March 2014 Earning Money in Pajamas

My goal for earning money in pajamas is three months in for 2014. This year, I’m well ahead of this time last year. Through March 2013, I’d earned $638.28. That was just over $200 per month last year. I fell short of my $5,000 yearly goal. This March, I made almost as much as I made in the first three months of the year combined last year. My goal for the year is $5400 ($450 per month). Every month I go over my monthly goal gets me closer to the ultimate goal for the year. So, without further ado, here is my earnings summary for March 2014:

Freelance Writing: $634.54

Swagbucks: $25

Bing Rewards: $3

As is apparent from the summary, I was able to cash in $662.54 for March 2014, which was nearly $25 more than my January-March earnings last year. When added to the income I’d already made for January and February, I’m now up to $1743.20 for 2014, which is around $400 more than I’d need to be on track to meet my annual goal. So, until next time, keep earning money in pajamas, and I’ll continue to do so as well. Sign up to keep up with my progress.

Online Earning Report–February 2014

I’m now in my second year of tracking my earnings online to help people see how it can be done. I’ve now earned over $5,000 in the past 14 months. I set a goal of $5,400 for 2014. I started out the year very strongly, earning $597.33 for January. I continued my work during February. This month is the shortest of the year, so it can be difficult to keep up with online earnings. I still did pretty well. Here are my earning streams. Unfortunately, little of it was passive income, although I’m building up some accrued income that’s not been paid out yet and should be in the next month or so.

Freelance writing: $480.33

Swagbucks: $25.00 (sign up for Swagbucks here–I could earn a referral commission)

Bing Rewards: $3.00 (sign up for Bing Rewards here–I could earn a referral)

MTurk: $3.00 (sign up for MTurk here–there is no referral program with MTurk)

My total earnings for February were $511.33. When added with my earnings for January, I’ve earned $1,108.66, which is 20.5 percent of my annual goal with just 16.6667 percent of the year completed. That means I’m ahead of my goal for the year.

Is Bing Rewards a Scam

One of the first things that I wonder when I find out about another money-making site is whether or not its a scam. I’ve been seeing ads for Bing Rewards for quite some time on Swagbucks (you can sign up for Swagbucks here), and I wondered if Bing Rewards is a scam. I must confess that I just signed up for Bing Rewards because there was a limited-time offer of a 100 Swagbuck (basically $1) sign up bonus.

Earning Bing Rewards Points 

The BIng Rewards program works like many of the other search and earn sites. It is run by Microsoft’s search platform. You perform searches, and you get one point for every two searches that you make through Bing. Unlike a site like Swagbucks, you’re basically limited to 15 points for searching each day until you get to 750 points and Gold status. Then your earning ability goes up to 20 search points per day.

Cashing in Bing Rewards

Rewards range from discount online coupons to the e-gift cards that are familiar with Swagbucks. I don’t usually post a review on this site until I’ve actually been paid by the program under review. This review is the same. I was able to cash out for a $3 Amazon gift card, which I promptly applied to my account. My gift card balance went up by $3, and I used it promptly to buy a book that I was planning to get anyway.

Unlike Swagbucks you cannot get PayPal cash directly from Bing Rewards. That does not mean that cash is an impossibility. There is a backdoor way to cash out with PayPal. When you get enough to get 500 Swagbucks, you could transfer those Swagbucks to PayPal. These transfers require 2,500 Swagbucks and pay out $25.

The $3 Amazon card that I cashed out required 340 points. After you’ve cashed out a reward and earned 750 points on the site, you are bumped up to Gold Status (the highest available at this point), and you can then get a discount on all of your redemptions. The $3 Amazon card drops from 340 points to 330 points. I’m thinking about using the points to go for 500 Swagbucks next time. I’ll have Gold Status by that point and will have to pay only 475 points, rather than the normal 525.

