Jenn was recently contacted by Freelancer-Tools.com and asked if she would review the article tracker they offer on their Web site. Jenn passed this opportunity along to me, and the free beta account along with it. If you'd like to use it, you're looking at a $5 / month investment.
This article tracker is extremely simple-nothing complex beyond your basic HTML coding, and I like this a lot. I found that it is effective as both an inventory and a daily tracker for your progress / output and your earnings. You are able to add clients, and add prices and clients to articles.
You can select a daily article goal as well. I think bloggers and article writers will find this helpful to keep them chugging along each day towards their output and earnings goals in a simple and easy to use format.
I recommend this product to a freelance writer whether they're tech savvy or not. I mean it when I say this is a simple tool-that doesn't already have a trusted project / article inventory system and wants a simple way to track how much you're earning, how much you're getting done, and which clients are giving you the most work or the most profitable (or least profitable) work.
Of course, that profitable theory is only good if you're taking about the same amount of time to complete the article, so if you aren't, you may want to put in an average hourly rate for the project so that you can track these things. You could also use the printable spread / search results of this article database to track your most profitable topics. So if you haven't nailed down a specialty but you're publishing / selling, this may be a good way to investigate your most profitable topics.
As I said, I recommend this tool for those without their own spreadsheet or database if they want something ultra-simple (I know I like the simple feel and will be using it myself), but I would like to tell international freelancers that you don't have the option to change the dollar sign in the price part, so if you're working in another currency you'll want to disregard that part.
Any questions about the Freelancer-Tools.com article tracker? I'll do my best to answer them or find the answers for you.