I’ve been a little guilty from time to time about keeping raw data. I’d like to say that this little quirk in my personality started when I began freelance writing, but I’d be lying. It actually started many years ago when I realized that I working from home was not just a dream; it could be a reality.
Back then I used to calculate every which way from Sunday how to earn enough money per hour to allow me to give up my day job. I used to use pen and paper. This was before Excel. Heck, it was even before Lotus 123 (for you old timers out there). Woops, I digress…
Back to eHow
Getting back to the point, I started keeping track of stats when I first started writing for eHow. More than looking at my daily page views, I keep track of the daily increase of the views, daily income and the number of articles I write. Having the info in a spreadsheet allows me to clearly see a trend.
Click to view the pdf of the stats
Bottom line, the numbers are slowly and steadily trending in a positive direction. According to one of the veteran eHow writers, David Sarokin once you hit over 100 articles, your articles begin to average anywhere from .50 to $2.00 per article. The only thing I would add to his theory is that 100 articles plus a little time for your articles to season should yield an average of 50 cents or more per article.
No Set Formula
I’m not trying to make a formula out of something that has so many variables, but seeing in black and white how my articles trend might give you an idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that there are a lot of variables when it comes to earnings and page views such as article topic, keywords, etc.
These numbers include the bad days of barely earning anything and the good days when I had to double check to make sure it was really my account. It all averages out in the long run. Keeping this spreadsheet calms me down when I have a bad earning day, because I’m reminded that it’s all good. Everything is headed in the right direction.
All I can say about writing for eHow is to stick with it. Keep writing and keep earning.