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My Writing Progress Report for January 2015

By Edited Mar 30, 2015 4 14

During January I published 10 articles on InfoBarrel (9,414 words), 4 niche site posts (2,444 words), 4 articles on Daily Two Cents (1,570 words) and 1 blog post (513 words).

The total number of words written in January was 28,997, up from December. Three articles were featured on InfoBarrel during January, Movie Review: Mortdecai, Movie Review: Paddington and Movie Review: Taken 3.

Writing Related Earnings for January

Pen and Notebook

AdSense earnings were £1.49 from a niche site and Seekyt, down substantially from last month, but this was expected. AdSense earnings as a whole are still down; I'm altering an old site and the new server has constant DNS problems that the hosting company doesn't seem to think are there. YouTube AdSense increased slightly, and was well over normal AdSense revenue.

InfoBarrel earnings from Tier 1 and Tier 2 ads were $12.92, down from the previous month although impressions were up substantially. A decline in ad revenue is not uncommon in January; the biggest problem is just how poorly Tier 2 ads are now doing compared to the past. Tier 2 is, on a CPM basis, only 80% compared to December, 20% to August and 14% to last January. In the past year, earnings from Tier 2 ads have dropped 86%. I did reach the $50 threshold, so a payment is due soon.

Nothing new was published on Writedge and earnings were, apparently, $1.89, up slightly.

37 new articles were published on Daily Two Cents, including the ones mentioned earlier. Earnings were $1.40, down substantially. Traffic appeared to be down a lot but, from a blog post during the month, some of that traffic could well have been bots or other invalid hits. The revenue structure is also changing.

Still no change on Zujava and RedGage, and Expertscolumn had no earnings again.

A Dollar Sign
Amazon

Amazon was, as expected, down substantially from the previous month. There were still a couple of sales, both from the niche site, making £0.30 from Amazon UK and $2.36 from Amazon. Which actually makes it still one of my better months currently. Although nothing specifically seasonal was sold last month, what was sold is more likely to sell at that time of year than others. Still, I expect income to pick up a bit again.

HubPages

HubPages continues the trend downwards, with only $0.97 earned from the HubPages Ad Program. I still haven't fixed all the former Squidoo lenses, and I'm rapidly losing patience with the site. Even though I have still got former Squidoo lenses to fix, I now need to go through other Hubs and fix violations - quite a few of which are on Hubs I've already fixed once. I do not appreciate constantly changing goal posts - that was what happened to Squidoo shortly before it closed. HubPages seem to be continually changing their mind. It looks like I need to go through and devote a day to fixing everything in the hopes that they don't change their minds again. One Hub in particular is not featured for "quality" despite being, frankly, one of the better ones and ticking every single box that HubPages suggest you do in the "Need Some Goals?" section.

Bubblews

159 new posts were published on Bubblews, up slightly from December. This month I received two payments from Bubblews, both since the change in the earning structure, totalling $128.92, and, after the next redemption, I don't expect to see any more income for months.

It's impossible to track just how well any individual post is doing on Bubblews now, other than likes and comments, and it's also impossible to tell what, if anything, is being made by any older posts. Especially as they rarely get anything in the way of likes and comments. Some users who have been inactive for a few weeks have reported nothing made during that time, which is not a good sign.

eBooks

No new ebooks of any type were published during January, but I did have one sale of a role playing game supplement, the first since it originally went live, making $0.68.

I also in January had one Kindle ebook "lent" out twice. I'm not sure what that will mean for income as yet; it seems that Kindle books that have been "borrowed" make a share of the Kindle Select fund. I doubt this will be anything significant at best, though.

Plans for February

I haven't as yet made any published progress on the goals for the year that I put down at the end of last. No new niche sites or ebooks of any type have been published. I have written quite a few posts for a planned niche site, but this has not been launched as yet (partly because I haven't found a suitable domain name) so none of these have been actually published.

