Another month has come to an end and I get the joy of reporting another significant improvement month over month in my overall earnings online.  Unlike in December where my overall earnings improved month-over-month but my InfoBarrel Income slipped slightly this month everything was up across the board and I had my biggest monthly gain in dollar terms ever.  Needless to say the wife and I are feeling pretty good as we are in the “nesting” phase before the baby comes.

As I reported in my December InfoBarrel Income Report I clocked in at $468.58 for the month which was down slightly from November but this month I saw an increase in my IB income of 23 percent  to $578.45 which is easily my best month here ever.

 This income still is the combination of only three sources as I have not yet added in any additional affiliate program monetization into the fold.  In the future I do plan on throwing a new affiliate program into a few of my IB articles giving me an additional income stream but for now it’s just the three.

Another thing to note is that I also get some income from affiliate commissions from The Keyword Academy (which I highly recommend to anyone serious about making money online) and although I have a few links to this affiliate program in some of my IB articles (this article included – see above) I do not count this as IB earnings.  For my own tracking I lump this into my main Chezfat blog earnings instead.

 Breaking Down My IB Income – January 2011

 Adsense - $428.47 (+36.7%)

Chitika - $86.31 (+31.7%)

Amazon - $63.67 (-29.0%)

Total IB Income - $578.45 (+23.4% month-over-month)

As you can see my Adsense and Chitika increased quite nicely month over month and my Amazon income fell.  This is mostly because of the switch between the holiday shopping season in December and the post holiday shopping season in January.  This was to be expected.

Thoughts on Adsense Earnings

Seeing as though most people are accustomed to making money with Adsense before they get involved with other forms of monetization, I feel it’s worth pointing this out.  During the month of January I barely focused on increasing my Adsense earnings on Infobarrel but they ended up increasing by roughly 37 percent month over month. 

This is not to gloat but to prove a point.  If you focus your efforts on building Adsense earnings only then your other monetization efforts will be slim.  If however you focus on monetizing your work through other programs such as Chitika, Amazon, or any other affiliate network you will start making headway in those forms of income but will also grow your Adsense income at the same time.

Another point to keep in mind is the January effect.  In the post holiday season of early January many advertisers are laying low.  Similarly many shoppers and internet browsers are laying low due to lingering vacations and “catching up” on things they neglected over the holiday season.  As such views and earnings are typically lower during this period although they slowly bounce back as January gets going full steam.

To illustrate this looking at my January Adsense earnings specifically I made $428.47 for the entire month of 31 days – this was an average of $13.82 per day.  But the first 16 days of the month I only saw earnings of $173.23 or $10.82 per day compared to the last 15 days of the month where I made $255.24 or $17.02 per day.  This suggests that February should be a much better month than January even if I take the month off, and say… go to Europe like my Pal AJ. :)

Making Money With Amazon The Affiliate Program

Despite this decline in Amazon earnings over the past month I did started a major push to improve my IB income from Amazon in January.  I began an open tutorial and case study on making money on InfoBarrel with Amazon regarding my freshly published article on travel coffee mugs.  This one article is my opus and it is my main focus on IB regarding Amazon. 

Even though my Amazon earnings were down for the month of January, this one article accounted for $26.33 in Amazon earnings this month.  Because it is so new and because it converts well I am continuing to market it and hope to get this single article earning at least a hundred per month in Amazon earnings by itself in the next month or two.

Most marketers make good money on Amazon by making niche websites targeted around an Amazon product or group of products and although I do this off IB I felt like showing that it is possible to do it on the IB platform as well.  My goal is to show that for those who don’t want to or can’t for some reason build their own sites that making money with Amazon on IB is entirely possible even in a short period of time.

Past Income & Thoughts For February

As always I will update my main InfoBarrel Earnings page with a short summary of this months earnings.  This page has a short summary of every month I’ve been on IB and may be nice to read through if you haven’t already.  You can also find the page on my profile page for handy reference.

For the month of February I’m going to continue building my revenue by marketing my main Amazon page and adding new content.  I need to attain 31 points at least so that will require at least 10 posts or so.  I will also be doing another Amazon experiment with another article and I plan on editing some of my older articles to improve their value to readers – as well as improve their monetization and internal linking.

I may go on a major publishing binge mid-month if I have the time.  Now that the new site design of this site has arrived I may also make some tweaks to better utilize the site.

Other than that I will continue to develop my earnings off the IB platform as I believe diversification is very important but I can’t emphasize enough how vital it is to include InfoBarrel into your publishing mix.  If you haven’t yet joined InfoBarrel I’d encourage you to do so today and get started building your financial future.  If you work hard and stick to it you can eventually pay the bills with this income – trust me; I’m almost there.