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Skefflings April 2012 Online Earnings Report - Did she break $1000?

By Edited Jun 18, 2015 4 27

Last months goals

From last month

"I had a goal of hitting $1000 per month sometime this year, I think I said by June on the Forum, but am honestly hoping I can do it by May or even April!"

I first said about this in the forum in December or January. It is hard to know the exact April amount for Squidoo til the mid June payday, but I have definitely cracked $1000, it's not all on IB, but it is all online.  I have about 30 Amazon items sold yesterday and Sunday that will ship and be added to the totals in the few next days, but I was so excited I wanted to post it today. There are also some affiliate sales for Amasuite as well, but I am not including those here.

"It makes sense to write/outsource another 50 articles for April, and get them up, if I can, but I do not usually set specific goals for myself as I tend to ignore them and go off the rails.  So let's just say, I will write the more articles in the month."

This just shows you how I have no clue how the month will actually go.  I wrote 10 articles or myself, then I had brainwave part way through, and have posted another 100 outsourced from four great guys on here.  Speak up in the comments guys.  I know not all of you posted in the thread in the forum.

It is time-consuming adding images and links and I have been hopping from Wizzley, Squidoo, IB, Seekyt and Topic Spotter for a few weeks now between kw searching bouts and killing my laptop.  

I hit the 55% adshare on Wizzley by having over 50 articles there now (that was an eventual background goal), I hope to get 100 in the next couple of months for the 60% share. I am putting the outsourced articles on the site I think they'll do best on, so I'll need 50 that suit there.

Earnings April 2012

Earnings (including IB/Squidoo/a few free Niche blogs & writing sites)

  • Adsense: $66.31 (should get my 2nd Payout shortly) beat my old record of about $55.
  • Chitika: $1.36
  • Amazon.com (hit 6.5% share for 1st time):  $204.79 (with another 14 items to ship and bill.  The last day of the month was good!)
  • Amazon.co.uk:  £19.30 (3 more items to ship and bill) converts to $29.95
  • Squidoo: $983.51 (almost $310 more than the $673.95 I estimated!)
  • Hubpages:$10.42  (just got my 2nd Paypal payout, about $50)
  • Zazzle $20.76  (going to get about $50 payout, my 2nd ever, and I'm a proseller now!)

Grand Total $ 1,317.21

So I added about 110 articles this month mostly outsourced, so am up to just over 400.   They are on on IB, Squidoo, TopicSotter, Seekyt and Wizzley, though I put most on Squidoo as it is my best earner.  I am continuing to publish everywhere for the diversity in incomes and interest.

I am in the process of setting up a few more accounts as there seem to be a number of niches working well.

Average earnings per article (with Squidoo adshare estimate included) $3.13 per article, I think that is up from $2.39 per article last month and I have over 25% of my articles less 3 weeks old My best article earned $96.32 for the month and was a different one to before.    I had some good individual Amazon sales on my non-squidoo and earned over $29 on one random IB purchase of a gold pendant.

Things I learned this month and want to learn next month and on

Websites?

I listened to all 18 Adsense flippers Podcasts, and am convinced that Adsense or Amazon site flipping may be in my future.  I thought so, I'd enjoy the kw researching, the artistic and layout site building (once I figure out the mechanics), maybe outsourcing content, and then letting it sit while I do other stuff!  I get bored easily and don't see myself persisting at one site for long, and also having the increase in value with the multiples on selling is a great way to leverage time for even more money.   I believe an adsense site should sell for approx 20x the monthly earnings.  

Once I have done that for a bit and learned best layouts, and can appraise a site better, I may buy them to flip and fix up and resell.  That would be a real rush.  I love buying low and selling high, there is a thrill, that is not just the money.  I used to get that with the buying and selling valuable antique linens too.

I am still not sure when I'll make the leap to websites, sooner gives them the three months or more to mature, but I want to continue the 500 article challenge too, so we'll see how it works out.  If I continue to input all my earnings back into the business til August then draw a modest income and stop working.  I should be in OK shape then I can pay my monthly bills too while I invest more slowly with the extra.  But just posting articles is going to take more time than I can do in a month at this rate, so have considered a Virtual Assistant once I get the macro stuff figured and know how much time I need a week.  We'll see, that's down the road, it occurred when listening to the Adsense Flippers.  You have to dream right?

