Driving a Porsche…from your eHow earnings.

Everyone likes nice things. Some people enjoy leather furniture. Others crave an expensive kitchen with a professional oven. Some might want a personal wine cellar, while others might want to drive a fancy car, like a Porsche, or an Aston Martin. I enjoy traveling, as does my wife. We take close to half a dozen trips per year throughout Europe, and I have a pretty healthy wine hobby, not to mention the video game side of me that requires plenty of high def, big screens, and gaming rigs.

What many people don’t know is that you can have all of these…simply writing for eHow.

I’m sure at this point many of the “veteran” writers in the crowd are shaking their heads no, claiming that it’s impossible, because they haven’t been able to do it. Something you will see a lot of at Complete Writing Solutions (if you haven’t already) is proving the impossible to be possible. I have a very “Richard Branson” look on life, which is setting goals for myself that seem insurmountable to others, and consequently becoming addicted to the feeling of gratification I get when I’ve overcome those supposedly insurmountable odds. It’s a rush.

Now, before I get started, I need to give credit where credit is due. I stumbled across his blog a few months back and I can honestly say his approach is something that has inspired our direction for 2010. His name is Pat, and he is the owner of the Smart Passive Income blog. His website is all about showing people how to make smart, passive income. If you read his annual report for the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the guy cleared $203,000 in gross income from simply selling an e-book…all for an initial investment of around 200 USD. He’s 26 years old, and a brilliant marketing genius who completely understands the concept of digitalization (selling a product entirely online in the digital world), something I talk about a lot here at Complete Writing Solutions.

The beauty of Pat’s site is that he gives away all of his information for free. If you take the time to read his blog he discusses the reasoning behind this, because while he isn’t making enough money to give to charity, he feels that giving away his marketing strategies for free is a way to help give back to the community. And considering the amount of income his affiliates make from affiliate earnings, I’d say he’s giving back plenty!

Pat is really good about showing proof of his income. It’s something I’ve been inspired to do, and something you will see incorporated in 2010 when we start showing our income breakdown. That’s neither here nor there, however. I wanted to give you a basis for understanding where the concept of this article came from. The inspiration, as it were.

I have not personally written for eHow, although I have articles up on their site published through Demand Studios. I did not write residual articles, but rather focused on up-front payouts. However, I looked at the math over at Pat’s page on eHow earnings and considering how much I love to put together the numbers to prove people wrong when they talk about how these markets are supposedly low-paying (for example, showing how you could make over 100k a year writing for content sites; if you’ve followed my posts for any length of time you’ll see it’s rather an addiction I have, proving people wrong with math), I had to nod my head and go “Hot damn, here’s someone who gets it.”

Looking at the math on his site, if you were to write 150 articles per month for 9 months you could earn (according to the numbers in his equation, which are not definite; please pay attention to the variables which could sway the number up or down) over 14,000 dollars in residual income over the next year after you stopped writing.

While $14,000 doesn’t sound like a lot up front, you have to look at the broader scope. That’s a car payment for the entire year. Your mortgage. Several nice vacations with the family. A new room addition to your house. A remodeling project to renovate your kitchen. A omfg-blow-your-mind home theater system that will have the neighbours for 5 miles in every direction jealous. And it takes almost no time to write those 150 articles a month. Why?

Because you are living in the age of globalization. There are literally thousands of niches that people are writing in, and thousands of niches that people want to read about on a global basis. It could be something as mundane as how to get stains out of a toilet bowl or something as off-the-wall as how to make a wig out of camel hair, but at the end of the day someone out there in the great big ol’ world is going to want to read your article. And if you understand SEO and know how to pad the articles properly there is a veritable boat-load of cash just waiting for you to claim.

Writing in a niche is wonderful because it takes literally no time. Your niches do not require research; you know the topics intimately. You are capable of sitting down and literally writing five niche articles in an hour or two. What that means is that you can easily sit down every day and write 5 little niche articles in your spare time.

