Instant Earnings vs. Future Passive Income

United States
November 15, 2015 8:08am CST
It's always a debate in my head. Do I write for a content mill or client and make money right away or do I invest time at a place like Wizzley or make YouTube videos where there is hope for passive income in the future. (Of course there is a possibility that I will make no money off of anything I write at Wizzley.) Usually I write for immediate earnings these days, because of the huge medical bills I am paying off (even with medical insurance, I owe a staggering amount of money.) When there is no writing work, then I write at Wizzley. How do you decide where to make money online?
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• United States
15 Nov 15
Since I am lucky enough not to need the money - for me this is for fun and to keep my brain active.
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@boiboing (12765)
• Northampton, England
15 Nov 15
Yes, I'm not too bothered about the money either but I do have a fantastic amount coming in off a site I joined 11 years ago despite doing nothing for the money. Trouble is, for every 100 sites you join, maybe only 1 or 2 would ever have the longevity to generate money.
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• United States
15 Nov 15
I hope to be in that position someday. For now it's a main priority to maximize cash flow every day.
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• United States
15 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie It took years of working hard and before we quit work and moved south paid off a house and two cars and credit card debt his kid ran up. Came here debt free - don't owe a penny to anyone. Its the only way to really enjoy retirement.
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@jstory07 (68155)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 Nov 15
I just put a bunch of stuff on ebay to sale when we need money right away.
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• United States
16 Nov 15
Really, and it sells that dependably? You have enough stuff lying around to do that? Iam interested in ths. Please tell more.
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• Vancouver, British Columbia
17 Nov 15
@jstory --- what kind of stuff do you put on sale? I'm not sure I have anything of value to sell.
• Vancouver, British Columbia
17 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie Yes. Yes --- I hope @jstory07 tells us more. I've also been reading about those people that go thrifting to re-sell on eBay. Not sure if I would like that or not. Fun to shop. But I get stressed out in Ross or those liquidator type places where you have to sift through racks and racks of clothes. I think Thrift store bargain hunters look for brand name merchandise.Plus the stench in used clothing stores and the cost to carry inventory seems a bit risky. But I think people are buying shirts for say $3 then re-selling for $20 or more.
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@LadyDuck (162735)
• Switzerland
15 Nov 15
I am not too concerned about the money, but I like to earn something every month, to keep on my personal account, just in case of need.
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• United States
15 Nov 15
It's good to be able to have a small back-up plan.
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@LadyDuck (162735)
• Switzerland
15 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie What you do not need today, can come handy tomorrow.
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• Vancouver, British Columbia
17 Nov 15
Shoe and purse money.
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
I should go back to Wizzley now and then. It's a good site. I've lost my umpf when it comes to making money writing online. The amount of time put in and the pennies earned don't add up. Do you make anything from your articles there?
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• United States
16 Nov 15
Do you make wizzles about your Zazzle products. I am now thinking about writing wizzles that feature my YouTube Videos. I agree that it's hard to focus on affiliate marketing these days.
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@allknowing (66429)
• India
16 Nov 15
I am here more for interaction sharing and learning and there is that little excitement when I hear that jingle in my bank Even here one can get passive income.
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• United States
16 Nov 15
I haven't seen much of that. I guess people might comment on old posts.
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@allknowing (66429)
• India
17 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie I do sometimes get notifications on responses received to posts written months ago but as you say it is not much.
@marlina (74719)
• Canada
15 Nov 15
I am here for fun, but it's fun to get some money for it too.
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• United States
15 Nov 15
It's good that we can benefit in our own way here.
• Vancouver, British Columbia
17 Nov 15
I'm in that exact same boat with a twist. Do I invest in my own piece of internet real estate? I'm too chicken to do a full on Word Press blog for affiliate sites. But then all the online gurus say it's not worth it to do Blogger blogs. But I'm thinking I don't want to started off in the hole. So I'm hoping to do a bit of both. I'm wondering p/t job in the real world OR writing online for flexibility // 1/2 time content mill immediate money and 1/2 time affiliate marketing sites and learning how to do a WordPress blog about my passions.
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@betsuz (58)
• United States
17 Nov 15
I do a little of them all. I write on the content mills for immediate money, I have a p/t job offline and I have a few niche WP sites where I do affiliate marketing. It doesn't cost much for a domain name and hosting. But, If you're just starting out with blogging, I recommend blogger blog.
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• Vancouver, British Columbia
17 Nov 15
@betsuz Are there any content mills you'd recommend for a quick buck. Feel free to suggest a post if you've got one that talks about this. I'm curious about your nice WP sites, there are these internet gurus that talking about Private Blog Networks and I'm not sure I'm into doing all that kind of extra work. Seems kind of shady but many seem to recommend this as a must do strategy. Oh wait. I see in your profile you've got an awesome informative site. OK. can't wait to check it out for ideas.
Jobs you can do while staying at home. Find real work at home jobs online that will give you the freedom to work whenever you want.
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• United States
17 Nov 15
I have seen Blogger blogs rank very well, so I'm not sure that the gurus are right on that one. There are some very high quality ones and a lot of trash. I personally like blogger monetized with either Viglink, Skimlinks or Propersent.
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• Austin, Texas
19 Nov 15
I've never tried writing for content mills. Can you suggest some that are worthwhile? I would love to actually see an instant cash payment for my writing efforts. Just to give me motivation. By the way are you good at making lists? Check out listverse.com. I haven't tried them yet but I understand they pay well if your work is accepted.
• United States
19 Nov 15
I am very good at making lists. So maybe I'll give them a try.
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• Austin, Texas
19 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie - Please let me know if it works for you. I so want everyone to be successful. Especially the work-at-home folks like you and me. Trying to earn a living online is hard, but can be rewarding.
@JudyEv (125531)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 15
I don't worry too much about the money. It's always going to be chicken-feed anyway so I just try to enjoy the ride.
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• United States
17 Nov 15
sometimes it's not chicken feed, so I do try to maximize everything. at the end of he month it all adds up.
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@JudyEv (125531)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie Well, in that case I'd be a bit more interested.
• Cleveland, Tennessee
16 Nov 15
That is a good question and whatever one may decide multiple streams of income should be included.
• United States
16 Nov 15
I am the queen of multiple streams of income. A little of this and a little of that.
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• Cleveland, Tennessee
19 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie Yes it's the only way to go!