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).
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.