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My First $66 Income From Home

Day 66 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

The $66  Internet Profit Systems Challenge is over. 66 days have passed and this first chapter in my quest to earn an extra income from home is closed.

So, how did  I do? Did I launch my career as an internet entrepreneur by making my first $66?

The $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge – The story so far;
Total Spend : $1.00

When I launched the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge I was seeking to attract traffic and create backlinks to this blog and my Squidoo page : Income from Home – The $66 Challenge. As part of my efforts I paid $1 to submit a press release to a distribution service.  This is the only cash investment I have made in my attempt to start to earn an extra income working from home.

Earnings at  Day 66 :    $30.58

On the final day of the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge I have made the grand total of $30.58.

58 cents was my first payment from the revenue share site Squidoo. Read all about my first Squidoo payday.

The lions share of my extra income – $30 – has come from articles I have written for Demand Studios.  At a rate of $15 per article my first two articles were published via Demand Studios on the eHow website. Once accepted by Demand Studios I have found writing for eHow to be a reliable, efficient and relatively easy way to start earning an extra income.  As examples of the kind of work you can pick up through Demand Studios my first two published articles were:

How to Reduce Home Delivery of Junk Mail


How to Make Quick Cash with No Outlay

Balance at Day 66 : $29.58

But wait…..

Although the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge finished on Day 66 (31st January 2011) I had not yet been paid for all of the work that I have completed during the 66 day period.

A further $30 from Demand Studios

On the 31st January 2011 I had 3 articles outstanding with Demand Studios, this means that my writing has been submitted for review by the Demand Studios editors and is pending acceptance.

I’m happy to say that in the few days since 31st January two of these articles have been accepted adding a further $30 to the income from home pot.

I am still awaiting news on my final article.

Two Squidoo Paydays Remain

Beyond this extra income from Demand Studios I have the pleasure of two further Squidoo Paydays.  Like most revenue share sites Squidoo pay in arrears.  The $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge ran through December 2010 to the end of January 2011.  I will be paid monthly revenue share for the performance of my  Squidoo lenses during these months on 15th February and 15th March respectively.

$59.58 and counting…

And so the story continues, will my final article for Demand Studios be accepted, rejected or returned for a rewrite? How much will the next two Squidoo Paydays add to the income from home pot?

On 15th March 2011 the final tally will be made and the book will close on the $66 in 66 Days Internet Profit Systems Challenge.


Squidoo payday

Day 59 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

I got paid! This month I was the happy recipient of my first Squidoo payday and last night I made my first online sale, netting a proportion of the royalty payment from Amazon.

As my Squidoo earnings begin to take flight I thought I would  give some insight into the inner workings of  the Squidoo payday demonstrating just how easy it is to start to build an extra income with this user friendly site.

How Can I Make Money with Squidoo?

Amongst other things Squidoo is a revenue share site. This means that Squidoo lensmasters (the people who spend time creating, publishing and promoting Squidoo pages) earn a percentage of the total advertising revenue Squidoo.com earns from Adsense, Infolink and Chitika (inclusion in the Infolink and Chitika revenue share is optional).

Every month,  on or near the 15th  (it’s always early and never late) it’s Squidoo payday and how much a lensmaster earns depends upon the performance or average ranking of each of their lenses. A lenses ranking is determined by many factors but in the simplest terms lensmasters improve the ranking of their lenses by attracting plenty of visitors, boasting high levels of participation and being an active member of the Squidoo community.

How Quickly Can I Earn Money with Squidoo?

As soon as they have been live for a month, lenses qualify for the revenue share program and exactly 3 months after the publication of the first lens new squids will enjoy the first of many Squidoo paydays.

Like most revenue share sites Squidoo pay their members in arrears. This means that the January 2011 Squidoo payday related to site activity for the period 1st – 30th November 2010.

I launched two of my first lenses in October 2010, these qualified for the Squidoo revenue share program in November 2010 and as a result when the January 2011 Squidoo payday arrived I saw money in my account!

