Realizing Another Dream

| September 8, 2009 | 19 Comments

This post might be a bit long, and I apologize up front for its length. Over this holiday weekend, I had a few long talks with myself (I had similar talks when I was considering whether or not to quit my job and work full time as a freelance writer and similarly when I decided to forgo upfront pay writing gigs in favor of residual).

The talks, this time, were about the direction of my freelance writing career. I spent time looking at tangible factors such as money and intangible factors such as where my passion lies.

When I worked at a traditional job, my desire was to work from home. Then, once I started working from home, I realized that I didn’t want to be a slave to the computer cranking out several articles daily in order to get paid so I turned to earning passive income.

Now that I’ve created a foundation of residual income (only a foundation, I’m still working on creating a larger stream of residual earnings), I decided to take a look at what I’ve accomplished and where I want to go.

Putting in the Right Effort

In earlier posts, I mentioned that I was going to work hard from September through June so that I could take next summer off. I’m still going to work hard, but I want to make sure the efforts are properly placed. I don’t want to create another ‘cubicle/job’ type of situation. The hard work must be enjoyable. If I don’t enjoy what I’m doing then I might as well go out and get a traditional job.image by Ivan Petrov

Finding the Joy and Satisfaction

In my many self conversations, I realized that I truly enjoy blogging here. I don’t seem to get writer’s block, I can write about whatever I want in whatever style I wish (first, second or third person), and I can set my own writing schedule. I meet nice people and learn a lot from my readers.

There’s only one problem…No Job for Mom is not a money maker. I can write to my heart’s content, but it’s purely a labor of love.

Take off the Blinders

The great thing about having self conversations is that you get to be anyone you want to be. So, I took off the rose-colored glasses and looked at my situation realistically. The only thing missing from this blog is the ability to make money. So, it’s time to create a situation whereby I will Rose Colored Glassesenjoy the best of both worlds. I have to continue doing what I love to do, but I have to make money doing it. There, problem solved!

It is amazing how much of a relief it is when you finally figure out which direction to go; no more wasting energy in a self-doubting holding pattern.

Moving in the Right Direction

Although Google AdSense and InfoLinks work well on my other blogs/sites, they don’t do well at all on this blog. As a matter of fact, I’m seriously considering removing them. Instead, I’ve decided to sell ad space as a means of monetizing this blog as evident by the boxes on the upper right-hand corner of the screen (I’m using OIOPublisher software. I’ll blog about that in a later post).

I’ve also decided to accept paid reviews. Let advertisers be forewarned. I only provide honest reviews, so if the product and/or service is not up to par, don’t ask me to review it because I’m going to be honest (my readers will also know it is a paid review).

On to the NextOn to the Next

Only time will tell if I made the right decision in selling ad space and paid reviews. In the meanwhile, I’ll continue doing what I love to do while supplementing my income by writing articles on residually paying content sites.

Life is too short to spend it in a holding pattern of self doubt and indecision. For better or worse, I made my decision and am moving on.

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Category: Advertising, Earning Money, Motivation

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she’s not writing or commenting on NJFM, she’s either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

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  1. Crystal says:

    Hey Felicia –

    With the news coverage of the FTC guidelines change and all the talk about advertising and paid blogging, I did a little research and would like to share a site I found – disclosurepolicy.org.

    The policy generator there asks questions and allows you to click the appropriate answers after which a disclosure policy appears. You can copy and paste it as is or modify it, if desired.

    Not sure this is the best place to post this info on NJFM but wanted to get the word out.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Early Retirement Red Letter Day! =-.

  2. jen says:

    Hi Felicia! Thanks for introducing the new advertising format. I’m thinking of buying the software and if I do, I’ll use your link.

    Do you simply list your blog in the marketplace and then they notify you when someone purchases an ad? Or are you more involved with the process than that? I looked at their FAQ, but I couldn’t really tell.

    Thanks for the info!

