Oh boy! I know you may be tempted to go straight to the bottom of the post to see how much I made but wait until you have read the full post (even though I’m telling you it’s my biggest month ever… hehehehe!). I told you I was waiting for some checks, well some of them arrived ;-).
I must say that my whole network got hit by Japan’s Tsunami. During that week, both my traffic and Adsense income dropped by 20%. I was a bit panicked since it was about 2 weeks after Google announced major changes in their algorithm in terms of search engine rankings. In addition to that, we had some database problems with one of our sites which resulted in 50% less traffic over 5 days! I was freaking out as my partner was gone on a cruise (since he never went to Japan…) with barely access to the internet.
After a week of insomnia and paranoia, everything went back to usual (Thank God!) and my friend got back from his 2 weeks of vacation (those were the longest weeks I have lived with my company so far!).
This is what was generated back in February; the smallest month in term of days but my biggest month of Adsense revenue ever! I recently played around with colors and content (image vs text) in order to optimize my Adsense earnings. I was happy to see some improvements in terms of click through rate (CTR) after some of my changes. For example, one of my sites was averaging about $11/day in January. I tweaked it and increased earnings to an average of $13/day in February. I tweaked it again in March and I am now at $15/day (I wish I could find a way to increase all my sites by $2/day on a monthly basis 😉 ).
Due to the slump during mid March and my database problem, I don’t expect to beat my February payout next month… oh well!
I am now starting to reap the benefit of The Financial Blogger’s change of direction in this category. I am now earning affiliate commissions on great products that I use to build my business such as Market Samurai and The Best Spinner. While I am not advocating them too much (I don’t want to upset you either!), the simple fact of mentioning them once in a while is enough to make a few bucks here and there. In the end, it’s a win-win situation: I tell you which products I use to make money online and you get access to very nice products ;-).
However, investment products that I promote from my Flex Offer account are my biggest earners for February. Flex Offer is basically an affiliate program manager platform where you can get access to several products in many niches. I like them as they don’t offer crappy products and their platform is easy to use.
I know I told you that I wanted to decrease my income from private advertising but a good deal is a good deal. I was lucky enough to decrease the number of advertisers but increase my price per spot. This is definitely the best of both worlds!
This is an important drop from my first month and is because I only made Adsense income and no affiliate product sales. Last month, I had registered a $30 one shot product sale. I hope that I will be able to generate more in the future! But to be honest, I have left monetization and promotion to concentrate on content and the creation of 2 more niche websites. In April and May, there will be a lot more promotion for all my sites.
Yup! Over $10,000 earned in a single month! How cool is that? My partner’s answer: “Very cool!”. I’m very happy to crush my objective of making 10K/month in March. However, I know that April is going to be tough as I had several 1 timers this month. I hope to maintain a steady income flow of 8-9K in the upcoming months ;-).
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