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How Much Did I Earn From Online Endeavors in 2013

Just how much money did I earn from online endeavors this year? Here is the breakdown in comparison to 2012:

Category 2012 2013
Amazon Sales $28.68 $24.73
Book Sales $101.07 $48.75
eBay Sales $641.73 $252.69
Goods Received $140.00 $545.69
Surveys $474.00 $867.50
Rebates $233.51 $119.42
Writing Contests $750.00 $0
Prizes from Giveaways $149.00 $1,755.95
Advertising $1,957.25 $3,233.35
TOTAL $4,475.24  $6,848.08

And here it is in a pretty pie chart, because who doesn’t love a little color:

Pie Chart Income

Some categories increased a bit and others decreased significantly.  My eBay sales were nearly nonexistent.  I sold a lot less stuff in 2013. In fact, I sold just two or three things, but they were all high ticket items.  There were two primary reasons. Unless the item retailed for a significant amount of money it simply wasn’t worth my time to list it, find a box, wrap it up, wait in line at the post office and hope that it arrived. Secondly I felt better about giving my unwanted items to charity.

My Amazon sales remained very small, because I don’t post affiliate links very often. The majority of these sales occur during the Christmas season when Google directs readers to a few stocking stuffer posts.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I earned a lot more prizes from giveaways this year. I entered a broader range of contests and focused on those that included less than 300 entries. As more people turn to online contests it is getting harder to find contests without 1000+ entries. I just encountered a contest with 5000 entries today to win a $10 gift card. In the past I only saw that much volume on a highly valued prize. I imagine my success at winning will decrease this year as more entrants join in on the game.

The amount I earned from completing online surveys nearly nearly doubled from last year. I actually reran the numbers because the figure looked much too big to be true. I also earned 8,000 miles on Southwest Airlines. Not too shabby.

I feel pretty good about every category other than advertising. I don’t include much advertising on this site, but $3,233 after seven years  of blogging seems like a rather pitiful little sum. It is certainly better than nothing, but when I read about other bloggers who bring in $5,000 to $10,000 a month I think, nothing more than ugh.

All in all it was nice to see the total number rise from last year, but a lot of the increase was hedged on luck, so I can’t ensure next year will be as good as this one.

The Frugal Flirter

Sunday 19th of January 2014

Wow, you've done so well! Can't believe how much you've made from surveys, I earn maybe £80 tops in a year, do you put a lot of hours in? Well done and I'm sure 2014 will be even better!

One Frugal Girl

Tuesday 4th of March 2014

I keep saying I'm going to add up the number of minutes I spend working on surveys but somehow or another I keep forgetting. I'll try to keep track in 2014!

save. spend. splurge.

Friday 17th of January 2014

Those are fantastic numbers. I rarely ever win anything but I enter for fun... :)

As for advertising, the only one that brings me money is Google Adsense.

One Frugal Girl

Saturday 18th of January 2014

I don't actually use Google Adsense, but perhaps I should.

Fig @ Figuring Money Out

Thursday 16th of January 2014

Wow, that's a lot of winnings from contests! I never win any of those but you are motivating me to keep entering. :)

I agree that it's a bit disheartening to not earn much and see other people earning thousands, especially when they've done it for a shorter time. However, it's also motivating because I hope one day that will be me too!

Good luck on increasing your numbers this year!

One Frugal Girl

Saturday 18th of January 2014

I don't think I'll ever make a ton of money from this blog, but I wish you all the best with yours. The people that make a lot of money seem to devote a lot of time to blogging. I'm not sure I'll ever be that dedicated :)