As I said in my last post, I do work as a freelance writer, writing mainly for business owners and other bloggers. Freelance writing certainly has the potential to provide you with a nice income, whilst still allowing you to work from home wearing nothing but your pajamas if you so please.
Sure, working for yourself from home with no boss looking over your shoulder can certainly have a negative effect on your productivity, and writing can also be boring work to do sometimes when you have to write stuff on topics that you have little to no interest in. When that happens, the whole writing process can become very tedious.
All in all however, working as a freelance writer is not too shabby, hence why it is something that I plan on continuing doing for quite a while.
Passive Income, Here I Come!
However, the time has come for me to start building up some passive income streams. While working as a freelance writer is nice and all, I would like to start building on something on the side that I can proudly one day call my own. That was one of the reasons why I started this blog in the first place. However, I feel that this blog is not enough. How am I supposed to share advice with you if I have not done anything else on my own apart from writing articles here on this blog?
No, you see I plan to lead by example. I do not expect people to listen to my advice if I’m just all talk and no action. Why would you?
So without further ado, I hereby announce my plan to make some residual income off of articles. I am going to start submitting articles to a web 2.0 website called InfoBarrel (if you want to sign up, I would appreciate if you could go through my affiliate link here).
Now, it may not be a good idea to create and then upload content onto someone else’s website. Building a house on someone else’s property so to speak. However, I do not plan on writing that many, so if I were to lose them all or if I were to have my account banned for some odd reason, it would not be the end of the world. I also see it as an opportunity to learn a little bit more about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). I figure I could treat every little article as a little experiment. I will of course also track the performance of each article using Google Analytics.
Perhaps it will also serve as a great opportunity to find some good niches if I in the future were to ever have the desire to create a niche site (not something that I am currently planning on ever doing).
I plan on writing one article every day for the next 90 days starting tomorrow. I do not know if I can do it, but I will try. If I skip a day, then I will have to write two articles the next day, so on and so forth.
Of course, I could certainly write more than one every day, but because of the risk that comes with uploading content onto a website that I do not own myself, I figure that I am not going to put too much time into this. 90 articles sounds good enough to me, and if I really enjoy it I suppose I could always continue after I have passed the 90 article mark.
Quantity Aside, What About Quality?
I will certainly make sure to put out good content out there. I refuse to publish crap online. There is a ton of that already. Therefore all of the articles will be at least 700 words long, and all filled with informative content.
I will use Market Samurai (MS) for both researching keywords and to analyze the competition for each keyword. I have never owned a copy of MS but I have tried the trial version before (the trial version is two weeks long in case you want to try it out yourself). That was almost two years ago though, but from what I can remember from the short time that I spent using it, it was a very good tool.
I just signed up with Market Samurai again using another email address. I am not too sure if this is allowed or not but I figure I would do it anyway. Before we go on, I want to point out that I did not create a new email address for this purpose. I have just simply switched email accounts since last time. Anyway, if I still like it, I might become a customer of theirs.
All that said, I have used the free keyword research tool that comes along with MS on and off for the last two years (you can use the keyword research tool as much as you want).
Market Samurai seems to be the tool that most Internet marketers recommend when the subject of keyword research software comes up. It has plenty of positive reviews all over the Internet. In closing, from what it seems, Market Samurai is a pretty neat tool all in all.
Anyway, it seems that I have gone off on a tangent. Back to talking about my InfoBarrel plan.
Raking in the Dough
I would probably not undertake this endeavor if there were no possibility of making a bit of cash. It is not that I only care about money or anything, I just simply do not have an enormous amount of time left over after working on other things.
I plan on monetizing my ads with Adsense, and possibly also with Amazon and Chitika.
As I said earlier, I will treat these articles as tiny experiments. I doubt that I will make any big money doing this. This does not mean that you can’t rake in big bucks writing articles for websites like these. In fact, itt seems that there are quite a few people who are doing just that, some of them active users on InfoBarrel. One of them goes by the name of AJWalton (check out his stuff, his work ethic is inspiring). I do not know how much he makes each month as he keeps that to himself, but from what I can tell, he makes many hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars each month from the articles that he has submitted to InfoBarrel.
All that said, the truth is, I have a bad feeling about this whole thing. I mean, I am certainly excited about the possibility of becoming a better writer along with the possibility of making a bit of money on autopilot after the 90 days are over, but I just do not know if I will be able to write one article every day for 90 days in a row. Anyway, I suppose I have nothing to lose really so I will have a go at it.
Please leave a comment below and wish me luck. I am going to need it.