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JoHarrington
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on 09/08/2013

Hi all,

Remember last month, when I was gushing about what I earned here in July?  Pleased with my July Accounts!

Well that was nothing compared to August.  It was my second highest earning month since I started writing on-line in 2011, and the majority of that came from Wizzley.  Nor did it come from just one article. 

There are a dozen or so which are starting to crop up every month, all of which were written last year (apart from a couple, which are quite recent). 

I'll admit to feeling ridiculously smug about two of them, because they were written at my most stubborn.  I had wise and learned veterans holding one up as an example of what I shouldn't be writing about, as subjects like that don't earn money.  The other was one which I mentioned I was going to write, and was advised not to, again because isn't the sort of topic to put bread on the table.*

Yet both are now filling the coffers quite beautifully.

I know that I have the business sense of a small gnat, but moments like this make me feel quite justified in it.  Just bimbling around - writing not what sells but what's fascinating me just then - really seems to be working.  Plus it's fun to write.

Not that I'm complaining, but what does this making money in July and August actually mean?  I've been working with the impression that no-one makes much during summer (unless they're hammering the wedding and/or holiday articles).  Is this a strange blip in the laws of the universe, that I shouldn't read too much into?  Or am I finally on my way to a livelihood?

Sorry for the essay, I just wanted to report in!

yours

Jo

xxxxx

 

*  I've not mentioned which topics/articles they are, because I've also been advised in the past not to let on my top earners.  If that was dodgy information too, then let me know and I'll tell you what they were.


frugalrvers
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on 09/08/2013

Yeah You!!!

You deserve it so much, Jo.....

It's not just your talent, it's that you remain true to yourself...you stay real (and work like a beast!!).

So happy for you.......

xoxo Robin


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JoHarrington
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on 09/08/2013

*blush*  Awww!  Thank you!

Considering that I'm writing about things that I'm obsessing about anyway, it doesn't always feel like work...


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JoHarrington
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on 09/09/2013

And this morning, my September earnings so far just matched what I earned for the entire of September last year.


BrendaReeves
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on 09/09/2013

Jo, Are most of your earnings from Amazon or revenue share?


Brenda Reeves
WriterArtist
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on 09/09/2013

Jo,

You are a real inspiration. That is what keeps me going too. 

Thanks for sharing.


ologsinquito
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on 09/09/2013

This is encouraging. Persistence and writing well really does seem to be the key to success here and elsewhere.


jptanabe
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on 09/09/2013

This is so inspiring Jo! You certainly deserve (financial) reward for all your great articles. I enjoy reading them - but I don't think I make you any money! I haven't been on Wizzley long so haven't made any money here yet. Still hoping, and your success is certainly encouraging.

teddletonmr
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on 09/09/2013

Ya hooooooo....$$$$ Cool way to go Jo.


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JoHarrington
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on 09/09/2013

Brenda - Yes, it's mostly from Amazon.  I'm using VigLink to monetize those though. 

WriterArtist - Awww! Thank you.  It does take some massive leaps of faith to keep writing, when you're earning nothing or very little.  The amount of times that I've nearly given up are numerous.  But I'm really glad now that I didn't. 

Ologsinquito - It's the old 'write often, write well' thing in action.  Best advice I was ever given.

Jptanabe - Thank you!  And thank you for reading my stuff too.  Your time will come.  Just keep at it.

Mike - Yay!  Cash!  :D


ologsinquito
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on 09/09/2013

Yes, very good advice. It seems like the way to go nowhere is to just put a few articles up at a particular site and forget about them.


WordChazer
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on 09/09/2013

OK, so I need to listen to our Jo. Because I write about what interests me and not what makes money (because, let's be honest, I have zero interest in trends and soaps and fashion and c'lebs and all that 'stuff'). I ought to be looking at VigLink by the sounds of, not Amazon Affiliates. Which has paid me *whistles, pulls fluff out of pockets* since I joined them. which was well before I started writing here.

