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My Writing Progress Report for November 2014

By Edited Mar 27, 2016 5 23

During November I published 12 articles on InfoBarrel (10,443 words), 3 Bubblews posts (1,246 words), 2 HubPages hubs (1,546 words), 1 Daily Two Cents post (375 words), 1 niche site post (548 words) and 1 blog post (478 words).

The total number of words written in November was 21,963 words, up slightly from October. Three articles were featured on InfoBarrel during the month, Lunch at The Lord Wilson in Kingsgate Centre in Huddersfield, Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Movie Review: The Imitation Game.

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Writing Related Earnings for November

AdSense earnings were £3.36 from HubPages, Seekyt and a niche site project, up substantially from the previous month, with HubPages performing the poorest. AdSense income as a whole is still trending down, with YouTube continuing to perform the best. The main earner on YouTube is still making money, although the secondary videos for a yearly event will probably now not do anything until next autumn.

InfoBarrel earnings were $17.03 from Tier 1 and Tier 2 ads, up from the previous month. There was a rather poor performance from Tier 2 ads - in fact, probably the worst performance to date, with Tier 2 only two thirds of the previous month despite more impressions during one of the best shopping, and, therefore advertising, months of the year. Amazon clicks are still going up, and there was another sale.

Nothing new was published again on Writedge and earnings were apparently $1.55 (I'm still uncertain as to the accuracy of these and Daily Two Cents stats, as it's been mentioned that there are continuing problems with the counter).

33 new posts, including the one longer one mentioned earlier, were published on Daily Two Cents and earnings were $17.18.

Expertscolumn earned nothing again. RedGage and Zujava are still either uncertain or not worth bothering with.

A quick word about tsu. I've already gone into more detail into tsu, and it's not really a writing site - although you could write there - but a social media site. It did earn $0.02 in November though, which is more than I've earned directly from all the other social media sites combined.

Dollar Sign

This was the best month ever for Amazon in all the many years I've been an affiliate, with $28.51 earned from Amazon US and £0.39 from Amazon UK. The majority of the sales were from the niche site I've been doing with chezfat, with one from InfoBarrel. I went up to the 6% referral rate for only the second time ever and, with 28 items shipped, was only three items away from the 6.5% rate. I actually sold enough to reach that - 44 items - but because the last two days of the month were the weekend, they weren't shipped. Still, they have given a significant boost to next month's item sales, reaching 6% already. This may still be quite low compared to how some have done, but it's my best performance to date from my personal Amazon Affiliate accounts. Niche sites are a really good idea - especially as they boosted AdSense too.


Two new Hubs were publish on HubPages during the month. Earnings from the HubPages Ad Program from the 131 Hubs across the two accounts were $1.52, down quite a lot from the previous month. There have been no Amazon sales in some time, despite various former Squidoo lenses being quite successful at generating sales to Squidoo's own account when they were on that site. There are still plenty of former lenses that need converting, too.


The total earned from Bubblews in November was $145.81, which was way down from last month. This was expected, as a number of payments received in October were outstanding ones from earlier. I made 159 posts on Bubblews during the month including the three mentioned earlier.

Earnings continue to fall, as the traffic to the site does. During the 30 days I had to wait before I could make my latest payment request, I earned $112 - which is far lower than it used to be. The next period is going to be even lower still from the looks of things. It went from 12 days required to hit the $50 threshold after the changes to 18. I believe a lot of genuine spammers have been eliminated from the site, but they also seem to have lost quite a few regular posters; they haven't been deleted, they simply aren't active. I don't think hiding views is helping either; it certainly isn't encouraging me to post as much there, because I can't track the success of certain articles any longer.


No progress with ebooks at all again in November, with no sales and no new books published.

Plans for December

I've started thinking about what I want to accomplish for the next year, rather than just in December. I definitely want to get more Kindle ebooks and RPG PDFs published during the year, and I plan to set up some niche sites for Amazon revenue, and maybe some other affiliate programmes too. Even though this is one of the best times of year for Amazon sales, it has shown the sort of potential that's available here, if you can come up with some niches.

AdSense revenue has dropped a lot over the past few years - I used to get a payment every month - so maybe the niche sites will help with that. The affiliate revenue would then be invested into ebooks of both types, for those I don't write myself or need other help with, because I think the long term potential of ebooks is rather more stable than sites of any type - my own or revenue sharing - even though there hasn't been much in the way of ebook sales as yet. In some cases, the more ebooks that are published, the more money is likely to be made, as there will be an existing customer list and more chance for cross-promotion. Increasing the number of potential sources of income is definitely a good idea, as the recent deterioration in Bubblews income has shown.



Dec 9, 2014 5:37am
"..which is more than I've earned directly from all the other social media sites combined."
I would be lying if I said I didn't have a chuckle on this.

