Okay kids, now it’s time for me to really cut loose and do what Spencer, Tung, and so many others do in their quests to make a living online…
- Make successful niche sites
- Blog about it
I’ve been building out three niche sites since April, but I think I’m just going to let one of those die. It’s getting almost no traffic (guess I underestimated my keyword competition). So that leaves the other two: one about knives and the other about anxiety issues.
So I need to continue my work on those, and I also will want to start making a monthly blog post on iWOC and do a breakdown of what I’m doing and how much I’m earning. What should I include? I guess I would need to have the following, at the least…
- Total wordcount published (mine, outsourced, total)
- Total posts published (mine, outsourced, total)
- Total income – all sources
- List of sites and views, income from each
- Freelance work (total posts, wordcount, income)
- HubPages posts, views, income etc.
- Youtube posts, views
I’ll need to be a lot more organized, that’s for sure. Maybe do a spreadsheet to track my post/word count. Maybe I can even graph my earnings or something? I dunno…something.
It’s time to make my move.
In the previous post, I wrote about what it would take to earn $1,000 per month on Textbroker. But honestly, spending 40-50 hours per week writing freelance articles? I’d have to write 150+ open orders to accomplish my $1k goal!
On the one hand, I just don’t think it’s realistic for me to think I can write that much at this point. I have the time, but…I’ve never done even ¼ of that amount in one month. I’ve set goals like 30 posts in one month or 50 posts or 100 posts…but I’ve never done more than 20-25 in a month. So could I really go from doing 25 to doing 150 per month? Doubt it. Especially if it’s TB articles. Those suck.
The second thing that makes me reconsider is this: what if I do pull it off? What if I manage to crank out 150 Textbroker articles in a month? That would be great, but I would much rather add 150 articles to my own websites! Me and a reader were talking about that a little in the comments, and I’ve talked about that in past articles too. It always killed me to sell off articles to Textbroker for a few dollars each, especially knowing that I might have earned more than that had I published them on my own sites or even on HubPages.
I hate trading long-term dollars for short-term nickels and dimes.
So maybe I should try! Imagine what would happen if I added 50 more articles to my knife site and 100 articles to the anxiety one? Would that make a difference in my traffic and earnings? I think it would bring both sites up to a good level of traffic and maybe get both earning an extra $20-$40 per month…maybe $50-$100. That would be TOTALLY worth it!
Shit, even if I put all 150 posts onto HubPages…that still might bring my traffic levels up enough to bring in $50-$100 a month in Ad Program earnings, plus maybe another $30-$50 or more in Amazon earnings. Again…totally worth it!
So I’m gonna focus hard on my sites and try to put up some big numbers for these last couple weeks of July. That will help me know what goals to set for August. I’ll be on vacation in Cali for a couple weeks during August, but hopefully I’ll still get some stuff written while I’m there. Then I’ll hit it even harder come September.
I’ll start gathering up my stats for July and put together a post on how my sites are doing. I’m not really excited about that, because I’m not making much money at all. It’s been 16 months since I started this whole thing, and I could’ve made more than this in a single paycheck at a real job.