What About Commission From Sites Like Amazon?

Every Squidoo lens offers the opportunity to earn an affiliate payment through the sale of products on Amazon, eBay, Zazzle and iTunes. Simple modules allow lensmasters to easily promote relevant products from any of these sites. Every time a reader clicks from a lens through to make a purchase the lensmaster receives a commission or royalty payment.

Amazon is the best way to make an extra income on Squidoo. The site makes it really easy to incorporate relevant products, write your own personalized recommendations and ultimately benefit from any sales.

Every time a lens makes an Amazon sale the creator receives a 4.25% royalty payment.  As a comparison most individual small Amazon affiliates, people who open their own personal accounts, start in the 4% sales tier on Amazon. It takes a lot of work and a huge amount of sales to reach Amazon’s 6% tier.

Last night I made my first Amazon sale through Squidoo from a lens that I  created just two months ago on the 26th November 2010.  I have to say it was a very exciting discovery!

You Can Get Started with Squidoo Today

Read more about Squidoo Payday by visiting this lens ; First Squidoo Payday

If you already have a great idea for a lens or would have a look about then follow this link ;  Start Earning with Squidoo


It takes time to establish a residual income

Holiday’s are coming, passive income is waiting!

Day 18 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

It’s that time of year again; the end of the school year, the long Christmas break, a hectic social calendar and an even busier todo list! Not that I am complaining, I love this time of year, a celebration of family and friendship.

There’s just one problem. I am nowhere near reaching my $66 target, in fact I am currently in the red! Unlike more established Internet entrepreneurs my Internet profit systems are not creating a passive income. This means that whilst I am holidaying, my internet profit systems will not be purring away in the background generating a residual income 24 hours a day.

In fact, worse than that. As a newbie my sites and webpages do not yet have an established network of backlinks neither is their presence established on search engines such as Google. What does this mean? After just 3 days away from the PC, I’ve noticed that my hard earned rankings and ratings have dropped! What, dare I wonder will the impact of 2 or 3 weeks be?

As previously stated the purpose of this project is to prove that a stay at home Mum can earn an extra income through Internet profit systems. As a stay at home Mum my family comes first, my time with them is precious and so, what’s the plan for the next 24 days of the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge.

1. Build my understanding of keyword research, this process is key to search engine optimization and the profitably of Internet profit systems.

2. Try and visit my favourite forums as often as possible – I have found that forums have been one of my most successful forms of traffic generation, receiving just a few visits as a day as a result of my forum signature will help protect the ranking of some of my webpages.

And that’s it. Christmas is for family. When I return it will be Day 40 of the Internet profit systems challenge and I will have just 26 days to turn webpages into dollar signs.

Accepted by Demand Studios

Day 11 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

Yesterday I was accepted by Demand Studios! The editorial team have accepted my application and I am now a member of “a select group of writers who produce high quality articles for several brand-name websites on the Internet”.

It all sounds very grand but the bottom line is that now I have been accepted by Demand Studios I have a very real opportunity to create an extra income writing with eHow. Not only does this mean that I can start to make more money relatively quickly it also means that I can start to create a residual or passive income. The perfect for kind of income for a busy stay at home Mum.

What is Demand Studios?

Demand Studios is a content provider. They provide content to a number of websites including eHow, which just happens to be one of the most visited sites in the US. Demand Studios use a bank of freelance writers whom they pay for writing articles on a range of topics, in a variety of formats.

Joining Demand Studios, Writing with eHow

Applications to start writing with eHow are made and managed via Demand Studios. Both websites have built their reputation on the quality of the content they offer, Demand Studios maintains this standard through a relatively rigorous selection process which requires applicants to have a specific level of experience and expertise.

You can access the application form through either the eHow homepage or by heading straight to the Demand Studios website. Completion requires that you submit a relevant resume and a writing sample.

My application was processed in approximately 24 hours and once I had received the e-mail informing me that I had been accepted by Demand Studios I was able to log in to the site and head straight to My Work Desk.

