Still No Time?
I finally made it through the month! So after growing a bit of a belly and going through stressful times at work I only just managed to gather some spare time to type out my income report a week after the usual release date!
I haven’t blogged a single time this month and neither have I stepped a foot in the gym! Terrible effort from my part.
On the other hand I spent at least 20 hours a week (if not 30 hours) on my new project.
I will go into more detail on the new project because the results are rather fascinating and it’s always exciting to share growth.
As for my job, I was going through the toughest shift for almost the entire month and did a lot of midnight shifts which start at midnight and finish at 7 or 8am.
I don’t mind doing them because I get to watch the UFC fights for free which is a new passion of mine and I’m now trying to join an MMA course if my shifts allow it.
Luckily I got a holiday coming up so I’m excited to recharge my batteries.
I have been researching a lot in my spare time for upcoming projects but I think I’ll leave the laptop at home for the holiday because I want to be completely unplugged for once and just read books, enjoy the sun and drink a fresh cold one!
When you combine summer and little to no effort on blogging or productivity in general for a website, you’re most likely not going to see very much improvement.
Quite the contrary actually. You’ll see your numbers dropping like a landing plane.
Luckily my plane isn’t crashing yet! Having said that you can see below how the graph isn’t as strong as in the stronger months.
There’s a clear downwards trend and I unless I do something during August (which will be tough) I don’t think it will change much either.
The reason I already see the month going a bit slower, is:
- I’ll be on holiday for a week
- I will land back home at around 3am and have to be at work at 6am the same day.
- That same day or week is when work picks back up!
Meaning I have to be incredibly productive during my shifts and it will drain me to another level.
But I’m staying positive because the morning shift usually is a little more quiet and I’ll try and sort out my book (REALLY LETTING THIS DRAG OUT AREN’T I?)
I believe that my book can help a lot of people start something similar and see that even the average Joe can make a few bucks online.
Luckily there won’t be any football (soccer) on T.V. anymore either and only the olympics which I don’t care about nearly as much.
One distraction less to worry about.
As you may have guessed by the graph, the stats won’t be looking too great either but it’s still ok. If I had these figures for my new project, I’d be a happy man by now.
There’s been a heavy drop in numbers in almost all categories.
For some reason I’m ok with it and it doesn’t bother me too much.
I have too much of a good feeling with the new project and I’ll show you the figures later on below.
To summarize the previous months statistics, I got 273 fewer sessions, 198 fewer users and 601 fewer pageviews. The bounce rate went up by 1.34%!
Again not too bothered about the figures and I’ll show you right below…
So by now I’ve mentioned my newer project and exhaustion several times and I’m sure a lot of you can relate to feeling too tired to start something as massively as an online business right?
Well let me tell you that I spend about 20 – 30 hours a week on one site and it’s starting to pay off.
THIS website is now officially a year old and I will give you a summary of my affiliate earnings. Overall I made just a little over $4,000 in that year.
That may not be much and some people earn that in their jobs monthly, but wouldn’t you like to have an additional 4k just lying around?
Almost all of my earnings for this blog have been completely passively since December and honestly my hardest months where the beginning.
Although my stats are falling during summer, you’ll soon see how my earnings have actually increased almost every month. (This one being an exception as my costs are exceptionally high).
And yes you may be tired and exhausted, but do you want to feel like that until you retire or do you wanna give it that extra push and work your way out to a passive income lifestyle like I’m trying to do?
So here are the figures for this blog:
- Organic search decreased by 89
- Referral decreased by 202
- Direct traffic surprisingly increased by 36
- Social decreased by 17
Now let’s look at the new projects stats and graphs:
How good does that look? Going from 0 to above 100 almost every week. No proper outreach has been done yet but a bit of backlinking has started in the month of August.
We have mainly been focusing on social media and posting 4 times a week. Soon the main focus will be link building and outreach.
As for our conversions on Amazon clicks, they are through the roof! And I’m really excited once traffic goes up to 50-100 a day! See for yourself:
I’m confident that now we’ll see at least one click a day! And we made our first two sales generating a total of $12.25!