Also, I bought a wordpress theme a couple of months ago that gives you 3 way split Adsense testing as some kw may be better suited to that, though I am nervous to take the leap to Adsense as primary earner without more study.  My macro program went nuts on my desktop (my fault) and opened up JCMayers book on the LSI report so I read while it was open (I am soooo easily distracted), and it made so much sense, and I intend to study his book again this month too for increasing IB income and hopefully applying principles to Adsense niche sites.

 

Buying Domains?

I did buy a handful of domains this week, but need to get my new laptop (Dell i7 with 8 GB Ram and 17.3" screen I love it, it's so fast compared to the little old 1GB RAM 9" netbook) souped up ready to go and get back into the kw process as efficiently as possible before I get any more domains.  I have some kw theories to test first.   I have to download my old emails onto this PC so I can download purchased kw software on here.  Once I do a week or so of the kw stuff, I will buy some more exact match domains. And have more outsourcing work for the lads.  

 

Analysing data?

What is really cool is I am getting kw analytics data and seeing how far off the Adwords tool is and can evolve my kw stuff for that too.  I can compare how well certain Amazon items sell compared others and am starting to account for some of them and predict based on buyer needs, questions and types.  

 

Automation?

So I managed to temporarily automate the allintitle search for a few days using Push Button Marketer (before I spilled a whole pop on the keyboard of my already nearly dead Toshiba), I know there is a proper way to do it, I did a lazy short cut, so will need to ask them, I think there's a forum.  I hate asking for help.  I have to reinstall on the new PC yet and the links are in my old emails.

It was so cool to see it go through a big list quickly and it made the patterns even more prominent.  I could kind of guess which would be kw would be low and high for the competition by the third group of kw that afternoon.  When I am typing it is harder to see, as it is slow going and as a horrible typer I have to concentrate on the keyboard.

 

Selling Lenses?

I have been researching selling Squidoo lenses too and am just deciding the best way to do it.  I will keep building lenses and writing articles all the sites I like, as I don't want all of my eggs in one basket over at Squidoo though it is hard to ignore the earnings per article (ave $3.67+ per last month and 15 of those I added yesterday, and about 30 in the past 3 days). 

 

Traffic over time

Another thing I am amazed by, is how traffic per article is climbing over time, I think this is the maturing they were talking about.  It is 6 months since I started product related articles.  And looks like I can do slightly harder keywords than I thought, if I am willing to wait longer for income.  The low hanging fruit kw seem to get you Amazon sales much faster.  Even some of my early chicken articles are surpising me with traffic, but I can always recognize a "chicken click" on Adsense. 

 

Outlook on working online!

Anyway I am having fun, working hard and it doesn't even feel like work!  It is active, Amazon will be more active work than Adsense.  Adsense is more passive as as Google takes care of your links, but my goal was to work full time online or full time pay anyway, and because I enjoy this I don't mind that checking links etc will be more a part of this as time goes on.

I re-read this article and although I am disorganized on a daily and minute-ly basis too, I have my eye on the ball and the possibility of no longer doing my day job (that I owed student loans on for years) is spurring me on like you would not believe, I thought I could do it before, now I know I can do it.

Thanks for reading.  Don't forget, my last Feb/March Earnings report had some great resources I learned from on IB.

 

Earnings Reports

Here are all of  my earnings reports, I just read them all through again, and it has been a ride.  I am consistent in my jumping around, excitement and not sticking to one job very well or clear setting of goals.  

Skeffling's Oct 2011 Passive Income Earnings from Writing Articles on Infobarrel

Skeffling's Passive Income Earnings on Infobarrel and Other Sites in November 2011

Skefflings Dec 2011 and Jan 2012 Online and Infobarrel Earnings Report

Skefflings February and March 2012 Online Earnings Report - Amazon and Keywords can be your friend

 

Squidoo help

After Writechicks's comment, I thought I'd add these links.  They have everything I do.  Picking good kw is key too and my last earnings report has links to JCMayers info and Oneclicklearning's help too. 

Always do these 10 Things to Write Successful Articles on Squidoo

10 More Tips to Increase your Online Squidoo Amazon Earnings

 

The community is awesome on IB, thanks for all and any support you have given me it is priceless!  Newbies, you are in a great spot here. 

 

What about later earning's reports?

If you are curious if I broke $2000 in May 2012 or want to see all my earnings reports in one place the anwers are in my Skeffling's Blog to help others do well.  

