May – June 2019 Income Report: eZoic Battle, Adsense Battle, Upsetting Humans 😖, My Websites Updates 🐘🐀
Welcome to my third 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 #45-46 to find out what happened in May-June 2019.
A battle with eZoic 🥊
My Pinterest strategy I’m implementing on my Mother 🐘 Website is so successful that the 🐘 Website traffic grows every day and makes it eligible to apply for a more lucrative than Adsense ad platform such as eZoic.
I applied the same second my traffic exceeded 10,000 sessions a month.
This was at the beginning of May.
Then, I made a mistake that later was proven to be fatal: I added the website to their DNS 😱
Since the website was not yet approved by the platform, doing so put it down and the approval team could not verify it 😞
I saw the website got down, fixed it, and sent a message to the Ezoic support saying my website is up again.
This started a long tedious email exchange between me and the eZoic people 🧜🏻🧜🏻♂️😫
First, they reassured me that the quality team would take another look at my website.
Then, two weeks later, they apologized and said my website fell through the cracks and they re-added it to the reviewing queue 😕
Two or three more weeks later, they were claiming my website is in the queue and they “can see it in the queue” 🤔
Then, they said my website was still in the queue 😐
Then, they said my website was still in the queue 😑
Then, they said to contact my account manager directly 🤨
Then, I learned that I submitted my website at the bad timing since my account manager just welcomed a second child 👶🏻🙄😆
Then, a week ago, I reminded them of my existence yet again.
This time, I got a message saying my website does not have the needed 10,000 visitors a month but I could add the quality team to my GA (btw, they were added 2 months ago😒) and request a new review 😶
I did as requested, one more time 😤
Since that, they have been quiet 🔇
The wheel has turned full circle.
I do not know what to expect next 😠 a third child? a new dog? 🤔
It has been over two months I am fighting with them and I feel I’m losing this battle.
I am thinking of simply growing my traffic more and to apply for MediaVine instead and ditch the f🤬🤬🤬cking eZoic once and for all 🤷🏻♀️
Unbelievably bad quality of the support 😩😖😫
A battle with Adsense 🗡
Meanwhile, I decided to monetize my 🐀 website better.
I used to use media.net but since a long time already, it was bringing me a revenue of nice round zero dollars 😂
So, I wanted to switch to Adsense to see if it improves the situation.
Well, it turned out that Adsense has become quite demanding to new websites and does not give its approval that easily anymore.
My website got rejected right off the bat.
I did some improvements but it did not help.
Eventually, I managed to get the approval but it took me a few weeks to find and fix the problem.
Got lost in my Elephants 🐘, Rats 🐀, and other creatures? Read here to find out what the website nicknames mean
Humans are upsetting 😒
During these two months, I got quite upset with the people I was working with.
I already wrote about the unhelpful support from eZoic above and here, I will write about my “staff”, my “employees”, the people to whom I outsource my work.
A fight with my editor 😡
As you should already know, I hired an editor in April.
The things with her were not cheesy-peasy already from the start. It took us a while to get adjusted to each other.
In May, I felt like everything was finally going well.
Then, I decided to take a look at the articles she edited to see if they had the proper keywords.
Well, they did not 😧😠😡
I checked the editing history and saw that the writers did add the keywords but later down the editing road, the keywords were removed 💥
I got so upset 😤
After exchanging with her some emails trying to clarify the situation, I told myself: No f🤬ckign way I will keep working with someone like her who does not understand the SEO basics!
And I wrote to her that I was really considering letting her go.
Her answer was somehow unexpected.
The editor got clearly upset that I did not like her job and also explained to me something.
Turned out that if you hire a crappy writer aaaand you pay your editor per word and not per hour, the final results might be far from ideal.
All the articles where she missed or edited out the keywords were not of the best quality. The editor had to do a lot of edits and, to keep her costs low, she spent less time on the other aspects of the texts.
