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Strategies for Diversifying Your Online Income

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 4 12

How Can I Earn Money Online at Different Websites Without Going Crazy?

For those who are first starting to dip their toes into the world of earning money online, it can be incredibly overwhelming.  First, finding a place to start can be a challenge, as there are so many mixed reviews about each site. Those who earn money love a site, while those who do not earn anything think it is a waste of time or some kind of scam.  Which one is true? 

Then once you have starting writing on one particular site, when do you decide to move on and place your articles on another?  Or should you start your own blog or website?  

Is there a way to juggle all of your online real estate and still maintain your sanity? 

As a mompreneur who not only juggles two real-life part-time jobs, volunteer work, a family and a plethora of other activities, it can be a challenge to keep up with everything.

But I do (most of the time).  

How do I do it?  Read on!

Working From Home Moms

Strategy #1 Create a Schedule

If you were a Little House on the Prairie fan, you might remember that Ma Ingalls had a housework schedule. Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, etc. kept the household running efficiently and helped the family survive.

As an organized person, I love schedules.  My classrooms have always been run on a tight one, as there are only so many hours in a day and the school districts always loaded more curriculum into them.

If you plan on juggling multiple online real estate, then making a schedule that works for you will help you keep everything in top condition.  Because I substitute teach and have been called in as late as thirty minutes before school starts, all of my plans can go out the window in a moment’s notice.  So a daily “to do” schedule does not work for me, but the following does:

Busy, busy, busy!

I typically write articles in the morning between 9-12, as that is when my house is quiet-the kids are in school and my husband is at work.  He comes home for lunch, breaking my concentration.  On the rare occasion when has a business lunch and doesn’t come home, I can work until 1:30 before I am too tired to write another word.

After lunch, I research ideas for articles or update older ones, as that is not as taxing on my brain as writing a new article is.  Writing at night is rare, as there is simply too much going on and my family deserves my time.

Strategy #2 Focus on One Site at a Time

I have always believed that when you begin your online writing career, you need to develop a portfolio of 100 articles to start earning real money.  It has been a benchmark for me on every site at which I write.  In fact, the sites where I have fewer than 100 articles provide me with a significantly smaller income compared to the others. 

So once you have 100 articles or more on different sites, which one do you work on first? 

This question has no correct answer, as everyone has a different portfolio of articles.  For me, this past February was my Zujava month, as I participated in the 28 leaves in 28 days challenge. To give myself a break, I updated seasonal articles on other sites as needed, but my main focus was there.

You do not have to focus on one website or blog for an entire month.  Maybe you can devote a week to Zujava, a week to InfoBarrel, and another week to Squidoo.  That way you touch base everywhere and still keep all of your balls in the air.

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Strategy #3 One Niche at a Time

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One of the things I like about writing on different content platforms, as well as my own blogs, is that I can take a niche and write about it from many different angles.  For example, I found an awesome Girl Scout product on Amazon, but it was not article worthy. I did write a short blog post about it and made some sales.   

I then included it on two other articles on two different sites to help promote even more sales.

When I find a good niche, I do not write about it on only one site.  I spread the love, using what I know about the strengths of each site to write the best article I can.  By staying in a niche, you can be more productive, as your mind is staying in one place.  You are not taxing your brain by having too many different ideas all jumbled up in your head.

Strategy #4 Just Do Something!

Life happens.  Sometimes you do not achieve the goals you set out to do for the day, week or month.  Does that mean it is time to give up the ship?

Heck no!

I was probably my least productive between mid-December until late January.  My older daughter was home from college, it was the holiday season, the stomach flu had a party in my home, we had endless snow days and delayed openings…I had no time to just sit and write in the quiet that I require to do my work.

While I did mange to sneak in some time to write a few short articles, most of my time was spent updating and researching.  Time wasted is not something you will ever get back.  Use your time wisely so when you do have large chunks to accomplish big tasks, you are ready for it!

Don’t make excuses why you cannot do it, find reasons to motivate you to write!