Before you Start Writing with eHow

Accepted by Demand Studios

The Demand Studios Work Desk


Once you have been accepted by Demand Studios and before you can get into full swing writing with eHow, you must complete a series of freshman tasks. Initially a bio must be created which highlights your professional experience.  Receiving approval of the bio can sometimes be harder than being accepted by Demand Studios in the first place – my first bio has already been rejected, let’s hope the next one meets the mark.

Freshman writers must then complete their first three assignments under the guidance of an editor. Each article is reviewed and feedback provided before publication. Freshmen are strongly advised to wait for the feedback from their first assignment before starting the second.

At this stage you cannot assign your own article title and must select from those available through the find assignments interface.  In my opinion this limits the titles available to a freshman writer and may make those first few assignments harder than most. But, this is the process that has to be followed if you are to gain your spurs as an eHow writer and so I have claimed my first assignment from the available list. I now have seven days to deliver against the title “How to make a Solar Panel from a Domestic Radiator”.

How will I earn an extra income writing with eHow and Demand Studio?Writing with eHow

In the first instance an eHow writer earns an extra income by being paid a fixed fee for a published article.  After review and fact checking by a copy editor, the article (previously selected and claimed through the find assignments interface) is published and payment is processed with the average fee for a 400 – 500 word article being $15.

Now let’s do the math. At $15 per article, working a five day week I would need to publish 8 or 9 articles per day to earn approximately  $30,000 per year. As a stay at home Mum this really isn’t the passive income I am looking for.  So why am I so excited about being accepted by Demand Studios and the eHow opportunity?

Building an eHow Residual Income

By all accounts the eHow revenue share program is the best on the net. In other words it seems like eHow is the writing site with the biggest pay offer.

Once I have completed my first three articles I will have full Work Desk access which includes the option to create my own article titles on subjects of my choice, titles which can then be submitted for payment via the eHow revenue share program.

Writers build their eHow residual income by being paid relative to the number of times the article is viewed and for as long as articles continue to live on the web and be of interest to readers the writer will continue to be paid. On this model an optimized article, targeting a well chosen keyword niche has the potential to earn far more than $15.  Indeed I have come across many reports of writers receiving over $200 for just one article over a twelve month period.  All of a sudden, requiring just 150 articles rather than 2,340, $30,000 a year seems so much more achievable.

By becoming an active member of the eHow revenue share program it’s relatively easy to create a passive income and that’s why I’m so excited to have been accepted by Demand Studios.

Stay at home Mum too busy to seek an extra income!

Day 6 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

It’s official, today this stay at home Mum is too busy to earn an extra income. Swimming lessons, the mountain of washing, tidy up, whip round with the Dyson, make the beds, cook the dinner, bath the kids and time for bed.

Today I have only managed to find an hour to try and kick start my online efforts so that they start to make more money. This raises a very important question:

What is the best use of time if you can only work on your internet profit systems for an hour a day?

In this post I don’t have the answer, I can only tell you where I chose to focus my extra income efforts…

A quick check on Squidoo to update my income report (still nothing) and visit the Squidoo forum. Yesterday I asked more experienced Squiders than I to give me some feedback on my lens – Internet profit systems – it was encouraging to receive some great feedback.

I used some of my 60 minutes to finish the blog post I didn’t have time to finish yesterday – How to Publish a Press Release Online for Free.

And I paid a visit to my favourite work from home forum – Work at Home Forum – to post the question “what is the best use of time if you can only work on your internet profit systems for an hour a day?”. I have learnt a huge amount participating in this forum and would recommend it to anybody who is looking to start to make more money

In my opinion if you only have a short amount of time forums are a great place to focus your efforts. Why? Because every time you post and add your signature you are creating a clickable link, a backlink to your site or webpage. That’s my view, but let’s see what the experts say, I’ll be back with news from the forums when I have it.

In the meantime, back to the dishes!

