This upcoming January, I will be celebrating my one year anniversary writing on Info Barrel. While I do not expect to receive a bouquet of roses from the administrators, one thing I am expecting is increased amounts of money in my bank account.

At the beginning, I earned a whopping penny in January 2010. I had a massive increase in February to $4.77. I was almost halfway to a pizza with no toppings! My husband and teenaged daughter just smiled at me and I know they exchanged looks over my head as I showed them my monthly earnings. I was going to prove them wrong.

I had absolutely no idea what SEO was when I began writing at Info Barrel. I read article after article here on Info Barrel about SEO and studied jcmayer777's articles until I finally understood what SEO was. The light bulb went on!

After finally figuring out how to write my articles, and the natural maturing of my work, my monthly income doubled almost every month until I finally hit payout in June!

Rotator cuff surgery and a series of illnesses sidetracked me for almost three months this summer and into early fall. However, my inactivity on the computer keyboard proved to my doubtful family that passive income is a thing of beauty and a path to earning money while still being a mother at home.

Even though I hardly added anything to my article library for three months, my combined income from July and August was almost $162. Not bad for someone sitting at home not able to do much!

Over the past few months, I have bookmarked over thirty-five forum threads. The wonderful Info Barrel community is one that shares and helps one another to achieve success. Ask a question, it is answered not by one person, but by many. The bottom line is if we all succeed, then Info Barrel succeeds, and we will all be earning income passively.

But all this shared information has also overwhelmed me. Where did everyone learn all of this stuff they were so willing to share? How will I ever find time to master all of this and still take care of my family, home, and other responsibilities?

What do people do when they are overwhelmed? They do nothing. Think of all of the people living with clutter who simply do not know where to start the clean-up process, so they never clean up the mess because it is simply too much.

So I continued to write-something I know how to do-and have over 230 articles in my Info Barrel library as of this writing. I am achieving payout every month. But I know from all of my subscribed links that there is so much more that I can do to earn passive income online.

I just did not know where to start.

Reality came crashing in on me when two months ago my husband came home with news that rocked our world-his office was closing. While he still has a job, it may be with reduced hours. This shortfall will cause serious damage to our bottom line, as it is not the first pay cut we have lived with over the past four years.

It is my intention to be a stay-at-home/work-at-home mother. I did the working full-time thing and did not care for it at all. The bottom line is that my family needs me and I need to be there for them. Volunteering feeds my soul, and I want to be able to give more time to the organizations that help make the world a better place.

Now is the time to take action-to shake off the feeling of being overwhelmed and make a plan. Instead of staring at thirty-five different threads and not knowing where to begin, I am breaking down each one of my goals step-by-step, month by month, week by week, and day by day.

Over the course of the next year, it is my intention to write an article about my goals each month and to go about achieving them. Some of the things I want to accomplish are:

  • Make $1,000 a month or even better, writing online and making sales with affiliates
  • Backlink all of my articles
  • Create an Astore
  • Create niche blogs that will earn money on their own
  • Learn more about affiliate marketing

In my office I found a purple spiral notebook and wrote out three months worth of online writing goals to achieve in January, February and March. I tried, but I could not write any further out than that because I do not know what the future holds. I wrote monthly goals, and broke them down for more digestible bites. I felt better just seeing my goals look more manageable.

My goals for earning money online for the month of January are:

  • Write 30 articles in a niche I have researched
  • Backlink these 30 articles to Xomba, Infopirate, and Snipsly
  • Earn 30 Info Barrel points and my 90% monthly revenue share
  • Write three posts for my Girl Scout blog
  • Make Four Best-Reviewer Lists
  • Rewrite and Backlink four of my older Info Barrel articles
  • Write 15 Hubs on my highest earning IB articles (thanks Chez)

Of course, there will be days when the kids are off from school when I will be unable to write because we are having fun. I am also on a fundraising committee for a Bingo night at my synagogue that will take up some time, especially at the end of January when the event takes place. I have Girl Scout meetings to plan, PTA events to work on and an office and storage room that needs my attention.

What is the worst thing that can happen if I do not achieve my goals?


The worst thing is not to set any!

I have set the bar high for myself. A poster in one of my classrooms read "Your reach should exceed your grasp". If I do not accomplish writing thirty articles in my niche, I will celebrate what I have accomplished. If my older articles do not get rewritten, I can do that another time. Taking action is all that matters.

I'll report back at the beginning of February and let you know what I have accomplished!