I’m Giving You Some of My Passive Income

It’s been a rough week for internet marketers, to say the least.  Ever since my AdSense account was disabled, I’ve heard countless similar stories from others, including some very large and respectable bloggers.  The response to my AdSense banning has been overwhelming, so I just wanted to thank those of you who took the time to comment and send me e-mails (I’m still slowly responding to them all!).

Furthermore, one of the most popular blog networks (BMR, used for backlinkng) was deindexed by Google, throwing many people into a state of uncertainty about the future of backlinking.  Fortunately, I hadn’t been using this network, but I’ll write a blog post later about the status of my niche sites from a ranking perspective.

Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff, because I’m going to be giving away some money here.

A Quick Update

Before I get into the details about what I’m giving away, I just wanted to write a quick update to follow up my previous post about my AdSense account becoming disabled.  My appeal was denied, so it looks like I’m going to give up on trying to get that account back.

My focus now turns to finding a way to build profitable ad-supported niche sites without Google AdSense, which I of course believe can be done.  While I still plan to get a new AdSense account for my business (once the LLC is set up), I’m hesitant to rely on Google to monetize the new sites.  I want to be in a position where I’m earning good money with or without AdSense.

With that said, I really don’t plan on doing much work until after the tax deadline (April 17th), so my passive income and productivity in general will probably be minimal until May.

I’m Giving Away One of My Passive Income Sources

As you may recall from my income reports, InfoBarrel was one of my more reliable income sources, usually generating $40-60 of passive income each month (having been over a year since I last put a lot of effort into writing articles there).

Ever since my AdSense account was disabled, that money has been….going nowhere (although I suspect InfoBarrel defaults the AdSense publisher ID to their own).  I think it’s a waste, and until my business opens an AdSense account, I want someone to be getting that money.

My plan right now is to hold some kind of very simple contest on a monthly basis, where I will put the winner’s AdSense ID in my InfoBarrel account, and they will earn whatever money my articles generate, for a month or so.

Here’s How to Win

It’s very simple:

1) Follow me on Twitter.

2) Retweet any of my blog posts.

3) Use the Twitter hashtag #my4hww so that I can properly track the entries in the contest.

You can retweet as many blog posts as you want – each retweet counts as one entry.

4) The winner will be randomly chosen Saturday, March 31st.  The winner will receive a tweet from me announcing that they have won, and will need to tweet me their e-mail address so that I can contact them with further details.

The Rules

  • In order for your retweet(s) to be valid, it must occur between now and Friday, March 30th at 11:59 PM EST.
  • The retweet must include the hashtag #my4hww, otherwise I will be unable to track the entry.
  • You must be comfortable providing me with your Google AdSense publisher ID (I will of course keep this 100% private, and there really isn’t much I can do with it besides make you money).
  • By entering, you agree that I am not responsible for the earnings generated via InfoBarrel, good or bad. Once I put in your publisher ID, it is as if this is your account.
  • Entries from “empty” Twitter accounts (i.e. accounts with no followers) will not be considered valid.  I don’t want people creating new Twitter accounts just to retweet 100 of my blog posts to no one.
  • You have 24 hours  from the time I tweet you (if you win), to respond with your e-mail address and provide me your AdSense publisher ID via e-mail.  If this time limit expires, I will simply choose another random entry.
  • For the winner: To track your Google AdSense earnings from InfoBarrel, you will want to follow these instructions and set up a URL channel for infobarrel.com.

Personally, I don’t think there is any issue with using a different AdSense ID on my InfoBarrel account.  Although Google AdSense did disable my account, it was certainly related to my niche sites, not InfoBarrel.

InfoBarrel is a huge platform, so putting your AdSense ID on my InfoBarrel articles is no different than creating your own articles on InfoBarrel (i.e. it’s all housed on the infobarrel.com domain).  Obviously, if you are uncomfortable with this, don’t enter! :)

Best of luck to anyone who enters!

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33 Responses to “I’m Giving You Some of My Passive Income”

  1. Hi Eric,

    I just found your site via InfoBarrel (I am the user Ulalume on there) and this specific post (and your previous Adsense shutdown article) have been pretty interesting to say the least. The concept of giving away some of your passive income is very generous, despite the unfortunate circumstances surrounding it.

    Anyways, I’m going to be joining in on this contest. The concept is very unique, and I hope more traffic takes notice of this as well. Good luck with looking for a good replacement ad network as well!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Chris, thanks for the comment!

    It really pains me that all the work I put into InfoBarrel is no longer adding to my bottom line, but if I can pass the earnings onto someone else, I’ll at least feel good knowing someone is benefiting from them.

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  2. This is terrible although this also happened to a friend of mine and he went to another one but for the life of me I cannot think which site it was I know it was a wordpress site but thats all I can remember.
    I will try and find out and get back to you.

    I wont enter as I am a pensioner so do not want to earn too much so that it will affect my pension. Good luck. Sorry it has happened. cheers eileen.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by to comment, Eileen. I appreciate the support. :)

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  3. I’m sorry to hear this. I worry about google doing this to my sites, especially since adsense is about 30% of my income.

    I also wouldn’t be entering the contest.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    It is terrible to know that Google can take your AdSense earnings away overnight, but if it’s only about 30% of your income, you’re probably okay. I wish AdSense had only been 30% of my niche site earnings!

