1-Year Income Report

1 Year Income Report And Plans

I bought the OnlineMoneyz domain on July 27th exactly 1 year ago and I think it’s time to look back at what my goals and ideas were for the site back then and what my goals are now.

You can scroll past the My Plans section if you’re only interested in the income report or my future plans for the site. (Keep in mind I only started creating income reports starting in March, but I kept some information about my income starting in January so most of my income is from the last 6 months and not a year.)

My First Plans

My main reason for creating this website was because I was a Swagbucks member for over a year and I didn’t know that other sites about making money online existed (or that /r/Beermoney existed) so I decided that it would be a great idea to be the first person ever to create a website about making money online.

I never did any research. I didn’t know what SEO was, let alone how I should do SEO, and I didn’t think that I was getting into a competitive niche.

What was I thinking?!?

As most of my readers know the “make money online” niche is one of the most competitive ones online on par with weight-loss and gambling.

However I didn’t give up and this website introduced me to the world of SEO, content marketing, affiliate marketing, and many other wonderful things.

I’m not an expert on any of those topics, but I know enough to be able to rank Amazon Affiliate websites in low-medium competition niches and I know where to go if I need an answer to a question about SEO or other topics.

I’ve learned so much in the past year and I’ve finally found the things that I truly enjoy doing at this point in my life right now.

Now let’s talk about how much money I’ve made in the past year!

Last Year’s Income

I didn’t start keeping track of my income until January 2015, but you don’t lose much information as before then I was spending most of my time learning about different ways to make money online and figuring out what I want to do.

  • UserTesting- $591 As you can see this was my main source of income. I’m slowly trying to move away from UserTesting towards more passive methods, but the extra $100 per month goes a long way towards developing new sites so I’ll take it! All of the income is January or later
  • PerkTV- $195 Pretty darn good for a $50 investment! This number could be higher but I use Perk Points to buy Bitcoin which is more expensive.
    If I only got Amazon GCs this could be around $250 I think, but I needed BTC to invest in PaidVerts and other sites.
  • G2A- 21.57 This is all from one blog post I published in November on one of my other sites. No other work required. It ain’t a lot, but I’ll take it!
  • AdSense- $70.26 My monthly Adsense earnings have been steadily increasing since I started my OnlineMoneyz YouTube channel a couple months ago. I stopped posting videos on my gaming channel as I wanted to focus on other things, but that was recently enough to where it didn’t affect my earnings. My OnlineMoneyz channel is also way more lucrative than the gaming channel. 5x the CPM Sadly my YouTube channel got banned so I had to move to DailyMotion.
  • Amazon- $105.32 I created my first Amazon Affiliate site in February. You can read the case study here.
    It made me around $50 even though it was a bad time for the niche I was in, but I decided to create a couple more sites to diversify my niches. I currently have 2 more sites that are starting to make some passive dough for me and 3 more that are still in the process of being ranked on Google. I’ve noticed that it takes 1-3 months for the rankings to get to the point where you either start seeing a profit or you need to give the site a little Web 2.0 boost to go higher.
  • Bitcoins- $9.38 This comes from referrals on a couple of BTC sites and also Anonymous ads which I use to advertise one of my blogs. It’s a tiny amount, but I like the fact that it’s in BTC.
  • Other- 58.22 This includes the Enroll App, Opinion Rewards App, innoPoll and Lucktastic.
  • Referral- $117.25 This is referral money from FreeEats and MXWRK. It’s not exact, but it’s fairly close.
  • Forgotten Income- $50 ish? This is the money that I earned through Swagbucks and other sites for the first 6 months that this site was live. I’m not exactly sure of the number, but $50 should be a fair number.
  • Total- $1168.00 After adding it up the number is surprisingly bigger than what I thought it was. I’m very excited to see what the next year brings as now I actually know what I’m doing and my monthly income is never less than $100 at this point.

