First Time I've Reached $400 Passive Income in One Month

Where my $400 Passive Income Earnings for March 2012 Came From

HubPages has certainly contributed to my first ever $400 passive income earnings in one month, but most of this income has come from my own sites. Some of my sites do much better than the rest, but as long as my passive income from all my sites remains more than I'm paying for hosting and domain registration, I continue to remain addicted to started new sites.

When I think of a domain name that contains words that have good search volume, I try and purchase it (register it) before somebody else does. Of course free time (or lack of it) is my greatest enemy (or perhaps just my time managment skills?) and my goals of writing and adding many new articles to my newer sites gets neglected as I continue to purchase new domains.

I monetize my sites with Google Adsense ads for passive income earnings, and at the same time also use many of them to at least somewhere on the page or pages also link to or advertise the freelance services Tony and I offer (not passive income.)

Writing and adding search engine optimized articles to the sites not only brings more visitors to the sites to read the content and see the ads, but also gives exposure to the freelance services we offer. We work from home as freelancers, for a living.

Tony enjoys the freelance work; I don't mind it, but would like to earn more passive income so that I can work less!

A breakdown of where that $400 passive income came from

Google Adsense: $299.71

$3.30 of that came from HubPages

$0.80 came from Best-Reviewer

$0.73 came from Bukisa

HubPages Ad Program: $11.52

Factoidz: $0.89

ODesk Referrals: $51.

Amazon Associates: $2.99

Clickbank: $20.68

Today (11 April 2012) this comes to $386.79, using a currency converter, but when I did my calculations, using a currency converter on 1 April, my total was $400.81

I do my monthly passive income calculations and currency conversions (I'm in South Africa) on the first day of each month, for the previous month, so $400.81 is the one I'm sticking with!

The thing about earning passive income

Earning passive income is an absolutely fantastic method of earning extra income or even making a living, but the thing about earning passive income is that it doesn't simply just happen overnight. It can be totally inspiring learning about the large amounts that some bloggers and online entrepreneurs are making each month, but even those big earners didn't make that kind of money right away.

It takes hard work to make passive income work.

Passive income still is and always will be a way in which you can earn an income while you do nothing, or even while you sleep, but to get passive income up to a level that you are happy with takes time and effort. And if you want to earn even more passive income, that more often than not takes more work too.

Sometimes passive income earnings may even start slowly decreasing each month, if you don't at least spend a few hours each month working at maintaining that passive income - but it's worth it - who wouldn't like an income they're happy with for just 10 to 20 hours (or even less maybe) work a month?

A Warning

I do hope that my passive income earnings inspire others who are not yet earning much from their passive income efforts to keep trying, but they do need to realise that it will take some time and a great deal of effort.

Do I think that the time and effort required is worth it?

Of course I do! When trying to earn some extra income or even trying to make a living from your passive income, what's better than going to sleep knowing that all your hard work has paid off, and that you have had to do only a few hours work (or even no work at all) a week, a month, or even longer while you're still earning an income! You put your head on your pillow, you sleep, and you wake up in the morning a little richer, without having lifted a finger during the night.

If you too would like this sort of reward, work hard to get it.

How long does it take before passive income is good?

Perhaps it's not what you want to hear, but it's so true: It's totally up to you.

If you don't have a lot of free time to spend on working at and increasing your passive income, it may take you a long time before you are satisfied with your passive income earnings each month.

If you have the time or can make the time to work really hard at increasing your passive income, it may not take all that long before you are satisfied with what you are earning.

To get my passive income up to $400. in one month, took me more than three years.

If I wasn't also doing freelance work for a living, and had somebody paying my living expenses while I tried to earn passive income online, perhaps it would have taken me a year, maybe less to earn $400 in one month (from scratch, not knowing anything about the Internet, or about making money online, or about Search Engine Optimization, or about joining online writing sites, or about managing my own sites - perhaps if I'd already know these things it may have taken me 6 months or less, still doing nothing else to earn a living in the meantime, though.)

That's just me, though. Perhaps you work harder, perhaps you don't. Perhaps you have more free time than I do, perhaps you don't. Perhaps you already know more about the Internet than I did or do, perhaps you don't.

Look deep inside yourself and decide if you really want to be rewarded for hard work by earning passive income while you sleep. I know I did and still do. Whenever I get a chance to, I work at increasing my passive income. If it's what you want too, work hard, and don't give up.

