Monthly Earnings Report: November, 2011

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Do you ever wonder how much money this site makes per month? How does it generate the income? Where does it come from? All your questions will be answered in this post.

As expected, my first few earnings reports were a big hit (I started doing this in April). Not only is it of great interest for my blogging friends, but I also believe that my readers have a right to know how this site is being funded. So, with no further ado, here’s the earnings report for November, 2011.

November 2011 Earnings Report


Generally speaking, November was a pretty decent month. It actually started pretty slow, but it still proved to be an average month when compared to September and October.

I have to admit something though. I’ve been growing complacent with this site. I haven’t been giving it my all like I was in the past, and it really reflects in these earnings (can you see the flat-line?). I mean, I understand that my one blog can make just so much (and the average for one site probably is $1,500 a month), but that’s just it. I should have established my other blog ideas. After all, I already purchased the domain. I just have to put it together and slap some posts up.

Sure, I just bought a house in August that needed a complete renovation, and I do work a full-time job, but I still think that I could have done more. With the house projects winding down, I think it’s time to kick it in gear again, what do you think?!

In the year of 2012, I plan to earn $30,000 from my online ventures alone. How will I do this? There will be more to come on this later. Yep, I just left you hanging… sorry.

Breakdown of the Earnings: November 2011

Adsense – $53.45

Staff Writing – $50

Link Ads/Widgets – $400

Sponsored Posts – $810

Affiliate Sales – $105

Total November 2011 Income – $1,418.45!

 

Adsense

I decided to make a change to how my ads were displayed on my site this past month. Did you notice? Instead of showing only text, I tried something new and allowed an image to be displayed on the sidebar. With this change, my earnings went from the mid-$40s to mid-$50s. It’s about a 15% increase over the previous two month’s Adsense revenue, so I’d consider it a win. I’m going to leave it alone for the month of December as well to see if this image ad will outperform again.

Staff Writing

It has been tough to keep up with my staff writing in the past few months, not just because I’m busy, but because I’m hoping to make online income more passive – and staff writing is definitely not passive. So, I was able to contribute two posts for a total of $50 in November. Not too shabby for the amount of time that I put into it.

Link Ads/Widgets

I received some interest from advertisers that wanted to post some links/widgets on my site. I made a few deals worth $400 total.

Sponsored Posts

I received some really great sponsored posts this month. Actually, I made a deal for a whole cluster of posts (12 of them – one for each month) that were so good, I probably should have paid for them. Instead, they paid me $350. Yes, it’s a much lower amount than what I normally get, but the quality was there, and I could use some posts to free up my time for some other projects. So, we’ll call it a win-win.

I also made 4 other deals for a total of $460, which brings our grand total to $810 for sponsored posts.

Affiliate Sales

I built a new page last month to (1) help newbies develop some income by starting a blog, and (2) earn some income through web host affiliate ads.

On November 25, this new addition proved beneficial. Someone started a new blog through my site! Congratulations new blogger! I hope the experience is everything you thought it would be and more!

Through this web-host purchase, I earned $105. Imagine if this could happen everyday!

Summary

In my last Income Report, I made the audacious goal of earning $40k in 2012 from my online ventures. While I still strive to hit this number (secretly), I have decided to set the goal at $30k (for various reasons that I can’t explain currently).

$1,400 in one month is not too shabby. I remember when I couldn’t get an advertiser’s attention to save my life, so anything is really a bonus. I think I’ll start stocking up these funds to pay off the house in a year (rather than plugging away at it for 4 years).

I look forward to December’s income, but more importantly I’m ready to kick butt in 2012! Stay tuned for greater successes…. 🙂

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