This past week’s work went fairly well. I did my usual five articles for my private client, then concentrated on my other blogs. I got an email from my client telling me to feel free to pick up more articles because they have quite a bit they need written. I have decided to concentrate on just that client’s work. I will continue to work on my own projects too, but I really need the active income this client is bringing in.
My goal with concentrating on this one client (very taboo in the world of freelance writing) is to throw most of the money I make at our credit card debt. We aren’t drowning in debt, but we have more than I would like. So if I spend a few months writing mostly for this client, I may be able to knock out a chunk of our debt.
I will continue to update my blogs. While I have no issue adding content, it is the marketing aspect of it that is holding me up. I’m still trying to play with what type of marketing would be best. The consensus from other writers seems to be to get involved with social media. That is really great if you know where to start. I have a few ideas. I am most familiar with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. So, I think I will make a plan to get some accounts started for my blogs on those platforms.
I hope to be able to work more for my client this week. I’m taking my kids on an outing tomorrow and Thursday I have an appointment, so it’s going to be tight. But I have set a monetary goal, and I am going to do my best to achieve it.
Here’s a quick update on my progress towards a full-time writing income:
1. Still working with my private client which I average about $50/week. I hope this is long term. I’ve written for this client in the past and they suddenly had to “lay me off” so to speak. They did this without any type of notice at all. So that’s one of my biggest pieces of advice– always have lots of eggs in your basket. You never know when a writing job will dry up. Luckily for me, this client got in touch with me when they had more work. So I’m hoping it lasts a while.
2. I got paid by Cash Crate. Cash Crate is a get-paid-to company that pays you for taking surveys, completing offers, etc. It takes a while to get paid unless you do a ton of offers. I mostly just check in each day which pays a few cents. But it does add up, so be sure to check them out.
3. I was also paid by Blogmutt. This is a site I discovered. It’s pretty easy work and they do pay. You can choose from a set of keywords and write a 300 word blog post about it. It is fairly easy work, but the catch is that the client can reject it or request revisions. I just did a few articles to see how it worked. I’m happy to say I received my payment for those exactly as promised. I plan to do more work for them.
4. I have neglected some of my own blogs a bit. We had a busy week during the 4th of July so most of my own work was set on the back burner. I was checking my Google Analytics and noticed that my wedding site has been receiving a decent amount of hits. So one of my goals is to add more content to it. It is still a young blog, but I was happy to see the progress it has made. It is actually ranked in the top five in Google when searching for my keyword. I wrote two new posts for it today.
5. One of my goals in the next few weeks is to build up both my social networking and marketing. That means lots of pinning and tweeting.
That’s all that’s going on for now. Still chugging along, trying to make a living!
Here are some writing projects I’ve completed:
1. Wrote a test article for a private client
2. Wrote a few posts for Bubblews
3. Wrote two posts for Blogmutt
4. Did some work for a few content mills
I’ve also spent some time making a list of posts I want to write for my own niche blogs.
I hope to eventually make all of my residual income from my blogs. I have four right now, including this one. My goal for July is to get them filled up with content. However, I still need to make a bit of active income at the same time. It’s all about finding balance.
So that’s today. Check back soon. I hope to be reporting some income at some point pretty soon.
Today was my first full day back to writing since my vacation. I got a few things accomplished:
- Wrote two blogs for blogging clients.
- Started a LinkedIn page-why it took me so long to do that I will never know.
- Re-wrote a web article on Textbroker.
- Composed outlines for other articles.
- Researched and applied for other writing services.
My writing process often includes the use of outlines. They keep me on track and allow for an article that flows well. If you are going to write for money, I highly suggest using outlines.
I wrote quite a few posts for my own niche blogs and scheduled them out to post twice a week. My focus for my blogs now is to market them for traffic. That’s always the hardest part; getting people to your site. I think that takes way more time than actually writing the content. Maybe I’m doing it the hard way. If you have any tips on how to increase traffic, just leave them in the comments for all to see!
That’s it for tonight. I have a few goals for tomorrow. One is to get up several hours before my kids so I can get some work done in peace and quiet. I’m reading through Andy Traub’s book, Early To Rise.
I highly recommend this book. It is incredibly motivating. I am NOT a morning person at all, but the challenge set in this book has really helped me get myself moving much earlier in the day.
I’ll update my progress tomorrow!
Nor did I abandon my 300 Days of Residual Writing project. It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for me. Here’s the scoop:
I’ve been writing up a storm for my niche blogs. I’m really trying to get them to a point of ranking well, but that means tons and tons of writing. So that has kept me busy. Plus, I have needed to amp up my active writing as well in order to maintain a decent immediate income.
