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Monthly Report for August 2016

This is the fourth monthly report.  Many more will come.  I provide insight on all of my sites, not just Authority Grinder itself.  To that end, I will share all the stuff: statistics, challenges, and achievements for each one.

I will not publish the site names nor keywords, as I've seen others that have shared their stuff get copied and even get attacked with negative SEO tactics. This is a business for me and I'm not willing to potentially expose myself to that.

I do share just about all the details of my sites, but I'd like to add a different spin than others.  Here's the deal...

Added to these monthly reports is the emotions that go along with it.  The fear of a new site not succeeding, wasting money on a project that doesn't produce, or wondering if you're the only one having challenges.  The fun and the happiness of reaching a goal, whether financial or rankings, will also be shared.​

The frustration of not meeting a goal is softened and the excitement of exceeding a goal is sweetened by sharing them with you, my supporters.  So let's get to it...

Here's the monthly report for August 2016.  

If you looked at the featured image for this post, it's kinda different. Go ahead, take a look again.

That image is how I feel for the month as a whole, because....

Well, I'm not going to ruin the surprise news, you gotta read the post!!!! πŸ˜‰

Anyways....​

I have to admit, I never thought anyone would read these, much less leave a comment. I am truly astounded that I've had people read these and take the time to leave comments.

As much as these are keeping me accountable and motivated, I'm very happy that they are helping others.  

I appreciate all the support from you, my readers!!!​

PROJECT 1

Project 1 is a niche site designed for affiliate sales around Amazon.  Adsense is added, but it's not geared towards it.  

I started this site in August of 2015.  β€‹There's about 52 pages/posts live at the start of the month.  The niche is around professional medical products.

Updates

What I didn't do last month that I wanted to:

  • Amazingly, I got all my goals done for this project, so nothing to list here that I didn't get done.  Woo hoo!!!  Feels good! 

What I got done... Woo hoo!!!

  • Press Release was sent out. All no-follow links and gained some links already.
  • I got three posts up, one more than my goal.  I also ordered two more but my plan is to add them in September.  
  • Got two new PBN Links.

​Overall, I didn't put much work and effort into this project in August, just as last month. Maybe I spent about 6 hours total on this project for the month.

I still have about 6 articles that need to be posted.

The two posts that I ordered and have already received are topics for 'best [keyword]​.' I starting to gear up for November and December, high volume for Amazon.

With the power of my domain already, the three new posts that I got up are ranking on page 1 and 2 of Google. Pretty cool and exciting. These were more informational topics as I don't want too many posts tailored to Amazon affiliate.​

Content

According to Google index of this domain, I have 55 pages/posts up.  

Not too bad, but I could add more as there's some keywords that I haven't created content for.

I'm in no rush, as I'm dedicating more time to other projects to get them ready for the Holiday shopping season.

And, I'm still thinking this micro niche site may be close to being built out. I just don't want to create too many posts around Amazon and get a 'thin' penalty from Google.

I'll add the two posts that I ordered in September to let them prepare for November.

Rankings

authoritygrinder.com august 2016 monthly report
august income report authority grinder

Okay, the first part of the statistics sections.  

  • DA went up 3 points to 26
  • PA went up 1 point to 36
  • CF went down 1 point to 17
  • TF went down 1 point to 14
  • UR stayed the same at 31
  • DR stayed the same at 47
  • Total referring domains increased to 145

Analytics

monthly report august 2016 authority grinder

As you can see, there were 17,259 sessions in August.  It's about a 31% increase from last month.

Page views also increased about 28% from last month.

I'm very happy and surprised with the increase! Not quite sure why, as there weren't major changes except the Press Release that came out late in the month. I'm curious if this is a fluke or if it's something else.... but what????​

Console

website for authority grinder

The number of total clicks increased by about 32%! Very happy with it, very happy indeed!

The total impressions also increased by about 50,000.  

The average position decreased (which is good) by about 1.4 points.

Very happy with these numbers for the month. I'd be on cloud nine if these metrics stayed at this level!!!!

AdSense

august 2016 income report todd connelly

AdSense revenue increased by about $6.00.  Even though I posted three informational posts and I put Adsense on them, it's not a bad increase.

I won't make much with Adsense on this project, remember it's geared for Amazon affiliate income. But I'll take the 20 bucks!

Amazon Affilliate

earnings august monthly report authority grinder

Okay, this is the big news...

