July – August 2019 Income Report: eZoic Win 🎉, Apprentice Loss😥, My Websites Updates 🐘🐀
Welcome to my fourth bi-monthly income report of 2019!
I am now doing bi-monthly income reports because it saves me time ⏳ and reduces the amount of identical content in my blog 💤
Rather than creating yet another boring IR, I better spend time on writing other posts that are hopefully more interesting than money reports 🤞🏻
So read my income report #47-48 to find out what happened in July-Aug 2019.
🥜In a nutshell, these two months were productive and I made a big leap in terms of increasing my revenue🥜
First eZoic, then…?🤔
Finally, my main website Mother 🐘 Website got approved by eZoic! 🎉 It’s an ad platform that pays 2-3 times better than Adsense, which I used before.
I complained about them taking their time in the previous income report. In July, the situation finally got resolved and I started making money 🎉
In addition to that, I also got Baby 🐘 Website approved. It was a great thing to happen since the Baby 🐘 is just killing it with the ads revenue.
But I do not plan to stop here. The next target is the MediaVine ad platform!
The apprentice 👨🎓
My apprentice from Genm (read my review of the Genm platform here) was great and really kicked it with Twitter for Mother 🐘 Website. He showed a lot of initiative and put a great deal of effort into propelling the Twitter account to success. I even had a worry he would burn out and would not want to work on it anymore.
Well, he did not burn out.
He just quit 💥
Due to personal reasons 😭😭😭
He did not explain much and it did not seem to me that he left because he did not like what he was doing or did not like me. I suspect he had problems with money and needed to get a paying job.
The apprentice worked for me a little bit less than 1 month. It meant that once he canceled our contract, I was still eligible for a refund for an unsuccessful apprenticeship. The refund allows me to find another apprentice free of charge.
I plan to do it in September.
Website updates 🎈
To refresh your memory about what the website nicknames mean, read here.
Mother 🐘 Website
This website is my prime focus.
I keep working on increasing traffic and pumping money into the content 💸
In July-August, I published over 23,000 words that included a mix of my content and free and paid guest posts.
The majority of it was released in July and was Pinterest-oriented. It gave a traffic boost, which slowed down in August.
Baby 🐘 Website
This website is pretty much a copy of Mother 🐘 Website in terms of the keywords and the growth approach. While it seemed to be working so far 😅, still, Mother 🐘 Website and Baby 🐘 Website have been diverging from each other.
The Baby 🐘 has become my main breadwinner thanks to its more targeted traffic compared to the Mother one.
As I mentioned above, it got approved on the eZoic ad platform and has started bringing in a nice income 😉
Apart from that, not much new happened here. I published only about 4,000 words… and then the writer who was working on it decided to take a break from working with me 😭
As you may already know, I am reviving my old 🐀 Website.
In July and August, my focus was on wrapping up the skyscraper outreach I started in May. Surprisingly, the Skyscraper has been working quite well here compared to my other websites. I guess its niche is more receptive towards giving away backlinks compared to other niches.
However, it is the exact opposite when it comes to Pinterest with this niche. I was dipping my toes in the water with Tailwind and kinda got disappointed with the results. The Pinterest promotion did not go very well ☹
In addition to the above, I also published about 3,700 words of content.
LivingOfCloud (this blog)
In this blog, I was moderately active during this period. I did not write the SEO & Affiliate marketing news for July 😔 but I did write a few other interesting and useful posts! 😁
Here is what I published:
👉 7 ways to fix the Valuable Inventory: Under Construction error: How I got my website approved on Adsense based on my experience getting 🐀 website approved by Adsense
👉 Genm review: My experience with the marketing apprenticeship platform as a business, a review of the platform I used to hire my apprentice for the social media work
👉 How I did not buy a tech website (and what you can learn from my experience) about my recent experience acquiring (or better say not acquiring online businesses 🤣)
👉 LivingOffCloud SEO & Affiliate Marketing News Roundup📰: August, 2019
Personal life 👩🏻
In July, I got on vacation! We went to a cottage located in Muskoka, ON, Canada. It was an epic week of swimming, eating, paddling, and just having enormous fun!
We enjoyed the wonderful nature in full.
In August, I got back to work while trying to keep the vacation vibe. We have a beach near our home so we tried to go there as often as we could.
The fact it was so close allowed me to make a deliberate choice of clothes 🤣
On the downside, our kitties got fleas 😢😿 I had to cut Masa’s fur so that I could treat her properly against the nasty insects.
Ok, now let’s go back to the business!
In July-August, the expenses were again high because I keep investing in content for my websites.
|Outsourced writing||$1,141.24||Ordered new articles|
|Outsourced editing||$244.42||Reviewing and editing articles|
|Outsourced labor||$462.65||Paid a VA for doing some stuff|
|Outsourced images||$0.00||Made all the images myself and with the help of MeetAnders|
|E-marketing tools||$65.51||Paid for a cheap access to AhRef tool and tons of other stuff|
|PBN domain registration||$0.00||Amount paid for PBN domain renewals|
|PBN hosting||$58.00||Paid for Easy Blog Networks (read my review)|
|Domain registration||$61.70||Amount paid for regular domain renewals and new domains|
|Guest posting||$0.00||Amount paid for guest posting|
The income in July-August was very good since I switched to a better ads platform, namely eZoic. It pretty much tripled my ads revenue compared to the previous months 😊
Got lost in my Elephants 🐘, Rats 🐀, and other creatures? Read here to find out what the website nicknames mean
Let’s look at the income numbers in the details.
|Ads by Elephant Websites||$1,723.32||Revenue from the 1st websites I bought + another one in the same niche|
|Amazon by Elephant Websites||$1,157.39||Revenue from the 1st website I bought + another one in the same niche|
|VigLink by Elephant Websites||$176.36||VigLink revenue from the 1st websites I bought + another one in the same niche|
|Video ads by Elephant Websites||$19.87||Revenue made by vi.ai from the 1st website I bought + another one in the same niche|
|Ads by Rat Website||$2.13||I monetize Rat Website through Adsense|
|Amazon by Rat Website||$61.41||Revenue from the website built by Human Proof Designs; check their website to see if you can get a ready-made niche website for yourself|
|Amazon by Honeybee Website||$15.27||Revenue from the website I am building myself with a PBN|
|Ads by other websites||$15.22||Ad revenue from the rest of my websites including this blog|
|Paid guest posts||$122.59||Revenue received for paid guest posting|
|PBN affiliate revenue||$116.18||Recurring and new affiliate sales for Easy Blog Networks and Buy Bulk Hosting, PBN hosting solutions|
|LOC affiliate revenue||$490.90||Revenue from affiliate commissions I get from this blog|
|Interest and investments||$5.58||Interest earned on a savings account and online investments paid back from Kickfurther|
Here are my totals for July-August 2019.
Total income $3,906.22 minus total expenses $2,033.52 makes a net profit of $1,872.70. This profit should be divided by two since it’s for both July and August.
Here is a chart with my revenue vs expenses history for the last 14 months. I used the 14-month timeline instead of the 12-month one to show you how these months performed compared to the last year. The last year, my income was about 2.5 times smaller and I am beyond happy to see my income growing so much 🤗
September – October 2019 Plans 📅
I have big plans for September – October 2019:
👉 narrow my focus and double down on the websites that bring me the most money
👉 get another apprentice
👉 increase the efficiency of my business by looking more into task automation
👉 have fun! This part is something I often forget about 😆 but it is essential to keep being motivated and to push forward 😉
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