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The Trick to Substantial Residual Income

It kind of hit me like a ton of bricks but I think I found the answer to writing my way into a nice residual income. This is not a new idea nor even a trick for that matter, but I thought I’d write about it anyway.

Drum roll please:

The trick to substantial income is…Quantity, quality and time.

Here’s what I mean.


Register with many of the web content producing sites that offer to pay writers residual income. Register with as many as you possibly can. Research a few of them and find out the one you want to start with. For instance, there is eHow, Suite 101, Associated Content, Helium, How Things Work, Bukisa and others (I’m still in the investigative process on some of them).

The quantity is not only the number of sites you register with, but it is also is the number of articles you place on each site. Here’s my theory, residual money comes from a wide foundation of articles so once you register begin writing until you can’t write anymore.

Write no less than 100 articles for each site for starters. Yes you read that right, 100 articles. At 100 articles you’re just beginning to get your feet wet when it comes to making steady money.

Since this will take a bit of time to write so many articles, you’ll start to see some money trickling in before you complete the first step of the process.


While quality, in my book is very important, from what I’ve seen on the Internet is not a necessity. Some people are making a lot of money writing a lot of articles that are not very high quality. While I’d prefer to go the quality route, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be absolutely necessary.

What some of these folks lack in writing talent, they make up for in search engine optimization and understanding the rules of the game. Additionally, writing for sites with high search engine ranking helps too.


Web content writers know and most freelance writers know that the longer your article is on the Internet the more traffic it generates. It takes a while for all of the search engines to index your articles. Yes everyone knows that Google is the kingpin but I’ve found that although they are first and maybe quickest my steadiest income comes from the other smaller search engines.

If you read my post Google gives and Google takes away, you’ll understand what I mean. Whenever Google decides to kick my site to the curb, I generate steady income and traffic from the other searched engines that have indexed me. So give it time for the little guys to catch up.

Wash, Rinse and Repeat

Continue the above steps over and over again. I don’t recommend writing all 100 articles for one site and going to the next. You probably want to write a few for each to get a feel for their income structure and how they pay. Personally, I have over 100 articles on Suite 101, which took me over a year (I didn’t take them seriously at first), and as of this writing I have 50 on eHow that I wrote in a period of just shy of two weeks.

I continue to write for my own sites, blogs and other writing ventures, but I’ve found that it makes sense to take advantage of the available opportunities for residual income in this unsure economy.

If you need a little motivation, here’s an article by an eHow writer, David Sarokin, who is currently doing very well. Although the author is currently earning substantially more than $10 a day at eHow, he offers his advice on how to get to the $10 mark. He also writes other articles on how to get to the $20 mark and how to earn $1,000 per month.

If you do the research, put in the time, you’ll definitely earn the money.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Jen Brister October 9, 2008, 2:53 pm

    Thanks, Felicia. I needed to read this today. I’m working on building up articles at Suite 101. I have noticed that my residual income from there and from eHow are my biggest earners. I also write for Helium and A/C, but the earnings are no where near the otehrs.

    Jen Bristers last blog post..Make Money Online Writing for Blue Mountain Arts

  • Maria October 17, 2008, 9:39 pm

    Very good post, and motivating too! Can you tell us more about your experiences at Suite101? I’ve been registered there for some time but was unsure how earnings would compare to eHow. Any insight?

    Marias last blog post..HowHub.com: the jury is still out.

  • Felicia October 17, 2008, 10:29 pm

    Hi Maria,

    I share my earnings with Suite 101 here.

    After reading your book, I believe I can earn quite a bit more.

    My check for the month of September was about $165. I read one discussion on their forums today about a writer that is earning just shy of $1,000. She didn’t waste time like I did. She started out optimizing her articles with the right keywords from the start. She has about 150 articles on the site.

    Judging from your experience, I believe eHow pays better, but I think if you work Suite 101 right it can be a lucrative opportunity.

  • Maria October 28, 2008, 8:23 pm

    Thanks so much for the update, Felicia! 🙂 I like to diversify my residual income … so I may take a shot at some Suite 101 articles as well. But the eHow income is so great, it’s tempting just to focus on that until I’m where I want to be.

    Marias last blog post..eHow User Forum 2008

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