Like all online marketers, I post my monthly income so you can see my Method™ is working. These report cards tell the story of how my niche websites are performing (in a way that doesn't get me in hot water with the taxman).
I spent most of January building an online course for my education websites. That was mostly fun, but my income generating websites had a rough time.
I split these report cards according to websites 1) I bought 2) I made 3) I made with a partner.
Bought: Tech Site (C)
I had a few articles to upload, and did a tiny bit of polish on the site. I started to think about selling it. It has sentimental value and the earnings and traffic are really solid. But I am stretched too thin and need to consolidate.
Bought: Garden Site (D)
Another stinker. Google refuses to recognise the changes I made to it. Boo!
Bought: Home Site (B+)
At the end of December there were some green shoots of recovery, and fortunately it wasn’t a false dawn: We had the best month for quite a while.
Built: Review Site 1
Built: Review Site 2 (D)
No sign of recovery, so in the last couple of days I bought a new domain and rebranded the site. Don’t really know if I’ve done it right, but there’s not much to lose. Let’s see.
There were only 3 days that made money, but because the products are quite expensive it actually wasn’t all that bad a month.
Built: Review Site 3 (A+)
Another great month. I love this site, but in a couple of months I’ll be trying to sell it.
Built: Education Sites (A+)
I’m building an online course with 14 units. I gave out some free logins to get feedback, and there have been a few super helpful people. And the very day I made it possible to actually buy the course, somebody did! Quite randomly!
I’m selling it for 9 dollars a pop because the students are all over the world, mostly in poor countries. In Jan I sold about 70 dollars’ worth, but each sale made me really happy.
So the A+ rating isn’t related to the actual amount of money raised from these sites.
Built: Others (D)
This is my basket of deplorables - 7 sites too new, small, or shit to warrant their own section.
All back to normal, i.e. mostly nothing. I should shut a couple of them down, really.
Joint Venture: Authority Site (E)
Quite a bad month. Depressing. Little bit worrying. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the site. Just have to hope Google finally realises they’ve shat the bed in terms of the changes they made last October.
Last Month's Goals
I did a soft launch of my course and it’s been a success, especially in terms of feedback. I hoped to have it finished by now, but I’m not even halfway through. I am REALLY overdelivering in terms of content amount and quality.
The authority site got a makeover. Looks really good now.
I have been exercising more, but nowhere near enough, and I am still horribly fat.
This Month's Goals
Keep ploughing through the online course. Finish by the end of Feb?
See if I can sell a site or two.
Need to exercise at least 5 days a week. I should really do at least 30 mins a day. That wouldn’t be hard at all.
Not a good month financially. The main worry is the authority site, because it’s way below the income level needed to let my partner work full-time on it. If she has to take other work to make up the shortfall, there’s even less chance of a recovery.
It’d help if I had the first clue what was wrong with it. Ah, well. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.