My Monthly Report – September 2010

passive incomeAnother month, another income report!

Each month, I spend time to complete a detailed analysis of my earnings from the previous month, which includes how much I earned, where it came from and what I’ve done that may have had an effect on my income. I do this not only to keep track of how things are progressing, but also so that you can learn from my wins and from my failures. I’ve been keeping this up for almost 2 years now, which means my annual income report go live very soon, so look out for that. In the meantime, please enjoy September’s report.

Important Going-Ons in September

In case you missed my P90X results post, I completed the extreme home fitness program and I’ve never felt better! It’s amazing what a change in diet, strength and stamina can do for your business, as it seems to me like I work with a lot more energy now. Apparently, I’ve inspired a lot of other bloggers to start the program too, like Corbett Barr and Tony Ruiz, and this is me holding them accountable now.

;)

Beyond that, I’m all booked and ready for Blog World Expo in mid-October. I’ll be meeting with some of the world’s top bloggers and I’ll definitely make sure to send you updates while I’m there and fill you in on as much as I can. This is my first convention-type event ever, so it will be interesting to see how it all goes down. I just hope I don’t feel like a lost child in a crowded amusement park…again.

Niche Site Duel

A lot of September was dedicated to building and advancing my niche site for the Niche Site Duel with Tyrone Shum. Unlike Tyrone and many of the other contenders, I’m not using a VA to help me along. That being said, I’m proud to say that I’ve had a lot of success with my niche site so far, even though it’s only a month old.

In September, I was able to climb from the #184 to #26 in Google. I was also the first person to earn money from my niche site, earning a total of $18.76, strictly through Adsense.

It’s not much, but it’s a good sign that I’m potentially sitting on a goldmine. A high cost-per-click means there’s definitely a market out there for this niche, and to see this much come in this early in the game, without even reaching the first page of Google yet, is awesome.

I’ll be talking more about my long-term monetization strategy in the future, but in case you missed the posts I did in September related to the challenge, I’ve listed them for you below. The backlinking article in particular (006) has created a lot of buzz with almost 150 comments so far:

Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 4th at 8pm EST), Tyrone and I are hosting a free webinar where I’m going to ask him about working with a virtual assistant. I won’t use a VA for this challenge, but I do feel like I’m at a point where I could definitely use a full time VA’s help for some of my other projects – so if you’re interested in listening in on that discussion, feel free to signup for the free webinar here. There are only 100 seats available and already over 300 people are signed up, so make sure you get there early!

Smart Passive Income

I know I keep saying this, but the growth of SPI has been incredible. It’s honestly hard for me to believe sometimes because it was just about 2 years ago that this blog was born (Oct. 17, 2008).

I don’t do traffic reports each month, but I decided to throw a small one in today’s post since September was the best month of traffic SPi has ever had. I really love how my buddy Glen does his traffic reports over at Viperchill.com, so I’ll do something similar for you below so you can get a snapshot of my stats:

September Traffic SPI

  • Visits: 58,144
  • Pageviews: 149,092
  • Avg. Time Spent on Site: 4 minutes and 23 seconds

This is actually a 30% increase from the previous month, which is amazing. I think there were several factors involved, including a recent surge coming from the Podcast and YouTube Videos, as well as interviews and features on sites that have audiences that I’ve never been in front of before, such as Podcast Answer Man & Sources of Insight.

Plus, the niche site duel has been grabbing a lot of attention too, and my move to create a Niche Site Duel Hub, a specific page that holds all of the participant’s posts about their own niche sites (there are 18 of us as of today), proved to be useful because a lot of sites are linking to it, and it happens to be the 5th most visited page or post in September.

Top Referring Sites

Top Referring SitesAs you can see, Facebook is at the top, thus proving my point about Facebook as a viable means of driving traffic to your website (see The Bloggers Guide to Facebook). However, there are some other interesting metrics to look at here.

Although Facebook is first, check out the % of New Visits. Like Twitter, the percentage is on the low end, which means they’re driving traffic to my blog, but it’s traffic that has already been to my site before. This makes sense because generally speaking, the people who are following us on Facebook and Twitter probably did so through our websites.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though – it’s always good to have people returning to our site and now I know where a lot of my existing audience can be found (and are active). This just means that I probably should focus campaigns and marketing strategies that target new visitors elsewhere, such as YouTube.

