Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Why do some articles take off immediately?

My article on deducting private school tuition on taxes, Need Tuition Deductions?, took off right away (10+ page views on day one).

Meanwhile, other articles, such as Federal Energy Tax Credits and Solar, Wind and Geothermal Energy Tax Credits did fairly well also.

But Need a Social Security Card for a New Baby?  Not so much.  And one of the biggest disappointments has been an article on SR22 Insurance, which helps people with DWI/DUI records get auto insurance again.  I thought that would do very well - it's informative, has good links, god keyword phrases, and yet I'm lucky to get a handful of hits per day.

But then articles on earthquakes in Guatemala and Haiti do amazingly well, and this article on A Modest Proposal has REALLY shocked me by getting strong page views every day since it was published.

I supposed people want to read about eating poor children more than about getting car insurance.

Monday, February 22, 2010

$1.92/article/month

I am now the Feature Writer for History and Philosophy Books at Suite101 !  I get a 10% bonus and when I reach 100 articles (31 to go) I get an additional 10%.

I've computed my average per article per month earnings (before the new bonus) at $1.92.  I'd love to edge over $2 and keep it there, with a focus on writing 55-60 articles/month for the next 18 months.  That gets me to 1,000 articles, bringing in a steady projected $2,000+.

And I'll just keep on writing from there...