Making a Start with Squidoo

Day 4 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

In my wisdom I launched the $66 challenge on a Friday. This means that today I find myself on Day 4, Monday, having done nothing at all! After a wonderful weekend with family and friends Monday morning came with a bump. In amongst one unwell small person and the usual home duties I have managed to find about 2 hours to get down to some work. So, what have I achieved?

Whilst learning about internet profit systems I have come across lots of talk about social network marketing but being totally honest I don’t like the sound of it. Granted I know nothing about it and am making this judgement blind but I feel uncomfortable with it for two reasons; the first is that it involves using your friends and family as a means of selling and promoting your wares, the second is the fact that Facebook is sure to play a pivotal role in any social network marketing strategy. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-Facebook more Facebook suspicious, my profile is limited and my network restricted to friends from the real world. In the future I am sure that I will have to engage with social network marketing, for now I have simply sent an email to friends and family sharing news of my venture.

Earn an extra income with SquidooI have also begun the process of telling the internet world about the $66 challenge by launching a Squidoo lens – Internet Profit Systems The $66 Challenge.

Squidoo is a great way to earn an extra income. It is absolutely free and as such a good place to start to make more money if you are a stay at home Mum. With Squidoo it’s really easy way to create web pages about absolutely anything that takes your fancy, you may choose to tell the world about your favourite holiday destination or how to make a disco cake.

One of the first lens I created was called The Perfect Disco Party For Kids.

By integrating promotions for products from popular sites such as Amazon and Ebay into their lenses Squidoo users earn commission on any purchases their readers make. It’s a fun way to create an extra income and as Squidoo is loved by Google a fantastic way to promote and improve the rankings of your own products, projects and web pages.

You can read all about The $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge on Squidoo by following this link – click here.

Or if you would like to make a start with Squidoo simply click here. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s a great way to start to earn an extra income.  Start with Squidoo today.

Stay at Home Mum Seeks $66 in 66 Days

Day 1 – $66 Internet Profit Systems challenge

The Story So Far

Yesterday I wrote about how for the past 2 months and 5 days I have been working hard to start to make more money online. I am a member of My Online Income System Kimberley Hoffman and as a stay at home Mum began my quest to seek an extra income by following her 60 day action plan.

I have not completed the action plan, I have not done everything Kimberley Hoffman advises to make her internet profit system profitable nor have I made my first dollar.  That said, I have learnt a huge amount and on that basis I would recommend My Online Income System Kimberley Hoffman to anyone who is serious about working online to create an extra income.

The Next Step

After 2 months and 5 days of hard study I have come to realise that My Online Income System Kimberley Hoffman is perhaps the wrong system for me.  Through its fantastic training course, this program teaches members to build a profitable online business which like any business requires a certain level of commitment, especially in its infancy. As a stay at home Mum with two children (including a very lively 9 month old) I cannot consistently invest the time required each day to get the best from Kimberley Hoffman’s system.

I have decided that I need a different approach.  Using the knowledge I have gained over the last 2 months and 5 days I am going to spend the next 2 months 5 days creating a series of smaller internet profit systems that will once established will generate a passive income.

The Challenge – build internet profit systems and create $66 in 66 days

2 months and 5 days equates to 66 days.  Over the next 66 days I am going to truly launch my quest to seek an extra income by using everything I have learnt so far to create a profit of $66. A dollar for every day of this challenge.

Stay at Home Mum Seeks $66 in 66 Days

It’s not huge, it’s not grand mansions and first class travel but it’s realistic and from little acorns…

So can I do it? Can I prove that it is possible for a stay at home Mum to create an extra income online? I have no previous experience or knowledge of internet profit systems, I have two children, one lovely husband and a lot of ironing, school finishes for the 6 week summer holidays exactly 3 weeks from now and it’s Christmas in 36 days.  There’s lots to do!

I  will be reporting on my progress by posting in this blog; the successes, the failures and everything in between.  Take a moment to subscribe (by entering your email in the box in top right hand corner) and you will receive regular updates either by email or RSS feed.

Wish me luck!