The first quarter of 2011 saw some interesting changes for the prospect of earning passive income online. The Google update caused my HubPages traffic to drop. According to Google Analytics, I am looking at a 25-30% drop in overall traffic. I think that this will have some impact on AdSense earnings going forward. I am hoping that some of the other sites will make up the difference.
HubPages also added an Ad Program that did make up the difference during the month of March. It is based upon impressions and traffic so if you want to read a few of my articles, feel free to check them out through the widget in the sidebar. I will be including the revenue from this program in the results below.
I did benefit from the Google change through my eHow articles. In fact, March was my highest month ever at eHow. I am curious to see if this trend will continue and I will see improved earnings or if this is a new plateau. Either way, I will take it.
So here are my online earnings for the first 3 months of 2011:
January 2011 (Compare to Jan 2010 of $58.40)
- AdSense $54.06
- eHow $20.83
- Total $75.50
- AdSense $42.92
- eHow $21.33
- Total $65.59
- AdSense $44.26
- eHow $26.01
- HP Ad Program $13.25
- Total $84.03
In the fourth quarter of 2010, I made $231.93. This quarter I made $225.12 so I have seen a quarter to quarter decrease in income (although counting the roughly $18 I made on Amazon in Feb and March would have helped). I will, however, remain optimistic that compared to one year ago I improved my earnings by $63.26 or almost 40%. Last year, the summer was a slow time for me so I plan on busting my butt over the next 3 months. I will post those goals and plans next time. I hope everyone will make it through all the interesting changes and continue to build larger and more varied income streams.