I not only broke a record earnings for the month, but I also broke for the first time $2,000 a month!

Well, $2,118.27 to be exact!

And to think a few months ago I was thinking about selling this site.

It just goes to show that it takes time and to stick with it.

This project has been up for exactly one year. This type of income with the amount of time I put in for the month on this project is not bad...

Actually, I'm very, very, very happy with it!

Six hours of work to make just over 2 grand.  Of course I put a ton of time, effort, and initial funds to get it where it's at.

I can't wait to see what it does during the Holiday shopping season.  Maybe double???

Project 1 Financials

 EXPENSES
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$96.70

+$48.35

$415.37

Fiverr

$0

$0

$115.25

Lightning Rank

$64

$0

$1,445

Web Hosting

$29

$0

$252

Hoth

$0

-$197.60

$645.60

 INCOME      
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$20.23

+$6.19

$76.39

Amazon

$2,118.27

+$877.12

$5,618.55

 TOTALS
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$189.70

-$149.25

$3,069.22

Income

$2,138.50

+$883.31

$5,694.94

Net Profit/Loss

$1,948.80

+$1,032.56

$2,625.72

Fourth month in a row with a profit!  Alright!

And a huge increase in profit.

This project is really helping fund the other projects. If I haven't said this already, I put all the profit back into my projects.

As the saying goes "it takes money to make money."

I am very fortunate to have my day job cover all my bills and fund the upstart of these projects.  Very fortunate.

I know not everyone is in the same boat as me, but if can keep reinvesting any and all profit, it'll pay dividends in the long run.​

Next Month Goals

My main goal right now with this site is to prepare for the upcoming shopping season.

I'd still like to try to diversify my link profile. I have a lot of PBN's.

The Press Release should help, but I'd still like to change the ratio while increasing the rankings.

I did buy a social bookmarking service (will remain nameless until I see how it works).

I plan on starting that in September, but I'll slow drip it to make it look natural.

I'll also continue with the two PBN links that I purchase from Lightning Rank. They're doing a great job of increasing my rankings and keeping me there.

I am preparing for a drop in Amazon earnings as I think the start of the new school year may have helped with the big increase in income.

I just don't want to depend on that large of an increase in earnings. Better to take things slow than plan on what you don't have yet.

Here's the goals that I set for next month...

  • Add two posts
  • Get two more PBN links
  • Create social bookmarks campaign

PROJECT 2

Project 2 is a site built around AdSense.  I started to build it from scratch in January of this year.  The niche is careers.  I think it has just come out of the Google sandbox.

Updates

Here's what I didn't get done for the month...

  • Didn't post 2 pillar posts
  • Didn't get 5 guest posts
  • Didn't post 5 smaller posts

Here's what I got done for the month...

  • I created a scholarship page
  • I created a scholarship PDF flyer
  • Ordered a Press Release for the Scholarship Program

I didn't get that much done for this project as I would have liked. 

I'm really conflicted between spending time on this project and project 4.

The reason is that I'd like to get project 4 ready for the holidays and I feel this project can wait.

I've been trying to do 'bulk' processes to increase my time efficiency, since I don't have much time to work on these projects.​

So when I created a scholarship program, I created it for several of the projects. I'm not sure if I'll use them for all, but I do feel it's a good fit for this project.

I'll use the scholarship program to create edu. backlinks. I'll go into more detail once I get it up and going and have some results.

Perhaps if it works well, I'll do a case study to share how I did it.​

Content

No change at all with the amount of content. According to Google's index, there's 16 pages/posts.

I have quite a few posts already written, I just need to edit them and then post them.

Easier said than done.​

Not too happy with myself right now, I wanted to be further along with this project.

Not happy at all.​

Rankings

todd connelly monthly report for august 2016

I didn't expect any changes here and that's what I got.

  • DA stayed the same at 19
  • PA decreased 1 point to 31
  • CF stayed the same at 21
  • TF went down 1 point to 14
  • DR stayed the same at 21
  • DR increased 1 point to 45
  • Total referring domains increased by 4 to 43

Analytics

monthly report for August 2016 authority grinder

Sessions are down about 26% from last month.  I get the feeling it's out of the sandbox, but without any new content and links it's not growing as it could.  

Console

todd connelly's website

Some increases from last month, but not the volume that I need to make money.

The total clicks and impressions just about doubled from last month. I think it's getting out of the Sandbox.