Plans For Next Year

I’m going to keep working on sites like UserTesting and others to make money that I can use to reinvest into my future projects, but my goals are much bigger than what I’m making now.

Amazon Affiliate Plans

At this point I have 6 Amazon Affiliate sites total.

Only 3 of them are making me any money right now, but the other 3 are very new and I don’t expect them to make me money for at least 2 months.

I have 2 problems with my current Amazon situation:

  1. 4/6 of my sites target smaller products with a fairly small commission.
    1 site targets products $200+ and the other targets products from $40-$200.
    The small sales are helping me increase my Amazon commission, but without big sales that number is useless.
  2. Most of my sites are fairly small. This isn’t a problem in itself as long as they’re making money and providing helpful content, but since they’re very targeted keywords it’s nearly impossible to grow it into an authority site.
    I have a site with around 45 pages of content and I was going to say that I wasn’t sure how else I could monetize it and increase the number of articles on the site except for fairly small Amazon commissions. (The items are small)
    However I thought of the perfect CPA Affiliate program I could add to the site that would both bring my site visitors very useful content that they’re already looking for and make me some additional cash. Win Win!

The rest of my sites are pretty small though, so I want to either create a site that targets high value/high commission Amazon products. ($800+)

Or build an authority site that will be monetized through Amazon and other means, but once again I would like to target higher value products as I’m tired of seeing the $.02 commissions from Amazon coming in. 🙂

The niche and keyword research will be a little tough, but I’m confident that I can find a good niche if I keep on looking.

PaidVerts/MTV Plans

I’m getting between 3-10 people to sign up under me on PaidVerts without any work at all so sooner or later I might get a “big fish” to sign up under me.

My total ref commissions are around $150 right now, but with the sites getting a new admin everything is looking up and I think it will be more attractive to investors than ever.

If I can get one person to join who will invest $1000 and reinvest 1/3 of his earnings to stay in the same BAP group, I’ll be making a pretty solid $100+ per month! I’d say that’s pretty good!

I’m also doing some day-trading on MTV and clicking ads on PV, but the daily profit isn’t very high right now for me.

Other Site Plans

I’m working on 2 big projects right now that have the potential to bring me a lot of money, but they could also crash and burn spectacularly.

I’ll tell you more about it when they become successful or when they burn.

I also have 3 Twitter accounts and 1 Instagram account at the moment that I’m growing, and I’m probably going to add 3-5 more Twitter accounts to the mix.

If I can get to 30,000+ followers on Twitter that could be absolutely HUGE for one of my big projects. (This project will be launching sometime during this September or October and you won’t miss it because I’m going to launch it with a bang!)

OnlineMoneyz Plans

My goal for this site is to have another big journey like my Amazon one where I’ll show you all of the successes and problems I have while working on the sites.

I love those kinds of posts (I read way too many on them on different forums) and I wouldn’t be surprised if you felt the same way.

I also want to post a little bit more often as it seems that most of my posts are income reports, but I’ve been working on many projects without posting about them on here because either they’re just small tests I’m running or I don’t feel like sharing my secrets yet. 😉

Either way I hope you find whatever I have to post useful.

I also added a couple more programs to my Internet Marketer Toolkit and I’ll be sharing links to them and more information about them in a later post.

For now, thank you for reading and if you have any questions or suggestions please comment below!

April Income Report

June 2015 Income Report And Plans

June was a big month for me both numbers wise and ideas wise.

I broke $200 and almost got to $300, my Amazon Affiliate sales are improving, and the best part is that I spent less time on this than I did last month!

I also started working on 2 projects that have huge profit potential, but I’m not ready to talk about them yet, but keep an eye out for that in my newsletter and blog posts as it will also give you an opportunity to make money!

I created one more Amazon Affiliate site and researched keywords and bought a domain for 2 more, but I got burned out and moved on to other projects for now.

I also created a couple of Web 2.0s pointing to some of my sites. (8 total)

I know it’s a small number, but I’d rather take it slow and steady vs going a bit too fast and making it look unnatural to Google.

