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My Info Barrel Goals for 2011

By Edited Dec 6, 2016 12 19

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?

(nothing)

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!

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Comments

Dec 2, 2010 10:54pm
desperatejournalism
great post! it is always good to put things on paper so that you can get yourself motivated.
Dec 2, 2010 11:01pm
vetochemicals
Great plan of action and I'm betting you can do it!! Go for it:)
Dec 2, 2010 11:04pm
sound_foundation
mommymommymommy, you are a great source for many people on IB. I wish you success with all your goals in the New Year.
Dec 2, 2010 11:08pm
LPerry
I loved reading this. You have inspired me to start setting some goals down on paper. I don't want employment outside the home either. I never write down anything concrete as far as my online income goals and sometimes I find myself swimming around in circles like a confused goldfish...LOL
Dec 2, 2010 11:43pm
AJWalton
Absolutely fantastic mommymommymommy! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this - it inspired me to take a look at my own goals. All the best to you in 2011, I'm sure you'll have great success!
Dec 3, 2010 12:53am
chezfat
It's great to see long term goals spelled out - Let us know how the hubs help... or if they help. I hope they do since I suggested it. :) You may want to do the same thing with Posturown.com... if you can find the time of course. :P
Dec 3, 2010 1:35am
Ernie
It's always great to write down your goals. You sound real motivated and I wish you well.

Word of caution, in order to receive the full share of Adsense impressions you need to get OVER 30 points. Make you goal at least 31 points.
Dec 3, 2010 1:38am
southerngirl09
Writing down goals is the first step to achieving them. We will all be pulling for you. Great poster “Your reach should exceed your grasp”. I'm thinking of goals - but have not written any down. Thanks for sharing.
Dec 3, 2010 2:52am
LouisLovesLouis
Love this IB. And you're one of the great contributors to IB i respect and listen to. I agree that the first step is to write down your goals...have you ever read Getting Things Done...Dave Allen then suggests you write down the very next action required. He also suggests noting down the ONE project or situation that is most on your mind, your biggest overwhelm and take some physical action towards doing it..that way you feel some mental relief that you have at least taken the first step. Here's to your fast recovery from surgery and to your goals!!
Dec 3, 2010 6:30am
Philtrate
Love it Mommy 3. You inspire me to do more. Thank YOU.
Dec 3, 2010 8:30am
JoSwann
Great article Mommy - and ouch - rotator cuff problems - I had tendonitis in my shoulder last year and couldn't type for 6 weeks - you've done amazingly, all things considered!
Dec 3, 2010 8:40am
Sookie
I find tht writing it all down, and seeing it in black and white, somehow makes it real and achievable. There is so much information out there on how to make money online that you can be paralyzed. Great article mommy x3!
Dec 3, 2010 8:54am
mommymommymommy
As always, I appreciate your suggestions, support and kindness. I know that with my action plan it will be easier for me to achieve my goals instead of just staring at the computer monitor wondering what I should be working on next. If I can do it, we all can!
Dec 3, 2010 9:16am
pwarlick
Love this article, it is an inspiration to us all. I too have increased my goals which is to pump out as many articles as possible. Some people write so many in a day, I just don't know how they do it. May you have great success in the coming year.
Dec 3, 2010 10:44pm
NehalGJ
Very inspiring. It surely helped me to boost up my goals and I am sure you will achieve your goals too. Thanks for sharing.
Dec 5, 2010 6:15am
dpeach
Good plan. I completely understand the feeling of being overwhelmed by so much information. Right now I am trying to get the first part done--writing. Then I will move step by step through learning how to write properly and good promotion.
Dec 7, 2010 1:24pm
divaonline
You're an inspiration with your proven track record. Good luck with your plan.
Dec 13, 2010 9:46pm
Algkent
Very inspiring! I am new here, but getting my sea legs, and it's great to read others articles about their goals and how they are going about achieving them.
Dec 13, 2010 10:08pm
latenightowl29
great post look forward to your updates.
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