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Samantha's February 2012 Infobarrel Earnings Report

By Edited Aug 15, 2016 7 14

At the end of January, I wound up battling a couple of injuries and my training got sidelined. Beyond bored, I decided to get back into writing online. When I wrote in the past, I mainly concentrated on upfront pay opportunities. Upfront pay meant easy, fast cash and very little commitment. With almost all of the easy upfront pay sites now belly-up, I found myself looking at a passive income strategy.

Passive income or writing for residual pay is a very different game. It's much more labor intensive initially and it requires a lot of patience. Instead of making $15-$20 a shot upfront for a 500 word piece, with residual earnings, you write 500 words and wait (and wait and wait) for ad revenue. With this pay model it may take more than a year to see $15 for a short article.

As frustrating as it sounds, writing for residual pay does have its benefits. One, while you may wait a long time to get paid, you have the potential to earn a lot more from your work. Your pay is solely dependent on the article's performance. If it performs well you not only earn well but you continue to earn as time goes on. Eventually, your content and your revenue becomes self-sufficient.

So it's now the end of February. Month #1 of my re-introduction into online writing has come to an end. Where do I stand coming from solely a passive income model?

Here's my stats:

Website

Articles

Revenue

Examiner

13

$2.98

Infobarrel

21

$0.07

Xomba

16

$0.61

Pleather & Lace

7

$0.78

KiCk It LiNk LoVe

8

$0.00

Totals

65

$4.44

 

I'm nowhere near where I want to be but I think I learned a few things this month as to what works for me and what doesn't.

What I'm finding confusing is that I get a good deal of organic search traffic on Infobarrel, but, unfortunately, that organic traffic isn't converting well. Over the last couple of weeks I've also had some traffic on my Amazon links, but none of it is converting to sales. I really need to figure out how to improve my conversion rate - maybe it's my topics, maybe it's the quality of my content?

The surprise of the month was Xomba. About half-way through the month, I truly thought that Xomba was a waste of time judging purely from the lack of engagement on Analytics. Clearly, despite very low traffic on my bookmarks and blog posts, Xomba pulled a click.

Another surprise was my personal blog. I didn't expect anything from that site – it's more of a holding place for my thoughts than anything else.

A slight change in strategy for March

The most successful content that I wrote this month was on Examiner. In March I'm going to write more prolifically for this site.

I'll still be consistently posting articles on Infobarrel. I really enjoy writing here. Oddly though, instead of writing, I tend to spend more time in the forums and other writer's articles trying to learn as much as possible about SEO.

I'm also going to segment my work time-wise, focusing primarily on drilling out as much content as possible early in the month and then use the last week of the month to develop backlinks and clean up loose ends.

In March, I'll be using KiCk It LiNk LoVe as a place to collect bookmarks for my web content. I'm also happy to use that as a repository for any other IB'er who wants a backlink to their content. Check out my profile for how to get content posted on it.

 Over the last couple weeks of February, I've also been experimenting with how to generate keywords. Going forward, whenever I write for IB, I'm going to spend more time developing keywords than writing. The organic traffic is much, much better with good keyword research.

While I'm changing strategy on priorities, my base strategy isn't changing. I know that writing about diseases, medical issues and money converts better, but I don't want to build a reputation around those topics. I'd rather build a reputation around writing what I love and build a body of work in a topic that lends credence to some of my other goals.

Goals for March

I don't even know what a reasonable goal is. Judging from my poor performance this month, $20 seems outside the realm of reasonable for revenue share.

I'd really like to see some results from my IB content apart from pageviews, whether it's a click or a conversion for Amazon. We'll see.

I'd also like to try at least 2 different passive ideas, maybe zazzle or cafepress or something similar. I'm also curious as to how a blog built by free article content in the article directories would perform.

As always I'd really appreciate the community's feedback on how to improve. If there's anything that you see that I'm missing, please chime in. Thank you!

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Comments

Mar 1, 2012 4:23am
Ddraig
Yeah I wouldn't expect to go for $20 but soon you will just get a month that tips you from a few dollars in to anything like $80-$90 from reading other writers monthly reports.
You are certainly getting content out there so it will soon come to you Samantha.
Mar 1, 2012 11:42am
miravu
Thanks Ddraig, I hear you. I'm a patient person. If I don't hit $20 in March I'm not going to get discouraged. Thank you for your support on this site!
Mar 1, 2012 6:19am
andrewagreen
So the £2.26 I've earned in just under two weeks is an OK start? This is my first attempt at passive income. I finally won a bid on freelancer last month but it was a lot of work for not much money. i'm hoping this will come good in time. I really appreciate you sharing your info this way.
Mar 1, 2012 1:33pm
miravu
Thanks Andre. In US dollars I'm assuming that's somewhere near $4? If that's purely revenue share based income, that's pretty decent for starting out.

I used to work through elance several years ago. You used to be able to pick up some decent jobs through there and build clientele willing to pay a premium. It was an ok experience. If I were relying on writing full-time I might take some work that way to spread out the income sources but unless you're doing it full-time and willing to take low paying entry projects, it's tough.

Good luck Andre!
Mar 1, 2012 7:54am
skeffling
I think you are totally on the right track Samantha, it is slow to start, but it will build. Having your own blog is smart too. Keep evaluating your results and evolving your approach to make the best of thing things that pay you well. They say you need 100 articles to get the best idea of how you are doing, but any income streams that seems to pop up quickly are more likely going to earn you more money quicker (allowing for seasonal stuff) IMO. For your Zazzle or Cafepress (I believe cafepress maxes your royalty at 10% but Zazzle you can put it up to 99% if you needed) mine are mostly 20-25%. You could totally do a martial arts theme or sayings or motivators, sports equipment... hope you heal up fast. Great report!
Mar 1, 2012 1:35pm
miravu
Thanks skeffling! I really appreciate the ideas and support.
Mar 1, 2012 11:31am
InfoJunkie
Good work! You made $0.07 at InfoBarrel in a month which is $0.07 more than I made my first month here. I'd like to see how writing at many sites from the very begining works out for you as I have decided to do the opposite and build my article portfolio up here before going else where.
Mar 1, 2012 1:37pm
miravu
Thank you InfoJunkie. I think it's really hard to judge based on 1 or 2 months and I'm going to see it through, just spreading out the risk a little. How has IB been working for you with focusing on your content here? I'm assuming it's improved since your first month?
Mar 1, 2012 5:06pm
mommymommymommy
Keep reading AND writing. Then edit when you learn more. The more you write, the more you will learn and the more you will earn!

Good luck with next month's goals!
Mar 1, 2012 5:32pm
miravu
Thank you 'mommy' for the good advice and support. I'll do my best to follow it.
Mar 2, 2012 2:22pm
CrazyGata
Maybe you still don't see it as a revenue because is difficult to not compare it with traditional freelance writing. But is a great report. I say that as long as is not zero is great. Plus take into account your time in here.

I like the way you presented the table. It inspired me to write my report. Thank you and let's keep it up! :D
Mar 2, 2012 5:58pm
miravu
Thanks Gata, I look forward to reading your report.
Mar 10, 2012 4:23am
Megan_tweet
I am waiting for pre-approval. Once that happens I can start editing my articles for keywords, SEO and backlinking. Hopefully I will also have a report then. I look forward to reading yours, Crazy, I mean Gata :-)
Mar 30, 2012 3:20pm
Introspective
Thanks for sharing, and I wish you much success in the future!
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