Income Report: Two Months – Already Making Money!!

October 2016 Income Report | Work Anywhere NowReally excited to bring you this Two Month Income Report!  Even though my blog is still small compared to lots out there, I have made great strides in my second month.  🙂

I’m really as interested as you are in compiling this data for you all to check out.  I hope you can learn from things I’ve done so you can also make money online!

 

Here’s how I will break down my October analysis:

  • What’s new?
    • Social Media
    • Second Niche Site
    • Email Marketing
    • More Training
  • Site Stats
  • Did I make money online?

 

 

WHAT’S NEW?


 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

This month I had added Twitter and a Facebook Page and what a difference it made, I still have to add Google Plus so I hope to do that in November.  My Twitter already has over 1,300 followers and my Facebook Page has 64 Likes.

Facebook Page | Work Anywhere NowWhat I like about Twitter is that people seem to like and retweet your posts better than on Facebook.  I’ve always found that the Facebook audience is hard to get them to engage so I will be finding other ways to get more page likes, the 64 I have was from boosting two posts using Facebook ads.

I’ve since have trouble getting more of my posts boosted because you’re not allowed to promote making money online opportunities, apparently, just not sure how others are doing it though.  Will need to figure out another way.

twitterAs for Twitter, how I got 1,300 new followers in a month, you’ll have to stay tune.  I have a lot of experience with social media especially Instagram, you can see some of the accounts I own: Jessica Dolls, Yummy Baby Gifts, My Mickey Life.  I just haven’t started one for this site yet because I’m still thinking about the type of content I’ll need for this niche for the Instagram audience.  It’s very different from Twitter and Facebook, and it’s very visually based.

If you’re interested on how I grew all my social media accounts, check out these posts HERE. 🙂

 

SECOND NICHE SITE:

mmlI was definitely not planning on creating a second niche site already in my second month of building my online business but I just never know when inspiration comes.

For this second site, I’m using the Amazon Associates program initially to earn passive income, not sure if I’ll add other programs for it.  Why I started this second site, mymickeylife.com, is because of my very active My Mickey Life Instagram account and wanted to do some testing.  I’ve also started a Facebook Page for it just to give it more exposure.

What I was testing is if I can earn money passively from the audience I had built on Instagram.  First, I signed up with Amazon Associates with this Work Anywhere Now website, then I added an Amazon affiliate link directly on the Instagram account that relates to the post I was doing, and it got me traction!

mmligSo I thought, wow, I need to hurry up and build a website for this account and have my mymickeylife.com link in the Instagram account instead of going directly to Amazon so I can promote even more merchandise.  I’ve only done a few posts and have much to do on there still but it’s a good start.  This second site will not be analyzed below under Site Stats but will talk about once in awhile in income reports like now or in a separate post as this is a side project for now.

 

EMAIL MARKETING:

I’ve finally added my newsletter signup box properly to this site!  The box was there in September but you weren’t receiving anything if you did sign up then.  Though very minimal, at least now if someone signs up, they will get an instant welcome email from me and receive my blog posts on a weekly basis.


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For a free guide on how email marketing will help you grow your business, click HERE.

 

MORE TRAINING:

If you’re following along with me on where I am in my training at Wealthy Affiliate, at the end of October, I was at Affiliate Bootcamp Course 2, Lesson 4.  You do need the Premium membership to get to this point but you will want to because great things have happened since learning in Course 2!  Starter memberships have access only to Course 1 on both of their online courses.  To see a comparison of both memberships, click HERE.

Another important aspect about Wealthy Affiliate, besides all their great training materials, is that you can learn from other members, especially ones who have more experience than you.  They are all at your fingertips to ask about how to do something.  One member I learned from definitely made me money in October!  🙂  It’s an interesting concept and I will definitely blog about it in the near future so stay tune or subscribe to my email list HERE so you don’t miss any of my posts!

 

 

SITE STATS


Let’s start with my blog stats:

  • Posts – 9 (6 new)
  • Pages – 9 (2 new)
  • Comments – 205 (147 new)
  • Subscribers – 12 (7 new)

I think my progress is coming along nicely and adding a lot more content than last month!  I hope to continue this momentum as content is key to any site that wants ranking on search engines.

You may wonder how I received so many new comments?  Well, it’s mostly thanks to Wealthy Affiliate, yet another great feature of the online training program!  When you have a community like they do, you have a lot people that have your back!

 

Next, let’s look at my Google Analytics, the fun part:

Google Analytics October 2016 | Work Anywhere NowMy second month received 559 sessions according to Google Analytics.  Last month, I only had 246 sessions, which means I more than doubled my traffic.  What great news!