She suggested a few things to improve our collaboration:
👉🏻 Fire the bad writers and hire good expensive ones 🤣
👉🏻 Stop using the project management tool (Asana) for chatting and find something better 🤔
Pay her more 🤣 Give her more time to adjust
She was so honest with her feedback that I decided to give this thing another chance.
I did not fire my writers but instead, I improved our collaboration by setting up Slack (the free tier 😉), which we almost do not use 🤣
This incident made me think of the price I pay for the low-quality content.
It may seem that I save money but at the end, I end up paying more with my time and my energy… 😩
An intern flop 💀
Outsource all the things continued 🤸🏻♀️ and in June, I hired an intern via a platform called GenM.com 🎉
My intern lasted for only about 10 days 😆 The guy firstly said that he liked my all tasks and tools… and then ghosted me for a week.
I lost my patience and was thinking about firing him… and turned out he wanted to leave too! So we ended our short and bitter relationship quickly and painlessly 😅
If you want to find out more about the platform, check out my GenM.co review 👈👈👈
MeetAnders, an unlimited graphics design 👩🏻🎨
In June, I tried out another unlimited graphics design service called MeetAnders.
The owner stumbled upon my Kapa99 review and offered to try out their thing.
I agreed and got a free trial of 14 days, which I quite enjoyed.
I will write a review post about them soon as well.
Website updates 🎈
To refresh your memory about what the website nicknames mean, read here.
Mother 🐘 website
This website is my prime focus. As I mentioned above, I am trying to get it approved on other ad platforms that are not Adsense.
For that, I need traffic.
The website is already getting very good traffic from Pinterest and I am double downing on it.
In May-June, I added 4 Pinterest-optimized articles with the total number of 6,000+words and 90+ images 🤯 More posts are currently in progress.
The traffic is growing and I am just a few thousands of sessions shy from being eligible to apply to the MediaVine ad platform 👍🏻
Baby 🐘 website
To remind you what it is: I created it by pretty much copying the Mother 🐘 Website. I used the same keywords and the same growth approach. It seemed to be working so far 😅
This website has become the main breadwinner, actually.
In May-June, I pushed heavily on its SEO content by publishing 13,000+ words in total 🤯😵
After that, I decided to put it on pause to see how it will behave.
As you may already know, I am reviving my old 🐀 Website.
In May and June, I focused on doing skyscraper outreach.
I created 2 huge posts of 5,000 words and 6,000 words.
Then, I did an email outreach. Well, it is still in progress but I already managed to pick up some backlinks 👍🏻
I also set up Tailwind (as I mentioned in my recent Tailwind post) and started working on the Pinterest traffic.
Thanks to all of the above, the website rankings and traffic continued going up:
And the revenue went up, too. From zero to $20 🤣🤣🤣
LivingOfCloud (this blog)
In this blog, I was less active during this period. However, many posts are currently in the draft state and will be published soon, hopefully.
Here are the posts I wrote:
👉🏻 a post about Tailwind that answers a question about whether Tailwind is worth it and shares some tactics that work for me
👉🏻 a mini case study post about a featured snippet I came across in the Google search
Personal life 👩🏻
In May, we went to Boston. Sam had to go to his quarterly business offsite to the head office and I tagged along. I am glad I did! Boston in spring is magic!
In June, I celebrated my birthday! We went to eat out my favorite meals: Pizza and ice cream 🤣
Also, we attended a wedding of two of my dear friends. I enjoyed life by drinking red wine from a bottle outside in the forest 😝
Sam and I with the newlyweds! 😍
At the end of June, we got a jazz festival in our neighborhood #jazzVerdun. It was a lot of fun!
And of course, I kept working out to stay in shape 🏋🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️🧘🏻♂️
Ok, now let’s go back to the business!
In May-June, the expenses were very high and even mind-blowing 🤯 in a bit of sick sense 😷 However, my decision to spend the money was very conscious and was considered as an investment.