On a personal note, my ten year wedding anniversary was last week, and my darling husband surprised me with a cruise to Mexico!! Holy cow, was it ever wonderful! And it was much needed. He and I have not gotten away together in a couple of years. We really managed to relax and reset, which helped both of us return to our work with energy and enthusiasm.
I will be resuming my regular residual writing updates here, so stay tuned. I hope to have some fun ideas to share very soon.
So here’s my last two days progress:
Day 3– Not a darn thing. The stomach flu hit my house with vengeance. Three out of the five members of my household were very, very ill. Needless to say, I was unable (and unwilling) to get any kind of work done.
Day 4– Today, I have done a few things. One thing I have done is move this blog to WordPress. I have several blogs on WordPress, so I figured I would place this one there as well. It is nice to have everything in once place.
Other than that, I plan to write at least five posts for each of my existing blogs and follow along with the The Niche Blogger plan.
I don’t anticipate getting much done the next two days. Weekends are always tough around here. If I can drag myself out of bed early enough, I will try to get at least three or four articles written.
Have a great weekend!
Today is the second day I have devoted to my residual writing. I did quite a bit today so far. I still have more to do once my kids have dinner and go to bed. I feel sorta guilty for not interacting with them as much as I should. We did spend the entire day yesterday outside playing in the pool, so maybe that can make up for today a bit.
I”m hoping to figure out a writing schedule that will allow me to get my work done while still entertaining my children. It would be a bit easier if they were older, but I don’t want to rush them into growing up. So for now, I will do what I can when I can.
Today, I worked on my new wedding blog. I wrote six posts and designed and implemented my header. I got all my widgets and monetizing set up. I think I am finally happy with it. When I’m designing a blog, it seems to take me forever to figure out what ads I want where, where I want my menus, etc. I really need to get faster about that. I think what I may do is use the same template for all my blogs for now. Some niches rank better when content is placed in a certain place, but I think having them all look the same will save me time, which is at a premium.
Later on this evening, I hope to get some posts up on Bubblews as well.
I’ve go a lot to do. Back to work for me!
Hope you all have a great day!
I have decided to start my project to complete at least one residual income task a day. You can read my post about that here. I decided on 300 days arbitrarily. I figured that was a nice, even number. And realistically I know I will need to have days when I can be free of the computer.
Here are my methods of making residual income:
- Continue building my niche blogs using the lessons I learned from The Niche Blogger. Try The Niche Blogger for FREE! Click Here for a FREE 3 Day Trial
- Write ten articles a day for Bubblews. You can join that site here: http://www.bubblews.com/?referral=517e88ddd40583.70027009
- Write between one and five articles for residual sites and have them point back to my blogs.
These are three ways I”m hoping to build up to a full-time freelancing income. I may come across more as time goes on, but for now this is what I’m sticking with. I’ll be updating my progress daily here on this blog. Hopefully I can get this going and have great news to report!
Wish me luck!
I made my very first affiliate sale this weekend! It’s not much, but it’s progress. I love the idea of affiliate marketing. I can promote products that I love and potentially make a little extra money on the side.
This isn’t much of a post, but I wanted to share my excitement! My goal of having a full-time freelance income is getting closer. One day at a time…
I’ve seen some of my fellow writers challenge themselves to do some kind of residual writing every day for a length of time– some are doing it for 400 days while others are doing it for less.
This makes sense to me. One of my biggest problems with freelance writing is deciding how much time to devote to residual income and how much to active income. Active income is important because it pays me right away. But residual is just as important because it builds up over time, potentially making quite a bit of money over the course of time.
The drawback to residual income is that you don’t see the results right away. That makes it easy to push residual writing to the side for writing for active income that I know I will be paid for within the next couple of weeks.
With the advice of some of my fellow writers at a writing forum I frequent, I have decided to try a couple of strategies regarding my residual writing.
First, I will devote the first hour of my work day to residual writing only. That means I will work solely on either one of my blogs, rev share sites like Bubblews, or my ebook project. After that, I can focus on my active income. That way, I’m guaranteeed to not push off my residual writing for active writing projects.
Secondly, I have decided to join some of my fellow writers in the challenge to write some sort of residual writing every day. I haven’t decided on a length of time– 365 days sounds ideal, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself. So, I will make that decision soon and update here.
I will document my residual writing project here on this blog, so I invite you to come back each day to follow my progress. I am hoping that this will encourage the freelance writier in all of us to get out there and make a significant income at home.