The beauty about residual income is that it is the gift which keeps on giving. However, you need to understand that the initial groundwork still has to be laid, and you are still going to have to put some effort into getting that residual income flowing. Writing is not a get-rich-quick industry, but it is incredibly lucrative when you factor in the thousands of niches that are available for you to write about.

The easiest way to start is simply take your favorite hobbies and write about them. These are already something you are extremely passionate about, so it’s going to be a fun project for you to work on in your one or two spare hours of time every day. And as long as you are dedicated to it and write at least 5 articles a night, you could see the same kind of numbers (or even better!) that Pat posted on his website, which means you could see yourself sitting with an extra 15 grand or so in your pocket next year from doing nothing more than writing about something you were passionate about in the first place! Not only are you having fun, but you are making money having fun, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

There is no such thing as low-paying in today’s markets, people. Everything is relative. When you look at the earnings from places like eHow and Demand Studios they might look small up close, but when you take a step back and look at the potential over the course of an entire year, the results are fairly staggering. 14-15k a year from residual, and 100k a year from an 8 hour a day job? I certainly don’t consider either of those low-paying in the least.

So get out there and start writing in your niche today. You could find yourself with a brand new shiny (insert favorite thing here) next year, purely from spending an hour or two every day writing about something you were passionate about in the first place.

(I am not affiliated with eHow or the Smart Passive Income blog in any way, shape, or form. I am simply someone who enjoys crunching numbers and proving how these supposed low-paying markets are in fact quite lucrative when used properly.)

T.W. Anderson is the founder of Complete Writing Solutions, and is a freelance writer specializing in travel writing, website content, interior design and home improvement, green-related topics, as well as anything else potential clients need him to be.

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6 comments on “Driving a Porsche…from your eHow earnings.
  1. Pat says:

    Wow! This is an awesome, well-written post, and I’m honored that you chose to credit my site along with it. Thank you!

    I’ve learned a lot about the power of writing online through eHow.com, and although I’ve made a good amount of money from it, there are people who make far more than I do, who are cranking out new articles each and every day. If I wasn’t working on other projects, I’d be cranking out new articles every day too. It’s really not difficult at all – it’s just there is a bit of work up front that is necessary.

    On a side note, I love how you talk about proving people wrong with math. I love to do the same thing, for both my own confirmation of whatever it is I’m calculating out, as well as for the naysayers too.

    Thanks again for the link, and I wish you all the best. Cheers!

  2. Thanks for the further inspiration, Pat. I’ve been loving every minute of your blog since I started reading it awhile back, and it’s a real blessing to find people who understand the breakdown of the numbers.

    It’s very easy to get caught up in the “first glance” of places like eHow, which is why so many people discredit them as being low-paying, but just like I showed with Demand Studios, and you showed with your math for eHow, these places are actually extremely lucrative…if you are willing to put forth the effort and know how to use the system.

    I love math. Ironically, when I was a student I wasn’t that good at it, but over the years I’ve developed a healthy addiction, probably fueled by my love of that show Numb3rs. But I also learned in my previous job that you can never look at a project from just one angle. To truly appreciate the utmost potential you have to be able to stand back and assess every angle before making your final decision.

    Thanks for the shout out, and I’m sure I’ll be linking more of your stuff in the future!

  3. Carol Tice says:

    $14,000 for writing 150 articles??? How does the math for that compare to writing half as many articles in a year and earning $80K? You say you love math…but I don’t get your math. Also love where you talk about how easy it would be to dash off 150 articles…I think you don’t realize how unusual you are, even in the pro writing community, that you would find that an easy task. And to earn the 50K you said you bring in, that would be what…more like 500 articles in a year. Gawd. Sounds really exhausting, I don’t care how much expertise you’ve got up your sleeve.

    And… how much will you earn if eHow busts? Lots of these sites go under, you may know. These residuals are a promise that’s often not delivered. You may have read that eHow and other sites are being increasingly mocked for their low standards…we’ll see if they’re around in a year or two.

