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Skefflings Dec 2011 and Jan 2012 Online and Infobarrel Earnings Report

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Better than ever!

January was almost as good as December!

I didn't do an earnings report at the beginning of Jan (my computer is pooched so I lost a good week setting another up) so thought I'd put them together now as people seem interested.  After a slow start from Amazon last year from May when I signed up with them, it's definitely taking off.  I have plans to set up Amazon reviews sales sites. 

I am very pleased with my results and it just makes me want to work even smarter and harder.  Hope it has the same effect on you guys. 

I started here the end of last Aug, all my autumn earnings are here for Infobarrel earning for Aug, Sept Oct and November's passive online earnings here. I just missed my first Adsense payout by 36 cents at the end of December.  I was amazed I got that close.  My best single day in Dec was $6.02!  And $3.86 in Jan.

Nothing went viral or too crazy, just slow and steady I guess.  It's mostly google traffic which I am happy about and am actually amazed how well my "hobby" articles are doing about antique lace, chickens, and even the recipes are doing well.

December 2011 Earnings Online from Writing Articles and Affiliate Commissions

December on Infobarrel (56 articles by month end-only added 5  more) so lowest share

  • IB Adsense: $33.85  (was $55.74 total adsense including below)
  • Chitika: $2.79

Other earnings (a few newer tiny Niche blogs & writing sites)

  • Adsense:$21.39 ($16.26 of that at Seekyt)
  • Amazon (all-my non-squidoo blogs/articles): $51.09 (22 items)
  • Squidoo Including Amazon/Cafepress: $117.57
  • Squidoo Adshare : $33.54
  • Hubpage: $6.28 (traffic shot back up Dec 19th after a 2nd google blackout on my subdomain)
  • Zazzle $25.78

Grand Total $292.29 corrected to $311.15

Edited to add on Payday for December I got $170.37 for Squidoo instead of the $151.11 I was expecting.

Total Articles on various sites: 182  so corrected average of $1.71 earnings per article. 

January 2012 Earnings Online from Writing Articles and Affiliate Commissions

Infobarrel (59 articles by month end-only added 3 more-at lowest share)

  • IB Adsense: $30.56 (was $53.76 total adsense including below)
  • Chitika: $1.92

Other earnings (a few newer tiny Niche blogs & writing sites)

  • Adsense:$23.21
  • Amazon.com (all-my own affiliate): $21.16 (10 items)
  • Amazon.co.uk: 84 pence
  • Squidoo Including Amazon:$110.73 without adshare (which I conservatively estimate at about $50)
  • Hubpages$17.55 (22 gardening and chicken articles wrote last year from March to July)
  • Zazzle $0.00 I haven't been promoting much

Grand Total $204.83 (Closer to $250 with adshare from Squidoo I think, and not including a few bucks in Ebay or the UK amazon)

So total 201 articles all over by month end on IB, Squidoo, Hubpages, Seekyt and Wizzley.  I have quite a few articles in pseudonym accounts to sort things out as I have quite a few niches now.

Average earnings per article with adshare included $1.27 per article Not bad for January

If anyone is interested in learning more about Squidoo or joining, there is an article Always do these 10 Things to Write Successful Articles on Squidoo  that I wrote in Nov when I realised how to make it work.  I'll probably be writing another, as I have been studying this month and learned a few more tricks.

There was a point early on when I got hooked on seeing what adsense clicks are up to, but now I can't wait to check my Amazon stats in the morning.  I had sold 7 items when I got up this morning from 2 squidoo pages for a headstart on February's numbers.  You guys can sell Amazon stuff too.  It is possible.  I am no salesperson,  I just write about products I like, use or am interested in.

It is a little more "work" as far as commenting to get likes and increase rank but Squidoo definitely part of my overall plan, you can see it is worth it, with about 80 lenses there.  I am glad I have a few avenues of income, then if something cuts off one day, I won't be floundering. 

I'll be using Wizzley more too, and IB and Seekyt for more texty articles that aren't as flashy with products.  I think IB will be getting a few photo how to articles for homesteading stuff too.

Plans and Goals for 2012

I don't really set goals but I love the encouraging, community idea of the 500 articles, so I am up for the 500 articles challenge for 2012 with Crystal Nici I'll link to the blogsite when it is up.   I should be aiming for 365 articles really as that is about the rate I managed this past year (about 1 a day) but then I will only try for 1 article day then procrastinate.  If I know I have to get that 2nd one in as well, that will drive me on.  

I will probably aim for one review type sales type article a day and another easy one I write straight from my head, homesteading, chickens, recipes or something etc to make it easier.

Whatever we do in IM, those articles are our little lottery tickets, portals to dollars and the more we have the better we will do, niche websites or not.  They will teach me where to spend my time, and how to become a faster researcher and writer.  I am slow because things have to be just right, so quality will outweigh quantity when it comes down to the wire.  I'll learn what types of article earn best and also I guess they'll earn a few bucks too.  I have 200 articles now and know a lot more than I did, but after 500 more, there'll be no stopping me!

I want to try more product areas first in articles, I am selling some things but think there is a lot more potential out there than what I am doing now.  Items that are higher dollar items, better percentages and less competition items would be ideal.   And I need more buyer-y keywords, but I don't want to narrow down to actual model numbers because I want to be able to update my articles and a url for an old model number isn't going to look good.  I hope to raise the average earnings per article as I write better articles this year.

I'd like to increase my Clickbank sales this year and receive an payout, too.  I have had no luck with Commission Junction and Amazon now carries products (chicken medications!) I had to recommend through CJ 6 months ago. 

So I am excited and encouraged, and plan on a $1000 month in earnings sometime this year hopefully by summer!  I hope you enjoyed reading my rambles!

