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NJFM Ghost TownWhen I come to NJFM I swear I can hear crickets and the wind howling through this ghost town. Unfortunately, there’s very little new to report here.

Let’s see if I can sum it up:

My earnings were just a smidge higher in July than they were in June. My July earnings were $1,573.88. My average daily residual earning for July is $50.77. That’s not too bad considering I didn’t do any real work in July, but it’s pretty pitiful when you compare it to my March numbers of over $3,200 with an average daily residual in excess of $100 a day.

As I look at the numbers, I was surprised to see how my Chitika income increased by almost 62%. Although the percent of increase sounds good, it only amounted to an increase of about $17. But in a glass half full type of way, I’d rather it increase than decrease by 62%.

Average Daily Earnings Drop

Drop in Avg Daily Earnings

Suite 101 earnings have improved, although June’s numbers were better than July’s. Both June and July’s figures are a significant improvement from the meager earnings of January.

Infolinks continues to perform even when my traffic takes a nosedive. It’s less sensitive to the traffic ups and downs than AdSense. AdSense continues to be a roller coaster and I’ve given up trying to figure them out. When I write, I write strictly for the reader and if I earn money through AdSense good, if not, so be it.

I usually get a check each month from Amazon and earn a meager existence from my HubPage articles. HubPages earnings accumulate at a rate of anywhere between $14 and $18 a month.

Going Forward

It’s summer. I’m going to try my best to enjoy it. I’m hoping you’re enjoying your summer too.

As far as my new venture goes…well, it’s summer. I haven’t done a thing on that end either. Guess I should have waited until September to start a new financial venture. Yet another lesson learned.

(Hmmm, just noticed the Google plus at the top of the post.  I’m not sure how that got there, but I’ll have to figure out how to get rid of it.  Serves me right for ignoring NJFM!)

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural August 4, 2012, 8:41 am

    So wonderful to hear from you!

    • Felicia August 4, 2012, 10:16 am

      Actually, it felt good posting here. It’s been a while. I might have to do it a little more often. 🙂

  • Terr August 4, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Well HELLO stranger! I understand the need to take it easy. That’s what residual income allows for you to do!

    As for me, I took some advice you offered a while back. I started another blog and not only THAT, but I decided to stop hiding from opportunities and get going. You told us/me that it might take a while to live strictly off of residual online income, but it would never happen if we/I don’t make it happen!

    Also, I’ve learned to just go ahead and make the mistakes. I was too frightened (Proud) to make mistakes. I’ve decided that the only way to learn how to do something right, is to do make the mistakes. But mostly, I’m learning the importance of swallowing my pride. I need to just make something happen online.

    Good hearing from you again. Can’t wait to see you more regularly online.

    • Felicia August 5, 2012, 4:44 am

      Terr, your comment make this blog worth it. I’m soooo glad that you decided to get out there and make mistakes. Better yet, you did it afraid (as I have done so many times and still continue to do).

      Hmmm, guess I really need to blog here more often. 🙂

  • Maria (Work at Home Mom) August 4, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Well, NJFM is not as much of a ghost town as My WAHM Blog has been!

    I just posted after more than half a year(!) and while I’ve still been working on other sites, I have definitely let my blog on writing/ earning money online slip as I try to re-navigate the world of internet writing and marketing.

    Just in the past week I’ve decided on a new direction to take some of my writing, and as soon as I can put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, I suppose) at my WAHM blog again I’ll share what I’m doing. It feels good to be excited about writing again!

  • Lynn August 4, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Well, I for one look for new posts in this blog. It’s disappointing to see such long periods go by because I enjoy reading them and learn so much.

    I realize working that on blogs that don’t pull in the money expected or start to go down in earnings probably doesn’t help the motivation. Plus, sometimes a break is needed to re-charge the writing batteries, so to speak.

    I just hope that you don’t give up totally on this blog. It helps people and means a lot to more people than you probably realize. Sometimes that alone can be priceless. Not everyone comments and so you won’t always realize just who you are impacting or how.

    I would say the same thing to the Blogging Dude Ken Muise. bloggingdudes dot com

    Going through his archives and some of his HILARIOUS videos (like the one where he is having the kids blog for him and they are trying to sneak food and water, and he even interviews the dog for the job. I laugh so hard every time I watch it)…..Anyway, he has no clue how much his posts help others. According to one of his posts, he actually thought of letting the site go, but instead renewed it. I’m glad. It would be such a waste and a loss to the internet and humanity in general to just let it go.

    There is sooooo much garbage out there and when hidden gems are discovered, such as this blog and Ken’s…..it makes me realize that there are other REAL people out there that are genuine and sincere. Not just scammers and spammers, etc.