I was struggling with how to get my RPG supplements properly formatted. I took a look at Scribus, but it seemed lacking in certain features, plus I would need to learn how to use it. InDesign costs money, and also needs learning. My budget is limited for these (currently, unless and until they start making more), so I couldn't really pay anything other than either a percentage, or a minimum, such as $5. The latter made me realise that there is a site where you can hire services like that - Fiverr. I have taken a look there, and I may be able to get someone to do what I want within my budget.

Regarding the Kindle ebooks, I still need topics to write about.

In February, I hope to finally see some progress on the RPG supplements, assuming I can find someone on Fiverr who can do the InDesign work I need (and export it to PDF) within my budget. I can't justify more than $5 on ebooks that aren't making much more than that as yet - they may make more in the future and, once published, can be bundled with other products or get interest from buyers on other similar products.

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Comments

Feb 12, 2015 10:47am
javrsmith
My own Bubblews earnings have dropped to nearly nothing. It was 25-50 cents a day, with no attention. Now its seldom 1 penny. Even when I post a lot, the earnings are insignificant.
Feb 13, 2015 1:59am
egdcltd
I have been tracking my income for the past couple of weeks or so. Most days six posts, some five, earnings from $0.30 to $0.52 - a fraction of what I used to get. Still, it's content that wouldn't earn anything anywhere else, and I do it between more important things.
Feb 12, 2015 10:49am
javrsmith
My Hubpages income has dropped a lot, too. It was interesting at nearly $1 a day. Now it's under 10 cents.
Feb 13, 2015 2:00am
egdcltd
The site really doesn't seem to be doing well at the moment.
Feb 12, 2015 11:00am
darren-w-gray
I have made the concerted decision to drop both Bubblews and HubPages. I have already moved one hub to InfoBarrel (deleting the original of course) and I am probably going to do the same with the others if I think they are worth it.

Feb 13, 2015 2:01am
egdcltd
Quite a bit of my HubPages content is either unsuitable for IB, or I already have similar articles on here.
Feb 12, 2015 11:43am
mommymommymommy
I am so close to payout on Hubpages that I am staying until I reach it. Most of my portfolio is already gone, but I added some seasonal items to hopefully reach my goal sooner. I left Bubblews in November.

This is a slow time for internet marketers, so I for one am glad that my real world sub hours have picked up!

Thanks for sharing your report!
Feb 13, 2015 2:02am
egdcltd
I still only have $26 on my primary HubPages account. My former Squidoo one, far less.
Feb 12, 2015 8:17pm
claudslewis
Thanks for sharing!

I've stopped working on Hubpages and will just keep collecting whatever my stuff earns from there. I was satisfied with the earnings from there in the shopping season but traffic tanked soon after.

I completely forgot about Zujava! I only have 3 articles left there. As for here, I have a sneaking suspicion that there are very few regular writers left based on the features I see and the fact that everything I wrote in the last year got featured. Even those hardly earn anything for me so the novelty of that quickly wore out.

I'm just concentrating on growing independently now. The revenue sharing world was great for learning the ropes but I don't get any satisfaction from it now.
Feb 13, 2015 2:04am
egdcltd
HubPages, yes, traffic there has tanked this year. Zujava - they'd probably have more regular writers if they actually reviewed people's accounts! Over a year and nothing! The only reason I haven't deleted the three pending articles is so much other stuff to do.

I am concentrating more on my own stuff now - niche sites and ebooks as I wrote last month are what I want to develop.
Feb 14, 2015 7:26pm
Millsy36
This is very useful to a newbie for a sense of effort and scale.
Feb 15, 2015 3:30am
egdcltd
Thanks, glad you found it useful.
Jul 9, 2015 3:46am
HappyLady
I am interested to see Infobarrel earnings are better than the other places. I am not sure whether to write here or not in preference to Hubpages. I have never really got on with Hubpages, but I don't want to get into yet another writing site where payments are really low. I think I am averaging about 30-50 a day on Bubblews if I put my mind to it, and earnings on PersonaPaper are creeping up.
Jul 9, 2015 5:42am
egdcltd
I used to earn $10+ per day from Bubblews, but they changed their payment structure last year, greatly reducing earnings, and then a couple of months or so ago deleted my account - something that was always a worry for that site. HubPages, I've made very little from.
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