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March 2012 Earnings Report

I was fortunate enough to benefit from an impressive increase in earnings during March that resulted in me having my best month ever since getting on the passive income merry-go-round about 6 months ago.  Here is the breakdown for the month:

AdSense:  $65.91 ( +4.6% compared to last month’s $63.00)
HubPages:  $61.42 ( +653.6% over last month’s $8.15)
Squidoo:  $2.35 (earnings last month were $0.00)
Affiliate sales:  $3.06 (earnings last month were $0.0)
Book sales:  $0.0 (earnings last month were $1.79)
Total:   $132.74 ( +82% compared to last month’s $72.94) 

 Year-to-Date Income:  $264.61

For the first time, the majority of my earnings did not come from AdSense.  Running the numbers, approximatel 49.65% of the income came from AdSense, while 50.35% came from elswhere.  It’s a small distinction, but I’m actually over the moon about it, because it indiciates that I’m not a one-trick pony that is totally dependent on AdSense for revenue.  (Don’t get me wrong, I want as much AdSense revenue as possible, but I also want to be diversified in case I have a weak month with respect to AdSense.)  Revenue from WebAnswers decreased for the first time (down to $58.95).  Another first:  WebAnswers was not the top-earning site for me – HubPages was.  Again, these are things I’m happy about because it shows that the diversification of my eforts is paying off.   

I was happy to once again have some affiliate sales.  (I’ve got to make that a bigger part of my revenue picture.)  I was also giddy about finally having earnings from Squidoo.  Let’s hope I can increase those earnings at the same pace as I did for HubPages. 

Speaking of HubPages, I can’t help but be excited about the gains there.  I clearly had a very good month, but there’s no way I can maintain that kind of growth on a regular basis.   Still, it does give an indication of the potential available on HubPages.

Sadly, no book sales in March.  As always, I am still looking to remedy that situation as soon as time becomes available to do so.   

Overall, I think March was a very good month.  I haven’t yet reached my first stepping-stone of $5 per day, but I’m getting close.  of course now, the goal for April is to earn $5/day or $150 total by month’s end.  As usual, here are the sites and resources I’m using as the foundation for building my own passive income streams: 

 

 

***Please note that many of the links above are affiliate links, which means that I will earn a commission if you purchase products or services via the links I have provided.  More information about these products and services is available on my Resources page.

In retrospect,  Q&A site WebAnswers is still the best earner for me on an overall basis, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to start earning online.  Also, don’t forget about the article-writing, revenue-sharing sites – HubPages, Squidoo, etc.  

Also, to the extent that you are engaged in the pursuit of passive income yourself, don’t forget to promote your efforts – especially  via backlinking with social media sites, like Socialadr, a bookmarking service that gets you lots of free backlinks.  (In fact, you can find more on backlinking in my article on How to Get Hundreds of Free Backlinks.)  Of course, not everything you utilize needs to be free; some items are well worth the price  – e.g., Market Samurai.

February 2012 Earnings Report

First of all, I am publishing these earnings extraordinarily late.  Part of the reason is that I had to go out of town for business, but I also wrestled with how to report some of the income.  For instance, I apparently had some book sales in months past for which the royalties are only just being added to my account, so I had to determine whether to report them in the current month or go back and amend prior reports.  Since I don’t want to be constantly amending past reports, I decided to report them when they are received in my account.

Moving on to the the meat-and-potatoes of this report, earnings in February 2012 increased from the prior month, per the following  breakdown:

AdSense:  $63.00 ( +7% compared to last month’s $58.93)
HubPages:  $8.15 ( +206% over last month’s $2.66)
Affiliate sales:  $0.0 (earnings last month were also $0.0)
Book sales:  $1.79 (earnings last month were $0.0)
Total:   $72.94 ( +24% compared to last month’s $58.93) 

 Year-to-Date Income:  $131.87

As in the past, the majority of the AdSense revenue ($61.11) came from WebAnswers, making it my top-performing revenue source for the fourth month in a row.  The remainder of the AdSense revenue came from article-writing sites. 

For the second consecutive month there were no affiliate sales.  I’m disappointed, but not discouraged.  For me, this just highlights the need to have diverse streams of income, because you never know when one will dry up.  (Needless to say, I will continue looking for ways to improve affiliate sales.)

