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January 2020 Monthly Income Report

The start to 2020 has been the best month I’ve ever had not just from a revenue perspective, but also in terms of profit.  The month itself was actually a huge transition for me because I spent a LOT of time on my YouTube channel.

I want to start this income report by saying thank you. 

So many of you have given me great feedback, support, and ideas to improve further on my craft.  I want to let you know that, from the bottom of my heart, I really do appreciate it.  Without all of you, my YouTube channel and this website wouldn’t exist, so thank you. 

I also want to mention that moving forward I’m going to try my absolute best to shorten these income reports.  Why? 

Because they take me 10-15 hours to create and now that I’m posting them on my YouTube channel, it just makes more sense that you guys check them out on my channel. 

This month my total income after expenses was $23,766.17 which comes out to $766.65 per day.

You can watch the YouTube Video Here: 

Personal Life Update

  • We are remodeling the Master and Guest bathroom at our house.  An annoying distraction, but once this is done the inside of the house is done (except the unfinished basement)
  • We booked a trip to Hawaii to happen this month.  SUPER excited about that, it’s going to be a full 8 days.

  • Before I begin the actual report, If you’d like to begin a similar journey as myself and try to create a passive income online business, I recommend you read this write-up I did.

    It explains the truth about online business and should help educate you before you move forward with anything.

    If this is your first time on my website let me explain a few things about my detailed income reports 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.

    Keep in mind, I don’t create these to gloat about my earnings. I create them to help you understand the true “earning curve” of online business.

    On a side note, I don’t disclose my actual website URL’s on my reports because I’ve had bad experiences with copycats in the past. 

    So, in my income reports, you’ll see website generalizations like Website 1, Website 3, Website 5 Website 4, etc.

    Now that we got that out of the way, let’s dive into the report.

    How did the Income Report Turn Out This Month?

