Affiliate Marketing Income Report: January 2014

May 27, 2014 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Okay… I’m making some progress with these reports… I’ve finally made it to the current year!

In January, I got an 8-week-old puppy. This proved to take up an astonishingly massive amount of my time and energy. I really struggled to find even a couple hours where I could actually sit down and work properly.

As a result, I didn’t do much affiliate marketing-wise (my focus at the time was catching up with e-mail), apart from keeping some existing campaigns running and testing some small campaigns on other traffic sources that I had tried in the past.

As with my last few reports, since this report is long overdue, my memory is going to fail on the particulars of what went on with my campaigns, so I won’t be able to go into too much detail in this post apart from the numbers (which are 100% accurate).

Anyhow, let’s get on with it.

January 2014 Affiliate Campaign Income:


In January, I ended up using only one affiliate network:

Affiliate Network Breakdown:

  • Affiliate Network #1: $10,922.80



I ended up using a total of 6 different traffic sources during the month. From time to time, I’ll go back and re-try and re-test traffic sources I’ve tried in the past that didn’t perform well but had potential. I almost never re-try traffic sources that were down-right horrible (-80% ROI) though.

Traffic Source Breakdown:

  • Traffic Source #1: $4,087.67
  • Traffic Source #2: $2.87
  • Traffic Source #3: $3,952.83
  • Traffic Source #4: $245.59
  • Traffic Source #5: $200.00
  • Traffic Source #6: $419.51

Net Profit:


Meh, pretty crappy. That’s like what… just slightly better than McDonalds wage?

Oh well. It’s sure a hell lot better than flipping burgers and fries all day.

That works out to a 23% ROI too, BTW.

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:

Year Gross Expense Net ROI
2013 $823,884.01 $555,024.33 $258,859.68 46%
Total: $823,884.01 $555,024.33 $258,859.68 46%
Monthly Average: $68,657.00 $47,085.36 $21,571.64 46%

And here’s a monthly breakdown of 2014 so far (rather pointless now considering it’s only the first report of the year!):

Month Gross Expense Net ROI
January 2014 $10,922.80 $8,908.47 $2,014.33 23%
Total: $10,922.80 $8,908.47 $2,014.33 23%
Monthly Average: $10,922.80 $8,908.47 $2,104.33 23%

Not really the best way to start off a new year… but the positive news is that I managed to profit every single month for the past 13 months in a row.

I averaged $21,571.64 net per month in 2013, so I have a long way to go just to match last year’s numbers, let alone surpass them.

Net Profit Projections

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.

The graphs were all over the place and the predictions were just unrealistic; there’s no way I would ever let my campaigns finish $75,000 in the red.

All you guys really care about is the bottom line anyway; the gross, expense, and net numbers.

Lastly, it’ll make these reports a little bit quicker to do up in the future!

January Recap

As I mentioned in the introduction, I got an 8-week-old puppy in January which took up a tremendous amount of my time, so my affiliate efforts for the month were mostly limited to letting things run low on auto-pilot, apart from doing some small tests on older traffic sources.

Most of the work that I did do when I managed to find some time and energy to work, was getting caught up on my very backlogged list of e-mail.

As a result, my overall numbers (both gross and net) were very low.

February 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 February has already come and gone, I will be skipping this section in this report since I already know how it went.

I will have February’s affiliate marketing income report up in probably 1 week from now, after I get a different post I have in mind up first.

I’ll give you a hint though; the results are far different from anything you’ve seen me post in the last 6-7 months.

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Posted: May 27th, 2014 under Affiliate Marketing  

15 Responses to “Affiliate Marketing Income Report: January 2014”

  1. Chris says:

    Is there an article you already wrote about what drove you nice 2013 results? Did you hit one big campaign or was it a bunch of smaller ones that added up?

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      It was just a gradual built-up of everything… the real “surge” actually started in 2012, but I only started doing the income reports from January 2013 onwards, as that is when my numbers really started to take off.

  2. John says:

    You would need to get a substantial raise to get 2K / month out of a fast food service job. I believe you would be at U.S. median personal income at just $2500 / month.

  3. shafi says:

    you cant spent more money??

  4. Robert says:

    Hey Tyler, congratulations for 2013! All the best wishes for 2014, keep it rockin’ !

    By the way: Maybe you should give your blog a design overhaul, maybe something responsive? 🙂 I read your blog since 2006 🙂 Greetings from Germany!

  5. Erik says:

    Hey Tyler!

    May I ask, how are you monetizing? is it PPV with CPA?

  6. Oleg says:

    I guess the two top traffic soutces from your list are Facebook and PPV?

  7. Congrats on your month and the puppy Tyler!

  8. Andy says:

    Are you still not using landing pages?

  9. CrisisMaven says:

    This is actually one of the things that make it so difficult for Internet newbies: either they use non-paid traffic sources (aka “trying to rank” plus “trying to get a click-through”) or they use paid traffic. The above approx. 20% (gross) profit margin is not enough for most newbies who don’t “hit the nail on the head” first-off. They will actually occur losses, even if they may be slight. and many then give up. Let’s hope, thy read how you and others progressed over the years to understand it does not happen overnight. But in the meantime many may have followed a pied piper who’s not as up front as you are and ended down the rabbit hole.


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