I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am with the way that March turned out.
It was far and away my most profitable month. Amazingly, I was able to exceed $10,000 in revenue and my BCC website has finally started to see traffic.
The increase in revenue was because my Felon website ended up going viral, again! This time it was pretty astonishing to watch. The website was shared over 125,000 times on Facebook in 48 hours and I didn’t do anything to make it happen.
It all started with a share on Facebook from a guy that ended up getting 724 more shares.
In fact, in a single day the website had over 40,000 visitors. That’s pretty incredible considering that each month I usually get around 100,000 visitors.
But there’s a lot more that happened in March, both positive and negative, so read on to learn more.
Before I begin the income report, if this is your first time on my website let me explain why I write a detailed income report each month that outlines the money I made (or lost) each month.
I’m doing this for a number of reasons:
1) I strive to be transparent about what it takes to make money online.
2) These reports help me keep track of my own progress.
3) These reports hold me accountable.
In short, I don’t create these to gloat about my earnings. I create them to help you understand the true “earning curve” of online business. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s dive into the report.
|PRODUCT OR SERVICE||REVENUE||EXPENSES||NET INCOME|
|Shuttlestock Website Images||$5.80||$5.80|
|Aweber Email Platform||$11.40||$11.40|
|OHP Course Sales||$39.00||$39.00|
|Udemy Course Sales||$137.29||$137.29|
|THQ Indeed.com Revenue||$75.02||$75.02|
|JFFHUB Indeed.com Revenue||$387.04||$387.04|
|JobsForFelonsHub Partners and Affiliates||$614.41||$614.41|
|JFFHUB Media.net Ad Revenue||$734.23||$734.23|
|News Website - GNG Google Adsense Ad Revenue||$3.22||$3.22|
|OneHourProfessor.com Google Adsense Ad Revenue||$4.17||$4.17|
|TranscriptionJobsHQ.com Google Adsense Revenue||$6.43||$6.43|
|Authority Website - THQ Google Adsense Ad Revenue||$149.11||$149.11|
|JobsForFelonsHub.com Google Adsense Ad Revenue||$8,525.97||$8,525.97|
|Google Drive Storage||$2.09||-$2.09|
|Adobe Photoshop Account||$10.61||-$10.61|
|Gmass Email Software||$12.95||-$12.95|
|Intuit Quick Books||$16.99||-$16.99|
|Meet Edgar Social Media Platform||$49.00||-$49.00|
|App Sumo Deposit Photos||$97.50||$97.50|
|Freelance Website Maintenance and Development||$127.75||-$127.75|
|ConvertKit Email Software||$149.00||-$149.00|
|Freelance Research and Labor||$219.20||-$219.20|
|Revenue By Channel||JFFHub Website||Udemy||OHP Website||Consulting||TJHQ Website||YouTube||Authority Website - THQ|
Every month I have income that streams in from multiple sources and quite frankly, a lot of that is pretty regular. However, each month I tend to see a few line items that are drastically different from the prior month. In this section, I only discuss the items that have increased or decreased significantly.
There were two line items that jumped out to me this month:
Similar to the income I make every month, there are certain expenses that I consider “fixed”. As I did in the income area, I’m only going to discuss the outliers or new items added as expenses.
There are two line items that I think are worth discussing this month:
JobsForFelonsHub.com Update: Obviously, March was pretty awesome for JFFHub. The website went viral on Facebook and that resulted in over 63,000 additional visits from social media. In the month of March alone, there were just over 293,000 sessions total. The screenshot below shows you exactly how much the traffic spiked when the site went viral.
Consulting Update: I did absolutely no consulting in March and that’s completely fine. I like talking shop with people but this isn’t a passive income source so it isn’t ideal for me anyway. We’ll see if anyone asks for consulting in April, but it didn’t happen in March. If you’d like to speak with me about consulting to help you with your project, please click here. Please note that my consulting starts at $100 per hour.
Udemy Update: Udemy earnings dropped a little bit this month again and that’s fine with me. I’m just hoping I can keep making a passive $100-$150 each month without much work. I don’t think I’ll be making more courses with Udemy again, the fact that I work so hard on a course and have to sell it for a discount isn’t worth it to me. I may make my own courses on One Hour Professor and sell those, but for now I’m just focused on new websites.
OneHourProfessor.com Website Update: I sold one course this month which isn’t bad considering I do nothing to make that happen. I also want to write a few reviews on some products that I use for some extra affiliate income, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that anytime soon.
Authority Website THQ Update: The THQ Authority Website was moving along really well in the beginning of March and reached over 1,500 visitors in a single day!
But then…..that changed.
I’m not sure if you’ve read about it, but Google launched a new update that people are calling “Fred”.
Long story short, this new algorithm is targeting the quality of pages on a website.
I’ve always been a “White Hat” SEO type of guy. I’ve spent all of my time focused on doing the “right” things because I never wanted to try to test Google when it comes to organic traffic. I’d rather do it right the first time knowing that I’ll never get penalized, versus doing something shady and hoping nothing bad happens.
Well, even with that mindset, I wasn’t immune to the wrath of Google.
As you can see from the screenshot above, I was officially penalized by Google’s algorithm. I went from roughly 1,500 visitors per day to about half of that.