    PRODUCT OR SERVICEREVENUEEXPENSESNET INCOME
    Aweber Email Platform$20.70$20.70
    Shutterstock Website$40.00$40.00
    Thrive Themes$250.50$402.00
    Website 4 Amazon FBA Sales$532.47$532.47
    OHP Course Sales$588.00$588.00
    Consulting$3,240.00$3,240.00
    Partners and Affiliates Revenue
    Website 6 Partners and Affiliates$4.64$4.64
    Website 5 Partners and Affiliates$50.36$50.36
    Website 4 Partners and Affiliates$288.95$288.95
    Website 3 Partners and Affiliates$327.46$327.46
    OHP Partners and Affiliates$423.50$423.50
    Website 1 Partners and Affiliates$9,554.31$9,554.31
    YouTube Revenue
    YT Channel - DM$0.24$0.24
    YT Channel - Thalita$9.14$9.14
    OHP YouTube Channel$254.92$254.92
    Media.net Revenue
    Website 3 Media.net Ad Revenue$30.59$30.59
    Website 4 Media.net Ad Revenue$54.04$54.04
    Website 1 Media.net Ad Revenue$171.31$171.31
    Google Adsense Revenue
    Website 8 Adsense Revenue$0$0
    Website 9 Adsense Revenue$2.35$2.35
    Website 6 Adsense Revenue$4.49$4.49
    OHP Adsense Revenue$11.63$11.63
    Website 2 Adsense Revenue$12.35$12.35
    Website 4 Adsense Revenue$169.77$169.77
    Website 7 Adsense Revenue$382.79$382.79
    Website 5 Adsense Revenue$491.32$491.32
    Website 3 Adsense Revenue$2,288.36$2,288.36
    Website 1 Adsense Revenue$10,787.18$10,787.18
    Software Expenses
    Adobe Photoshop Account$10.61-$10.61
    Mailshake Email Software$12.00-$12.00
    Tailwind Pinterest Marketing App$14.99-$14.99
    Epidemic Sound$15.00-$15.00
    Manage WP$15.30-$15.30
    Deadline Funnel$37.00-$37.00
    Google Business Drive Storage and Apps$38.13-$38.13
    Upwork Premium Employer Plan$49.00-$49.00
    Vid IQ YouTube Software$49.00-$49.00
    Namecheap$63.80-$63.80
    Intuit Quick Books$85.00-$85.00
    Ahrefs$107.66-$107.66
    Shutterstock Monthly Subscription$125.00-$125.00
    Active Campaign$135.00-$135.00
    Siteground Hosting$155.00-$155.00
    Kinsta Hosting$300.00-$300.00
    Advertising Expenses
    Facebook Ads$79.56-$79.56
    Freelance Labor Expenses
    Freelance Writing$2,861.83-$2,861.83
    Freelance Research, Editing, Video Production, and Misc. Labor$2,066.83-$2,066.83
    TOTALS$29,986.88$6,220.71$23,776.17
    Revenue By ChannelWebsite 1Website 3OHP WebsiteWebsite 4Website 2Website 5Website 6Website 7Website 8Website 9ConsultingUdemyYouTube
    January 2020$20,512.80$2,646.41$1,334.33$1045.23$12.35$541.68$9.13$382.79$0$2.35$3,240.00$0.00$264.30
    December 2019$19,383.27
    $2,026.21
    $934.81
    $1,864.92
    $9.36
    $694.61
    $78.56
    $304.53
    $2,575.00
    $17.69
    $202.66
    November 2019$21,920.53$2,173.90$602.88$1,338.93$15.77$617.31$182.80
    $196.02
    $0$21.59$358.91
    October 2019$23,620.75$2,546.04$1,073.56$711.71$72.89$230.27$84.62$58.41$300.00$30.00$202.14
    September 2019$21,006.31$2,627.86$335.35$585.93$14.72$170.04$50.33$17.80$0$35.00$177.05
    August 2019$17,817.28$2,590.92$414.58$553.82$23.67$133.92$97.26
    $2.57
    $275.00
    $40.00
    $156.00
    July 2019$16,855.42$3,652.24$427.66$574.78$17.16$74.26$76.00$2.10$0$35$130.26
    June 2019$15,402.28$5,561.07$709.07$562.63$30.74$46.29$100.19$0$0$141.46
    May 2019$17,578.97$4,900.70$1,062.34$749.14$22.25$61.17$35.71$0
    $0$116.02
    April 2019$16,273.68$4,078.83$239.73$700.42$9.53$46.05$0$0$76.86
    March 2019$17,006.79$3,620.30$439.88$931.22$19.98$152.99$0$20.24$76.24
    February 2019$15,656.00$2,799.98$551.53$647.94$15.68$291.72$0$28.75$65.63
    January 2019$16,483.03$3,280.64$469.30$1,009.83$10.41$401.91$600.00$45.75$76.52
    December 2018$11,776.03$2,488.53$483.96$2,078.19$20.16$487.37$0$98.43$73.60
    November 2018$12,886.78$2,324.75$657.86$789.26$10.67$386.31$0$205.87$79.91
    October 2018$13,246.69$3,135.04
    $369.22$747.29$15.46$306.89$150$93.27$83.86
    September 2018$11,784.71$3,853.20$321.67$628.97$0.00$210.72$175$14.94$82.99
    August 2018$11,556.29$3,266.47$512.72$980.89$5.31$39.81$0$97.18$93.63
    July 2018$12,864.08$4,991.15$722.76$707.66$8.05$26.84$0$91.48$84.33
    June 2018$11138.00$6,858.01$432.01$797.02$11.06$52.42$0$50.92$95.96
    May 2018$9152.94$4,288.26$391.63$699.19$6.96$40.23$0$44.40$100.82
    April 2018$9637.30$2,028.65$545.01$804.71$11.74$236.23$0$24.90$85.48
    March 2018$14236.64$778.01$380.29$1362.83$13.78$224.68$0$80.61$94.79
    February 2018$10918.94$382.03$644.36$838.51$22.27$454.08$0$23.90$86.86
    January 2018$7993.31
    $467.71
    $757.59
    $718.04
    $14.26
    $486.99
    $0$113.95
    $67.06
    December 2017$6707.43$432.22$785.74$555.72$28.50$114.05$0$59.21$96.12
    November 2017$7545.13$574.91$480.41$479.34$17.70$4.31$0$187.01$90.40
    October 2017$6859.17$617.67$265.38$319.02$13.06$0$135.59$66.71
    September 2017$6781.51$348.16$673.87$223.95$11.31$0$81.39$58.13
    August 2017$7429.92$391.68$945.04$181.93$16.36$0$133.91$63.57
    July 2017$5658.64$344.91$1055.57$85.84$58.55$1,496.38$41.80$94.84
    June 2017$5924.41$423.04$403.84$31.71$11.87$600.00$148.88$79.81
    May 2017$6805.18$214.18$79.00$9.67$8.71$51.50$76.08$82.58
    April 2017$8175.11$116.65$106.71$3.57$0$80.25$57.76
    March 2017$9527.42$224.16$355.12$6.43$0$137.29$59.11
    February 2017$3726.98$160.48$438.54$32.99$125$165.43$52.40
    January 2017$4005.52$104.19$267.33$0$222.20$41.60
    December 2016$3553.43$52.63$384.57$125.00$138.07$41.32
    November 2016$3778.45$22.10$357.77$125.00$259.26$48.13
    October 2016$3841.36$1.37$213.88$126.00$238.90$48.92
    September 2016$3102.56$402.32$112.01$271.02$57.14
    August 2016$3318.70$44.72$731.05$423.49$55.08
    July 2016$3353.06$347.47$135.19$186.34$52.12
    June 2016$3219.41$132.77$330.00$397.55$72.22
    May 2016$4677.02$253.67$206.25$135.25$75.89
    April 2016$5008.23$286.38$497.50$353.02$62.52
    March 2016$2311.67$265.29$556.75$301.06$60.14
    February 2016$2760.21$250.70$431.25$324.58$62.00
    January 2016$233.00$117.58$1140.00$400.97$46.19
    December 2015$121.30$76.00$1163.75$17.15$38.83
    November 2015$138.11$39.00$1150.25$245.68$36.78
    October 2015$107.72$89.54$760.50$49.50$40.65
    September 2015$102.95$113.10$1112.32$17.49$27.46
    August 2015$39.68$51.75$1463.75$12.05$25.09

