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September 2020 Monthly Income Report

September is officially over and my income report was a good bounce back from the low of July.  This year has been an incredibly challenging year with everything that’s happened to my business, but it looks like I’ve hit a point of stability again, which is very exciting.

Further, I’m starting to see further growth on One Hour Professor on both YouTube and the blog, which is my main goal since the beginning of this year.  I’ll get into more details in the report, but generally speaking, September was a positive month. 

This month my total income after expenses was $14,514.31 which comes out to $483.81 per day.

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Personal Life Update

On a personal level, I don’t have much to say about this month.  My wife was gone for 3 full weeks which, admittedly, sucked.  For a day I was excited to do things my way and spend all my time the way I wanted, but since then I’ve practically fallen apart. 

You see, as an entrepreneur, you go through a LOT of positive and negative days and it’s vitally important to have a support system nearby.  For the last month I haven’t and this has led to me taking random naps throughout the day and throwing off my sleep schedule. 

I’m happy one day, then bummed the next.  Most of this is due to how hard I’m having to work to grow my personal brand and while my wife is USUALLY around to comfort me, she hasn’t been lately but by the time you see this, she’ll be back here and things will be back to normal.

Aside from that, we’re also in the process of finishing our basement.  We’re doing this weird decoration style where we’re doing a PARTIALLY finished basement and although it sounds weird, it’s turning out to be pretty nice and costing us ¼ of what it would have cost originally.  I’ll do my best to include some images before and after when we’re done. 

That’s all for the personal update.

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
Consulting$2,000.00$2,000.00
Partners and Affiliates Revenue
Website 2 Partners and Affiliates$2.97$2.97
Website 8 Partners and Affiliates$18.35$18.35
Website 5 Partners and Affiliates$24.96$24.96
Website 6 Partners and Affiliates$68.34$68.34
Website 3 Partners and Affiliates$254.98$254.98
OHP Partners and Affiliates$836.18$836.18
Website 1 Partners and Affiliates$7,866.79$7,866.79
YouTube Revenue
Themed YouTube Channel (Click for Webinar)$40.45$40.45
YouTube Channel Website 8 Compliment (Click for Webinar)$98.15$98.15
OHP YT Channel$738.69$738.69
Media.net
Website 3 Media.net Ad Revenue$23.64$23.64
Ezoic Revenue
Website 5 Ezoic Revenue$598.40$598.40
Website 7 Ezoic Revenue$1,115.42$1,115.42
Website 1 Ezoic Revenue$5,475.85$5,475.85
Google Adsense Revenue
Website 9 Adsense Revenue$7.93
$7.93
Website 2 Adsense Revenue$8.55
$8.55
Website 5 Adsense Revenue$21.42$21.42
Website 7 Adsense Revenue$44.56$44.56
Website 1 Adsense Revenue$415.48$415.48
Website 3 Adsense Revenue$1,680.31$1,680.31
Software Expenses
Namecheap$7.48-$7.48
Vid IQ YouTube Software$10.00-$10.00
Adobe Photoshop Account$10.61-$10.61
Tailwind Pinterest Marketing App$14.99
-$14.99
Rev.com (Video Transcriptions)$18.75-$18.75
Manage WP$21.32-$21.32
Surfer SEO$29.00-$29.00
Deadline Funnel$37.00-$37.00
Epidemic Sound$45.00-$45.00
Hunter.io Email Finder Software$49.00-$49.00
Upwork Premium Employer Plan$49.00-$49.00
Google Business Drive Storage and Apps$58.11-$58.11
Intuit Quick Books$85.00-$85.00
Shutterstock Monthly Subscription$125.00-$125.00
Ahrefs SEO Software$179.00-$179.00
Siteground Hosting$180.00-$180.00
Active Campaign$225.00-$225.00
Kinsta Hosting$300.00-$300.00
Misc. Software and Products$148.45-$148.45
Freelance Labor Expenses
Freelance Research, Editing, Video Production, and Misc. Labor$1,488.37-$1,488.37
Freelance Writing$3,746.03-$3,746.03
TOTALS$21,341.42$6,827.11$14,514.31
Revenue By ChannelWebsite 1Website 3OHP WebsiteWebsite 4Website 2Website 5Website 6Website 7Website 8Website 9ConsultingUdemyYouTube
September 2020$13,758.12$1,958.93$836.18XSOLDX$11.52$644.78$68.34$1,159.98$116.50$7.93$2000.00$0$877.29
August 2020$14,356.31$1,829.59$685.48$15,345.21$14.56$709.66$35.15$969.42$97.13$14.09$2,339.50$75.00$790.50
July 2020$10,146.39$1,390.39$545.96$39.01$15.52$473.26$76.03$773.31$34.04$4.29$2,250.00$72.74$682.49
June 2020$18,386.69$2,100.43$664.08$201.03$5.22$397.93$2.82$612.44$0.45$4.72$2,000.00$0.00$457.43
May 2020$14,388.25$1,628.39$576.57$298.50$11.89$407.86$30.95$383.33$5.78$5.83$2,000.00$0.00$489.31
April 2020$9,868.73$1,268.24$311.09$628.28$24.59$499.28$21.63$488.53$4.80$1.16$2,000.00$0.00$723.35
March 2020$15,729.25$1,244.49$401.28$629.15$20.26$599.43$24.68$482.14$61.30$2.37$2,000.00$0.00$324.14
February 2020$22,548.73$2,139.96$261.22$435.32$36.03$543.09$49.32$467.75$0$3.05$2,000.00$0.00$340.49
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 decreased 8% and earnings dropped 4%.  Not ideal, but not a significant drop so I’m not too concerned at this point. 
  • EPM Increased by about 5%, so I’m making more per pageview.  A positive trend and a reflection of what Ezoic was able to provide. 
  • PLAN:  As of now, I intend on creating some new content but mostly focus on revising old content.  Since Q3 just ended, I need to pull content reports to determine what content has lost traffic and fix it to try to reclaim some traffic. 

