Where’s The Time?
A month has passed in my new job and although I’m learning fairly quick, it is extremely exhausting.
Since they need me to be on top of things as fast as possible they are giving me the busiest hours of shifts and therefore it requires my full attention for about 6.5 straight.
It may not sound exhausting but it is. Additionally I can’t leave my desk much unless another colleague is present (which only happens occasionally).
But I’m still not complaining too much because it’s actually an alright job and it pays the bills.
When it comes to my blog though it makes it very hard to work on it on the side. I may have to result into outsourcing my reviews soon.
I am working a good 4 hours a week on my side project so there’s almost no time to work on my blog at the same time.
Next month however I’ll go on holiday for a week so maybe I can gain back some lost energy and get back on the blogging front.
The effects of blogging less frequent can be seen by the drop in my Domain Authority, which went down from 29 to 22!!!
Massive shock to me but then again it’s not a disaster. I know I can get this back up eventually.
Funny thing about not working on your blog and promoting it as much, is that your views start to drop naturally.
However this didn’t impact me as much as I thought it would, but I think the effects will hit me soon if I keep up my current efficiency of the blog.
Although a drop is never a great thing and my stats are still no where near I thought they’d be a few months ago, I’m ok with it.
Now it’s truly starting to feel a bit more passive than it was in the beginning. All the posts and articles I’ve written are getting views without me doing anything.
Another major factor and reason I haven’t been publishing as much is that the European Cup is on right now and it’s one of the few major sports events I religiously follow!
Luckily the Euro and World cup only appear every 2 years.
So looking a bit closer at the stats we can see the slight drop in views are exactly 171 less from last month.
I guess it isn’t a disaster and given that I barely touched my site it’s actually quite impressive.
Bounce rate slightly dropped which always puts a smile on my face but again nothing significant that I could brag about!
To summarize the entire stats, I got 171 fewer sessions, 109 fewer users and 788 fewer pageviews. The bounce rate went down a little over 0.5%!
As mentioned in the introduction, devoting my entire attention and energy for an 8 hour shift at work literally drains me.
Usually I wake up around 10am these days and try to do as much work as I can before eating and packing my lunch and racing to work.
Then it’s full on for 8 hours and then I get home late (either 10pm or 12) so I just want to get to bed by that time.
Now I may not have posted as much as I wanted to but I still managed to get some out (including this monthly update).
I currently barely find the time to go to the gym but with the Euro cup, national day and work it was very hard to get anything done properly.
I’ve finally found a bit of sense again and started being a bit more sensible with my money! As I now have a fixed salary I went and got a lot of take outs etc which is very unlike me.
The traffic sources for this blog are mainly organic these days which is awesome! I barely did anything socially which is a shame.
It also really shows when you take a closer look as a lot of the “missing” views this month came from the social aspects.
Although I’ve been saying for months that I need to be socially more active, I might actually listen to myself for the next month.
I was also informed by someone who subscribed to my email list that most of my links didn’t work which explained the missing email sources.
I honestly am so grateful someone told me because I would have never found this issue as my links would always open on my laptop but they only did as the IP was recognized so it automtically redirected me to the right page of my blog.
But basically I had to change a setting on my WordPress so that all my links ended with a “/” to close the URL which somehow wasn’t present before.
It really is a shame and comes across unprofessional but I guess I can’t change the past now! All my recent subscribers will be able to get the right links now.
Here’s to complete breakdown:
- Organic search increased by 29
- Referral decreased by 23
- Direct traffic decreased by 152
- Social decreased by 25
Last month I mentioned a new project I’m working on to get popped off by December.
I’m happy to share with you one small information which is, that it’s already getting consistent traffic and several clicks on the affiliate links.
Compared to my first niche site it seems to not only perform more consistent and stronger but a lot more prominent.
