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Suite101 earnings, revisited

Almost a year ago, I wrote about , because one writer made $5000 in a month and they finally told us we were allowed to discuss our income.

I’m revisiting that topic this year because the industry has changed a little, so have my earnings and my writing habits and Suite101’s best practices

My Suite 101 Earnings Have Changed

At this point, I have 176 articles and my lifetime earnings at Suite101 are $10,439.22 which breaks down to about $59.31 per article. Last month, I averaged $2.65 per article for the month which is a crying shame compared to last year’s report of over $6 per month per article. To be precise, last year’s calculations were based on the month of August. With most of my articles in the homeschooling section., August is my peak. So far this month, based on my average so far, I’ll be bringing in about $4 per article for the month, which is more than July (predictably) and less than last year. My $/1000 is around $14 which is good, under any circumstances.

The Industry Has Changed

Google is always tweaking its algorithm and they’re now giving more ranking credit to pages that get more social media attention. Incoming links, Facebook “likes” sharing on twitter and other “buzz” about your articles give them each a boost in the SERPS.

I used to preach that social media was such a waste of time because other writers were focusing on it while I was just writing and focusing on SEO.  Now that it matters, I’m setting up automated ways to have my work shared on social media, but “like” spam’ is really going to suck at some point.

Suite101’s Best Practices Have Changed

Because of the May Day algorithm above, we’re encouraged MORE THAN EVER to write high quality articles that people WANT to share.

Also- Suite is now an official news media outlet, so we’re encouraged to keep up with the news in our field, which really makes us better writers anyway.

A little birdy tells me there is a revamp of the featured-writer situation and some ial changes in the making at Suite101, but I’m not sure where that’s going

The bottom line is- I love that Suite101 changes with the times. I blamed Suite101’s site redesign for my change in income, but the Google May Day update hit about the same time, so it’s hard to tell how effective (or ineffective) the site design really was. I resolve to add MORE content, promote the content I have up there already and to promote the work of other Suite101 writers.  If you’re writing in the Homeschooling section, let me know and I can add you as an administrator to the Facebook page “” so you can share your links on Facebook. While you’re there- become a fan, please, I imagine that the number of fans a page has will increase its rank. it also increases the likeliness that your article will be shared again.

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Inspired by ‘s report

My goal is to make a fortune every month through residual income and passive income.

Clearly, I have a long way to go.

Residual income comes from articles written in the past.

Each month I devote 4-6 hours of my time, writing articles for revenue-sharing sites that will generate residual income forever.

Each month, the income grows while the time commitment stays the same.

Year 1 (no goal)

December 2007 – $3.45

January 2008 – $10.96

February 2008 – $13.99

March 2008 – $17.18

April 2008 – $30.44

May 2008 – $27.18

June 2008 – $26.54

July 2008 – $59.09

August 2008 – $154.50

September 2008 – $132.12

October 2008 – $135.64

November 2008 – $210.16

December 2008 – $160.69

Year 2 (goal $500/mo)

January 2009 – $221.11

February 2009 – $228.69

March 2009 – $380.01

April 2009 – $629.06

May 2009 – $617.81

June 2009 – $629.81

July 2009 – $743.13

August 2009 – $912.39

September 2009 – $975.01

October 2009 – $891.81

November 2009 – $901.88

December 2009 – $642.81

Year 3 goal ($1,000/mo)

January 2010 – $857.34

February 2010 – $696.96

March 2010 – $770.60

April 2010 – $640.34

May 2010 – $539.67

June 2010 – $598.07

July 2010 – $728.88

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