Maxing out Bing Rewards Quickly Every Day

So, to answer the question, is Bing Rewards a scam, no, it is not. It is a legitimate way to make some side income online. It may seem like a very time consuming way to make cash, but it really only takes about a minute a day. When you perform your first search, the site posts some related searches on the right-hand side of the page. You may have to scroll down a bit for these, but they are frequently on the top right of the page. Clicking one of these one after the other will cause the meter to go up very quickly.

Here is my dashboard from Bing Rewards. It shows my last cash out, my goal, and my lifetime earnings.

Here is my dashboard from Bing Rewards. It shows my last cash out, my goal, and my lifetime earnings.

BIng Rewards Is NOT a Scam

Bing Rewards can be a very good way to earn a reward of 500 Swagbucks basically every month. This can go toward PayPal cash in amounts like $25, $50, and $100 for $0.01 per Swagbuck. You can sign up for Bing Rewards here. Please note that I am eligible for a referral bonus should you use my link. I thank you should you choose to do so. You can still earn by signing up on your own. I have used this site, and will continue regardless. If you want to read up on Swagbucks you can read my Swagbucks review here.

Good luck as you continue to earn money in pajamas.

January 2014 Earning Money in Pajamas

Last year, I kept track of my progress monthly to show how close I was getting to my annual goal of $5,000 in online earnings. I was short of this total, and I was only able to earn a little over $4,300. I was not frustrated, though, because that was $4,300 I would not have earned had I not started out with a goal to make money online.

This year, I decided to up the ante, and set a goal of $450 per month for 2014, which comes out to $5,400 for the year. I’m using many of the same income streams that I had before, but I’ll also try to bring in a few more over the course of the year to see how other options work. Without further ado, here is my first earnings report for 2014. In January, I earned from the following sources:

CashCrate: $22.40

Swagbucks: $125.00

Amazon’s MTurk: $5.32

Freelance Writing: $444.61

Total for January 2014: $597.33

Total for 2014: $597.33

Amount remaining before reaching 2014 goal: $4,802.67

This was a much better start to my year than last January, in which I only brought in $187.31. If I can keep up my current rate, I should be able to meet my goal of earning money in pajamas this year.

Setting Online Earning Goals–2014 Edition

Last January, I posted that it was important to set goals in any venture. The world of online earning is no different. My post on setting online earning goals was not my most popular post, but I was able to share my goal with the world (or at least those who wanted to know what my goals were). My goal for last year was to earn $5,000 online for 2013. I fell a bit short at just over $4,300, as noted in my final monthly earning report for 2013.

This year, I decided to be a bit more ambitious. Some people might wonder why I would not scale back after failing to meet my ultimate goal. I would argue that it is important to attempt to exceed previous goals. Therefore, I decided that a good number for this year would be $450 per month. Should I be able to keep up that pace over the course of the year, I would earn $5400 for 2014. That’s almost enough to max out a Roth IRA for the year for those who have their finances in order.

I’ll detail how I did this in another post later this month, but it appears that I exceeded $500 in earnings in January. If I could keep this amount up, I would be able to post more than $6,000 in online earnings for the year, and this would greatly exceed my goal. I’m still convinced that the way to achieve great things in any venture is to set achievable goals that can incrementally go higher and higher. That’s the reason for my higher goal this year. If I don’t make it, I can at least say that I went down swinging.

What are your online earning goals for 2014? Failing to set one will probably mean that you won’t make as much as you might hope. It’s a good idea to break the annual goal into monthly, or even weekly goals. My yearly goal of $5,400 will be just over $100 per week. Good luck as you try to build your wealth through online earning this year.

Final 2013 Online Earnings

I began 2013 with a goal of earning $5,000 online during the year. I worked hard for much of the year, and made some money each month. Some months, I earned well over $500. Others, I earned less than $200. December was pretty much in the middle. Without further ado, here are my earnings from December:

Freelance writing: $177.14

Bubblews: $25.23

MTurk: $5.15

Total for December $202.52

This income for December, when added to my previous online earnings for the year brings my grand total for 2013 to $4.363.93.