    Jen

    • Felicia says:

      Hi Jen,

      Selling ads with OIO Publisher software is a little more involved than just placing your site in their marketplace. It’s actually a WordPress plugin. Once it’s properly configured, you can add your site to OIO’s marketplace for exposure. However, you’re not ever sure where your purchasers come from.

      The ads that I sold here were a pleasant surprise, but I don’t know if the ads were purchased as a result of OIO’s marketplace of if they stopped by the site and decided to buy.

      I’ve been meaning to write a post to explain the software and process more in detail. I guess your comment has given me the gentle kick in the pants to get it done.

  3. Melissa says:

    Perhaps the fact that NJFM isn’t a money-maker is because it provides readers with what they are truly seeking to begin with: accurate information.

    I can’t remember who recommended your blog, Felicia … I think it was someone from DS. I do remember that they praised you for having great insight with respect to passive income streams, as well as for your objectivity. I’ve found NJFM to be a blog that I know I can trust simply because it’s *not* tailored to the ad-click crowd.

    Whenever a writer finds a treasure trove of reliable information, that’s when blogs get really awesome. 😉

    Of course, this doesn’t pay the bills either. I think that it’s a wise move to accept advertisers and write paid reviews, if that’s what keeps NJFM up and running. When I have my own site up (er … still working on that), I would be peached to advertise, Felicia.

    • Felicia says:

      I’m glad that my blog helps so many people. It’s been my mission from the start. However, earning a couple of bucks here and there from NJFM would also be nice.

      I guess it is a good thing that I’ve got a few residual income streams to make up for the fact that I don’t earn much money here. 🙂

      I believe that down the road it will all even out. In the meanwhile, I’ll continue to blab on about freelance writing opportunities and offer my two cents worth of opinions.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Felicia,

    I was thinking that you should get on the etsy forums and announce that you are selling some ad space. I bet there are some artists or crafts people that would like the sound of ads for only $12 a month. I, myself, am considering it, but I am so broke right now that I can’t spare any money. It all has to go into supplies and metals. Hopefully, I will be able to take advantage of your ad space in the future.

    Anyway, good luck with this next venture! I will be excited to learn how it goes.

    Cheers,
    Elizabeth

    • Felicia says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Elizabeth.

      Don’t feel obligated to buy space here. I didn’t really put the ad space there for my readers, although you are always welcome.

      It’s sort of like fishing. I placed the bait there to see what happens.

      I’m new to this selling ad stuff so I don’t really know what to expect. Only time will tell. 😀

  5. Tashana says:

    I applaud your efforts Felicia. Not is it only courageous but well thought out. I’m in a holding pattern myself. I’m an HR Manager and I am beginning to feel stuck in a traditional job. I know where my passions lie but for whatever reason I’m not taking that giant leap. I have done it a couple of times in the past and it always worked out, so I gather this is still not the right time and/or my passion just isn’t in a place where I’m willing to take that great of a leap of faith. I’m glad to see that you are doing it. That’s encouraging for me. Hopefully soon, I will follow suite.

    Thanks again for your blog. I know you’ll do well.

  6. Lissie says:

    Seriously Eve? Its extremely rare for a make money online blog to make anything more than a few cents from Adsense – you need tons of search engine traffic for that – your regular readers become ad blind. I asked a friend for an affilaite link for a product I knew he used and he pointed me to his blog -I hadn’t noticed the 125×125 add blog LMAO!

    Adsense makes me good money – but it will never appear on my personal blog – my posts are all over the place and most of my visitors are engaged i.e. the actually read the content not click the ads! They do however make me money – if I find the right offer and they like it they do sign up thru me as most by then undertand affiliate marketing and are happy to give something back if they’ve enjoyed the free info on the blog – that’s the trick finding the right offer!
    .-= Lissie´s last blog ..Brett McFall, The World Internet Summit, Is He Legit? =-.

  7. Eve says:

    Rock on, Felicia. I have scratched my head often, wondering why NJFM is not a money-maker — I’ve come across several blogs for writers that claim to make anywhere from $400-$900 a month from Adsense. This is the only blog that is almost purely about residual income, though, and I dunno, maybe those readers just aren’t clickers? Who knows. But I love that you’re not afraid to take the steps you need to in order to generate revenue. Even though we all love to write for the love of it all, we still gotta eat. 🙂
    .-= Eve´s last blog ..The Universe Is Playing Tricks on Me =-.