Side Note: Google.com / referrals are not the same as organic search engine traffic. As Google puts it:

Not all referrals from Google.com domains come through organic search or AdWords ad listings. Referrals may come from a variety of sources, including Google Groups posts, base.google.com listings, or static pages on related Google sites. Such visits are tagged as [referral] instead of [organic] or [cpc].”

Since we’re talking about Google, here are my top referring keywords for the month of September:

September KeywordsIn total, Google organically brought in a total of 16,495 visitors from a combination of 3,364 different keywords and phrases.

I’m really stoked to announce that I also surpassed my 2010 goal of reaching 10,000 RSS subscribers! I know that in reality, 10k is just an arbitrary number and it doesn’t really mean all that much, but in order to reach high places you have to set goals just like this and do what you can to achieve them. Now that I’m here, I’ve reset my 2010 goal to 15k.

Taking It To The Next Level

yoast site analysisAlthough I know this blog has been very successful so far, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. The blog is nowhere near perfect and it seems to be lacking in the area of search engine optimization especially. Although the search engines have been treating me fairly well so far, I still only rank 4th for my primary keyword and would love to climb even higher. I should be able to reach the #1 or #2 spot with some expert help, and that’s exactly what I got.

In mid-September, I paid for a Site Analysis Report from Joost de Valk, the man behind Yoast.com. Yoast ranks #1 in Google for WordPress SEO, and Joost has created a number of excellent WordPress SEO plugins and he definitely knows his stuff.

I just received the report and it really put things into perspective. Basically…this blog’s SEO is terrible.

Joost didn’t say that outright, but there are plenty of recommendations that lead me to believe that is the case. I am doing some things right, but I’m also doing a lot of things wrong. This is me learning as I go, which has never failed me so far, so I’m excited to implement a lot of these changes in the upcoming months.

I won’t go over the 8 page report in detail here today, but I’m thinking about doing a webinar about it because I think what I learn for SPI could be extremely helpful for you too. Let me know if that’s something you’ve be interested in attending, and I’ll set it up.

Okay, I think it’s time for the monthly income breakdown.

Income Breakdown

Please note that these are figures from reports from each individual company for the previous month. It does not necessarily reflect the actual payment which, for some of the companies listed below, come 30 to 60 days later because of potential refunds.

  • GreenExamAcademy.com Product Sales:
    • Total: $2712.15
      • Last Month: $3601.30
      • Difference: -$889.15
  • eHow Earnings:
    • Total: $224.58
      • Last Month: $293.06
      • Difference: -$68.08
  • Google Adsense
    • InfoBarrel: $1.22
    • Security Guard Training Niche Site: $18.76
    • Other Adsense: $72.58
    • Total: $92.56
      • Last Month: $50.19
      • Difference: +$42.37
  • Affiliate Earnings:
    • Green Exam Academy: $1,634.45
    • Market Samurai: $2,545.44
    • Instant Article Factory: $517.00
    • The Best Spinner: $568.00
    • Bluehost.com: $2210.00
    • iPhone Apps w/o Experience eBook: $1245.44
    • Internet Business Mastery Academy: $915.00
    • Niche Sites: $115.45
    • InfoBarrel Success: $97.00
    • Aweber: $61.20
    • Amazon Associates: $60.48
    • Total: $9,969.46
      • Last Month: $11,914.30
      • Difference: -$1,944.84
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $2,121.00
    • Free Apps: $2,179.77
    • Total: $4,300.77
      • Last Month: $4,824.42
      • Difference: -$523.65
  • Gross Total in September: $17,229.52
    • Last Month: $20,683.09
    • Difference: -$3453.57

Another fantastic month! Although it’s less than my 20k month in August, it’s still above average and I’m happy with where things are going.

What I Learned in September

As good as things may seem, no matter what level you’re at you can always do something to improve. I thought my blog was decently optimized for SEO, but apparently not, so now I can improve and do even better. Getting an outside expert opinion really helped me realize what I wasn’t doing right.

The lesson is to always be looking to improve because if you don’t, you’re going to level out and things will start to slow down or plateau. I don’t want the growth of SPI to plateau.

Another thing I learned is that there are so many things I want to do, but so little time to do them all. I’m sure this is the case for many of you, which is why prioritizing becomes super important.

