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

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It is all about the keywords

This is another combined report from the February and March 2012. I've included all my online earnings, so you can see things are starting to diversify, though one income stream galloping ahead of all the others. 

I am still learning as I go, but I am also seeing definite returns from doing the same thing repeatedly. I think the number one reason for my earnings jumping like they are, is my fascination with keywords and the fact I enjoy the process of searching for them. it is a slow process for me but I'm certainly be starting to be able to predict the success of the keyword a little more, based on what comes up in my results.

I used to sell antique linens on the Ebay, I would both buy and sell them both on eBay. The buying involved scouring through thousands of pages of listings, for one or two mislabeled gems that I could resell for a decent profit.  I have always enjoyed looking for a needle in a haystack and excitement when I actually found whatever it was I was looking for. For those of you with this strange natural drive, you really should find keyword research fun with the right tools.  I would say to the rest of you who do not have this crazy urge, entering into barters, deals and writing articles in return for keywords, is time and money and effort well spent.

As linking becomes less relevant and less valuable, I think finding longtail keywords that are not "used up" or saturated will give you a definite advantage.  When I read comments and posts on the forums, it seems the majority of revenue sharing writers have more of a gift or interest for writing than for researching keywords. 

To write a good LSI, SEO optimized article for Amazon sales (Oneclicklearning has some excellent help on that) is not that difficult compared to getting traffic to it, which is where your keywords will give you a definite advantage. This is obvious when you look at JCMayer777's way of doing things, and everything keywords are a huge part of his runaway success, as well as having that steady output. It is so much easier to keep producing a steady output, when you see definite results from nearly every new thing you create.  I strongly suggest you re-read JCs keyword articles and in the blog success followup too and really wrap your head around it and make it work for you.

Once you have enough articles out there (I broke 300 this week - some outsourced) you start to get feedback and you can evolve your keyword research and improve your odds of success with each new article.  I really hope this helps, as being able to do the mechanical side of things is easier to learn.  Having that spark that helps you see trends come and go, make sense of the keywords and which is a worthy direction to go into, is much harder to cultivate.  That's part of the 80% learning v's 20% writing that JCMayer has written about.

Here's Dec-Jan earnings for those who are interested.  Then onto this report.


February 2012

Corrected after May 10th Squidoo payday!

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

  • Adsense:$39.34
  • Chitika: $1.95
  • Amazon.com (all-my own affiliate): $41.55
  • Amazon.co.uk: 0
  • Squidoo:$291.27 (official as of 14th April Paypday)
  • Hubpages$19.95 (22 gardening and chicken articles wrote last year from March to July)
  • Zazzle $5.39 I haven't been promoting much

Grand Total $399.45

So about  250 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 $1.59 per article  But many are very new about 50 new articles in Feb!

My best article earned$ 89.17 for the Month, a record for me and it!


March 2012

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

  • Adsense: $48.81
  • Chitika: $1.16  (Got a surprise $11.80 payout the other day too!)
  • Amazon.com (all-my own affiliate IB/Wizz/Seekyt): $100.41  (27 items)
  • Amazon.co.uk: 9.22 pounds or say $13.83
  • Corrected Squidoo base on May 10 payday:$574.47
  • Hubpages$30.99 (22 gardening and chicken articles wrote last year from March to July)
  • Zazzle $19.25

Grand Total $788.92

So about 300 articles all over by month end on IB, Squidoo, Topicspotter, Hubpages, Seekyt and Wizzley.  Most of the new are in pseudonym accounts to sort things out as I have quite a few niches now.

Average earnings per article with adshare estimate, included corrected from $2.39 per article, to $2.63 per article after Squidoo Payday! Again, 50 are brand new articles in March.  I am thrilled, I had a couple of very lucky hits and had a couple of $50 days this past week too. 

 That same best article for Feb earned $132 in March! Another record!


I see some major rearranging (again) on google even this past Friday so who knows how it will continue.  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! 

My last 50 articles and a month maturity on the others have added $300 in Amazon sales on Squidoo, so if I can do the same again, barring no other major changes, I think I could crack it in the next month.  We'll see!  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.

I would like to thank CrystalNici for motivating us to join her in the 500 articles challenge. I think having this in the back of my mind has kept me going to the point where I'm now seeing results, which is just pushing me the more, as I'm actually seeing results for the writing I do.