And yes, before anyone says anything, I know, I need to WRITE SOMETHING too. I know I haven't had many articles lately. My in-laws have seriously been In My Face all summer. And I've been chasing the cyclists and exploring other ways of making money and having to spend time on job applications and all that boring 'stuff' too.


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on 09/09/2013

 

JoHarrington: 09/09/2013 - 01:59 PM

Brenda - Yes, it's mostly from Amazon.  I'm using VigLink to monetize those though. 

Hi Jo, so good to hear about your earnings because they are so motivating for a newbie like me here, As you said above you are using viglink to monetise your earnings so are you using both amazon and viglink separately? What in your views is the best way to use viglink. I tried it in one of my articles but can you please tell me the best way how one can use viglink in our articles.  Your help would be much appreciated


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on 09/10/2013

Ologsinquito - Putting a few articles on many sites helps with diversification, and working out where you're best applying your time.  But building a strong presence on one helps with authority, learning your craft and attracting a decent following of readers.  It's swings and roundabouts.

I've heard so many people say not to put your eggs in one basket, but I'm glad that I pretty much did for a year.  Wizzley now provides a lovely foundation for the rest of my budding writing 'empire'.

 

Paula - Yep, writing something is a great way to start!   Write often, write well is my motto.  It's worth noting that I've not solely written about stuff that interests me.  I've got plenty of 'sales' articles in there too, which do their job.  I've highlighted the ones that I wrote because I wanted to, because no-one seemed to expect me to earn on them at all!  Yet I am.

VigLink is more effective at monetizing Amazon products until you reach something like 110 products sold every month.  I'm nowhere near that stage yet.

 

younghopes -  I do nothing different in my articles.  I signed up to VigLink, then removed my Amazon affiliate from my settings page on Wizzley.   The Amazon modules then defaulted over to VigLink.   At any time, I can put my Amazon affiliate back in and it'll shift over there again.

I'm glad to hear that my reports are encouraging.  That's why I reported in!


ologsinquito
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on 09/10/2013

Hi Jo, I see the logic in that. This has worked out very well for you. I can also see why Wizzley would be a good place to do this because it allows for multiple types of affiliate/payment options.

I'm trying to build up a large body of articles here and a couple of other places, and I've scaled back a bit in the sheer number of places I was writing for, because there is something to be said for having a lot of articles at any given site.


Mira
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on 09/10/2013

Hey Jo, you did well to persevere. And it's always easier to persevere when you write about things that interest you. I like how you cover both history and other, more commercial things, but still stuff you clearly like. So, again, great job. Am happy for you :)


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ologsinquito
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on 09/10/2013

Actually Jo, I've noticed that traffic is growing on the sites I am focusing on the most. I really do believe now you need a large body of work on any given platform to see results. If you put up 10, 15 or 20 articles, nothing much is going to happen, unless you get very lucky.


younghopes
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on 09/10/2013

 

ologsinquito: 09/10/2013 - 11:58 AM

Actually Jo, I've noticed that traffic is growing on the sites I am focusing on the most. I really do believe now you need a large body of work on any given platform to see results. If you put up 10, 15 or 20 articles, nothing much is going to happen, unless you get very lucky.

Hi Ologsinquito, hope you are doing fine, which sites have been working the best in your favor would you please tell, i am a bit confused these days since my hubpages earnings have dropped and i am also not receiving redemptions from bubblews which is a major turndown for me. I hope something good happens here and at seekyt


ologsinquito
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on 09/10/2013

Hi Younghopes,

Even though some people lost traffic at Hub Pages not everybody did. Some people are still doing very well there. This is also a very good site but it will probably take time before you see financial reward. You should give any new site at least a year. Infobarrel and Zujava are also good places to work.


younghopes
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on 09/10/2013

Thanks for this info, I have signed up for infobarrel though havent written anything yet..i read somewhere that at least 10 articles have to be approved there before the moderation is lifted up? Also i was enjoying myself at bubblews but then they didnt paid two of my redemptions and i felt so bad that at the moment i am not writing there. It feels bad that your hardwork is not paid.


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