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August 2016 Income Report and Plans

august-income-reportThis is my 18th income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in August/Part of September

As you can see I’m posting this income report in the middle of September which is 2 weeks later than usual, and that’s because August was an incredibly busy month for me.

I moved all the way accross the country with my parents, and then moved back nearly to the same place two weeks later for college.

I had a surprising amount of time to work on my online businesses during that time as I had nothing else to do in between unpacking and moving out.

Online I:

  • Hired my first full-time VA! I hired her through Onlinejobs.ph after getting about 20 applications. She’s been great so far and MUCH better than the Indian VA that I’ve used previously. Hoping to keep her for a long time.
  • Revived my BNT affiliate site by buying 5 PBN links to it for $100 for 4 months, which catapulted it to the top of Google and now it’s making me $100-$200 per month when before it made me anywhere between $0-$100 per month.
  • Found a ton of keywords to use for my WHQ site. My VA is writing content for this site currently using my templates. I do have to edit the articles and add some photos and links to them, but I haven’t had time because of real life obligations. (I should probably just show my VA how to do this as it will simplify the process for me greatly. I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this yet!)
  • Wrote a couple posts for my new, high-end products site, but I don’t have a logo and only have 1 post up and 3 somewhat done posts. I spent 5+ hours on each post for this site, and right now I can’t write articles for it because of real life commitments.
  • Bought $60 worth of keywords from two different sellers. Both of the keywords were great and definitely worth the time of buying them instead of finding them myself. However, I splurged on $200 worth of keywords in the beginning of September and while it was expensive, I don’t have time to do keyword research right now.

Offline I:

  • Moved to Lousiana with my parents.
  • Moved back to Michigan for college and started my college career! There’s a surprising amount of homework and there’s SO MANY things to do. Choosing between different clubs, evening activities, and friends vs homework is tough. If it wasn’t for my VA, I wouldn’t have accomplished anything in September.

Goals:

I’m currently focusing on Amazon Affiliate, and while I didn’t technically accomplish all of my goals in August, my VA helped me accomplish all of them and more in September so that counts, right?

  • Get 10 more product review posts on the site and one huge “best of” review post. FAILEDAlthough I technically failed this because I didn’t focus on the right site, I’d like to say that I somewhat succeed. There are at least 20 posts in my backlog on WHQ to check, add links to, and post, and the hardest part of writing them is done.
  • Figure out at least 3 ways of getting whitehat backlinks to the site. FAILEDThis one I didn’t do at all. Whoops?

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July 2016 Income Report and Plans

Onlinemoneyz-July-Income-ReportThis is my 17th income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in July/Part of August

July was an eye-opening and busy month for me.

It might seem like I didn’t do much, but moving my sites took me over 30 hours of pure work-time. (This doesn’t include procrastination time.) 😉

Online I:

  • Switched hosting for this site, my biggest Amazon Affiliate site, and also created a new site using that hosting. I switched from BlueHost to A2Hosting and it is AWESOME!
    • All of my websites are at least 1 second faster, they haven’t gone down at all (1 of my BlueHost sites already had 20 minutes of downtime since the move), and while I did have a ton of issues with moving one of my sites, it all worked out in the end.
  • Realized that my previous website idea wasn’t great after seeing a similar site on sale on EmpireFlippers. Their site was getting 300,000-400,000 visitors per month and only making $450 per month so I didn’t want to end up like them.
  • Started a new Amazon affiliate site in a new niche. This will be my main authority site targeting high value keywords. Some of the sub-niches for this site are quite competitive, but others are easy to rank for.

Offline I:

  • Took a week off from all of my businesses. (I actually had my highest Amazon affiliate day ever when I was gone, which is kind of funny. When I don’t work I make more money than when I do work.)
  • Helped my family get ready for the move to Louisiana. (We’re moving to Louisiana from Michigan, and then two weeks later I’m moving back to Michigan to go to college here. It’s a pain, but I’ll manage.)

Goals:

I wrote my ultimate goal post 2 months ago, and I think I finally found the right way to earn enough money to pay for college.

I’ve accomplished some of the goals below, but that’s irrelevant because they don’t matter anymore.

Why create a site using a new method of monetization and a new niche when I can keep focusing on what’s been working great for me: Amazon affiliate.

