A lot of Suite 101 old timers are experiencing a bit of fluctuation in their Suite earnings and page views. The Suite powers are experimenting and making changes to the site. Of course when one thing changes it affects other things.
I’ve shared before, that my Suite 101 earnings have dropped. It went from just shy of $600 in January ($592.81) to a low of $428.78 in June. The numbers are very slowly climbing back up, but it looks like this month might hit a new all time low.
Name of the Internet Game
The fact that numbers fluctuate is nothing new and I’m not concerned about fluctuations. It’s when numbers begin to trend in a certain direction that I get concerned.
Despite adding over 40 new articles to my Suite 101 library, my page views and income continue to decline. In contrast to my decline in Suite revenue, I look at my eHow earnings. My eHow articles continue to earn more each and every month despite the fact that I haven’t written any new eHow articles since March, 2010 when they discontinued the Writers Compensation Program.
This tells me that the problem is a bit more isolated to Suite 101 and not the internet in general.
I then looked into things just a bit further and compared my Suite earnings to a few of my own blogs. One blog in particular stood out. Here are a few facts:
|Suite 101||My Blog|
|Number of Articles||243||49|
|Last Month’s Earnings||$443.77||$235.53|
Now that’s just a snapshot and not the full picture. Back in January when I earned nearly $600 with Suite I had 200 articles which meant that my per article per month rate was $2.96 per article. By the same token, June was a pretty good month for my blog in which I earned $315 and at that time had 38 posts which meant my monthly per article rate was $8.28.
So you see there are fluctuations in both Suite and my blog. However, when I look at the numbers, even when my blog numbers are down, I earn more per post than I do per article on Suite 101. Heck, even the few revenue share articles that I wrote for Demand Studios are averaging better than what I’m earning at Suite. Looking at my numbers got me to thinking.
Someone Moved My Suite Cheese
It appears that my Suite 101 cheese has been moved. I’ve got the option to Hem and Haw (sit around waiting for something to change) or Sniff and Scurry to find new cheese (If you haven’t read Who Moved My Cheese, you should). I’ve decided to find new cheese.
My first thought was to look for another content site to replace my dropping Suite 101 income. I did a little research and decided that I just didn’t want to go through building up another library of 200 plus articles on someone else’s site before I saw any real income coming in.
Instead of looking to share someone else’s cheese, I decided to make my own cheese. To that end, I’ve registered two more domain names that are very closely related to my 49-post blog. My goal is to expand my existing 49-post blog with more content and to build and interlink the two new blogs which, over time, should prove to be profitable.
What to Do with Suite 101?
I’ll continue to post the one article a week as mandated by my Suite 101 contract. I might even post two if I’m particularly passionate about something, but unless and until things at Suite 101 change, I’ve got to place my efforts where I can get the best return.
I’d be interested to hear how other writers are compensating for their drop in income whether the drop occurred at Suite or any other site.
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.