Lately, I’ve had so many ideas pop into my head, it’s almost driving me crazy. I’m having a hard time letting go of some of the ideas and opportunities, but I’ve learned to figure out which ones are worth more to me now, and just write the rest of them down on paper and put them in a folder for later. This is just what you have to do sometimes so you can focus on the things that have top priority. It’s great to have a ton of ideas, but too many can get in the way. Focus and take things one at a time.

What’s Next

October should be a really exciting month for me. I’ll be headed to Vegas for Blog World Expo, and I’ll be beginning the development process on a new project I have that made it onto my top priority list. There’s not much I can say about the project right now, but once it’s underway you can be sure I’ll keep you informed. Don’t I always?

Wishing you all the best. Here’s to a safe, healthy and profitable October. Cheers!

  • Karl Hadwen

    Hey Pat,

    Another great income report, well detailed and organised. Seems the niche site is developing well and as you say, you’re sitting on top of a gold mine! Can’t wait to see the results of your niche site when you’re ranking in the top 3rd for your main keyword!

    All the best,
    Karl

    • http://www.theresmoneyeverywhere.com Vik Tantry

      Outstanding stuff. Definitely looking forward to the SEO for SPI, I think that will be a very interesting discussion. Blog SEO is something that I know less about and would love to learn more!

      Looking forward to seeing you at blogworld!

  • http://www.youngprepro.com/subscribe Onibalusi Bamidele

    Awesome post Pat,

    It is really great to see facebook as your top traffic source, I recently started a facebook fan page for my blog and it is already crawling to my top traffic source – I didn’t realize the power of facebook until then.

    Your doing great in the SEO aspect – especially the branding aspect since most SEo traffic came from your name and brand name.

    Thanks so much for sharing your income and traffic,
    -Onibalusi

  • http://www.hectorjcuevas.com/ Hector Cuevas

    Thanks for the report Pat. Good luck on improving the SEO. I’m not too big on SEO myself. But maybe I should reconsider :0)

    talk soon bro
    Hector

  • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri Junttila

    Hey Pat!

    Good stuff. I’d definitely be interested in knowing what changes your making SEO-wise to SPI. I’m okay at SEO, but I haven’t really applied the knowledge I have to my blog. Funny how that goes ;)

  • http://onlinebusinessgym.com/ Marion Ryan

    Pat, another great set of results and just what I need to see this Monday morning when I have time (thanks to my VA who is handling the routine stuff) to think, plan and create. It’s fascinating to see how the breakdown of your income changes over the months and an important reminder not to rest on our laurels with one successful product.

    Here’s to your continuing success, and thanks for continuing to inspire me and so many others.

    Marion x

  • http://www.viperchill.com Glen Allsopp

    Congrats on another great month Pat,

    Awesome traffic stats!

    Check this, I relaunched ViperChill exactly one year after you started SPI. Freaky ;)

    • Pat

      Whoa! no way! That’s crazy…the universe it weird sometimes ;)

  • http://www.webuildyourblog.com Andrew @ Blogging Guide

    Great earnings for this month. It is still another great month for you! And good luck on your SEO optimization.

  • http://www.tacticalcashflow.com Howie

    As always, Pat, thanks alot for another great income report! The degree of transparency you show, coupled with the thoroughness of these reports, makes for some highly motivating reading material just before I head out on a 5 hour road trip. That’s right…the Army has summoned me to 4 months of hardcore Officer training….I should be able to stop in though occasionally. (I hear they are putting me up in a King Studio apartment in a nearby Marriott….not too shabby)…

    Keep truckin’ along man…and, I’ll keep following.

    P.s. That was quite a drastic drop in your eHow earnings this month. You earn so much that it hardly made a dent in your overall income…but, it’s still something to take notice of. Any theories or ideas why?

  • http://www.36pounds.com Adrijus

    Congrats Pat! You not only have opportunity to increase your blog popularity with SEO but also your income once you start utilizing your email list (selling your own product??). I guess that could be 5k additional income a month depending on the size of the list you have.
    Cheers,
    Adrijus

  • http://EunusAt.com Eunus Hosen

    Congrats Pat!

    I always enjoy your income report and learn many more lessons from the report. The traffic report has added more value in this report.

    Although the income report shows that your income decreased but I think you’ve done a great job as your traffic report show that. So, I expect you’ll publish traffic report every month.

    The income decreased because you’ve spent a lot of time and efforts behind niche site duel challenge (This is my thought).