    ​Project Updates

    Website 1 Update

    • Traffic numbers are climbing due to the content team I have in place revising and republishing content.
    • I’ve fended off my competitor due to some creative page updates to make our website better than all competitors.
    • PLAN: Continue revising content to make the content better. 

    Graph of the last 13 months of progress:

    Month

    Pageviews

    Referring Domains

    Total Earnings

    Jan-20

    320,773

    759

    $20,512.80

    Dec-19

    246,409

    746

    $19,383.27

    Nov-19

    269,639

    718

    $21,920.53

    Oct-19

    323,681

    669

    $23,620.75

    Sep-19

    309,050

    651

    $21,006.31

    Aug-19

    296,076

    659

    $17,817.28

    Jul-19

    302,646

    623

    $16,855.42

    Jun-19

    270,447

    602

    $15,402.28

    May-19

    296,686

    594

    $17,578.97

    Apr-19

    270,983

    638

    $16,273.68

    Mar-19

    257,616

    639

    $17,006.79

    Feb-19

    254,351

    604

    $15,656.00

    Jan-19

    333,317

    597

    $16,483.03

    Udemy Update

    I don’t focus on Udemy any longer. They sell my courses for too cheap.

    OneHourProfessor Website Update

    Website 3 Update

    • Changed to new partner to generate more revenue. Leading to more clicks on content, but less pay per click.  Less revenue, but better user experience. 
    • PLAN: Continue to publish new content. Considering running a new backlinking campaign to try to grow domain authority.

    Graph of the last 13 months of progress:

    Month

    Pageviews

    Referring Domains

    Total Earnings

    Jan-20

    184147

    571

    $2,646.41

    Dec-19

    125286

    556

    $2,026.21

    Nov-19

    125330

    535

    $2,173.90

    Oct-19

    138041

    494

    $2,546.04

    Sep-19

    143883

    417

    $2,627.86

    Aug-19

    152799

    424

    $2,590.92

    Jul-19

    191629

    432

    $3,652.24

    Jun-19

    256176

    427

    $5,561.07

    May-19

    257171

    421

    $4,900.70

    Apr-19

    194433

    482

    $4,078.83

    Mar-19

    174087

    473

    $3,620.30

    Feb-19

    141825

    405

    $2,799.98

    Jan-19

    161334

    441

    $3,280.64

     

    Website 4 Update

    • Broke $1000.00 in revenue for the third month in a row
    • About 50% of the income is coming from Amazon FBA product
    • Content has not been revised or added to in years. Still know I should revise it, but haven’t found the time.
    • PLAN: Still want to expand on Amazon FBA products as this website has a huge Facebook group attached to it of about 20,000 international fans.