One of the reasons for the high expenses was that I continued investing in the content of the websites. As you can see above, the total number of words I paid for was 30,000, which is on par with the previous period! The number you will see in the corresponding line is pretty huge 😕 but I have not yet posted all the articles I ordered.
I also got rid of one of the PBN hostings I was using and finally consolidated all my PBNs on a single platform, Easy Blog Networks. This reduced my expenses by about $14 a month 😝
|Outsourced writing||$1,400.35||Ordered new articles|
|Outsourced editing||$415.89||Reviewing and editing articles|
|Outsourced labor||$448.95||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||$129.02||Paid for a cheap access to AhRef tool+email list cleaning+Elementor Pro plugin and tons of other semi-vital stuff|
|Internship platform||$143.34||Paid for the Internship platform where I got my intern|
|PBN domain registration||$0.00||Amount paid for PBN domain renewals|
|PBN hosting||$71.90||Paid for Easy Blog Networks (read my review) and Bulk Buy Hosting (here's my review); ended Buy Bulk Hosting in June|
|Domain registration||$0.00||Amount paid for regular domain renewals and new domains|
|Guest posting||$0.00||Amount paid for guest posting|
|Enterprise registration||$13.35||Paid for my business registration|
The income in May-June was very good since it was still the high season for my 🐘 websites.
I also signed up for a new video ad platform vi.ai that embeds promotional videos into posts. It is not super lucrative but it does bring a dozen dollars or so a month.
Also, my 🐀 website is coming back to life and is now generating a bit of money.
It all made May 2019 the best month ever in terms of revenue. It got even higher than in December 2018 when I sold one of my websites 🤯
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.
|AdSense by Elephant Websites||$1,054.98||Revenue from the 1st websites I bought + another one in the same niche|
|VigLink by Elephant Websites||$148.95||VigLink revenue from the 1st websites I bought + another one in the same niche|
|Amazon by Elephant Websites||$1,625.05||Revenue from the 1st website I bought + another one in the same niche|
|Video ads by Elephant Websites||$24.64||Revenue from the 1st website I bought + another one in the same niche|
|Amazon by Rat Website||$35.74||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|
|Ads by Rat Website||$0.00||I monetize Rat Website through Adsense|
|Amazon by Honeybee Website||$6.81||Revenue from the website I am building myself with a PBN|
|AdSense by other websites||$16.64||Revenue from the rest of my websites including this blog|
|Paid guest posts||$0.00||Revenue received for paid guest posting|
|Easy Blog Networks||$65.18||Recurring and new affiliate sales for Easy Blog Networks (a solution for PBN hosting)|
|Bulk BuyHosting||$48.71||Recurring and new affiliate sales for Buy Bulk Hosting (another solution for PBN hosting)|
|LivingOffCloud affiliate revenue||$1,069.68||Revenue from affiliate commissions I get from this blog|
|Kickfurther||$4.53||Online investments paid back; read more in my post about Kickfurther|
|Interest||$2.06||Interest earned on a savings account|
Here are my totals for May-June 2019.
Total income$4,042.34 minus total expenses $2,622.80 makes a net profit of $1,419.54. This profit should be divided by two since it’s for both May and June.
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 in order to show you how these months performed compared to the last year.
As I mentioned above, May 2019 was the best month ever, ever in terms of income. It was even better than in December 2018 when I sold my 🐎 website 🤗
July – August 2019 Plans 📅
The high season for my websites is ending so I prepare to embrace lower (much lower) revenue while still trying to fix it 😆
For that, I plan to do the following things:
👉🏻 move to a new ad platform with the Elephant 🐘 Websites whether it is eZoic or MediaVine or something else 🤷🏻♀️
👉🏻 keep publishing new content on my LOC blog; I have several topics in progress already!
👉🏻 resume working on the new 🦄 project, which seems to be pushed back all the time 😒
👉🏻 get a semi-proper vacation since we plan to go to a chalet 🏡 (a summer house in Quebec French) in July!
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