This post is yet another one in a long line of posts with the message: Stick with it!
When it comes to earning residual income, you’ve got to stick with it. If you’re looking to write one article that will earn hundreds and thousands in residual income so that you can sit back and retire, then writing on line isn’t for you. However, if you’re willing to diligently stick with it, writing about what you like (and sometimes on topics you don’t like so much), it will be worth it in the long run.
Lazy Sunday Afternoon
I was feeling real lazy yesterday so I spent time cleaning up some of the stuff on my computer. Of course, my lack of focus brought me to my Suite earnings. So, while there, I did a little analysis of my Suite progress and I’m glad I did.
Prior to my analysis, if you would have asked me about my portfolio of articles on Suite, I would have told you that they were all evergreen articles with little fluctuation. Well, as I looked at my numbers over the past 2 ½ (soon to be 3) years, I found a pattern that I need to address.
Earning Peaks and Valleys
It seems that my ‘evergreen’ articles peak in the spring and summer and drop in the fall and winter. If that’s the case, the articles aren’t so evergreen to me. I realize that I need to write on a few topics to pick up the fall and winter slack. Anyway, enough about my ups and downs, what I really want to do is to encourage you to stick with it. Here’s why:
|Year||# of Articles
Value Per Year
Not too bad for writing a little over one article a week.
The Money and the Muse
I’ve mentioned before that making money online is a balance between the money and the muse. If you’re anything like me, the topics that you’re most passionate about and that flow so easily from your brain to the computer are topics that earn next to nothing from an advertising click rate standpoint. To compensate for the low earnings, online writers have to supplement their passion with topics that are more lucrative which are not so near and dear to the heart.
I think the reason for the increase in the per article rate has to do with several factors:
- Suite is a quality site with a daily growing readership
- I’ve gotten a little better in writing for the web
- Age is a good thing on the internet. The older the article, the more it can earn
- Topic diversification (mixing the money and the muse)
Slow and Steady
You can see from my numbers that I’m not one of the most prolific writers that Suite 101 has. I’ve yet to reach the 200 article mark (something that I hope to rectify real soon). I’m also not the highest paid writer either. But, since this isn’t a race and I’m in it for the long haul, I’ll continue plodding along waiting to see when my per article average reaches the $100 mark.