August 2014 Passive Income Report

August 2014 was a pretty slow month in terms of passive income, totaling $216.46. But, I added up the total, year to date and it’s around $2500. Not bad for the very little amount of time and energy I put into it. You can see my passive income report here. Something I am happy about is Iherb, which I am getting an increasing amount of money from each month. Something that seems to be working…

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July 2014 Passive Income Report

This month wasn’t great in terms of passive income, coming in with a total of $219.09, but I didn’t exactly put a lot of effort into maintaining my current sites or building new ones due to how busy I was at the day job, which is always a frustration. Plus, I was on vacation in Malaysia for a large part of it. Check out the specifics of my July 2014 Passive Income Report here. Comparing…

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June 2014 Passive Income Report

June 2014 was by far my best month since starting this blog in November 2013: $604.57. Check out the report here, but you can see that Squidoo and dividend payments were both really high, and Amazon and Iherb were around average. Dividends fluctuate throughout the year, depending on various factors and it’s really something I have no control over. But, Squidoo did very well for me and the best part about it was that I…

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May 2014 Passive Income Report

This month, I earned $310.41 in passive income. Everything was pretty normal except for my Iherb earnings, which increased significantly to $24.99, mostly due to their free shipping special for most of May. Anytime I can earn over $300 for very little effort on my part is good news! Here’s how May 2014 compared to previous years. May 2013: $386.06 May 2012: $380.02 May 2011: $243.11 May 2010: $49.22

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How to Convert on Amazon

Something I’ve having a hard time with is converting clicks to sales on Amazon. For example, in the first 11 days of this month, I’ve had 156 clicks, but no sales so far. I don’t include Squidoo Amazon sales in this, just my personal blogs (this one, My Life: Teaching in a Korean University, and Home Cooking in Korea). Readers: any tips?  I’m feeling frustrated!  I think I have enough of a following and enough…

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Squidoo Niche Feature: South Korea

The best niches on Squidoo are the ones that you know a lot about, but which there isn’t much competition for so that you can get lots of hits from Google. One of my niches, South Korea fits these criteria perfectly. I’ve lived in Korea for the past 10 years and there really isn’t that much English language tourist information, since it’s kind of off the beaten track for the “Western” world and it’s certainly…

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Amazon Affiliate: what to sell

Amazon pays around a 4-6% commission on the products that you sell, which is quite low compared to other programs out there. Although I sell lots of ESL textbooks and ESL teacher training type books through my blog: My Life: Teaching in a Korean University, it doesn’t really add up to any substantial amount at the end of the month because all those sales are $15-40 or so. The things that can really make you…

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Passive Income Report: April 2014

My passive income for the month of April 2014 was $274.64. You can see the breakdown of that in this Passive Income Report, as well as compared to previous months. Here is the data from previous Aprils: April 2010: 5.29 April 2011: 214.34 April 2012: 328.1 April 2013: 251.97 Overall, this month was a bit lower than other years due to decreased dividends. This year, March was a huge month for dividends, so it was…

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Friends on a Budget: is it Possible?

Building Passive Income: 2 Main Factors 1. Living frugally so that you have more money to invest in things like dividend paying stocks. 2. Putting the time in to develop the passive income streams through building websites, books, Iherb, Amazon, etc. Going Out in South Korea Usually Involves Drinking Living in South Korea as an expat (I’m originally from Canada), one of the things that frustrates me is that “going out” usually involves hitting up…

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Passive Income Report: March 2014

For my February report, please see this post. But, onwards to March.  You can see all the details here, but the total minus interest paid to my broker was $466.44 US.  The large majority of it was in Dividends, and a big portion of that was NPK (National Presto Industries), which paid a special dividend of over $100. Compared to previous years: March 2013: 251.97 March 2012: 455.72 March 2011: 156.86 March 2010: 7.02 Similar…

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Squidoo Niche Feature: Scuba Diving

I’ve talked about in previous posts (Easter Niche, ESL Niche) about how niches are really a fabulous way to make decent money on Squidoo, since Google and Squidoo itself love pages that are linked together and similar, but not exactly the same. Of course, duplicate content is a sure way to lose page-rank and should be avoided at all costs. One of my other very successful niches is Scuba Diving.  I’m actually a scuba diving…

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Why I’m using WordPress for this blog (and not Blogger)

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I’ve been a faithful Blogger user for years and have had this very popular blog on that platform since 2008. My Life: Teaching in a Korean University. So, it goes without saying that I definitely know the ins and outs of blogger and that I generally like it.  It’s extremely easy to add Amazon and other affiliate links (with the widgets: add HTML option), and of course, they support Google Adsense (Blogger is owned by…

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Passive Income Report: February 2014

This past month was not an amazing one in terms of passive income.  I earned a total of $210.32 (US), but in the Feb. 2013 it was 288.47.  However, progress is happening: Feb. 2012=167.08 and Feb. 2011=74.79. February is traditionally not a big month in terms of dividend payouts, and my Squidoo payment was also relatively low.  Squidoo pays out 2-3 months later, and in December I was extremely busy with my day-job so spent…

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My Current Passive Income Streams (and my day-job)

I’ve been on this journey towards financial freedom through passive income for a few years now and have developed a few different passive income revenue streams.  While I’d like to get a few more up and running in the next few years (diversification in this area is golden!), the ones I’m currently doing are plugging along and expanding, without a significant amount of effort on my part.  I’ll outline them here and in the coming…

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