Affiliating the 60 Blog

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I like to surround myself with people who share in my inappropriate comments, sarcasm, and random shenanigans.

It’s been almost a year since I started writing The 60 Blog.  It’s almost like keeping a diary or a journal.  I share some mundane factoid or story that you may enjoy reading and sharing.

When I started writing last year, I thought I might make just a few bucks.  I was told it’s easy to become an Amazon Affiliate.  Sign a few forms and you’re ready to go.  I could link Amazon products on my blog page and, if someone clicks in the product and ends up buying it, I could make an insane amount of money–like ten cents.  I signed up to become an affiliate of Thrive Market too (see Thriving the 60 Blog).  If any of my readers joined their program, I could make a few bucks too.

I knew I’d never strike it rich.  Ten cents here, a few bucks there, and at the end the year, I could have $50 (my most generous estimate).  So I persevered.  I linked things like books, vitamins, organic honey.

And you know what?  Amazon thought I wasn’t getting enough clicks and they cancelled my Affiliate account.  Yes!  I wasn’t giving Amazon any business, so they figured, why keep her on the books in the hopes that we’d pay her ten cents some day?

I still include links in some of my posts, but I never know who or what is clicked.  I have a plug-in built in to my blog program that tells me I have visitors from other countries reading my posts, but I don’t currently know anyone in Italy or Japan.  My goal was to get eyeballs on my blog (along with making some serious green, of course!) and I am doing that.  Little by little.

I need your help.  If you like my anecdotes, tell your friends.  If you disagree with something I have to say, let me know by commenting below.  If you sign up with Word Press and give them your email address (and you only will have to do it once), you’ll get an email each time I post something.  You won’t have to look for me; I’ll just be in your inbox.

As I said, eyeballs are important to me.  I use a program called MissingLettr that recycles my posts and adds them to my Twitter (@nycaryn), Facebook and Google Plus accounts.  A week or two ago, Twitter notified me that I have a new follower.  Someone famous who reads my posts (or, more likely, has someone read them for him).  Ladies and gentlemen, Jimmy Kimmel is a fan!  You’re in good company.

And now for something ironic?  Last week, I received notice that I now have another Twitter follower.  Amazon Affiliates.  Ironic.

 

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Recapping the 60 Blog

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Nanea Hoffman:  I don’t think I say it enough but I’m really grateful for my friends who live in my computer.  I love that we can bond and be weird together and not even have to leave our houses.  Or make ourselves socially presentable.

In case you missed any of my pearls of wisdom this past week, here are links to each day’s posts.

Monday: Grandmothering the 60 Blog

Tuesday: Slicing the 60 Blog

Wednesday:  Europeanizing the 60 Blog

Thursday:  Protesting the 60 Blog

Friday:  Paying the 60 Blog

Saturday:  Earning the 60 Blog

 

Earning the 60 Blog

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Dwight D. Eisenhower (November 8, 1954):  Should any political party try attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.  There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things.  Among them are Texas millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man, and they are stupid.

I recently checked my Social Security statement online (ssa.gov).  I think you’re supposed to check it every six months to make sure that your earnings are listed correctly, and to figure out what your prospective retirement sum will be at that magic age.

Looking at my statement, I’m reminded that I’ve been in the work force since 1976.    In that year, I made $702.  Yes, I was raking in the dough at 20 years old.  Granted, I was still living at home and just about to get my college degree, and I don’t recall ever feeling that I didn’t have spending money.  Because, at the time, what did a 20-year old New Yorker really need?  I didn’t own or need a car, so no gas or insurance costs.  I took a bus to school and work, and the bus pass was likely a few bucks a month.

The next year, I made almost $5,500.  Still living at home, still not owning a car, and I must have thought I was rich at the time.  1977 was the year I spent a month traveling through Europe, so I must have used my earnings to pay for the trip ($1,000 total).   Young and stupid, before I had a credit card in my name.

Over the years, my salary has steadily increased, thankfully.  Last year, however, being unemployed for six months, made a dent in my earnings and contributions, but I’m okay with that.

My full retirement age is 66 and 4 months.  Or I could work until 70 and get the big money.  At age 62, it’s a smaller sum of money, but one that looks attractive to me at the moment.

What do you think?  Will you work until 70?  What did you earn during your first year of “official” employment?