I am quite pleased with the HubPages revenue.  As I mentioned in January’s report, I signed up for the 30-Hubs-in-30-Days Challenge (which I was able to complete) and it paid big dividends in the form of increased traffic and revenue for my hubs. 

Finally, I had a few more book sales.  As I’ve mentioned before, the income isn’t really anything to brag about at this point, but it’s one of those things I’m actually proud of.   Obviously (as I say every month), I need to put some more effort into promoting these.   

All in all, I’m rather happy with what I’ve been able to achieve in five short months of pursuing passive income.  I’m still trying to hit my goal of earning $5/day, and I honestly believe I can get there soon.    

Anyway, my goal now for March 2012 is to earn $5/day or a total of $155 by the end of the month.  As always, here are the sites and resources I’m using as the foundation for building my own passive income streams: 

 

 

***Please note that many of the links above are affiliate links, which means that I will earn a commission if you purchase products or services via the links I have provided.  More information about these products and services is available on my Resources page.

Looking back,  Q&A site WebAnswers is still earning the most money for me, and I recommend it first and foremost for anyone looking to start earning online.  Also, don’t forget about the article-writing, revenue-sharing sites  – HubPages, Squidoo, etc.  

Also, to the extent that you are engaged in the pursuit of passive income yourself, don’t forget to promote your efforts – especially  via backlinking with social media sites, like Socialadr, a bookmarking service that gets you lots of free backlinks.  (In fact, you can find more on backlinking in my article on How to Get Hundreds of Free Backlinks.)  Of course, not everything you utilize needs to be free; some items are well worth the price  – e.g., Market Samurai.

Hundreds of Backlinks You Can Get for Free

Everybody knows how the backlinks daisy-chain goes:  You need backlinks in order to get a higher ranking on Google.  Ranking higher on Google usually leads to more traffic.  More traffic usually translates into more dollars.  Thus, backlinks should be one of the major components of any marketing plan for your blog or website.  With that in mind, I’ve listed below some places where you can get free backlinks.

 

OnlyWire.com
Everyone knows that posting backlinks on social bookmarking sites is one of the most tiresome and time-consuming activities you have to engage in as part of article marketing.  But what if you could post to approximately 50 of the top social media sites (e.g., Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, etc.) in just a few minutes?  That’s the beauty of OnlyWire.  Rather than spending hours every day building backlinks, you can do it automatically in one shot.  Not bad, huh? 

OnlyWire offers a free trial subscription of 300 submissions to social bookmarking sites.  There’s no time limit;  the free trial stands until you use up your 300 submissions, at which point you can decide whether you want to get a paid subscription, or go back to posting backlinks manually.

SocialAdr.com
SocialAdr is probably one of the best sites for getting free backlinks, but it has a novel format.  You agree to post backlinks for other people on your accounts at various social bookmarking sites such as Twitter and the like.  In this manner, your earn credits which are utilized by having other people post backlinks to your sites on their social bookmarking accounts.  In other words, you will get other people providing backlinks to your blogs and sites.  And it’s totally free!  (Although there is an option for a paid subscription, which will provide a lot more backlinks.)

Backlinks Genie.com
Backlinks Genie is an automatic backlinks-builder that specializes in multi-tiered backlinking.  Basically, this consists of having a huge number of backlinks on the bottom or third tier, which in turn point back to several sites on the second tier.  The second-tier sites all point back to your primary site, which resides on the first tier.  This is actually a proven strategy that has been suggested many times all over the internet for increasing your site’s rank and traffic.  A free one-month trial is available for you to take the service for a test-drive.

SocialMonkee.com
SocialMonkee is a totally free backlinks site that will automatically build 25 backlinks every day to any URL you submit.  moreover, they have numerous sites they submit to, so there’s almost no chance that your URL will be submitted to the exact same sites every day.  There’s only one caveat here:  the free version of SocialMonkee only allows you to submit the same URL once.  (Upgrading to a paid subscription will allow you to submit to more sites, and allow you to submit the same URL more than once.

24:7 Backlinks.com
24:7 backlinks gives you 1000 free backlinks.  Moreover, you can designate the URLs and keywords that you want to focus on. 

 

Because backlinks are so important, you shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to get as many as possible, including those available through the free trial offers above.