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Target - $100 A Month By End 2011 - Target Achieved Sep 2011

Updated on November 1, 2011

Setting a Monthly Earnings Target

When I first started off trying to earn money online I did not really know what to expect (apart from great wealth very quickly lol!) but I was blindsided into thinking that i would quickly be able to earn enough money to at least pay a big chunk of my bills within a few months. I think this happens to a lot of people who first get into either affiliate marketing or earning money online by writing when they first see the prospect of what they could do.

I started by attending a seminar on affiliate marketing in Dubai in January 2010 and I was very excited about the possibilities of just putting out some pay per click adverts and raking in the money. Obviously anyone who has been through this stage knows it is not as simple as that to get some money coming in but when they sell it to you on the first go it all seems very plausible!

One thing I did learn though in those first few months was that (and this does not necessarily apply only to making money online but also to other areas of your life) in order to achieve anything you need to set the target so that you know what you want to achieve.

The second thing that I learned (although as a mathematician and self-professed spreadsheet queen this was pretty much already ingrained) was to keep track of what you were earning/selling or whatever your target was, so that you could actually realise how close to your target you were. This may seem simple but I know people who run small craft businesses but they don't keep proper accounts and so they don't even know if they are making a profit or losing money.

Declared in my profile page - my intention to earn $100 a month.
Declared in my profile page - my intention to earn $100 a month.

Setting a Realistic Target For Me

I class myself as a realist (some may say pessimist) and so I wanted to set myself a target for monthly earnings that was realistic. ideally I wanted to earn $500 a month by the end of 2011 but I felt that from a starting point of about $10 a month that was not a realistic target. I should mention at this point that my target setting was done in June 2011 when I knew I wanted to ramp up my online earnings and had some thoughts of how to do so.

So I decided to set what I thought was a realistic target of $100 a month by the end of 2011. This income would come from a few sources but primarily from

  • Hubpages
  • Adsense
  • Amazon

I also have accounts with ClickBank and Commission Junction but I have not been concentrating on promoting products from these recently as I feel right now that Clickbank products have a slightly tarnished reputation and I only wanted to sell things that I knew people would appreciate when they bought and with regards to Commission Junction, I found that a lot of the products that I promoted were sold at Amazon and people tend to trust Amazon when they buy things.

Hubpages Ad Program

When the hubpages Ad program was introduced earlier this year turned it on immediately to see if I could earn more money from that than I could from Adsense. As payout from HPAds is at $50 I figured that I would at least try and get the earnings to that (and get paid) before switching back to Adsense only if I felt that I wasn't earning enough.

As it is I think I will switch back to adsense next month as my CPM on HP Ads does not seem to be that high right now. I have had a few days of good CPM but mostly it has slipped recently. I think that may be because a lot of my hubs are aimed at non-US audiences and so there may not be a big call for HP Ads there.

I just want to earn a few quid so I can pay some bills :-)
I just want to earn a few quid so I can pay some bills :-)


In June/July 2011 I started up some informational websites aimed at adsense earnings. I chose topics that I was interested in and knew a fair bit about so that I could share some original knowledge on these websites. So far I have about a dozen of these, 2 of which I would consider are doing really well, about 8 of them need some TLC and a couple of them still need some big work being done on them. I also bought a site on Flippa which was supposed to give me earnings of $80 a month and which has since died, lesson learned!

Added to the websites I have, I also get some adsense earnings from Hubpages as they also show with the HP Ads and I have another small Hubpages account that is adsense only.

Amazon Affiliate Accounts

I have Amazon affiliate accounts for the US and the UK and I use the Amazon links in my Hubpages articles, on my websites and also on my facebook page.

When I first started writing hubs I would add random Amazon capsules to hubs with related products but now I focus more on actually making a hub about an Amazon product or group of products. I try to pick niche topics and Amazon products that cost $100 or more and products that I have used or know something about. i have a couple of hubs like this that are starting to do quite well, particularly after the recent upsurge in views at the end of August.

$100 Target Reached

So, the reason for this hub is that on 24th September 2011, I reached my target of $100 per month (well for this month anyway!) and my figures are as follows:

June $22.02
July $52.23
August $73.22
September $112.00

How I Got to $100 per Month

Well I didn't think it would be much use to write this hub and not try and figure out how I got to $100 so that I could maybe help others to reach this target too. For some they will already be beyond this target but I know that there must be a lot of people out there who are starting out towards that kind of target so these are the main things I do:

  • I do use Google adwords keywords tool for the majority of my writing and try and find low competition phrases
  • If i find a very specific phrase that says it has no searches then I do not get put off by this and try it out for myself
  • I do try and backlink all of my hubs at least a few times using some backlink tools like the ones listed in my profile
  • Creating niche websites for adsense is worth a hub in itself but the main key factors are to get a good domain name (.com if possible with your main keyword although this can be tough) and create original content plus some backlinking. My best website is not extensively backlinked but it is a topic that not may people know about or would write about. Give websites at least 6 months to start maturing.
  • Create Amazon hubs that are specific and with products that people would not necessarily feel they have to try out before they buy. Also try and concentrate on products that will earn you more than a dollar or two. If you can sell 7 Amazon items a month then your commission increases from 4% to 6% (on some products) which can actually add 50% to your earnings.

Things I Still Need to Do

There is a large amount of scope to increase my hub views as I know that they are quite low compared to many other people - at present I am averaging around 300 views a day. So I need to concentrate on improving my hubs and getting them up higher in the rankings.