While this was a bit over $600 less than my initial goal, it is nonetheless a nice chunk of change that I was able to make while I was basically sitting at home, many times watching TV. I also should point out that there were some accrued earnings in a few income streams that will have to wait to be realized until 2014.

The question remains, can you earn money by blogging? Yes, you can still earn money blogging. While much of my income came from freelance writing, I was able to capitalize on my blog and actually make a bit of a profit (my estimate is around $500).  I’m going to post on here what my goals for 2014 are going to be. What are your online earning goals looking like?

Can You Still Make Money Blogging in 2014?

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Earning Money on a Blog is Still Possible, even in 2014!

One of the biggest questions that is probably on the mind of those who are reading a blog about making money is whether it is still possible to make money blogging. I would argue that yes, it is still possible to make money blogging in 2014.

My First (Feeble) Attempts at Blogging

I was late to the game when it came to blogging. I actually started blogging in 2010, hoping to supplement my meager income as I transitioned into a job as a graduate assistant.  Some of the leading bloggers, like Darren Rowse,  who make money started five or ten years before my foray into the “business” of blogging.  Yet, after reading a post on Rowse’s becoming a six-figure blogger, I decided to give it a try.

I realized that the money would not roll in automatically, so I was surprised that I got a click on Google’s AdSense worth a whopping $0.59 within a week. I expected my blog to gather steam because I had something worth saying.  I got a handful of visits for each post, but soon became frustrated because I had earned a total of $0.64 by the end of the year for my efforts.

My first blog was a random, stream-of-thought type of blog that did not really draw much in the way of search traffic. I then learned about the importance of setting up a niche and trying to get search engine traffic that way. Since I was a wannabe academic, I decided to post information on my major field of study. My second blog is still up and getting much more traffic than my first effort.  Yet, it has not really drawn the income that I’d hoped. I also have a third blog on saving money on travel that I’ve not updated much.

Changing to a Paid Platform

My first three blogging efforts were set up on Google’s Blogger platform. This platform is free, but has some limitations as to what you can do with it. I read up on blogging for money on sites like ProBlogger and ChristianPF. Just about every post that I read recommended that would-be bloggers set up with a paid blogging platform with WordPress through a hosting agent. ChristianPF recommended the use of HostGator. Finally, after over two years of little success at drawing traffic with a blog, I set up this blog on earning money online. I took the recommendation of ChristianPF, and set up a WordPress account through HostGator. (Continue below the image)

I paid for my domain name and my hosting through HostGator, and they allowed me to download the WordPress software that I use on this blog. You can get a good introductory deal on this service by clicking the link on the sidebar that looks like the one above. (Please note that I can get a referral if you do, but also please note that I use this hosting service myself with no complaints in a year.)

My First Post on My New Earning Money Online Blog

I set up my first post on earning money in pajamas without leaving the house via the Internet in early January last year. I posted a couple of backlinks on sites like RedGage and Twitter to attempt to draw some traffic. That first month, I averaged a grand total of four visitors per day.  This was a pretty inauspicious start. The next month, my traffic grew by 25 percent to a whopping five visitors per day.

Traffic and Earnings Growth

After a few posts and a few months, my traffic really started to pick up. By the end of the year, I had over 50,000 visitors to the site.  I’d also started to earn money. I estimate that I’ve profited well over $500 in 2013 on this blog alone, and I’m still earning money every day so far this year. My hope is that I’ll be able to grow the traffic and continue to earn and see an increase for 2014.

While I’ve made a few bucks here and there off of my earlier blogging attempts, I’ve really started to draw a more regular income from this site. This proves that it is still possible to make money online through blogging. What are some steps that you can use to earn money by blogging?

1. Select a niche that interests people. (earning money online from home in my spare time was my niche)

2. Set up a paid blogging account. (you can do this through HostGator by using the links on this page)

3. Treat the blog as a business. (i.e., you have to sell something–a referral program or an e-book is a good start)

4. Interact and get your blog promoted on various social media sites.

Can you still earn money by blogging in 2014? Yes, you can. However, I have to give the caveat that it is not really all that easy. Additionally, it is very competitive, and it might take some time to draw an audience. With some trial and error, it is possible to earn money with your own website. The sooner you start, the more time to learn and give yourself an opportunity to start earning money without leaving your home.

