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Aitch's InfoBlog: My August Earnings

By Edited Apr 27, 2015 9 36

So after a one month hiatus from publishing my monthly earnings report, article-style, I have decided to start them back up again. The reason I stopped was because a member here decided to spin at least one of my top performing articles and publish it on HubPages. I wasn't the only victim either. So in an effort to keep this from happening again, I thought maybe I shouldn't post anymore earnings updates.

Since that incident, however, I have been backlinking like crazy. I chose about 30 of my top (or potentially top) performing articles and added an immense amount of backlinks to them. Now I don't even care if someone wants to try and steal my hard work. Good luck getting it ranked past my article and any of the other similar articles I published on sites like HubPages, Snipsly, YouSayToo and Xomba to name a few. You steal my work now and it's just going to be a huge waste of time, and that's how I intended it to be.

If you are just finding out about my InfoBlog, I recommend taking a look at my previous articles and watching my progress to this point:

Just in case you don't feel like reading through them all, here is a chart to recap my monthly earnings from the time I joined until last month:

Previous Monthly Earnings (AdSense Only)
Month Articles Published Total Views Total Earnings
January 25 670 $0.61
February 74 2,695 $10.99
March 122 6,911 $26.32
April 142 9,007 $59.10
May 155 11,071 $90.24
June 180 7,790 $58.24
July 225 11,837 $107.59

My August Earnings

Now to what you all have been waiting for. I am SUPER excited to share my earnings from August with you all. It's one of the big reasons I decided to start the InfoBlog back up. August was by far my best month to date. Part of it had to do with adding about 1500 backlinks to roughly 30 articles during this month, but another major factor was the new AdSense layout that InfoBarrel added just a week ago. We now have a larger ad block at the top with a maximum of 4 ads shown, and also a skyscraper ad for all articles over 500 words. Luckily I've never even thought about writing an article less than 500 words so 100% of my articles have this new layout.

Before the layout was implemented, I was holding steady all month averaging about $5 per day, a little less than twice as much as July was making me which was about $2.90 per day. Every time I checked my "7 Day Earnings" on Adsense during August, it was between $28 and $30. That is, until the new ad layout came. It's been 7 full days now since the new ad layout and I checked my "7 Day Earnings" on Adsense and it said $73.51. That's more than double what I was making just last week. I still haven't figured out for sure if it's the new ad layout or all the backlinking I have been doing, but it's probably a combination of both.

Number of Articles
Articles Added 12
Total Published 233
Charity Articles -100
Total Articles I Make Money From 133

August Earnings
AdSense $195.81
Chitika $4.18
Amazon $9.27
Total Earnings $209.26

According to my stats, I am making $1.57 per article since I only have 133 articles that have my AdSense ID on them. I predicted I would make about $130 this month and I was on the path to achieve just that, but the last half of August really kicked up my earnings and now I am making between $10 and $13 every single day.

My prediction for September is $380.

Top 10 Highest Earning Articles in August
Article Title Views Earnings
Reception Desks for Sale 114 $8.05
Where to Get Cheap Osiris Shoes 250 $7.45
Where to Get Cheap Vans Shoes 1331 $6.99
Half Price Restaurant Gift Certificates Available to the Public 84 $6.14
School Desks for Sale 164 $5.44
Cheap Skateboard Shoes - Tips on Buying Discount Skate Shoes 612 $4.88
Good Paying Jobs for Retired People 147 $4.81
Osiris Footwear: Osiris Skateboard Shoes and Sneakers 325 $4.70
HD (High-Definition) Sunglasses Review 179 $4.20
Dog Cages for Sale - Used, Cheap, Large and Small 112 $3.70

Top 10 Articles with the Most Views in August
Article Title August Views Total Views
Where to Get Cheap Vans Shoes 1,331 2,915
Cheap Skateboard Shoes - Tips on Buying Discount Skate Shoes 612 3,514
Adio Footwear: Adio Skateboard Shoes and Sneakers 609 3,659
DC Footwear: DC Skateboard Shoes and Sneakers 508 6,269
Where to Buy Girls Osiris Shoes 457 2,441
Osiris Footwear: Osiris Skateboard Shoes and Sneakers 325 2,048
Globe Footwear: Globe Skateboard Shoes and Sneakers 323 2,936
Complete Element Skateboards for Sale 281 1,725
Where to Get Cheap Osiris Shoes 250 1,065
Where to Get Cheap DC Shoes 250 2,456

