OnlineMoneyz-February-Income-Report

February 2016 Income Report and Plans

OnlineMoneyz-February-Income-ReportHey guys!

This is my 12th 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 some of you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in February

February started out on a sad note as I removed all of the referral spam traffic in Google Analytics.

Why is that sad?

Because my traffic looks pitiful. (Scroll down to the Website Traffic section to check it out.)

I also:

Plans For March

My goal for March is $1000 in revenue.

I should be able to reach it as long as nothing major goes wrong.

I have a $100 coupon to experiment with YouTube ads, and I want to find a profitable campaign. (Doesn’t everyone? Heh…)

I slacked off a bit on my huge post, but most of the content is ready and I just need to add images.

I still want to publish a course on Udemy, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what they want from me quality wise.

I have a 1080P video with a higher bitrate than what they require, but the quality is still not up to their “standards.”

What?!?

Anyway if I can figure that out, that’d be great.

I also purchased a program that lets me run unlimited webinars with unlimited attendees, so that’s pretty cool!

I just have to find the attendees. 🙂

Website Traffic

Without the referral spam my website traffic is pitiful.

However the average session duration and the bounce rate are looking very good!

February-OnlineMoneyz-Traffic

Income Report

Here are the numbers that everyone is here for!
Revenue:

  • Amazon Affiliate- $716.03 My best month yet! I had 3 $50+ days at the end of February and I’m hoping to break $800 in March.
  • AdSense- $1.65 This number might increase if the AdSense sites that I purchased are good.
  • Bitcoins- $16.28 From PokerAm.
  • Shopify Affiliate– $30.57 More commissions.
  • Content Samurai– $113.28 My best month yet! Can I double this in March?
  • Other- 9.25 Miscellaneous small income.
  • Total- $887.06 This is my biggest online only income month so far. Can I break $1000 next month?

Expenses:

  • Aweber- $19 Monthly subscription.
  • SourceMarket $673 SEO services for YouTube and 4 AdSense sites.
  • Domains- $56 Domains for the AdSense sites and a couple of PBNs.
  • Ads- $28 $20 reddit ads and $8 YouTube ads.
  • Fiverr- $16.5 Bought a couple of flyer posting gigs.
  • Proxies- $16.8 I bought proxies for GSA SER as I used it for my churn and burn experiment.
  • JVzoo Purchases- $67 I bought Webinar X.
  • Content Samurai- $47
  • Total- $923.3 Lots of money gone, but it should help me increase my income next month.

Total Profit: -$36.24

Spent a lot of money this month, but the money I spent should help me make more $$ in the future.

What about you guys? How’s your online income going?

Comment below!

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Understanding The Amazon Affiliate Program- Complete Beginner’s Guide

Amazon-Affiliate-BasicsWhen I set out to create my first Amazon Affiliate site I was overloaded with information.

You should create a small niche site.

Wait. That’s wrong.

You should create a huge authority site because small sites are dying out.

Wait. Amazon Affiliate sites are too popular now, so you won’t make any money with this.

I read hundreds of guides and journeys, but it took me over 2 months to actually start working on my first site.

I was confused, scared to fail, and I didn’t know what was true and what was just guru BS.

That’s why I put together a complete guide to understanding all the important basics of the Amazon Affiliate program.

You can either read the whole thing, or jump down to the TL;DR section for a quick overview of the most important points.

P.S.- This guide doesn’t include any website creation tips or mistake.

What is the Amazon Affiliate Program?

The Amazon Affiliate (Amazon Associate) program is a way for bloggers to make money by promoting Amazon products.

If a visitor to your site buys something from Amazon within 24 hours of clicking on your affiliate link, you will get a commission.

Let’s say I own a popular camera blog and I link to different cameras on Amazon from time to time.

If I’m a member of the Amazon Associate program I will make money every time someone clicks on one of my links and purchases anything from Amazon. (The link is active for 24 hours.)

That anything part is very important.

You don’t just get commissions for the items that you promote.

You get commissions for every single item they buy. (Which can result in some pretty interesting orders. I’ve had people order adult items using a kid toys link.)

The commissions that you get depend on the items sold and the number of items bought through your link during the current month.

Some items get you 4% commission, while some items can give you up to 10%.

I’ll talk more about the commission system later on, but now lets talk about why you should use Amazon Affiliate to monetize your site!

