By shifting my priorities this week, I have really examined what is working for me online and what is just a waste of time. This examination has led me to the following conclusions:
1. Writing for upfront pay doesn't make much sense unless you desperately need the money.
2. For me, eHow and Suite 101 are the most relevant money-making sites.
3. Posting large amounts of affiliate ads doesn't result in much money. In short, post some but don't waste time posting a ton of links.
4. Social networking is good promotion, but don't spend too much time chatting with online friends.
5. Setting minimum goals and tracking earnings helps to understand how to make more money online overall.
As an online freelance writer, your time is incredibly valuable and must be used effectively to maximize your earnings. For me, the majority of my time will be spent writing residual articles for legitimate sites that produce predictable and steady monthly residuals. I believe that publishing trumps promoting, posting ads and social networking.