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October Income Report – It Is What It Is

Posted by on Nov 1, 2009

Well, the numbers are in for October, and I can’t say they’re all that pretty. I didn’t do a lot of marketing in October, though; not that I ever do all that much really. But as we rush towards Christmas now, I’m going to see if I can spark some things up in some fashion. Without further ado, here’s the modest numbers:

Adsense – $63.57
Commission Junction – $6.49
Infolinks – .46
Voxant Newsroom – .01
Grand Total – $70.53

And there you go. Nothing spectacular, but a little weird. Adsense was off drastically, and it seemed like there were days in a row when I earned nothing, which hadn’t happened before. But that’s not bad, so I’ll run with it. Also, that Voxant Newsroom thing made its first pitiful money, but at least now I know I will earn something if people click on it. This is actually a video thing on my finance blog, something I picked up from Sire, that I have set to play financial news headlines if someone decides to take a few moments to catch the news. If they do, I get paid for it. It actually has lots of different video things you can select from; I just decided not to put it on this blog because there’s already so much here. If you’d like to see what I mean, go to Top Finance Blog.

There were a few of changes I made this month which may have affected the numbers here, or not. One is that I finally came up with my own comment policy, which basically is that people have to leave me a real name or nickname that I can call them rather than keywords names, otherwise I’ll edit the name to an initial. Some folks are still missing that one, and if there’s no name in their email address I respond to them with the letter only. If you check out the comment policy, I link to the post that explains why I went that direction.

Also, now above every individual post, I’d added a Commission Junction rotating banner, which means if you visited the same post multiple times you’d see multiple ads. What that’s going to do for me is allow me to now add some banner ads from some of my other advertisers to this page, to hopefully promote some of those advertisers here. I recognize that I push CJ products more often than all the others because it’s just so easy to access, but there are quality names and products from some of the other sites as well, so I just need to get to them. One of these days I’m going to list all the affiliates I belong to, just to show you how spread out I am. I know, someone’s going to say I should concentrate on just one affiliate to see where that will get me. I think I’ve done that, in a way, since CJ probably accounts for 90% or more of everything I have on all my sites.

And finally, I started underlining links that led to products in my posts, which in a way might look like Infolinks or Kontera, only I don’t have either of those on this blog anymore. I wrote about doing that in last months income report post. The gurus all say that their best sales come from text links; I’ve had none so far, but it’s still early.

And traffic overall for the month of October was down. Only my main business site and my anti-smoking site went up in traffic. Of course, once I discovered that I forgot to move the code on my business blog, which accounted for that number to drop drastically, I knew why that figure had fallen so much, so hopefully it’ll come back up to at least the average it was before.

Anyway, that’s the month. I’ve had a blast with my writing in October, and I expect to have even more fun in November.

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I’m sure your income will come back up this month. We all have our down months.
.-= Deneil MerrittĀ“s last blog ..October 2009 Income Report =-.

November 1st, 2009 | 7:21 PM

Thanks Deneil. I’m going to figure this thing out, one way or another.

November 1st, 2009 | 7:28 PM

was this income the total of all your sites or just this one?

If its compared to my earnings on The Nexus you are beating me by about 800% so its still a good figure šŸ˜‰
.-= DonaceĀ“s last blog ..How to merge multiple CSV files =-.

November 2nd, 2009 | 7:46 AM

Donace, I report on all my online income, not just the blog. I’m hoping one of these days to be able to segregate it all, but for now, I’m not generating enough to separate it all.

November 2nd, 2009 | 10:47 AM

And easy also, right Dennis? lol

November 2nd, 2009 | 10:47 AM

I don’t think that’s too shabby at all Mitch. Heck, while it’s not as much as some it’s a lot better than most, especially the adsense earnings.

Hopefully things will pick up this month, for both of us.
.-= SireĀ“s last blog ..Shocking October Stats Not So Shocking =-.

November 2nd, 2009 | 8:09 PM

I’m for that, Sire. I really could use a boost; I just want to figure out this internet marketing thing, if you know what I mean.

November 2nd, 2009 | 8:53 PM

Hi Mitch,
Clearly Adsense never fails to deliver right? It’s always there making money for you. It’s your… golden goose. You just need to fatten this goose but you’ve done it before.

November 7th, 2009 | 9:08 PM

Thanks Peter. I’ve been following your micro-niche sites idea with some interest. I’m not sure I’d do it in the same way, but it’s still an idea that I could use. It’s almost like the anti-smoking site I created, which, if it wasn’t such a common topic, might be performing better than it is. But you’re right, if I can get the Adsense money up some more, I’d be feeling much better.

November 7th, 2009 | 11:43 PM