Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Before and After

The other day I was going through some of Maddie's old clothes and I cam across her preemie outfits.  It is hard to remember that my chubby little baby was ever so tiny.  To show the contrast I made up a short slideshow of pictures from her first few months and recent pictures.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Writing Update

Somehow I think I missed April.  It just flew by and I don't know where it went.  I didn't get as much writing done, but I was able to write about 12 articles on Helium.com.  I need to make sure that I don't slack off.  My goal is to write a minimum of one article on Ehow and Helium every day.  

This is a screenshot of my ehow.com earnings.  So far I have 29 articles written and have earned about $35 on them.  I made $19.86 in April, but the cool thing is that I didn't write any new articles in April.  This is what I love about writing for the web.  The articles I write now will make me money for months to come.  I am constantly learning what kind of articles earn the best, and how to optimize them for the search engines.  Eventually, I hope to have several hundred articles which are making me a few hundred dollars a month with little additional work.

This is a screenshot from my Helium account.  I've only earned $5.63 in views, but I have earned $80.00 in upfront payments and marketplace sales.  Basically, I earn $1.50 for each article I write, plus a share of the site revenue based on my page views.  I have also sold four articles to the Marketplace for $10 each.  The marketplace is where publishers request articles on specific titles and indicate how much they are willing to pay for them and how many they are willing to buy.  I am getting a lot of experience writing for them and am building up my portfolio at the same time so I can start getting freelance work on my own.  I have two other articles I wrote for Marketplace that I haven't heard back from.  If they are selected, I'll earn another $50.

So far, my progress has been slow, but I kind of see it like a snowball.  I really think that it will keep building until it will finally become large enough for me to stay home with Maddie.

Selling Out to the Man

You may have noticed a few changes to my blog, especially the new ads for Amazon on the right hand side.  This is another step in my SAHM quest.  Basically, I get a small referral fee whenever anyone buys something after using one of my links to Amazon even if it is a different product from the one they originally clicked on.  So, in other words, if you need to buy something from Amazon, use one of my links and help a sister out!