    Hope october will be another great month for you and we’ll learn many more things from you.

  • http://www.pauldurotimi.com Ireti Paul

    Good and excellent report Pat. It’s an eye opener you breaking down your traffic stats. This is something i really need to work on this october to grow my blog traffic.

    The webinar is a welcome idea. Thanks for your continued support. Wishing you a Great October.

  • http://biggoalhunting.com/ Mike Roberts

    Hey Pat, These income reports are what really got me hooked on your site. They also inspired me to document the personal challenges I take on in a more detailed, and interesting (hopefully) fashion. Love these reports man.

    also, a quick Congrats to Tony over at venture mixx for the mention, hard work and networking always pays off

    “Basically, this blog’s SEO is terrible”… LOL, if you are terrible, mine must really we god-awful :)

    all the best man,

    ~Mike

  • http://www.mymimblueprint.com/wrl Randy Layman

    Thanks again Pat! It is always great to gather the valuable information from your monthly reports showing which products seem to be consistent in monetizing. SEO is always a challenge and I appreciate the information. I will be refocusing in that direction.

  • TrafficColeman

    Well I have seen an big jump in your traffic the past three months despite your not so perfect seo problems you talked about..this just goes to show you that you still can gain massive amounts of exposure and traffic without ranking high..word of month goes a long way.

    “TrafficColeman “Signing Off

  • http://www.bloggingdiabetes.com Tony Rose

    Pat,
    Are you going to record the webinar with Tyrone? I would love to be on it, but the time conflicts and I would be interested in the replay. Thank you!
    Tony

  • http://www.masonworld.com Mark Mason

    I am very interested in your Yoast report. I vote for the webinar.

  • KimP

    Congrats Pat on another awesome month!

    Interesting about the Yoast report; I thought your blog was highly optimized. Just show’s there’s always room for improvement even at the top of your game. I’d like to hear more about the report as others have mentioned.

  • http://67dollars.com/ Jason

    Count me in as another interested in the Yoast report/SEO webinar.

  • http://www.laurendugan.com/freelanceblog/ Lauren Dugan

    Congrats on yet another great month! Your annual income reports are fantastic reads – they transparency is refreshing, and they definitely light the fire under me to get moving on my projects.

    I would be interested in the webinar you mentioned, SEO is something that I have to amp up on my own blog as well.

  • http://www.technshare.com Devesh

    Hey Pat,

    Awesome stats man. You’re doing super awesome work :).
    and glad to see you started working on seo.

    Thanks for sharing this great report. Keep rocking !!

  • http://www.officerevolt.com Join the Office Revolt

    Always an terrific post for the monthly recap. I am very interested in seeing what the SEO Report from Yoast was all about… that would be a great webinar, podcast, or post!

  • http://fivegreenlizards.wordpress.com Kim @ Five Green Lizards

    I love reading your monthly income updates! It’s inspiring to all of us trying to make a living online. Thanks. I vote yes on the Yoast webinar! Please share the analysis of your site!

  • http://www.mywritingexperiment.com Travis

    Inspiring, as always, Pat. I would definitely be interested in hearing more about your SEO report, whether it’s a webinar, video, blog post or whatever. Have fun in Vegas!

  • http://themusicianscoach.com Alex @ TheMusiciansCoach

    Just. Amazing. The stats speak for themselves – and are a true motivating factor for me. Thank you, Pat – and continued success be yours!

  • http://forkliftsforsale.org David Miles

    Looking good : ) I really like your monthly reports and how you break it down on where the money is coming from.

  • http://experimentsinpassiveincome.com Moon Hussain

    Congrats again, Pat! I’m really interested in you going into detail about that Yoast report.

  • http://www.venturemixx.com Tony Ruiz

    Thanks for holding me accountable Pat! I’m getting those bands this week, it’s on my priority list!! Looks like a great month, you’re maintaing good numbers. It’s awesome to see you’re niche site journey. We’re able to really see how much work and patience it takes to get there.

    Also with the amount of success you’re having with SPI its inspiring to see you pushing to make improvements.

    Looking forward to see what your next project will be.