The average position also dropped by about 10 points. Now I'm starting to get in the rankings with larger sites.  Time to go to work on this one if I'm going to continue to climb the rankings.

AdSense

monthly report for august 2016 todd connelly

An increase to 85 cents... not want I wanted. I want more!

An interesting metric is the Page RPM and Impression RPM is considerably higher than that of project 1.

Maybe it's because the keywords get a higher CPC? Definitely worth exploring more and shows that this niche has some possibilities with Adsense.

I need to get more posts up and build some quality backlinks to see what it can do. But when will I have time with project 4 taking priority.

Something gotta's give. But what????

Project 2 Financials

 EXPENSES
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

-$36.35

$630.19

Fiverr

$0

$0

$157.50

Hoth

$158.40

+$158.40

$556.40

Web Hosting

$0

$0

$0

 INCOME   
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0.85

+$0.60

$1.32

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$158.40

+$122.05

$1,344.09

Income

$0.85

+$0.60

$1.32

Net Profit/Loss

-$157.55

+$121.45

-$1,342.77

The only expense for the month was the Press Release for the scholarship award.

I'm hoping that the scholarship award program can create some high quality backlinks.

Let's see what it does for the next month. I'll make sure I keep track of the outreach and success rate.​

Next Month Goals

Here's my goals for next month...

  • Start Scholarship outreach campaign
  • Start some Social Bookmark campaing
  • Create a 'hub page' for my category that I'm currently working on
  • Post 1 pillar post

PROJECT 3

This project is in the career niche just like project 2.  However, a totally different career field.

I started this one in May of this year and plan to monetize it with AdSense.

Updates

Here's the goals that weren't completed last month:

  • I didn't post a single article

Here's the goals that I accomplished last month:

  • Created Homepage
  • Created Homepage opt-in 
  • Created email confirmation and 1st auto responder
  • Submitted sitemap to Google Console

I didn't get the two posts that I wanted up.

Although this project is not meant to be worked on until next year, I wanted to get three posts up just to let it marinate in Google.

I'm hoping that with three posts up, Google will know what the site is about and be ready to grow when I have time.

This is a long term project, not an immediate project.

So I'm okay with the progress for this one.​

Content

No changes

Rankings

august monthly report
monthly report for august 2016
  • DA 0
  • PA 0
  • CF 0
  • TF 0
  • DR 0
  • URL 0
  • Total referring domains 0

Analytics

authority grinder august monthly report

Not worried with the low number of sessions.

Console

authority grinder website

Well the average position says I'm at 14, but there's no way. Just look at the total clicks and impressions, almost nothing.

This to me illustrates the Sandbox in action. No links built, just one huge pillar post.

No worries with this project, I got other ones to work on.​

AdSense

authority grinder august monthly report 2016

Not a single penny from Adsense....

But I'm not really expecting anything, so no worries.​

Amazon Affilliate

Nope.

Project 3 Financials

 EXPENSES
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

-$151.25

$246.10

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$0

$0

$299

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0

-$0.01

$0.01

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$0

-$151.25

$545.10

Income

$0

-$0.01

$0.01

Net Profit/Loss

-$0

+$151.25

-$545.09

Totally an investment point at this time.

At this point, I don't plan on spending any funds on this project for the next month.

Really no reason to and I have other higher priority items to focus on with the other projects.​

Next Month Goals

Since there's no real pressure on this site, I'm going to limit my goals to ones that are actually attainable.

  • Add one pillar article

PROJECT 4

This project is in the hobby niche and I started it last month.

It's designed for Amazon affiliate income.​

Updates

Here's the list of goals that weren't accomplished last month...

  • Didn't get the 10 posts on the site, only 3
  • Didn't get the 10 blog comments, only 3

Here's the goals that I achieved last month...

  • Created the Homepage
  • Created the Homepage Opt in
  • Submitted the sitemap to Google Console
  • Created a Scholarship Page
  • Purchased a Press Release package from the HOTH for the Scholarship
  • Submitted 3 blog comments
  • Posted 3 articles
  • Created a 'write for us' page

Okay, so I got some things done that I didn't have goals for. But I really believe they will help the growth in the short term as well as long term.

I decided to add a 'write for us' page. I hate writing content and it gets expense to outsource it.

So why not have someone else write it and in return I'll allow a do-follow contextual link back to their site.

It creates a win-win. And no, I'm not worried about the lost link juice.

I actually think it'll help with rankings as the contributors may link to me saying they were featured on my site.