Why I think it increased?  It’s because I added more pages and posts, got new social media accounts, and getting traffic from Google!  Now that’s exciting, though minimal, it can only go up from here. 🙂

Here’s a look at my two months cumulatively:

Accumulative Google Analytics October 2016 | Work Anywhere Now

From the 2 month Google Analytics graph above, you can see a definite increase in October and it looks like I had zero days where I had no visitors in October compared to September which is pretty cool.

Some other stats worth noting is that my New Visitors have increased 53.3% in Sep to 67.3% in Oct (click on the image below to the left to enlarge).  This is good to have new eyes coming onto my site.  Now if you click on the below image on the right, you’ll see that all my Channels have increased, especially Social and Organic Search.

Let’s take a closer look at the different Channels:

Direct – People accessing your website from a link you posted somewhere or given out.  I also think when you access the site yourself to work on it, this is counted here as well.

Social – Traffic from social media platforms you’re on like Twitter, Facebook, etc.  If I dig deeper, Twitter brings in 58% of the social media traffic compared to Facebook at 42%.

Referral – This is traffic coming from sites you have commented on –  which is very interesting.  I can tell that the sites that already have lots of traffic that I’ve commented on has brought me more traffic than sites that are newer with less traffic.  Gee, where will I do most of my commenting this current month?  Yes, the higher traffic sites!  How you can stand out of the crowd when you comment on other sites?  See my quick tip below:

QUICK TIP: You should have a long signature name which will all highlight when you link your website to it.  Every comment box allows you to link your website to it, do not forget to fill this out.  For step-by-step instructions on how your long name should look like, see this popular post I created at Wealthy Affiliate HERE.

Organic Search – This is traffic from search engines and for October, it’s all Google.  Hopefully, I’ll see an increase in November since this means I’m ranking on there now!

I love looking at all the stats in Google Analytics and this is why I said last month that it’s important to add Google Analytics to your website as soon as possible so you can have stats like this to look at.  If you have not done so, check out my post on How To Add Google Analytics To A Website, it’s an easy to follow guide to get Google Analytics installed quickly.

 

 

DID I MAKE MONEY ONLINE?


incomereportdollarsOh my gosh, YES!  I made $72 in October and I couldn’t be happier!  Remember I made zero last month, so this is a big jump.

Let’s take a look at the breakdown of the $72:

  • Wealthy Affiliate – $8
  • Amazon – $14
  • Sponsored Post – $50

Not only did I make my first $8 at Wealthy Affiliate, I had three referrals in total and one of these upgraded to the Premium membership!  The other two referrals are free Starter memberships.  This just goes to show their teachings work and it’s only the second month!  I have not even gone through half of the course that I’m studying yet, could you imagine the potential?  If you have not joined Wealthy Affiliate, join now HERE.

I made that Amazon commission mostly based on a teaching of a member at Wealthy Affiliate too which I’ve post about HERE.  $1 of it is due to my experiment of my Instagram account My Mickey Life that I spoke about up top when I posted an Amazon affiliate link on that account.

The sponsored post is also from the My Mickey Life Instagram account.  People pay me to post a Disney related image and caption on my account, pretty easy work on my part, but I need to tell more people about my service so I can get more sponsored posts!

 

How about my costs?

Well, in September, I didn’t talk about my costs, because it was so little:  $0 for Aweber (first month free), $1.50 domain cost at GoDaddy$2 of hosting at HostGator and my first month of Wealthy Affiliate $19 (first month is only $19) = Net Loss of $23.

For October, my costs are as follows:

  • Aweber$19
  • GoDaddy$2 (added mymickeylife.com domain with minimal add to cost because of the deal I got)
  • HostGator$4 (2 of 4 sites on this plan)
  • Wealthy Affiliate$47 (they’ve since increased their monthly cost to $49 for new members, still SO worth it!)
  • Facebook Ads – $32 – this was for my initial FB page likes for both sites.

Total cost for October is $102, giving me a Net Loss of $32.

 

Things to note:

1) Some costs are paid in full and amortized to get the monthly cost.

2) Going to try different methods of getting Facebook page likes instead of using ads.

3) If you join Wealthy Affiliate, you will not have the hosting cost as they host all the websites for you.  However, domain names still need to be bought even within Wealthy Affiliate if you want your own dot com name.  Otherwise, you can eliminate this cost with their FREE website option using a sub-domain (yourname.siterubix.com):

 

Summary:

I’m pretty happy with October even though my loss is more than last month.  I know if I keep going, the loss will turn into net income real soon.

One of the four things in my 4 Things to Consider Before You Start a Blog To Make Money post is that you should invest in your blog.  If you’re serious about building a successful blog and online business, you need to have costs just like any other business you want to start.  The costs for a blog is next to nothing if you compare that to a real mortar and brick store or any offline venture.

