Well, I better get May’s affiliate marketing income report up before I start to fall too far behind on them again.
If you remember, April 2014 did not bode well, netting only $336.55. And then I didn’t post another income report until just now, a month later. Things must have continued in a downwards spiral, right?
Wrong. As explained in my previous blog post, I had just been busy looking into real estate investing. My affiliate campaigns did just fine in May, but even if they hadn’t, it’s not like I would purposely try to avoid posting about it.
So how well did May do? Let’s take a look:
May 2014 Affiliate Campaign Income:
This was actually my highest grossing month in 10 months!
Affiliate Network Breakdown:
- Affiliate Network #1: $41,218.00
- Affiliate Network #2: $39.00
- Affiliate Network #3: $12,839.00
- Affiliate Network #4: $2,919.00
Similarly, this was also my highest month of expenses in 11 months (not so proud of that one, heh). I also ended up using a ton of different traffic sources in May, 8 in total (more on that later):
Traffic Source Breakdown:
- Traffic Source #1: $29,994.89
- Traffic Source #2: $8.40
- Traffic Source #3: $12.45
- Traffic Source #4: $843.62
- Traffic Source #5: $288.46
- Traffic Source #6: $334.73
- Traffic Source #7: $2,562.78
- Traffic Source #8: $4,689.68
Wee! My highest netting month in 10 months (July 2013). For those curious, that works out to a 47% ROI.
2014 Affiliate Marketing Results
Now that I’m into my 2nd year of these affiliate marketing reports, here’s a recap of how 2013 fared for the entire year:
And here’s a monthly breakdown of 2014 so far:
That helped a lot. Basically, May stepped up to the plate and completely made up for April’s poor performance.
Taking a look at my Excel spreadsheet, since I started recording my numbers in January 2013, my overall average month net profit (spread across 17 months) is $17,546.77.
I might actually start including that metric in future reports as it’s actually pretty meaningful.
Net Profit Projections
This is just a reminder that I decided to cease including my graphs for projected future numbers, as I decided that there really are no trends when it comes to affiliate marketing. It’s simply far too volatile, and so much of it is out of your control.
Okay, so I finally caught up close enough on these reports that I can actually remember what happened during the month.
By the beginning of May, I had finally caught up with all my other work and was able to once again focus on my campaigns. With April having gone so incredibly sour, I decided to revisit every single one of my traffic sources I had ever used in the past, no matter how old.
A good majority of these sources had either disappeared or merged with another company, so I wasn’t able to use them anymore. A good chunk of the ones that did remain, I checked my old stats with them in CPVLab to see how they performed. If they performed terrible, I didn’t try them again. If they had potential, I gave them another shot.
This is why you see 8 different sources of traffic in my expense breakdown earlier in this post. Most of them did not do very well, but one old sources did.
In addition, I tried a new traffic source as well. It started off AMAZING. The first week was crazy and I was on pace to scale to $2,000+ a day profit… I was thrilled. But then, for some still unknown reason, my CTR dropped like 10-fold literally overnight and everything went to crap.
I have since did a lot of testing to try to figure out this new traffic source and why my CTR dropped, but never did get things back up to what they were in the first week. I have learned a lot about the system since then though, and am improving on it. It still has potential…
I also ran some new offers during the month which performed very well. I have to credit those new offers for sure.
So, what to take away from this post? Why not try what I do every 6 months or so – go back and revisit all your old traffic sources and give them a try again. Your skills will have improved since you last tried them, and you may have better converting landing pages now and higher payouts. Competition may have dropped on the traffic sources, and they may have new features. Give it a try.
June Plans and Predictions
Normally in this section I list the plans I have for the upcoming month as well as predict how I think the month will fare profit-wise. However, since June has already come and gone, I will be skipping this section in this report since I already know how it went.
Stay tuned to see for yourself!