It’s the beginning of a new month again (it’s scary how fast that seems to happen) which means that it’s time for my obligatory affiliate income report of the previous month.
This is now my fifth post in this monthly post series, and I’m going to keep up with them as long as I’m active in affiliate marketing. I just wish other affiliate marketing bloggers would do these as well, as I seem to be the only one that does anymore.
Now before I continue, I want to quote what I ended my previous income report with, in the "May Predictions" section at the end:
"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."
So far, I’ve been wrong in every single one of my predictions to date – always fairly confident that my earnings would be far lower than they actually ended up being.
May proved to be no different… as I set new personal records for both gross and net income from my affiliate marketing campaigns!
Below are my affiliate marketing numbers (not inclusive of my other revenue sources) for the month of May 2013:
May 2013 Affiliate Campaign Income:
This managed to just slightly set a new personal record gross month for me – my previous best was back in February 2013 at $103,961.00.
This is now the 2nd month in which I’ve grossed 6-figures.
Traffic Source Breakdown:
- Traffic Source #1: $34.93
- Traffic Source #2: $25.50
- Traffic Source #3: $1,000.36
- Traffic Source #4: $660.00
- Traffic Source #5: $1940.05
- Traffic Source #6: $34,165.20
- Traffic Source #7: $26,576.08
Thankfully, I didn’t break my previous record on this number
Woohoo! A new monthly net income record on my affiliate marketing campaigns – and by a big margin too!
My previous record was $33,883.66 made back in March 2013. May beat that by over $6,000!
In addition, my ROI saw quite an improvement over the previous month, beating it by 10% at 62% ROI.
Year-To-Date Affiliate Marketing Results
2013 has continued to be an absolute fantastic year for me so far.
Here’s a monthly breakdown:
I am so happy to have had such a great month. May’s net income was close to double that of January’s, which is crazy growth.
For some reason, the "4" in $40,198.38 just seems so much larger than the "3" in $3X,XXX.XX to me. More than $20K to $30K or $40K to $50K.
I’m so happy I made it too, because yesterday I was fretting that I’d come in just under the $40,000 mark.
What’s crazy too, is that I’ve grossed $464,569.30 from my campaigns this year so far, and we’re only 5-months in. That means I’m still on pace to hit (surpass actually) the $1M mark this year.
Net-wise, I’m on pace to do $390,000 profit for the year.
That’s a nice number, and I certainly don’t want to jinx it, but I still really need to get to the next level, or at least continue to grow.
While my corporation is making nice money at the moment, I actually only pay myself a small salary in comparison, as I’m not the type of person to blow everything on expensive cars and bling, only to have my campaigns die and then have no seed money to get things back running again.
I actually have a blog post planned which will talk about this in more detail, but my point is that my lifestyle hasn’t changed despite my recent affiliate marketing success, and I want it to.
I actually gave myself a (relatively) large raise via my salary a week ago as a reward for my increased numbers, but I won’t give myself another one until or unless I continue to IMPROVE my numbers.
And so, until that happens, I’ll be stuck at a personal salary of what is probably considered to be average middle-class (according to this website).
Therefore, when I "complain" that $40K+ a month in net profit isn’t enough, don’t mistake that for greed (and definitely not bragging), because chances are you are likely living a better standard of living than me at this moment.
So to reiterate, I really want to get to the next level or continue to improve my numbers. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a small affiliate compared to so many others – which is great, as it means that there’s plenty of room for me to get my numbers up.
My plans and goals for May were actually to continue to reduce my side projects and distractions – namely to get caught up with my e-mail and finish my corporate taxes.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make much progress on that. Instead, I found myself spending the majority of my working hours continuing to maintain and optimize my existing campaigns.
I also spent a fair bit of time testing a few new traffic sources and offers. While this worked out in the end (new income record), it left me stressed due to my e-mails piling up and my side projects still nagging away at me – namely my corporate taxes which very badly need to get finished.
Basically, May was mostly spent maintaining and optimizing my existing campaigns as well as trying some new traffic sources and offers.
In June, I am absolutely determined to get caught up with all but the most time-consuming of my e-mail. I am currently at 869 unread e-mail as I write this, and I want to get down to 0 unread and maybe 20 "starred" e-mail that I will put on hold.
I am also determined to finish my corporate taxes. I hope to get both of these done within a week.
After those, I will continue to work on reducing side projects and side distractions, hopefully by selling at least one more site or a handful of domains.
Affiliate marketing-wise, when I have actual time to do so, there’s this one particular offer on PeerFly that I really want to try on Facebook. I just need adequate time and energy before I can work on it.
As I wrote at the beginning of this blog post, I’ve been wrong in every single one of my predictions to date – always fairly confident that my earnings would be far lower than they actually ended up being.
Even so, I’m going to once again predict that this month will be far lower than the previous month’s. In fact, I believe June’s results will be half of what May did, so around $20,000 or so.
This isn’t a blind prediction – it’s based on hard numbers and trends on my campaigns.
Obviously I hope I’m wrong, but this is what I’m expecting.
As always, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in another month from now when I write June’s report. Wish me luck!