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:
- Published one post on Site #2 (an infographic)
- Published one post on Site #3
- Built 5 backlinks to Site #2
- Ordered social backlinks to Site #1
Total time (working on the sites this month): approx 10 hours
Passive Income Report for May 2015
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
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
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.
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.
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 in May has been very steady when compared to last month.
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.
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):
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
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.
- Act Now! by Peter D. Winiarski
Need to get back on track with..
- Building traffic (backlinks, outreach)
- Creating new content
- Product launch (I need to create the product first)
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!