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Monthly Report for July 2016

This is the third 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 July 2016.  

​There's some changes in the format and data.  This is based on recent suggestions as well as to provide more proof of my stats.

I want to be totally forthright with you, my supporters, and to that end... changes have been made.

The first change is stats is the number of links.  I used Google Console (Webmaster), but it hard to get a screen shot. I'm learning that a more valuable perspective is not the number of links but the number of referring domains.

I'm going to use Ahrefs data for the referring domains.  This should also align with the other rankings with Ahrefs that I share.

The second change is the Majestic rankings.  I previously had used the actual URL for the site and not the site name.  

This is the http://www.domainname.com vs http://domainname.com.  Sometimes you have to go to the bottom of the Majestic report to find it.

I've made the change to used what comes up in the Majestic report at the top with the other stats.  This will help me provide you the validation of the Majestic rankings as truthful with the screen shot posted.

Added is Ahrefs rankings. More and more people are starting to use Ahrefs as they expand their services.  These rankings should help with tracking my progress as well.​

With that said, you'll see some ranking differences between last month's report and this months.  I apologize for the change, but I truly feel this will better represent and validate my progress.​

Thanks for the understanding and enjoy!

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.  ​There's about 40 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:

  • Didn't get 6 additional guest posts (PBNs) like I wanted. 

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

  • Ordered 2 additional articles through Textbroker and received them.
  • I ordered a Press Release through the HOTH on the very last day of the month. Still some work to do on it next month before it's sent out.
  • Got two new PBN Links.
  • Added two posts to the site.

​Overall, I didn't put much work and effort into this project in July.

I still have about 7 articles that need to be posted.

I decided to cut back on the PBNs that I use through a private service.

The rankings are where I want them to be for the purchasing keywords (best of, reviews, ect).  They're at 1, 2, and 3 for the majority of them.

I think by only adding two per month, I'll still be able to get those rankings. At the same time, I don't want to overdo the text anchors for those PBNs.

That's why I cut back from typically ordering 6 per month down to 2 per month. I'll have to monitor the rankings and see how this plays out.

It sure would be nice to have a instruction manual that says once you hit this mark, then do this.  

But that's not the case. As much as it'd be nice and reassuring, I kinda like the thrill and excitement to see what works and what doesn't.

Whatever the outcome, at least it's in my control and not someone else's like at my day job!​

Content

There's currently about 40ish pages/posts on the site.  

I added two posts, not much.

I'd like to add some more, but not too aggressively.

I'm getting comfortable with the amount of content.​

Rankings

authority grinder challenge
authority grinder monthly income reports

Okay, the first part of the statistics sections.  

  • DA went down 1 point to 23
  • PA went down 1 point as well to 35
  • CF is at 18
  • TF is at 15
  • UR is 31
  • DR is at 47
  • Total referring domains is at 130

Analytics

authority grinder monthly report

As you can see, there were 11,896 sessions in July.  It's about the same as last month.  No major changes.

Console

authority grinder updates

Same as Analytics, no major shifts here.

AdSense

authority grinder monthly challenge updates

AdSense revenue dropped by about $10.00.  No big deal, as it's not my main revenue stream for this project.  

I'll still take the $14 a month.​

Amazon Affilliate

authority grinder income reports

The income from Amazon went down slightly, but not that much.

I think this is due to a very slight fluctuation in Google's ranking of those buying keywords between 1, 2, and 3.

I am finding a  click through rate change between those rankings.​

I'm very happy with the amount of income from this project. I'd be pleased if it stays around this amount every month.

Project 1 Financials

 EXPENSES
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$48.35

-$185.27

$318.67

Fiverr

$0

$0

$115.25

Lightning Rank

$64

-$225

$1,381

Web Hosting

$29

$0

$223

Hoth

$197.60

-$101.4

$645.60

 INCOME      
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$14.04

-$8.84

$56.16

Amazon

$1,241.15

-$87.69

$3,500.28

 TOTALS
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$338.95

-$511.67

$2,879.52

Income

$1,255.19

-$97.71

$3,556.44

Net Profit/Loss

$916.24

+$354.25

$676.92

Third month in a row with a profit!  Alright!

Not a bad profit either.

I can use some of the profit from this project to help fund the others.

