There’s been some good news and some bad news regarding my business but that’s all relative really. Good news is I’ve made more money than the other three months, the bad news is that I’ve lost my first Premium referral at Wealthy Affiliate!
This just goes to show that you need to have more than one income stream for your website to earn from so you don’t get stuck if something goes wrong with the one source.
Here’s how I will break down my December analysis:
- What’s happening?
- Revenue Sources
- Social Media
- YouTube Channel
- More Learning
- Site Stats
- Did I make money online? (Kind of answered up there, rats!)
I have added three new revenue sources in December:
#1) Google Adsense – which didn’t amount to much at all but this can add up over time and I’ve added this to this site and my Disney niche site.
#2) Adsense on new YouTube videos – I’ve added a new YouTube account in December for this site which I’ll speak more about below, but I’ve also monetized the two videos I’ve uploaded. Although not enough to mention earnings yet on this account, but the potential is huge as I add more and more videos to my channel.
#3) Consulting for Mass Planner – I was able to do some consulting in my fourth month regarding how to set up the tools within this software to automate my clients’ social media accounts.
As mentioned in a few posts before, mainly on this one HERE, Mass Planner is an automation software to grow my social media accounts, read my full review HERE. There are settings for each platform that must be implemented carefully, or else you can risk being banned from the social media platforms. I was helping my clients with these settings and if you want to know more about my Mass Planner consulting services, see this page HERE.
Then I lost one revenue source:
Wealthy Affiliate – I’ve been having a few referrals every month since October but the free Starter memberships don’t earn me any money unless they upgrade to be a Premium membership. This one referral upgraded in October and only stayed for another month after that. I didn’t know why she left, not sure if it’s her financial situation or if she didn’t like something. I was not informed of her departure.
My lesson here is that I know if I can get that first referral, I know I will get others. I’m seeing an increased amount of referrals coming in more frequently just this week so I’m hoping that means my site is starting to rank better and I’ll get more Premium referrals soon.
Also, what’s great about their affiliate program is that if she ever comes back and resubscribe, she’ll be referral for life! The owner, Kyle, told me they usually do come back when they’re more ready for it. You also don’t have to be a Premium member to earn money in their affiliate program, you just earn half of what a Premium member would earn.
I’ve stressed last month the importance of social media and how they can give me more reach (not necessary rank) for a newer site like mine, this is proven in the Site Stats below as social media traffic takes over the direct channel as my #1 source of traffic in December.
At the end of November, I had 3 social media accounts, Twitter, Facebook Page, and Google+. This month, I added a fourth one, Instagram. I won’t be adding anymore for now and see how these will work out for me.
Let’s look at their growth:
- Instagram – started from an old account I had that had 134 followers, in the two weeks I implemented the methods HERE, I grew it to 648 followers.
- Twitter – Followers: 2,500 last month to 4,085 this month.
- Facebook Page – Page Likes: 67 last month to 88 this month – I use Mass Planner to share the posts on the page to Facebook groups in my niche, it’s slow, but I have no other way to get Page Likes as I can’t advertise on there with my niche.
- Google+ – Followers: 12 last month to 84 this month – I got banned quickly on Google+ in Dec as I tried to implement the strategies I’ve been using for the other platforms. I’ve never used Google+ before and so I learned they are super sensitive to any software tactics. I won’t be using Mass Planner on here to grow the account but just use it to post to my profile.
Yay! I started a new YouTube Channel for this site in December; so far I have 2 videos up and 19 Subscribers at the end of December. The two videos were for posts in December, one was about QSR and the other about adding the Underline and Justify Buttons Back on WordPress.
I’m definitely adding more in January, but not sure how many and inspiration needs to come first before I can do it. As well, I haven’t shown my face yet, just recording my voice and screen so I’m hoping to also record myself this month. 🙂 If you’re curious, I use screencast-o-matic to record and I upgraded to Pro which is only $15/year.
My views aren’t that exciting for December:
The course I’m taking at Wealthy Affiliate, to learn how to build this website and make money from affiliate marketing, gets better and better. In December, I ended at Affiliate Bootcamp Course 4, Lesson 1 (still in progress), for Nov month I ended at Course 3, Lesson 3. Course 4 is more about design on my site and branding , so I hope I’ll make everything even better looking by the end of this level.