To those who are already earning so much more massive income - ha ha, typo, but it actually suits the paragraph - passive income than I am, well done! I totally understand the time and hard work it took you to get there.

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Many congratulations. You are making it all work for you.

Bob


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@diogenes - Thank you! - and you used that all important word - work. It's tough, but oh-so-rewarding.


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moneytoplist 4 years ago

If I count well your earnings are about $0.30/hub/month. It looks like solid number comparing with my results after a few weeks on Hubpages.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@moneytoplist - almost right, yes - for the HubPages Ad Program earnings of 11.52 for March 2012, divided by 47 hubs is just under $0.25 per hub for March, but at that rate, and not having added very many hubs recently, it would mean i takes me less than 5 months to reach $50. But this is not what has happened: I first joined the HubPages Ad Program 11 months ago, and have only just reached a total of $50 - the first few weeks I earned very very little - what I'm saying is that if you are not yet earning much from the HubPages Ad Program, just hang in there and don't give up - the earnings seem to increase over time.


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Kathy Atkinson 4 years ago from East London.Cape Province.South Africa

Very well done. You make it all seem so easy,but I know that you work very hard.I have a long way to go.

Kathy Atkinson www.homeearningreports.com


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@Kathy - thanks, Kathy, yip, it's hard work, but you'll get there too - just keep at it.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

Good stuff, Teresa. Yes, it does take time and tons of patience. But it is well worth the effort in the end! I love this opportunity.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@rsusan - thanks; certainly worth it!


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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

Nice hub Teresa. Thanks for sharing your experience in detail with the rest of us. For us new hubbers, it's good so see people's experiences down the road.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@LauraGT - thanks, and welcome to HubPages - your profile tells me you're just flying ahead here on HubPages - hard work and involvement here on HubPages will certainly pay off for you - well done!


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elle64 4 years ago from Scandinavia

I hope to get to where you are one day- great hub.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ elle64 - thanks, and just keep trying and working hard - it doesn't seem so long ago to me that I was making less than $50 per month online (about 3 years ago I think), but I stuck to it, and now I'm earning more.


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

Yeah, time is a big problem. I have to keep doing work for other people, so I don't have the time to do my own writing the way I'd like. Just have to keep trying! Voted up and useful! ;D


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ SallyTX - thanks for taking the time to pop in and leave a comment :) I know how you feel - I'd like to just write articles all day from which I can earn enough passive income to make a living from, but work to pay the bills gets in the way - however, if I keep working at it, little by little, I get closer to my dream.


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catmalone 4 years ago

Great hub. Patience and time is key.


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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

This is a very inspiring hub. I freelance too, but I'm also trying to build up my passive income here and with a blog. While my freelance service is time consuming, I try to make some time to do something for my passive income: promotion, writing, etc.

I sacrifice a lot of sleep, but to reach a goal as worthy as passive income, it's worth it.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, catmalone - yeah, patience and time - not always easy, but when you know it's key, you just try to be patient while you continue working hard at trying to achieve your goals, no matter what.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ penlady - thanks - you sound determined to do well at both your freelance work and at increasing your passive income at the same time - that's admirable; well done - I know it can get tough at times and I even curse that I have to sleep at times too! My goal is to one day earn mostly passive income and to only do a little freelance work, with plenty of time off to enjoy my passive income - or to enjoy working at increasing it, at my leisure. I'm years away from that, I think, but every little bit I do gets me closer. Good luck to you with keeping at it too!


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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

Thanks for the tips. 3 years really isn't that bad when you think you had to teach yourself how to use everything. Thanks for this Hub!!!


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks daskittlez69 - the hardest thing is trying to be patient and bot give up (when I'm keen to increase my earnings so much more) when I just don't have the time to work at improving it, due to having to do quicker things to get the bills paid. But I've stuck with it quite long now, so no giving up trying to increase these passive income earnings much much more.


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sydneyspence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

This was an awesome hub! I appreciate the way you broke everything down. Great information.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, sydneyspence - I like to be detailed - sometimes I think I go on and on a bit too much when explaining something to the extent that it may become confusing to readers - but if people can sift though it all to find the good tips in it, I'm pleased - because my explanations are to help other people.


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one2get2no 4 years ago from Olney

Hey that's a nice piece of passive income...congratulations Teresa. Keep it going.