  8. Grandma says:

    You could also try contacting certain companies, that appeal to writers, to see if they would be interested in advertising here. Or, I think if you are an Amazon affilate, you probably could link to the books category and specifically to a listing such as “Writer’s Market” book, etc. Then you get a small commission, but it would not be your asking price unless you generated a bunch of orders for them, at least on that. But there are others. Check out Commission Junction and other affiliate websites. There used to be one called Kolimbo, but they just changed their name. I liked using Link Share also.

    • Felicia says:

      Thanks for your advice, Grandma.

      I am familiar with Amazon and other affiliate programs. I do use them and some have been moderately successful. In total I have about 14 sites/blogs and have used various methods on several of them. It’s just that I decided to take NJFM to the next level in an attempt to make it ‘catch up’ financially with some of my other endeavors.

      The one thing I’ve discovered about making money online, it’s a lot of trial, error and trial again.

  9. Lissie says:

    Good on you girl – I’ve talked about this before on my blog -there seems to be a sub-set of bloggers who turn their noses up at those of us who actually make money from our bloggs LOL. Just make sure you no-follow in links on a paid review so as not to upset the great google gods
    .-= Lissie´s last blog ..Brett McFall, The World Internet Summit, Is He Legit? =-.

    • Felicia says:

      Thanks for the no-follow advice on the reviews.

      I pondered for quite some time whether or not to place ads here. Then I though about it, if it works out, a year from now I’ll be happy, but if I didn’t do it, I’d always wonder and still be pondering a year later. My brain isn’t large enough to take up so much space pondering, so I thought I might as well try the ads. I’ve got very little to lose and much to gain.

  10. Grandma says:

    More power to you! Run those ads! Have you looked into affiliate marketing also, in addition to your paid ad space you plan to offer? You can put up ads that relate to the readers of this website, not just any ads. Maybe you already have them, sorry but I have not browsed much past the TB and writing blog posts.

    I have had several websites in the past but never got them to pay off. The best I ever did, and this is pathetic, was a $7.50 commission on a paintball outfit someone bought through an affiliate ad. My problem was getting traffic, and I am sure that is everyone’s problem…getting traffic and getting those viewers to buy something.

    Working at home offers a lot of flexibility, but you will probably work more hours and harder. My old boss always said “work smarter, not harder” and he is right.

    I wanted to supplement my income by finding something online that brought in $200 extra per month. I have quickly far exceeded that with my writing. Ebay was bringing me $400 clear a month at one time selling sunglasses there. But, since the writing is far less hassle and way more profitable, I didn’t even sell any sunglasses this year. That fits into my lazy side. But I am still achieving my goal.

    Wanting to be independent and working on the computer is attractive because if I can do that, I can live anywhere, which is an advantage, not to mention working at home wearing whatever!

    I am going to start up my own website to sell my writing on my own. I have something in mind to do, and will give it a try once again. But getting traffic and buyers is still a key.

    Best of luck, Felicia

  11. Heidi says:

    Felicia, I don’t think there is anything wrong with trying to make money with something you love, especially when it’s done thoughtfully and non-intrusively. Good for you! Like you said, it’s about doing what you love for a living.

    Heidi

    p.s.: Is the NJFM database still around? It was really useful as a sidebar button. Might also be another place to advertise?? I’d love to see it come back.

    • Felicia says:

      Thanks for the well wishes!

      The NJFM database is still there. It’s on the right side and is now a text link Resources for Writers.

      I’ll put the database image back to make it easier for folks to find it.

      Grandma, I’ve tried some affiliates and other income sources. Browse around the NJFM as I share my successes and failures.

      I believe you’re doing the right thing in selling your work from your site, and you’re right, it’s all about traffic. It doesn’t happen over night, but keep working at it and the traffic will come.

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