Wow, It’s Been a Long Time: Where Am I Now?

oliverIt’s pretty amazing how quickly time flies. It’s been nearly a year since my last blog post, where I had all of these grand ideas of where I was heading next.

Sure enough, not much has happened with my online business.  I’m still focused on my day job and other offline obligations in my life, but I continue to keep on eye on my return to blogging and building a business online.

It’s not really fair to say I’ve been working at this for years, because the truth is, it’s been a few years since I’ve really put in any effort here.

That’s not to say there haven’t been some exciting things going on, so if you’re still with me here, I’ll explain.

So, What’s New?

Although I haven’t been blogging or working on my online business in general, here are some of things that have happened in the past year:

1) Celebrated my first anniversary with my wife.

Married since November 2014, my wife and I recently celebrated our one year anniversary.

Married life has been great so far! I can’t really say a ton has changed, because we’ve lived together for quite awhile and, all in all, have been together for about 12 years now.  😀

2) Got a new puppy (pictured above).

About 6 months ago, my wife and I adopted a puppy! His name is Oliver, he’s a beagle/lab mix, and is definitely a handful.

Even though I grew up with dogs most of my childhood, I never realized how much work they could be.  Gone are my mornings before heading work, sipping coffee and playing around (sometimes working) online.  Now I’m feeding Oliver, walking him, and playing with him a bit while I rush to get ready to go to work.

I guess the time management challenge is good practice for having a child…

3) Sold!

As some of you may remember, I spent nearly a year (a few years ago) building a site, The Daily Interview.  I put a ton of work into it, ultimately completing and publishing over 100 interviews with some incredibly interesting and inspiring internet entrepreneurs.

While I never got to the point of monetizing the site before stopping my work on it, it remained a great collection of valuable content.

Late last year, I was approached by someone who was interested in purchasing the site and bringing it back to life.  I’m happy to say, I successfully sold the site for a mid-4 figure amount.

As of this writing, they haven’t yet begun work on it, but all of the content I created is still live. Considering all the work I put into it, and the fact that I never made much money from it before, I was thrilled to be able to reap at least a little bit of a financial reward.

I’m confident that the team who purchased the site will be able to turn it into a great success if they are able to dedicate a bit more time and attention to it than I was able to.

4) Continued to earn $300-500/month passively.

Even though it’s been years since I’ve done any real work online, I still continue to earn up to $500/month from sites and content created a long time ago.  It’s amazing that the work from a long time ago is still paying off today.

If you’re on the fence about starting a blog or building up some passive income streams, now is the time start.  Even if you’re barely successful (like me), there’s still plenty of long term benefits for putting in hard work now.

What’s Next?

I’m not going to make any specific “promises” about what’s coming next, because I have a tendency to announce projects before I’ve actually committed to working on them.

However, I am working on a new “authority” site in a very competitive niche that I think has a lot of potential if I’m able to put the time into it.  I’ve got an initial plan to publish 100 pieces of content by the end of 2016.

It’s ambitious, but I’ve already made some progress:

  • Mapped out 60 article titles
  • Created 20 article outlines
  • Began actually writing 5 of those articles
  • Completed 2 articles, and published one.

It’s a long road, and I know my track record isn’t great when it comes to ambitious goals for my online business, but if I can achieve even 50% of my goal, it’ll be a great start.

If you still read this blog, what are you up to these days?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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15 Responses to “Wow, It’s Been a Long Time: Where Am I Now?”

  1. Welcome back! Why do you think you stopped writing for one year? Wouldn’t it be more profitable to continue writing multiple times a week for one year for your online business?

    Selling your daily interview side for mid five figures is huge! Do you have any tips on how you sold it for around $50,000 without having any revenue attached to it? That really is an awesome sale and that gets me thinking about whether I should sell some sites my own as well. Thanks!

    Financial Samurai recently posted… Start A Business To Save On Taxes And Help Take Care Of Your Family


    Eric G. Reply:

    Awesome to hear from you, Sam; thanks for the comment! I’m not sure why I stopped writing (combination of being busy most of the day and being lazy in my free time). I agree that I would be much better off had I not stopped writing.

    You may want to re-read what I wrote… It sold for mid-4 figures, not five. :P. I know, far less impressive but I’m still happy with it given the site doesn’t earn anything.

    I think the buyers liked the domain as well as the 100+ interviews published. Although the site wasn’t earning anything, I think they walked away with a pretty good deal considering all the time I put into producing those interviews.

    By the way, I still read Financial Samurai at least once a week. Always one of my favorite blogs, and seems as though it continues to grow and be an incredible success. :)

    Take care,


    Financial Samurai Reply:

    Ah, oops! Then in that case, getting all that content is probably a good deal indeed and it’s good you got something out of it.

    Thanks for stopping by my site! I think this year will be a flatline or down. But still OK.



  2. Peace, how are you? Recently this year I came across your blog looking for info on making money online with passive income. I’m just now getting into the lending club, are you still doing that? If so, how’s it going (if you don’t mind me asking).


    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Matt,

    Lending Club is still actually going quite well. I’ve been doing it now for at least 6 years and I’m still maintaining a return > 6% which I think is awesome.


  3. I have the impression that you had a great year.
    I wish you continued success!


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Nadya!


  4. Nice one after a long time. Can we know resone for your absense for a year. Actually was missing your articles


    Eric G. Reply:

    I’ve just been busy – at some point, I’ll start writing regularly again. :)


  5. I’m a little late coming to the party, but wondered how InfoBarrel passive income was doing?

    Beautiful puppy and congrats on the wedding anniversary!


    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    Thanks! The InfoBarrel income has mostly died off – I haven’t written there in years now, and my existing articles only earn a few bucks a month. I think there are a lot better ways of earning passive income these days.



  6. I’ve been following you for a few years now and popped by to see if you had started back up again.

    Whatever you are doing, I hope that you are reaching your dreams! And thank you for all the posts that I’ve enjoyed over the years. :)


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Bobbi! I actually have been working on a new site over the past few months and off to a promising start. Maybe at some point I’ll write an update here about it. :)


  7. Hi Eric,

    i don’t know if you still maintain this blog but I have a question for you.

    I read,’AdSense Micro-Niche Site Public Case Study’ and took a lot of great info from it but I realize much has changed since then.
    Have you done any recent columns on the topic or have micro-niche sites gone away as viable methods of passive income? Should I bother or go with an authority site….maybe micro-sites are still viable?

    Cheers and best of luck


    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Joe,

    Great question. I honestly think micro-niche sites have gone away as a good option for passive income. It’s still possible to make money with them, but the better option is to create more of an authority site on a broader topic, and create content that targets long tail keywords. If you’re strategic with your keyword research and put the time or money into writing a lot of content, you can often build substantial traffic without having to worry about building backlinks or doing much promotion.

    Authority sites are the way to go – more risk (because they’re larger and require more effort), but more reward and a better chance that it survives in the long run.



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