I can’t believe it’s May already! Here’s my monthly income report of my online earnings that I received in April. Most of these were actually “earned” in February, as most merchants pay out their earnings 2 months later. It is so exciting to see how my hard work in the prior months is starting to pay off. For those of you who are struggling to even make your first $100 online, just remember that it takes a lot of hard work and patience, but just keep plugging away. Keep creating, keep building, keep working. You control your own destiny!
|2013 Paid Earnings
|Zazzle||$1732 (plus $98 I used to buy gifts)|
|Local Small Biz Marketing||$1441 (seasonal – Best time of year right now)|
Network & Adsense
|Ebates (pays quarterly)||$0|
A note about my earnings: My local small business marketing income is high this month for two reasons. This first is because I do marketing for a local company that is very seasonal in it’s business, so spring is the busiest time of year for sales. Second, we restructured how I am paid so that I get my commissions the month after I earn them. Prior to this, my commissions were spread out over a 5 month time frame to allow for customer cancellations. So in effect, my earnings from this source will now be a lot higher in the spring and summer and probably fall off and be very minimal in the fall and winter months.
My Zazzle Earnings:
My Zazzle earnings continue to increase, which is very exciting. I continue to add more and more products to my stores. I’ve learned that better and longer descriptions and lower royalties help with sales. I really started Zazzle with the intent to diversify my online income, but in essence I’ve done the exact opposite. Now Zazzle has become my main source of income on an ongoing basis. I am really looking forward to the holiday shopping season later this year to see how much I can sell with all the product designs I have in my stores. I’d love to stock an entire Christmas themed store with 100,000 products before the holiday shopping season starts, but who knows if I’ll get that done. Right now I only have about 1500 Christmas items. And because I work in batches of 100 items, that means about 15 different designs, each on 100 items. To get to 100,000 products, I would need 1,000 designs, each on 100 products. Doable, but I get distracted easily!
My Squidoo Earnings:
Although my Squidoo earnings are pretty normal this month, I don’t anticipate that to last too much longer. With all the changes at Squidoo in regards to how many affiliate products you have on a page, etc, I am no longer putting any effort in Squidoo. I am really enjoying Zazzle, and have been working on that basically full-time, leaving me no time nor inclination to jump through hoops over at Squidoo. We will have to see how my income drops, but as of right now I’m not adding any new pages over on Squidoo. I have certainly seen a drop in income in my Google Affiliate Network account, whose affiliate links were on Squidoo, and also my Amazon affiliate account. I’ll just have to see how that all plays out.
I hope that my income report gives you encouragement that you CAN make money online from home. That is my whole reason for posting these reports. It also keeps me accountable to continue building my business. I love to see the progress I’m making. I can’t believe that this month I made almost as much as what I made in Feb, which was payment for December’s holiday sales! I can’t wait to see what happens later this year with my Zazzle income as we get closer to the holidays!
How did your April go in regards to your earnings? Where are you headed with building your online business? Leave me a comment below!