 

 

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Comments

May 1, 2012 9:57pm
TheWriteChick75
Skeffling, this is SOOO awesome. I would give ANYTHING really to be able to master Squidoo and I really think you've done it. If you write an ebook. Let me know, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
May 1, 2012 10:12pm
ZiggyD
Amazing to see how well you are going! I am happy to have helped and look forward to doing so more in the future!
May 1, 2012 10:20pm
skeffling
Thanks Guys and for your help Ziggy, I'd love more help, Squidoo payout is midmonth!

And Writechick75, I think everything I'd put in an E-book is in the 2 articles I added. Hope they help.
May 2, 2012 2:21am
meggiestardust
Awesome earnings. I'm glad to hear you have success on Squidoo, I've been meaning to get into it for months, I finally made a lense last week and I was surprised how fun it was. Knowing the income potential is a great motivating factor too, I think I'll be building many more.
May 2, 2012 3:11am
Ddraig
Fabulous Claire I am so pleased for you. You are doing fabulously so I can't wait to see next months. Looks like the reason I stay poor is taking what Adsense offer and not majorly earning with the others, although I got $5 on its way for selling 1 item on Squidoo.
May 2, 2012 5:41am
SincerelyT
I'm so happy for you! Congrats on your success. You will have plenty more to come in the near future. Cheers!
May 2, 2012 9:22pm
Serenity2010
I'm going to purchase the Amazon course you have listed in your profile. I have been sitting on the same 12 articles in Squiddo for over a year and have been concentrating on building my IB portfolio...also Squiddo can get a bit confusing....hopefully the course will help me get better at marketing Amazon and other products. This is a great report...congrats!!
May 2, 2012 9:47pm
skeffling
@meggiestardust I hope you make more lenses. Is your username the same? maybe I can drop in and "like" it. It's great Emma already earned something with her new Squidoo articles. It is a great way to divesify income and a Paypal payout is so convenient. I was amazed after last report when somone said some of my articles were decent PR and I found many were PR3 with a few PR4s and some PR2s as well on the 2 month and older articles.

Emma good for you on the sale. I know you are stretched thin timewise but I am sure it will be worth your while when you have 100 articles up here.

Sincereley T thank you. I hope others can manage this too.

Naazir. Thanks for reading. What the programs do it help you choose the best Amazon items quickly and efficiently, so you can look at the reviews when you are narrowing it down to a couple at the end. You get access to a website where you can download the programs, and watch or download the videos on best strategies for Amazon, and there are many videos on setting up a Wordpress site step by step. You can certainly do all this without it, but it is quite a bit slower and it nice to have some direction. Feel free to read my 2 articles on Squidoo, they are the highlights and the things I think make the most difference. Low competition keywords are certainly helping too as thee keep the traffic ticking through and that keeps Squidoo rank up. Hope it helps.
May 3, 2012 10:04am
Serenity2010
Thanks Skeffling- I was watching the video to the Amasuite yesterday and I'm not sure if I really need it. If I do get it, it's probably going to be for the wordpress tutorial feature since I need that desperately.

I'm going to read your articles on Squiddo and see what I'm doing wrong there, see if I can't add a bunch of articles this month. When you say low competition keywords does the software help you find those? Or is it something that you have to check by putting the keywords you choose into google and see how many other people are doing it?
May 3, 2012 10:40am
skeffling
Don't get it if you don't need it. As I said, it can be done without, that's what I was doing, it doesn't do keyword stuff. There are some fairly similar free lessons from Chris Guthrie here that will help anyway. Signup to get them emailed to you is on the bottom right in this page http://www.makemoneyontheinternet.com/top-7-tips-to-make-more-money-with-amazon-associates/

Yes I put them in Google and it is slow, that's why I was so excited to automate it. There is a program called Stealth Competition Analyser that is good, but I find it dismisses ones I now that I learned by experience that are still worth doing.
May 3, 2012 11:15am
Serenity2010
Ok,great....thanks!!!
May 3, 2012 2:17pm
sonykkid
how long before you got your first sale and what site (Squidoo, Infobarrel, or Hubpages) converts best for sales?
May 3, 2012 2:37pm
skeffling
Good Q's sonykkid. Best conversions for my topics are Squidoo > Seekyt > Wizzley & IB about the same for Adsense and Amazon > Hubpages, but my HP are mostly informational. My first Amazon sale was 3-4 months into writing on Hubpages when I had not written anywhere else back then.

