Like all online marketers, I post my monthly income so you can see my Method™ is working.
Made over 1600 in Feb, which isn't too bad given it's a shorter month.
The Tech Site
I only added one new article, though I did some experimenting with a struggling page's keyword density. I also realised a few other pages were slipping down the rankings - they all have '2016' in the URL so I changed that and set up redirects. Never put the year in the URL! You're just giving yourself work down the line.
The Big Amazon Update. If you're reading this in the far future, at the end of Feb 2017, Amazon announced a change in the way they pay affiliates. Long story short, it's probably going to be bad for anyone in the tech niche. On the one hand, I'll probably make less money in the next few months. On the other hand, some of my competitors might drop out of the business since it won't be worth their time making new content.
This site broke even a long time ago and I get content for cheap, so I'm phlegmatic about it.
The Lead Generation Site
This one isn't really benefiting from the Trump effect, but it's still number 1 in most relevant searches. Whatever money is in this niche, I should be getting the lion's share.
It's paid back about 25% of the purchase price so far, in about ten months. It's testament to the high ROI expected from websites that I find it underwhelming.
This one is just ticking along. Google changed their algorithm a bit, and there were some heavy fluctuations, but it settled back down into its old positions and is making 250ish a month every month. Fine by me.
I barely touched these in February. Income is also stuck in the 250ish range, and getting more out of them would involve making a course or ebook or something, and I don't have the energy right now.
The Authority Site
Ten months into its life, sales of large items have totally dried up (we sold 5 in the first few months). The weird thing is we're doing much better on Google now, but it's not leading to those big-money sales.
But we are selling lots of little things and ranking top 10 for a few keywords. It's starting to happen! I splurged on some new content and spent some time improving the silos on the site. (That's where you group pages together and make a mini-site inside your site).
It's been slow going, but the site's quality is starting to shine through.
I actually invested quite a bit of time writing new content for Podcast Pals even though that only makes pennies a day. Britain's Smallest Shop gets zero attention and if I didn't have that cool logo from it, I'd let it lapse when the domain expires.
The joint venture I started last month is still in its infancy, but John is a real go-getter and a good sales guy, and we might end up working together doing link-building for businesses. Should be a win-win for everyone involved. I didn't plan to get into that side of SEO but it can be very lucrative, so why not?
And finally, I invested a few hundred dollars in my smaller sites (not shown on the table above). They continue their slow, slow climb up the rankings.