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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

One Year Online--A Look Back

Well, it is hard to believe that exactly one year ago on May 26, 2009, I published my first online article on HubPages.  I don't exactly remember how it started or why I did it, but what started as a small, little experiment or hobby has developed into a "part-time" quest for developing passive income.

I ended up starting this blog to chronicle my journey and share with those other "part-timers" (or anyone else who might be interested) what I am learning along the way.  I have also shared my goals, frustrations, and the results of my various efforts.

One year ago, I had no idea what a keyword or a backlink was.  I didn't know the difference between "follow" and "no-follow".  Now I can use Google Adwords Keyword Tool to try and enhance my CPC.  I have a rough idea of how to drive traffic and improve my SERPs even though I may not be very good at it.

For those of you who have followed this blog, you know that it has been my goal to ultimately earn $100 daily online by the time my youngest reaches college.  My thoughts are that this will help pay for her college and then ultimately provide a supplemental source of retirement income.  That day was nine and is now eight years away.

I am really only about 1% of the way toward my goal, but I still have 8 years left.  So, let's look back and see what the actual results of the last year have been starting with content and traffic.

HubPages:  I have published 141 Hubs, have 256 followers, and have received 25,000 views during the past year.

eHow:  I published 43 articles of which 38 still exist.  These have been viewed just over 8,900 times.

Xomba:  I have 44 articles and 212 bookmarks.  The total number of reads is 10,795.

My Online Income Blog:  This is post number 117.  I really don't have easy access to the number of views, but there are 35 followers through blogger and 8 Facebook followers.

Real Assets Blog:  I have 14 posts with 3 total followers.

Infobarrel, Triond, Squidoo:  There are 6 articles on IB, 5 on Triond, and 5 lenses.

Life123:  I published over 20 articles on Life123 before the program for authors was discontinued.

All told, I have 390 pieces of original content published on the internet.  These were all completed in one year's time which averages out to just over 1 piece each day.  Personally, I find that pretty amazing considering all the days that I did not write.

For all that effort, however, the earnings will seem rather minuscule.  I have to remember that those articles will be out there with the potential to be earning each and every day.  I have done nothing on eHow since October of 2009, and yet those articles continue to earn month after month.  Not a lot, but something.

With those comments, lets look at the earnings.  As of this evening, my total earnings are as follows:

AdSense:  $325.72  --  I have received 2 checks already and will get the next one in late June.  This took 5 months for the first, 3 months for the second, and 4 for the next one.

eHow:  $157.74 -- There has been only one month that I didn't make payout, and that was when the UK site was started.  I should make it this month, but it could be close.

Life123:  $440 -- I really liked writing for Life123.  Too bad it couldn't continue.  They were honorable and paid the maximal amount of $20 for each article.

My expenses for the year consisted of $1 for advertising and $57 for the Michelle Adams Flipping Guide.  So my net profit for the year amounts to $923.46 - $58 = $865.46.  Divide that by 390 articles, and I got $2.22 per article this past year.  Of course, this is heavily influenced by the Life123 payment but I'll take it.

I hope to improve upon these results in the next year.  My next post will discuss my goals for the next 365 days and what I hope the impact of my activities will be.

So, how has the past year been for you?  Productive?  Profitable?  What will you be doing to improve your results?


  1. That is incredibly inspiring Kidgas. I am going to take a look at my year and review it as well. But I do know, my major earner has been Suite101. Have made over 1K with 150 articles or so.
    Thnxs for sharing your stats. All the best for this year!

  2. Wow that is a fantastic way of looking at what you've achieved. It's amazing to think how much you've written in a year. And I'm sure that work will continue to pay off for years to come!

  3. I really enjoyed seeing the tally on how many articles you have written in the last year (in all honesty, I have no idea how many I have written - hundreds, for sure). I'm sure you will see things continue to grow, and quickly. I just passed the one year mark as well, and counting only passive income streams (AdSense and affiliate programs) was able to earn around $2500 for the year (spending around $500 on tools and software) - most of that in the last six months, however. I'm looking forward to your next post!

  4. Congrats on a very productive first year. I hope you reach your goal of $100 a day sooner than you expect. I think it's amazing how well you've done with Google Adsense - those HubPages must really be paying well. I hope your success continues over the next year...and beyond. :)

  5. prerna,
    Thanks so much for your comments and support of this blog over the past year. I have heard good things about Suite101. Congrats! I wish you the best in the coming months as well.

    I sincerely appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to read my blog. I certainly hope that the work today will continue to pay off well into the future. I enjoy your blog. The design is stellar. You are an inspiration to me. And thanks so much for the link.

    I am clearly impressed with your earnings figure and totally amazed at the amount that you get done. Thanks for stopping by. I hope not to disappoint with the next post.

    Thank you so much. I hope that the $100 figure occurs more quickly also. I consider you one of the wonderful people that I have been able to meet through blogging. It is an honor to have met you. I just wanted you to know that I value your comments and input.

  6. Thank you for sharing this, as well as braking your earnings down. I am new to this and trying to learn; there is so much that I feel I need to absorb! I was beginning to feel frustrated, but reading your blog has given me the boost of encouragement that I needed!

  7. krissy,
    Thanks so much for your comment. It is helpful to me to know that what I write is useful. I wish you the best. Stick with it. Your emotions will be high and low. Just keep plugging along if this is what you really want.

  8. I just found this blog and have read through a bunch of posts. Very encouraging stuff, as I've recently started an online money making venture of my own. In fact, that is how I found this blog.

    I started one of my own to write about my journey to meeting my goal of making $500 per month, and upon searching for similar blogs I happened to find this one. It's very encouraging to my own ventures, and I think some of the things you've posted may be very useful to me. Keep up the good work!

  9. Thanks so much. Good luck on your journey to make $500 per month.


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