Worst Month Ever!
Well not really…. August is my favorite month for two simple reasons:
- My birthday is in August (which is actually getting more depressing the older I get because who really enjoys getting older after 25 right?)
- Summer, sun and fun!
I absolutely love the sun and I cannot wait to live in a place where the sun always shines. I had an awesome vacation at Palma de Mallorca in Spain.
It was the first time I was able to relax and do nothing but read a book and dip my toes into the sand while letting the sun toast my body.
Once I got too hot I took a dip in the sea and repeated the process.
But whilst I was on this vacation I couldn’t help but think about having to go back to work and that this was currently only a momentary retreat.
Because of that I often had the urge to continue working on my project. I tried to completely ignore working but the truth is, I can’t stop until I reached my goal!
I also read a lot of new interesting posts from other successful entrepreneurs and they showed me a few new things I tried including on my new project.
As you may have noticed my main focus is now on my new project which I’m working on with a friend of mine.
Therefore this blog is only getting monthly updates and possibly some guest posts coming up!
Having said that, let’s jump into the mess of the quiet summer month!
As previously mentioned in the July’s income report, summer is usually a bit quieter, especially when it comes to niches that are related to making money.
I completely understand the human behavior and why it slows down. When you reach June-August, most people get time off work to go on holiday.
Additionally they try to completely get away from anything related to work. I mean I tried to do the same.
Therefore less activity involved around making money actually takes place and I get less views on my site 😛
However I think it is the month where you should actually be working the most. And believe it or not I think I worked harder than I did in the previous months myself.
I wrote about 4 x 1,000+ articles just before going on holiday and did at least 1 hour of work a day on holiday.
When I got back it was around 3am and I had to go back to work at 6am that same day. Since I’ve been working daily on the project again. As predicted work has been very busy again as well.
But I can live with it for now. It’s all motivation in my eyes! So when you look at the below graph, it’s understandable that it’s a lot lower than usual:
It may be low but at least it’s quite consistent and I always enjoy consistency!
Besides holiday and work, I didn’t have too many distractions. I am actually pretty focused right now and have a tunnel vision of my goal for 2016.
I also finally managed to reach one of my personal goals I set exactly a year ago for my year goal 😀
This is to get my eyes lasered so that I don’t have to wear glasses anymore! I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I heard of it but the main things that held me back from doing it were age and money.
Now I finally saved enough and aged enough to do it! (Surgery is on Monday the 5th so wish me luck)!
Always tough seeing a decrease but it’s ok when you predict it.
Also I can’t blame anyone but myself as I haven’t touched this blog in almost 3 months besides the monthly updates.
As you know my main focus is the new side project. And below you’ll get updates from that too!
To compare last month with this month here are the figures:
192 fewer sessions, 141 fewer users and 141 fewer pageviews. The bounce rate went down by 2.35%!
At least some positivity came out of it with the lower bounce rate 🙂 but clearly nothing to brag about either!
My entire focus is currently on the side project and like I said I’m incredibly focused. I still want to publish my darn book and I’m still involved in a project with the almighty Neil Patel.
But honestly I don’t think I can publish my book at the moment because of my low passive income.
If I want to motivate someone and he sees that I’m only making a few bucks, chances are he’ll just throw away the book and not give it a second thought.
Personally I think that’s the wrong attitude but that’s probably the way I would react. For the Patel project, I will try to contact someone to see if I can advertise or at least talk about it a bit more here.
As for the blog, when I looking at my stats there are no surprises and I’m just happy my organic search is still the leading role in it all.
Sometimes I wish I had more hours in the day to work on this blog a little more.
Check out the tiny social engagement I have.
I could easily bump this up to a few hundred if I would put a tiny bit more effort into it.
all together here’s what we’re looking at compared to last month:
- Organic search decreased by 71
- Referral decreased by 53
- Direct traffic surprisingly increased by 46
- Social decreased by 22
Not the end of the world but it should stop at that now 😀 I need to put some more life into this blog!
