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May Income Statistics – Nothing Special

Posted by on Jun 3, 2009

Time for the monthly online income statistics. As I usually like to point out, these numbers aren’t only for my blog; otherwise I might never have anything to talk about. Instead, this is for anything I’ve done online.

Here are the actual numbers:

Adsense – $80.63
Paid Ads – $40.35
Link XL – $2.50
Infolinks – $.49
Total – $123.97

Less than either of the last two months, but I’m still encouraged by that Adsense figure. Overall, it means I’ll be getting a check at the end of this month, which means I’m now averaging a check at least every two months.

Where am I at this point? Well, I don’t really know. Truthfully, I think I’m doing something wrong as it comes to my Commission Junction stuff, but if I complete one particular project that I’m presently working on that might change a little bit within the next month or so; no, I’m not giving a heads up just yet, but y’all know me, which means I’ll be talking about it at some point.

And, as you see, I still don’t have a page rank, but my paid advertising figure went up; I find that kind of interesting. What I also find interesting is that my RSS subscribers have gone up, although it does change from day to day. In May, I actually had a couple of days where it showed me as having 89 subscribers; I’m still shooting for those 500 subscribers by the end of the year. Hey, we all have to have dreams, right?

So, let’s talk about traffic while I’m at it. I said that I was going to change the frequency of my posting on this blog and that we’d see what happened with traffic. Many of you who are regular visitors said you’d like this because it would give you a better chance to keep up with the content. Well, it’s been a failure, I have to say. Here are the numbers for the last three months:

March – 1,918 visits
April – 1,486 visits
May – 1,265 visits

This tells me that when I write more, obviously I get more visitors. Not only that, but I took a look at who’s been writing comments, and it seems that most of my formerly regular visitors and contributors haven’t been coming by lately, which means that if it weren’t for the few new visitors I might not have anyone left. Thus, it’s time to increase the number of posts once again, which I can easily do. Interesting experiment, though; I really hoped it would work, but nope, the “masses” have stopped speaking.

Overall, it does seem that revenue really is impacted by traffic, or lack thereof. I’ve noticed it on my medical billing site also, as it generates most of my Adsense revenue. When people come, I have great days, but when they don’t, nada. I hope to be doing some other things with that site also, since it’s my biggest cash generator, but I’m not quite sure what just yet.

So, there are the numbers; y’all can comment as you please. Heck, I just hope some of you come back. 🙂

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wow. the numbers are interesting. usually i have a hard time with getting much traffic to my blog.

June 3rd, 2009 | 8:21 AM

Indeed the numbers are interesting, but I’m going to see if I can bring them back up this month based on previous posting habits. We’ll certainly find out, right?

June 3rd, 2009 | 9:25 AM

Well it looks like I have to pull my finger out and work out my stats. Thanks so much Mitch, you know how I love doing that. 😉

As for your stats, adsense seems to be tracking pretty well still and that is a good thing. Also your paid ads are pretty impressive and nothing to sneeze at as far as I am concerned. In regards to CJ, I’ve only ever made one sale. Getting heaps of clicks, but that’s about it.

Sire´s last blog post..Andy Bailey’s Comluv Now Live

June 3rd, 2009 | 9:34 AM

I don’t even know if I’m getting heaps of clicks, Sire, but I know I’m not making the sales yet. And yes, Adsense is working out pretty well, I must say.

June 3rd, 2009 | 9:51 AM

Well, I know that last month, as far as CJ is concerned, I generated over 58,000 impressions which in turn generated 186 clicks, but unfortunately none converted into sales. At least not yet.

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June 4th, 2009 | 1:08 AM

I don’t see impressions anywhere, but I see that I supposedly had 1,860 clicks in May with CJ.

June 4th, 2009 | 2:05 AM

Man, and I thought I had it bad 😀

Sire´s last blog post..Andy Bailey’s Comluv Now Live

June 4th, 2009 | 2:09 AM

I knew I’d get your sympathy eventually. lol

June 4th, 2009 | 2:24 AM

Nice figures Mitch…I get slightly more traffic though my revenue is still $0.

Well near enough I get the odd sale of oio-publisher every other month :p

Still great figures will like to see adsense hit $100+ by the next quarter 😉

June 3rd, 2009 | 9:52 AM

Good luck on your quest, Donace. I know that I’m making my money elsewhere, and I’m hoping to find ways to duplicate that. We’ll see how it all goes.

June 3rd, 2009 | 10:02 AM
Tim Manni:

Hey Mitch,

As a regular reader I would whole-heartily agree that consistent posting would help a lot. When I check in with Top Finance and there isn’t a new post, it’s definitely a deterrent. I’m lucky enough to be a paid blogger, so my site doesn’t live and die off of ad money (I wonder how many do). I’m curious what big-time financial blogs like Calculated Risk pulls in off their ads. As I’ve discussed with you before, there certainly isn’t big money in blogging, but it’s important, and can be fun. I think, for most, a blog adds to existing content (e.g. a parent website, or a business as in your case).

