How Many Residual Income Sites Should You Write At: Splitting Your Eggs Into Different Baskets

How many baskets do you have for your eggs? Are you spreading your eggs too thinly?
How many baskets do you have for your eggs? Are you spreading your eggs too thinly?

You’ve likely heard of the term “don’t put all your eggs into one basket.” Squidoo, Yahoo and Helium members will understand the importance of this phrase when it comes to writing.

When you’re making money online, whether it’s through freelance writing, affiliate marketing or other forms of residual income, you need to open up your opportunities. It’s important to sign up to different sites, and try out different methods of residual income and revenue share. As a writer, you need to try out different revenue share sites and set up your own blogs.

But is there such a thing as having too many baskets? Just how many residual income sites should you write at? How many blogs should you set up to make money from online?

Spreading Yourself Too Thin

While you want to diversify your income, if you have too many blogs and sites to write at, you spread yourself too thin. You can end up having so many places to write that you don’t add enough content on each one to make money online. Your blogs become dormant and people decide not to check you out anymore. Why should they? You don’t give them up to date or new information.

When you do take on a new site, you need to determine whether you have the time for it. This isn’t about definitely avoiding the site. You need to decide whether now is the right time to add it to your list of residual income sites. The next time you get a new idea for a blog, authority site or niche website, you need to consider your schedule and determine whether you have the time to spend building them up.

How Is Your Time Management?

You may have eight hours to write every day. That should be enough to tackle multiple residual income sites and blogs each day. However, if your time management is poor, you’re not going to have the time for it all. It’s important to organize yourself and commit to a schedule for posting.

To management multiple blogs and residual income sites, I create a plan every week. I’ll have rough ideas for posts, and set times in the day for all the work I need to do. Not all my hours are taken up with writing. I give myself breathing room for when something goes wrong, because it always does.

This will also depend on the type of content you write. When I was covering history, I would spend hours in research. It was rewarding for me personally, but my time was zapped up quickly. Other topics don’t involve as much in-depth research—and I don’t get sidetracked following the life of someone else!—so it takes less time to research and write an article, blog post or hub.

If you need help improving your time management skills, Michael E. Reese has an excellent book that will help you.

Build up your portfolio to succeed at making money writing online.
Build up your portfolio to succeed at making money writing online.

Build Up Your Portfolio on Residual Income Sites

My biggest recommendation is to add new sites slowly. When I started writing online for money, I picked three websites and placed content on them. I built my portfolio to have 100 articles on each, and then added two new residual income sites. I wouldn’t add any new ones until I had a good portfolio on each site. 100 hubs, articles, blog posts...whatever they were called...was enough for me to then focus on another site.

A few of the residual income sites closed down, and I transferred the articles elsewhere. I also decided to start blogs to make money online.

Building up the portfolio means that the content on one site will start earning, while you build up the earnings on another site. You don’t end up spreading yourself so thinly, while splitting your eggs into different baskets.

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Keep an Eye on the Earnings

I recently decided to stop writing at one residual income site. Right now, one article is pulling in a decent amount of money each month (between $5 and $25 per month) but the rest get no views whatsoever. I made the decision that it wasn’t worth spending my time on that site anymore.

It’s important to keep your eye on earnings on the various residual income sites. This will help you find ones that are worth your time and ones that aren’t working out to be great baskets for your eggs. Sure, try different things and try to help the earnings but sometimes they’re just duff baskets. Get out and spend your time elsewhere.

You may be nervous about giving up on a residual income site. That's understandable, especially if you put the hours in. However, it's time to make the most of your content and the most of your time.

Don't stress yourself out too much writing online. While you need multiple baskets, you need to consider your own capabilities.
Don't stress yourself out too much writing online. While you need multiple baskets, you need to consider your own capabilities.

How Many Residual Incomes Can You Handle?

In the end, it really depends on you. Some people can managed 30 or 40 residual income sites and blogs easily. Others will struggle with three or four. I decided that having three at least was a good amount to start with. From there, I could build up my baskets, get rid of the bad ones and try out newer ones to see how well they worked.

Think about your own schedule and time management. Consider other events happening in your life and be honest with yourself. The last thing you want to do is stretch yourself too thinly and not make any money online writing.

How many residual income sites can you handle? How many blogs are you able to deal with at one time? For me, I'm managing five blogs and five residual income sites quite easily, especially now that I've built the portfolio up.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I do agree that we need at least three different platforms, including at least one of our own. This would be the minimum. Some people like sticking to just one site, but that strategy makes me too nervous.

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OldRoses 2 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

I agree on the need to write for more than one site, but it is not always feasible to do as many as three. I am struggling to balance a full-time job and volunteer commitments with writing for HP and my own site. I definitely could not handle another writing site. Excellent hub. Voted up and shared.