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jasmith1 4 years ago from UK

Great to hear about your progress - inspiration for when I am feeling stuck with it all! Remembering that it takes time is important I think.


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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Hey Teresa, glad to see your passive income continues to increase. At the beginning it is more difficult, but as you progress you start to adapt and pick up what really works and what doesn't work. Do you not find it is easier now that you've gained experience along the way of doing it? I've found that people can tell you what to do, but there are so many more lessons learned in the doing...

I have a few niche websites too and am looking to increase my passive income like yourself. I wish you the best of luck and hope you update us as to how you are progressing. Always love reading your hubs. Thank you and good luck.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@one2get2no - thanks - April and May were not as good as my March described in this hub - but what's so great it that passive income is exactly that, and it's nice that it still comes in even when I'm not spending too much time on it, or even none at all. But gradually, I continue working at increasing it.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@jasmith1 - thanks, it definitely takes time and is definitely important to remember that - keep going - I'm glad this hub inspired you.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Lauryallan - thanks, I always enjoy getting and reading your comments - yes, it becomes easier as you go along - it does help to just "do" and to stop procrastinating or trying really hard to learn how - you learn as you go along.


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Teresa, magnificent job! You see, you're a prime example of why HubPages is such a favorite hangout of mine. Not only do I have this terrific forum where I can post my writing, but it's like a gold mine of information that enables me to learn a tremendous amount without having to do tons of searching. Congratulations on achieving a major milestone, and I have a hunch you and Tony both will be reaching even loftier landmarks in the near future.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thank you hawaiianodysseus! Struggling to get back to $400 in one month again, but not too far off, and Tony and I certainly are trying for the next milestone - $500 passive income in one month - we'll get there - thanks for the best wishes to do so!


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Kathy Atkinson 4 years ago from East London.Cape Province.South Africa

Thanks for this interesting information. I am trying very hard, but still have a long way to go. Thanks for showing me that it is possible!


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wonderful hub Teresa. Very interesting and a great help too for people like me looking to increase their earnings. I too am a freelancer and have a few websites of my own ; I haven't made much but I am working harder to reach my goal of $100 as passive income (it is quite a decent sum in India) within the next three months. This hub of yours has motivated me to keep doing what I do with the same enthusiasm. Thanks a lot. Sharing it across.


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chamilj 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

Great to hear. Congratulation!


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Kathy - thanks - it always seems a long way to go - but continuing to try hard to get to the end of that "long way" is the best way to go about reaching your goals. You'll get there!


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ remaniki - thanks for the kind comments and for sharing. I'm glad my hub has motivated you to keep trying to reach your immediate goal of $100 monthly passive income. Go for it!


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ chanilj - thanks for your comment and congratulations.


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fjohn 4 years ago from india

great hub inspired me to write more articles.


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tradingideas 4 years ago

Can you tell us a bit more about ODesk Referrals? Maybe write a hub about it? Thanks for some great info!


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littlemarkiesmom 4 years ago from The hot, humid South

Congratulations! I know it must feel great to get there. Over and over I keep reading about just hanging in there and keep on writing and eventually you will get there. Thanks for the much needed inspiration and encouragement! :)


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Congrats!


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Vegas Elias 4 years ago from Mumbai

Very informative article this. I wish to implement some of them soon. I have been overlooking referrals as an important source of passive income.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ tradingideas - thanks for that idea; I think I will indeed write a hub about oDesk referrals.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Vegas Elias - I still overlook referrals as a good source of passive income, and keep reminding myself to pay more attention to it. Referring other people to various sites can often really be a great source of passive income if one really promotes other sites a lot. Some people even prefer to refer more than write or "work." I can understand why, but I still like to try and do a bit of everything - I hope most people do too, otherwise if you get tons of referrals who also just want to mostly refer new members, you don't earn as much as you would for referring people who actually also write or do the work involved on the particular sites.


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pythian2 4 years ago from UK

Great article and shows that perseverance pays off. It's sometimes hard to keep going when earnings are only a couple of cents a day. But, you're a good example of what can happen if you don't give up.


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denism 4 years ago from Sweden

the hub is very interesting and based on facts. very different from the usual get rich scams all over the internet. Kudos


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ pythian2 - I try to be a good example, so thanks for the compliment.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ denism - thanks, yes, the hub is based on facts - I think people should be honest when they're saying how much they're making online, and when they try to help others do the same.

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