Now it seems I can post 10 articles on Squidoo and within a week, 2 or 3 have made a sale, some within 2-3 days, others take a few weeks to sell something. The ones that sell the fastest seem to sell the most over time too, there's often another sale after a week for those, then I think they drop down in the SERPS for a few weeks then the sales are way more spaced out if any, then some after 1-3 months they start to become steadier. I don't keep track that closely, but I know they do a little dance in the rankings. I also have some older lenses 6 months old that never sold a thing yet (as I was slightly off on my kw and learning layouts then), just had their first Amazon sales too for the items in the articles rather than random. I seem to get more random sales on the higher traffic articles and the articles targeted to men!
May 4, 2012 9:48am
mommymommymommy
Congratulations on achieving your goal! You are proof positive that a real income can be achieved online...and also why you need to diversify. I am looking forward to joining you on Squidoo this summer!
May 4, 2012 10:15am
skeffling
Thanks for the comments Triple Mommy! It feels pretty good! I am so glad you are benefiting too. It does give you more confidence to go for it and the tools to make to faster whichever site they are for.

I am looking forward to seeing you on Squidoo, I am seeing more familar faces there. I want to make sure I see all the new InfoBarrelers lenses on Squidoo and give a few Squidlikes and Blessings.
May 4, 2012 9:49am
mommymommymommy
BTW-I did buy the Amazon course from your link and I love it!
May 4, 2012 11:49am
Introspective
I joined Squidoo about a year ago but I got discouraged with all the lenses and never completed my first article there. Reading about your success is inspiring and I will have to go back and try it again. Congratulations skeffling, well done!
May 12, 2012 12:37pm
echizen
I only hope I can do as well as this someday... Well done!
May 13, 2012 12:59am
skeffling
Introspective, I hope this gets you back on the Squidoo wagon, It is always a good idea to diversify, and the paypal payment is so nice to get! Squidoo is actually is pretty easy when you get used to it! Hope to see you there, and here!

Echizen, it isn't that long ago I was just starting on IB, and reading earnings reports an dreaming of this. Being told by IB writers to keep writing, that everyone who continues earns money, certainly kept me going. These first clicks may just be a few cents but the momentum builds and spurs you on, squashing any procrastination tendencies. I hope everyone manages this and more, we work hard and deserve a reward!
Jun 5, 2012 3:24pm
CapstoneTrends
Awesome!
Jun 15, 2012 12:34pm
cougar8806
Hey I have a question :) You mentioned something about outsourced articles. Did you have somebody else write your articles? How does that work? How much are you willing to pay. Do you give them keywords?
Jun 20, 2012 8:55am
skeffling
Sorry Cougar just saw your question! I have outsourced a few ways, privately with individuals and paypal, and I also use a website too when people randomly pick stuff they are interested that I post, that keeps track of the orders and payments and allows me to approve of something before I pay. I have a regular writer there now as well, and another working on the ebook. I am liking having a few writers working for me as it means I always have content coming in to post and am not too worried if one is a little slow!

I totally give them keywords and about half the time on the product reviews I pick the products too. Depends who it is and what their specialty is, and if I feel I know an area really well too.
Jun 20, 2012 9:01am
cougar8806
Okay sounds good! Yeah I'm just trying this stuff out. I don't want to spend too much money before I get something back. Once I start making a little I think I'll invest in more outsourcing as I like to focus on the other stuff. I'm also starting some squidoo stuff. I just stress at times trying to figure out things to write about. OH, so you mind giving your username for squidoo, I'd like to see what a good squidoo looks like since you have had so much success! Mine is bjesparza..and would love some feed back. Thanks!
Jul 25, 2012 8:31am
skeffling
Wise not to spend too much before you are more certain of results. You have to do it yourself to start, to know what to ask for.

When I want ideas of what to write about, I go into Amasuite and have it bring up some bestseller lists or most wished for for various categories.

I used to just go to Amazon and that is totally free and what I recommend to start. Once you start selling stuff, use that income to buy the tools to make it faster. So just look at something selling well (midway through each product page is a sales rank on Amazon and the categories as another hint) and then I decide if it is something I want to write about.
Jul 25, 2012 10:14am
coolcameras
Good for you!
Aug 31, 2012 6:10pm
aguy
Wow - that's really awesome.
Aug 31, 2012 6:21pm
skeffling
Thanks Guys! Since then I have got it over $4k! Seems to go up $1000 each month now! ;-)
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