BONUS: Click here to get 13 must-have tips for your Amazon affiliate success!

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Ranking YouTube Videos With Outsourcing [Experiment]

I decided to try and rank a couple of YouTube videos by outsourcing some link-building and social signals on Source Market.

I have some money to do some testing with, and if this test ends up being successful then I can make bank with videos on YouTube!

First of all here are the videos I’ll be trying to rank:

Keyword: Content Samurai Review

Current Position: 16

Keyword: Polaroid Z2300

Current Position: 4

Keyword: Market Samurai Review

Current Position: 29

As you can see I have 3 fairly low-medium competition keywords with videos that are ranking fairly high already.

Why am I not testing this with videos that aren’t ranked at all, or with videos that are ranking in the 100, 200, and 300 for certain keywords?

If this doesn’t work for low-competition keywords like the ones above, there’s no point in wasting my money on higher-comp keywords.

However if my outsourcing strategy does work on the videos above, I’ll try it out with videos in higher competition niches to see what it takes to rank them.

The Plan

On day 1 I’m going to buy 3 sets of this YouTube Service.

1 for each video.

After the job is done (should take 1-4 days) I’m going to wait for 7 days and track the rankings of my videos daily to see where they’re at.

If my videos start moving I will wait until the rankings settle and see how much the $5 blast helped them.

However, if the rankings don’t change at all I’m going to do a quick “split test” of services.

  1. For the first video I’ll order 1,500 social signals.
  2. For the second one I’ll order a different YouTube embeds service.
  3. And for the 3rd one I’ll use the same service I used the first time.

Then I’ll wait another 7 days after the completion of each order and see if the rankings change at all.

This should give me an idea on which of the services are more effective and whether these services are effective at all for ranking YouTube videos!

Day 1

I ordered the first gig for each of my videos for a total cost of $15.

I’m using these $15 as “learning money” so if the campaign doesn’t work, well at least I learned something new!

Day 7

It’s been a week and my rankings haven’t changed much.

Polaroid Z2300- Dropped 1 spot from 4 to 5.

Market Samurai Review- Dropped 3 spots from 29 to 32. (Went up to 28 for a couple days though.)

Content Samurai Review- Went from spot 16 to spot 13, but it was staying around 17 for most of the week.

Since the first gig I ordered didn’t seem to work here’s what I’m going to do now:

  1. 1,500 social signals for the Polaroid video.
  2. This YouTube embeds service for the Content Samurai video.
  3. And this YouTube high-retention views service for Market Samurai. (I know that high watch time helps you rank so we’ll see how this goes)

I ordered all of the above services for a total price of $30.

I’m at $45 spent so far and if none of the gigs work then at least I’ll know that these strategies don’t work!

We’ll see what the rankings look like in a week or so.

Day 10

The video views service was done and my Market Samurai video jumped from #32 to #18 in less than a day!

I’m thinking that the number of views was too high though, so I want to see if I can order multiple videos under 1 gig in order to decrease the number of views per video.

I probably don’t need 5,000 extra views to rank higher.

Even 200 or 300 high-retention views might work depending on the competition.

The retention statistics aren’t available to me yet (YouTube is being slow with reports), but I’ll post them when I have them.

All in all I think I’m getting to closer to being able to rank videos in YouTube!

Day 13

Bought this YouTube package for the Content Samurai video.

It has less views (which is good) and more comments and likes which makes everything look more natural.

The Market Samurai video is still stuck in position 6 and I’m wondering if it’s because it didn’t get any likes or comments.

It doesn’t look very natural when a video gets 5,000 views with no likes or comments, but it did improve the ranking by over 26 spots so we’ll see if likes and comments help the other videos.

I think I’m getting closer to figuring out how to rank videos on YouTube!

Day 25

The rankings started dropping after a quick improvement, but my Content Samurai video that got the comments, likes, and views blast dropped down to a 100+ position.

I think it’s either because there was too much happening too fast, or the viewer retention was too low.

I’ll wait a couple days and then wrap this test up.

Day 29

I checked the audience retention for my Content Samurai video and I figured out why it’s rankings plummeted.

The audience retention for most of the views was at 100%.

This does not look natural at all and YouTube is smart enough to penalize my video when the audience retention is this fake.

My Market Samurai video is still in position 15 and isn’t showing any signs of dropping.

This means that I doubled my rankings for only $9!

