This 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.) 😉
- 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.
- 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.)
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.
Plans For August
I always set a ton of goals and then end up not accomplishing most of them.
From now one my goals will align with my goal of paying for college using my online income, and the idea of focus. (I’ll only focus on one big project at a time.)
My new focus is on a new Amazon affiliate site targeted at a couple of high-value niches.
Amazon affiliate is what’s been working for me, and I know how to write the content, build links, and do everything more effectively which will help me reach my monetary goals faster.
- Get 10 more product review posts on the site and one huge “best of” review post.
- Figure out at least 3 ways of getting whitehat backlinks to the site.
As you can see my goals for August are simple, but I doubt that I’ll have a lot of time to spend on my websites because of neverending moving on my part.
A pretty average amount of traffic, but I didn’t do anything to try and change it. I had zero new posts on this site!
I’m glad to see more new sessions on the site, but I’m not happy with the pageviews and pages/session dropping this much.
Not sure if I can fix it this month though.
Amazon Affiliate Websites Traffic
This is a new section I’m adding for those interested in my Amazon affiliate websites.
Since most of my income comes from that, it might be interesting for some of you to see how much traffic I get on each site and how much money I’m making from each of them.
BAB is my highest traffic site by far (I have acronyms for all of my sites because I don’t want to reveal the URL, but I need some way to keep track of them.)
I made $697.99 from the site in July which compared to $320.24 in June.
My average income from this site for the year is about $590 which means I could sell the site for $14,160 at a multiple of 24.
This month will be even higher, but I still don’t think I’ll sell the site unless I can get $30,000 for it or more.
I had a $200+ at the end of the month, and so far August has been pretty great even with all of the downtime because of hosting changes.
The traffic is pretty standard so nothing to see here.
WHQ is an up and coming site that I started not so long ago.
This site only made $29.26 compared to $23.01 in June.
Pretty standard for this site. I’ll probably leave it off the monthly income report next month as it’s too small to matter yet.
I’m not doing any work on it. Simply letting it age and get some Google trust.
Here are the numbers that everyone loves to see!
- Amazon Affiliate- $826.89 Very solid for the middle of summer!
- Content Samurai– $472.24 This is the first month when this part of my income decreased. Hopefully it’s just because of the summer. I’d like this to be a cash-cow for at least another year.
- Total- 1301.13 Higher than last month, but still not where it needs to be.
- Aweber- $19 Monthly subscription.
- Long Tail Pro Subscription- $37
- Buy My Future- $250 Bought Jason’s future.
- Mastermind- $95 My last month of this. I cancelled it and left the group.
- New Hosting- $171.84 Great price for a year of very fast hosting.
- PBN link- $64 The PBN isn’t that great, but it will help the rankings of one my Amazon sites somewhat.
- Fiverr- $5 Don’t remember.
- SerpLab- $5 Finally decided to support them as I’m tracking more keywords for BAB and I’ll need to track a lot of keywords for my gaming site.
- Total- $646.84 I’m working on decreasing my spending. I cancelled the Mastermind membership, cancelled the PBN link, will cancel LTP eventually, and I’m not buying any logos for my new project until I have the content up.
Total Profit: $654.29
A low month profit wise, but August is my last month where I have to pay for Jason’s future and I’ve decreased the rest of my expenses, so I expect a max of $300 of expenses, so I might break $1,000 in profit for the month.