My husband also informed me that he was moving to Tennessee. Of course I was devastated, but that’s not what this post is about. What it it IS about is the fact that I had to figure out, and quick like, how I was going to support myself. In hindsight, as we always see things clearly, I realized that I should have been making a living all along. I had never been totally dependent on someone else before. Believe me, I never will again.
So what was I to do? I needed to start making money immediately. I had just gotten started doing the paid to blog thing, which I do now full time, but back then I was only doing it sporadically and working for PayPerPost, now my main source of income, you don’t get paid for 30 days after you make a post. I began scouring the freelance job boards religiously, looking for steady work, but that takes time, to apply, to be screened, to compete with all the other freelancers who are looking for work. And I wanted to work from home. I didn’t have a car, for one thing. And I loved working from home for another.
That’s when a light bulb went off in my head. Associated Content! I had written a couple of pieces for them and it was easy work, it usually took me less than an hour to write an article and I could write about anything I wanted, and I got paid quickly. Boy did I ever get to work! I started writing 6 or 7 articles a day, seven days a week. Each article paid between $6 and $10. Within a couple of weeks I had money, MY money. And the pay to blog money was beginning to trickle in. I was SUPPORTING MYSELF!
Ok, now you are probably wondering why I am telling you all this. Here’s why. Though I love working for PayPerPost and I DO make a living working for them, I want to make more money. I want to move back to my hometown. I want to buy a car. With PPP there is a limit to the number of opps you can take daily, two per blog, which is a good thing, this assures that your blog maintains its integrity and quality of posts. Opportunities drop all throughout the day. They spread them out so that all posties get a chance to make money. Which is only fair. But it becomes mind numbing to sit at the computer, refreshing the screen, waiting for new opps to drop. So I started thinking yesterday that I needed something to do to make money in between searching for new opps.
(You may be thinking to yourself “why doesn’t she find freelance writing jobs?” I’ll be totally honest with you. I enjoy the fact that I don’t have a boss, or a deadline, that I can work my own schedule, and that I don’t have to spend time scrambling for new work. When I do decide to write something freelance it is on my own time and it is stuff that I WANT to write about. That let’s me enjoy being creative, which was the whole point of my becoming a writer in the first place.)
Enter the light bulb moment again. I had noticed that there was money in my Paypal account from Associated Content. Huh, I thought. I haven’t written anything for them in months, why are they paying me? It was only change, but still, I was curious. So I visited their site and discovered that the payments I had received were for page views of my AC articles. Wow. That means I will get paid into perpetuity, that I will always have this passive income. And I realized that if I started marketing my AC page I could make more money. There was one writer who wrote a breaking news story and made $500 in one month from page views. Then it hit me. I could write articles while I flipped back and forth between PayPerPost waiting for new opps to drop. I could kill two birds with one stone. That would keep me busy AND I would be making money. Up until I made this decision I found myself checking my email ten times a day and checking my stats five, killing time. Of course I could have been working on traffic generation or networking, but when I do that I need to give it my full attention and concentrate on nothing else. Besides, if you want to get the good paying opps at PPP you must be on your toes.
I decided to go one step further. I start a new blog. (I love creating blogs, and I was happy to have an excuse to start a new one! And I love learning, I love a challenge, one I create for myself. ) I am going to delve into their site and learn everything I can about how to make the most of AC and blog about it. If you are an AC writer let me know and I will add your blog or your AC page to the sidebar of my Associated Content blog. If you aren’t an AC writer but want to become one be sure to follow along and learn with me. Man, am I ever long winded!