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February 2017 Income Report and Plans

February-Income-ReportThis is my 24th 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 February/Beginning of March

February was surprisingly productive, but also full of surprised and disappointment.

There’s a reason for why I’m writing this post in March. I’ve had to put out fires and focus on my businesses so I had no time for this.

Online I:

  • Continued teaching my VA keyword research and showed her how to create Web 2.0 backlinks.
  • Got hit by the mysterious Fred update and the Amazon affiliate commission changes nearly at the same time.
  • Completely restructured WHQ and “silo”d the content with the hopes that it’ll help with getting back my rankings.
  • Tested 6 writers on Upwork and kept one of them. So far he’s written 10,000 words of informational content and I plan on adding at least 25k words per month to WHQ for the next 3 months. I think this should help me with the Fred issues, but more on that later.

Offline I:

  • Focused on working on college courses and online work. Didn’t rest that much.

Goals:

I planned on being productive in January, and while I didn’t do everything I wanted to, I also accomplished other things I didn’t even think about so it all evens out in the end. 😉

  • Publish two posts on OnlineMoneyz: FAILEDI didn’t do either of these. 🙁
    • “A year in review” post covering how much money I made and spent during the year, how I could’ve made more money and how much my income grew.
    • Post 1 of my secret project that I won’t be telling you about until it’s up.
  • Show my VA how to use Upwork and possibly hire a couple writers for my new project. SORTA FAILED– I showed her how to create Web 2.0s and hired writers by myself so it’s not that much of an issue.
  • Edit and publish 3 drafts on WHQSUCCEEDED– Published and edited a total of 10 posts.

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January 2017 Income Report and Plans

January-Income-ReportThis is my 23rd 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 January

Most of January was quite unproductive as I burnt myself out last semester and needed to take a breather.

However, I got back into it near the end of the month and actually got some stuff done that I had on my to-do list for a while.

Online I:

  • Taught my VA the basics of keyword research and SEO. Eventually I hope to get her to a point where she can do keyword research for me and possibly oversee other writers under her.
  • Updated the Content Samurai review post.

Offline I:

  • Spend a lot of time playing video games, watching Netflix, and resting.
  • Continued doing college stuff.
  • Had my first float tank experience- It was awesome! It’s like meditation, but better.

Goals:

I planned on being productive in January, and while I didn’t do everything I wanted to, I also accomplished other things I didn’t even think about so it all evens out in the end. 😉

  • Publish two posts on OnlineMoneyz: FAILEDNo posts as always. What else did you expect? 🙁
    • “A year in review” post covering how much money I made and spent during the year, how I could’ve made more money, how I grew, and all other interesting stuff like that. 😉
    • Post 1 of my secret project that I won’t be telling you about until it’s up. 😉
  • Start teaching my VA Pinterest magic to drive traffic to WHQ. FAILED– I didn’t teach her Pinterest, and instead started teaching her keyword research.
  • Create 4 quick and easy silos on WHQ myself. I could assign this to my VA, but I can do it quicker and I need her to expand to working on other stuff. FAILEDI only created one silo as I underestimated the amount of time it would take me to make a “top x” post as it seems I’m out of practice.

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December 2016 Income Report and Plans

December-Income-Report-OnlineMoneyzThis is my 22nd 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.

I decided to do a separate report for December and for the year of 2016, so if you’re interested in how my entire year went and how much money I made, come back here soon! (I’ll put a link in the intro once I finish the post.)

What I Did in December

December was a soul-searching and foundation building month.

I thought about my ultimate goals, dreams, and visions and tried to figure out what I should do next in internet marketing and in life.

Online I:

  • Looked at various keyword and SEO services to see if I could streamline my Amazon affiliate site process. I’m good on the content at the moment as my VA has that covered, but I need to work on SEO.
  • Read up on using Pinterest to drive traffic to my websites. The next step is creating a plan and outsourcing this to my VA. This is obviously not as good as me figuring it out first and then showing her how to do everything, but I’m limited on time.
  • Did some test videos using Content Samurai.

Offline I:

  • Survived my first final exams in college and completed the semester!
  • Wrote in a journal and tried to figure out what I want to do later in life and what I should be doing in 2017. This is a process that I should be going through constantly as goals change and it’s important to be aligned with your goals/vision.

Goals:

I wanted to spend some time de-stressing and relaxing so I could attack 2017 with renewed strength, but this didn’t work out as well as I thought it would.

I did rest, but I found it hard to “turn myself off” so to speak and not think about what I have to do internet marketing and business wise.

I’m trying out a float tank later in January and I might also start meditating again as that was very helpful.

  • REST Succeeded (sorta)I spent time reading, sleeping, and playing video games, but not as much as I would’ve liked to.
  • Look over, edit, and publish the 25 drafts I currently have on WHQ. SucceededIt feels so good to be done with this. Now there’s 64 published posts on the site. Not at 100 yet, but still a lot of content considering that most of these posts are 1,000+ words. 
  • Create a Pinterest account for WHQ and teach my VA how to create content for it and what/how/when to post it. FailedI researched it, but haven’t taken any action. 
  • Publish at least 2 posts on OnlineMoneyz. Failed0 posts as always. I have a new “journey” that I’ll be starting in January though so that’ll add at least 1 extra post per month.

