I find myself looking forward to the first of each month as it means that I get to publish my monthly report on how my affiliate marketing campaigns have been faring on a pure numbers level.
This is now my sixth post in this monthly post series, meaning that I’ve been doing them for exactly half a year now. It will be really neat to be able to compare my exact numbers in the future, say 1-2 years down the road. Hopefully I’ll have higher numbers by then and can reflect on how much I’ve improved by then.
Now, as I did last time, I want to quote what I ended my previous income report with, in the "June Predictions" section at the end:
"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 I mentioned there, 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.
I swear I don’t do this on purpose.
June once again proved my predictions wrong, as I once again 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 June 2013:
June 2013 Affiliate Campaign Income:
This is a massive increase over my previous personal record gross month, set back just last month in May 2013 at $104,600.50. That’s nearly a $40,000 increase!
This is now the 3rd month in which I’ve grossed 6-figures.
Traffic Source Breakdown:
- Traffic Source #1: $585.65
- Traffic Source #2: $460.44
- Traffic Source #3: $232.43
- Traffic Source #4: $32,651.49
- Traffic Source #5: $56,228.82
Unfortunately, my expenses in June also made a new record… by a lot. My previous highest costing month was February 2013, when I spent $72,516.36, so June really was a big increase in expenses as well.
My credit card bill is always funny to look at
Man alive! A new monthly net income record on my affiliate marketing campaigns – and by an insane margin too – over $12,000 more than my previous record!
My previous record was $40,198.38 made just last month in May 2013.
Despite the higher numbers, my ROI stayed pretty much the same, only dropping by 4% from 62% ROI to 58% ROI.
Year-To-Date Affiliate Marketing Results
2013 has continued to be an insane year for me so far.
Here’s a monthly breakdown:
It’s still surreal to me that I ever made it to this level. I used to be in awe of guys pushing 6 figures a month gross and dream about one day achieving those kinds of numbers myself.
In the past 2 months alone, my campaigns brought in a total of $247,206.50, netting me a profit of $92,645.55. Crazy!
Using the first half of the year as an average, I am on pace to finish the year at 1.2 million dollars gross and $430,000 net profit.
In fact, I actually took the liberty of porting the above graph to Excel so that I could graph it out and set a linear projection.
The linear projection is based off the past 6 months of data, and is projected for the next 4 months:
As you can see, the current projection is that in 4 months by October 2013, I am on pace to be netting close to $70,000 a month.
But this is based off of only 6 points of data, so it’s a VERY LOOSE projection. As time goes on, the projection will only get more and more accurate, which is pretty cool.
I spent the majority of June split between optimizing and running my existing campaigns, running and optimizing a few new ones, and working on reducing my ever-growing inbox.
Affiliate marketing-wise, I didn’t spend very much time on new stuff, which will bite me in the ass as you’ll read about further down in a moment.
I split the vast majority of my traffic between two networks, almost 50% exactly down the middle, and built up a good relationship with the new network I started working with. Unfortunately, the offers I have been running them died out so I’ll be leaving them for a while.
I did a large IO on a new traffic source, which proved to be rather horrible, so I still have a lot of unused funds at that source. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a way to at least break even with them.
Overall though, June was mostly spent on existing campaign maintenance and catching up on e-mails.
In July, my eyes are completely set on catching up on all but the most time-consuming of my e-mail. I am currently at 609 (462 unread) e-mails in my inbox as I write this, and I want to get down to 0 unread and maybe 25 "starred" e-mail that I will put on hold.
I am also determined to finish my corporate taxes. I said that last month but I HAVE to get them done ASAP. I’m already late on them and have to pay penalties and interest, which will be a lot of money. I NEED TO GET THEM DONE. But not until I finish my e-mails first (I need to finish my e-mails first so that I have all the proper paperwork for my taxes).
After e-mails and taxes are done, my goal is to sell at least 1 more website.
Affiliate marketing-wise, when I have actual time to do so, there’s this one particular offer on PeerFly that I have been really wanting to try on Facebook for a long time now. It’s been quite a while since I launched a bunch of new campaigns on new offers, so that’ll be interesting.
July Income Predictions
And now the
bad horrible devastating news.
This is the part of the post where I usually predict that the following month will be far lower. Even though I have so far been completely wrong (fortunately!) whenever I have predicted this, this time will be no exception.
In fact, I don’t think July will just be a lot lower, but actually in the 4 digit net profit range, instead of the mid-5 digits that I have been doing.
The reason for this is because over the past week, the perfect storm hit and things have just been hitting me incredibly hard. Offer after offer has been going down, and competition has been increasing.
This just goes to prove that things can literally change overnight, as I’ve written so many times before. As it looks right now, I’ll have gone from a $52,000+ net profit month to making virtually nothing the next.
This is also precisely why I am extremely conservative with how much I pay myself out of the company. For times like these, I am very grateful I have a good chunk of savings in the bank.
As always, I obviously hope I’m wrong in my prediction, but this is probably the one time (unfortunately) that my prediction will finally hold true.
This is also the first time that I am not looking forward to publishing next month’s income report… we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in 1 month from now.