I don’t recall if I said I’ll ever do an earnings report post, but whatever, I decided to finally do it because I had writer’s block and I also wanted to show readers I don’t just say how to make money online for no good reason, the same strategies I suggest to you as well as programs are the same ones I use to make me what I am making today and in today’s “case study”, we’ll ONLY examine THIS website.
My goal for it has always been to at least kick it up to a six figure income and I have had 2 other examples in the past where the site/s I made did reach that goal. One went as far as almost $200,000, but the problem with those 2 examples is that they were never built on a stable business foundation (they weren’t evergreen).
However, this one is and although I should technically be doing this report at the end of 2016, I decided to instead do them like this, because by the time the year ends, I may just forget to round up the year and add up the profits.
So has this site made six figures this year?
Close, but estimating what will come by the end of November and then December, I think I’ll get close, but not to the $100k goal yet, more like $70k.
I really don’t like to talk about earnings, but I think people who read this and wonder if websites can make them a full time income, specifically 6 figures or more might be more willing to start if they see an example of it like on my site.
So how is the $70k broken down? Well first we have the report of commissions from 1/1/16 until 10/31/16:
Now I haven’t included the end of November because it’s still being calculated, but so far, here’s the stats for month 11:
Now why exactly is it that this month is so much larger than the previous ones? Well because my mainly promoted program has had a Black Friday event going on for a few days and will until about December 3rd.
This event is usually the one which brings in higher numbers and almost feels like a “bonus” period for me every year. But yeah, usually these few days bring about 25% of my yearly profits.
Now if you add that number to the $53k above and (hopefully expected) another $5k or more for December, you will get about $70k in total, 30k shy of the six figure mark.
Now this is the report ONLY for this site and if you include my other sites where I don’t pay as much attention which do make money, they combined with this one still don’t get to the $100k, but there’s a positive:
Besides the fact that I have just proven to you that one website can make this much…
I have also increased my profits from 2015 which was, at least for this site, $50k. Now with almost a $20k increase in 2016, that about 40% increased from last year.
Also…I had another surprise sale from a different promotion:
I don’t normally promote other products on this site, but sometimes it does pay to do it as was in this case: I promoted a program called Affilorama, but didn’t really advise it as being the BEST.
Yet despite that being mentioned, someone went ahead and purchased it, giving me a nice…$356.19 and here’s proof:
And so far, there hasn’t been a refund, meaning the purchaser is happy for all I know and I’m glad. People may wonder why I don’t promote so many other programs especially ones which pay like this and my answer is that, my goal on this site is to give people the BEST program for making money in this business and I’ve decided on that program as being Wealthy Affiliate.
Even though it pays me less per lead, on a monthly basis, it adds up and the recent Black Friday sales have each surpassed $100.
But while the commission rate is really secondary, the primary reasoning for promoting a technically less paying program is simply because the quality is better and it generally makes my customers happier.
The tips I used to get to this amount:
1) I followed everything in this program. It is also where I made the above profits from.
2) I blogged quite often, and being that this site is a few years old, I have actually become lazier in my writing frequency. This year I’ve so far reached about a 100 new blog posts, despite my initial goal to be 200. THIS played a gigantic role in my lack of reaching the six figures.
3) 90%+ of all my blog posts were keyword targeted a majority of which were reviews on other products in this market and the good thing is that most of them are horrible, meaning it’s easier to pitch the one I stand by.
So the tip I give you reader is: Blog as much as possible and target those keywords, don’t slump like I did. Even if you get a writer’s block, use some tips to break it and move forward.
4) Promote more than one product if it’s good enough, but be sure to have a single one that stands out and mention that it does. My experience has shown me that 1 main promotion gives people more calm in knowing that there’s nothing better and it’s easier to make the decision for them as a result.
My final thoughts:
Once the year ends, I will try to do an OFFICIAL year end report on the profits to see if the expected amount was reached, was short or more. But even if it isn’t, the goal moving into 2017 will be to keep on blogging and doing the same 4 things I just mentioned above, but in a more larger frequency since this year wasn’t up to par.
Even if it somehow reaches six figures, which I’d be VERY happy about, the goal for next year would be to make more and more.