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Writing Online – HubPages and Other Places - My Second Year

Updated on February 11, 2013

I started my writing online journey two years ago. It was a much bigger learning experience than I had anticipated. It took a year before I started making much money. This time last year I finally thought I knew what I was doing and so wrote this hub - 200 Articles and 1 Year of Learning How to Write Online

And then Panda hit

I’m sure you all know about Panda, so I won’t explain here, but the trickle of money I had started to earn just about stopped. “Never mind,” I thought, “I’ll concentrate on earning money from Amazon.” I wrote a few product-based hubs and learned how to advertise Amazon products elsewhere and finally thought I was earning something...

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And then I lost my Amazon Associates account

Through no fault of my own and purely for the reason that I live in California, my Amazon Associates account was canceled at the end of June 2011. It was a huge blow, I lost 75% of my monthly earnings, but it made me rethink the direction I was going with my online writing.

I signed up with Shareasale and Linkshare and started advertising those products instead.

I did get the Amazon Associates account back in October, a week after I had changed all my links to somewhere else.

The decision I made was to write a Kindle book.

I was very happy writing articles and didn’t think I had the skill to write a whole book. But Kindle books are shorter. I decided to write a book just to see if I could. I wasn’t aiming to make money, but just to learn from the experience. I planned on 10 chapters of 500 words each and put them together to make what eventually became a 6,000 word Kindle book, Homeschooling Boys – Gaining Maximum Success from Minimum Cooperation

Meanwhile I had become BellaOnline’s Living Simply Editor. I had written a lot of articles about getting rid of clutter both there and as TinasTreasures on HubPages. I gathered these together into my second book, Living Simply – Improve Your Life with Less Clutter, a little longer at 21,000 words, and published that on Kindle. A few months later I used CreateSpace to get a paperback version of the book. All of this I would not have done if my Google Adsense and Amazon Associates money had not been reduced so drastically.

It’s really healthy to diversify and so I set up a website with Weebly to sell Wire Free Bras. In addition, I started writing with other revenue sharing sites and started a number of blogs. Hopefully if I lose one income stream in the future, it won’t take such a large percentage of my earnings.

So, what does the future hold? I’m currently planning another two Kindle books and if I have a spare month I plan on learning how to design a WordPress site. If not to earn money with it, at least so I can’t say that learning WordPress has defeated me. I’m also planning on increasing what I make with Amazon Associates, and I’m blogging about that here.

I still can’t say that I am earning enough to live on, but I hope by this time next year I will be able to. The learning curve of the past two years has been huge and the more I learn, the more I realize how much more I need to learn. Two years ago I thought earning money online was easy, but it’s not. It’s a lot of learning new systems, skills and trends and a huge amount of sitting in front of the computer with not a lot of it profitable.

But my motto is that “Life is a Learning Experience” and the last two years have been exactly that. For my first year I wrote almost exclusively on HubPages. In my second year I learned to diversify and not to get down when things change that I have no control over. Many times I felt like quitting, but I believed it was possible to earn a living from earning online, and I still do. And I predict I will still be doing it this time next year.



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      Mel Jay 4 years ago from Australia

      Fascinating journey, I admire your tenacity. I can see that there is so much to learn...

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      mvaivata 6 years ago

      This is a remarkable hub. It's so interesting to see how people manage to get things going. I wish you success!

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      christollesseb 6 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Gosh, what an eye opener of a Hub! You have certainly proved it pays to have staying power. Congrats on reaching the milestones undefeated and diversifying so cleverly. One door closes another one opens for sure! Will look forward to reading more of your Hubs and following in your footsteps too! Voted across & Up!

      Cheers, Christo.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Tina ~ Oh, that darn learning curve. I continuously feel there is so much to learn even though I have been (learning) writing online for over a year now. Thank you for your honest and realistic account of your past two years. Congrats on your success and best wishes for the future.


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      Lisa Kroulik 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I have looked and looked, but still have more than 95 percent of my income coming from one place. However, I have been able to save 4 months income in case something goes wrong. I will keep looking, because I don't ever want to be in the position you were in. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      This is truly inspirational. Sometimes when the unexpected things happen, new and positive things will come your way. That's how your book writing came about. What's important is not to give up but to move on and learn from the mistake. You are a very strong person who manages these issues very well. Vote up and Shared.

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      Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      That's really impressive! In my Opinion, one should never put all the eggs in one basket and should diversify like you have done. Wish you all the Best for your Writing Career.

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Tina, this is great information. I am just starting my second year, and I am thinking about broadening my horizons. Great hub! Votes and shared!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is impressive. You have really come a long ways in the learning curve and I admire how you did not sit around and bemoan the circumstances. You went forward and learned. That is inspirational, and I am interested in the different ways that you have learned to make money here. Congratulations on two years here at Hubpages. What a learning curve! Have a wonderful evening. Voted all the ups but funny.


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