The site is essentially geared to be an authoritative site, so it'll have some post categories submitted by others​.

The other item I got started was the scholarship page. The thinking is that if I want some of these articles to get ranked in time for the Holiday season, I need some powerful backlinks.

And edu. can help with the process.  I'll start the outreach in September and keep you informed on how it works.

I also have plans to add this to the social bookmarking service to increase the social links. I'm hoping this will help pull this domain out of Google's sandbox faster.

Let's hope my plan works or else the Holiday season will be a bust for this site.​

Content

Google index says I have 12 pages/posts up. Even though I submitted a post to be crawled by Google, it's still not showing.

I have a total of 9 more articles to get up. And I'll try to place an order for 5 more in September.

This upcoming month will either make or break this site for the prime buying season.

While I'm keeping my fingers crossed, I doing some stuff I never tried before.

Let's hope it works!​

Rankings

monthly report
monthly report todd connelly
  • DA 0
  • PA 0
  • CF increased from 0 to 9
  • TF increased from 0 to 4
  • DR is still at 0
  • URL is still at 0
  • Increased referring domains from 0 to 1.

Analytics

monthly report for authority grinder

Sessions increased by about 200%, not shabby, not shabby at all!

Let's see what I can do next month with some backlinks added.

Console

authority grinder

Not too bad for the second month with this site. Especially considering I only got 2 blog comments completed and they were done at the end of the month.

If I can get some high quality backlinks and more content up, these numbers should improve.

This just goes to show you gotta stick with it, hard work pays off in the long run.​

AdSense

None.

Amazon Affilliate

Zip.

Project 4 Financials

 EXPENSES
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

-$291.52

$555.74

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$158.40

-$80.80

$397.60

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0

$0

$0

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$158.40

-$372.32

$953.34

Income

$0

$0

$0

Net Profit/Loss

-$158.40

+372.32

-$953.34

The only expense was the Scholarship Press Release. 

Next Month Goals

The main goal is to get the some articles up and in Google's index.  I'm on a time crunch and I need to stay on schedule.

  • Post 9 articles
  • Start Scholarship outreach
  • Start Social Bookmarks campaign
  • Order and post 5 new articles
  • Create 20 blog comments

This site is going to take some priority over the others. If I can create a schedule or task list to be completed each day, I may be able to knock this out this month.

PROJECT 5

This is this site itself... Authority Grinder.

Not meant to be an income generator, just something to keep me accountable while helping others at the same time.​

Updates​

Here's the list of goals that weren't accomplished last month...

  • Didn't create and post a website related topic post

Here's the list of goals that were accomplished last month...

  • Submitted 20 blog comments
  • Created Homepage
  • Created Homepage Opt in
  • Wrote and posted July's Monthly report

Content

I wrote and posted July's monthly report. No other posts were done.

I'd like to get one up in September, but we'll see.

​

Rankings

authority grinder monthly report for august
todd connelly authority grinder monthly report
  • DA 1
  • PA 1
  • CF increased from 11 to 20
  • TF increased from 0 to 14
  • DR reamins at 0
  • URL increased from 0 to 16
  • Total referring domains increased from 1 to 21

All of the increased rankings are from the 20 blog comments I left. I didn't do any other link building.

Shows that blog comments still work, but as you can see in other metrics that follows that it needs to be part of other backlink strategies.​ The traffic didn't come flooding in.

Analytics

todd connelly monthly report

I had some visitors from a Facebook group that I joined and from some blog comments that I left. But nothing crazy.

Hey, I just ecstatic that a few people have read this blog. ​

Console

todd connelly

No much of a change with the total clicks and impressions from last month. The average position dropped by about 100 points, but I think it's the bouncing effect of the Sandbox.

Affilliate

I don't have any affiliate links or reviews.  I'm not sure when I'll add them.

When I do, it's not designed to make money, but to provide insight and recommendations on tools that I actually use.​

Project 5 Financials

 EXPENSES
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

N/A

$0

Fiverr

$0

N/A

$0

Hoth

$0

N/A

$0

Domain Name

$0

-$32.02

$32.02

 INCOME   
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Affiliate

$0

$0

$0

Affiliate

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$0

-$32.02

$32.02

Income

$0

$0

$0

Net Profit/Loss

$0

-$32.02

-$32.02

No expenses and no income.

But I did get quite a bit of motivation and self satisfaction by creating this site and sharing my aspirations.