I wish you the best for publishing your next Kindle book. One word about HP - you can use your own Amazon affiliate links two times per hub, so you might want to do that instead of using only Amazon modules they offer. This will show your links 100% of the time instead of the 60% of the time HP shows.
Dec 9, 2014 11:10am
Thanks! On HubPages, most on my Hubs do have an Amazon search link at the top with my own referral code, and some that are specifically targeting the UK have a link to the Amazon UK site. I'm getting clicks, but no conversions.
Dec 9, 2014 6:50pm
Oh great! I have also used Amazon UK links on my hubs and I also haven't been able to sell anything via the UK site this season.
Dec 10, 2014 12:33am
Heck, I've only managed to sell 3 things in total on Amazon UK, and one of those was last month! I'm glad my account dates back to when they weren't so picky.
Dec 12, 2014 2:43am
I know, right? I applied back in 2011 - via my Squidoo profile URL with only handful of lenses. I was amazed that they accepted me. All I have been able to refer them is 2 things per YEAR. UK people need to up their online shopping habit :p
Dec 12, 2014 9:24am
Actually, I was reading that our (I'm in the UK) online spending is going up substantially. One problem is it's rather harder promoting Amazon UK than Amazon US. Most sites that have actual Amazon modules of one description or another only have Amazon US. I suggested that it would be useful here if there was an option to have geotargeted capsules, so that if the writer had an Amazon UK account, and the visitor was from the UK, an Amazon UK capsule would be shown, otherwise a default US module would appear. You could do something similar for other countries.
Dec 9, 2014 7:13am
Once site I never got into was Bubblews. Not sure if I got scared off or I'm just too lazy to check it out. In any event, great monthly write up! Thanks for the share.
Dec 9, 2014 11:11am
Thanks! I have made a decent amount of cash (for me anyway) from Bubblews but a lot have had bad experiences and you can't earn like you used to.
Dec 9, 2014 7:55am
I had my Bubblews account deleted last month after my last payout. I am starting a niche site in the new year with the posts I removed.

You are right about Adsense being down, which is why I focus on Amazon, CJ and Linkshare these days. Those boon years are over, I believe, but people continue to increase their dependence on shopping online. It is just too convenient!

I have not gotten back to Kindle publishing...I should, but I have too many pans on the fire as it is. Good luck next month!
Dec 9, 2014 11:12am
I'm starting off concentrating on Amazon first. I used to have a CJ account, but they shut them down pretty quickly if you aren't selling anything.

I like the idea of ebooks, as they're fire and forget, even if I'm not currently seeing much from them.
Dec 9, 2014 10:40am
That's great that your niche site is taking off and you're getting those Amazon sales!
Dec 9, 2014 11:15am
Thanks! Yes, after being an Amazon Associate for I don't know how many years - I think even longer than you can actually go back for in the reports - in the past 5-6 weeks I've more than doubled the amount I've earned. Still quite low numbers compared to some, but higher than I've ever had.
Dec 9, 2014 6:35pm
Just a note regarding Daily Two Cents and Writedge - although we did have a problem with the counter last month it has been fixed for a couple weeks now. And as far as earnings are concerned, everything is backed up via Google Analytics and cross checked. So, you're all good there. I'm actually pretty impressed that you made as much as you did with Daily Two Cents and only 33 articles, with only one of them being of a substantial length.
Dec 10, 2014 12:33am
Great, glad you got that sorted out. I only tend to notice the emails you send - I don't tend to use Facebook and I regularly forget about the blog. Until I get an email about it! I knew you'd said that everything was backed up, so I didn't worry about it - I just wasn't sure if the numbers I was using were correct.

Daily Two Cents, that was 33 new articles posted. I've actually got (at this point) 149 articles on the site, with several longer ones.
Dec 10, 2014 7:26am
Say, how many views did you get on IB?
Dec 10, 2014 8:05am
According to ad impressions (which is probably different to actual views) 2,772 desktop and 1,019 mobile.
Dec 10, 2014 8:52am
Excuse me? My tier 1 ad impressions were more than twice and tier 2 was eight times as yours, but only $23ish for me. Am I doing something wrong?
Dec 10, 2014 9:15am
Tier 1 and Tier 2 ad impressions aren't actually separated from each other, only the earnings are, but the topic of the article can make a big difference.

This was one of my poorest months for Tier 2 earnings in some time. Most of my top earning articles are gaming related, and these generally performed well on a CPM basis for Tier 2, with the occasional high value click. I have had other article types earn absolutely nothing from Tier 2.

The rest of my high earners tend to be money related to one degree or another, which also tends to have high value Tier 1 clicks.
Dec 10, 2014 7:03pm
Duh! I meant to say "Desktop" and "Mobile" ad impressions. I don't know why I said tier 1 and tier 2 impressions :D

Two of my best content don't have the 160x600 ad bar on the left (must have been eaten by the large pictures I used) - and it is making me wonder if that's the culprit. Thanks for the reply. The money and business related articles do well.
Dec 12, 2014 2:21am
I have read that the skyscraper ad is a good converter, but I don't know for sure. You can shuffle things about using modules and altering image sizes to see if you can get it to appear.
Dec 12, 2014 2:26am
Yeah. I have tried to shuffle the modules, but large images seem to be the reason. Both of those articles have similar sized and large images, so it will be a pain to resize them all. I'm just gonna let them be this way. When IB 4.0 rolls out, all ads are gonna be horizontal anyway, so they won't be trouble anymore. :D
Dec 10, 2014 11:10am
egdcltd is right. My "Far Cry 4 Preview" article got over 700 ad impressions and earned me over $1 to date, while my "10 Mistakes Guys Make on Their First Date" article got over 30 ad impressions and earned me also over $1 to date. It really depends on the topic.
Dec 12, 2014 2:24am
Yeah. It does! The tier 2 earnings seem similar, but there's a huge difference in tier 1 earnings. I guess that's expected because it depends on clicks and one or two of them can throw things away. :D
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