All businesses start off with net losses and it’s very common, especially for blogs as this is not a get rich quick thing.  There’s actually no such thing as get rich quick, unless you win the lottery, even that’s not quick because I’ve been waiting to win for years now!  LOL

My journey so far proves that Wealthy Affiliate works!  The benefits of joining goes way beyond the awesome training they provide.  The community is incredible and I can’t thank them enough!

I will keep moving forward and see what November will bring!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, please leave your comments below if you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to share.

 

Let’s make money online!
Grace | Work Anywhere Now

 

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30 Responses to Income Report: Two Months – Already Making Money!!

  1. Craig November 5, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Hi Grace, I read your post with great interest and wanted to say well done! Its great to see how you have started to make an income and brilliant to see how you have broken down all the steps you took and how you got there. I think this is both encouraging and helpful to anyone considering affiliate marketing. Keep going Grace and keep posting so we can share in your success.

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 5, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      Thank you Craig! So appreciate your lovely comment and your kind words. I want to be able to help others so having it out there is a no-brainer for me. I also want to do this for myself to see where I can improve and what else I can do in the future. I hope to show the things I’ve learned at Wealthy Affiliate too and to show that their training is really works (& awesome)!

      I will keep doing these posts and continue on then! So happy you can find this helpful.

      Best to you,
      Grace

  2. Sarah Prince November 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Be sure to opt for the black Friday annual premium deal that WA will do. I signed up for it two years ago and it breaks down to a monthly rate of just $25, paid annually. Keep an eye out for it, they seem to do it every year. That will help with your expenses.

    Way to go on your income! I never had any income on my site for atleast six months. How did you get the sponsored post? I need to look into those.

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for the tip on the Black Friday deal! That sure will shave my cost down to almost half, that would be cool! I just haven’t done it yet because I blew that amount on a consultation just before I started this website.

      I’m glad I have a good start then. The sponsored post went on the My Mickey Life Instagram account, I offer that for shops that have Disney merchandise they sell and want to advertise on my account. It was not this making money online site.

      Hope for a better month in Nov!
      Grace

  3. Norman Richards November 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    Hello you have done and is doing really great, you truley making great progress with your online business, your article is a real encourgement not only to me but I believe for those who are working so hard and this and wondering if this will work for them. You have just proven this by your report. Keep up the good work.

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

      Hi Norman, thanks for stopping by again! Yes, I hope to show others that Wealthy Affiliate works, and that their training brings results. Sometimes faster than other niches but I’m glad I’m already seeing referrals to WA.

      I hope to encourage others to keep going and don’t stop even if they don’t make anything yet. Blogs take time, I may have just lucked out in Oct. Generally, blogs take up to six months to see any sort of income.

      Hope you’re doing well too!
      Grace

  4. Panu November 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    Nice way to break things up. What I would like to see in the next months edition would be some conclusions and actions based on the results.

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks Panu, I will take this into consideration next time. This time, I think was pretty thorough but there are a couple of points I know I left out on purposes for future posts I want to do, so you’ll just have to stay tune. 🙂

      Thanks for checking out my report!
      Grace

  5. Katie November 5, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi Grace, that is so great how you have doubled your traffic and earned an income. This was a great read and inspirational to all of us who are just starting out. I too believe Twitter is way better than Facebook for engagement. I do not use Instagram, I will have to check it out.

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

      Thank you Katie for checking out my two month income report! I’m glad I can be of inspiration to you and hope you have learned something. Instagram has an engaging audience if done right. Stay tuned and I can help you find a way to Instagram. 🙂

      Wishing you the best,
      Grace

  6. Kevin Bulmer November 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    Hey Grace,

    You’ve got a winning style on your hands, in my opinion. I appreciate the way you write and how you lay out your articles. This is another winner. I really enjoyed it and found myself rooting for you as I went through the article. It also gave me a sense of not appreciating my own progress enough. Progress is progress, huh?
    Good for you! Keep up the great work.
    Best wishes,
    Kevin

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

      Hi Kevin,

      That’s so sweet of you to say! I’m so honored to hear your praise, I will keep up my writing style then as I also feel very comfortable with the format I have.

      Yes, even if I didn’t make any money in October, I know I would have still liked my progress as it would have still been better than September. You can’t discount anything as blogs grow slowly so any increases is a win! 🙂

      I will carry on and do my best! I hope the same for you and wish you many wins!
      Grace

  7. GiuliaB November 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    Yep, I could not agree more Grace. Online affiliate marketing business takes time to translate into earnings. First you need to build your website, then attract traffic and finally you will start making an income out of it all. But, from what you are outlining above Grace, you are not doing bad at all!!
    As a fellow WA member, I shall be interested in your progress. What you have achieved so far is truly inspirational.
    Giulia

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

      This is so nice to hear from you Giulia! It’s great to know other Wealthy Affiliate members appreciate what I have done and can learn from as well. I know this is just small beginnings but any progress towards my goals is a big win in my eyes. I know you will do the same if you keep going with the training at WA! I can’t wait to see how you prosper as well.