If you were wondering, I’m still a Premium member because you need to be a Premium member to continue this awesome training after the first level of either courses available, see HERE for more details. I also mentioned I paid in November for a whole year, so I’ll be there for awhile. 🙂
Here are my site stats at the end of December:
- Posts – 24 (8 new)
- Pages – 10 (0 new)
- Comments – 522 (155 new)
- Subscribers – 19 (6 new)
The content production remained the same as Oct & Nov, total of 8 new posts/pages. I’m hoping in January I can improve this to 12 new posts/pages a month! I actually asked the community at Wealthy Affiliate about how many posts they write a month and I’m actually in the middle I think, some did less and some did way more, you can view their comments HERE.
I love that my comments continue to do well thanks to the community at Wealthy Affiliate again, but I’m excited to start getting a little bit of organic comments from visitors outside of the community!
I’m pretty happy about the 6 new subscribers! I’m actually finally have an idea in my head to really ramp up this subscription list and hope to implement it soon this month or next.
Now for my Google Analytics:
For December, I received 745 sessions vs November’s 768, down 3%, I’m hoping it’s because of the holidays as you see a dip during Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. I also think November was inflated by more spam sessions and December had a lot less. My lowest day keeps crawling higher, this month to 4 sessions from 2! 🙂
Here’s the cumulative graph for the 4 months:
I hope to see a better trend upwards in January but looks like more blue still in December so that’s a good sign. My highest day is 46 session, I hope to see my site break 50 sessions/day soon.
Hey, I know some of you are laughing at my stats right now, but guess what? I’m laughing right with you! I know this is not the best stats but depending on your skills, knowledge, and niche, I think sites will differ in traffic for sure. I’m in for the long haul, this is no get-rich-quick scheme, and I know from the training from Wealthy Affiliate, the techniques I’m learning, my site stats will go up much higher as my site ages and keeps ranking in search engines.
My new visitors increased from 57% to 63%, so I’m happy to see more new visitors again… which could be accounted for with the new social media traffic.
As mentioned above, my Social traffic became my #1 source of traffic in December, surpassing my Direct traffic for the first time! Social traffic increased by 59%, while Direct traffic decreased by almost 30%. Twitter remains my #1 social media traffic! It’ll be interesting to see how the Instagram and Google+ catches up in future months as these are the newest accounts.
Organic Search traffic also increased in Dec from 59 sessions to 107 sessions, or increased by 81%! I’m very happy that this is surely crawling upwards!
So glad my Referral traffic is decreased, this was where spam sessions were reported most last month.
DID I MAKE MONEY ONLINE?
Yes, I did, the most I’ve made so far because of my consulting fees for Mass Planner!! Not sure if that will continue in future months, so we shall see. Because there are several sources of income this time, I’ll list them here:
- Adsense (Site & YouTube) – $1
- Commission Junction – $1
- Mass Planner – $5
- Sponsored Post – $50 (My Mickey Life Instagram account)
- Consulting – $237
Expenses for December (Includes for both this site and the mymickeylife.com site):
- Aweber – $19
- GoDaddy – $2
- HostGator – $4
- Mass Planner – $4
- Screencast-o-matic – $1
- Wealthy Affiliate – $25
Total expenses for December is $55, giving me a Net INCOME of $239.
Yay! My first net income month, I hope it stays in the green in the future!! 🙂
I don’t think I can cry over the loss of the one lost revenue stream for now since the rest of the month did really well! I know I’ll get more Premium referrals soon and I just have to keep writing more posts and keep learning at Wealthy Affiliate.
If you are interested in building an online business like me and learn the techniques, please join me HERE! I’m Ranked Top 50 there which means I’m there everyday, so I’ll be able to help you out anytime you need me. 🙂
For January, I need to continue with lots of content and video creation and hope to see more organic traffic rising as we move into the new year! I wish you all a very prosperous 2017 and I hope you will continue to follow my journey!!
Please do not hesitate to ask me anything about this 4th income report and website in the comments below!! I will answer your questions and would love to hear your thoughts on how you’re doing and what you have been up to! Thanks for visiting!!
Let’s make money online!