I’ll blast these 2.0s after 2-4 weeks and after 2-3 months I should start seeing some results!

Plans For July

My biggest goal for July is to launch one of the big projects that I have been working on.

It won’t make me money in the beginning, but it should be a long-term money-maker within half a year or so.

I also want to work on another project, but I still have to work out the logistics of it as it will require accepting large sums of money ($50,000+) and PayPal won’t work with that so I might have to work until I’m actually 18 and open a bank account.

Either way, I think July will bring the same amount of money as June, if not more.

Income Report

  • UserTesting- $160 (My best month yet by far! I was able to take more tests as I’m at the computer more often, but this will stop when school starts so I need to diversify more.)
  • PerkTV– $40 (Same as always!)
  • G2A– $.94 (Very low month for G2A, but I’ll take it for not doing anything.)
  • AdSense- $10.07 (I’m getting more subscribers on my OnlineMoneyz channel and I received more views on my gaming channel also.)
  • Amazon Affiliate- $47.13 (I narrowly broke last month’s income, but I’m very happy with this month because it was a steady stream of orders every day vs just one lucky huge order. I also added 1 site and I’m planning on adding 2 more, but they won’t make any money yet.)
  • Bitcoins- $1 (Some money from a-ads that I use on one of my Web 2.0 properties)
  • Google’s Opinion Rewards- $1.22 (Another app that I got that gives me incredibly short surveys. I took 3 surveys for a total of less than 3 minutes and got $1.22 worth of Google Play credit. Not bad.)
  • Other- $17 (Referral money from FreeEats and MXWRK)
  • Total- $277.36 (This is my highest month yet! What’s impressive to me is the fact that I spend a lot of time working on 2 big projects that have very high profit potential and I didn’t spend that much time on this, but my income still went up.)

April Income Report

May 2015 Income Report And Plans

This month was another busy month for me, but I managed to narrowly beat my last month’s profits.

I bought 2 more $10 phones to add to my Perk farm (bringing the total number to 5) and this should increase my monthly income by around $20-$30.

This month was also a great month for my Amazon Affiliate site, and July is a peak month for a different Amazon Affiliate site that I have, so hopefully the summer income from Amazon Affiliate sites won’t drop too much.

My UserTesting income was quite low, but I already have $55 of income for the month of June (From tests taken May 25th and later as I count the money for UserTesting by payout date) so June should be a pretty solid month once again.

Plans For June

I will finally have enough time to work on all of my Affiliate sites, and I plan on adding more content to them and starting link building with the goal of getting them to the top 3 of Google for the big keywords.

I will also work on getting this site to rank higher in the SERPs, and I have been day-trading on PaidVerts and once June 10th comes I might cash out some of my shares and put the money into Poker Automatics to see if they really pay.

My Bitcoin income will also be much higher for June as I will stop investing into Scrypt.cc and I will start cashing out.

Income Report

  • UserTesting- $75 (This month was quite low, but it’s still nice for a couple hours of work)
  • PerkTV– $40 (I added 2 more phones to my Perk farm halfway through the month, so next month this should be around $60.)
  • G2A– $3.14 (Completely passive. Fairly low, but it adds up.)
  • AdSense- $8.92 (My OnlineMoneyz YouTube channel is adding to my gaming channel income which is quite nice.)
  • Amazon Affiliate- $46.28 (My highest month so far! I’m excited to see what my income will be like in March of next year.)
  • Bitcoins- $1 (Some money from a-ads that I use on one of my Web 2.0 properties)
  • innoPoll- $2 (I didn’t qualify for 2 tests and they sent me $2 as a “sorry” payment.)
  • Other- $10.25 (Referral money from FreeEats)
  • Total- $186.59 (Another small increase in my overall income, but I’m very happy with my Amazon income, and if my UserTesting income stayed at the $100+ level, I would have broken $200!)