    Graph of the last 13 months of progress:

    Month

    Pageviews

    Referring Domains

    Total Earnings

    Jan-20

    45,034

    316

    $1,045.23

    Dec-19

    39,787

    311

    $1,864.92

    Nov-19

    45,328

    305

    $1,338.93

    Oct-19

    54243

    273

    $711.71

    Sep-19

    52337

    248

    $585.93

    Aug-19

    52905

    244

    $553.82

    Jul-19

    50016

    266

    $574.78

    Jun-19

    47102

    269

    $562.63

    May-19

    51419

    260

    $749.14

    Apr-19

    51688

    286

    $700.42

    Mar-19

    56758

    283

    $931.22

    Feb-19

    55893

    250

    $647.94

    Jan-19

    62079

    241

    $1,009.83

     

    Website 5 Update

    • Third highest month ever for website.
    • Less revenue than last month, but still doing pretty well as most revenue is based on Google Adsense
    • PLAN: Testing three new writers to create review-type content. The revenue is a sign I need to reinvest in this website

    Graph of the last 13 months of progress:

    Month

    Pageviews

    Referring Domains

    Total Earnings

    Jan-20

    70411

    412

    $541.68

    Dec-19

    72621

    416

    $694.61

    Nov-19

    61908

    412

    $617.31

    Oct-19

    51442

    379

    $230.27

    Sep-19

    41366

    357

    $170.04

    Aug-19

    31226

    350

    $133.92

    Jul-19

    4171

    328

    $74.26

    Jun-19

    5443

    311

    $46.29

    May-19

    6847

    318

    $61.17

    Apr-19

    14922

    346

    $46.05

    Mar-19

    41295

    372

    $152.99

    Feb-19

    72698

    379

    $291.72

    Jan-19

    80255

    359

    $401.91

    Website 6 Update

    • HUGE drop in earnings this month due to trying to implement Adsense ads. For some reason, this website only does well with affiliate and every time I test Adsense, earnings drop significantly. 
    • How Much Have I Invested in This Website: $5,143.66
    • How Much Money Has This Website Made? $714.60
    • Total ROI: -$4,429.06
    • How Much Content is on the Website? Keep in mind this website is mostly focused on affiliate content with some informational content.
      • 200 Blog Posts
    • PLAN: Continue to invest in content, but I have spent time improving quality with the writer.  Would like to increase content product by another post per week. 

    Below is a summary of the website so far:

    Month

    Pageviews

    Referring Domains

    Total Earnings

    Jan-20

    7884

    272

    $9.13

    Dec-19

    7287

    257

    $78.56

    Nov-19

    7681

    235

    $182.80

    Oct-19

    5184

    191

    $84.62

    Sep-19

    4915

    148

    $50.33

    Aug-19

    4591

    136

    $97.26

    Jul-19

    6432

    92

    $76.00

    Jun-19

    7914

    87

    $100.19

    May-19

    5989

    73

    $35.71

    Website 7 Update

    • How Much Have I Invested in This Website: $16,945.33
    • How Much Money Has This Website Made? $964.22
    • Total ROI: $-15,981.11
    • How Much Content is on the Website: Keep in mind that this is an informational type of website, not affiliate related at all.
      • 637 Informational pages on the website
      • 56 Informational Blog Posts
    • PLAN
      • Continue to invest in content.
      • Growth continues even though I haven’t done any link building. Google continues to reward good content so traffic increased by 43% and the revenue increased by 26%.

    Below is a summary of the website so far:

    Month

    Pageviews

    Referring Domains

    Total Earnings

    Jan-20

    33069

    114

    $382.79

    Dec-19

    23112

    109

    $304.53

    Nov-19

    18308

    97

    $196.02

    Oct-19

    9118

    67

    $58.41

    Sep-19

    5185

    46

    $17.80

    Aug-19

    3163

    40

    $2.57

    Jul-19

    2464

    22

    $2.10

    Jun-19

    1618

    10

    $0.00

    May-19

    2393

    7

    $0.00

    Apr-19

    2045

    2

    $0.00

    Website 8 Update 

    • Youngest website in portfolio. Continues to grow and started to get a little organic traffic in January.  Still very young and a lot of room to grow, seems to be doing well without any link building.
    • Writer I had quit on me due to a new job. Testing out three new writers currently.
    • How Much Have I Invested in This Website: $1,225.69
    • How Much Money Has This Website Made? $0
    • Total ROI: -$1,225.69
    • How Much Content is on the Website? Keep in mind this website is mostly focused on affiliate content with some informational content. 
      • 28 Informational Blog Posts
    • PLAN: Get new writer in place and train them.  Increase content production by one article per week.