Mission accomplished for this project. Let's keep it up.​

Next Month Goals

The goals are to continue to build the foundation for this site.

  • Write Monthly Report for September
  • Write one post on websites.
  • Create Opt-ins on sidebar, post footer, and lightbox

ALL PROJECTS COMBINED

So here's the financial stuff for all my sites combined so far.​

 EXPENSES
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$96.70

-$430.77

$1,847.40

Fiverr

$0

$0

$272.75

Lightning Rank

$64

$0

$1,445

Web Hosting

$29

$0

$252

Buy Proxies

$0

$0

$80

Ahrefs

$99

$0

$396

Thrive Themes

$0

-$67

$230

BlueHost

$0

$0

$490.11

Aweber

$0

$0

$193.80

Hoth

$316.80

-$120

$1,898.60

Legal

$0

$0

$138.75

Deposit Photo

$0

$0

$78

Online Courses

$0

$0

$891

The Best Spinner

$0

$0

$37

GoDaddy

$0

-$64.06

$128.08

App Sumo

$150

N/A

$150

Social 1

$117

N/A

$117

Social 2

$214.73

N/A

$214.73

 INCOME      
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$21.08

+$6.78

$77.72

Amazon

$2,118.27

+$877.12

$5,618.55

 TOTALS  
AUGUST
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$1,207.50

+$27.92

$9,725.79

Income

$2,139.35

+$883.90

$5,696.27

Net Profit/Loss

+$824.12

+$855.98

-$4,029.52

A challenge of making $10,000 per month by August of 2017.  

The huge increase in earnings from Project 1 helped a long way to this goal.

I need to get another site up to where it's making some good money.

Perhaps all of these projects are diluting my focus. 

Maybe I need to stop working on a few of them and concentrate on one at a time.

Project 3 is in a holding pattern and Project 1 is almost self sufficient. That leaves projects 2, 4, and 5.

Project 5 (this site), I really enjoy working on. But how many other niche websites are out there that discuss the same thing? A ton of competition, so I wonder if it's better just to post my journey and not concentrate on other topics.

That would leave Project 2 and 4 to work on. I gonna have to think about it for awhile.

On another note, I did purchase two separate social bookmarking services. One is considered harder to get content approved for distribution while the other is a lot easier.

One of the social bookmarking sites was purchased through App Sumo. When I paid for it, they offered 20% off a gift card for them. I purchased it and used it myself for a future purchase with them.

While I did include these costs in the expense report for all the projects combined, I'm not going to release the company names yet. 

I want to make sure they work before I 'endorse' any by mentioning them on this site.

I will use them across projects, so I didn't list them for a sole project.

I also upgraded the Thirsty Affiliate plugin for a trial. On Project 1, I'm using an Amazon affiliate plugin that doesn't work with caching.

If these other projects have a lot more visitors, I want to have all the affiliate links set up for caching to improve site speed.

I plan on testing out a project with the Thirsty Affiliates upgrade and see how it works with caching.

As far as my motivation goes, I'm really betting on reaching the $10,000 a month goal.

This is the first month that I actually turned a profit with all of my projects.

All of my investments are starting to pay off. Not huge, but a move in the right direction.

Let's hope that I can continue that next month and beyond!​

I really need to increase my efficiency with my limited time. I also need to stay focused and stop being sidetracked with the 'next shinny object syndrome.'

I really need some motivation to keep grinding, because that's where I feel where I'm at. Grinding without seeing any immediate results.

I just have to believe...

I have to put myself in the mindset that it will be done.

My mind has to believe that $10,000 a month is attainable.

Some people have told me it's not possible from where I'm starting at.

And with so many projects going at once.

I'm going to prove them wrong and show them that it's possible.

I'm going to make my dreams become reality.

Easy is not an option. It's possible. It's hard. But possible.

When you're working hard at your dream, the sweeter the victory!!!!

I must have faith. I must believe in myself. I must achieve my goals.

​

Here's a quick video to help you stay motivated....​ and me πŸ˜‰ !


Well, that's the monthly report for August.  Let me know what you think.  Is there anything else you'd like to see about my sites? (No, I won't share the keywords or sites themselves πŸ˜‰ ).

Todd Connelly
 

I'm just like anyone else trying to grind away on websites for some extra money. When I'm not working my day job or pecking away on the keyboard, you can find me spending time with my wonderful wife and beautiful daughter. I obsess with numbers and data. (Maybe a little too much!)

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