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My First Amazon Affiliate Site Attempt 2015

Amazon Affiliate sites are famous for being easy to create and maintain.First-Amazon-Affiliate-Site-Attempt

However, can they still be profitable in 2015?

I decided to answer that question myself.

I will show you all of my:

  • Keywords
  • Articles
  • And everything else.

I’d appreciate it if you didn’t use my exact keywords to try and outrank me as it would cut into both of our profits, but if you want to do that I can’t really stop you, can I?

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Here’s how this post is structured:

What I Learned

Before we start, here are some of the things I learned in the 4 months that my site has been live for.

  • This takes a lot of work and it isn’t for everyone.
  • Your site might not earn any money at all.
  • If you don’t enjoy any part of making websites, don’t do it.
  • If you plan on making your site bigger use WordPress. (Blogger works fine for smaller sites with less than 20 or 30 pages, but if you’re creating a bigger affiliate site then Worspress works much better. Also with WordPress you don’t have to worry about getting your blog deleted by Google which is a possibility when using Blogger. If you use WordPress, I recommend using BlueHost as your hosting provider.)
  • If you do proper keyword research (long tail, buying keywords) and create high quality pages you will barely have to do any link building. (I’m currently in the top 10 for 9 keywords and my SERPs are steadily increasing with only 1 link built to the site.)
  • However, they take a long time to rank, so if your niche is seasonal, you should create the site at least 2 months before the peak purchases time. (I created my site only a month before the peak time, so my rankings weren’t as great as they could have been)
  • Make sure your site is mobile optimized. (My first 2 sales came from a smartphone, and with the new Google Update if your site isn’t mobile optimized you’ll lose out on valuable traffic)
  • The best way to learn is by doing. (I encountered multiple difficulties after my site went live that I did not read about, and creating one site made creating a couple more, much easier).
  • It’s possible to make money by picking seasonal keywords instead of evergreen ones, as long as you start on the website at least 3 months before the season.

The Tools I Used

I decided to use Blogger for my journey as it’s completely free, I have a lot of experience with it, and it’s easier to follow along for people who don’t have the money to spend on hosting.

However if I do another case-study, I will be using WordPress.org and not Blogger.

I bought the domain through GoDaddy using one of their constant promotions for $4. (They always have 99 cent coupons for the first year for almost all domains, but I also bought privacy protection which was extra)

I love Market Samurai for keyword research, and they have a 7 day free trial on their website, so you can read what I did and use it before the trial runs out.

I did not outsource my writing as I don’t have the money to spend on quality writing and I didn’t want to waste money for crappy writing that I would have to rewrite anyway.

My Keyword And Product Research Rules

I created the following set of “rules” for myself when reading other people’s posts about Amazon niches.

Doing keyword and product research is incredibly important for Amazon sites so I didn’t want to go wrong here.

I wanted a niche that:

  • Had some big products I could promote. ($100+)
  • Had some small accessories I could promote. (<$10)
  • Had many products on Amazon. (There’s no point in creating an Amazon Affiliate site if there are only a couple products from Amazon that you can sell)
  • Had fairly low competition
  • Is something that people would think about researching before buying, or something that people will want to find a good deal for. (Most people aren’t going to Google “best pencils 2015”, but they might Google “best calculators 2015”. It’s all about research)

After finding a couple possible niches and writing down possible keywords, I fired up Market Samurai and checked the SEO competition for the keywords I chose.

In this case I decided my keywords were fine if the top 10 sites:

  • Didn’t have Exact Match Domains for the keyword. (EX: bestcalculators2015.com for the keyword “best calculators 2015”)
  • Didn’t have exact match titles, decriptions, or headers.
  • Didn’t have a high Trust Flow (If most of it is below 10, it’s fine)
  • Had less than 10 backlinks to the specific page the content is on.
  • Had 0 .edu and .gov backlinks. (If they have some, that’s fine, but if they have more than 10, I ran the other way)

My main keyword was best track spikes, and the niche had a couple of products in the $100-$200 range, and a ton of products in the lower range.

