March was a great earning month for me. I was a member of the Double O Club. Unfortunately, I was booted out of the club in April. Oh well, easy come, easy go.
The Google Factor
Google’s Penguin algorithm change affected my most lucrative sites. I believe I had additional problems caused by the many AdSense error messages. As a result my income dropped before Penguin was released.
Enough of the intro, here’s the scoop. In March I earned $3,237. In April my income dropped to $1,936. That’s a drop of $1,301. We’re not talking small potatoes here.
Rainy Day Fund
Because of the fickle nature of earning money online, over a year ago I created a rainy day fund. At the end of each month, I place the equivalent of 10% of my online earnings. Some months the fund is well fed and other months, like this one, it gets a smaller contribution.
The fund was created to hold me over in the event my income takes a royal plummet like it did last year when eHow closed the Writers Compensation Program. Last year between March and April my income plummeted from $2,799 to $1,338 (de ja vu all over again).
Onward and Upward
My passion for earning money as an online writer has waned significantly over the past few months. I still place content online, but I’m nowhere near as prolific as I once was. My new interests are of the hands on tactile nature with online writing as a secondary or tertiary add on.
I’ve come to the conclusion that life is way too short to force myself into a mold that no longer fits. Who knows, maybe over time my passion will return and the once comfortable mold will become comfortable again, but it the meanwhile, it’s time for me to explore other things.
What I absolutely love about online writing, however, is that even though my interests have changed, the money (although in a lesser amount) is still coming in. How was your April? I hope it was better than mine.