Saturday, February 28, 2009

Week 1: writing for eHow

The first week of the frankie d. experiment brought in my first dollar (well, $0.99 actually) from articles I wrote and submitted to If you are new to eHow, it is a website where you can write articles about how to do pretty much anything and are then paid by the site a share of any ad revenues generated from people clicking on ads placed around your work.

It is free to participate and you can get pretty into it (eHow addiction). Anyway, my goal on eHow is to generate future passive income of what I hope will be a few hundred dollars or so a month from about 200 articles by the end of this summer (August 2009). I started with 5 articles last weekend and added 6 more to get me up to 11 total.

Here are links to what I have done:

It was hard not to get excited at the possibility of earning cash from simply having these articles uploaded to eHow and I definitely got caught up dreaming of how sweet it would to have that extra income and feeling anxious, checking "My Earnings" every hour to see if I got any upticks.

But, I have be realistic and patient. From the success stories I read of people who make up to $1,000 a month from articles they have written on eHow, I saw that they also faced slow starts (sometimes taking months to earn over the $10 minumum payout) but they kept writing and eventually their work started to pay off over time. That's all I'm trying to duplicate here, so if I stick to a strategy of writing interesting articles people want to read or at least be entertained by what I write (and click on those ads!) I am hoping that the market will reward me.

So I will keep doing what I'm doing and after I build a stock of articles I plan to expand my work to other writing sites with a similar model to eHow. I will talk in detail abou them in subsequent posts in case you want to try them out for yourself. Until next time, - frankie d.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Welcome to the frankie d. experiment! What is the frankie d. experiment? Well, like so many of you out there, I am looking to find as many ways as I can to generate passive income streams to maximize my earning potential. After hearing and reading about the success of so many friends - (both online and human, actual friends) - who have taken that creative leap of faith on the internet, I figured, what the hell? I have ten minutes a day, I have a computer, and I do enjoy writing - why not get paid for it? I have never blogged before but did not realize how easy (and free!) it is to do so! I think I'm a nice person and have useful (and a lot of non-useful, but still interesting and funny) knowledge to share so why not share? So this blog will be my way of documenting what I do and what I find about building a portfolio of passive income, and I will see where this journey leads. I hope what I write in the coming months inspires you to pursue their own frankie d. experiment and when you do, I would love to read about it! Until next time. - frankie d.