financial independence and personal freedom

An Update

So I think this may be the last post I make here. Not saying it is 100%, as I’ve been known to change my mind, but this blog was never what I wanted it to be, and to be honest, was never going to be. I just don’t see myself as that marketing guru who makes a ton of money selling something online. I just wanted to share my thoughts and have some extra cash.

I thought it was only fair to give an update on myself. This domain is up in November, and I will likely not be renewing it. I may transfer the content to a free blog, or maybe a subdomain on another site, but since this doesn’t bring in money for me, I don’t really see the point in putting money into it to renew.

I’m still investing, but it is pretty boring. Most of my positions are very similar to what they have been for years. I’m thinking long term, but I’m at the point where I could sell everything today for a decent profit and be satisfied. Most of this is from luck, investing when the market at a whole was down, and not from knowledge.

I legitimately have not logged into most of my niche sites this year. I’m still making a few bucks a month from them, and letting all but the most profitable expire. My Infobarrel earnings are up, even though I haven’t posted anything in over a year. I still earn a bit from Bubblews as well, but I rarely post there anymore either. Basically, I rarely do anything residual income related online anymore. I used to be obsessive about following blogs and social media, but I began to get turned off by the way everyone started to feel like an eBook version of themselves, and how much content has shifted to podcasts and video.

What prompted this post, right now, is that Squidoo is shutting down. I was still earning a bit from them, but I can’t use Adsense, so I can’t transfer my articles to Hubpages. I backed them up using Evernote and I am going to add them to a fairly generic domain I own. If this gets any traffic, I may write some more articles. I may not be engaged with online marketing anymore, but I could definitely use the income.

Going through this transfer made me realize just how little I had touched my sites or paid attention to the online marketing world in the last year. It was one of those weird moments where I realize that something that used to be a big part of my life disappeared overnight. I’ve always had shifting interests, but it is weird to realize you lose interest in something.

I do still use and enjoy Quirky, It only takes a few minutes every few days to get influence, and if a product you influence goes on sale and is a hit, it has unlimited earnings potential. Nothing I’ve influenced has been a true hit, but I’ve still made almost $130 there this year and will continue to use it as long as I can.

I got really into Bitcoin for awhile and using different faucets to get miniscule amounts, but I rarely do that too much either (though I do recommend joining QoinProbecause it requires zero cost or time, so why not?) The other sites I can recommend if you are interested are EarnCrypto and Land of BitcoinIf you need a wallet, I recommend starting with Coinbase, and if for some reason someone wants to send me Bitcoin, its 1CgVzLpWd6MSx4ypTRpzZvBka6D2waXE5z

For other sources of income, I still use Bing Rewards, Swagbucks and Cash Crate. All three have always served me well, and paid for a lot of necessities on Amazon.

As far as other areas of my life, I transferred from community college to a 4 year university this year, and have maintained a 4.0 GPA. I’ve worked my butt off to get to this point. Assuming everything continues to go well, I will finally have my Bachelor’s in January. I don’t see that as the end of my formal education, but it is a nice feeling to be this close after 8 years.

I still don’t have a real job, but I am okay for now financially. I have put a lot of effort the last few months into minimizing my life. I began to feel overwhelmed with “stuff” and had a distaste for consumerism. I’m not hardcore about it, just trying to focus on things that I find important. This has increased my happiness, helped my wallet, and influenced my feelings towards surprising aspects of my life.

For the first time I feel very confident in what I want to do with my life, and I don’t feel the need to validate it by sharing it publicly for now. If anyone would like to get in contact with me, I’d love to hear from you, I’m not like, a hermit or something. I’m not sure many will read this post since it has been so long, but there are plenty of people out there who I considered friends in the online marketing world. I hope you all are doing well. I am most active on Twitter @meggiestardust  or you can email me 


October and November 2013 Residual Income Report

So…uhh….long time no update. Figured I might as well write up what I’ve been up to.

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September 2013 Monthly Income Report

I don’t have a ton to talk about this month. I worked on my niche sites a bit, but didn’t see any results from the work I did yet. That is fine, I’m feeling okay about my online business ventures.

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August 2013 Monthly Income Report

It’s September! That is hard to believe. Another month gone by that I didn’t get much done on this blog, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get work done at all. Read on for my August 2013 monthly income report.

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July 2013 Monthly Income Report

I’ll admit it, I was lazy as heck in July. I could just not get motivated to work on the things that I had meant to get work done, but some stuff did happen that put me in the right frame of mind.

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June 2013 Monthly Income Report

June was a busy month for me. I got started on my new niche site, and worked on optimizing some other sites while still focusing on Bubblews. But did it translate into income?

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