Table  of the last 13 months of progress:

Month

Pageviews

Referring Domains

Total Earnings

Sep-20

185,999

677

$13,758.12

Aug-20

203,231

666

$14,356.31

Jul-20

196,222

642

$10,146.39

Jun-20

190,933

657

$18,386.69

May-20

176,089

643

$14,388.25

Apr-20

170,513

663

$9,868.73

Mar-20

227,545

752

$15,729.25

Feb-20

435,145

781

$22,548.73

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


Udemy Update

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

OHP Website Update

  • Added 5 blog articles.
    • Some YouTube transcribed/formatted posts.
    • Some new content I wrote myself
  • I’ve stopped selling courses on my site. This isn’t permanent, it’s a change to reflect what my future strategy will be.  I’ll start new courses soon.
  • Second best earnings month since I’ve started keeping track this year.
  • Most pageviews accumulated in a given month.
  • Large jump in referring domains supported by guest posting.
  • EPM jumped to $44 and I’ve seen a nice new increase in affiliate income from the blog.
  • PLAN: Continue guest posting and growing the brand.  This site is running me ragged, but I know all the hard work will be worth it in the end.

Table of the progress in 2020

Month

Pageviews

Referring Domains

Total Earnings

Sep-20

19,127

379

$836.18

Aug-20

18,214

333

$685.58

Jul-20

13,544

283

$545.96

Jun-20

13,414

280

$664.08

May-20

10,981

$576.57

Apr-20

10,187

$311.09

Mar-20

7,492

$401.28

Feb-20

8,359

$261.22

Jan-20

12,972

$1,334.33

Website 3 Update

  • Website has no new content published and no revisions underway.
  • Income was reasonably high for the month. Less than last year, but still a respectable number for doing nothing for months. 
  • PLAN: Continue to let the website sit and collect money. I have also transitioned it over to Ezoic to see how much it earns compared to Adsense.  At the beginning stages and will see a drop in October earnings, but long term I’m confident Ezoic will make more.  I’ll report back.     

