Archive for December, 2010

I have decided to move this little blog over to one that is easier for me to use.  I have lots to share with you, so I hope that you will follow me over there.  Tomorrow, January 1, I will be posting my December earnings, which are much higher than November’s, so I hope you will pop on over and check it out over here.


Changes to Bukisa

I have been writing articles on Bukisa for three months now and have written over 80 articles.  Earnings were based on page views and I was seeing a steady increase in my page views.  I was getting closer to making 25 cents a day, up from less than one cent a day the first month, so was feeling pretty encouraged that early in the New Year I would hit the dollar a day mark with that site.  Yesterday, Bukisa announced that it is changing the way its authors earn on their articles and going with a revenue share with Google adsense.  This is freaking some people out and many don’t qualify for adsense, but I am thinking that for me, it may mean an increase in earnings.

The reason I suspect my earnings may go up is that one of the articles I wrote last month tends to get a hundred or so hits per day.  If even one person clicked on one of the ads on that one article, I would be making almost what I was making from page views.  As I have been working towards learning more about SEO (search engine optimization) and keywords and turning that into higher rankings of my articles on search engines, I was already seeing a huge boost in page views.  Ultimately, page views correlate with adsense revenue in that, if no one is reading your articles, no one is clicking on ads.  So that explains how I expect earnings to stay the same…the reason I expect them to go up is that the old model of earning was based on an index rating for all Bukisa writers.  Some of those writers were cheating the system, ultimately hurting all of us.  Other writers were writing sloppy articles that were not well researched or where the language flow struggled tremendously due to translation issues.  This hurt the index too.  Under the new system, it’s really only about each author’s articles, though the overall quality does help Bukisa articles to rise higher in Google searches.

Sooo, all that to say that I really have no idea what this will do, but am optimistic actually and between Bukisa and another two sites, have enough this month already to take my three girls to a movie tomorrow in the theatre…with popcorn!

November Online Earnings

The first month that I started writing articles online, I averaged a bit less than a penny a day.  So, even though we are still talking pennies, you can imagine that I am pleased with my increase on that same article writing site to over 6 pennies a day this month.  What happened is that I continued to add articles this month and two that I wrote at the end of the month have been quite popular, so I was averaging 4 pennies earlier in the month, but at the end of the month, was earning 14-16 cents a day!  I know that we are still talking pocket change here, but I believe that the residual income will continue to build and want to be honest about the process to get there.  So on that original site, $1.94 was my total this month, bringing my grand total to $3.  Not that exciting BUT…

I discovered another site where I can upload links to my articles over on the other site and get paid on that site for those views, so without any extra writing and hardly any extra time, I am able to add to the income from the articles.  I made 90 cents in the past two weeks by doing this, but I also uploaded some photos to this site and one of them (taken by my mom and posted with her permission of course) was chosen as a featured photo and earned a bonus of $5.10, so my total in two weeks on that site is $6, bringing my grand total to $9.  The second site is called RedGage and has a fantastic community of supportive people.  I’ve been really happy with it as it is easy to use and allows me to add articles I’ve already written and pictures I’ve already taken, so there’s very little time involved.

So, as you can see, just a few months into this online earning experiment, the earnings are starting to build momentum.  This month, I have learned some things about SEO and have improved my keywords accordingly and seen an increase in views to my articles as a result.  Hopefully, next month, all talk will be in dollars.  I’ll keep you updated!

November Bukisa $1.94

November RedGage   $6.00

November Adsense    $0.18

Total                              $8.12