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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Amazon Comes Through Again

Well, I am now 9 for 9 this year with Amazon orders and shipments.  Each and every month so far this year, I have had an order from Amazon and some positive earnings.  I thought the streak might come to an end this month.  I did have a couple orders, but I had a return from last month so I was actually at a negative earnings number.  But yesterday, someone ordered 4 books and a flashlight so my negative $1.33 will be positive.  Plus I will be at 6% commission.  Yay!

I can't wait to see what happens as we get closer to the holiday season.  Despite somewhat crappy traffic over at HubPages, I am still making the occasional sale with Amazon, getting a few dollars per month with the HubPages Ad Program, and making a little off AdSense as well.  It turns out those 200 articles are worth a little something.  And now, it is strictly passive.  I only wish that the traffic would grow more.  I would bet by the end of the year, my traffic at Cash Flow Mantra will exceed that of HubPages, and that the earnings might as well.

Speaking of earnings, I should be getting paid from Amazon shortly.  I haven't really figured out their payment schedule so I don't know if it will be toward the end of this month or early next.  I will also be getting a check from Google in the next week or so.  This will be my third for this year and eighth total.  I can't wait until I start getting monthly checks.  I figure that I need to see my traffic increase about 4 times before that happens.  It would be nice to think that I could get that accomplished in 2012.

I am not sure the best way to increase traffic.  I really don't plan on doing anything different than what I am currently doing.  I am considering a contest or something, but I don't know how sustainable that traffic would be so haven't taken the plunge to do that yet.  I will see where things end up by the end of 2011.  I understand that the summer is typically slow.  Now that fall and winter are approaching, I will see what happens.  Many of my records have been set in October so I am curious to see what next month brings.

Congratulate Me on 200 Posts!

I only realized it when I went to write this, but this is my 200th post for this blog.  It hardly seems possible to have written that much, but it has been a little over 2 years.  I am encouraged to think that I have been able to stick with it for so long.  Many of the blogs that I followed on Blogger haven't posted in a year or more which just goes to show that persistence plays a huge role in being able to be successful.  Not that I consider myself successful, but I am closer than if I had quit.

My next goal for this blog is to get to 100 followers.  You can see in the sidebar that I am at 84.  I don't know why I like round numbers so much, but I do.  Although if you are a regular reader and don't follow, I would prefer that to following and not reading.  I want to thank everyone who reads regularly and who has supported me through your encouraging words.  I don't think I could have kept at it at times without knowing that someone was out there reading.  Thanks so much and good luck with all your goals for the rest of the year.


  1. Congrats on 200 posts! Although I am not listed as a follower I definitely always read your posts. Those 2 years have gone quickly haven't they? Congrats on the Amazon success and I hope it increases with the holidays.

  2. Happy 200th post! It seems like it was just yesterday when you started this blog.


  3. @Ruth,
    I know that you are a consistent reader so I am not too worried that you aren't listed. Yes, time flies by.

    It does seem like yesterday. Means I am getting older more quickly. Thanks.

  4. Congrats! Although I never leave comments, I enjoy reading your blog. I also have a website and go through the same tribulations at times, so it's nice to see how motivated and positive you are. Good luck!

  5. Diana,
    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Yes, it can be difficult from time to time to keep motivated when the payoff seems so far down the road.

  6. Well done on getting to 200 posts - that is much more than me! And well done on sticking with it - I am sure that it will soon pay off (if it hasn't already!).

  7. Well, I am hoping that it will pay off and sooner rather than later. It has sure taken its sweet time. At least there is slow progress, I suppose.


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