I was also knowledgeable on the topic and actually interested in it, so I decided that writing articles wouldn’t be that hard.

My Keyword Research Process

I inserted a couple of keywords into Market Samurai and then I generated some long tail keywords by going to keyword research, putting the phrase length 4-10, and clicking on generate keywords.

Some of the keywords might not make sense, but I usually don’t throw them out as they might have a high number of searches per month.

market samurai keyword generation Amazon Affiliate

I only want longer phrases between 4 and 10 words.

After that, I went to Keyword Analysis and changed the period to monthly to sort the keywords in order from the most searches to least searches per month. Keep in mind that Market Samurai likes to make the numbers smaller than they are in reality, so if your keyword only gets 300 searches per month, it might actually get 350-400.

If you’re following along with me, make sure to check Title Comp, URL Comp, and Title & Anchor Comp before moving on to the next step. This is what my Samurai looked like:

market samurai collected keywords

I’m using a monthly period and I have the 3 Majestic Competition things checked.

At this point we have to figure out which keywords are good, which keywords are bad, and whether our main keyword is worth it.

For the main keyword: If it has less than 300 monthly searches, think of another one and repeat the above process. If the MSEOTC is higher than 1000 or the MSEOUC is higher than 1000, I don’t recommend you use the keyword either. Ideally the TAcomp should be lower than 10, but if it’s 30 or less it should still be possible to rank for that keyword.

My keyword passed all of the above test so the next step was checking the rest of my keywords.

If you’re following along at home, click on the plus sign next to Url Comp and Title Comp and put 1000 in both of those boxes. Next click on the plus next to Title and Anchor Comp and put the number 10 in there.

After that I had 57 keywords left. I quickly scanned them one by one, deleting the ones that would not work because they:

  • Were too general
  • Did not relate to the topic of my site
  • Or were apparel instead of shoe/spike related

After that I had a total of 21 keywords I could use to write content for my site, including my main one.

21 articles is more than enough to start out with, but as you go further you might have to do more keyword research.

market samurai final keywords

The MSEOTC and MSEOUC are at 1000 and the Title and Anchor comp is at 10.

I also checked the SEO Competition for the main keyword.

Looking at the table, my chances of ranking might look somewhat bleak because of all the red and yellow, but none of the sites had the keyword in the title, URL, and description.

The trustflow and citation flow was also quite low for most of these sites, so I could’ve ranked easily with a couple of high quality backlinks.

market samurai SEO competition check

I had a fairly good chance of ranking high!

Domain Purchase & Basic Site Creation

For this website I used a blogger blog and a domain from GoDaddy with privacy protection.

My blog name was my main keyword, and even though I bought a custom domain, I made my blogger domain besttrackspikes.blogspot.com for bonus cookie points.

I chose the Dynamic theme at first, but later on I got a custom theme called Temper and used that instead.

Blogger Blog Creation Amazon Affiliate Site

Originally started with the Dynamic Views template and then switched.

After creating the blog, I connected the domain to it right away. The process is quite long and Google has a couple of good articles on it, but here are the basics:

Go to Settings -> Basic -> Publishing and click on Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog. Enter your domain name and press save. Blogger should give you an error, and will give you 4 fields that you will need to put into the DNS file.

blogger DNS information

The 1 and 2 correspond to the image below.

The www and ghs.google.com go into one of the CNAME (Alias) fields, and the random numbers (marked 1 and 2) go into another CNAME (Alias) field.

You also need to put the IP’s found on this page into 4 different @ Host fields.

It should look like this when you’re done:

GoDaddy Blogger DNS Filled settings

What it should look like when you’re all done.

Then you can press Save on GoDaddy, press Save on blogger, and then click on edit on Blogger and check the field that says Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com.

