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psidwell Income Report September 2012

By Edited Jun 3, 2015 5 7

My First Month on InfoBarrel

and this is how it went.

So I'm not real sure how I came across InfoBarrel, but I'm glad I did.  I've tried blogging before, but never found a niche I thought I could write about every day.  I'm still looking for a niche site or topic that I feel confident I could write at least 20 articles per month, which according to a recent HubPages report should boost monthly traffic by more than 12X a website with a blog that only posts a few pages per month.  My first blog was completely random, and is still available for the unwary hitchhiker that stumbles across it at about 3 in the morning.  Yikes.

Making Money Online(114868)

Like you, my main goal in writing online is to create passive income, in order to create a better lifestyle for my family.  We're currently working on becoming debt-free, and I talk about that a little bit over here.  My wife and I learned about Dave Ramsey and his methods for becoming debt free, and ever since we were first motivated by his story, we set ourselves to the challenge.  I'll write a more detailed approach soon, and link to that here once it's published.  

As close as we are to becoming debt-free, I could simply pick up a part-time job delivering pizzas or something, and move it along faster than the expected ten months we anticipate it will take us to complete our debt payoff.  Even more exciting is the ability to make passive income online and generate continual, long-term income like I first read about in Robert Allen's Multiple Streams of Income.

Let's get to the meat of things for September 2012:

  • Amazon Affiliates: 4 clicks, $0 earnings   :(
  • Chitika Affiliates:  0 clicks, $0 earnings   :(
  • Google AdSense:  1 click (yay!!!), $0.10 earnings  :)

Ten cents isn't much, especially when you factor in the seven articles (and at least ten hours) published during the month.  But with passion comes dedication, and it's not only about the money.  I'm finding myself thinking more clearly and more purposefully in my day-to-day living, so there are some greater things going on here than a couple nickels in my pocket.  Praise God for that!

One Awesome Thing That Happened In September:

My second article became a featured article!!!  Wa-hoo!!!  I'm pretty sure this is where my ten cents came from (above), btw.

Sometime during the month, I had discovered the Editorial Calendar, aka 'Get Featured.'  I found that I was even more control of my destiny than I had imagined.  I thought getting featured was an act of randomness, that the interweb rulers made those calls out of the thin, blue sky.  Well, they do, but at least I can help influence them.  I scoured the editorial calendar for topics on articles I had written thus far, and submitted mine for consideration, sometimes multiple times.  

At this point in the game, I need a strategy.  My first one wasn't so much a strategy as it was a goal: 

To write 100 articles by December 31, 2012.  That's about 1 article per day, which I can handle pretty easily.  My goals usually aren't simple anymore.  I've learned to set complex, challenging goals that require multiple steps and long term commitments, and this passive income online thing is no different.  From running marathons to baking cheesecake, I've learned this about myself.  It's that if I'm going to spend my time here on this earth, I want it to be meaningful.  And nothing meaningful comes easily.  So I seek bigger, hairier, more audacious goals than I sought yesterday, and by this method I relish the life I lead.

Passive Income Target

My first few articles came to me without much effort, I must admit.  After that, I had so many ideas I began using Evernote to keep track of them.  Every time I thought of something else I could write intelligently about, I would add it to my ongoing list of article ideas.  Then I realized I could just write for the editorial calendar.

So my strategy (to reach my goal- you must have both!) is to pick one article from the upcoming month's editorial calendar, and write about that.  I may have to do a lot of research to write intelligently, but getting featured can help me meet my goals pretty fast.

I've learned an incredible amount in my three weeks on InfoBarrel, and I hope to understand some of it well enough by this time next month to ensure I can put my thoughts on paper for you.  Probably the biggest thing I learned was accountability.  Accountability to myself, to my family, and to the readers of InfoBarrel.  I saw others posting their passive income reports, and I figured it was a good way to build in accountability.  

Thanks for reading, and I hope this earnings report helps us all earn more passive income writing for InfoBarrel.  Cheers!



Oct 11, 2012 11:05am
Your article about your first month on InfoBarrel is very good. Thumbs up!
I have to 'expand' one of your strategies/goals (I hope you don't mind that I 'correct' you). You write:that you will "pick one article from the upcoming month's editorial calendar, and write about that" ... Well, I suggest that you pick FIVE topics and write 5 articles, this strategy alone will increase your 'Adsense share' from 75% to 80% - and if each articles is 1,000+ words long, then the share will even increase to 85%. (from there, the next step to a full 90% is very easy)
Oct 11, 2012 11:12am
Thanks askformore! Your comments are appreciated (and so is the thumbs up!)
You are right about hitting the higher Adsense share portion, I'm only 2 points away from the 85% share, and I've submitted all my articles so far (as appropriate, of course) to the Editorial calendar, so I am hopefully going to hit 90% with my next article.
And about the 5 topics and articles, I'm with ya. That's my goal, to write an article each day based upon the editorial calendar for that date in the upcoming month. If each of these if 1000 words long, that's 500 points in the contest, too! Now to get crankin'...
Oct 11, 2012 2:53pm
Well done on your feature, that is awesome! And well done on writing an earnings report too, it will stand you in good stead! It keeps people focused that normally wouldn't be! ;-) This all takes time to do, and you have a great start!
Oct 11, 2012 3:10pm
Wow, the great Skeffling! Thanks for reading and commenting on my report. Your posts are greatly inspiring to me; I'd love to be able to work from home, live anywhere in the world I want, and know great people like you when I'm travelling the world. Thank you for your example, and for encouraging me personally!
Oct 11, 2012 9:39pm
Yeah, welcome to IB and god job on the feature. It helps a lot! You'll find that those drive serious traffic sometimes. And I think tracking what you do is key -- although some don't do it publicly. I'm always learning, especially from income reports. BTW, I'm also a big fan of the debt snowball, and this online stuff is a way to get a PAY INCREASE on my day job. Multiple income streams, debt reduction, and asset building mean one thing to me long term = FREEDOM. (Eventually replacing my job is in the works, but that will take more time!) Go get 'em! Best of luck.
Oct 23, 2012 12:31pm
Great report! Looking forward to seeing what October brought for you. Keep the strategic thinking flowing!
Oct 26, 2012 12:02pm
Good luck on your goal of 100 by the new year!
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