  • Get at least 30 more posts up on my gaming guides site.
    • At least 15 of these posts should be about Clash Royale.
    • The rest can be about random Ketchapp games or .IO games.
  • Publish at least 15 videos on the YouTube channel.- I was planning on having a video for every post, but not each post might need a video.
  • Contact other Clash Royale writers and video creators and ask if I can use some of their content for my site with a link to their YouTube channel, reddit profile, etc…- I saw another big site in the Clash Royale niche doing this, but I think he’s just copy and pasting content without permission so he’ll get caught eventually. He also has a ton of issues with duplicate content on the site so I’m not too worried about it.
  • Create a Facebook and Tumblr page for the gaming site and connect them to the Jetpack post autopublisher.
  • Fix up the theme a bit, and open the site up to Google.
    • Add menus.
    • Figure out the layout of the homepage.
    • Figure out the size of the featured images.
    • Create redirects from category pages to me-created pages.

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June 2016 Income Report and Plans

June-Income-ReportThis is my 16th income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in June

June was a pretty productive month for me and I was finally able to start focusing on my new big venture.

Online I:

  • Merged my reddit advertising site with this site.- That’s why there have been so many reddit advertising posts lately.
  • Updated the content on my BAB affiliate site, and added a couple more sections to each of the 30 posts.- I’m getting a steady stream of natural backlinks to the site so I’m hoping the rankings will go up before the hot season for the site is upon us.
  • Started my new big venture.- I don’t want to share the URL yet, because I don’t want Google checking my site yet.
    • Bought a domain and setup the WP site.
    • Bought a logo from Fiverr.
    • Installed a theme and got most of the things looking how I want them to. There’s still a couple issues that need to be fixed though.
    • Created an outline for all of my posts and videos.- This will make it much easier to pump out 2-3 posts per day which is what I need to do right now.
    • Published one post and video.- Took me longer than I would’ve liked it to, but I was figuring out the best way to do everything.
  • I also read through many real estate investing blogs, and while that’s something I can see myself doing later on in life, I think website investing is the best option for me. It might be a bit more risky, but I can handle the risk at my age.

Offline I:

  • Took college entrance exams and had my orientation.- Gotta do these things, you know? Takes away time from work, but it’s not like I’m 100% productive all the time anyway.
  • Installed You Need a Budget- I want to know where my money is going and I’m going to put the money I’m not using to work. I invested my tax money into Kickfurther, and I might invest more into it as the returns are pretty sweet for not working at all. 

Goals:

This is my second month having this section, and it’s my first full month after writing my ultimate goal post.

  • Edit the posts on BAB and prepare them for next year. SUCCEEDED 
  • Figure out the rankings of my posts on BAB and add some content and small backlinks to the ones that are close to being at the top. SUCCEEDED I figured out the rankings, but I was getting a lot of natural links so I decided not to mess with it. 
  • Merge OnlineMoneyz, Snooads, and JVReviews. SUCCEEDED 
  • Start working on my game guides project.- This is the big one. PARTIALLY SUCCEEDED– I finished everything except for the Facebook page, Tumblr page, and writing the specific game guides. I have an outline setup though and I even did the keyword research for a total of almost 350,000 searches so I think I succeeded here.
    • Buy a domain.
    • Set up the basic WP site layout.
    • Plan out the categories and sections.
    • Plan out the content/videos.
    • Create the YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Tumblr page.
    • Start writing Clash Royale and Diep.io guides.

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How To Promote Your Blog On Reddit For Free- My YouTube Blog Story

Quick Note

This is an old post published in 2015 that I transferred from SnooAds. I got rid of the site, and moved all the content here because I think you’ll find it useful!

When I first joined Reddit it was because I wanted to promote my YouTube blog and channel.

I joined the /r/letsplay Subreddit and I posted a link to my first good post on my blog.

That first Reddit post received around 48 upvotes and 91% of people liked it. (I say around 48 because Reddit fuzzes the number of upvotes/downvotes).

My First Successful Post

I got around 1000 visitors on that day which at that point seemed absolutely incredible as my blog got around 2 views per day at that time. (Yes, it was that bad.)

Inspired by my success I decided to create and “promote” a couple of other posts.

As you can probably guess, they were not accepted well by the community.