Truth be told, I’m still not 100% sure why this happened and that’s what really sucks. I have no messages in my Google Search Console about being penalized and no one seems to know exactly what the last Google update targeted.
I researched quite a bit on what this Google Fred update was all about and this is one of the explanations that I trust;
“The update has now been around long enough for us to start piecing together the puzzle. The first factor is content. If your site’s rankings are heavily dependent on multiple long-tail keywords and the content that matches those keywords was written before 2014, you may have been affected. Basically, if Fred sees your content as invaluable, outdated, or too ad-heavy, you may see some rankings drop.”
After looking this over and multiple other resources, I’ve determined that the main traffic generating pages on my website just simply weren’t high enough quality. I think the reason is because they are somewhat redundant and though I never spun content, there were a lot of similarities. Because of that, I’m going to be revising roughly 10 pages on the website that account for roughly 80% of the traffic in hopes that I can recover from the penalty.
Here’s a breakdown of some key metrics for the THQ authority website:
There are a few key things that you’ll notice in the figures above:
Authority Website BCC Update:
It seems that Google has finally begun to give the BCC website some love. I didn’t do any additional link building or anything, I was just waiting on Google.
Lucky for me, the search engine has started to realize that the website is full of quality content and has started to send it some organic traffic.
Here are my statistics for this website so far:
There are a few key things that you’ll notice in the figures above:
For now, all I’m doing with this website is publishing one blog post per week. If I have to jump in to do more link building I will, but for now I’m going to monitor and see how much SEO traffic I get and where I level off.
GNG Website Update:
Our first month for this news website is behind us and after only being 3 weeks old, here are the statistics I have.
|Month||Sessions||Referring Domains||Earnings||Facebook Followers|
Though we spent around $350 between the two of us in the first month on writers and Facebook ads, seeing earnings right away is a great feeling. Sure, it’s not even $10, but I’ll take this over nothing.
The fact that we almost had 1,000 sessions is also a great sign, I look forward to seeing what the next few months of work will bring.
Every month, I’m going to reflect back and tell you a few different lessons that I’ve learned. My hope is that the lessons each month will be a cautionary tale for you that makes it so that you don’t make the dumb mistakes that I do along the way.
Try to create one income generating website and when it’s in a really good place and you can outsource a lot of it, create another. Do this over and over. That way, if one website is penalized, it won’t ruin your income.
It starts with a general ad with a small budget, say $5.00 per day. Target what you think makes sense and stay pretty general with your targeting. Let that run for a week.
From there, look at the cost per like or cost per engagement by sex and create a very similar campaign but only target the cheaper sex. Let that run for a week.
Next, look at the cost per like/engagement by age. Adjust your campaign again and target the cheapest age demographic. Let that run for a week and then test more variables to reduce cost.
What I’ve discovered is that the way to succeed on Facebook is to start a campaign and let Facebook run to do it’s thing.
Then review data and make a change towards the cheaper result. If you do this over and over again, you’ll get cheap likes on your Facebook page.
In our campaigns, the original cost per like was $2.24 but we just ignored it for a week and let Facebook optimize itself. As of now, we are down to $0.24 per like because we keep testing different audiences and going with the cheaper variable and I think we can bring it even lower.
|Item||Fixed Costs||Variable Costs|
|Google Drive Storage||$2.09|
|Intuit Quick Books||$11.99|
|Gmass Email Software||$12.95|
|Meet Edgar Social Media||$49.00|
|BCC Writers – 1 Blog Post Per Week||$40|
|THQ Writer – 1 Blog Post Per Week||$60|
|THQ Writer – City Descriptions||$160|
|JFFHUB Writer – 3 Posts Per Week||$160|
|MONTHLY EXPECTED SPEND:||$1,380.64|
I didn’t want to try to change any of my ads on JFFHub this month because it went viral. In my opinion, it would have been foolish to change anything considering how well Google Adsense was performing so I held off.
This took a whole lot of work and I am very happy to report 31 total links. This comes out to one link every single day and if I can do this for a few more months consecutively I’ll be in really good shape from an SEO perspective.
I did start my autoresponders for THQ and now my visitors are getting segmented into three specific groups. I’m working with my writers to create content that I can add into the autoresponders, but I don’t have it all done yet.
I didn’t talk about it much in this report because I’ll discuss much more in my April Income report, but this is a ridiculously busy month for me. I’ve talked about how I’m going to be moving to Brazil and April is the month that this will happen. In addition to that, my best friend is having his wedding and I have a few other big things I’m dealing with on a personal level that is making work take a back seat this month. That being said, I’m still going to try to stay on top of my work with all of the distractions I’m dealing with.
The JFFHub website Facebook group came up with a great idea that I’m going to start working on. I don’t want to share exactly what the database is yet, but it’s something that they need and should result in even more income for the website as time goes on.
I was able to hit 30 backlinks in March, so I want to replicate that again this month. It isn’t easy to do, but I’m hopeful that I can do it again this month. If so, my SEO for the THQ website will be rockin’ and traffic should keep on streaming in.
What are your goals for the month? What questions do you have? Let me know in the comments below!