  • http://www.mikeziarko.com Michael Ziarko

    I always look forward to those income reports Pat. Glad to see the Niche Site Duel is humming along (i’ve yet to see a nickle from it, but hoping to change that soon!), I’ll be seriously looking to you for advice when I get into app development =)

  • http://entrepreneurblogr.com James Tayo

    Great to see you have another awesome month Pat. Thanks for referring the iPhone apps eBook, that also gave me a lot of insights and ideas into future projects. Rock on

  • http://marketingwithrick.com Rick Byrd

    Pat:

    These are some great stats and results for September. You can tell you are working hard.

    SEO is an area I also need to be focused more on as I know my SEO report would be a negative ranking.

    There is always work to be done!

    - Rick

  • http://www.stealthtrafficformulabonus.com Sean

    Hi Pat,

    I was wondering how much the report cost? Is it open to anyone to get from him?

    Thanks
    Sean M.

    • Pat

      Hey Sean – the report was $500, but the price may go up. And yes, it’s open to anyone I think!

  • http://passiveincomegoals.com/ Tiffany

    Another great month of earnings! I always look forward to the beginning of the month to read your earning reports since they motivate me to keep trucking along. I would love to be making half of what you make every month! Hopefully soon!

  • http://www.devinelder.com/ Devin Elder

    Another great month Pat!

    It’s inspiring to see that GreenExamAcademy is still such a strong performer, I assume you’re not doing a whole lot of work on that – truly a great passive income stream.

    For the record, I would definitely be interested in seeing you dissect the Yoast report on SPI – if that’s in the cards, cool!

  • http://www.edgeofdavid.com Edge of David

    Hey Pat, that webinar going into the SEO report from Yoast would be great. I’m pretty skilled with SEO as I do consulting, but I would definitely join as it would be interesting to see a critique of a very successful blog. Maybe you could get Glenn to join you as well. You’re a great example of good karma. All the best,

    -David

    best,
    -David

    • http://www.edgeofdavid.com Edge of David

      opps sorry for the typo above :)

  • http://www.luminatraining.com Erin Lau

    Hi Pat, Erin Lau here from the Scripps Ranch High days! Don’t know if you got my FB message from almost a year ago, but just wanted to let you know I’ve been following your blog as I try to help out my mom’s internet business. Like you, I was a laid-off architect, so I’m doing other things now! Its crazy to see how your monthly earnings are about as much as an architect’s yearly salary ;)

    I’m a little confused about the point at which your income really becomes passive, because you obviously work hard everyday. If you were to not do any new projects, how many hours a day would you have to work to keep,say, Green Exam Academy profitable? Also how long do you think it will be sustainable with all the changes in the LEED exam?

    • Pat

      Hey Erin! It’s really nice to hear from you! I hope all is well! Sorry about the layoff, but it sounds like you’re into other things now and hopefully get paid something more than an architects salary :P

      Regarding when things become totally passive, I am working hard but it’s on new passive income streams (and this blog which I don’t really count as being passive at all, since it’s really what takes up most of my time). This past month, I spend a total of 0 hours on GreenExamAcademy, so it is at a point where I can just let it be for a little while and it will still generate an income. Of course, industries change and things aren’t forever, which is why I try to stay up to date on the latest changes, and I’ll spend a good amount of time revamping the site if needed if there are any drastic changes, at which point I could probably set it and let it run virtually on autopilot again.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions, or if I can help in any way. Cheers!

  • http://www.lickshunmewah.com Michael

    Another mind blowing report Pat. You’re a huge inspiration dude. I’m surprised you didn’t do well in the Yoast report? I agree with David – a webinar about the report would be way cool.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Michael

    • Pat

      I was surprised too, but I guess that’s why I’m not ranking as high as I could for certain keywords. I’ll definitely set something up!

  • http://www.freeathomejobs.net Bryan @ Free At Home Jobs

    Each month I look at your reports and can only dream of achieving something like this, but you show that it’s possible. I recently started up a blog that I’ve been hard at work on as well, and I’m already pulling in nearly 100 uniques a day. Now I’m just stuck at where to go from there, but I’m sure I’ll find a way.

    Congrats again on another killer month man. I’m following the Niche Site Duel and can’t wait to see the results you get as the days keep coming along.

  • http://makemoneybuzz.com Patrick From Make Money Buzz

    Congrats on hammering out another huge month! One thing I like about you is that you set goals and you reach them. You got the P90x, you got your 10k followers, and you got your income coming in. I’m sure your next project will be successful whatever it is (can’t wait to find out) because you are a go-getter. Congrats and good luck next month!

