This is the bit which everyone (new and prospective writers especially) is really interested in. It's not my 1337 gaming tips.
It's taken me eleven months to get into triple figures in a month here. The veterans did it much sooner.
Bear in mind that I'm new to writing online overall; and I'm doing it without Google Adsense, which is apparently the internet's cash cow.
Anyone who's read all of the previous Tips and Tricks will have followed my progress with money-making. From the earliest days of rebellion against 'sales' articles, to learning how to love them, it's been an exercise in working it all out.
The buzz has always been that 'sales' articles do better financially than 'information' articles. I didn't want to! Back in the Tips and Tricks for 100 pages, I even resorted to singing West Side Story songs in protest. The experienced writers maintained that it was the way forward.
Well, I've been there now. I have data. I know much better what is going to work for me. ('It isn't true, not for me! It's true for you, not for me!' Sorry, West Side Story attacked again...)
As you can probably tell by all of the Halloween and Christmas Wizzles, I've discovered that 'sales' articles can be quite lucrative. They were all right. Every single person who kindly repeated the mantra to me when I was young and foolish.
Up to a point.
Did I sell a lot of Halloween costumes? Yes, I did. Not enough to buy a tropical island to retire upon, but there was a smile on my face as I checked Amazon. But they are not where the bulk of my earnings have come from.
The top two articles in my 'module clicks' tabs are both 'information' ones. The most consistently lucrative Wizzle, in actual sales, is most definitely an 'information' one. (I really didn't expect to sell a thing off it! And it's been steady for three months now.) The biggest single sale that I had from any article at all was an 'information' one.
Maybe I'm an anomaly, I don't know. My experiences have definitely been swimming against the tide of the perceived wisdom passed down by our wise, tribal elders. Please note that I'm not saying that my 'sales' articles have yielded nothing, they have; but my 'information' articles have monetized much better so far.
Obviously this is an unfolding story, so watch this space.