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  4. Eric,

    This is a great thing that you are doing by giving away an Adsense income. Also, using ad sales on a niche site is the best way to go. I currently use Amazon and private ad sales and this is a much better system than Adsense. The income stays relatively the same month after month and you don’t have to worry about Google and their overnight changes.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Adam – It’s encouraging to hear that you’re doing well with sources other than AdSense.

    (And don’t worry – I haven’t forgotten about your interview yet. I’ve answered the first question so far…slowly getting through it. :P)

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  5. Please do not take offense to this posting. I feel a great need to put this out there for your readers.

    Anyone that would give their Adsense id number to you is insane, especially since your id just got banned. If you really wanted to do a giveaway, you would completely give your IB account to someone as a grand prize. Asking your readers to share their ID with you is incredibly careless on your part. No amount of money could persuade me to give you my ID, especially not for a meager $40. Please, for the sake of your readers, rethink this idea!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Xanne, I appreciate the criticism. While I wouldn’t expect everyone to feel comfortable giving me their AdSense publisher ID, I don’t think there’s much of a risk.

    First of all, and you may not know this, but it’s very easy for someone to see your AdSense ID – all you have to do is view the HTML source code of a site that had an AdSense ad, and you will see the AdSense ID (ca-pub-xxxxxxxxxx). An AdSense ID is not sensitive/private information, unlike a login/password. It’s public information once you put an ad on your website.

    Second, my articles are not housed on a private niche site – they are on the infobarrel.com domain. Using your publisher ID on one of my InfoBarrel articles is no different (in the eyes of Google) than you putting it on your own InfoBarrel article.

    Again, I’m not trying to force this money on anyone – if no one wants it, that’s fine. I have nothing to gain from it…I was just trying to “give back” to some extent.

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  6. This seem a great opportunity to have some extra income.
    hope to win this contest.thanks for the share.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem Becca, good luck! :)

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  7. This is a great idea, Eric. If I win, I promise to send you a postcard from Canada – it’s the least I could do!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks James! I’ve never gotten a postcard from Canada, so that would be pretty cool. 😛

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  8. Really its great opportunity to earn extra income I hope you are winner in this contest.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment!

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  9. Eric, this is an interesting and creative idea to share your Passive income. :)

    Will the winner keep your InfoBarrel forever? Or only for a period of time before you get your new Adsense account?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Kent,

    The winner of this particular contest will only receive my InfoBarrel earnings for one month. I’m not sure what I’ll do after that. :)

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  10. Hy Eric, nice and atractiv contest you got here, btw i wanna ask if Facebook posting will count? for thoese who don’t have Twitter account? 😀 Thank you and keep it up
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Unfortunately, I have no way to track Facebook entries. :( Even still though, I’d be grateful if you shared my content there!:P

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  11. I’ll join the contest, as I’m currently earning a good, round zero and even $50 a month would help covering the costs for my baby. :)

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for entering! The winner will be announced soon.

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  12. What is the best way to earn passive income? A good question and the answer is that there is no one best way to earn passive income for each method for earning this magical form of income has its own challenges and so the best one suited for you depends largely on your strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if you are very good at thinking the big picture, seeing how everything connects together, and like to deal with people (as well being able to bring out the best in them) than starting up a fully automated business maybe your best approach to attaining passive income.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Good points, thanks Renea.

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  13. thanks for sharing your Passive income, it really helped me a lot.

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  14. Hey Eric, great idea to let someone else benefit from your work at InfoBarrel until you get your Adsense account with your business set up. I won’t be entering the contest but hope it helps the winner enjoy a month of extra passive income.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the feedback, Harlan!

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  15. I have to say what a good idea this is. It sounds like you can’t access that money any way so turning into a trafficking stunt is incredibly resourceful. Kudos to you for a great idea.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Elena! I figured I might as well do something with the money. I’m not sure what I’ll do next month, but stay tuned – for the time being, I plan to keep giving it away on a monthly basis.

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  16. Eric, I love to catch up your Game Plan after Panda 3.4 update.

    How’s your testing with UAW and Article Robot? Which one do you prefer?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Kent – I guess I haven’t formally come up with a game plan yet, but I plan to give all of this a lot more focus once tax season ends.

    So far, I definitely prefer UAW. A lot of my sites that are ranking pretty well right now have been almost exclusively backlinked through UAW (which I know really isn’t a good thing from a diversification perspective). AMR is nice too – and I like how it’s only a one time fee, but UAW does seem to be more effective (although more expensive too).

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  17. Hey Eric,
    I just saw this on InfoBarrel forum. I somehow missed it when you posted it. I am so sorry to hear that you have hit this wall. I have heard the story too many times. It sucks, but you can make money without Google Adsense. I thoroughly believe in having lots of income streams so that you don’t rely on any one thing. I have never lost Adsense, but I have lost some pretty big revenue sharing streams that made me around 100 bucks a months. Keep with it. I would also love to know who won! 😛
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Danelle, sorry that you missed the original posting…there’s a good chance I will do this again next month though.

    If you want to know who won, you can check my tweet history on Twitter (that’s where I announced the winner). :)

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