    Month

    Pageviews

    Referring Domains

    Total Earnings

    Jan-20

    514

    1

    $0.00

    Dec-19

    528

    1

    $0.00

    Nov-19

    2

    0

    $0.00

    Oct-19

    0

    0

    $0.00

    Thalita YouTube Channel

    If you’re wondering why my wife’s YouTube Channel is included in my income reports, it’s because it’s all part of the same business.  For more details, look at the Thalita YouTube Channel update on this income report when I introduced it.

    • This is starting to look like a very expensive failure. Almost 100 videos in and nothing seems to be working.  We are about to pull the plug on this expensive mistake.
    • How Much Have We Invested in This YouTube Channel: $9,419.85
      • Editors: $3,187.25
      • Ads: $6,232.60
    • How Much Money Has This YouTube Channel Made? $257.15
    • Total ROI: -$9,162.70
    • How Much Content is on the YouTube Channel?
      • 79 Videos
    • Subscriber Updates
      • Subs this month: 111
      • Total Subscribers: 6,809

    Below are the metrics of the YouTube channel so far:

    Month

    Views

    Monthly Subscribers

    Earnings

    Jan-20

    7,548

    111

    $9.14

    Dec-19

    9,783

    107

    $20.54

    Nov-19

    267,950

    3,561

    $187.74

    Oct-19

    197,938

    2,995

    $39.73

     

    OneHourProfessor YouTube Channel

    • Significant growth in both subscribers and revenue. Very much enjoying building my personal brand and this channel has me very motivated and excited. 
    • How Much Have I Invested in This YouTube Channel: $365.00
    • How Much Money Has This YouTube Channel Made? $743.53
    • Total ROI: $378.53
    • How Much Content is on the YouTube Channel?
      • 70 Videos
    • Subscriber Updates
      • Subs this month: 441
      • Total Subscribers: 5,782

    Below are the metrics of the YouTube channel so far:

    Month

    Views

    Total Subscribers

    Earnings

    Jan-20

    15,625

    441

    $235.19

    Dec-19

    12,164

    162

    $165.18

    Nov-19

    11,104

    129

    $154.62

    Oct-19

    10,897

    148

    $149.41

    DM YouTube Channel

    • Based on advice from expert, stopped channel we tried to transfer into this niche and created a whole new channel in the same niche. Using the same videos, just trying to build the channel from scratch.
    • Intend on publishing 33 total videos and will double back at that point to see how it performs.
    • As of now, content is scheduled for every other day and we will see if the channel grows.
    • How Much Have I Invested in This YouTube Channel: $0 (Thalita is editing all videos)
    • How Much Money Has This YouTube Channel Made? $0
    • Total ROI: $0
    • How Much Content is on the YouTube Channel?
      • 16 Videos
    • Subscriber Updates
      • Subs this month: 18
      • Total Subscribers: 18

    Below are the metrics of the YouTube channel so far:

    Month

    Views

    Total Subscribers

    Earnings

    Jan-20

    218

    18

    $0.00

     

    Lessons Learned

    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.

    • No one can touch your personal brand.
    • YouTube is very powerful.
    • Link building isn’t always needed.

    Did I Meet my Goals for January?

    Link Whisper Review (Repeat):  No, I failed this again.  Just too busy with other content. 

    Record 10 YouTube Videos:  Success.  And it’s looking like a great new channel for the business.

    Finalize Website 1 Content Revisions Team:  Success.  Team is doing well and helping improve website quality.

    What Are my Goals for February?

    Link Whisper Review (Repeat):  I swear I will do this in February.  It’s time I get this done. 

    Publish 12 Videos This Month on YouTube:  Doing my best to publish every M-W-F at Noon.  So far, no deadlines missed.

    Finalize Writers for Two Websites:  Two of my websites need writers right now.  I want to have them in place by the end of the month.

    What are your goals for the month?  What questions do you have?  Let me know in the comments below!


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    • Thanks Ryan! Definitely not easy, but things continue to grow steadily and I’m thrilled to have a team that helps me every step of the way!

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