New Year’s Resolutions for Making Money Online

Tomorrow is January 1. This is the day that many people decide to start New Years’ resolutions. Most of these are pretty good ideas that include losing weight, quitting smoking, or some other health or relationship-related resolution.

Losing weight is not the only type of resolution that people should think about, though. Last year, I decided to take the plunge and go for a blog on a paid platform after a couple of years on a free site (I still have a couple of blogs up on free sites). My resolution was to really try and earn some money from the site. Earnmoneyinpajamas.com, the site that you are now reading was the site that I decided to set up.

I was able to post on a weekly basis for the first few months before a move and a new full-time job after three years as a full-time grad student. I was hoping to earn a few bucks a month from my efforts to help my with my monthly bills and living expenses. While this site did not make me rich by any stretch of the imagination, I was able to earn a few hundred bucks with it over the course of the year. One post brought in a large percentage of the traffic and the income, so much of the income was actually the best kind–passive income.

One of my first ever posts discussed how it is important to have goals. The online earning game (or, more like online earning job) requires planning. I set a goal of earning $5,000 through various online efforts during 2013. With just a day left in the year, I’m looking like I’ll be just over $500 short of the goal. While this is a bit disappointing, I can’t say that it’s devastating.

My efforts paid off in around over $80 per week on average. There were some weeks where I earned in the hundreds. There were some where I earned about $20. Regardless, I earned every week, and my total earnings added up to over $4,000 for the year. That’s the equivalent of working about 12 hours per week at the local WalMart at minimum wage with a fraction of the headache. It’s also $4,000 more than I would have made had I not started to look into making money online a few years ago.

My New Years’ Resolution for this year will be to update this blog with more information on earning money online. I hope to learn about more ways to earn money while sitting at home in my pajamas to help myself, as well as my readers. I also hope to raise the goal for online earnings above my previous goal. My hope is to gain a bit more in passive income each year to the point where I can save up some serious money.

Do you have any New Years’ resolutions related to earning money via differing means?

Earning Money in Pajamas in November

In November, I was able to inch my earnings up over what I had earned in October. Through October, I had earned $4,049.91 through my online efforts. I have done quite well over the course of the year, in my estimation, and if I can make this much next year in addition to my new full-time job, I should be in pretty good shape. My hope is that some of the efforts I’ve made will start producing a more and more passive income.

Without further ado, here are my online earnings for November:

Freelance Writing: $106.50

CashCrate: $24.12 You can sign up for CashCrate via the link and start earning money today.

My total earnings for the month of November were up to $130.62. This brings my total for the year up to $4,156.41. I am around $850 short of my goal of $5,000 in online earnings that I started with at the beginning of the year, but I’m OK with this. Had I not started with this goal at all, it is likely that I might be well short of even this achievement. My goal is to continue earning money online in 2014 to help my monthly cash flow. Every little bit counts and helps.

October Earnings Report

This month has been quite busy for me, so I’m a bit late on posting the online earnings report. I did not do as well in October as most other months this year, but I’ve been much more busy with my real job. As a grad student with my work completed, I had much more time (and much less income) for much of the past year. Coming into this month, I had $3,921.26 in online earnings for the year. That was just over $1,000 under my earning goal for the year. Here are my online earnings for October:

Freelance Writing: $85.92

Bubblews: $25.03 (Some people are making hundreds on this site per month, but they are much more active than I am.)

Swagbucks: $10.00

MTurk: $7.70

This made my total earnings for October $128.65 and brings my total for the year to $4,049.91. I have now crossed the $4,000 barrier. I will probably be a bit short of my goal, but this money will be nothing to sneeze at as I attempt to pay down debt from school. My earnings for November already promise to be around the same level. Good luck as you attempt to earn money in active and passive ways online.