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Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Next 365 Days

In my last post, I took a look back at my first year of making money online and found that I had written more than one piece of content per day on average and earned $2.22 on average for each of those pieces.  The results were actually better than I expected but were influenced by the payment from Life123.  I think it will be challenging to overcome that payment, but I would like to at least make as much this year per article.  That way, when I end up adding more articles, I will end up making more total.  At least the Life123 payment represented just under half of my total income for the year.

So, if I look ahead at the next 365 days, what is it exactly that I hope to accomplish, and how do I propose to accomplish these goals?  First, I want to say that while it is useful to make income and traffic goals, I really don't have any direct control over those results.  I first need to make sure that I figure out how I intend to accomplish those end goals and get those tasks finished.  So, let's look ahead at the next 365 days:

HubPages:  My goal with HubPages is to continue generating traffic at the current rate and then double it.  That means going from 25,000 views to 75,000 views over the next year.  It won't be easy to pick up an additional 25,000 views over my current pace, but I think it can be done.

Getting 50,000 views in the next year would require 136 views per day which is about one per article.  There are occasional days that I am getting that much traffic so my goal may actually be low.  I plan on writing more articles and having between 200 and 250 Hubs by a year from now.  I also plan to revamp some of my more poorly performing articles (My next post will be a useful example).  Doing a better job of linking should also help drive more traffic to my existing Hubs.

eHow:  I will not be writing any more articles so will have to live with the 38 that I have.  I can drive traffic through better linking and plan on doing this during my various linking campaigns.  I would like to more than double my views from 8,900 to 25,000 using this strategy.

Xomba:  I plan on adding more articles to get my article total to 100 over the next year.  I will also be adding links at the site to my other work.  Combining these efforts, I would hope to get my total reads around 18,000.  This might be difficult as that would mean getting about 20 reads per day.  That may not seem like a lot but the total reads from last year include reads by bots.  Now it is only counting human reads, and I know what my current daily reads are.

My Online Income Blog:  I plan on adding content steadily throughout the next year--on average 2 posts per week.  I don't make a ton of money here but enjoy the interaction with other bloggers.  I would like to add some followers and have about 60 total by the end of the next year.  I would also like to watch my Alexa rank climb into the top 400,000 or so.  I think that is possible if I can double traffic over the next year.

Miscellaneous sites:  I will continue to post periodically to my other blog, but am not sure what I will do with Triond, InfoBarrel, or Squidoo.  I also don't know if I will pursue other sites.

Niche site:  I do want to create a niche site this next year.  This will take me out of my comfort zone, but I think it is important in order to move to the next level.  I want to at least get one done by the end of 2010 so that by next May can begin to see some results.  I will probably begin to work on this in the next few months after getting done with the current Hub Challenge.

Well, it seems like I have a lot of work in store for me.  I didn't realize how much I could get done this past year while working full-time and running 6 kids all over the country for their activities.  Here's to the next 365 days. 

What are your plans?  What do you hope to accomplish?  How will you follow your progress?


  1. Kidgas,
    Nice work you are doing here and am encouraged when I see people like you sharing their online journeys.
    Just curious why you run a blogger site...many people have lost years of hard work when google suddenly closed trheir blogger accounts because they were classed are "spam"
    Dennis's last blog ..Internet Marketing – Week 15; Week 15

  2. Hey, thanks. To answer your question, I really didn't think about blogger all that much when I started. I have yet to put my own site together and have been thinking about it. I may do that someday. When I do, I will let all of my followers know for sure.

  3. Looks like you have enough to keep you busy! I would encourage you to try building your own niche site sooner rather than later - I had no experience at all with building websites when I got into this, but I found learning wordpress to be pretty painless. Although there are advantages to using free platforms like hubpages (such as their ability to often rank higher easier with less effort, and their cost - free!), there is always the risk that the platform may shut you down (or they may shut down) and their is usually some leakage as well when it comes to earning revenue from these places. Still, you have a good plan, and I wish you luck in the year ahead!

  4. Michelle,
    I think you are correct that I should work on a niche site sooner rather than later. I will probably follow your advice and try to get on it in the next few months.

  5. I like how you're diversifying your online writing between several sites. Have you thought about concentrating on one specific niche and writing a series of articles across the web, as well as a niche-specific website, on just that topic?

    My goal is to earn $1,000 a month from my pets website by the end of August. Right now it's earning $300/month, but I have a plan to increase that through article marketing and affiliate sales.

  6. I can't say that I have really thought about it, but I do like the topic of options trading, have written several articles and would consider adding a niche site related to trading options.

    So while I have no specific plans, I would say that the trend is in that direction.


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