Now I’m not sure if the other gigs I ordered to this video affected the rankings, but I’ll do more testing later on.

The Conclusion

Keyword: Content Samurai Review

Starting Position: 16

Ending Position: 100+

Best Position: 13

Keyword: Polaroid Z2300

Starting Position: 4

Ending Position: 4

Best Position: 3

Keyword: Market Samurai Review

Starting Position: 29

Ending Position: 15

Best Position: 6

I knew that watch-time was an important factor going into this experiment, but it looks like if your watch-time and audience retention is too high your video gets booted. (This is what happened to my Content Samurai video.)

Social signals helped the rankings a bit, but not much, and the biggest boost came from this views service.

It boosted my Market Samurai video from #30 to #6 for a few days and then it settled down in the #15 spot.

In a couple weeks I’m going to do some more testing, and I’m also going to experiment with other YouTube SEO ranking factors to see what’s still relevant.

January-Income-Report

January 2016 Income Report and Plans

January-Income-ReportJanuary was a great month for me.

This month I

Now that I’m done with the Amazon project I can focus on new challenges and ways of making money online.

This month I worked on:

  • My $50 to $600 Amazon Project.
  • Writing my biggest post ever. I’m at 10,000 words right now and I’m only about halfway done.
  • Starting a Private Blog Network
  • Doing experiments with YouTube and Web 2.0 ranking

Plans For February

Now that I’m finished with my Amazon challenge I have time for other experiments.

I’m currently testing different YouTube ranking strategies, churn and burn methods, and Facebook ads for email list building.

I’m also halfway done with my biggest post ever and it will go up in February.

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Month-6

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 6 (Experiment)

Month-6This is month 5 of my challenge. Here are my other posts:

CLICK HERE to go to the TL;DR section for a quick summary of this month.

Here are all of my websites:

  • Best Track SpikesThis is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BABI created this site back in May and it’s been fairly successful up to this point. The products are fairly low value, but it’s my biggest site right now and it increases my Amazon percentages a lot.
  • MPC I also created this site back in May and it’s also been fairly successful. The products are even cheaper than on BAB, but I sell at least 30-40 per month.
  • BFSTThis is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSCAnother smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBCAnd yet another smaller site that I created a month ago. The products on this site are the most expensive so I’ll focus on getting this site higher in the SERPs soon.
  • BNTThis site has the most expensive products by far. $500-$5,000+ I just created it last month so I don’t expect any sales until December or February, but when the sales do come I’ll get huge commissions!
  • Tester ReviewsThis is a community review site that anyone can submit their reviews to with their Amazon link in the review. You can check it out here if you’re interested!
  • BRMA small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
  • BWTI started this site on November 24th. It will be fairly large and will focus on products in the $30-$250 range.
  • WHQ– A new site I started in December. Very large niche. I’ll be outsourcing at least half of the content in order to grow the site quickly.

If you don’t want the day-by-day updates click here to go to the TL;DR section.

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Daily Updates

Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.

January 2nd

I realized that all of my sites had unoptimized logos and favicons.

Most of my logos were around 100kb while I can get them down to 5-10kb with no noticeable loss in quality.

That’s a 95kb difference!

I’m not sure how much this affected my rankings, but I re-optimized those images on all of my sites.

We’ll see how it changes things.

BONUS: Click here to get 13 must-have tips for your Amazon affiliate success!

January 3rd

The writer that I found on Upwork is a goldmine.

The article was well-written, had supporting evidence, and was overall great.

I asked her if she’d be interested in doing 2 articles or so per week for my WHQ site, and if she agrees then I’m pretty much set.

I’ll just have to do a couple hours of keyword research a month, edit each of the articles a bit (it took me about 5-10 minutes to edit the 1,000 word article. In comparison, it would probably take me 30 minutes-1 hour to write that same article), but this would mean around 8,000 guaranteed words of content would go up on WHQ every month.

If I target long-tails, this would be absolutely amazing for increasing traffic!

January 11th

As you can see I took a break from updating, but my sites didn’t take any breaks from making me money! 😉

My first writer is writing amazing content for me as of right now, and I hired another one so in the hopes of getting another high quality post a week for $5 or so. (I have a payment plan for my writers where they start at $5 per 1,000 and get to $10 per 1,000 words, but I think I might just move my first writer right up to the $10 per 1,000 mark because her content is absolutely amazing!)

