Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Total Earnings for August 2011

Another month passed and time to report my earnings. It feels that it has been pretty slow going recently, but at least this month I have received my second Adsense cheque. However, I have made no Clickbank sales at all (Clickbank income showing this month is from last month's sales). I have made 10 Amazon sales, although these were all pretty small.

Here are the totals:

Adsense: $101.22
Clickbank: $35.72
Swagbucks: $5.00
Squidoo: $1.49
Surveys: $6.50 (Pinecone)
Hits4Pay: $25.18
Private advertising: $40.00

Total = $215.11

Thanks to the Adsense payout this month's payment wasn't actually too bad after all.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Zlio Bites the Dust

Zlio was a service where you could easily build your own shop in a matter of minutes. You did not sell your own products, you received a commission for every item sold by the various retailers that you could worked with Zlio. It's a straightforward concept and one that proved very popular. However, Zlio have been losing money over the last few years and it seems that they have finally accepted that they are not going to be able to turn this around. So now Zlio will be closing down on 11th September 2011 and all shops will cease to be from that point.

It seems that the fatal blow was Zlio losing a court case against a SEO company who said that they would be able to improve the standing of Zlio shops in Google searches. Also they have had to pay damages to the SEO company for making the dispute public on Twitter.

I have three Zlio shops, none of which make me hardly any money. Having said that I have put very little energy into promoting them and getting traffic to them. In truth I have no problem with letting them go as I really gave up on trying to make any money on them quite some time ago. So really it means that I have 3 less sites to worry about and means I can stop fretting about the fact they are not getting any traffic. I had various plans in my head to improve traffic to these shops which would have involved lots of work. I am quite glad now that I never got around to doing anything about it!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Monthly Earnings for July 2011

This post is a little late as I have been away for a few days. The first thing to acknowledge is the fact that I have not posted at all to this blog over the last month, which is not good at all - I will try and do better over the coming weeks.

During July, I concentrated on building a couple of Amazon review sites and driving traffic to them. I have really just been experimenting with these to try and find out what works best. One of the sites was previously just a site with minimal content and lots of Adsense ads. As this site ranks quite well I decided to add some more content and add in some Amazon links. I don't use Adsense on my other Amazon sites, so this is a bit of an experiment to see how it does. This all seems to be paying off though as I made six Amazon sales in July which made me a total of $32 which is a record for a single month. However, as a UK based affiliate I have to earn $100 before I see my money. I have actually passed this threshold now, but it will be a few weeks before the sales are verified and I receive my cheque.

I have also reached the threshold for receiving my second Adsense payment and I should receive my cheque for this any day now.

So here are the totals for last month:

Clickbank: $12.18
Surveys: $12.91 (Pinecone)
Squidoo: $4.33
EBay: $9.66

Total = $39.08

This is pretty poor really. However, I do feel encouraged by my recent relative success with my Amazon sites, so I am hopeful things will pick up soon.