This should take care of the redirects, but what I also like to do is go to your domain on GoDaddy and create a 301 forward/redirect. That way you’re completely set on the redirects, and you don’t have to worry about it.

GoDaddy Domain Forwarding

GoDaddy Domain Forwarding

After that I added a search description to under Settings -> Search Preferences -> Description.

I also added the Google Analytics tracking ID to Settings -> Other -> Google Analytics, just so I can have more data about the people who visit my site, and what the bounce rate is.

I didn’t add my site to Google Webmasters at this point as I planned on adding it and the sitemap once all of my content was published and ready to be crawled.

I also created a custom Favicon by going to Layout -> Favicon -> Edit, and uploading a 32*32px or 16*16 px image.

Content Creation

This was the longest part of creating the site by far.

At first I wanted to have 20 articles before publishing the site, but I was at around 6 when I published it, and even now I have around 16 or so.

My plan was to write:

  • 6 product reviews (2 cheap, 2 medium price, 2 expensive, 500 words each)
  • 4 category pages (“best nike spikes”, “best middle distance spikes”, etc…, 1000 words each)
  • 6 articles about running (How to increase your sprinting speed, winter track workouts, best track websites list, etc…, 1000-2000 words)
  • 4 articles about spikes in general (choosing the right length, choosing the right shape/what’s the difference between the shapes, how much do spikes help your speed, etc…, 200-1000 words)

However, I ended up making less category pages and more general running articles.

My original plan was to post at least 1-2 articles per month to keep my blog alive, but at this point it’s more like 1 article every 2 months.

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SEO

When writing on Blogger there are a couple things that are crucial for on-site SEO.

The first important thing is to go into Post Settings and add a Custom Permalink to your article. Why a custom one? The automatic one cuts off the end of the title if it’s too long, and we want to have our full title in the URL for SEO purposes. Just add on the rest of the title to the permalink with a dash between words.

Custom Permalink Blogger

Custom Blogger Permalink = GOOD

Automatic Permalink Blogger

Automatic Blogger Permalink = BAD

The next important thing is writing a custom Search Description for every single article that goes up.

The search description should contain possible search keywords, but its main focus should be drawing in the user and making them click your link when it appears in a search.

I also created Labels to make sorting through my content easier.

For Off-Site SEO I created a Facebook page, and posted a link to my article on it every time I published something. I didn’t do any link-building except for one blog post, and I created one Web 2.0 blog, but Google Webmaster Tools still haven’t registered the backlink from my Web 2.0, and my rankings are improving without it anyway.

My original plan was to have a Web 2.0 article for each post on my site, and then to build trash backlinks to the Web 2.0s using GSA, which is still something I might do later on.

Don’t forget that this is a long term strategy! You can spam your money site with backlinks right away, but then the chances of getting penalized by Google are very high.

Pre-Launch Work

I started my journey on February 1st and my goal was to start posting articles before February 21st, and even though I had a couple of setbacks I was able to finish almost right on time!

High school track starts in the middle of March and I looked at search trends on Google and noticed that they are highest in March/April and they fell to nearly 0 in June and July.

Week 1 Pre-Launch (February 8th)

I only had 1.5 articles done with 2 more ideas.

One was about winter running, and the other one was about the best track and field blogs around.

My access to my laptop was limited so 1.5 articles was still pretty good.

Week 2 Pre-Launch (February 15th)

I finished 1.5 more posts and realized that this whole thing was way more work than I expected it to be.

I was dreading the review posts as I actually enjoy writing about running, but I have never written a review post before.

I also only had a week until launch and I only had 3 articles done. Oups…

Week 3 Pre-Launch (February 22nd)

I posted 4 of my articles on Friday and 2 more on Saturday and Sunday for a total of 6. I started posting early in hopes of capturing a bit of the traffic spike that happens in March.

I also added a Privacy Policy Page, Terms of Service Page, connected the site to the Facebook page, and added it to Google Webmasters and Bing Webmasters tools.

