This post is inspired by e-mail I received from one of my readers. This reader is familiar with online writing in that he has earned money writing for sites that pay up front. Now he’s looking to increase his residual income stream (smart move).
The reader was interested in my opinion on content sites post panda and also wanted to know how many articles I’ve written for each content site. Additionally, he inquired about how many sites I have and how many articles are on each. I guess it’s his way of gauging the amount of work it takes to build a steady residual income stream. He also suggested that it would make an interesting post, so here it is:
My Article Numbers
To give an overview I have 270 articles on Suite 101 about 20 on HubPages, had over 300 on eHow and currently have hundreds of articles (probably about 1,200 or so) sprinkled across my various websites. At last count I’m down to 15 or 16 sites. Of those sites 4 or 5 bring in the most income (the best earning site still doesn’t have 40 posts on it yet).
As far as my opinion on content sites post panda, I think they still have something to offer to folks who are new to online writing and are looking to get their feet wet. Sites like Suite 101 provide some sort of editorial feedback. Because many newbies have never published online before, content sites are a good place to start.
Having said that, at this point in my online writing career I choose not to use content sites. They served their purpose for me early on and I’m thankful for that. However, for me to keep marching towards my goals, I’ve got to drop content sites from my arsenal (or at least severely reduce my time writing for them). Last month they made up 4% of my online revenue stream and dwindling.
A Little Advice
Now that we’ve got the numbers and my opinions out of the way, the most important aspect of my online writing journey isn’t so much about how many articles I’ve written or sites I own. It’s all about what I learned during and after writing each article and building each site. I learned much about online writing and even more about myself.
My last site, to which I bring the most experience, has earned more in 4 months than most of my blogs earned in 4 years. As I continue on this online journey I keep learning what works and what doesn’t. I also learn what I’m willing to do and what I’m not willing to do.
I think the most important lesson I learned is that a common sense search is more lucrative than a keyword search when starting a new site. My least lucrative blogs followed the keyword search formula while my most successful ones were based on common sense.
Oh, and one more thing. You’ve got to enjoy what you do. If you don’t enjoy it, stop now. There’s no way you’ll be able to write the amount of articles it takes for a steady residual income stream if you’re not having fun while doing it.