    • Pat

      Hey Patrick – thanks so much, I appreciate that. It’s all about taking action and following through. I’ve learned that is what gives me the best results, and I try to pass that on to everyone here. Cheers!

  • http://www.whatdoestonydo.com Tony Marciante

    Hey Pat,

    Another inspiring month for all of us..your authenticity, simplicity and honestly are really a goal in my opinion for the rest of the internet. I have many projects on my mind, but one by one, I want to execute and get them earning passive income …I think this is now AND the wave of the future..and your model is really something to follow.

    Thanks for all you do, and love listening to your buddy Cliff Ravenscraft …great podcasting info…

    talk soon..

  • http://www.wealthyaffiliaterevolution.com Mark | Wealthy Affiliate Revolution

    Awesome Report Pat. Another fantastic month! Keep up the great work. I’m in for the SEO report webinar.

  • will

    Thanks for keeping me motivated. I think you could definitely write some great articles on SEO once you learn from your own experience. If your blog is not optimized properly , then I am scared to know how poorly mine is optimized. Any tips/help you can give is always appreciated.

  • http://manchesterpsychotherapy.net Ian

    Hi Pat
    I’m very impressed with your report and you have now moved into number one position for the person I can most learn from! I listen to your podcast weekly 9it rocks btw) and you have even inspired me to do the p90x program (I’m on week 2 now and getting fit fast). I now need to convert the knowledge you supply into action on my part. Thank you for the inspiration and keep up the good work!

  • Steve

    Pat….. just incredible! You are a great example, and the perfect motivator. Reality is so refreshing : )

    Regarding your iPhone apps….. how many do you currently have live? Any Android apps, so far?

    Thanks!

  • http://joukokarvonen.com/ Jouko Karvonen

    Hi Pat,
    As always, your monthly income report was very inspiring to read. Congratulations on completing p90x and good luck keeping it up! :)
    It was bit surprising to see the Facebook-google-twitter referring order with quite large differences, especially considering the amount of Facebook likers (~3200) and twitter followers (~47000). I guess it’s the noise in the twitter?

    Looking forward to reading more about your SEO fine-tuning!

  • http://www.lowfatdietplan.org Damon

    I always enjoy your monthly reports. Your honesty and transparency should be commended!

    Thank You!

  • http://www.realcorporatelife.com Paul

    Hey Pat,

    I’ve been following you for a couple months now, but this is my first blog comment. Great post! Your monthly reports are one thing that sets you apart, keep it up!

    Sign me up for the SEO webinar too! I’d be interested in your thoughts on how important SEO is for SPI. I am sure it could help get at some more traffic, but I’d guess your focus on podcasting, guest interviews, YouTube and Facebook are more important and drive higher quality, more interested traffic.

    One other observation that’s hard to ignore is that your primary source of Internet income has become teaching others how to make money on the Internet…

  • http://www.alancwilliams.com chris

    Pat I would love to see a webinar on blog SEO. I try to do things for mine, but wonder what good it does? Anyway, definitely put that out!

    Thanks as always!

  • http://dbpmarketing.com DB Baker

    Hi Pat,

    Great post and really great information. It is really great and refreshing to see how you share everything and you are not holding anything back…

    I would personally love to attend a webinar about the SEO report you got from Yoast. After all, I was the one the recommended you go and get it… I hope you are satisfied with that :)

  • http://www.thelasthonestguy.com The LastHonest Guy

    Hey pat,

    Love those income reports. By the way, you’ve probably answered this question before but I know you have a partner for the iphone apps, just wondering if the statement shown above is before or after you split it with him? Just curious…

  • http://bicyclewriter.com/ Daniel

    Look forward to hearing about the convention updates.

  • http://cashcampfire.com Christina (@CashCampfire)

    Nice work, Pat! I attended the webinar on outsourcing, and it was awesome. It really got me to thinking about what is possible with a virtual assistant. Though I don’t have the funds now to hire one full-time, I am considering doing so part-time maybe for the blogs that I have currently sitting abandoned. If not, there’s always a chance I will need one down the road.

    I’m glad your niche site is doing so well. It’s amazing how much you earned on Adsense, and you’re not even on the front page for the keyword phrase yet! That bounce rate is also pretty good. Keep up the terrific work.

    Hopefully next month proves just as fruitful.