Table of the last 13 months of progress:

Month

Pageviews

Referring Domains

Total Earnings

Sep-20

132543

227

$1,958.93

Aug-20

173015

230

$1,829.59

Jul-20

206066

452

$1,390.39

Jun-20

204349

470

$2,100.43

May-20

166903

462

$1,628.39

Apr-20

123512

481

$1,268.24

Mar-20

136593

576

$1,244.49

Feb-20

144411

575

$2,139.96

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

Website 5 Update

  • Website earned less than last month, but had a higher EPM. The problem here was a traffic drop that kind of came out of nowhere.  Will monitor to see why this is happening, but for now, just letting the website sit. 
  • Second best earnings month yet. Not as good as last month, but still a positive result.
  • PLAN: Nothing for now, need to focus on bigger projects. This one is just sitting and printing money each month for the time being.  Might sell, not sure yet.

Table of the last 13 months of progress:

Month

Pageviews

Referring Domains

Total Earnings

Sep-20

59005

419

$644.78

Aug-20

68856

414

$709.66

Jul-20

66123

413

$473.26

Jun-20

63173

418

$397.93

May-20

75237

391

$407.86

Apr-20

94605

388

$499.28

Mar-20

58922

428

$599.43

Feb-20

63597

412

$543.09

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

Website 6 Update

  • Earnings increased from last month by more than double, but it’s a random increase.
  • Traffic increased 36%. For some reason, this site is getting more and more traffic for no reason.  It’s a positive trend, but I have no idea why it’s happening. 
  • How Much Have I Invested in This Website: $5,718
  • How Much Money Has This Website Made? $963
  • Total ROI: -$4,755
  • How Much Content is on the Website? Keep in mind this website is mostly focused on affiliate content with some informational content.
    • 222 Blog posts
  • PLAN: Production has been paused.  This website is sitting and I’ll let it sit until I decide the next move.

Below is a summary of the website for the last 13 months

Month

Pageviews

Referring Domains

Total Earnings

Sep-20

8279

154

$68.34

Aug-20

6064

152

$35.15

Jul-20

4821

151

$76.03

Jun-20

4231

160

$2.82

May-20

4557

173

$30.95

Apr-20

3841

187

$21.63

Mar-20

5278

269

$24.68

Feb-20

6244

275

$49.32

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

Website 7 Update

  • MoM traffic decreased 12%. This was a bit of a surprise as it continually rose month after month and has suddenly gone down a bit. 
  • Earnings increased by 20% MoM, so the bottom line is still positive.
  • How Much Have I Invested in This Website: $24,373
  • How Much Money Has This Website Made? $4,874
  • Total ROI: $-19,499 (If I were to sell the website today, I’d be ahead about $10,000)
  • How Much Content is on the Website: Keep in mind that this is an informational type of website, not affiliate related at all.
    • 1038 Informational pages on the website
    • 103 Informational Blog Posts
  • PLAN
    • Continue investing in content and monitor the progress.

Below is a summary of the website so far:

Month

Pageviews

Referring Domains

Total Earnings

Sep-20

61436

148

$1,159.98

Aug-20

69467

145

$969.42

Jul-20

64153

138

$773.31

Jun-20

40576

130

$612.44

May-20

38358

113

$383.33

Apr-20

43953

105

$488.53

Mar-20

28642

125

$482.14

Feb-20

36935

122

$467.75

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

Website 8 Update

  • Website is showing positive signs with traffic. MoM increase of 47%, which is a great sign.  We’re about to hit 12 months of working on this website and are right around a consistent $100/month, which is decent without link building.
  • My linkbuilding project with this site was a failure. Really not sure what to do at this point, so we have decided to just keep creating content. 
  • How Much Have I Invested in This Website: $3,547
  • How Much Money Has This Website Made? $223
  • Total ROI: -$3,324
  • How Much Content is on the Website? Keep in mind this website is mostly focused on affiliate content with some informational content. 
    • 129 Informational Blog Posts
  • PLAN: Continue content production of 2 articles a week.