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November 2016 Income Reports and Plans

november-income-reportThis is my 21st 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 November

November was the first month when I actually published a couple posts on this site.

I also prepared hard for Black Friday (I sort of succeeded, but sort of failed), and kept on grinding Amazon affiliate wise.

Online I:

  • Published on OnlineMoneyz:
  • Published 25+ deal posts on this site and had my VA publish about 10 deal posts on WHQ. I started this way too late, otherwise I would’ve tried to get to 100+ articles posted. My OM articles worked well as the domain is much stronger than WHQ, so I know exactly what I need to do for next year to make $$$$$ on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
  • Started cutting expenses in order to invest money into more content and save for next year. I need money for next year, and since this source of income isn’t guaranteed, I should be saving some of it.
  • Brainstormed different ways of monetizing this site as now it’s pretty much a labor of love.

Offline I:

  • Participated in my first real Thanksgiving.
  • Spent hours on homework and classes.
  • Fed squirrels on campus.

Goals:

Most of these goals are Amazon affiliate focused as I decided to focus on one thing instead of stretching myself too thin.

  • Look over, edit, and publish the 21 drafts I currently have on WHQFailedI haven’t done anything and now I have 25 drafts I need to look at…
  • Keep finding keywords and helping my VA pump out affiliate/product-oriented content. SucceededPublished a bunch of Black Friday posts and high quality review posts.
  • Possibly create a Pinterest/Facebook account for WHQ and teach my VA what to post and how to post on them. FailedStill in the works. Will definitely go ahead with the Pinterest account, but I’m not sure about Facebook.
  • Write at least 5 posts each oriented at Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts and promote them online. Succeeded. Got about 40 posts up. Promoted them on reddit and Facebook, but most of the search traffic came from extreme long tails in SERPs that I ranked for in less than a day.

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October 2016 Income Reports and Plans

october-income-reportThis is my 20th 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 October

While October was an incredibly busy month for me, I didn’t do anything that is easy to see right now.

I don’t have any posts up on this site, and all of the work that my VA and I have been putting in hasn’t translated into real money yet. 

Online I:

  • Recorded many video tutorials for my VA.
  • Found tons of buyer keywords for WHQ that have fairly low competition. My VA is working on this right now!
  • Bought some Web 2.0 links for my WHQ site. 
  • Joined a group SEO buy group and got access to Ahrefs, Semrush, and many more tools for cheap. This is how I was able to find tons of keywords easily!

Offline I:

  • Struggled with juggling all of the things that come with being a college student.
    • Such as tons of homework.
    • FOMO aka fear of missing out. No matter what you’re doing, you’re always missing out on something awesome.
  • Realized that I do enjoy programming and computer science. 

Goals:

Most of these goals are Amazon affiliate focused as I decided to focus on one thing instead of stretching myself too thin.

  • Finalize and publish 30 half-done posts on WHQ. SUCCEEDED I reviewed and published exactly 30 posts. I currently have 21 posts sitting in drafts so I gotta get on that this month.
  • Write at least 10 posts myself by October 15th on WHQFAILED When I say I failed this I mean that I haven’t written a single word except for when I edited my VA’s writing. I don’t have any time to write now though because of school so I’m okay with that.
  • Teach my VA basic outreach and SEO strategies and start them after October 15th. FAILED I decided that it’s more important to publish content targeting low-competition keywords so I have more content up by Black Friday and Christmas. Instead I bought a couple of Web 2.0s, and while they won’t give me a huge boost, it should still give me a bit. 
  • Figure out which posts I can rank before Black Friday/Christmas, which posts I should wait on, and whether there are any holiday specific posts I should do. SUCCEEDED I found the lowest competition/highest value search terms and now I have my VA writing Top X product posts for that. 

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September 2016 Income Reports and Plans

onlinemoneyz-september-income-reportThis is my 19th 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 September

I already covered a part of September in my last income report so I’ll just do a quick recap of that:

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.
  • Bought PBN links for my BNT site.
  • Found 50 low-medium competition buyer keywords for WHQ that add up to about 130,000 searches per month.- I should be able to rank a couple of them before the holiday season, and the rest will just get ranked later on.
  • Bought $260 worth of keywords when I couldn’t do research myself.

Offline I:

  • Started a new polyphasic sleep experiment.
  • Moved to Lousiana with my parents.
  • Moved back to Michigan for college and started my college career!
  • Survived my first month of college!

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?

  • Teach my VA my whole image editing, uploading, and posting process. SUCCEEDED!
  • Publish at least 15 of the posts that are in my backlog. FAILED I reviewed my VA’s writing for more than 15 posts, but I only recently taught her how to deal with the images and links so she’s working on that now. Once that’s done I’ll have 10-20 articles ready to go right now!
  • Get a couple of Web 2.0s and other weak links pointing to WHQ in order to slowly start building momentum. FAILED I’m currently looking to have a couple Web 2.0s built for me, but I didn’t get any links this month.

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