Even though WHQ is fairly new I’m already getting 300+ impressions and 30 or so clicks per month, and once my rankings improve this site will be another goldmine.

I’m also targeting super-low search long tails in hopes of increasing my traffic.

Since I don’t have to write the content, it makes it easier for me to create posts for 0-20 searches per month keywords because I just have to pay my writers to do it.

January 13th

I’m at $220 earned in the first 12 days of January, which means that I’m on track for getting to $600 this month, but I doubt that will happen.

I think my large earnings at the beginning of the month are from people using their new Amazon gift-cards that they got for Christmas, and soon this crazy spending will stop.

I ended up hiring 4 total writers in total, but I’ll probably drop 1 or 2 of them after I get their first article.

One of the problems with outsourcing an article is silencing the perfectionist in me who wants to do everything himself, because that’s not the way to grow your income. Right?

WHQ is at 40 clicks this month, but still no sales which is a bit strange.

Once it gets to 100 clicks with no sales I’ll change my links to see if using Amazon’s shortened links is what’s causing the problem.

January 15th

One of the writers I got was a bust, but I only spent $5 so it’s not a problem.

The article wasn’t terrible, but the quality is definitely lower than what I’d like on my “authority” site.

My other two writers are great though, and while one of them just needs a couple of 5 star ratings, the other one doesn’t seem to care about that at all.

I added “Get the product!” buttons to BAB to see if that helps the CTR.

Before I only used images, but I want to compare the CTR for the images, the buttons, and the in-text links.

I’m tracking all of the links separately on a high-traffic page and in a month or so I should have enough data to see what works best.

ABT- Always Be Testing.

January 24th

At around $430 this month right now.

I doubt I’ll get to $600, but it’ll be pretty close.

WHQ is getting some sales, and it’s starting to rank for other lower comp keywords.

One of my writers stopped responding to me though and I haven’t done much keyword research yet so I better get on that.

January 31st

I ended up not reaching my goal of $600 per month.

I’m off by $17.

I’m a bit disappointed, but I’m also happy with getting so close to the goal and I know that my sites will grow even more so I should get there in a couple months.

I’ll post a big “analysis” post sometime in February so keep an eye out for that.

TL;DR

Here’s what happened in January:
Things Done:

  • Made $583 from the sites.
  • Bought my first PBN domains and set up a couple sites.
  • Started outsourcing articles for WHQ and BWT.

Things Realized/Thought About:

  • Reinvesting and outsourcing is a must if I want to grow them.
  • I have to constantly test new things if I want to keep making money online.
  • So far the PBN links don’t seem that effective, but I’m still learning so we’ll see if they become more effective as I learn more things.
  • While Amazon is great I hate only having one income stream. I think I’d be satisfied with 6 different ones adding up to $3,000+ a month, but the more the better.

Thank you for reading!

Please comment below if you have any questions!

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The Art of Amazon Affiliate Keyword Research

Art-of-Amazon-Affiliate-Keyword-ResearchWould you like to know the secret to picking profitable Amazon Affiliate keywords?

So would I.

There is no secret.

Too many people get caught up in the “ultimate formula” that would allow them to create a profitable site.

I wish there was a perfect formula that allowed you to find a profitable niche every single time.

But there simply isn’t one.

In this post you will learn:

  • The difference between algorithmic and heuristic work
  • How that applies to Amazon Affiliate keyword research
  • And how you can improve your keyword research skills

Algorithmic vs Heuristic Work

There are two types of work.

There’s algorithmic work and heuristic work.

It’s important to understand the difference between the two as it can be the difference between having a profitable Amazon site, and making $0.

What is Algorithmic Work?

Algorithmic work is work that can be boiled down to a formula or a very specific set of instructions.

Google’s search uses an algorithm to sort the results in order of importance.

You could have a person sitting there sorting through all of the results based on the same rules, but a search engine can do it much faster.

Stapling a large number of things in a row, sealing envelopes, and launching your computer are all examples of algorithmic work.

All of them can be boiled down a very simple set of instructions, and if you wanted to you could build a robot to do it for you.

What is Heuristic Work?

Heuristic work is work that might still have some instructions and steps, but there is a multitude of ways to do it with all of the ways being “right.”

Is there a right way to paint a picture?

There are some guidelines depending on what you want to convey, but you can’t boil the whole process into a one-by-one set of instructions.

Great paintings come from practice and experimentation.

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