I am also lacking in followers and I believe that the reason for this right now is that for the last few months I have been concentrating on money making hubs (as I am in desperate need of some income right now!) and I only intersperse these with hubs that might be interesting to other hubbers - i guess until i make some good money, unlike some hubbers I have seen I am not going to preach about how to make money on Hubpages until I have actually made some! i do write articles about my painting which I believe people find interesting ad I will write more on those, but I think my writing is quite diverse and so may not appeal to all hubbers.

Anyway, I hope that you have found something interesting in here that you can apply to making more money.

As for me, a target of £100 for October is on the cards and then $200 in December.


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    • carozy profile image


      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for writing this article and for your support to others. Voted up, interesting hub and useful!

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks a lot htp, will do!

    • howtoputt profile image


      7 years ago from St Andrews

      Well done Azure 11. Keep up the good work and post regular updates about your progress. Will follow you.

    • lobobrandon profile image

      Brandon Lobo 

      7 years ago

      Wow congrats and keep it up. Great going

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      Just to let you guys know that I made $205 in October - thanks for all your support, I think most of the money was earned from my Halloween Costume hubs. I also switched off HP Ads on 22nd October and will compare my adsense earnings for a few weeks before deciding which one works best for me. The new eBay capsule has giving me a few extra dollars so I will also be testing out working with more eBay capsules.

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      I will do lobo - my adsense is really down for this month so I need to work more on my websites but I will keep you updated with monthly earnings :-)

    • lobobrandon profile image

      Brandon Lobo 

      7 years ago

      So this time are you reaching or crossing that mark?? :-) Please do let us know how much you get

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks CZ, I now think I should reach it again for Oct so fingers crossed it keeps going up!

    • CZCZCZ profile image


      7 years ago from Oregon

      loved it thanks for the great article about your goal of $100 a month and making it happen for yourself. Continued good luck in your adventure with internet marketing.

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks Cathleena, I did find this hub useful to do as well as it made me analyse what I had done - I will do more in future like a post-Halloween analysis etc! Thanks for following!

    • Cathleena Beams profile image

      Cathleena Beams 

      7 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      So happy that you did this hub and decided to share your success and secrets here on hubPages. This is one of the best hubs I've come across. Very well done and I voted it up! Also following you now. :o)

    • lobobrandon profile image

      Brandon Lobo 

      7 years ago

      Ya that's true though. I love having followers who actually follow and don't just follow you for the sake of being followed back. I follow only people who's work I actually liked reading - yours for instance. Whenever I get the daily update from hubpages I go through the list of topics and if I like the title I go through them :-)

      I wish you all success. I just got another job on elance 10 mins back $50 for 5 articles 600 words each. So I'm busy there and have no time for hubpages lol. But I'm just waiting to write more hubs. In the day I'm busy at college :-(

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks lobobrandon and good luck with your targets! I think you are right about followers although I do appreciate the ones I have it is mostly about google traffic for earnings.

    • lobobrandon profile image

      Brandon Lobo 

      7 years ago

      Congrats and hope you reach your target. My target is to reach $3 per month for now hehe :-D. Hopefully by December 2012 I will be atleast $200 a month

      As long as you get traffic followers are not important. A few followers that really follow you is better than 100 following just to be followed back. Atleast this is my personal belief

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks PW and CC, I am a bit concerned this month that I will not make the $100 but I guess as they say it is two steps forward and one step back. Still, there is a way to go so I shouldn't really be so pessimistic!

    • crazycatman profile image


      7 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks for such a clear and concise article. It was well worth reading. I've not tried Amazon products yet but I may. Good luck with reaching your goals.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks so much for providing such valuable insights on how you earned $100/mo from your various writing projects, Like BKCreative said, it's very inspiring. Rated up and useful!

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks bk - I have definitely found setting reasonable targets that I can meet a motivating thing and yes, I need to set targets on writing a certain number of hubs too. I did think about article writing for money like you do but like you say that is a one off payment and with hubpages articles hopefully we can all continue making money as a residual income.

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      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Good for you Azure 11. I, too, am so thrilled to be earning more money than ever thanks to the hub pages changes. Wow! Next month I will have hefty payouts from hub pages and AdSense. The thing is - I've only written 2-3 articles in the last few months so it means all my old hubs are paying off. Yay!

      I like your tips - about setting goals. I shall. I shall write more hubs starting this week - because since the sub domain they do well - this is what is bringing in the passive income.

      And earning passive income like this will allow me to do other types of creative writing instead of what I am doing right now to earn money - which is writing and selling articles. Once I sell it - I'm paid and no royalties on the work of course. So to make more money, rapidly - well I have to sit here and keep writing those articles. Not how I want to spend my life.

      No, it's time my articles worked for me.

      Thanks for the motivation and ideas. Yay - and rated up!

    • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marian L 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks a lot prairieprincess and kerlynb, I think I was helped by the upturn in hubpages traffic but for sure also picking the right keywords for websites was another move in the right direction.

    • kerlynb profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Congratulations! Your hub is very motivating. Surely, you'll make it to $200 a month :)

    • prairieprincess profile image

      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on earning your first $100 a month. That is very impressive and very hard to do.

      I like how you explained it and it sounds like you are going in the right direction.

      Take care.


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