Passive Income Report – June 2015

It’s actually April 2016 and I found this unpublished income report about June of last year.. So here it comes.

What happened in June 2015

The summer has arrived so I’m sorry but I didn’t really work on any of my niche sites in June.

My income numbers have grown though :) That’s the good thing about passive income, right. You only need to do the hard work once.

Passive Income Report for June 2015

Smartexperiments May 2015 income report

Adsense:
Site #1: $10.46 (-$3.65 less than in May)

Amazon Associates Program:
Site #1: $49.01 (-52.86 less than May)
Site #2: $604.09 (+230.71 more than May)
Site #3: $5.00 (-6.94 less than May)

Adsense earnings total: $10.46
Amazon earnings total: $658.10
Total income: $668.56

Expenses

Dreamhost VPS (hosting): $20.00
WebFaction (hosting): $11.40

Total Expenses: -$31.40

Net Total: 501.30 – 31.40 = $637.16

Traffic and income breakdown by website

Site #1

http://*****quotes.com (I write in more detail about this site in my first income report)

Traffic

site1 traffic report May 2015

A slight decline in traffic in June.  -5.30% users when compared to previous period.

Income

Adsense: $14.11. Last month $14.11 (+$4.10)
Amazon: $101.87. Last month 123.79 (-$21.92)

Site #1 total income in May: $115.98.

Site #2

http://*****reviews.com

Product review site started in August 2014. Purely an SEO + Amazon site. I have published 23 articles since the start. About half of them are money articles that link to Amazon. Other half is informational content linking to money articles.

Here’s what the traffic to Site #2 has been like in May (compared to previous period):

And income:

May 2015 Amazon earnings

Site #3

http://*****sunglasses.com

Another product review site that I started in August 2014. I ordered five short articles from oDesk, published them to the site and left the site as is. I didn’t even bother to link the articles to Amazon in the first 6 months.

Site #3 traffic is still low: 204 users from organic traffic in May.

Two sales from Amazon resulted in $11.94 advertising fees.

Lessons learned this month

Sleep optimization

I’m trying to improve and optimize different areas of my life and sleep is definitely an important part when it comes to getting things done. When I started doing the miracle morning routine I cut back on sleep time by a couple of hours. I went from getting up at 9am to 5am but I didn’t go to bed 4 hours earlier than before. I did this for a little over one month and it felt alright. I also got a lot of things done during that period.

Then I stumbled upon an article about sleep deprivation and its destructive effects on health. Some people claim that it doesn’t matter how much you sleep while others say it’s exactly 7 hours and some say that if you don’t get enough sleep each night you will die 10 years before your time.

I didn’t know whom to believe but was intrigued to find out more about sleep so I contacted a sleep clinic and set up an appointment for consultation. They asked me to keep a sleep journal before the first appointment and made me a personal sleep schedule that I’m following now. It takes into account my needs and wishes and the idea is to find a pattern that best suits me as naturally as possible.

I have an appointment with my sleep consultant every other week now and keep optimizing my sleeping habits. I will report what good or bad comes out of it.

Books finished:

  1. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Currently reading: 

  1. Act Now! by Peter D. Winiarski

Next steps

Need to get back on track with..

  1. Building traffic (backlinks, outreach)
  2. Creating new content
  3. Product launch (I need to create the product first)

Enjoy summer

Summer has arrived and to me it means spending a lot of time on my outdoor hobbies and with my friends.

Yesterday I went out for a beer with friends. Today my best mate called me up and wants to meet tonight. Tomorrow there’s a conference pre-party and the whole weekend I will spend at a conference. It’s hard to find any time to really work on my passive income goals when only free time I have is early morning before work and I don’t want to cut back on sleepy time.

How’s your passive income coming along? Need help? Let me know via the comment section below. Thanks!

Passive Income Report – May 2015

Passive income report May 2015

 

What I worked on in May

I planned to work an hour a day on my niche sites last month. 30 minutes on researching and creating new content and 30 minutes on link building. I did it for the first week and then failed miserably.