Apr 1, 2012 3:59pm
Spectacular growth both monetary and academically. I am bookmarking this because of all the handy links that I know contain information I need to absorb.
Not only are you a great online asset, but a great friend. I could not be happier that it is you who I see turning the corner now. x
Apr 1, 2012 4:21pm
You've really got some major momentum going here! Great work, and thank you for sharing this. I look forward to being able to post one of these and not risk a bunch of IB giggles.
Apr 1, 2012 5:32pm
Impressive gains from February through March! More than double!!
Apr 1, 2012 5:54pm
Very impressive, skeffling! Keep up the great work!!
Apr 1, 2012 7:17pm
Wow, nice work!
Apr 1, 2012 8:40pm
Wow, after reading this, it looks like Squidoo is the way to go if you want to sell Amazon products.
Apr 1, 2012 9:00pm
@Ddraig, Thanks, what a nice thing to say! I hope to see your earnings skyrocketing soon too! It will come, it just takes a bit of time! Just ask if you need anything. I am so excited, this is real now, I have worked hard but it has come quickly too!

@Belinda 342 I have a feeling you are going to be writing some good income reports coming up! I am certain no one would ever giggle at you, just with you on IB, I think my first earnings report in September was single dollar level and everyone was kind!

@Jcmayer Thanks. I was pleasantly surprised when I totaled it up today. I'd love to double it next month but time will tell!

@Introspective and BikesBikesbikes Thanks so much.

@dainthedude It's certainly working so far, but I did earn some on IB, Seekyt and Wizzley too!
Apr 2, 2012 9:58am
That's some incredible growth there. Mine is going up by a few dollars a month. :-P Guess you really show that I need to get on it. :-P
Apr 2, 2012 12:07pm
That's fantastic growth MOM (month over month)!
Apr 2, 2012 11:20pm
Thanks for sharing!
Apr 3, 2012 9:11am
Wowee that's awesome. Sure is a lot of work up at the front end though, isn't it? Hopefully it will just keep growing as you go. I know a couple of people who are up to $1000 or more per month, but even so, it's labor intensive. Congrats on the good numbers!
Apr 3, 2012 10:12am
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Apr 3, 2012 10:15am
@aidenofthetower Thanks. Everyone moves at their own pace! I hope this encourages and motivates people to be as efficient as they can, and then hopefully the earnings come quicker.

@Mosilager Thanks. I am really happy about the increase. I doubt it can keep the same rate as there are only so many hours in a day, leveraging my time is starting to be even more important and some am trying some Macro programs, but the learning curve is steep and taking up a lot of time.

DW32 and Top10best Thanks. Glad you enjoyed.

RRRookwook. You are so right. I have been spending a lot of time on this. It is a definite financial hardship to spend months doing this rather that working my usual job (which I want and need to get out of, but it is hard to walk away from financially). I have cut down my work/travel days way back and my hubby is picking up the bills for now, but it is very tight. Thankfully, the hobby farm pays us a little bit too at this time of year with hatching eggs sales, but wrapping them to mail and ship, and caring for the birds is labour and time intensive as well. Every penny I have recieved so far has gone back into outsourcing and software. And I hope by late summer/fall I can start taking an income and no longer have to work away from home.

I don't have the time or patience to wait for Adsense articles to mature and will take every penny I get from Amazon too, with gratitude, if it means no more dentistry.
Apr 5, 2012 12:51am
Thanks for the update. I have a few hubs that I promote amazon products from which I have also got a few sales from. I know a lot of people who lost a lot of their pages on squidoo, do you think it is still safe to continue writing there?
Apr 5, 2012 7:18am
That's great, so you know Amazon works! I personally consider Squidoo safer than HP! Wizzley is another bet you can consider, but they are stricter on word count per sales item, which can be frustrating when you are just about to publish sometimes and it want another 56 words or something, but it is sustainable for the site and earnings are not too bad there so far, but nothing on Squidoo and I have similar types of articles. I have no idea what would warrant page deletion on Squidoo. I consider them pretty lenient really in the grand scheme of things.

With any of this online income, any of these sites, I figure I will enjoy it for as long as it lasts. So the more I can earn quickly, the more worth it, it is as I feel I have no guarantee that an income is safe. Having ones own site is a solution, but still not a guarantee when we are all at the mercy of google for now.
Apr 7, 2012 3:51am
Good work. Keep it up :-)
Apr 25, 2012 10:55pm
$2.39 per article in March is amazing! That is some excellent return on investment right there. Amazing report Skeffling.
Apr 26, 2012 9:31am
Thanks guys. My actual Squidoo earnings from Paypal seem to be higher than what I total up at month end, so that $2.39 may be higher for March. Feb went from 1.26 I had on here originally to 1.59 with extra pay I didn't know about. I hope the earnings per article are even higher this month. It's been a good month but don't think I hit the $1000 yet, I guess I'll know in a few days!
Jul 23, 2012 11:12pm
where can I look for infobarrel earnings? i am a new guy, only 2 weeks on infobarrel...
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