    BTW…..Ken has no idea who I am, but I read his posts and they are helpful. I have never contacted the dude or commented on his site or are being encouraged to plug his site. I just know he visits here and the message that I have for you Felicia is the same one that I have for him. Figured that I would just get it all out here.

  • Lynn August 4, 2012, 8:43 pm

    My other comment is in Moderation, but I wanted to add this:

    The less hidden gems out there, you know the big name bloggers who also write great stuff and are ethical and real as well, also leave a huge impact on people. They are the 6 figure earners and often have virtual assistants and outsource many tasks and often have a lot of guest posters, etc.

    Well, that is all fine and good and their successes are motivating to some degree. However, I actually enjoy reading the “hidden gems” even more because those bloggers, such as yourself and Ken, seem even more REAL to me and I can relate a lot more to someone who is not necessarily making bank with this blogging stuff.

    Is it possible make 6 figures blogging? Yes, and these big name bloggers have proven that it is indeed possible. However, how many of us would just LOVE to get to a point that we are making $500 per month to supplement the household or even $1-2-3 thousand to pay the bills?

    Now this is definitely doable and is much more realistic. I prefer to keep my head in the realistic and not the dreamy side of things. This blog for instance is shows the reality and this is hugely important.

    I’m sure that you would love (and I would love for you) to be making big earnings with this site and your other sites, but the fact that you are earning at all and that it is at realistic levels (not dreamy 6 figure levels) helps me see that it is possible, really possible, to make this happen for myself. This is what makes me NOT give up.

    I hope that I’m making sense here……

    • Felicia August 5, 2012, 4:55 am

      Lynn, your comments make sense and I’m humbled by them and I know Ken is too.

      Ken is a solid dude even if he’s a Boston fan. 😉 He gives it to you straight and that’s what I appreciate about him.

      I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from NJFM, but I believe it’s time for me to slowly return.

      When I get comments such as yours and Terr’s it makes me realize that every mistake I made and shared and each lesson learned was well worth it.

      Thanks for your honesty and support.

      • Ken Muise August 5, 2012, 3:43 pm

        Ugh..Boston! When will football season start?

        • Felicia August 5, 2012, 5:02 pm

          LOL. My hubby is real happy with the current Yankee/Boston standings. We’ll see what happens when football season starts.

  • Grandma August 5, 2012, 12:16 pm

    We all go in different directions; as a freelancer of any kind, you must have more than one egg in that basket. Still, I find that when I have “loose” time with nothing to do (i.e. writing articles for PAY) I just about go nuts. I try to fill that time with (?) relaxation (?) but that rarely works – maybe having a beer helps – or I try to think of something new to do to earn money as a freelance writer. I did decide I wanted to put out 50 eBooks in a year for residual income. So far I have 8 out there selling (only 1 sale so far for pennies however – except for the very first publication two years ago which continues to do VERY well) but that is very new and it is way too early to expect results. It takes time, weeks to months when you are going through sales channels other than your own website.

    It’s just so hard to have “down” time. I guess I just want all my time to be devoted to earning something rather than nothing. But that is tough because all work and no play…you know. It is OKAY to take a break.

    This is the slowest time of year, I believe, and a good time to try other things. Remaining calm in the midst of the doldrums is still a challenge, at least for me.

    • Felicia August 5, 2012, 4:59 pm

      Grandma, I’ve come to the conclusion that we’ve got to learn how to make money doing what we love. Anything else leads to frustration.

      I got real close for a bit, but I allowed Google to screw up my plans. I’m rethinking things and coming up with a different strategy.

      You’re going gangbusters with your books and the good thing is the topics are things that are near an dear to you. When they take off, you won’t have to worry about writing articles for pay. It takes time, but with the effort you’ve been putting forth, it will happen.

      Keep at it.

  • Ken Muise August 5, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Wow…holy crap!

    Lynn you don’t know how much your comments mean to me. It’s so motivating to hear that someone actually stops by BFD. The fact that you’re actually familiar with some of the content gets me all goose bumpy. I was actually at the pool in 90+ degree heat when I read your comments and I literally got goose bumps.

    I think we have one thing in common with Felicia: We appreciate real people in blogging. It’s what attracted me to NJFM in the first place and why I’ll never stop coming by.

    I read Felicia’s post here a couple of days ago and actually smiled to myself. You think this place is a ghost town? I should show you BFD analytics…lol!

    No matter what I do, I can’t let BFD go (officially re-titled Blogging Tips for Dads about 3 weeks ago). I started blogging with some seriousness about a year ago and had intentions of making money. I bought a slew of domains and started them. Since that initial push, only BTFD survives along with about 2-3 others that I’ve started within the year. Do I make money blogging? Yeah. How much? About enough to pay the coffee bill every month. But that’s it…

    Still, I look at the cup as half-full. Even though it’s just the coffee bill…it is a bill taken off my hands. And I’ve started to look at blogging that way. Maybe someday it will be the rent. (Now, if I could just it to pay for the Scotch bill! LOL!)