Here’s what I got done last month:

  1. Published one post on Site #2 (an infographic)
  2. Published one post on Site #3
  3. Built 5 backlinks to Site #2
  4. Ordered social backlinks to Site #1

Total time (working on the sites this month): approx 10 hours

 

Passive Income Report for May 2015

Smartexperiments May 2015 income  report

Adsense:
Site #1: $14.11

Amazon Associates Program:
Site #1: $101.87
Site #2: $373.38
Site #3: $11.94

Adsense earnings total: $14.11
Amazon earnings total: $487.19
Total income: $501.30

Expenses

Dreamhost VPS (hosting): $20.00
WebFaction (hosting): $11.40

Total Expenses: $31.40

Net Total: 501.30 – 31.40 = $469.90

Traffic and income breakdown by website

Site #1

http://*****quotes.com (I write in more detail about this site in my first income report)

I ordered 15 social bookmark shares (links) to a single “money page” on Site #1. I’ve had some good results with this tactic on sites #2 and #3. The links were delivered during an eight day period of May 4-12. It’s now been three weeks to a month since the links were delivered and there is no change in the ranking to be seen yet.

Here’s a graph from April 1st to May 31st for the keyword I’m targeting.

no-change-in-rankings-april-may

 

As you see from the graph above, the site sits around position #10. It used to rank between position #1 and #3 back in late 2013 to mid 2014 and has dropped gradually ever since.

Site1 ranks gradually dropping since mid 2014

 

I use a tool called Pro Rank Tracker to track my rankings. It’s free to use for up to 50 keywords (but they will lower that limit to 20 keywords this month). I guess I will have to start paying for their service now.

Traffic

site1 traffic report May 2015

 

Traffic in May has been very steady when compared to last month.

Income

Adsense: $14.11. Last month $10.01 (+$4.10)
Amazon: $101.87. Last month 123.79 (-$21.92)

Site #1 total income in May: $115.98.

 

Site #2

http://*****reviews.com

Product review site started in August 2014. Purely an SEO + Amazon site. I have published 22 articles since the start. About half of them are money articles that link to Amazon. Other half is informational content linking to money articles.

Here’s what the traffic to Site #2 has been like in May (compared to previous period):

And income:

May 2015 Amazon earnings

Site #3

http://*****sunglasses.com

Another product review site that I started in August 2014. I ordered five short articles from oDesk, published them to the site and left the site as is. I didn’t even bother to link the articles to Amazon in the first 6 months.

Site #3 traffic is still low: 204 users from organic traffic in May.

Two sales from Amazon resulted in $11.94 advertising fees.

Lessons learned this month

Sleep optimization

I’m trying to improve and optimize different areas of my life and sleep is definitely an important part when it comes to getting things done. When I started doing the miracle morning routine I cut back on sleep time by a couple of hours. I went from getting up at 9am to 5am but I didn’t go to bed 4 hours earlier than before. I did this for a little over one month and it felt alright. I also got a lot of things done during that period.

Then I stumbled upon an article about sleep deprivation and its destructive effects on health. Some people claim that it doesn’t matter how much you sleep while others say it’s exactly 7 hours and some say that if you don’t get enough sleep each night you will die 10 years before your time.

I didn’t know whom to believe but was intrigued to find out more about sleep so I contacted a sleep clinic and set up an appointment for consultation. They asked me to keep a sleep journal before the first appointment and made me a personal sleep schedule that I’m following now. It takes into account my needs and wishes and the idea is to find a pattern that best suits me as naturally as possible.

I have an appointment with my sleep consultant every other week now and keep optimizing my sleeping habits. I will report what good or bad comes out of it.

Books finished:

  1. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Currently reading: 

  1. Act Now! by Peter D. Winiarski

Next steps

Need to get back on track with..

  1. Building traffic (backlinks, outreach)
  2. Creating new content
  3. Product launch (I need to create the product first)

Enjoy summer

Summer has arrived and to me it means spending a lot of time on my outdoor hobbies and with my friends.

Yesterday I went out for a beer with friends. Today my best mate called me up and wants to meet tonight. Tomorrow there’s a conference pre-party and the whole weekend I will spend at a conference. It’s hard to find any time to really work on my passive income goals when only free time I have is early morning before work and I don’t want to cut back on sleepy time.

 

How’s your passive income coming along? Need help? Let me know via the comment section below. Thanks!

 

Passive Income Report – April 2015

Passive income report April 2015

 

What I worked on in April

As far as improving my niche websites goes, not much! And that’s the beauty of passive income — it doesn’t require you to keep investing time in exchange for money.