      Best of luck!
      Grace

  8. Roald November 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    Very detailed report, impressive work! And you are setting a great example about the importance of progress, a company isn’t built overnight – same goes for online business. Seeing your progress gives me hope of making my own progress as a beginner, so thank you!

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 8, 2016 at 9:47 am #

      Hi Roald,

      Thank you for stopping by! Appreciate your kind words. You’re so right, businesses are not built overnight and there’s no get rich quick schemes. If you’re dedicated to your site and to your training, you’ll find success in no time. 🙂

      I wish you the best of luck!! You too will get there. 🙂

      Grace

  9. Gerard November 7, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

    Hi Grace.
    Your log is interesting and very readable. It shows that making some money, even from close to the start is possible. A very encouraging blog. Thank you.

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 8, 2016 at 9:49 am #

      Yes Gerard, anything is possible! 🙂 I’m not sure if I lucked out or not, but I’ve been following the training at Wealthy Affiliate from the start so it’s working whether it’s luck or not. I hope to encourage others, you may not get the same result as me, but if you keep going, the money will come.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Best to you,
      Grace

  10. Simon November 8, 2016 at 2:00 am #

    Hi Grace,
    You certainly have been busy.
    Do you alternate your websites to add content? You seem to be creating so many posts.
    I find it takes 2-3 days to write a post probably because I’m new to this, hopefully I will quicken my progress.

    They always say the first $1 is the hardest to earn, after that you’re on your way so well done you.
    I hope you keep writing posts on your progress as you have here, I’ll certainly be interested.

    Keep up the great work,
    Simon.

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 8, 2016 at 9:53 am #

      Hi Simon, I am very busy! LOL I’m concentrating on this site mainly. The Disney is a side project for now until I have more time for it. I know I need to add to the Disney site soon as it’s picking up organic traffic already and don’t want to miss out on anything commissions. 🙂 I usually take a good day to a day and a half for a post on this site so I’ve been able to keep up the one post a week, sometimes two.

      My handmade doll business is picking up and getting very busy this Nov already, so I’m not sure how much I can do for this site, it’ll be interesting to see.

      Thanks Simon for your kind words, I will keep it up as I really loved doing the analysis. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Grace

  11. Arooj Asif November 8, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    I wish you good luck for coming november . Stay on top. I want to know what are those ad charges of facebook?

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 9, 2016 at 9:25 am #

      Thank you Arooj, I will keep moving forward for November. Those ad charges for Facebook is what I paid to advertise my Facebook posts. I spoke all about above in my analysis.

      Thanks for stopping by again,
      Grace

  12. Marlinda Davis November 8, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

    Hey Grace! Your stats are amazing! I would be interested to learn more about your social media marketing strategies and gaining followers. I hope you continue to increase your income but also continue to help so many others in your different niches 🙂

    Keep up the good work!
    Marlinda

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 9, 2016 at 9:27 am #

      Thank you Marlinda for your wonderful comment! I so appreciate your kind words. Yes I will be writing more articles about social media marketing strategies and gaining followers, stay tuned. 😉

      I also hope to help others in different niches with my methods.

      Best of luck to you,
      Grace

  13. Sunny November 13, 2016 at 4:50 am #

    Grace,
    This is such a great post!!! Wow! Your progress amazing!
    Since I follow you from the very beginning and your very first post I notice nothing less but that your work is paying off! And what inspiration you give – THANK YOU FOR THAT!!!

    Now, I am definitely going to add Google analytics. I started messing around it, so I just need to finish that process now.

    I am going to check some other pages you have created since the last time I visited your site. But you know what I realized? Every time I read some of your work, I realize the new things I want to add in mine.
    That’s awesome!

    P.S. I also created a FB page, finally, and got some likes from my friends, I opened a Twitter account but didn’t find myself interested in it. Well, I see now that I have to find a way to approach that network too lol

    I will like your page on FB too 🙂 You will recognize me!
    Best,
    Sunny

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank you Sunny for stopping by again! I’m so glad you can learn something every time you visit, that’s such awesome news to me and very grateful that you can gain something from your visit.

      Yes Google Analytics is very helpful and a must have for your site! See my instructions on how to add Google analytics HERE.

      I will look out for your like on my Facebook Page, and I’ll do the same, thanks so much!

      Take care,
      Grace

  14. Raquel Furchinetti November 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Congratulations Grace!!!! Great work. Truly inspirational. Keep gooing! Hugs. Raquel, from Brazil

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now November 21, 2016 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you so much Raquel! I so appreciate your support and encouragement! I am doing all I can to keep going. 🙂

      Wishing you much success too!
      Grace

  15. Craig December 4, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

    This is amazing thanks for the inspiration

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