Below is a summary of the website so far:

Month

Pageviews

Referring Domains

Total Earnings

Sep-20

2696

35

$116.50

Aug-20

1832

27

$97.13

Jul-20

1548

25

$34.04

Jun-20

1670

23

$0.45

May-20

1535

17

$5.78

Apr-20

1951

5

$5.33

Mar-20

1187

1

$61.30

Feb-20

398

1

$0.00

Jan-20

514

1

$0.00

Dec-19

528

1

$0.00

Nov-19

2

0

$0.00

Oct-19

0

0

$0.00

 

Website 8 Complimentary YouTube Channel

  • Pivoted wife’s old channel to be this instead. The transition is finalized and now we are gaining subscribers monthly.
  • Gained 45 subscribers this month.
  • Views increased 80% MoM.
  • Earnings increase of 80% MoM.
  • How Much Did We Invest in This YouTube Channel: $0
  • How Much Money Has This YouTube Channel Made? $212
  • Total ROI: $212
  • PLAN: Continue publishing videos every other day.

Month

Views

Monthly Subscribers

Earnings

Sep-20

22,841

45

$98.15

Aug-20

12,693

12

$54.57

Jul-20

8,314

20

$33.86

Jun-20

3,517

-45

$15.54

May-20

795

-92

$4.34

Apr-20

7,479

-72

$4.70

Mar-20

558

-121

$0.54

OneHourProfessor YouTube Channel

  • Channel continues to grow in earnings, but views and subscribers are maintaining. It’s strange and doesn’t make sense to me.  I’ve reached out to a bunch of experts with channels to try to find answers. Nothing yet.  I’m about a year in and have seen HUGE growth in that time with YouTube earnings, but this just isn’t where I want it to be yet.
  • Revenue increased 8% MoM.
  • How Much Have I Invested in This YouTube Channel: $2,646
  • How Much Money Has This YouTube Channel Made? $4,325
  • Total ROI: $1,679
  • How Much Content is on the YouTube Channel?
    • 127 Videos
  • Subscriber Updates
    • Subs this month: 555
    • Total Subscribers: 9,560

Below are the metrics of the YouTube channel so far:

Month

Views

Addl. Subscribers

Earnings

Sep-20

26,848

490

$738.69

Aug-20

30,972

578

$682.39

Jul-20

31,849

596

$584.19

Jun-20

28,860

520

$443.63

May-20

21,526

523

$475.67

Apr-20

18,111

415

$722.82

Mar-20

16,663

257

$322.79

Feb-20

15,838

261

$343.06

Jan-20

15,625

419

$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

  • Channel is no longer going viral and earnings/views have dropped.
  • How Much Have I Invested in This YouTube Channel: $0 (Thalita is editing all videos)
  • How Much Money Has This YouTube Channel Made? $148
  • Total ROI: $148
  • How Much Content is on the YouTube Channel?
    • 74 Videos
  • Subscriber Updates
    • Subs this month: 502
    • Total Subscribers: 4689
  • PLAN: Let this channel sit for now and collect money.  Not worth continuing to work on it as the earnings per 1000 views is too low.

Below are the metrics of the YouTube channel so far:

Month

Views

Total Subscribers

Earnings

Sep-20

64,895

502

$40.45

Aug-20

110,359

707

$46.73

Jul-20

299,029

2,101

$61.25

Jun-20

74,956

702

$0.00

May-20

22,684

219

$0.00

Apr-20

10,831

65

$0.00

Mar-20

859

14

$0.00

Feb-20

339

23

$0.00

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.

  1. Guest posting works for more traffic.
  2. YouTube is still a big mystery for me.
  3. Link building propels growth but may not be a total requirement.

Did I Meet my Goals for September?

Write 4 more articles on OHP: COMPLETED! I was able to write all of this content and it’s now on the blog.

Build more links on OHP: COMPLETED! Guest posts have been a huge focus as of late and continues to grow the brand.

What Are my Goals for October?

10+ Guest Posts:  I’d like to write at least 10 guest posts this month. 

Write 4 more articles on OHPI’d like to write more, but with all of the guest posts, I think once post a week makes more sense.

Revise content that is on the fringe of ranking wellI’d like to revise 4 articles that are already on the front page, but not working in the top 3 positions.  I think these revisions could help. 

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


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