I will type out a massive “how-to” guide once it’s out (unless it’s a major flop of course). In that case I don’t want to waste your time 😉
As for the objectives I did ok I’d say. Here’s how they went:
- Publish 4-6 reviews! (failed)
- Get my guest posts published (got one published)
- Earn at least $100 profit (exceeded)
- Make my first sale on new site! (failed)
That’s 50% success rate which is acceptable! Really wished the new project would have picked up by now but sadly it didn’t.
Still proud to say we’re getting an average of 10 views a day and at least 1 click on Amazon! So it’s just a matter of time.
As always I like to share the graph of major earnings by this blog alone and as always focus on the green line as that’s the income earning line.
Don’t be fooled by it looking slightly less than last month because in reality it is a lot higher.
The reason they haven’t put it higher yet is because one of my signups went yearly and when someone does go yearly, the affiliate earnings are suspended for 30 days.
So although it is below the 100 line it should be above the 200’s once the suspension is released.
This is very common for affiliate programs with subscriptions by the way.
For those of you interested in joining the program, I highly encourage going yearly if you like what you see.
Not only because I would earn a bigger lump at once (I would actually make more if you went monthly) It’s because it makes the most sense.
- You’re making a commitment for year so you’re more likely to stick with it
- You’re paying around $1/ day for something that could change your life
- I went yearly and I will do again next week for the above two reasons 🙂
For a closer look at the above graph here are the details:
Again there’s $165.00 in suspension which I will include in this income report as it’s pretty much going to be released in a day.
Just to prove that I’m not lying I took a screenshot which you can see above!
As for the above mentioned objectives, I got another guest post out which I really liked but found hard to get published for some reason and you can read it here!
For those curious about the project or new site, here’s a sneak peak of its progression in the first two months.
Still a little choppy but definitely growing! Quite excited!
And finally let’s come to the bit everyone scrolls down to anyway, the earnings of this month:
- Recurring sales with WA – $75.50 + $165.00 = $240.50
- Referral Credit at WA – $1.00
- Jaaxy Sales – $20
- Google Ads – $0.10 (Rounded from Euros. Not exact figure!)
- Tim Sykes – Silver Subscription – $134.94
I got two additional subscription for the Tim Sykes program but they we’re free as there is currently a 2-week free trial membership going if you’re interested.
Always look out for these deals as they are quite frequent, just saying…
Now although I predicted a drop this month and probably will do so for next month, I still love getting money for doing virtually nothing!
All together I made $396.54 and I worked about 4 hours for it this month.
How much have you made online? When will you get started? What more do you need to convince you?
The earlier you start the faster you’ll see returns. I have a friend who keeps talking about how he will get started. He’s been telling me this since I started…
And every month I try to convince him with my earning reports.
Again my only expenses were:
- Aweber – $19.00
So where does this leave me with at the end of the month?
Total Earnings Of June 2016 – $377,54!
Will I be able to retire of this type of income? Not yet! But again… Wouldn’t you love to have that extra cash at the end of each month?
Think about it and don’t give me the excuse of not knowing how anything works online. I didn’t have a clue and look at me.
I still consider myself very inexperienced and slow at this whole thing. Yet I’m making money in the triple digits consistently!
Soon I’ll have been doing this for a year and I will write a nice post about how much effort, money and everything else I’ve made and gone through.
Hopefully that will be a wake up call for some!
Objectives For July
I didn’t have to renew my membership yet as I thought I would because I actualyl only went premium on July 6th so I have another week!
But this means my next income report might even be a negative one! We’ll have to see.
As mentioned earlier, the whole thing is starting to feel a lot more passively. Making a few hundred bucks on the side without really doing much is a great feeling.
However I think I won’t cash out any of this and use it to fund my new project. Once it starts to pick up massively I will share everything here!
Here are my objectives for next month:
- Make a first sale on the new site!
- Try to publish my eBook (long overdue)
- 4 posts on my blog!
- Positive income!
This pretty much wraps it up for me! I hope you enjoy reading this progression and always feel free to browse around the blog and look at older posts.
Everything I document online is for you to learn faster than me and make more than I do online.
Thanks for reading,