    Lynn, Felicia…thanks very much. You made my weekend. And truly motivated me to keep going.

    • Felicia August 5, 2012, 5:01 pm

      Man, I knew I should have waited and allowed you to respond to Lynn’s post.

      Lynn, you not only made Ken’s weekend, but you made mine too. And Ken, as usual…you rock!

      • Lynn August 5, 2012, 7:53 pm

        You both deserve some props for all that you give. Because that is what you are really doing, giving of yourselves and your time. I appreciate it and I’m sure other nameless people out there do as well.

        The money will come. You both know and have proven that if you can make $1.00 then you can make more and it may start with paying for one item you need per month and then gradually progressing from there.

        There is a post Ken wrote quite a while back (which ironically was written almost exactly 1 year ago) where he figured out that he should care for his blog the same as he cares for Boom Boom the parrot. “Me, My Bird, And My Blog: Things You Can Learn From Us” One of the tips was to “Feed the blog”.

        Ken, go back and read your own stuff, realize how good it is and do MORE of it.

        I really think that feeding the blog is the key. The blog is hungry, but mostly the readers (however many or few there are) because it is not really the blog you are feeding, but those of us that do happen to stop by and read.

        Same with Felicia.

        A few dozen or even a few hundred posts is really just the start. I see blogs with 1-2 Thousand posts or more that were gradually built over time.

        Every post is just another indexed piece that increases the odds that someone new is going to find your blog. And actually the 6 figure bloggers such as LynnTerry, Yaro, Rosalind just to name a few, have well more than a thousand posts on their blogs.

        Granted, Yaro uses more guest posters these days, but the other 2 still mostly write their own stuff with the occasional guest blogger.

        Not that volume necessarily guarantees more earnings, but it would definitely increase the traffic and exposure over time, which in turn would probably lead to an increase in earnings.

        Ken even said himself that it is the odds of Volume something….I can’t find the post right now. There is no search field on the blog…

        In other words, the more volume is out there, content-wise, the more chance you will get noticed.

        I think regular blogging in general keeps things moving along. Nothing forced of course. Not volume for volumes sake, but just being present and “Feeding” the blog regularly.

        Not every post has to be the most wonderful masterpiece or even very big in length. They don’t all have to be How To posts or teaching posts or whatever.

        More videos would be a great idea. Those are FUN to watch! 2-4 minute videos are best, sometimes longer, but the attention span of people is probably less than 5 minutes. I don’t mind the long ones, but keep them shorter for the most part.

        Post about more of your daily life, how you are feeling, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly (Felicia is great at sharing whatever she is feeling at the time…..keeps it real)or industry news, maybe an op/ed piece after you have read an article that interests you or another blog you’ve read etc.

        Instead of commenting on a blog, do a response post on your own blog because the Track backs to someone else’s blog posts bring in new eyes as well. The blog owners do notice them and sometimes do a counter-reply post as well. The controversial one’s tend to go viral, but if you happen to agree with a blogger’s point of view, you may end up making great connections.

        My comments here really should have been a blog post linking to Felicia and Ken’s blogs….

        All of this you already know and is in your very own blog archives, so I’m preaching to the choir here.

        Just like how some people cannot taste how great their own cooking is, no matter how much other people know how good it is.

        You need to step outside of yourself and see from the eyes of a reader.

        Go back and re-read your own stuff. You will be amazed.

        Ken- You WILL get to where you want to be if you just give yourself more credit. Just DO IT. You can definitely retire from the army in a few years and do what you love and MAKE MONEY at it. If you really want it, you can make it happen. Go to Yaro’s site and read Mitch’s story. One simple guy and a simple sports blog that grew MASSIVE.

        You don’t have to aim for 6 figures. He didn’t. It just happened. If you stay realistic and just build from paying the coffee bill, to adding maybe the water bill next month, etc. If you can make a Dollar, you can make Ten, One hundred, One Thousand, etc. over time.

        Felicia – You are more inspirational than you will ever know. Start back up on that new business model when you are ready and know that what you have already done is exceptional.

        Now I’m off to take my own darn advice and get my own sites fed and cared for.

        Update: I just found what I was looking for (after looking through the posts manually)…..Ken wrote “The more you write and post the more likely it is that your content will be found on the search query (we’re talking volumetric odds here!)”

        • Felicia August 8, 2012, 11:22 am

          Oops, sorry. I thought I had approved this post only to see it still sitting in the comments waiting to be approved file. Sorry, Lynn.

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