I also copied all of my articles into a Word document so if Blogger bans my blog I would be able to easily recreate it in WordPress. (It’s still up after 4 months!)

One Week After Going Live (March 1st)Webmaster Tools Impressions And Clicks Amazon Affiliate 2015 Test

One week after going live, I have a total of 201 impressions and 23 clicks from Google search.

I received a total of 43 Amazon clicks, but still 0 sales, which isn’t that surprising considering
that most of my content is ranking on page 2 of Google or higher.

I was also searching for a rank tracker tool and I found an old one that worked, but it stopped working 2 days after I got it because of a Google Update so I started using Pro Rank Tracker. (You get unlimited urls with the free plan, but you can only have 50 keywords in total.)

My website was indexed for most keywords, and one page was even in the top 10!

I haven’t done any SEO up to this point except for posting about each post on my Facebook page, so the website ranked itself!

At this point I had no sales but I saw potential so I decided if I don’t get any sales I would hang it up and come back to it next January with the more aged domain and an already established Google position.

Two Weeks After Going Live (March 8th)

I was super busy so I didn’t write any articles.

However I got my first sale, so I was incredibly excited!

Week 2 Rankings Amazon Affiliate OnlineMoneyz Test

Rankings After 2 Weeks

3 Weeks After Going Live (March 15th)

The SERPs were slowly moving up, but not fast enough.

I was starting to look for an expired domain in a related niche to 301 redirect to my site for extra backlink juice.

1 Month After Going Live (March 22nd)

Another unproductive, depressing week.

No domains to 301, no sales, and the SERPs were stationary.

 

5 Weeks After Going Live (March 29th)Amazon Week 5 Sales

I got 3 more sales, but all I was able to do is write another general article to dilute the amount of affiliate links on my site.

My rankings jumped up this week for some crazy reason.

It could’ve been because Google indexed my one blog comment from a couple of weeks ago or I just got out of the sandbox, but either way I was happy.

I also noticed that 2 of my sales came from a mobile lead which is quite surprising as my site looks terrible on mobile. The content is good, so that might be why!

I was starting to think about Web 2.0s, but as you might have already figured out I didn’t do much in terms of that.

Website Rankings Week 5

SERPs after 5 weeks.

6 Weeks After Going Live (April 5th)

I looked over my blog and realized that my posts were too short and didn’t provide real value to the visitor so I went over all of my posts and added in some new content for each.

I also created a Web 2.0, but it’s not indexed 1 month after the creation even with hundreds of GSA links thrown at it.

The Web 2.0 has 5 high-quality posts, and it looks just like any regular small blog.

Week 6 Site Rankings

SERPs after 6 weeks.

3 Months After Going LiveAmazon Affiliate Earnings Month 3

The 2nd month brought in 0 sales, but halfway through month 3 I have already made $44 and sold 9 items from this site. (The other 2 are from another site).

I was incredibly surprised at the amount of sales from this site in May as high school track season is over, but maybe people are already buying up for next year or getting ready for summer.

My rankings are pretty solid and I have 9 keywords in the top 10, and 8 keywords in the top 20 with no link-building whatsoever. I’ll build some links to my site when I have time this summer and hopefully that will bump most of my keywords up into the top 3 slots.

I wrote one article this month, but the site seems to be doing quite well without any articles added to it. I’m getting to the point where adding new articles is a pain because I’m not sure how to categorize them and Blogger is a pain to use with bigger sites especially if you use a custom template.

Affiliate Site Rankings After 3 Months

SERPs after 3 months.

Summary

Here is a summary of the amount of work put into the website, the amount of money I’ve made, and my future plans for the site.

Monthly Earnings
MonthFebruaryMarchAprilMay
Money Made05.73044.38

Overall I think I spent around 12-16 hours of work on the website.