Time for the new projects stats!!
Looking pretty sweet so far right? Constant rise and quite a sharp increase in the last month. We went from 1-2 backlinks to around 70 now I believe.
Earnings are still fairly low but I might as well share those with you as well. Like I said last month our main focus is link building and outreach now.
We’re posting 4 articles a week and social engagement is fairly active but nothing crazy either!
We had a few days without clicks on our amazon affiliate account but now we’re getting at least one a day which is amazing. Good conversions are usually 100:1 meaning per 100 clicks you should have 1 sale.
Therefore I’m happy to announce we had 235 clicks and 6 sales in total. I really want to have about 100 clicks a day though! Overall earnings are $5.53 which is less than last month but that’s ok since we got ton more clicks overall.
Slowly but steady. I love seeing something grow that way. Every time I get annoyed or frustrated I like to look back at the start and then realize it’s actually all coming together.
Last month I set myself a bit more of a diverse bunch of objectives which weren’t all related to online businesses in general.
I like the way I set my goals because I get really motivated at the beginning of the month and think I can take on the world but end up doing a fraction of what I set myself.
Nevertheless I like the offline objectives quite a bit so I might continue setting some of these.
- Get $500 on the new site ( got about 1% of that :D)
- Read 4 books (Read 1.5 books)
- Get my book out (will wait for a better date as described above)
- Get eye laser surgery (Surgery is on Monday the 5th of September!)
- Get 100 posts for the new site (technically couldn’t reach it because we’re doing 4 a week and we’re at 75 now so a bit more than a month until that’s reached)
So pretty much failed every objective except the laser surgery! But that’s probably one of the most life changing ones and it is actually a long term goal I set exactly a year ago.
Now I guess most of you just scroll down to this part so let’s take a look at what the money is saying for this website.
Last month I showed you the amount I made from a single affiliate program in my very first year.
For those who don’t know, I started with 0 knowledge about affiliate marketing.
I’m still considered as a newbie but every month something is coming towards my way. Currently Wealthy Affiliate dropped their Vegas trip again (like they do every year) so if you do consider making money, please sign up now!
Wouldn’t mind winning this free trip for once. Feel free to see the full details about it here.
Here are the monthly figures:
- Recurring sales with WA – $45.00
- Referral Credit at WA – $2.00
- Jaaxy Sales – $20
- Google Ads – $0.10 (Rounded from Euros. Not exact figure!)
- Tim Sykes – Silver Subscription – $44.98
There you have it. I decided not to take a print screen of every single affiliate commission I made this month because I’m feeling slightly lazy.
Besides they’ve dropped quite a little so it’s not as impressive to have those one liners print screened.
All together I made $112,08 and I worked even less than the previous month! I think this income report took about an hour to write within 2 days!
Pretty cool to still get paid 112 bucks an hour no?
I have to say I’m honestly surprised that I actually made the amount I made this month. I expected it to be slightly lower.
As usual my only costs were just a single one:
- Aweber – $19.00
So to come to a conclusion and see how much I made in August I had to do the hard calculation and I came to the end result of:
Total Earnings Of August 2016 – $93,08!
What a tease to have an amount that is just a few dollars away from a rounded 100! 😀
Nothing ground breaking nothing devastating. Actually glad I’m back in the plus zone!
Objectives For September
September has to be the month I finally get some stuff done otherwise I will get a bit frustrated!
Having said that, here are my objective:
- Get $500 on the new site
- Finish reading my real estate book
- Save €500
- Get my girlfriend to start a niche site
- Write down a fresh list of goals (weekly, monthly, yearly)
And guys, if you’re reading this and STILL haven’t started your own website, please tell me why.
Share your thoughts below, by commenting or write me personally. I really want to know what’s holding you back. You literally need about $20 to get started.
The earlier you start the shorter it will take for you to retire on online passive income!
Thanks for reading!
P.S.: The Title image is where I spent most of my day during my holiday just so you know. I hope that motivates you a little as well 😉