Top 10 Entrance Keywords
Keyword Query Occurences
Cheap Vans Shoes 177
Cheap DC Shoes 98
HD Sunglasses Review 85
Hypoglycemic Attack* 75
Cheap Vans 72
Cheap Osiris Shoes 61
How to Lucid Dream Tonight* 58
Jobs for Retired People 54
Discount Skate Shoes 49
Trestle Tables for Sale 44

*Keywords lead to charity articles

Well I hope you guys enjoyed this article because it took me well over an hour to write...lol. These tables take a while to figure out but I think they are worth it.

My plan for September is to keep backlinking my top performing articles. I also plan to add about 20 more articles to InfoBarrel, but hopefully more like 30 or 40. Thanks for reading and good luck to all of you! I think with these new ad layouts, everyone is going to see a nice bump in earnings soon.



Sep 2, 2010 7:45pm
That is awesome that you are earning so much here on InfoBarrel. If you keep up at this pace you will be earning $1,000 a month before you know it.
Sep 2, 2010 8:05pm
Thanks ernie and WOW that was a quick reply lol...I'm hoping to reach $1000 a month by the end of the year. I have a lot of winter themed articles waiting to be written :-)
Sep 2, 2010 8:15pm
I'll second Ernie's comments - you're doing amazing, man! It's my guess that you'll hit that $1k per year threshold, maybe even with a few months to spare. My reasoning is:
- You've got a killer handle on what's working for you. Identifying what works and what doesn't is THE essential business skill. Scale up what works, and ditch the rest. Before long you'll be writing successful articles every single time you sit down the the keyboard. The "hit-and-miss" strategy will become "hit."
- You're focused.
- You have a killer Avatar.

Just out of curiosity, do you identify all of your individual articles in your Adsense account? How are you able to determine your top earners?

Rock On!
Sep 2, 2010 8:30pm
Thanks jerky I hope you are right! And yea, I have channels set up for the vast majority of my articles and I used it to make my charts. It's very handy ;-)
Sep 2, 2010 8:32pm
That is really awesome Travis - I love seeing percentage increases this big! Just think, with all you know now that you didn't when you started your next 133 money articles should be even more lucrative... btw - I'm setting my sights on following your lead - I increased my IB income in August by 90 percent and aim for another roughly double this month - I may just have to start producing captivating income reports to inspire just like you too. :) I'll stew over that for now but congrats!
Sep 3, 2010 11:26am
Nice job on the 90% increase! I would definitely be interested in reading some reports from you. Thanks for the support and all the help you've provided me! If it wasn't for you, Justin and maryrecord none of this would have happened
Sep 2, 2010 8:57pm
Good show Travis. It shows that hard work does in fact result in a payday here on IB. Thanks!
Sep 3, 2010 11:27am
Thanks to you to for helping me out in the forums with my newbie backlinking questions ;-)
Sep 2, 2010 9:03pm
Very interesting and so nice of you to share all of this. I made .89 my first month here so far and it may take a while at that rate but, I'm willing to keep at it and do my best to see where it takes me:) Nice inspiration and thumbs up:)
Sep 3, 2010 11:29am
Congrats on your .89 cents! Hey it may not be much but technically you're doing way better than I was at this stage. I only made .61 cents my first month with 25 articles. Thanks for reading and sharing and good luck!
Sep 2, 2010 9:10pm
Rock on Travis! What an inspiration - thank you for putting that out there and keep up the good work!
Sep 3, 2010 11:31am
No problem! It's definitely my pleasure ;-)

Best of luck to you and thanks for sharing your knowledge in the forums and also your forum-post-turned-into-article articles...lol
Sep 2, 2010 9:14pm
Great stuff!
I think its also worth knowing how many keywords we are targeting per article. Someone with one article targeting 10 keywords as the same as someone with 10 articles targeting 1 keyword for each article.

So in other words, the focus should not just be on the amount of articles you can blast out.

It should all be about efficiency.

