Saturday, April 30, 2011

Residual Income Classes with Pat and Tyrone from Niche Site Coaching

I started a ten week niche site coaching program with Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income and Tyrone Shum from The first week's class was very informative about getting ideas for niche sites. In the next several weeks, I'll be setting up a new niche site and following the instructions from Pat and Tyrone. I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot about creating a successful niche. I'll also be working with 29 other students, and I'm sure we'll also be learning a lot from each other.

I'll keep updating this blog and keep letting everyone know how much progress I'm making. If you're interested in niche sites for passive income, check out Pat's Niche Site Duel Challenge. There is a lot of very useful information about how to create a professional high-ranking blog.

I started a weight loss niche site a few months ago. Then I stumbled across Pat's Niche Duel Challenge. I could see I was making a lot of mistakes setting up my site, and I needed some extra help, which is why I applied for Pat and Tyrone's class. It's going to be very interesting and I'm sure I'll be learning a lot over the next few months.

I've stopped writing for Suite for a while since the Panda update in February, which made Suite's traffic take a major dump.  As traffic dropped, so did my earnings. I haven't written any articles anywhere else except for my weight loss site. The Panda effect has made me feel really hesitant about putting anymore effort into content sites right now. I do miss the simplicity of writing for content sites, but I feel it's time to move on and focus on my own sites.

My current weight loss site is about healthful tips for weight loss supported by credible research. I have a few adsense ads on the site right now. I've created a few backlinks, but traffic is still fairly slow. I've been feeling fairly hesitant about creating too many backlinks because I don't want Google to dump my site, but I know I need to move forward and be more aggressive with backlinks.

How has the Panda update affected your residual income? Many people on the Suite forums have stated their blogs have seen an increase in traffic since Panda. Have you experienced more traffic on your blogs since the Panda update? 


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Residual Income and Niche Sites

I've been working on new niche site; however, after reading and watching videos from Pat's SmartPassiveIncome blog, I can see why I'm not making a lot of progress. Granted I just started this new site less than a month ago, but I was hoping to see at least one view for the site in my Google Analytics account.

After reading Pat's Niche Site Duel Hub Challenge, I can see why my new niche site is not showing any progress. First of all, I set up my new niche WordPress site without using some very important plugins. Pat suggests the following plugins:

  • All in One SEO Pac
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Easy Privacy Policy
  • Google Analyticator

Another mistake I made was not doing thorough keyword research before buying my domain name. The domain name I chose for my weight loss niche site is not good for search ranking optimization. Even though I'm making changes to my weight loss niche site and still putting up content, I'm now taking Pat's advice and I purchased Market Samurai. For my next niche site, I'm using Market Samurai to make sure I choose a domain name that gets a good amount of traffic and has a reasonable level of competition.

It took me about a week to get the hang of Market Samurai. I watched the tutorial videos on Noble Samurai's site and Pat's video from his Niche Duel Challenge. Of course I wanted to pull my hair out at first, but now I finally feel comfortable using the software to find my next niche domain name. If you're interested in Market Samurai (affiliate link), you can use the product for free for a week before deciding to purchase it. Also, if you sign up for the free trial, they'll offer you a nice discount.

This week I'm going to be using Pat's advice about creating backlinks for my weight loss niche site, and I'm going to be using Market Samurai to find another niche domain name.

I'm very motivated right now to increase my residual earnings through niche sites. I work part time for a California community college, and there are going to be heavy budget cutbacks starting next semester. I have a feeling that the few hours I have right now are going to dwindle or totally disappear. The good news is that I have a lot of passion for earning passive income on the Web, so if I'm out of a job, at least I'll have a lot of time to devote to niche sites.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Residual Income for February 2011

Residual Income Earnings for February 2011
eHow $1,150.41
Demand Studios $32.74
Suite101 $55.25
Total Residual Income Earnings for February 2011: $1,238.40

Well eHow earnings are up. They're a little lower than last month's, but that's only because February is such a short month.

Suite101 Residual Income

I wrote several articles for Suite101 last month; however, my earnings at Suite are not that much higher than last month's residual earnings. Also, as most people know, there was a Google change that negatively affected about 30 percent of Suite's views.  Only time will tell if it's going to be worthwhile writing for Suite101 in the future.

Demand Studios

I haven't written anything for Demand Studios in a while. I've looked at their titles, and there really isn't anything I can write about. There are a lot of titles for mechanical things, so if you're someone who's good at writing mechanical things like cars, now is probably a good time to head over to DS. 

DS was also not affected by Google's change. Seems they were smart enough to see it coming and acted accordingly. 


I've been checking out BrightHub. Evidently, they weren't affected by the Google meltdown. BrightHub pays a small upfront fee for many of their articles along with a small amount of residual earnings. I haven't applied there yet. I'm really more interested in residual income only. 

As far as Google goes, it seems as if quality is more important quantity. But Google's been stating this for awhile. They posted on their blog a few months ago that they were going to rank content farms lower in search results. And now that it's happening to a lot of sites, people seem to be scrambling and maybe freaking out a little. I think it's important for online writers to be careful about whom they write for. Here's a list of the sites that were affected the most by Google.  

I've also written a more detailed account of my recent residual income earnings experiences last month on my WordPress blog


Monday, February 7, 2011

Residual Income for January 2011

Residual Income Earnings for January 2011

eHow $1.202.06
Demand Studios $42.76
Suite101 $52.84
Webika $23.03

Total Residual Income Earnings for January 2011: $1,320.69

I believe that January 2011 has been an all time high for residual earnings. I more than doubled my income at Suite101 from last month by writing about 40 more articles over the last six weeks. I've been writing articles that have low competition according to Google Adwords Keyword tool. Unfortunately, I have to return to my part-time tutoring job in a few weeks, so I won't have as much time to write. 

eHow earnings did very well last month, and I hope they'll continue to pay off. Every time eHow does something--like close the writer's forums this month--I get a little nervous. Nothing is for certain anymore, especially in this economy. But I feel better about writing for residual income than getting a "real" job since writing for online income pays more, at least for me. 

Suite101 does not pay as well as Demand Studios, but I'm hoping to improve my residual earnings per article over time. I think I'm getting a little better at SEO and I'm getting more views by watching the competition for keywords. Right now I'm estimating that I earn about 85 cents per each Suite101 article every month, but it's up from 50 cents a few months ago.  

I hope everyone is still earning a lot of residual income from eHow.

My Word Press Residual Income Journey Blog 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Residual Income for December

eHow       $921.21
D.S          $28.82
Webika    $40.94
Suite        $22.76

Total Residual Income for December $1,013.73

December was not a bad month for residual income considering I really didn't do any writing. But I'm off during the short winter session from work, so I've been adding to my Suite101 article collection. January is half over, and I've almost doubled the number of articles I have at Suite. My income for Suite right now is almost $22, and there are still two more weeks left this month. It still doesn't seem like Suite pays that well, but I know that the more I write there, the better I'll get at trying to increase my earnings per article.

eHow earnings are still doing surprisingly well. I still miss the old eHow days when I could add articles, and there was a lot of activity on the forums. I still plan on writing more residual earning articles at Demand Studios, but I probably won't put any effort into DS until I've written at least 300 Suite articles.

How are your residual earnings? Have you found any residual earning Web sites that pay as well as eHow?