2013 was not a stellar year for my online writing income. My writing income hadn’t been this low in several years. As a matter of fact, I had to go back to 2008 in order to see such low residual numbers.
Here are the facts. In 2013 my earnings were a whopping $11,458.43! To give perspective, here’s the progression of my residual numbers since I started writing online in 2006:
|2012||$21,490.78 (beginning of the decline)|
*Earnings do not include lump-sum payment from eHow.
Cause for the Decline
In one word, the major cause for the decline was Google. The unpredictable algorithm changes caused a serious dent in my online income. That coupled with the decline in content sites like Suite 101, eHow and HubPages, my earnings took another hit. Those factors plus the slow wandering away of my writing Mojo caused me to write fewer articles.
I didn’t want to take the time to pull out my article count spreadsheet, but in past years I wrote hundreds of articles in any given year. Some of the articles were for my own sites and many were for content sites. There was a time when I was writing anywhere between 50 and 80 articles per month. Compare that to last year where I wrote a total of 74 articles/posts. About 1/3 of the 74 were written last month when my Mojo started wandering back.
The Good and the Good
The numbers are pitiful, yes, but there is a silver lining. When you consider that I wrote 74 articles and earned $11,458.43, that’s $154.84 per article. Not a fortune, but better than a stick in the eye.
I’m not so sure if my numbers have bottomed out as yet, but I’m not going to sit around waiting for them to hit rock bottom. Since I started writing again I’ve witnessed a little over a 20% increase in December’s earnings. That’s pretty impressive considering I don’t write seasonal articles and my traffic throughout the holidays tanked (the figures were awesome at the beginning of the month).
Keep Moving Forward
I’ve got a pretty impressive list of things to do. Unfortunately, before I really get started writing, I’ve got a lot of behind-the-scenes work to get out of the way. Those things have become mental clutter and I’ve got to remove the clutter to allow the Mojo to have full reign.
All in all, I see a bright future. I don’t expect smooth sailing, but I do expect to reach a destination point that’s a little better than where I currently sit. Once I get there I’ll re-evaluate and plot the next point.
I’ve taken a serious financial hit, but it’s just that…a hit. It’s not the final blow.
I hope your 2013 earnings were promising.