Here’s what I got done this month:

  1. Published a post on Site #2 (152 words)
  2. Published three posts on Site #3 (45-80 words each)

Total time (working on the sites this month): 2.5 hours

These must be the shortest posts I’ve published on my sites. I typically aim for 1000+ word articles but I bent the rules this time. Articles mentioned are quite heavy on images and video though.

The articles on site #3 are about sunglasses and the post on Site #2 is a product review about a microphone I bought (but haven’t received yet). I will probably update that last post with much more content once I receive the product.

Passive Income Report

smartexperiments-income-2015-04

Adsense:
Site #1: $10.01

Amazon Associates Program:
Site #1: $123.79
Site #2: $205.00
Site #3: $55.97

Adsense earnings total: $10.01
Amazon earnings total: $384.76
Total income: $394.77

Expenses

Dreamhost VPS (hosting): $20.00
WebFaction (hosting): $11.40

Total Expenses: $31.40

Net Total: 394.77 – 31.40 = $363.37

My passive income (niche) websites

Site #1

http://*****quotes.com

Site #1 traffic 2011-03 to 2015-04

It’s a site I started in March 2011. I wanted to test if I could build a „high traffic“ site.

I did some basic keyword research and looked at Google Trends and decided to give it a go. I published great amount of unique content but it wasn’t something I created myself. I just took quotes from a popular TV series and cited them on my site.

At first I didn’t even plan to monetize this site.

Later in 2011 I learned about the Amazon Affiliates program and put a banner of a book on the sidebar. It was very closely related to the TV series. I referred 6 sales in 2011 and earned $1.74 from Amazon.

In September of 2012 I figured that it’s hard to make decent money from book sales and started promoting more expensive products. I wrote five posts like „What shirt is Dexter* wearing“ and linked to the product on Amazon. I helped Amazon make 55 sales in 2011 and collected $122.62 in fees as a return.

* Dexter is not actually the show my site is about. It’s just an example. There are numerous reasons why I won’t disclose the exact URLs of my sites.

I added another five „style tips“ type of posts in 2013. I was responsible for 457 sales and made $1,404.58 in referral fees. It’s the year I received my first ever Amazon check.

I added one more post in the middle of 2014 and made $1,763.23 from 790 products shipped.

I haven’t touched the site since and it’s made $333.04 from 114 items shipped during the first 4 months of 2015. That’s not as good as 2013 and 2014 but it’s still making me money on total autopilot.

The reason that it’s not making as much money is because the rankings for „money keywords“ have dropped. It still ranks #1 for the main keywords but serps for money keywords have moved to page 2 of Google.

Note: I haven’t built a single backlink to Site #1.

Site #2

http://*****reviews.com

Product review site started in August 2014. Purely an SEO + Amazon site. I have published 22 articles since the start. About half of them are money articles that link to Amazon. Other half is informational content linking to money articles.

Here’s what the traffic to Site #2 has been like:

Site #2 traffic until April 2015

And income:

site-2-amazon-earnings-2015-04

Site #3

http://*****sunglasses.com

Another product review site that I started in August 2014. I ordered five short articles from oDesk, published them to the site and left the site as is. I didn’t even bother to link the articles to Amazon in the first 6 months. So far the site has generated 4 sales and made me $55.97.

Site #3 traffic is really low (blue spikes on the graph are referral spam):

Site 3 traffic

Lessons learned this month

Books finished:

  1. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  3. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Online courses attended:

  1. Selling courses on Udemy by Alun Hill
  2. SEO in 2015 by iMarket XL

 

Next steps

May is going to be heavily focused on link building

I’ve already started putting together a list of link building opportunities for my „amazon sites“. And I’ve scheduled 30 minutes per day for getting links. Yes, every day for the next 30 days I will spend half an hour on getting links to my sites.

New content

I have also booked one 30-minute-slot in my daily calendar for content writing. It’s actually been on my daily schedule for almost a week now — that’s how I got the 4 articles published in April — it all happened this week.

Product creation (online course)

So here’s why I took the course on Udemy about selling courses and bought a $130 microphone — I’ve decided to create an online course. I have already outlined large part of the course and scheduled an hour every day for researching and creating content.

Note: I work a regular 9-5 job so I will complete all of these daily “passive income tasks” outside of my working hours. Actually I will have this all done before I leave my home for work at 8:45 am. Sounds impossible? A month ago I thought so too. I used to wake up between 8:30 and 9:30. Now I wake up at 5 am every day and get shit done. You can read more about it here.