It is not likely you will see hundred dollar payouts your first month. It is more likely you will see pennies (or nothing if your article isn’t keyword rich) the first month. Research consistently shows it takes time, 4 to 6 months – sometimes longer, for your article to reach peak monthly earnings.
Don’t let this discourage you. There are plenty of people who receive a nice supplemental income from freelance writing online and a few who actually make a living at it.
Update February 6, 2010:
eHow Poll Results: 47 Total Votes
How long does it take an article to mature?
|4 Votes (8.5%)|| ||1 month|
|6 Votes (12.8%)|| ||2 months|
|12 Votes (25.5%)|| ||3 months|
|25 Votes (53.2%)|| ||4 months or longer|