Third Failed Post On Reddit YouTube

Second failed post on Reddit YouTUbe

Fourth Failed Post On Reddit YouTube

I did get a couple hundred extra views from each post, but I was annoying the members of the Sub and I was actually spamming and breaking one of Reddit’s golden rules without even realizing it.

However, after a bit of tinkering and figuring out how Reddit works I was able to craft a post that not only got over 50 upvotes, but also got me Reddit gold.

Successful Reddit YouTube Post

The Golden Rules Of Self Promotion On Reddit

If you don’t follow the following rules you risk more than getting a low score on a post submission.

You risk getting shadowbanned which means that all of your future posts will be automatically marked as spam and no one will see them, plus people will remember you if they feel that you were spamming.

Here are the rules:

  • Make sure that whatever you’re submitting will either be interesting or valuable to the members of the Sub! This is probably the most important point. So often I see submissions that are nothing more than useless, regurgitated content or content that doesn’t fit the sub.
  • Only around 10 percent of all content that you submit should be your own. It’s in the rules. 
  • Only submit your best work. This makes sure that you don’t look like a spammer and people will be more interested in what you have to say. Posting every single blog post of yours might bring you some extra traffic but it’s the fastest way to get Shadowbanned or disliked by the community.
  • Make sure you’re actually interacting with the community outside of your promotional posts. Share your expertise or simply have fun. Either way you should be interacting with the other members of the Sub.
  • It’s easier to get a higher submission score with text posts vs link posts so think carefully about which one to choose. I will go over the benefits and negatives of each later on in this post.

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Advertising Lessons From Claude C. Hopkins

Claude C. Hopkins is the man that popularized toothpaste with his advertising campaign for Pepsodent.

He’s the man that advertised Palmolive soap, Goodyear, and Quaker Oats and at the end of his career companies were spending over $5,000,000 per year on ads created by him.

He published his books Scientific Advertising and My Life In Advertising almost 100 years ago, but the principles in his books are even more true now than they were before. (You can read Scientific Advertising for free here).

He believed in honest and transparent advertising which is something that Reddit appreciates.

I read through both of his books 3 times.

The first time I simply went through and read it normally.

The second time I paid special attention to how he ran his campaigns, and the third time I wrote down the lessons that everyone should know if they’re going to become a successful advertiser.

You can click here to go the the TL;DR section that only contains quotes if you’re not interested in reading my commentary on the subject.

P.S.- I used this book while reading so the page numbers in the quotes correspond to the page numbers in this book. 

The 3 Key Lessons

It was difficult to determine the 3 most important lessons from the books, but I was able to narrow it down to the most useful ones.

I recommend reading this whole thing as Claude C. Hopkins is a goldmine of knowledge, but if you read anything today you should read the following 3 quotes

Advertising often looks very simple. Thousands of men claim ability to do it. And there is still impression that many men can. (281)

With the explosion of the Internet advertising became accessible to everyone.

It didn’t matter who you were or what you did as long as you had the money to spend on ads,and this led to a larger number of individuals to suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect.

We think we’re good at something while in reality we’re average at best.

The idea that advertising is simple can also be dangerous because there are people out there who will “advertise” anything and everything for you as long as they get their money.

However, the Internet also made it much easier to split-test, keep track of your old ads, and learn new strategies and tactics.

Don’t be the person who claims to have the ability to advertise. Be the person who reads about it, learns about it, and strives to improve his ads every single day.

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40 Facts About Reddit Every Advertiser Needs To Know

Quick Note

This is an old post published in 2015 that I transferred from SnooAds. I got rid of the site, and moved all the content here because I think you’ll find it useful!

If you’re planning to advertise on Reddit you can never have too much information at your disposal.

Some of it may seem useless at first, but as you create your ads and think about different campaigns you might realize that it’s actually the key piece of information you needed to make it successful.

Anyway, here are all of the facts that I was able to find that could help you out with promoting things on Reddit with a link to the original source next to the facts.

Taken from the “How is my ad performing question” on the SelfServe wiki.

/r/AskReddit stats

AskReddit Daily Traffic

/r/SysAdmin stats

Sysadmin Traffic Stats

Data from the “10 years of Reddit post.

Reddit Monthly Uniques

Image courtesy of Jishai at Dadaviz/CJMinard on Reddit.

Found on Reddit’s about page.

Found on Reddit’s about page.

Found on Reddit’s about page.

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