Wow, you guys.
I need to tell you about this.
A few months ago — back in June — I decided to try a little experiment.
After years of bouncing back and forth from this project to that project, from blogging to affiliate marketing to cartooning to youtubing to real-world jobbing — I was frustrated with my lack of results and decided to go all in on Textbroker again, and I mean ALL IN. I first wrote about the Textbroker experiment back on June 1st.
I decided that I would ONLY think and say positive things about writing for content mills, and that I would do anything I could to increase my earnings there. I focused on speed. I focused on volume. I stopped following bloggers and freelance writers who were critical of these sites. I blocked out any negativity from my life (as much as possible), and I just pushed forward toward my goal with as much self-confidence as I could muster.
And that month — June 2017 — I earned $379, almost all of which was from Textbroker. That was the most I ever earned in a month from freelance writing. In the five years prior to that, I had never earned more than $200 in a month, and half the time I was burned out and earned nothing at all.
So I continued the experiment…
Halfway through June, I wrote another blog post titled I am a Content Mill Writer. That post was an experiment in itself. It wasn’t true — not literally — not yet. It was basically intended to be a long-form positive affirmation. You know how people say positive affirmations over and over every day as a way to kind of reprogram their subconscious mind? They think positively about themselves and what they want in life, and they talk about those things as if they have already achieved them. This is supposed to train your brain to make those things happen faster.
Well, that’s what I did in that blog post back in June, except my positive affirmation wasn’t just a single sentence — it was a 970-word blog post. I read that post many times this past summer when I needed a little shot of motivation, and it helped every single time.
But when I wrote it, it just seemed so ridiculous at the time. I mean, after five years of writing at Textbroker, I had never earned more than $200 in a month, and here I was talking about earning over $1,000 a month. I rarely earned even $20 in a day, and yet here I was talking so casually about earning $50 and up every single day. It felt a little awkward to write that post, but it was exciting too. I really wanted to be able to look back and say those things for real.
Four months later…
I read that experimental, positive-affirmation blog post again this morning and nearly fell out of my chair.
In the past four months since writing that blog post, I’ve actually achieved many of the milestones I talked about in it. My highest daily earnings reached $50+…then $60+…then $70+…then $80+. In fact, I earned $300+ in the first week of this month alone.
My highest monthly earnings went from sub-$200 to $200+…$300+…$400+…and now $500+. I’m sitting at about $518 right now with a full week left in October. I have no doubt that I’ll blow right past the $600 mark in the next few days. Remember, after 5+ years of writing for Textbroker, I rarely even made $100-$200 in a month until this past summer, and now I’m looking at triple that amount.
By the end of the year I’ll be earning a full-time income on Textbroker.
Paying the bills and making progress…
So, I’m still not where I want to be, but my earnings are now at the level of a decent part-time job. For the first time in six years, I’m finally earning something that resembles a real paycheck. I’m caught up on my car insurance. I’m caught up on the electric bill. We have four brand new tires on the Yukon, and we’re catching up on our other expenses too.
It’s pretty cool how your mindset can make a big difference in your results.
But I didn’t just write 1,000 words of fluffy positivity and then sit back and watch the magic happen. I worked harder than ever. I busted my ass to please my clients, to get on higher-paying teams and to get Direct Orders. I also researched methods for writing articles faster and for boosting productivity. I stopped giving a shit about what other people might think about my decisions, and I just did what I needed to do whether anyone else agreed with me or not.
But it all started with visualizing a goal, trusting in myself and believing that I could make it happen. Then I just had to do the work and take the steps needed to get there. I still have a ways to go, but I’ve made more progress in the past four months than I had made in the previous five years combined.
And I’m looking forward to writing my next freelance writing income report for you guys next month.
Okay, so I just wanted to share all that. Now I’ve got to get back to work…