- Suite 101 (that was my best year…it has been down hill ever since)
- Today.com (until April when they kicked me out)
- Kontera (until I found Infolinks)
- Text Link Ads
- Miscellaneous affiliates
- And of course the ever present Demand Studios
2009 was interesting because it was the best year I’ve ever had on Suite 101. As a matter of fact, in 2009 they were my highest earning venue. Suite 101 taught me much in terms of writing online and the value of residual income. They also taught me not to rest on my laurels.
As things started to change with Suite and the income started to decline, I was glad that I had diversified and placed my articles on several sites. It was still painful to watch the decline, but I was also thankful that Suite didn’t hold all of my writing eggs.
Income and Venues Rise and Fall
As Suite’s income began to fall, my eHow income began to rise. Remember, I wrote 100 articles in one month when I first started at eHow. Those 100 articles plus the additiona1 101 I wrote before the end of 2008 were beginning to mature and I was starting to see a nice return on my effort.
Realizing that nothing is guaranteed, I started to explore other sites. I tried Infobarrel, HubPages, Xomba plus I started several new blogs. Some of the blogs I kept; others I lost interest in and allowed the domain names to expire.
I was disappointed with Infobarrel so I dropped them and asked them close my account. HubPages, well, I honestly haven’t put too much effort there. I have a few hubs (around 25) and they earn a little between AdSense, Kontera and Amazon. I think I might put a little more effort there in the near future. Xomba, I used for backlinks,but they recently changed their guidelines so I probably won’t be using them so much now.
My Freelance Writing Decision
It wasn’t until 2009 that I knew with every fiber of my being that I had made the right decision two years ago to leave my part-time job to pursue freelance writing. My residuals were growing and so was my confidence. I stopped just reading positive motivational books, I started living them.
I stopped justifying my position and started changing it. All too often we can ‘explain why’ we are not where we want to be. We can find too many reasons and excuses as to why we are writing, working or performing tasks that are diametrically opposed to where we want to be or what we want to do. As my grandmother used to say, “We have a plaster for every sore.” Well, I stopped justifying and started changing.
I didn’t like writing for private clients, so I dropped them. I didn’t like writing for DS and wanted to drop them, but the time wasn’t right just yet. Instead of justifying why I wrote for them, I started to expedite changes and focus more on residuals so that I could eventually drop DMS. I came up with a plan.
Direction and Focus
It takes a lot less energy to move slightly to the right or left than it takes to make a U turn. As long as I was moving in the right direction (no matter how slow), I could always tweak things here or there. However, if I were headed in the wrong direction (such as continued to focus on up front pay), it would take more time and effort for me to get my residuals to where I wanted them to be.
We made a critical choice in 2009 (my family and I) to continue to pull in the financial belt so I could work on improving my residual income. It was a difficult choice, but we knew that it would be worth it in the long run.
A Few Curve Balls
2009 threw us a few curve balls. Our family had to deal with several serious health problems. Fortunately, as a freelance writer, I didn’t miss a beat. I could spend time at the hospital as needed without worrying about missing a day of work or a day of pay. When caring for a loved one, you shouldn’t have to worry about calls from the office asking silly questions such as “When are you coming back to work?”
The health issues further confirmed that I made the right decision two years ago. It was another notch in the character building belt (problems and challenges build character). In addition to building character, it provided much writing material.
End of My Junior Year
At the end of my third year of online writing, I earned $19,160.50 of which 85% came from residual articles. I didn’t quite double my prior year’s income but I wasn’t going to complain. When was the last time your boss offered you an 84% raise?