Last months goals
From last month
"I had a goal of hitting $1000 per month sometime this year, I think I said by June on the Forum, but am honestly hoping I can do it by May or even April!"
I first said about this in the forum in December or January. It is hard to know the exact April amount for Squidoo til the mid June payday, but I have definitely cracked $1000, it's not all on IB, but it is all online. I have about 30 Amazon items sold yesterday and Sunday that will ship and be added to the totals in the few next days, but I was so excited I wanted to post it today. There are also some affiliate sales for Amasuite as well, but I am not including those here.
"It makes sense to write/outsource another 50 articles for April, and get them up, if I can, but I do not usually set specific goals for myself as I tend to ignore them and go off the rails. So let's just say, I will write the more articles in the month."
This just shows you how I have no clue how the month will actually go. I wrote 10 articles or myself, then I had brainwave part way through, and have posted another 100 outsourced from four great guys on here. Speak up in the comments guys. I know not all of you posted in the thread in the forum.
It is time-consuming adding images and links and I have been hopping from Wizzley, Squidoo, IB, Seekyt and Topic Spotter for a few weeks now between kw searching bouts and killing my laptop.
I hit the 55% adshare on Wizzley by having over 50 articles there now (that was an eventual background goal), I hope to get 100 in the next couple of months for the 60% share. I am putting the outsourced articles on the site I think they'll do best on, so I'll need 50 that suit there.
Earnings April 2012
Earnings (including IB/Squidoo/a few free Niche blogs & writing sites)
- Adsense: $66.31 (should get my 2nd Payout shortly) beat my old record of about $55.
- Chitika: $1.36
- Amazon.com (hit 6.5% share for 1st time): $204.79 (with another 14 items to ship and bill. The last day of the month was good!)
- Amazon.co.uk: £19.30 (3 more items to ship and bill) converts to $29.95
- Squidoo: $983.51 (almost $310 more than the $673.95 I estimated!)
- Hubpages:$10.42 (just got my 2nd Paypal payout, about $50)
- Zazzle $20.76 (going to get about $50 payout, my 2nd ever, and I'm a proseller now!)
Grand Total $ 1,317.21
So I added about 110 articles this month mostly outsourced, so am up to just over 400. They are on on IB, Squidoo, TopicSotter, Seekyt and Wizzley, though I put most on Squidoo as it is my best earner. I am continuing to publish everywhere for the diversity in incomes and interest.
I am in the process of setting up a few more accounts as there seem to be a number of niches working well.
Average earnings per article (with Squidoo adshare estimate included) $3.13 per article, I think that is up from $2.39 per article last month and I have over 25% of my articles less 3 weeks old. My best article earned $96.32 for the month and was a different one to before. I had some good individual Amazon sales on my non-squidoo and earned over $29 on one random IB purchase of a gold pendant.
Things I learned this month and want to learn next month and on
I listened to all 18 Adsense flippers Podcasts, and am convinced that Adsense or Amazon site flipping may be in my future. I thought so, I'd enjoy the kw researching, the artistic and layout site building (once I figure out the mechanics), maybe outsourcing content, and then letting it sit while I do other stuff! I get bored easily and don't see myself persisting at one site for long, and also having the increase in value with the multiples on selling is a great way to leverage time for even more money. I believe an adsense site should sell for approx 20x the monthly earnings.
Once I have done that for a bit and learned best layouts, and can appraise a site better, I may buy them to flip and fix up and resell. That would be a real rush. I love buying low and selling high, there is a thrill, that is not just the money. I used to get that with the buying and selling valuable antique linens too.
I am still not sure when I'll make the leap to websites, sooner gives them the three months or more to mature, but I want to continue the 500 article challenge too, so we'll see how it works out. If I continue to input all my earnings back into the business til August then draw a modest income and stop working. I should be in OK shape then I can pay my monthly bills too while I invest more slowly with the extra. But just posting articles is going to take more time than I can do in a month at this rate, so have considered a Virtual Assistant once I get the macro stuff figured and know how much time I need a week. We'll see, that's down the road, it occurred when listening to the Adsense Flippers. You have to dream right?
Also, I bought a wordpress theme a couple of months ago that gives you 3 way split Adsense testing as some kw may be better suited to that, though I am nervous to take the leap to Adsense as primary earner without more study. My macro program went nuts on my desktop (my fault) and opened up JCMayers book on the LSI report so I read while it was open (I am soooo easily distracted), and it made so much sense, and I intend to study his book again this month too for increasing IB income and hopefully applying principles to Adsense niche sites.
I did buy a handful of domains this week, but need to get my new laptop (Dell i7 with 8 GB Ram and 17.3" screen I love it, it's so fast compared to the little old 1GB RAM 9" netbook) souped up ready to go and get back into the kw process as efficiently as possible before I get any more domains. I have some kw theories to test first. I have to download my old emails onto this PC so I can download purchased kw software on here. Once I do a week or so of the kw stuff, I will buy some more exact match domains. And have more outsourcing work for the lads.
What is really cool is I am getting kw analytics data and seeing how far off the Adwords tool is and can evolve my kw stuff for that too. I can compare how well certain Amazon items sell compared others and am starting to account for some of them and predict based on buyer needs, questions and types.
So I managed to temporarily automate the allintitle search for a few days using Push Button Marketer (before I spilled a whole pop on the keyboard of my already nearly dead Toshiba), I know there is a proper way to do it, I did a lazy short cut, so will need to ask them, I think there's a forum. I hate asking for help. I have to reinstall on the new PC yet and the links are in my old emails.
It was so cool to see it go through a big list quickly and it made the patterns even more prominent. I could kind of guess which would be kw would be low and high for the competition by the third group of kw that afternoon. When I am typing it is harder to see, as it is slow going and as a horrible typer I have to concentrate on the keyboard.
I have been researching selling Squidoo lenses too and am just deciding the best way to do it. I will keep building lenses and writing articles all the sites I like, as I don't want all of my eggs in one basket over at Squidoo though it is hard to ignore the earnings per article (ave $3.67+ per last month and 15 of those I added yesterday, and about 30 in the past 3 days).
Traffic over time
Another thing I am amazed by, is how traffic per article is climbing over time, I think this is the maturing they were talking about. It is 6 months since I started product related articles. And looks like I can do slightly harder keywords than I thought, if I am willing to wait longer for income. The low hanging fruit kw seem to get you Amazon sales much faster. Even some of my early chicken articles are surpising me with traffic, but I can always recognize a "chicken click" on Adsense.
Outlook on working online!
Anyway I am having fun, working hard and it doesn't even feel like work! It is active, Amazon will be more active work than Adsense. Adsense is more passive as as Google takes care of your links, but my goal was to work full time online or full time pay anyway, and because I enjoy this I don't mind that checking links etc will be more a part of this as time goes on.
I re-read this article and although I am disorganized on a daily and minute-ly basis too, I have my eye on the ball and the possibility of no longer doing my day job (that I owed student loans on for years) is spurring me on like you would not believe, I thought I could do it before, now I know I can do it.
Thanks for reading. Don't forget, my last Feb/March Earnings report had some great resources I learned from on IB.
Here are all of my earnings reports, I just read them all through again, and it has been a ride. I am consistent in my jumping around, excitement and not sticking to one job very well or clear setting of goals.
After Writechicks's comment, I thought I'd add these links. They have everything I do. Picking good kw is key too and my last earnings report has links to JCMayers info and Oneclicklearning's help too.
The community is awesome on IB, thanks for all and any support you have given me it is priceless! Newbies, you are in a great spot here.
What about later earning's reports?