Examiner.com Experiment Update
If you read this blog, you know that I recently started an experiment writing for Examiner.com. I wanted to see the income potential while writing for this website. You can read my initial article here to see the full parameters of this experiment.
While I was trying to determine a number of things, the most important thing I was looking to determine was how residual this income would become, even after dialing down the effort level.
In the following table, you will see the first ten days of data from my experiment. This shows the day, the running total of articles written and the income for each day. As you will see, I hit it hard at first, pumping out article after article, reading 30 articles in just 8 days. The income grew steadily, but then I decided to take a few days off and the income dropped like a rock.
The fact that my income dropped off so much simply because I didn’t write for a day or two confirmed my fears about writing for Examiner.com. If my articles don’t continually generate revenue, then it’s a waste of time. I’m not looking to pump out article after article each day just to maximize my daily traffic. I’m looking for residual income which hopefully becomes passive income. Examiner.com is not the job for this.
After doing some research, it looks as if the people making good money writing for Examiner are maximizing short term trends to get traffic boosts and thus income boosts. These folks monitor hot trends via Google (often times these are entertainment trends, i.e. Britney Spears), then write a few posts about it trying to get a spike in traffic. This is not what I’m interested in doing at all.
I’m trying to build a business or a portfolio of online income streams. It was clear after just a short time that Examiner does not fit into my business plan; thus, I’ve called off the experiment after less than 2 weeks.
Since then, I’ve already moved my focus into a couple niche sites that I’ve already launched. I will be reporting on the success of these sites very soon. I think I’m on to something with these.