Writing the Amazon reviews I learned from OneClick Learning's blog.  I do what he does and use Stealth for the kw research.



Feb 2, 2012 12:35pm
Great Job!!
Feb 2, 2012 12:35pm
Great Job!!
Feb 2, 2012 12:38pm
Love it Skeffling, you are zooming on, at what I consider a much faster pace than a mere plod, hehe.$1000 a month target, I am with you on that idea, but I am yet to leave the mat really. Fingers crossed that this month is the month it happens. Every one has one of those eureka months I think.
Well done my friend, I am loving you succeeding, mainly because I know that you put the profits in to living a great life on your beautiful small holding. ( That I am extremely envious of, in a nice way).xx
Feb 2, 2012 1:38pm
Thanks! I think the 500 articles is a great way to keep everyone going and get some started too. We win even if we only get half way. I love the IB community here! I am sure once you get really started, you'll be earning in no time. Read One click learnings stuff, he has some great ideas for topics and how to choose things to write about too.

Funny, I am (nicely) envious of your with your lovely scenery there DD! Our place is limestoney and rolling hills here, but I am from flat old E Yorkshire and its flat and boring with muddy clay. Darn right on the spends. More wine making equipment and supplies, and beekeeping stuff next. Just bottle a strawberry wine and mead! In Grolsch bottles, very convenient for hangovers! I'd better get an article up on the Strawberry wine. I have pictures too.
Feb 2, 2012 1:47pm
Oh now I am drooling!! Can you put me up for a week if I get the airfare?...That is if you don't mind me drinking you dry, hehe. It is pretty here in South Yorkshire, but I would rather be in the Beautiful North Wales Snowdonian range to be honest.
I will never move anywhere, just improve on what I have. Never say never I suppose but can't see it.
Feb 2, 2012 3:02pm
awesome as always...
Feb 2, 2012 3:04pm
i really marvel at what you've been able to do with squidoo..i think im slow on the uptake or something..
Feb 2, 2012 3:23pm
Great earnings per article, Skeffling!
Feb 2, 2012 6:30pm
Thanks for the update, hope you meet your goals and earn even more!
Feb 2, 2012 7:09pm
@Ddraig Sure lotser room here.
@The WriteChick Thanks, the real turning point was when I got to be a SquidAngel Level 30 I think in early Nov and I "had to bless a lens a day" (I'm a rule follower so I did it without question) people came to my lenses and did liked or blessed and it snowballed. My rankings shot up and I started to do more Kw research and write about products too.
@CortCaldwell Thanks, I was pleasantly surprised when I calculated it today.
@Mosilager Thanks hope all is well with yours too!
Feb 3, 2012 2:37pm
Wow hunni that is awesome. Am I reading wrong or are you and DD both UK girls as well, or am I just s numpty. Cos if I am reading right, well hello from me in the South!
Feb 3, 2012 2:39pm
Nope just checked your profile! Smallholding in East Yorkshire... OMG talk about living the dream. Well if you fancy a holiday at sometime I'm in Fareham, near Portsmouth! Wow 3 UK writer chicks banding together is going to be seriously awesome! xxx
Feb 3, 2012 3:05pm
Thanks Nici. I from the UK but live in Canada. My parents dragged me here when I was 18, talk about a bad age! But I actually like it now, and it's the only way we could get 100 acre farm!

So I consider myself English first! haha. Poor Canadian Hubby has watched more Red Dwarf and learned more about England than he ever thought he would. And he just doesn't like toad in the hole like I do!

I might still come for a Holiday! lol! Were went to Corfe Castle a few years back love on the balmy South Coast. I am going down to Virginia in the USA to meet online chicken friends in March!

You are right this is going to be so awesome!
Feb 4, 2012 1:21am
Thanks for the update, wishing you to get your goals for year 2012.
Feb 4, 2012 7:38pm
Thanks very much Poster. I hope your 2012 is great too!
Feb 4, 2012 9:28pm
Congratulations on your success. I will have to give Skidoo a try. I had no idea it could be so lucrative!
Feb 5, 2012 4:22pm
Thanks for sharing your progress on this site. As a newbie to IB it gives me a pretty good idea of what I can expect from adding quality content.
Feb 9, 2012 4:17pm
Thanks for stopping in an commenting Deborah Diane and Miravu. Squidoo keeps amazing me, I actually sold 8 things in one day on the day before yesterday. Only one was an expensive item, but it all adds up!

Miravu, my articles are a mix of reviews and lower paying hobby type pieces so pretty representative really for most people starting out. Good luck in IB!
Mar 31, 2012 10:27am
Wow, Skeffling, you're doing great! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. It helps us to set reasonable goals. And good luck with that $1000 month. Keep us posted.
Mar 31, 2012 11:02am
Thanks Belinda. I have learned to do more of the things that pay me faster and more, and leave the lower paying things til later (if ever). If soemthing earns, write wore articles on the same topic, make a lateral jump to an other related area that logic says is another good bet. And keep writing.

I think doing better, faster, comes down to improving your odds on everything you do, and becoming more efficient at things too, so kw research is a huge part of that.

I had originally said on the forum I'd earn $1000 by the end of June, but I am seriously hoping to crack it earlier than that. Feb's earnings were $378 I think and I think I am going to break $600 this month. Thanks for the encouragement! I hope you feel things "click" and find your success!
Mar 17, 2013 2:31am
skeffling, Just today i came to know about your website your web 2 profiles all are going great and its inspired me a lot and am a regular poster of videos on youtube through my wife's channel, and am going to try your way of doing online i think you can help me a lot may i ask you some help in case i need it ? may i ? through which way should i contact you...
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