Friday, April 30, 2010

Crossed $1000 on Suite a while ago, sold another Seed article

It's been an extremely busy week, but I sold another Seed article ($10) and crossed the $1000 mark at Suite on April 22, 17 days before I'd predicted I would!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sold my first article on SEED.com!

YAY!  It's a little $10 article and it took me all of 15 minutes to put together, done this morning while nursing a baby in my lap.

I submitted 3 articles at SEED 9 days ago and they haven't been reviewed.  Submitted this one a few hours ago and BAM! Accepted!

Woot!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cracked the $20 barrier on Suite

Today I went over $20 for a day of revenue at Suite.  My 30% bonus for being a Feature Writer with more than 100 articles certainly helped!

I made as much today as I have ever made for my highest-paying Demand Studios flat fee article.  Hmmm...time to redouble efforts at Suite.  I've backed off because of some format transitions and a hacker problem they had that caused tech issues.  Boy do I need to get back to work!

I've made more in these first 7 days of April than I did in all of December 2009.

A few of my most recent articles at Suite include:

Mass Save Dishwasher Cash for Clunkers Appliance Rebate Details - now THERE is a mouthful, huh?  This is something new I'm trying, taking search phrases people use most to get to my other articles, then spinning new articles out of those phrases.  We'll see if it works. Boy do I wish this had been in place when we bought our dishwasher in January!  Argh!

Free Home Inspector Training - interesting topic, and I was surprised to learn how it works. 

Gluten Free Menus - Legal Seafoods - a lovely restaurant where my family can eat and not worry about GF issues.  Expensive, though!

Free Home Health Aide Training in NYC - another spinoff article from one of my earlier topics.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

WordTracker SEO Blogger - Another Tool for SEO Writers

I have to simultaneously plug two great SEO tools in this post: the No Job for Mom blog and the WordTracker SEO Blogger extension on Firefox.

The two are related!  I love Felicia's blog and learned about this great SEO tool from one of her posts, which you can read here: WordTracker SEO Blogger extension on Firefox.

This tool helps you pick keywords and track how often they're being used as you write. Ah - something that makes the crazymaking easier. I like!  I like!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sometimes it's not all about SEO

Sometimes I write articles like Second Chance Checking because I think it might go somewhere with SEO and revenue.

And then sometimes I spend four hours thoroughly enjoying myself and crafting a lovely - but likely non-earning - book review of an AMAZING book called Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love.

Thank goodness I get the chance to do both.

Google Trends Experiment is Working

So a few days ago I decided to try seeing if there were topics on Google Trends worth writing about.  For me to write an article some criteria needed to be met:

1. Is it a topic that is evergreen OR seasonal and will be relevant next year?
2. If no, is it a topic that could make decent money in a short burst of time?

I found two topics and wrote about them - I describe this in my Google Trends post.

The Honey Baked Ham article took OFF.  Over 400 PV now in under 3 days.  The NYS Unemployment article is puttering along in the 20s.

My revenue, though, has skyrocketed. Now, to be fair, ALL my articles are up for page views, so it's also possible that the Honey Baked Ham article has nothing to do with rev.  I was going for ads about coupons and hoping people would click on those, but there are no Honey Baked Ham coupon ads on the article!

SO off to check out Google Trends for ideas...