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

Me too. I like the idea of having at least one of our own. Third-party sites, as easier as they are, can shut down without notice. We have a lot more control with our own blogs.

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

Three isn't that much, depending on the word lengths. If you have one that had a 100 word minimum, one with a 400 word minimum and then one of your own blogs, that would be three that wouldn't be too bad. But at least you have your own site, which is putting more control in your end :) Thanks.

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SusanDeppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

I like your advice about solidifying a solid base of three writing sites before adding more. In the past I've been ruled by both shiny object syndrome and a short attention span. Pretty easy to burn out that way before any one thing has time to catch on fire.

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gottaloveit2 2 years ago

I've spawned 5 separate websites now. They are steadily gaining in income based against Squidoo and HubPages. My hope is that, one day, I can split my time just between them.

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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

Thank you aingham86. I will work on building up a reliable platform. I am in the same place as OldRoses as I have a full-time job, however, breaking down the word count to smaller jobs could definitely be feasible. Thanks for the encouragement.

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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

I used to do three or so, but now I stick to HubPages and my own site that I just started a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, I just don't have time for much else thanks to going to school full-time and working full-time.

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NateB11 2 years ago from California, United States of America

Good advice and you're right about being efficient with time and effort. I've become economical with my time and more realistic about what I have energy and time for, and I also consider how much money I'm actually making in that equation. HP has been my favorite for many reasons and I've spent considerable time here writing. I also have a couple other sites that are rev-share that write for, starting to build up articles in those places too; I think three sites are enough for me at the moment. I also run three of my own sites, and that's where I'm staying with that for now too.It is important, as you pointed out, to consider which sites are worth the time, considering the income they generate. Thanks for the insights and sharing your instructive experience.

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

You sound like you have plenty on your plate for now, NateB11. Maybe as you build up your content on other sites you could look at others, but I wouldn't think you'd need to. Not only do you have a few third-party sites, but you also have three of your own where you have more control. Good luck with your venture, and thanks for stopping by.

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

Torrs13, trying to find the time can be hard. How many hubs do you have? As you build up your portfolio on here, you could step back and start working on another site. What would you do if HubPages closed down suddenly like Squidoo?

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

You're welcome mdscoggins. I think if you broke down the word count to smaller jobs you'd be able to work on three sites. Good luck!

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

Congratulations on five sites gottaloveit2. Just think, with Squidoo gone that's six sites. Could you focus on one per day? That's how I manage so many different sites.

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

Thanks, SusanDeppner. I've spoken to a few people in the past who end up signing up for lots of sites because of the shiny object syndrome. But you can burn out quickly because you're trying to manage too much.

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Amanda Howdeshell 2 years ago from Florida

I only started writing for online sites this year, but when Yahoo's Contributor Network tanked, I got a quick lesson on the importance of diversifying your residual income streams!

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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

Useful information. Thanks for sharing. I'd like to get a steady income stream, anywhere. ;-)

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

I'm sorry you learned the hard way, Amanda. It's happened to many though, and will hopefully set you up for success in the future.

DrBill, you're welcome. A steady income stream anywhere would be useful ;-) I'm seeing HubPages is steady for me now. It's not up where I'd like it to be, but at least I know $4-$5 a month with minimal effort now is coming through. That will build now that I'm focusing on the right topics (history isn't a money maker but it makes me happy, and sometimes that's what counts).

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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Good tips. I don't write a lot for residual income (I have a private client base) but I've found I do better by putting serious effort into one sight instead of spreading too thin. Quality trumps quantity. Nice hub.

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

Thanks for your thoughts, WiccanSage. Yes, quality definitely does trump quantity :) Glad to hear that you have seen better results with serious effort on one site.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney

I think an important point with residual income sites is that, unless you have an actual sub-domain (like on HubPages), there is absolutely no need to be active on those sites or to keep contributing. Each of your articles is just part of one big site, so its traffic doesn't depend on how many articles you've written. So in the example you gave, you could have left that high-earning article and removed the rest without any negative impact.

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

That is a great point. If only Infobarrel allowed you to delete your content, Marisa. I would have done a long time ago. That one article has dropped to just as bad as the others now, so I'm considering contacting Infobarrel to see if they can all be removed. I'll wait for them to deindex and place them elsewhere where I know they will make money.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney

Infobarrel's TOS say you can't delete your articles, but I know three people who emailed them to request deletion and their articles were removed, so it's worth a try.

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aingham86 2 years ago from UK Author

Thanks for that confirmation, Marisa. I'll definitely try if things don't pick up at all by the end of the year. I want to give them a chance to solve the problem.

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