Last month my blog brought in nearly $6,000 for the month of September which was my best month by far. While it was a huge success, it was also a bit misleading as one advertiser had prepaid for 2 ad campaigns 3-months in advance. As a result, my blog’s earnings for the month were moderately inflated.
Therefore, I knew even then that October would not set a new record or even come close. In fact, my prediction was that October would bring in just short of $4,000. Fortunately, I was wrong and October finished with a total of $4,966.17.
If we take the average of the past two months and assume that my income stayed at a fixed rate of that average, that would work out to $64,953 a year. That’s more than most people make working full-time working at a job that they hate!
The majority of my blog’s income comes from my MarketLeverage referrals, of which one affiliate is generating the majority of (82.24%). This is a very scary thing as it puts a lot of my eggs in one basket, for if that affiliate suspends his campaigns, my blog income will have a dramatic decline.
However, my blog is just one of my sites and isn’t my biggest money maker (although it soon will be), so I do have a pretty good spread of sites to break my fall if my blog’s income ever does dramatically drop.
Here is a chart depicting the growth trend of my blog during the past 12 months:
My blog has come a long way from exactly one year ago when it only brought in $384. In fact, increasing from $384 to $5,000 a month within the span of a year is quite awesome when you think about it.
The huge increase was again largely in thanks to MarketLeverage. As any regular reader will know by now, I’ve been running MarketLeverage competitions and have so far referred a total of 113 affiliates. They generated over $73,000 in September, and since I get 5% of whatever they generate, I made over $3,600 from them.
As much as I love MarketLeverage and welcome the added boost of revenue to my blog, I’m still not thrilled by the fact that my affiliate breakdown is so heavily dependant on them. I need to really start generating some other sources of passive recurring income as well.
The pie chart below shows MarketLeverage continuing to dominate the rest of my affiliate sources. In fact, pretty soon you might not even be able to see any other sources, but just one giant pink circle.
I’m still not sure what the best mix is, but I think the most I’d ever want one single source to take up would be around 70% at the most, so I need to find a way of growing some outside affiliate income for my blog.
I’m happy with the distribution of the pie chart below though, and would be happy with a distribution balance as high as 75/25 either way.
- MarketLeverage has continued been a fantastic revenue source for my blog. In the month of October alone, my referrals generated me over $3,600 in commissions. This is not counting the money I make with them through my PPC affiliate marketing efforts.
- WordZe has continued to prove to be a consistent source of residual affiliate income. I only wish I catered more to affiliate marketers so I could promote it more. Their referral program is really lucrative, check it out if you have the chance, or read my extensive review of them.
My AdToll income stems from the Peel Away Ad located at the top right of my blog. I love Peel Away Ads because they are a new and unique form of advertisement. They are also very visible yet not over intrusive. If you want to buy a Peel Away Slot on my blog, the cost is $15 per week through AdToll.
BannersMall has an affiliate program and since their service is awesome their conversion rate is very high. I made $85 from them in March of 2008 which says a lot about their conversion rate considering I only get 10% and their banner prices are cheap…
Private Ad Shoutouts
I’d like to give some quick shoutouts to a few of my repeat sponsors and advertisers:
MotiveInteractive – They’ve been my 300×250 Embedded Ad Sponsor since March 2008 and have continued to renew every month. They’re now also my 728×90 Leaderboard sponsor which the recently renewed for another 3-months, as well as one of my 125×125 banner sponsors.
BooksWealth.com – This is their 9th month renewing their 125×125 Sitewide Banner with us. Scott Phelps runs the site and also writes great guest posts here, so if you haven’t checked BooksWealth.com out yet, maybe you should!
SharpWitDesigns.com – Another advertiser who has renewed many times. Need a custom WordPress skin? Check out their colourful designs.
SEOIntelligence – SEO Intelligence is a comprehensive set of SEO analysis and keyword building tools which can really help you to improve your rankings on search engines. View my in-depth 1-hour screencast review of them here.
SpeedPPC – Speed PPC is a software tool that helps you generate thousands or tens of thousands of keywords and ads for your PPC campaigns within seconds. It will create highly targeted longtail keywords and ads built upon a set of predefined lists that you create. I personally use SpeedPPC for my own PPC affiliate marketing.
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November Goals and Predictions
As much as I’d love to beat my record month of September ($5,859.46), it will be still be some time before I’ll be able to do so.
Last month, I had predicted that October would bring in just short of $4,000. Fortunately, I was wrong and it brought just shy of $5,000! It did a lot better than I expected as my MarketLeverage referral income grew by another $600 and I received 5 paid reviews which helped a lot.
My goal for November is still to break the $6,000 mark, but my prediction is that it will bring in about the same as October, just shy of $5,000.
As usual, stay tuned a month from now to see the results from this month, and wish me good luck!