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September Income Report – Better Than Expected

Posted by on Oct 1, 2009

On the last monthly report, I wrote that I believed September was going to be a bad cash month. Well, it turned out better than I had hoped, but man, just a few more cents and I’d have been happier than I am, though I can’t really say I’m depressed about it all.

Here are the numbers:

Adsense – $93.86
Google Advertising Network – $3.77
Chitika – $1.03
Commission Junction – .70
Infolinks – .03
Grand Total – $99.39

So, just cents under the $100 mark; I’m not upset about that. What I am surprised about is that, though my blog grew in subscribers and readers for the month, I didn’t earn anything from this blog this month. And, once again, I really didn’t drive anyone to any of the things I wrote about this month. Well it’s possible I drove some to TalkBiz, but I’m still out of town and that’s the one password I forgot to send myself, so I can’t check it at all. But based on track record, I don’t have high hopes on that one.

If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice something missing. I earned nothing from TLA, better known as Text Link Ads. I dropped them pretty much after a few days of writing about it in my monthly update in September. I did so because the amount had gone down to a point where it didn’t make sense to have it anymore. So, I got rid of it, and have petitioned Google for page rank again. Now, I don’t know if I’ll get it or not, but it’s possible that one day I’ll look and see it there. I guess we’ll find out about that also; not worried, about it, though.

What I am worried about overall is that I have to increase my internet and affiliate marketing money, and fast. With what’s going on with my mother and my needing to be gone, I really need to ramp up the residual income thing in some fashion. I can keep up with some writing, but not all of it, as Mom and my grandmother need a bit more attention now than I can give to the writing. I’m not quite sure how I’ll get it done yet, but I’ve been working my way through Barbara Ling’s free Beginners Make Money Cookbook, which is more than 240 pages of stuff, and I’m hoping to pick something up from there. Hey, doesn’t hurt to try, right?

And I’m still hoping that my affiliate links will start generating income at some point, though it may take awhile to really get it going. After all, I’m still shooting for that $200 month; baby steps.

By the way, you’ll also see something a little different that I’m adding; I actually added it on another recent post. I don’t have my links underlined in my copy, as you’ve noticed, but that means when it’s a link to a product you might not know it from the others. So, you’ll see an dark blue underline whenever it’s a product from now on. If it links to a post that’s then pushing a product, it won’t; just to be clear. That should help you out, and thus, you might decide to check it out since it’s pointed out as a product. Or not; gotta try new things.

There you go; how did you do this month?

Update – Heck, I actually forgot something. I sold one of my products, my Management Training Program, for $39.99, which means I actually did surpass $100 for the month, finishing at $130.38. Okay, now I feel much better. 😉
 

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Anne Fox:

Not bad at all. At least you’re still earning right? Who knows, you might double your earnings anytime soon! Have you read the 240 pages of Barbara Ling? That’s quite long stuff, but an interesting one.
.-= Anne Fox´s last blog ..How to Treat Angular Cheilitis =-.

October 2nd, 2009 | 6:49 AM
Mitch:

I actually finished it last night, Anne. It’s good stuff, but unfortunately, it seems I’m already a bit more advanced than most of the technical stuff in the book. But the motivation part of it was pretty good. And it’s free, so go ahead and download it.

October 2nd, 2009 | 8:38 AM

Hey Mitch, as usual my Adsense was way under yours, but overall I did pretty well, thanks to a Commission Junction.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..WassupBlogs Rockin September Statistics =-.

October 2nd, 2009 | 9:00 AM
Mitch:

You certainly did do well, Sire, and I congratulate you on that.

October 2nd, 2009 | 9:17 PM
Deneil Merritt:

Nice month. Over the $100 mark. I know how that feels. 🙂
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..September 2009 Income Report =-.

October 2nd, 2009 | 11:50 AM
Mitch:

Yeah, that’s not bad, Deneil, but I have to figure out how to get to that next level one of these days.

October 2nd, 2009 | 9:17 PM
Website Marketing Consultant:

Looking at your site, I think you can be making much more money.
The one way off the top of my head would be to capture peoples email so you could build a list

October 2nd, 2009 | 9:49 PM
Mitch:

Hi Sajid,

I’ve heard that from some other folks, but no one has ever been able to tell me what I’d do with the list. I have no idea what I’d use a list for. I don’t want to write another newsletter, so I’m at a loss at to why I’d capture them. What would I send people?

October 2nd, 2009 | 9:58 PM

It’s not a great time for PPC and in text advertising income. Mine has been reducing drastically over the months and I stopped doing paid reviews. Fortunately, the referral income and private ad sales have been very good for me.

The email list is a good thing if you are marketing some affiliate products. But that can also defame the blog for spam reasons if you don’t sell the right stuff.
.-= Ajith Edassery´s last blog ..Optimizing for Misspelled Search Phrases and Keywords =-.

October 3rd, 2009 | 12:40 AM
Mitch:

And that’s my problem, Ajith. I’m all over the place with this blog, so what the heck could I market that makes sense on a consistent basis? I do know I have to keep up with my sales page, and increase the number of products I market in general so that people have a great choice of things to select from. I need to step that part up a lot more.

October 3rd, 2009 | 12:53 AM