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Add Financial Stocking Stuffers to Your Blogs

I was looking at my August earnings and realized that without my stocking stuffers, I would have to work a little harder to reach my financial goals. My first long term goal is to earn $166.66 per day (that’s $5,000 in monthly residual income). Every goal in between is a mini-goal.

So far I’m a little less than 1/3 of the way to my goal. In my attempt to get to $166.66 per day, I’ve found that my stocking stuffers are helpful.

What are Financial Stocking Stuffers?

Financial stocking stuffers are not the meat and potatoes of my online earnings, but an accumulation of mini-gifts. These mini gifts are free and require absolutely no work after the initial sign up and code implementation.

My August earnings from my stocking stuffers are as follows:

InfoLinks $99.06
Kontera $.89 (I used to earn more with them, but I found Infolinks to be more lucrative. My Kontera earnings now come from my hubs on HubPages)
Chitika $22.29
Amazon $48.14
AdBrite $2.21
Bukisa $6.08 – Hold on a minute, Bukisa is a residual writing site, why is it a stocking stuffer? Well, I realized early on that putting much effort into Bukisa isn’t worth it, so it’s been relegated to stocking stuffer status. I don’t add any articles nor do I market them. They just sit there earning a few pennies a day.

My stocking stuffers earned a total of $178.67 last month. Not bad for a slow summer month’s income. The earnings fluctuate depending on the amount of traffic, but they never earn less than $100 a month. I look at it as free money, just enough to add $5 or $6 a day to my daily earnings goal.Stocking by Tanja Grbic

Set up a Blog or Web Site

Anyone who has read more than one post on this blog knows that I’m a fan of residual income. I’m also a big fan of having my own website/blogs. I don’t expect my blogs to compete with the big sites like Suite, eHow and the like. I use them to experiment, learn and earn a few dollars.

So, if you don’t have your own blog, seriously consider creating one. If you already have one, why not look into adding a few stocking stuffers. It’s free, easy and adds to the financial bottom line.

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  • Deanna September 4, 2009, 1:56 pm

    Hi Felicia,
    Thanks for the info on InfoLinks. I just went and checked it out and will be adding it to my own blog. You always have such great resources and money-makers! 🙂
    .-= Deanna´s last blog ..Adding Variety to the Writing Work Day =-.

  • Elizabeth September 4, 2009, 4:21 pm

    Hey Felicia,

    Great Post, as always!

    I was using Kontera on my site and then I had someone e-mail me thanking me for the link I gave them and that they had to sign up for something when they clicked it. They obviously thought that I had linked the material myself and I felt a little uneasy about not knowing what I had inadvertently advised someone. Needless to say, I ended up taking Kontera off of my site. I also googled it and found out that a lot of others have had issues with it. One of the issues being that you have to make at least $5 a month, I think, or you don’t get paid anything. Have you heard anything about this?

    Anyway, I can see the benefit of having text links, but I think I might take your advice and try Infolinks. It seems like their links are more obvious about being ads and it seems like you have had good luck with them.

    I do love your analogy of stocking stuffers, and I should work a little harder on using them because you are right: It’s free money.

    Thanks a ton and have a great week!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Splitting Time Between Writing and Jewelry =-.

  • prerna September 5, 2009, 11:01 pm

    Hi Felicia,
    Thanks for this input. Currently, my blog makes me $0 cos I dont have an Adsense account and wouldn’t have one till December, which is when 1 complete 6 months of owning the blog, so I’m gonna give Infolinks and Chitika a look to see if I can use them to monetize my blog till then.

    Thanks again!
    Warmly,
    Prerna
    .-= prerna´s last blog ..Being a Home Maker: Organizing Closets =-.

  • Crystal September 12, 2009, 10:25 am

    Thanks for the detailed info. Planning to get my blog up and running soon and following your progress has been a huge inspiration!

  • Kidgas September 17, 2009, 11:13 pm

    This sounds like a great idea, especially infolinks. Do you know if it is OK to use them with Adsense on a blogger blog?
    .-= Kidgas´s last blog ..Writing For Multiple Sites =-.

    • Felicia September 18, 2009, 5:57 am

      Yes, you can use them with AdSense on a blogger blog. I have a blogger blog and I have Chitika, AdSense and InfoLinks on it. I occasionally place an Amazon affiliate link there too.

  • Deanna September 20, 2009, 2:19 pm

    Hi Felicia,
    I tried adding InfoLinks to my blog but they are unable to place their ads on a Blogspot blog. Do you know of any similar companies that will work with Blogspot?
    Thanks.
    .-= Deanna´s last blog ..Slow and Steady Wins the Writing Residual Income Race and eHow’s New Article Submission Guidelines =-.

    • Felicia September 20, 2009, 3:16 pm

      I have Infolinks on my Blogspot blog. Sign into your blog, go to “Layout” and select “Add a Gadget.” Paste the Infolinks code save it and you should be up and running.