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Comments

Jun 2, 2014 10:35am
ologsinquito
You continue to be an inspiration, because you are able to maintain your focus, even though you have a lot of other things to do. We do need a schedule. It's hard to juggle multiple sites. For me, though, I can't solely focus on just one site at a time because I get bored too easily and some of my articles are better suited for different sites. Lately, I've been very busy moving a body of work from one platform to several others.
Jun 2, 2014 6:37pm
mommymommymommy
Thank you ologsinquito. These past few weeks have been a challenge to write, as there is so much end of year stuff going on at my twins' school, family has been in to visit from out of state, and everyone at the preschool is taking the rest of their paid days off, so I am working steadily.

I have been busy like you moving my work from a site, so it has been challenging to produce new content.
Jun 2, 2014 10:10pm
RoseWrites
Wow, you are so disciplined. I research my topic one day and write it the next. I just can't seem to finish a high quality article in one day - too many distractions and I need "think time." I hope I can speed the process up some more.

I'm a night owl and I do my best work late at night (after my daughter is asleep).

Thanks for posting this in the forum. Thumbs and pinning.
Jun 6, 2014 10:44am
mommymommymommy
My discipline stems from the fact that if I cannot make a go of this, then I have to work outside the home which is not really possible given other circumstances in my life. Thank you for pinning!
Jun 3, 2014 10:53pm
spotila
I certainly find maintaining focus the biggest challenge, thanks for this.
Jun 6, 2014 10:44am
mommymommymommy
Focus is hard on a nice day like today, so I am typing in my sunroom while the neighbors are mowing the lawn. I keep my eye on the prize...making money for my family.
Jun 5, 2014 9:36pm
LavenderRose
Thank you so much for this. Between my health problems and hubby being laid off of work, my life has just been out of whack the past few months. Things are just now getting back to normal, but I have been confused as to where to start. That sounds so funny to say that. I'm not a newbie, and yet, that's how I feel right now. Overwhelmed. I like your idea of writing straight through the morning and then doing the gentler things later on in the afternoon. That would work well with the vertigo, since it gets worse when I'm tired. I recently started a new blog because my stable was lopsided. I didn't have a place to put certain blog posts. But I have felt a bit paralyzed about it all. I definitely need to put myself back on a schedule. I've been thinking too linear I think. Write a blog post, publish it, write another post, etc. I don't seem to get much done that way. I'm going to give your method a try and see how it goes for me.
Jun 6, 2014 10:47am
mommymommymommy
I am sorry for the trials you have been facing recently. I feel overwhelmed at times, too, which is why I chunk my tasks down and try to focus on one topic or site at a time.

I have a blog that I wrote in December with twice weekly posts all the way until the end of April. It was on auto-pilot and I pinned them twice a week for promotion. I have written a few posts for May and June, but will set aside one week this summer to batch write blog posts for five or six months. It is on a familiar topic, so I can do it. Maybe this method will help.
Jun 6, 2014 3:37pm
LavenderRose
I really like this idea, as today is another blown day. Hubby came through the door this morning at 10 a.m., announcing he was done working for the day. I guess the floor he was planning on doing was still wet, so he couldn't do it, and his boss sent him home instead of having him change locations. Having posts ahead that I could post regularly without having to write them just before would really be helpful. Winters are bad for me vertigo wise, so this makes a lot of sense - write as many as I can over the summer. My blogs are on very familiar topics: low carb diets, gluten-free diets, dieting in general, writing, and eating well on a budget; so this really sounds like it would be helpful. It would give me in between posts, meaning things to post when I don't have a recipe or cooking experience to post. I like that idea.
Jun 7, 2014 10:52am
mommymommymommy
I had very post scheduled for Monday and Thursday so I could remember to pin them after publication. Batch working really makes sense because you are focused on one niche. I hope it works for you!
Jun 26, 2014 4:01am
Gopala
I like you very down to earth and practical tips. Keep it up. I have started writing on Infobarrel and hope to take your tips on board. Thank you.
Jun 27, 2014 7:13am
mommymommymommy
I never use fancy paid for programs to do what I do-I just write! Keep writing and good luck!
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