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May and June Earnings Report

I’ve been keeping up with monthly earnings reports for the past year and a half on this site, but alas, I have dropped the ball over the past month. Last month, I was away from home more than I was home, and my busyness kept me from posting a monthly report. Therefore, I’ve decided to combine the past two months into a single report that covers May and June. In case you haven’t read my previous updates, I’d earned $2,201.51 over the first four months of the year as I worked toward my ultimate goal of $450 a month ($5,400 for the year.)

So, here are my earnings from the past two months combined:

Swagbucks: $50.00

Cashcrate: $86.85

Hubpages: $54.30

Qmee: $1.62

Bubblews: $50.07

Freelance Writing: $460.60

TOTAL from May and June: $703.44

Total earnings for the first half of 2014: $2,904.95. I am nearly 54% of the way toward my goal of $5,400 in online earnings over the course of this year. I would point out that I’ve written about Bing Rewards on this site before. I continue to use this site, earning around 26 points per day through easy searches. I’ve been using the earnings for Swagbucks that can be transferred into PayPal cash and frequent flyer miles to keep my accounts current so that I don’t lose any miles. You won’t get rich on Bing Rewards or Swagbucks quickly, but they can definitely add a few bucks to your monthly income.  My hope is to make a few more bucks on here for July than the past few months to get ever closer to proving that I could fully fund an IRA on side Internet work. Summer is still in full swing, so find out how to earn some money on the side during summer here.

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July Earnings Report

I’ve been working online for the past few months working toward a goal of $5,000 for the year. Much like June, July was a pretty good month when it came to my online earnings. Most was active income, but some of my income was actually extremely passive (i.e., I did no additional work to earn it). That’s the best form of income, in my opinion. Coming into the month, I was up to $2,373.93 for the first six months of the year. I earned some additional funds in July that will bring that total up. Here were my earning streams for July:

Bubblews: $25.16

HubPages: $52.34

CashCrate: $202.57

Freelance Writing: $642.79

This brings my online earnings for July 2013 to a whopping $922.86. If I were to earn this every month, that would be around $11,000 for the year, and when added to my regular job, that would be a great supplement to my income. Of course, as someone in education, the summer is the period that I can actually spend more time working online, so earnings might drop. I can hope that passive income starts to snowball and add up over time.

When added to my previous earnings this year, my July’s earnings bring my annual total up to $3,296.79, just a bit over $1,700 from meeting my goal of $5,000 in my spare time for 2013. This is definitely within reach based upon what I’ve been able to earn throughout the year to this point. Do any of you have a similar goal? How is it coming? Making money online is not easy, but it can be done, and it can bring in a decent amount of income for those who work at it.

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Earning Money Online–May Earnings

The first post of the month, as always deals with my monthly earnings. I’ve set a goal of earning $5,000 online via various methods this year. I think the goal is achievable with a little hard work. Through April, I had earned a total of $913.13, which was an average of over $200 per month. May was a better month in terms of online earnings.

In May, I had the following earnings via online methods:

Freelance Writing: $387.19

Hubpages: $77.41

CashCrate: $81.93

MTurk: $4.80

Total online earnings for May 2013: $551.33

After adding the $913.13 that I’ve earned prior to this month, my total earnings for the year are up to $1,464.46, just over $3,500 short of the ultimate goal.

This was a record for online earnings for a month. I am hoping to eclipse it over the next few months. The goal is to start out with small numbers and then have them snowball over time into some really serious money. The best way to make real money is through passive income. These sources would be sources that continue to pay out over time with minimal work. Of course, there is some hard work necessary in the initial days and months of earning money online.

The next monthly earning results will be posted in the first half of next month. Hopefully, these earnings can inspire others to earn some extra money on the web.

 

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Earning Money from Home–April Earnings Report

Back in January, as noted on this site, I set a goal to earn $5,000 via various online means without leaving home during 2013. We are now done with four months of the year. As of the end of March, I reported a total of $638 and some change for the first three months of the year. I actually understated this amount, because I forgot to include the money that I earned from HubPages during the month. These earnings will be included below.

I did pretty well on some accounts during the month of April, considering that I was finishing up a major project for grad school. My goal is to get passive income that starts to snowball over time. I seem to be making close a buck a day from work I’ve already done. The goal is to turn that into $2, then into $5, then into…you get the idea. Passive income is the best kind of income. But, I digress. Without further ado, this is what I was able to make over the course of April (please note that these earnings do not include accrued earnings that will be paid out later):

HubPages: $70.77

Squidoo: $1.43

Freelance Writing: $127.91

Swagbucks: $50

Treasure Trooper: $20.71

MTurk: $4.03

My total earnings for the month totaled $274.85. This brings my total earnings for the year up to $913.13. With what I have already earned this month, I’m already over $1,000. What kind of earnings goals have you set this year?

 

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HubPages Review

This month’s review is of the online writing platform HubPages. I have actually done quite a bit of work on this site over the past year or so. I’ve also earned a bit of money (some of it while sleeping–the definition of passive income) in the process.  This article will explain 1) what HubPages is, 2) how to write an article (Hub) on HubPages, 3) how to make money on the site, and 4) the benefits of the HubPages Apprenticeship program. 

What Is HubPages?

