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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Online Income Goals for 2011

This is the time of year that many put together New Year's Resolutions, and I am no different.  I certainly have plans for 2011 but want to keep them reasonable.  I have a tendency to over commit and then find myself unable to accomplish what I had originally envisioned.  So this year, I plan on keeping it somewhat simple.  That means simply focusing on the task at hand and allowing the chips to fall where they may.  I do have the expectation that I will be able to get it done, however.

I hope to continue to develop my passive income over the next year and triple my AdSense income.  Of course I have no direct control over the amount of income that I make with AdSense but I do have control over my publishing and linking efforts.  My general sense is that I will need to triple my traffic to triple my income since CTR and CPC have been within a range over the last several months.  As a result, here are my main goals for 2011:

  1. I plan on publishing 3 Hubs at HubPages per week.  I figure that if I can write one during the week in bits and pieces and one each on Saturday and Sunday, by the end of the year I will have an additional 156 Hubs to add to my 173.  That is almost double the number of articles.
  2. I plan on submitting 3 backlinks per day each and every day during 2011.  This will provide me with over 1,000 backlinks to my Hubs.  I would think that this should at least increase my traffic by about 50% or so.  
When taken together, these two activities would be expected to triple my traffic.  I have been practicing over the past several days submitting 3 daily links.  I have been using Xomba and SheToldMe.  Once I finish down the list of Hubs with these 2 sites, then I will move on to Snipsly since it also offers AdSense revenue sharing.  I am hoping that using revenue sharing sites will help with the ultimate goal of tripling my AdSense income.

As a result of the above 2 efforts, I would like to see the following happen.  I don't have direct control over these results but would hope for:

  1. Tripling of my AdSense income--I simply need to triple each and every month of the year and will be able to track my progress by taking the lowest AdSense total for 2010 and multiplying by 3.  My three worst months for 2010 were April, May, and June with $22.86, $24.54, and $28.10 respectively.  Therefore for the month of January 2011 I simply need to earn $68.58 to remain on target.
  2. I would like to increase my followers on HubPages to 750 by the end of the year.  I am at 520 currently.  I would also like to see the number of followers on this blog increase to 80.  This will be more difficult since I seem to be adding followers more slowly here.
  3. I would also like to see the amount of traffic at this blog increase by a factor of 2 and hopefully see the Alexa rank decrease below 500,000.  I am starting to see an increase in the amount of search engine traffic appearing at this blog.  It is up over 15% now so that is encouraging to think that I might be getting some increased visibility.
  4. As a result of increased traffic at HubPages, I would like to see my Amazon results improve as well.  It took 18 months to get to my first $10 payout.  I am now at about $7 on my way to the next.  I think it would be wonderful to get 3 payouts in 2011.  I will just have to see what happens since I won't be writing very many product Hubs.  But who knows?
These are my main goals for 2011.  I plan on hitting HubPages and linking in a consistent fashion in 2011 and letting the results speak for themselves.  In doing so, I would expect by the end of the year to be getting monthly checks from Google AdSense.

There has been a lot of talk and suggestions from others that I get my own site.  I would like to address that in the next post so be sure to read that one if you are a regular.  Also, be sure to comment and briefly list some of your own goals for 2011.  I will be looking out for the posts as well.  I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year and a productive 2011.


  1. Kidgas, I believe your steady effort will yield great results by the end of the year.

    As far as increasing your followers, I read your blog and have tried to subscribe by email by inserting my email address in the Feedburner box on the right, but it seems that the subscription isn’t for your blog. It’s for a blog entitled “BOX of feelings for you”?? I’m not too sure who rockhunk is, but I don’t get the impression that it’s your RSS feed.

    Am I doing something wrong?

  2. Felicia,
    Thanks for reading despite the difficulty with subscribing. I am not sure how the box on the right works. I simply added a widget from the blogger site. Since it is not working, I have removed it.

    You are clearly not doing anything wrong. I probably left out some sort of step since I am still relatively clueless in certain areas.

  3. I've never made a lot of money from Adsense revenue. I like finding great eBooks and other programs to promote on my site. I like reading about people actually making money with Adsense and that you have definitely done here.

  4. Hey Kidgas,

    Thanks for the comment on my blog post earlier! Glad to see you're still hammering away at it and taking steps towards building even more in the new year. I think you've really nailed it on the head by not only clearly outlining your plans for next year (and making them ambitious), but you also have a very specific and clear cut plan of how to get there. That's what trips up most people. It's much easier not to get overwhelmed when you have simple daily or weekly goals to hit. Great post! My goal is to move to full time passive income by the end of 2011, as well as move the company my brother and I are partners in to full time passive income by the end of 2011. It'll be a ton of work, but having the monthly and weekly goals makes a big difference.

  5. Those seem to be very reasonable goals and easily achievable. The content is hard to stay consistent on. But the backlinking seems way easy. Maybe if you can pull that off consistently you can increase the number per day.

  6. @Jared Holland,
    Thanks for your comment. I think it is good that you have found your own approach for making money. Right now, I am trying to develop what is working for me.

    @Master Dayton,
    Breaking up the journey into smaller steps sure makes it seem easier. I wish you the best in 2011 moving to passive income.

    It is true that the content will be the more difficult aspect of my plan. I do have dry spells where I can't think of anything about which to write.

  7. Hi Kidgas,

    It is good to see your determination. One thing I would advice on is to take a detail looked on your stats, especially on the keywords that are generating clicks and traffic. You can then do some keyword research on the topics that are already making you money.

    That is what I am done for my sites and these have shown good results.

    This is assuming you have linked your analytics and adsense accounts.

    Anyway, have a good 2011. I am sure you will do well.

  8. aaronchua,
    Thanks for the advice. I have tried to link them but it doesn't seem to be successful. I don't know what I am doing wrong. But I am able to get a good idea using the tools at HubPages and income results from other sites as to what keywords are most profitable. I will try to increase my focus on some of the more heavily trafficked content.

  9. Hi kidgas target min. 50 payouts for amazon in 2011. Start writing for amazon products only. I hope it will work in long run.

  10. 50 payouts seems like a lot although I suppose it could happen were I to devote many hours each day toward the effort. Furthermore, I am not really a salesperson, but I may give a few Amazon Hubs a try.

  11. Good luck with your goals! I'm sure that with that many Hubs your income will only go up! Also interested to see what you say in your next post about creating your own sites.

  12. I appreciate the well wishes, Ruth. I am sure that my income will increase with the increased effort I plan for 2011. I will be writing that post soon.


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