    Christina

  • http://www.dubai-information-site.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    Pat – congrats on another solid month. I just want to know one thing – are you going to go back to your older posts and enhance the SEO or is that a lost cause in your opinion and you will simply apply the recently learned principles going forward?

  • http://ebenezermethod.com Landon

    $17!? Great results…

    An inspiration as always, Pat.

  • http://www.goldtradingtips.com Daniel @ Easy Investing

    Hey Pat,

    Once again, great to know that you are always sharing your ideas and your income openly. I think this will really motivate many people who are looking to achieve the kind of results that you have.

    Regarding the iphone apps, are your apps charging by one time or subscription based? Because there are many apps which will need to purchase credits before it can be full version e.g. games. Are yours something like that?

    Anyway, all the best for your Blog World Expo and have a great weekend!

    Dan

  • http://simplylearnbusiness.com Nick

    Looks like you had a great September. Although my September wasn’t nearly as successful numbers-wise as yours, I think mine was still pretty good. I finally changed over to a blog I’m more passionate about. It’s about Internet Business as well.

  • http://www.icantinternet.org Bjorn | iCan’t Internet

    Thanks for sharing this again Pat! I’ve followed your example, and joined the IBM Academy, and must say I believe it is really worth it! So, as a start, I’m now also sharing my income breakdown (which is about 100x lower than yours :-) )

  • http://www.diarybisnis.com Fauzi

    Congrat Pat, nice report……..

  • http://thedropoutkid.com jonathan figaro

    Keep succeeding and you will be successful! Great job financially, are you hiring? =)

  • Tipjar

    Hey Pat,

    just a question – these numbers here:

    Affiliate Earnings:

    * Green Exam Academy: $1,634.45
    * Market Samurai: $2,545.44
    * Instant Article Factory: $517.00
    * The Best Spinner: $568.00
    * Bluehost.com: $2210.00
    * iPhone Apps w/o Experience eBook: $1245.44
    * Internet Business Mastery Academy: $915.00
    * Niche Sites: $115.45
    * InfoBarrel Success: $97.00
    * Aweber: $61.20
    * Amazon Associates: $60.48
    * Total: $9,969.46

    Are those all primarily just from THIS blog?

  • http://www.iphonesansabonnement.fr/ Lali

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for being so transparent!
    Would you mind sharing your average AdSense revenue per visit?

  • http://www.oxygencovermodel.com Bridgie

    I LOVE what you wrote on prioritising!! Just what I needed to read today – I also have too many ideas and it means I haven’t really got anywhere because I keep chopping and changing and trying out new things. You reminded me that I need to FOCUS. Thnks you so much!! You are awesome :-)

  • http://beyondhouseplans.com Louie

    Pat,
    I am very thankful for your openness. You say that you are not a millionaire (and I can appreciate the clarification) but to me and I assume a few others here, it does not matter. Your willingness to share your experiences with the income on your monthly reports as your results means more than any claim to be a millionaire.
    Having you as a “successful peer” to follow is refreshing compared to the mega guru offering their help.
    Thank you!

  • http://www.creatingmyempire.com Dustin Baier

    I run into the same problem with too many ideas and not enough time. Trying to focus on one until it is successful seems to be the key as you have demonstrated. Keep up the good work.

  • Grace

    Hi Pat,

    Due to a family emergency, I missed your webinar over the weekend where you talked about the SEO test results of your blog.

    Is there a transcript I can read or is there a recording I can access?

    Soooo bummed I missed it.

    Best,
    GRace

  • http://ineeddiscipline.com Dean Saliba

    Absolutely blows my $96.73 completely out of the water. :P In fact I reckon you might have what I earnd down the back of your couch. lol

  • darius sohei

    wow, amazing for you to make so much money… but i cannot actually figure out what real value you are providing. i mean, i can understand selling things to people who want x thing, or believe they need x thing, so good on you for, i guess figuring out how to manipulate that? (still don’t see what you make money on)

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  • Mel

    Nice! All those numbers did were make me curious about the expense report.

  • http://www.flickr.com/people/64613887@N04/ Navtej Kohli Los Angeles

    Amazing performance ,,,, Congratulations …..Em also looking Some kinda of report

  • Joseph

    Thank you Pay for your frankness!
    You have some special features which most affiliates don’t have. They are “Honesty” and “Sincerity”. Good luck!