Total Online Earnings for November…


I aimed to make more than I did in October and that’s how it panned out; Big Mama made $302.24.


(any figures in pounds means it’s how I was initially paid.)

CloudCrowd: $201.40 (paid to complete tasks incl. translating, writing, editing, reviewing)(read my CloudCrowd review)

– Surveys: $36.55 (Panelbase: $16.23 (£10.05); Consumer Intelligence: $15.59 (£10.00); Pinecone Research: $4.73 (£3.00)) (Consumer Intelligence is a UK-based site. Surveys are short and sweet just the way I like it. You can read more about it on my survey blog)

– Kooday: $23.92 (make money by buying & selling keywords. Requires a minimum $5 investment. (Update – Feb ’13 – Kooday no longer exists)

Clixsense: $11.89 (yay!, Clixsense, yay! I was previously using my Clixsense earnings to buy ads there, but since the ads weren’t all that successful for me, I decided to just aim for payout.)

Techdoctordeals: $9.60 (as I don’t plan to continue with this site, this is my very last payment)(read my Techdoctordeals review)

eBay UK: $6.29 (£3.93) (didn’t do a lot of selling on eBay)

Swagbucks: $5.00 (paid to search, do polls, surveys, etc. To find out more about Swagbucks, read review)

ToneADay: $4.61 (for the work I did the previous month – not using ToneADay that much these days – no particular reason why.)(read review)

Cashle: $2.47 (GPT site. read review here)

QuickRewards Network: $0.51 (GPT site)(read review)

Total — $302.24

I’m pleased with that. Not only did I want to make more, but I was partly hoping I’d break into $300. I did that only by two dollars, but psychologically, $302.24 feels better to me than $299.99; it’s just a little extra gust of feel-goodness.

Anyhoo, my plans for December…

My focus is changing. This time though, instead of fighting, ignoring or questioning it, I’m just gonna go with the flow and act on it.

This month, I’ll be looking at making money from the upcoming Christmas holidays. This is part of a wider interest I’ve recently developed in taking advantage of different holidays and other celebratory occasions to make money. (e.g., Black Friday, New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter, etc.)

I’ll primarily be using Hubpages to create hubs targeted towards Christmas and looking at ways to build backlinks to them so they’re (hopefully) more prominent on Google. I understand the logic behind backlinking, but the challenge will be in the doing.

I don’t know how successful it’ll all be, but I’m treating this Christmas as a test-run and learning tool for future campaigns.

Ultimately, I’d like to have hubs, blogs and sites over time that tie into different hols/occasions and earn residually from them. I want to move away from an active way of earning. For example, if I don’t work on CloudCrowd, I don’t earn money. I want to change that; I want to be able to put in the work on a blog/site or hub, build momentum, and then reach a stage where it runs itself.

I know it’s easier said than done, but I’m up for giving it a go.

Have a great month, people…



  1. TriNi

    Good luck you can do it!! 🙂 I’m rooting for ya.. and congrats on your earnings btw!

    I understand totally what you mean about not being as active and still earning, that’s always nice, but I must say I do admire the work you put into CloudCrowd and the earnings you make from it. I wish I myself could be as productive and do that … it sure would add alot to my current earnings!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Tristan

    Nice job!

    I think focusing on the holidays and planning/optimizing for those is a great idea. I’ve always thought it would be cool to have a niche site for a holiday in each month! That way you’d be making money all year long.

    Thanks for the post!

  3. ebele

    @Trini – thanks, hun!// It would be great to earn passively. It’s not something I’ve considered in the past, but now I’m thinking long-term, it’s starting to appeal.

    I like CloudCrowd. I enjoy it, plus the money’s come in handy.

    Take care…have a great weekend.


    @Tristan – hi. I’m kinda excited about this new net adventure. Excited because there are a number of celebrations I could tap into, so no two things will be the same — and also (like you mentioned), if I learn how to work it, I could potentially be making money all year round.

    I’m gonna give it a try and see how it goes.

    Thanks for passing by.


    @Ruth. Hey! Reading your recent posts, particularly your Xmas hub one, have been encouraging. So, thank you 🙂

    Take care…

  4. avatarlady

    That is a great motivation of yours. You actually made a lot. Really hope you’d do well this Christmas. As for me, I enjoy joining giveaways and stuffs because they make up for the boredom and tiredness I get with making money online. Keep posted. I put up a new blog with a different concept not exactly related to “money.” I already made a wishlist in hopes Santa drops by. LOL

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

  5. ebele

    Thanks, avatarlady 🙂 I hope the lead up to Xmas proves fruitful. But, like I said, even if it doesn’t, I’d have learnt something for a next occasion.

    Good luck with the giveaways and with December in general.

    Is the link to your new blog on your blog? I’ll check it out if it is.

    Take care now…

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