Also, its much less work to generate backlinks for 100 articles than it is for 1000...and if you are targeting multiple keywords per article you are way ahead of the game.

ps. I know you ARE targeting for multiple keywords.

Well done once again.
Sep 3, 2010 11:32am
Great points Justin you are so right. It's not too hard to do either. My article on "dog cages for sale" actually gets most of its hits and clicks from searchers using the phrase "used dog cages for sale". If I wouldn't have SEO'd that phrase then that article wouldn't have been a Top 10 earner this month.
Sep 2, 2010 9:29pm
Hey Travis, man, you are an inspiration to the entire community. I have been sidelined on keeping pace, but you have got my writing blood boiling. You deserve every penny. We all know how hard you've been working on it.
Sep 3, 2010 11:34am
Thanks sound_foundation them's some kind words :-) I know it sucks to be sidelined but the good thing is when you finally get back at it you'll be super pumped and motivated. Good luck man!
Sep 2, 2010 9:48pm
Travis, thank you for sharing this. It is so helpful for newbies to see that it IS possible to earn from IB. It just takes some time, kowledge (which we all share) and a good work ethic! You just can't quit after ten articles! Bravo!
Sep 3, 2010 11:36am
Thanks mommyx3! I am glad to hear that you are seeing better results lately as well. Hard work definitely pays off and you can't succeed if you quit, right?
Sep 2, 2010 10:29pm
Wow, the inocme almost doubles every month.
Sep 2, 2010 10:31pm
Thank you so much for publishing this information. It is very encouraging and a big help to the rest of us! It also is a real motivator to KEEP ON WRITING!
Sep 3, 2010 3:32am
Thank you for the great article - very encouraging for a newbie with only 5 articles so far. I love the tables as I am a numbers person. Looking forward to seeing how you go in September.
Sep 3, 2010 4:22am
Great job, Travis! I no how important backlinking is, but I do find it rather boring. I just have to keep repeating to myself that it will pay off.
Sep 3, 2010 11:36am
It will pay off for sure...check out my reply below ;-)
Sep 3, 2010 3:52pm
I know the difference between know and no. Really. This is why I only write comments and forum posts when I'm sleep deprived and not actual articles (though I'm sure some typos still manage to get in).
Sep 3, 2010 10:54am
I'm like Buriguri...backlinking bores me silly! But thanks again for the inspiring push we all need from time to time. How do you find the time? Are you full time? So many questions!!!
Sep 3, 2010 11:24am
It's all about efficiency and time management. It sucks at first but like with anything else after you do it for a while and "practice" at it, you become much faster. I spend a lot of my downtime at work writing short little articles that I can later type out for quality backlinks on sites like eZine. I don't really spend too much time writing up those articles because I don't care about SEO with them. I keep track of all my backlinks on a spreadsheet and I have all my backlink sites bookmarked on my toolbar which also helps a lot.

FWIW...Backlinking bores me silly too. But it's definitely worth it :-)
Sep 3, 2010 11:01am
Thanks for the information and for providing motivation to so many of us. I have particularly enjoyed your organized approach and will start tracking my articles like this as well.
Sep 3, 2010 12:13pm
congrats travis!
Sep 3, 2010 2:17pm
You are doing fantastic!
Sep 15, 2010 9:52pm
Amazing Travis! Good luck hitting $1k. Thanks for sharing your progress with the community.
Sep 18, 2010 1:33am
This was an amazing read, congrats on beating your previous record each time!
1500 links is incredible!
Sep 21, 2010 5:11pm
Awesome, Travis! Your story is a huge inspiration. Can you recommend any forum threads that discuss your strategy on keyword research? I've done some searches using Google's tool but would love to hear the technique that you use when setting up your articles.
Sep 21, 2010 9:21pm
Hey Smoo,

I actually wrote an article about that. You can check it out if you want:

Sep 30, 2010 9:11pm
1500 backlinks to 30 articles...how do you go about doing that?
Oct 13, 2010 1:13am
Wow, these are some really amazing earnings - keep it up! Hope to get up to that level eventually, got 1 article out there now haha.
Oct 23, 2010 11:34am
Hi Travis
I like your focus.
Keep up the good work.
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