    Also, if you make such a great living from just writing for mills, what’s this whole other side of your business on your site, where you seem to be hungrily pursuing outside clients? I thought you said you just wrote for mills because you didn’t want to ever have to query or market yourself. Hm.

    Carol Tice

  4. Thanks for your opinion, Carol!

    If person A writes 5 articles in 5 hours for 100 dollars apiece, he makes 500 dollars, or 100 dollars an hour. If person B writes 2 articles in 2 hours but spends 3 hours researching/marketing/querying/etc., but gets paid 250 dollars per article, he still made 500 dollars. At the end of the day BOTH writers made 500 dollars for 5 hours worth of work. One writer wrote for 5 hours, while the other writer wrote for 2 and spent the rest of his time marketing/querying/researching/etc.

    It’s only exhausting if you don’t enjoy what you write. Personally, I always pick topics I either already have a passion for, or things I would enjoy learning about. Either way, I win, because I’m doing something I enjoy, which means it is no longer work, but a hobby that I’m getting paid for!

    Working for eHow is like working for any other company. I’m sure the people working for Chrysler and Enron and other companies thought they had job security, and look what happened to them. This directly ties into your question about why I’m “hungrily” looking for other clients and pursuing a wide variety of opportunities. I like to keep my doors open, and I like to work for a wide variety of places in a wide variety of markets.

    Think of it this way. Sometimes I like to eat McDonalds. Other times I might want Olive Garden. I might like to cook a meal at home and enjoy a nice grilled steak with a Caesar salad and a bottle of Italian Chianti or Australian Shiraz or Bulgarian Melnik. Every one of those meals shares one thing in common: they are all food. In much the same way content is content. It doesn’t matter if it’s an article published in the New York Times or if it’s something published on eHow. At the end of the day it’s still words on paper (or a page) and someone is still writing me a paycheck.

    I’m certainly glad you are successful at what you do, but there are a great many people out there who are just as successful and even moreso, and they do it in ways that might not work for you or I. That’s the beauty of working in a global market, because you can always learn new ways to innovate and make money!

  5. Interesting says:

    This is a GREAT site. I’ve just started writing with ehow and infobarrel. And on ehow my 15 new articles unaged and all are averaging about $1.00 a day combined. I started seriously writing with keyword research a week into Dec. And I’m amazed.

    What I find curious though are people like Carol (the “traditional hardworking freelance writer”) bashing “content mills”-the “envy” abounds.

    And interestingly enough it has VERY little to do with the content and much ado about the “low barrier to entry” to said “mill” and the resentment about how “anyone” can earn money for their writing.

    I’ve been to sites that were written by “traditional writers” and the content was often poorly written and one-sided. The traditional school of journalists need to “get with it” and think outside the box. The internet can and will change the way EVERYONE does business and makes money-if the slow adopters would get off their “credentials” and embrace the fact that content sites WILL and HAVE changed the way people write, find information and make money.

    Information IS the new currency. And as I see it NO one group of people has the key to the information kingdom.

  6. :) Thanks for your comment, Interesting.

    Information is the new currency, for sure. It’s the reason behind many of the posts I make, such as “Knowledge is Power“, and “Research in the 21st Century“. Global awareness is how I’ve managed to make my mark on the industry in such a short time, and how I’ve been able to make money despite certain traditional writers claiming I’m “wrong” in my analysis and reasonings.

    When someone is clamoring that it’s “impossible” or that you “can’t do” something, it’s usually a last-ditch effort by them to keep you below them on the totem pole. Certain writers don’t want you to find success at places like eHow, because it further proves them wrong. Plus, it strips away their mantle of power, because the work that was traditionally being funneled through to them is now being spread out to many other writers who have the same exact qualifications and credentials.

    Glad you enjoy the site so far. Hope to see more of your comments in the future!

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