  • Deanna September 21, 2009, 12:30 am

    Thanks Felicia, I’ll try that. InfoLinks had sent me an e-mail saying they couldn’t “support” links on my Blogspot blog so it is funny that you can. I’ll see what happens.
    DeAnna 🙂
    .-= Deanna´s last blog ..Slow and Steady Wins the Writing Residual Income Race and eHow’s New Article Submission Guidelines =-.

  • Felicia September 21, 2009, 7:06 am

    That’s pretty interesting, Deanna. I never got such an email from InfoLinks. I guess I never asked them either. I just copied and pasted the code wherever I needed it.

    When I first signed up with InfoLinks, they didn’t have a site tracking feature so I placed the same code on all sites. Subsequently, they’ve implemented the feature to track how much each site/blog is earning. Maybe that’s when they stopped “supporting” Blogspot blogs. I don’t really know, but I haven’t had any problems with my InfoLink code on my Blogspot account.

  • Crystal September 21, 2009, 11:08 am

    Hey Felicia – Do you use InfoLinks and Kontera on the same blogs/sites? Also, before I had my blog, it seems I saw a spot on blogger that allowed entering amazon affiliate and ebay info (and maybe Kontera) so that it would automatically track just like adsense but now I can’t find it anywhere. Any idea what I’m talking about? Thanks!
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..What I’m Reading Now – 50 Things To Do When You Turn 50 =-.

    • Felicia September 21, 2009, 12:11 pm

      Hey Crystal – I stopped using Kontera because their payments were so low. I’ve replaced them with InfoLinks.

      Kontera won’t allow you to put their inline text code on the same site as another inline text code. It’s against their rules. I found out the hard way.

      As far as Amazon and eBay, I only place specific links when I use Amazon and I don’t use eBay. I’m not sure about Blogger’s interface for automatically tracking eBay and Amazon. I know HubPages has an interface where you would put your Amazon/eBay account info, but not too sure about Blogger.

  • Deanna September 21, 2009, 11:57 am

    Hi Felicia,
    I did paste the code into an HTML Gadget and I will see if it goes through okay. If it worked for you, it should work for me too. Thanks for your help.
    DeAnna
    .-= Deanna´s last blog ..Xomba: Writing and Social Bookmarking Site =-.

  • Crystal September 21, 2009, 12:47 pm

    Thanks for the info, Felicia. It very well may have been hubpages where I saw the cool interface and I’m just confused. Wouldn’t be the first time! Did that once before between TOS on Suite101 and eHow but you got me squared away that time, too. I do so much surfing and research that I often get lost. It sure will be nice when I finally know what I’m doing! At any rate, your blog is a HUGE help. Couldn’t have done all that I have without it.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..What I’m Reading Now – 50 Things To Do When You Turn 50 =-.

    • Felicia September 21, 2009, 12:54 pm

      Glad to be of help.

      For the record, I put all I know here on the blog because I tend to get lost too. I figure if I put everything here, at least there’s one place I can go to find it. 😉

  • Tamara September 22, 2009, 6:32 am

    Hi Felicia,

    I found this blog about a week and half ago and I am in LOVE with it!! It has already helped me so much. Already my earnings have gone up! THANK YOU!

    I have a question about starting a blog. How does one do that? How do you get paid for that?

    Could you please let me know?

    Thank you!

  • Crystal September 22, 2009, 6:33 pm

    Felicia – Thanks for the links you posted in response to Tamara’s questions. I learn so darn much from your blog! Checked out the trackers you mentioned in your Advice for Bloggers post. Are you aware of any problems with all the web tracking that goes on? Does it affect search engines in any way? Do visitors ever mind? Do they even know?

    • Felicia September 22, 2009, 8:12 pm

      Crystal, the visitors don’t know or care about web tracking. I’m not sure if I mentioned Google Analytics in my earlier post, but it’s commonly used by web masters and bloggers to get a better understanding of what’s working and what’s not. It also helps when setting advertising rates for selling ad space on blogs/websites and lets the blogger know where traffic is coming from (and going).

  • Crystal September 22, 2009, 11:28 pm

    Yes, you did mention Google Analytics. Got that plus the other two you recommended in one of your previous posts on blogging loaded onto my blog today.

    About InfoLinks – it appears you do not have that on this blog. Where do you use it? I loaded it on my blog and many of the links make absolutely no sense. Will this improve over time? I’m following another of your recommendations and considering this blog my education so am experimenting around a lot. Guess I can always just undo anything I decide I don’t like!

    On another subject, I have to thank you again for introducing me to textbroker. I’ve been writing like crazy and loving it! Trying to slow down now so I can devote more time to my other projects but it sure is nice to have the upfront pay.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Early Retirement – Is It Feasible? =-.

    • Felicia September 23, 2009, 6:12 am

      You’ll find that the different stat counting programs offer different information. You’ll also notice that they don’t always agree when it comes to traffic count.

      I had InfoLinks here on NJFM, but I took it off. I did earn some money each day from it, but I find my target audience here would find it more of a nuisance than an asset. I use it on my other sites/blogs. Not all programs work equally well on all sites.

      I’m glad Textbroker is working well for you.

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