HubPages is a great site for aspiring writers to get their feet wet in the world of online writing. The barrier to entry is quite low, but those Hubs (webpages) that are poorly written or on a topic that is not of interest to anyone will not do well because it will get no traffic from the HubPages community or from Google and the other search engines.

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It is easy to make an attractive webpage with no html or other coding experience, as the tools utilized by HubPages make it easy to set up a page by using a variety of modules. To avoid having a substandard hub, the site recommends that users post articles that are at least 500 words. It actually seems that articles of 1,500 words do best, but my best article has around 900 words (and over 6,000 page views).

Users can also insert pictures, videos, charts, maps, and polls that can help users interact even more. The site is a web 2.0 site, so it encourages interaction between both site users and visitors. There is a pretty active community that is quick to help in most instances.

How Do You Write a Hub?

The first thing that a person needs to do to write on HubPages is actually sign up on HubPages. After getting an account, it’s easy to start writing by clicking the link to “Start a New Hub” on the top right corner of the page. From there, users can go in and choose a title, set it within a set topic that will let HubPages users who are interested in the topic know that a new article is posted, and then move to the actual writing stage.

It is best to break up the actual Hub into several different modules for ease of reading. Also, it is good to use a variety of modules to make the Hub visually appealing. It is recommended that users place images in each Hub, preferably pictures taken personally.

How Do You Make Money on HubPages?

Making money on HubPages will probably not start immediately. Users will first have to get a Google AdSense account. While people used to be able to get one of these without any writing experience, now Google has clamped down a bit. It does seem that most people can get approved after writing a few articles, however.

HubPages splits revenue 60/40 with their users. 60 percent of all page impressions from a Hub sees the revenue go to the user. 40 percent goes to HubPages. Therefore, if Adsense is paying $0.10 per 1000 impressions, the user would likely get around $0.06 of that.

Do not rely only on AdSense, though. HubPages has their own ad program. Most users are able to do much better by using the HubPages ad program. I personally saw more money in one month after signing up for the ad program than I did in three months using only AdSense. The payout per impression is way higher with the ad program for most people.

Additionally, users can use modules that sell items from Amazon.com or eBay. Amazon users should first sign up for the Amazon Associates program so that they can get paid in this manner. Those who write product reviews will probably do better on selling Amazon products than someone writing on Jain philosophy or Aboriginal history. eBay pays out per click on their links. The amount varies based upon the product for sale. Users can use the Amazon modules without an AdSense account, while the eBay program requires signing up for Adsense.

Use the Apprenticeship Program to Maximize Earnings

One of the best ways to earn money on HubPages is through the Apprenticeship program. This program only takes people who have shown promise on the site or on their own blog or website. It actually goes through the process of what it takes to make a good hub by using keyword research and SEO methods. It also pays $6.09 per hub as long as the hub meets the requirements of the program.

The program lasts six months, and apprentices can get paid for up to 15 hubs per month, which is a payment of around $90. The minimum amount needed for payout is $50, so those who meet the minimum requirement of 8 hubs per month can get really close, even without much initial traffic. Additionally, the program allows graduates to continue getting the $6.09 bonus for six additional months as long as they write at least four hubs per month. Those who write the maximum each month will make around $1,000 in a year.

Additionally, some of those hubs will get page views. A few might even get quite a few page views. These views will earn money for the writer, so this program is a great way to make some money. As long as the site remains in business, the hubs will continue to make money for the author. Theoretically, an evergreen article (something that doesn’t need constant updating, yet remains relevant) will be able to make money 10 years into the future. This is a good example of passive income–the best kind of income.

Those who want to get started on this wonderful writing platform should sign up for HubPages today. Of course, earnings and success will vary. I will disclose that I will get a referral benefit should you choose to use my link (10% of the page impressions, which does not come out of your income). I thank you if you choose to do so.

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Monthly Online Earnings Report–Making Money in Pajamas for January

January was a pretty busy month. I was on the road for the first week of the month, so my online earning capabilities were not as big as they might have otherwise been. Also, I spent quite a bit of time getting my first draft of my dissertation finished, so that took a bit more time. Travel is not in the cards for February, but there will more than likely be some impressive revisions to do on the dissertation. Nevertheless, I was able to make a few bucks on the side during January.

Most of my money actually came from online writing. There are several sites that people can use to make money. Some of them are open to citizens from around the world. Some limit themselves to just American citizens. At times, my earning is limited by the types of jobs that are available. I might look at the board to see what jobs are available and conclude that the instructions are so convoluted that my pay per hour will come out to about $2.50 because of the research and or formatting involved. I tend to look for jobs in areas in which I already have some knowledge so that I can make more money more quickly.

In January, I made $116.79 from a freelance writing site. I also was able to make $70.52 from the online writing site HubPages, which is a Web 2.0 site that allows users to post their own articles and participate in discussions that are in a way like Facebook. HubPages has a large number of users and pays based upon the number of views and click that people get. I was able to earn some more money during January, but I did not make the payout amount necessary to get paid from these sites. I am continually on the lookout for legitimate ways to make money without leaving the house. I will continue to review some of these sites in the future and keep up with my goal of earning $5,000 in 2013 from my internet work. I am at $187.31 so far after one month. My hope is that the money will start to snowball over time.

What are your online earning goals for the year? I’m interested to know.