  • 1-2 hours setting it up and making it look nice.
  • 10-12 hours writing the 14 posts that are on the website
  • 1-2 hours of miscellaneous work related to the site

I think the website has the potential to make $100+ for the months of March, April, and May of next year. (Conservative estimates considering that I made $45 in May with okay rankings)

Either way I’ve learned way a ton about Amazon Affiliate sites and this actually prompted me to create 2 more websites. I have an idea for another one, but that’s for this summer.

Originally my goal for this site was to learn as much as possible about affiliate site creation and to earn back the domain costs and I have more than done that.

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This summer I will keep posting quality content on my site and I will probably build a couple quality backlinks to it and see where that takes the rankings.

I’m sure there are some things I didn’t cover in this blog post, so if you have any questions please ask me in the comments below!

April Income Report

April 2015 Income Report And Plans

Another month passed by which means another income report!

This month I was incredibly busy and I didn’t have nearly enough time to spend on my money-making “businesses”, but I’ve been slowly improving my website and I have a load of ideas for new posts and videos.

Plans For May

There are always a couple of new online money-making ways I want to test out, and I would like to finally publish my case-study of my first Amazon Affiliate site.

May will also be a busy month, but I will keep working on my Amazon Affiliate sites (I have 3 now), and hopefully I’ll be able to make some money with PaidVerts also.

Income Report

  • UserTesting- $118 (I was busy and there weren’t that many test I could do, but I was fortunate enough to get $45 worth of tests on April 29th which will go on May’s income report)
  • PerkTV- $20 (Same as always. It will probably stay at $20 for a while)
  • G2A– $2.53 (Not good, but not terrible. The number of referrals is slowly increasing and I even have a couple of level 2 referrals!)
  • AdSense- $6.96 (A pretty average month for this time of the year for me.)
  • Amazon Affiliate- $6.18 (I’ve made this much from 6 items, but I had a total of 10 ordered as 4 haven’t shipped yet. All of my 3 sites are quite new and any income I make with them now is just a bonus as my goal is profits 6 months or a year from now.)
  • innoPoll- $3 (I took one test and got paid in BTC within a day. I haven’t heard from them since however)
  • Other- $18 (Referral money from FreeEats and MXWRK)
  • Total- $174.67 (There is a small increase from last month, but still nowhere near what I want it to be. I’m expecting a huge increase after this summer, but that’s too far to talk about that)

April Income Report

March 2015 Income Report And Plans

March has been a pretty slow month for me. I barely worked on my websites or videos, but I spent around 3 hours on UserTesting which is where my main online earnings come from at this point.

In these reports I’m going to include all of the money I make online through methods mentioned on this website.

Plans For April

I get one week off from school at the beginning of April, so I’m going to work extra hard on creating content for my sites and hopefully I’ll see an increase in earnings!

I’m currently working on my first Amazon site and slowly creating my second one, so hopefully I will have at least 2, or maybe 3, running Amazon sites by the end of April.

MyTrafficValue and PaidVerts will do a full debt swap on April 6th-10th, and should be able to double the $60 I have on my account right now within a week or so. (Keep an eye out for a guide on getting the most profits out of the swap!)

Income Report

  • UserTesting- $124 (Average month for me. Also only took around 3 hours of total work)
  • PerkTV- $20 (Very low-earning month for me because Perk decreased the total income and even with my 3 phone farm I didn’t get much. I didn’t run it 24/7 though because the effort isn’t worth the reward.)
  • G2A- $4.19 (Completely passive income because of a blog post published in August. Not bad!)
  • YouTube- $5.82 (A fairly low month, but I was sick for 2 weeks so I was unable to post my usual 3 videos per week.)
  • Amazon Affiliate- $5.73 (My first month with my Amazon Affiliate site so I’m happy with whatever I get. Within 1-2 months this figure should be much higher.)
  • Total- $159.74 (Not bad, but not great. I didn’t count PaidVerts here because I haven’t cashed out anything, but next month that should change!)