It’s the beginning of a new month, which means that it’s time for me to give an update on how my affiliate marketing campaigns fared for the previous month.
Since my efforts have largely been focused on affiliate marketing over the past year, I hope to keep this new "series" a regular thing on the first of each month.
February 2013 was my best affiliate marketing month by far. In fact, I made more money last month than I ever did in my entire life (not counting site sales). I was setting new daily records left and right, with my most recent one being a whopping $7,097 ($2,835.78 net) in 1 day.
So, what were the overall numbers for the month?
February 2013 Affiliate Campaign Income:
Boom! February 2013 was my highest grossing month ever, managing to hit 6-figures, despite it being the shortest month of the year.
Unfortunately, that is gross and not net. Paid traffic isn’t cheap, and came out to:
It may sound like a scary number, but it’s not so scary when you look at it day by day. For the most part, I was billed on a daily basis, so the numbers were manageable. I wasn’t prepaying $20,000 media buys, for example. That would definitely have elevated my blood pressure.
Woohoo! That’s a new monthly net profit record for me! My previous monthly record was $23,349.91 made just 1 month prior, in January 2013.
That new record works out to a monthly ROI of 43%.
It also average out to $1,123 net profit per day (more on that below).
My First 6-Digit Month
I’ve already blogged about this a couple times before, but remember how one of the main reasons I got into affiliate marketing in the first place was from seeing super affiliates at the time post screenshots of their affiliate marketing income? I saw guys making $100,000+ per month online through affiliate marketing and just couldn’t believe it. I was in awe.
I struggled for several years, trying affiliate marketing off and on, making a little bit of money here and there, but nothing real substantial. And now, in February 2013, I finally managed to generate my own $100,000 month, with a third of that being profit.
I know that I’ve been posting a lot about new personal affiliate marketing records lately, but you must admit that $100,000 is a real big milestone, which is why I’m so happy… and I’ll even say it… "proud".
The thing is, there is not really any other milestones within close range from here. There’s new personal bests, which are always great, but milestones? The next milestones would have to be $150,000 or $200,000 gross in a month, or $50,000 net in a month. Daily milestones would have to be $10,000 gross in a day… so you can see why I’m happy with the $100,000 in a month milestone – because it could be years before (if) I ever hit another one!
The Sad Truth About March
Okay, so February 2013 was awesome for me. I profited over $30,000 from my campaigns.
But February is over and we’re already into March. The thing is, the last week of February was actually really bad for me.
A couple offers got dropped, most of my main offers got pay cuts, and competition on one of my traffic sources increased. All of this happened at the same time, which has caused rather devastating results for my campaigns.
I was actually on pace to finish February at $36,000 net profit, but the last week punch-in-the-gut news shattered that.
So while February was great, things are looking rather dire for March.
For example, on February 28th, my net profit was only $390.79, and yesterday, on March 1st, my net profit was only $531.28 (at a rather low 30% ROI, too).
While those numbers may sound okay, remember that my monthly average in February was $1,123 net profit per day, and that includes the bad last week of the month as well.
At this pace, I’m looking to only net around $12,000 in March. Again, I shouldn’t complain about those kind of numbers, but the thing is that is a third of what I made in February. Imagine if it dropped by a third again in April – then I’m down to $4,000 a month…
We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
There’s Money Out There
There aren’t enough hours in the day.
While I could absolutely, positively be working more hours (I don’t work nearly as many hours as I should), I also need time to relax and have fun. After all – what’s the point of working and making money if you can’t enjoy it?
I just wish there were more hours in the day so that I could work, play, and then work some more! There’s so much money out there in the world of affiliate marketing to be made… I just need to work more and keep at it.
I’m seeing record-high CPM’s on Facebook (US: 0.4%) and record low CPC’s (US: $0.09), I have friends making what I make in a month in a single day, and there are tons of tactics and strategies I haven’t tried yet, not to mention niches and offers.
With a super strong work ethic and dedication, I’m sure I can set a new monthly record. The question really boils down to: how much do I want it and how hard am I willing to work?
Anyhow, that’s my monthly report for February. Wish me luck in March… I’m definitely going to need it!