Not much but the first sale is always a sign isn’t it 😉 stay tuned for future growth! With the amount of clicks I’m seeing here it pays off working so much on it!
Although I know it’s a bit optimistic, I’ve put a tiny bit of effort on my first niche site again and I’m planning on getting it back up to $1,000/ month and possibly with my other niche sites.
But again main focus on new project and this blog!
As every month I set myself objectives and as every month I do terrible haha! Here’s what I aimed to achieve:
- Make a first sale on the new site! (succeeded with 2 sales total)
- Try to publish my eBook (didn’t even open the PDF)
- 4 posts on my blog! (lol…)
- Positive income! (ouch..)
This month I won’t be sharing the graph of my Wealthy Affiliate stats because although it shows a growth, it doesn’t show the cost I had to renew my membership.
I paid for another full year because to this day I still believe it’s the best program online and if you’re interested to know more simply read my review here!
However I will share how much I earned in a year with the program.
This is purely the program and no other affiliate programs I’ve joined:
Referral credits are valued at $0.50 which you can choose to get paid out or use within the community for several things. So in total I made $744.00 in a year!
The premium membership costs just under $360 so technically I paid for 2 years with my earnings. Everything coming in now will be pure profit!
So if you look at the rest of the $4,000 it’s pretty ok for a beginner. If you’re thinking that it’s too much effort for such a low ROI, think again.
I made so many mistakes it’s quite embarrassing. I literally joined about 5 courses and tried so many things, have about 8 websites and lost track of my progress.
If you go through my blog read all the useful information I’ve learned through experience and follow the course WA provides, you can easily make what I made within the first 3-6 months!
I’m more than confident that you can. I’m even willing to help you achieve that hence the reason I created a newsletter.
Let’s move onto the earnings of this month then…
After a member going yearly (smart move) my monthly earnings for WA will be slightly less for this month.
- Recurring sales with WA – $90.00
- Referral Credit at WA – $2.00
- Jaaxy Sales – $20
- Google Ads – $1.15 (Rounded from Euros. Not exact figure!)
- Tim Sykes – Silver Subscription – $179.92
I had someone else sign up for the Tim Sykes silver subscription with a 2 week free trial. I will try and find out what the promotional code is and if it’s all year round.
I guess that would be a giant bonus for anyone trying to get involved with penny stocks and to try the course before making a commitment.
Free trials obviously don’t get me any commissions but it’s good for you guys!
I might add another few hundred words to the review itself to show you what the interface or platform looks like once you join the course.
All together I made $293.07 and I worked about 2 hours writing this post while listening to music and getting distracted every 15 minutes!
Imagine getting paid that amount every day! All I have to do is work a little harder but don’t worry it’s coming soon.
Now to the depressing part, the costs:
- Aweber – $19.00
- Renewal of Yearly membership: – $359
That’s ok because again, most valuable course in my opinion, incredible community and it averages out less than a dollar a day! A DOLLAR A DAY!
Would you pay that price to possibly change your life? If not you’re insane…
So once combining my costs and earnings here’s the end result for July
Total Earnings Of July 2016 – -$84.93!
My first ever negative month and I’m happy 😀
I’m happy because my earnings are still growing and everything is slowly coming together and paying off for itself.
Objectives For August
I’ll cut this piece short but I definitely want to get these objective done especially because they’re going to expand my knowledge in new areas.
- Get $500 on the new site
- Read 4 books (real estate related mostly)
- Get my book out (I need to sort out this objective…)
- Get eye laser surgery (I think I might cry if this happens since I’ve been wanting to get rid of my glasses ever since I got them)
- Get 100 posts for the new site so that I can take it a bit easier
Now some of these are obviously not related to my blog but sometimes it’s important to have goals outside of the world wide web.
I hope you enjoy reading my progress and keep rooting for me or at least get motivated to start your own path to passive income 🙂
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next month because I think it’ll be a lot more exciting than this negative income of this month!