I feel a bit guilty having only published 2 posts since my last monthly affiliate marketing income report, but blogging just isn’t my main focus at the moment. I definitely hope to post more frequently in May though.
This is now my fourth post in this new monthly post series, and I hope that I continue with them for a long time. At least, I hope that I can post profitable numbers for a long time.
If you recall in my previous report, March 2013 was my best affiliate marketing month by far, netting $33,883.66, which was the most I ever made from affiliate marketing in 1 month.
I ended that post with:
"As a result, I don’t expect April to be a new record month for me. In fact, I’ll be quite happy if it performs anywhere close to how March did."
Well, I didn’t end up breaking March’s numbers, but I did come close. Extremely close. I was just $249.47 away from setting a new record!
Here are the overall numbers for the month:
April 2013 Affiliate Campaign Income:
While not quite my highest grossing month, it’s definitely my second-highest.
But that’s just gross income and not net profit. Paid traffic is called "paid" for a reason…
Traffic Source Breakdown:
- Traffic Source #1: $729.51
- Traffic Source #2: $1,016.89
- Traffic Source #3: $222.76
- Traffic Source #4: $28,799.66
- Traffic Source #5: $33,868.09
- Traffic Source #6: $255.39
When I was first drafting this post, I thought I had actually set a new record because I forgot to include Traffic Source #6… oh well.
While not a new monthly record, I can’t complain about this number. I should also not expect to be able to set new records so frequently… it’s not realistic.
My ROI took quite a hit compared to March (69%), coming in at 52%. Although, 52% is a lot closer to my typical average. March was just unusually high.
Year-To-Date Affiliate Marketing Results
2013 has continued to be an absolute fantastic year for me so far.
Here’s a monthly breakdown:
$122K profit in the first 3rd of the year may sound like a lot, but really it’s just a bit over $1,000/day if you average it over the past 4 months.
When you look at it that way, it doesn’t sound like a lot at all. There are guys out there doing $10,000 – $50,000+ profit a day. What I make in a month, they make in a day or two.
It will never cease to amaze me just how much some guys out there are making with affiliate marketing. It’s inspiring as hell.
Nevertheless, I’m still doing pretty well. If we were to assume that I finish the year with no growth or decline, but continue with the average of the first 4 months, I should finish the year grossing 1.07 million dollars and netting $367,000 profit.
As I’ve said before, that’s assuming a lot though. Things can change in this industry at any second.
That’s actually another reason why I really want to up my numbers. You can’t really compare this money to the money you make at your 9-5 "real" job, because you can always depend on receiving a pay cheque every 2 weeks with your normal job. Even if you get fired or laid off, you’ll soon get another job that pays roughly the same.
With affiliate marketing, you can go from making $10,000 a day to $0 a day literally overnight. And who knows how long it takes before you get things going again…
If I can make a lot of money with affiliate marketing now, then I’ll have good seed money to invest and live off of. Hell, all you really need is one or two really good years of affiliate marketing and you’d be set for life.
In my post from a few days ago, I explain why I haven’t actually been doing all that much work on my affiliate marketing campaigns during April.
I actually expect for May to be about the same as April in terms of my work focus. I plan on continuing to take care of "side distractions" so that I will finally be able to focus a lot more on affiliate marketing – hopefully in June.
My goals in May are to finish my corporate taxes, get all caught up with my e-mails, and sell at least 1 more website. That should allow me enough focus to really crank things up on my campaigns in June.
I’m always working on my campaigns, but lately it has been about 85% optimization and maintenance of existing campaigns, and 15% launching and testing new stuff.
Hopefully I’m wrong, but I don’t think May will come anywhere close to how March or April performed. If I had to guess, I’d say around $25,000 sounds about right.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in another month from now when I write May’s report. Wish me luck!