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Alternative Income Streams – April 2009

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With March in the books, it's time to look back at my alternative income. After taxes last month I made $1967. In previous month's I've been disappointed by a number like that. It just didn't have the growth that I want. However, since I was working full time, the number gets painted in a whole new light. Even more interesting, I somehow managed to have the second most traffic in Lazy Man and Money history.

The traffic growth was surprising to me... until I stopped to analyze it in more detail. It's natural to think that my traffic results may have something to do with the quality and quantity of recent posts. However, I had fewer posts this last month... and I didn't feel like they were the most revolutionary concepts. I'm now believing that traffic can also be seen as a trailing indicator. I think the articles that I wrote awhile back are getting seasoned in the search engines.

I usually put some kind of future outlook here. I'm hesitant to do so with so many external factors such as the new job and puppy. Fortunately this weekend looks pretty clear (thank you Bully sticks), so hopefully I can lock myself up and write, write, write. Maybe I'll even finish off the WordPress plugin and accompanying site that I started last week. If that goes well, the next month should be a good one.

Posted on April 3, 2009.

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2 Responses to “Alternative Income Streams – April 2009”

  1. Kosmo @ The Casual Observer says:

    Yeah, that’s not a bad part time job.

    Assuming that you continue to write at least a few times a week (to stay relevant for Google), there is probably a floor on your earnings due to search engine traffic. That’s only fair, though. The Beatles still make royalties from songs they recorded a long time ago, so why shouldn’t you continue to reap profits from past writing? Not that I’m suggesting that you’re bigger than the Beatles.

    Have you found a way to analyze the $/visit for search engine traffic vs. people who are “regulars” to the blog (using referrer and outclicks, or something similar?)

  2. Kosmo @ The Casual Observer says:

    Sorry for the double post – but what’s the status on the eBook you mentioned a while back? Or is that tied in to the new web site?

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