As far as I remember, my husband has always dreamt of early retirement. Obviously, to most of our friends and family, early retirement meant 55 years old, but to him, it meant his 30’s. Few people believe it to be possible, but again, few people are willing to put the time and effort to research, learn and invest time and or money, or, at least, to the same degree.

And to be honest, although I’ve always believed in the possibility of retiring that early, I tend to be a bit lazy myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love to work on new projects, I’ll put time and effort to do a good job. But when it comes time to invest that money, or to plan for the next 10 years, I tend to procrastinate a lot. Also, unlike him, I’ve always enjoyed having an actual 9 to 5 job. This was true until baby #1 was born. Suddenly, the flexibility of working part-time or from home really appealed to me. Working 9 to 5, meaning leaving before 8 and getting back home past 6 became a burden, and all these skills that I decided to take on years ago became relevant.

When I met hubby, he had just started his career as a video game programmer and I was finishing up my masters in biology. I have been involved in the field of research pretty much since.

Hubby was at the time quite interested in passive income, spending hundreds of hours reading and thinking about different ways of making passive income. We were definitely not hard up for money, but in his perfect world, he was spending his days at the gym, practicing bjj or going for long walks, while money was being earned, with very little help. He read a lot about making websites and using ads of affiliate links to make money and suggested that, maybe, I’d enjoy giving those a try. He was busy himself working on side projects I could not really help with (stuff that required much more skills than opening a web browser and writing stuff). Since most of my evenings, if not spent at the gym, consisted in watching a lot of Futurama and Friends, I decided to give it a shot. At day, I was officially Mrs SLM the “researcher “, and at night, secretly Mrs SLM the “blogger”. I remember that excitement when I made my first dollar off Adsense, then my first 2 dollars, followed by my first 5 dollars a month later. I remember showing my early earnings to my mom who thought this was “cute and funny” and telling her this was only the “beginning”!

Surely enough, by the beginning of the summer, I was seeing my first thousand dollars off the websites!
This became the start of my love story with passive income. At its peek, we made close to 5000$ in a month, while our overheads came close to big 30$ per month… Our “honeymoon” lasted about 3 years, until the rules of SEO and “Google” changed too much. I got tired of trying to keep up with all the ongoing changes, and slowly started abandoning my websites. We are now nearly 6 years in, and this year’s income from those websites is the lowest in 6 years. I have not visited or updated anything in nearly 2 years, and the income from those websites have drastically dropped down to 100$ a month.

Ever since baby #1 (big O) was born 20 months ago, I quit my job and we moved to my home city to be closer to family. Baby #2 being on the way, I haven’t had the chance to start working yet, so, as an experiment, I will try working on some of my websites again, and see if I can bring the income back to a substantial amount, and determine how much work it actually involves.

Way way back…

4 thoughts on “Way way back…

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Good luck! I was making much more until Panda hit also, but you shouldn’t feel like a failure. What did you do with that passive income? Is it sitting somewhere earning you more money? Was it used as a down payment on a house (mine was)? Was it used to pay down debt?

    What projects are you thinking about starting up?

    • May 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Evan,

      Thanks for stopping by! We were actually hit pretty badly with the Panda Update as well… But yes these are things that are out of our control. I have been out of the game for a while, I’m not quite sure what the rules of SEOs are anymore (or if anybody knows)… but one thing I realized is that new content seems to do pretty well in getting some traffic back to the sites… As for the websites income, only time will tell if I’m doing the right things!

      The income we have earned from those websites is currently invested, and we plan to use it once Mr. SLM is mostly or fully retired.

      What I’m working on right now (at a turtle pace), is to increase good content on the higher earning websites (I’ve retired some of the websites that did not seem to generate money no matter the traffic), and also to update them so they are easy on the eyes (some of them are a bit of an eyesore) and more mobile friendly (which is something I think Google really expects these days).

      Mrs. SLM

  • May 7, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Wow, nice job making so much off the internet. That’s really cool – our blog is literally our first website. My wife Jasmin also loves Friends and Futurama too.

    I love the idea of working from home, I just did an article on how much commuting takes away from our lives actually.

    Good luck with the websites, would you share any of them here?


    • May 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Tristan,

      Working from home is great! I never feel stressed about being in a hurry to walk the dog in the morning or feed and get my little man ready for daycare. The only thing is that most friends and family do not think that making money off websites is a “THING”, so I do not bother explaining anymore when they ask if I’m bored at home, I tell them I just work on Stuff and they leave me alone haha.

      Our websites consists mostly in product reviews and affiliate links. Although we do use ads, I’ve found that it takes a lot more content (therefore work) to get a decent income from ads. This is the first real blog we’ve had, I’ve tried blogging about passive income in the past, but never had time to update. This time around, my husband is making sure I’m giving this blog some love:)

      Good luck with your blog as well!

      Mrs SLM


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