Saturday, February 19, 2011

Things are Moving Along

I wanted to post a quick update to say that I went over $100 in Google Adsense. This means I'll be getting my very first check from Google next month. The next $100 should come much quicker. After a slow beginning to the month, things have been picking up. I made an amazing amount today in Adsense - $6.39 and the day isn't done yet. I never wrote a January report - sorry about that! I made $18.79 in Adsense, $0.88 in Amazon, and $1.09 in Chitika. It was worse than December but I expected that. The first two weeks of February were a bust as all of my articles were de-indexed with Info Barrel 2.0. The articles are back in the rankings and the last week has been amazing for earnings. I'm hoping it continues and it isn't a fluke.

I've been trying to keep up on my school work which doesn't give me much time to work on my Info Barrel experiment. However, I made a major investment in the experiment a couple days ago. I purchased Market Samurai to help me keep track of where my articles are ranking for their keywords. For each article, I choose 3 keywords I'd like to target and I input the information into Market Samurai. That's as far as I've gotten so far. I am also thinking about purchasing Article Marketing Robot to help with backlinks. It takes me forever to write an article to post on article directories. AMR makes it easy to spin that 1 article into 100 different articles and submit them to thousands of article directories at one time. This would save me a lot of time which I could then use to write more articles. I used the AMR free trial to submit backlinks to one of my articles and it has seen a record amount of traffic. I really wish I wasn't broke or I would purchase AMR immediately. Maybe I'll use my first Google check to purchase it.

I probably won't have time to work on Info Barrel for at least the next couple of months. I am dedicating my summer to building my Info Barrel article library and adding backlinks. I will have nothing going on this summer to distract me. I still need to make enough upfront money to pay my bills but that shouldn't take very long each day. Speaking of summer, I think I have cabin fever and to make it worse, we are under a Blizzard Warning. Stay safe everyone and hopefully my next post will come before the snow melts.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

December Review and 2011 Goals

I didn't mean to wait this long to post but it was a busy month. I only wrote a few articles in December. I had wanted to continue my November pace and write 1-2 articles a day. You can read all about December here:

2011 Goals

In 2011, I want to reach my goal of $2,000 per month. I have other monetary goals as well, such as saving for a cruise, paying down debt and going on a road trip this summer. It is only the 5th day of the month and I have already changed my goals a bit. My original goal was to write 5 articles a day, 5 days a week. I have now realized that it isn't going to happen. I have too much going on and I have to write upfront pay articles so I can pay my bills. My new goal is to make $100 in upfront pay at Demand Media during the day, Mon-Fri. Nights will be spent doing homework. On weekends I will do my best to write as many articles as possible. Hopefully, it will be enough to reach $2,000/month by the end of the year. I should have more time for writing InfoBarrel articles once I get my credit card and car loans paid off in full. I also want to do a lot of backlinking in the summer. I would love to reach my goal by November when I go on a cruise. Then I can sit back and relax on the deck while still making money. I'll try to update this blog regularly.

I hope all of you have a happy new year and good luck on whatever your goals may be,