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Time to Make a Few More Changes

Today.com has instituted a uniform blog template across all of their blogs. I guess it makes sense. If I’m going to continue writing for Today.com, I’ll have to adapt to the new look.

The question is…do I want to continue writing for them.

I’ve recently decided that I want to double my online income in a period of 6 months. Last year it took me close to 11 months to double my prior year’s income. I’d like to be more efficient and do it in less time this year.

Is the goal realistic?

Yes, if I plan properly and follow the plan it’s a very real possibility. If I sit around wishing without planning, I’d never get it done, so I have to be hands on about it.

How to do it?

This is the tough part. Because I want to double the income, I have to look at what I’m doing and work smarter, not harder. Take Today.com, for instance. I get $1 per post and a few pennies in residual income. Because it’s a blog, in order to make it work, I’ve got to make several posts a week.

That in and of itself isn’t tough, but I made the big mistake when I signed up at Today to pick a topic that is extremely closely related to this blog. My Today blog is entitled “Online Writing Income.” Not wanting to repeat the information on this blog, I find it a bit of challenge to maintain two blogs on the same topic. One blog I love, the other an obligation (a low paying obligation at that).

Time to Prune Dead Wood

Part of coming up with a strategy to double my income in a shorter period of time is finding what works and working it better, and finding what doesn’t work and getting rid of it. The determination of what does and doesn’t work isn’t always about the money. It’s about the flow, the ease of writing and the enjoyment (along with the money).

Making money at what I enjoy is easy. It’s emotionally and physically draining making money doing something that is not enjoyable. It takes twice as long, I tend to procrastinate and not always do as good a job as I would if I enjoyed it.

Improving What Works

Instead of wasting my time coming up with blog posts for Today.com, I should work on my keyword and SEO skills to get a higher rate of return on my work. Sometimes it’s not how much you write, but how well you write it to get the biggest bang for the buck.

Initially I came up with a plan that had me writing 48 new articles/blog posts a week. It was doable but exhausting. By the end of the third week I couldn’t write anymore. I quickly realized that wasn’t going to work (I was working harder, not smarter).

Now I’m back at the drawing board. I’m going to write less, but write each one better.

Bottom line, I hung around Today.com long enough to earn my initial payout, but I don’t think I’ll be around much longer. This is not to say that Today.com won’t work for someone else, but it just doesn’t fit into the flow of my money making plans.

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  • Julie M February 6, 2009, 8:39 pm

    Good article and something I have been thinking about lately as well. Once writing becomes “work” it loses its draw. I am always looking at this and analyzing this. Writing should bring joy. Good luck in your decision!

    Julie Ms last blog post.."Chicago has, hands down, a better hot dog than New York City" – Anthony Bourdain

  • Kristi February 9, 2009, 1:52 pm

    Hey Felicia –
    I have been toying around with the idea of leaving Today.com along too but right now I’m running an experiment to see if I can make more money on my own blog on the same topic and so far, my own blog seems to be picking up steam. LOL! I may just give it up too. One thing that helped me out tremendously was creating a business plan – nothing too fancy but writing down my goals has really helped me focus and get down to business. : )

    Kristi

  • Shannon February 10, 2009, 11:27 am

    Well, this is rather ironic! It was you who actually convinced me to stick it out on Today, when I was feeling frustrated. Now you’re the one who is thinking of leaving it behind.

    Do what you need to do, Felicia. You have a very good head on your shoulders. It’s easy for me to play around with online income because I’m still keeping my day job (for now!) I was unhappy with Today when thinking it was a residuals-only proposition — now I’m satisfied with the $1 per post. But if earning money online were my sole purpose, I would definitely drop Today.

  • Julie M February 11, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I have not given up on Today, because I do use it a a blog and sounding board to talk about teaching, so it is helpful for me as well (and hopefully teachers). But, I get where Felicia is coming from. I have not written on there in several days. But, yes it is nice getting a dollar day. I think the key is to Today is to really write about something you are interested in and can offer a lot of posts on that subject. If it becomes a chore, then it is not worth that measly dollar! My two cents! 🙂

  • Lissie July 19, 2009, 7:47 pm

    I joined in late Oct finally got cut from teh $1/post program in April so I didn’t have a bad run. I keep on posting there from time to time though – its a useful place for backlinks as I have PR3/2 on my blogs there
    .-= Lissie´s last blog ..eBay Rule Change Leaves Blogger, HubPages, Squidoo Out in the Cold =-.

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