Best of luck,

June 3rd, 2009 | 12:02 PM

Thanks Tim. I write more on this blog than any of my other blogs, mainly because I can pretty much just riff here, whereas with my business blog, I have to have a specific point to make most of the time, and my finance blog,… well, I like to be pertinent whenever I write there. These days I’m writing so much that it’s hard to keep up with it all except for here, but I’m making sure I get something in at least every couple of days.

June 3rd, 2009 | 8:26 PM

If you want to make money with affiliate programs the fastest way is to learn how to use sites like Datafeedr and PopShops and build niche sites with quality content and large numbers of products.

If you want to go that route and need assistance I work with Derek Semmler on that kind of site. He added a couple thousand products to NoBogies uses Datafeedr.

Alternatively you could do posts on specific products. The key to converting affiliate products is pre-selling. If you want to do that you might be interested in my friend’s gift affiliate program that pays 20%. I also recommend magazine subscriptions because they usually pay 30% and convert well. Sticking products on a page or putting up a banner just won’t work very often.

You can increase AdSense income by creating posts targeting specific keyword phrases to target for higher dollar ads. You can use an AdWords account to figure out what the most expensive bids are.

Use My Select Keywords post to maximize organic traffic and increase the odds you’ll get the ads you want. I often put the keyword phrase in a Title tag within the post.

If you want additional information on any of this let me know.

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June 3rd, 2009 | 6:05 PM

Thanks IS. I can honestly tell you that I don’t ever see myself using Adwords again; I’ve written about it here in the past. I’m also not going with any sites like Popshots; if I can’t do it on my own, then it’s just not going to happen. And I know this blog isn’t for Adsense; that’s what I figure my other websites will be for.

And on this blog, I have done posts on specific products, and I’ve never generated even a single click. “Make money blogs” don’t make money except for the special few; just asking, but is your blog making much money? Truthfully, it’s not the biggest thing on this blog; it is for my other internet endeavors, though. But I need more time to work on it all.

June 3rd, 2009 | 8:30 PM

Aww Mitch, we haven’t gone anywhere! We’re just reading the RSS feed and forgetting to comment! LOL I haven’t made much from my blog, but that’s not the main purpose of my blog. I mainly use my blog to support the other things I do online. Good job on the Adsense, though!

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June 3rd, 2009 | 10:22 PM

Thanks DeAnna. If I can make lots of money from my other internet ventures, I’ll be a happy guy, although I am surprised at how little I’ve made from my finance blog, which is a niche blog, and of course we’re all worried about finances these days.

June 3rd, 2009 | 11:02 PM
Noclegi Kotlina Klodzka:

Well it’s not bad seeing as you’re blogging mostly for fun. If I got $100-200/month just for doing what I like I’d be pretty happy.

June 5th, 2009 | 5:54 AM

Thanks Noclegi. I’m relatively happy with my income, but relatively happy only because my numbers are way up from a year ago. I want to keep showing progress.

June 5th, 2009 | 8:46 AM

hey Mitch!
well, I am back commenting 😛 I have been reading your posts, but didn´t have anything to comment on really, so that is why 😉

I agree with you, “plugging” money making products to affiliate marketers is a bad move, I just stick with smaller niches that have nothing to do with the high competition markets nor pre-selling to my fellow internet marketers and starting to do pretty well lately 🙂

Anyways, have a great weekend!

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June 5th, 2009 | 6:02 PM

Thanks for stopping by, Mirjam; been missing you. Glad you agree; I’m working on a site right now that I hope will bring in something extra; we’ll see how it all goes.

June 5th, 2009 | 6:11 PM

yeah, been missing you around my blog too 😛 wishing you good luck with your new site!

June 6th, 2009 | 2:36 AM

And now I’ve been to your blog. My bad, because I remember you’d gone away for vacation and to spend time with your mom. I’ve got you for sure in my reader now, though I’d thought I had already done it.

June 6th, 2009 | 1:46 PM
Deneil Merritt:

Maintaining over $100 a month is pretty good. I hope you reach the $200 mark this month.

Deneil Merritt´s last blog post..Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Pulling Out Hair

June 7th, 2009 | 2:19 AM

Thanks Deneil. That’s my next short term goal, for sure.

June 7th, 2009 | 8:20 AM
Deneil Merritt:

I hope you reach it this month.

Deneil Merritt´s last blog post..Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Pulling Out Hair

June 7th, 2009 | 6:34 PM