when I say something, I mean it and see it through.  There is no way I would just write an article about my goals and then slip off into the sunset, tail between my legs if they were not achieved.

Each month, I shared what my goals were for the next month and what I had achieved during the previous month.  Let me tell you, writing down my goals really kept me on track. 

What I Have Learned in 2011

Thanks to the wonderful writers here on Info Barrel, I have learned:

How to make an aStore (thanks MomWhoWrites)

How to add media to images to increase revenue (thanks chezfat)

What a “Target” is in a link box (thanks, dPeach)

Getting better at keyword research (thanks, jcmayer777)

Learning more about Amazon and selling (thanks Lilblackdress and JadeDragon)

In addition, I have also learned:

A fun way to earn play money on Swagbucks.  After reading about it on mommyblogs for a year and a half, I took the plunge.  The Amazon gift cards that I earn are, for the most part, just for me.  Mommy is entitled to shop without guilt!

I learned how to write Hubs and articles on Seekyt.  My income has increased each month with the handful of articles I have on Seekyt, and now wish I had written more.  That should drive the lesson home to all writers that maturing and SEO should, in most cases, lead to increased income each month.

I am full of gratitude to our wonderful administrators, who consistently strive to make improvements to Info Barrel.  They also correct my title typos when I write far too late into the night.

To my fellow Info Barrel writers who know that this is, bar none, the best revenue sharing site on the internet, thank you.  The fact that you took the time to read my goals articles, commented or rated, and cheered me on each month left me filled with so much gratitude.  You have no idea how apprehensive I felt when I hit the “publish” button, and wondered if anyone would read what I had to say, or even cared.

I want to give a special shout out to Philtrate, who has gave me tons of advice when I ventured in the world of Wordpress.  His guidance was invaluable.  Thanks, Phil, you rock.

Which leads me to another thing I learned in 2011-if you are new to something, do not abandon it until you have mastered the process.  With my hectic summer and fall, I did not get to finish my website. I recently went to make some edits, and I was lost.  Seriously lost.  Can you guess what one of my 2012 goals will be?

In 2011, I also set up three different niche blogs in addition to my Girl Scout blog.  They are helpful in creating backlinks to other things that I do.

My major goal for 2011 was to earn $1,000 a month with all of different avenues of revenue sharing.

Did I accomplish that goal?


But I have come close!  To be honest, my earnings still vary month to month. My best month to date was $928.31  (Adsense, Chitika and Amazon combined),  which is a long way from my income this time last year.  I even had one day where I earned over $48.00 in Adsense.  What an incredible feeling that was!

My December goals were modest, due to my crazier than ever schedule.  I did write 33  points of articles to achieve the 90% revenue share.

What are my goals for 2012?

While I will not be documenting my goals month-by-month anymore, I do have more goals that I will to achieve.

I will be mastering Wordpress again.  I bought a second domain name, and have plans to create three more static niche sites and one continuing niche blog once those are established.  I will first write all of my posts, and then play around finding a theme that works and how to make it work.

I am going to spend time writing on Seekyt. I enjoy the platform, and since I have yet to master how to add media, I can simply write and publish. 

While I will still add articles to my Info Barrel library, my primary focus during the winter months is to add more relevant media to all of my articles.  Not only has adding media boosted my Adsense earnings, my Amazon sales have taken off considerably.  I have a few hundred articles that need to have media added or changed, so this is truly going to be a process, but one that will prove to be valuable.

I hope my series of articles this proves to newbies that earning money is possible, but only with hard work and dedication.  There is no fast track or easy way to success.  I am constantly learning to achieve my goal for more earnings.

Thank you again for reading and supporting me along the way.  This has been one incredible year!


Jan 2, 2012 7:27am
I, like many others, will miss your monthly reports. They were an inspiration to me! They were a kick in the behind for me; after all, if you could do all that you do, with 3 children at home - what was my excuse? Thanks for letting us share in part of your journey! Good Job!
Jan 2, 2012 8:13am
Mommyx3, your story is SUCH an inspiration.

I'm so glad you didn't get the "job" with "mom hours". And I know the extra money coming in is making your husband feel good too.

The ironic thing about this recession..is that there doesn't really have to be one online. There's like a little booming digital economy that many people offline don't see.

I've said it once and I'll say it again..information is the NEW currency...work cite Eban Pegan sp????

I hope you triple your earnings and more in 2012...
Jan 2, 2012 5:28pm
TWC, thank you!Same to you!
Jan 2, 2012 8:21am
Thank you for letting us in on your goals, if this doesn't inspire others to do better, I don't know what will, congratulations for at least trying to make your goals!.
Jan 2, 2012 5:29pm
Thank you for your support. I am very happy with what I have achieved and in no way am I disappointed! I am just ready to rev it up more in 2012!
Jan 2, 2012 8:26am
mommy x3, I totally enjoy your posts, they are so real and true to the heart. You are already making more than any of those "mommy friendly jobs" which I agree, don't exist!

Making money online takes time and effort, and you have become an inspiration to everyone here. I hope 2012 is a great year for you and all other writers on Infobarrel!
Jan 2, 2012 5:29pm
Thanks, Sookie. Same to you and everyone else!
Jan 2, 2012 9:15pm
Nice article with great feedback for the rest of us. Keep up the good work, mommy! :)
Feb 13, 2012 11:26am
As a relative newbie I love to read about others who earn money writing for Infobarrel. I write full-time and basically use IB as a place to write about things that interest me for a change. Not too concerned about making money, here but I'll certainly take it if I can get it.
Mar 7, 2012 8:11pm
It's so nice to read about one who tries - and succeeds! Continued good luck to your endeavours.
Mar 31, 2012 4:52am
All i can say is WOW! I hope in time i will make even a total of this amount let alone each month. I am still starting off and learning to find the best ways to go about making money. I think its great that you linked those who aided you in your travels, a nice article to read.
Feb 2, 2013 4:48pm
Thank you for sharing your goals. They are part realism and inspiration. The insight you have provided is so helpful. Here's to a great 2013!
Feb 15, 2013 7:54pm
Thank you for reading! It seems like so long ago when I recorded my journey. Never give up...if you do,, you cannot find the success you seek!
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