Well, another month passed and time again to look how my online earnings have been going. This month has felt a little better all in all with some encouraging things happening.
The big news of this month is that I have (at long last) received my first payment from Adsense. Yay! This has taken me nearly two years to get this - although it has to be said that it was very slow going for the first, things have certainly picked up in the last few months.
Another encouraging factor is one of my niche sites. I put it together a couple of months ago after finding a high search volume, low competition keyword with Micro Niche Finder. I spent some time putting in links, writing articles etc attempting to get my site onto page one of the Google search results for my key phrase. Frustratingly, it seemed permanently welded to the bottom of page four for a couple of weeks, before suddenly disappearing into oblivion. Naturally I was not getting any traffic at all. I decided to leave it alone for a while.
Within the last couple of weeks I noticed that I have suddenly been getting a steady trickle of traffic. I searched again and have found that my site is at the top of page two. As I have used a Wordpress template that is optimized for Adsense it has been making me a small amount of money every day. The aim is for it to make at least $1 per day, then I need to replicate the same strategy several times over in order to receive a decent income. At the moment I am just concentrating on this one though so I can figure out what works for me, so my current aim is to get it up a few more places and onto page one and hopefully traffic should increase.
There is an interesting contrast with my other blog here which has decent traffic, but makes me next to nothing in Adsense. I am not using an Adsense optimized template for that blog, but I am not sure I would want to as I think there is a danger of losing my regular readers. I think I need to re-think my monetization strategy for that blog. Having said that though I have managed to make a couple of private advertising sales.
On the down side, Clickbank sales have remained slow (just one this month) and only one Amazon sale. Also, as predicted, Squidoo income has dropped off this month.
Here is the total for this month (counting what I have actually received):
Private advertising sales: $45
Not too bad actually! Although my target currently remains at $500 per month, it does feel like I am actually getting somewhere.