At the end of 2008 I took inventory of my online writing. I went to each site, looked to see which articles were popular and which ones were not. I also looked to see which ones brought in the most money (with Suite 101 I could only look at article popularity since they don’t share the per article earnings).
I decided to let eHow be my guinea pig. I went through my articles and sorted them by earnings. As I looked through the higher paying articles I decided to create a blog to see if I could capitalize on the eHow success.
So, I registered a domain name that incorporated the keywords and created a blog. It’s a simple blog on which I placed Google AdSense, Chitika Ads, AdBrite (which has not been very lucrative for me) and a few Amazon links.
A Year Later
At the end of 2009, I reviewed the blog. I didn’t post frequently. At 26 posts (with very few of them exceeding 300 words), I averaged a little over two posts a month. The traffic was not very impressive either. As I review my numbers on StatCounter the blog had about 14,000 views. That translates to less than 40 views a day (not impressive by any standards). I guess if I had enabled the comment option, I might have received more views, but I didn’t want to moderate comments there so I turned the option off.
I then looked to see how much I earned. My numbers are as follows:
When I subtract $15 for domain name registration, I profited $402.38.
It’s not a lot of money, but when you consider that I wrote infrequently, didn’t promote or ‘socialize’ the site, it’s not too bad. When you think of it, earning $402.38 on 26 posts is about $15 per post, the same amount of money Demand Studio pays.
eHow saved me the time of keyword searching and testing the market. Maybe you should take an inventory of your online writing to see how you can turn it into additional cash too.