It's a very comforting feeling that this is the second month in a row that it made over $1,200 on Amazon.  Let's hope it can keep it up.

This really pumps me up and want to grind even harder!​

Next Month Goals

The rankings for some of the keywords are fluctuating between 1, 2, and 3.

I'm alittle worried about the PBN links, as they are starting to make up a higher percentage of my links.

I want to diversify them with some other.

I've already done quite a bit of blog comments, directories and PBN's.  I haven't tried this yet, but I gonna try a Press Release.

I've heard horror stories of how Google hates Press Releases these days.  But....

I've found some people that do still use these, but with no-follow links.  They use it specifically after they have a substantial backlink profile and to help diversify their profile.

Nothing like finding out for yourself.  So I added it to my goals for next month.

I'll keep you posted with the outcome in the coming months.​

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

  • Add two posts
  • Get two more PBN links
  • Send out a Press Release

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.  It's been sitting in the Google Sandbox. 

Updates

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

  • Didn't post one pillar article

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

  • Placed and received one article from Textbroker
  • Added smaller posts to have a total of 3

My initial goal was to get the site indexed with Google and let it marinate through the Sandbox.  It appears from the Google Console rankings that it's out of the sandbox.

Time to start aggressively working on this project.

Content

I have a total of 6 posts, 3 pillar and 3 smaller ones.

I'd like to add two pillar posts before I initiate any guest posting services.

I'm more comfortable with a total of 5 pillar posts to start outreach with than just 3.

Maybe I'm expecting too much and should just go with it at 3, but I'll hold firm on the 5.

Rankings

authority grinder 10,000 challenge

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

  • DA stayed the same at 19
  • PA stayed the same at 32
  • CF went down 7 points to 21
  • TF went down 3 points to 15
  • DR 21
  • DR 44
  • Total referring domains 39

Analytics

authority grinder monthly income report

Sessions are up from last month.  I get the feeling it's out of the sandbox.  Time to start working on this one more aggressively now.

Console

monthly report

The average position changed from 42.3 down to 31.6.  Not bad movement with no articles added nor any backlinks built.

I think the length of the pillar articles (+2,000 words) and using the proper keywords is helping with this increase in position.

AdSense

authoritygrinder.com 10,000 challenge update

An increase of 18 cents... hey, at least it's increasing!

I just need alot more pennies to make it. LOL!

The pillar posts are geared to the be money makers, so I need to get the other 2 pillar posts up.

Once those are up, then I can work on the guest posting service and have those links point directly to the pillar posts.

This will help drive up the AdSense clicks and revenue.​

Time to get some grinding done!

Project 2 Financials

 EXPENSES
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$36.35

-$14.28

$630.19

Fiverr

$0

$0

$157.50

Hoth

$0

$0

$398

Web Hosting

$0

$0

$0

 INCOME   
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0.25

+$0.18

$0.47

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$36.35

-$263.28

$1,185.69

Income

$0.25

+$0.18

$0.47

Net Profit/Loss

-$36.10

-$263.10

-$1,185.22

Not much of expenses nor income this month for this project.  

This is directly attributed to no action taken on my part.

I have some funds allocated for some guest posting.  Before I do that, I want to get more articles up.

Once I get those articles up and the guest posts, the revenue should pick up.​

Next Month Goals

Here's my goals for next month...

  • Add two pillar articles
  • Buy guest posting package
  • Add 5 smaller articles

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:

  • Setup Google +, Facebook, and Twitter for this project
  • Ordered two articles with Textbroker
  • Created Aweber List for subscribers
  • Created first auto-sequence email

No work done at all, essentially, for this project.

I'm not too worried about it, but I'd like to make some slight progress on it.

This isn't my main focus right now, it's just meant to marinate in the sandbox until next year.

Content

No real progress. No posts added.  Two articles ordered and received.

Rankings

authority grinder monthly challenge
authority grinder reports
  • DA 0
  • PA 0
  • CF 0
  • TF 0
  • DR 0
  • URL 0
  • Total referring domains 0

Analytics

income report for authority grinder

Not worried with the low number of sessions.

Console

income report for authority ginder

So I'm at an average position of 185, huh?  I guess you gotta start somewhere.

AdSense

project 3 authority grinder monthly reports

A whole penny! Woo hoo!  

Seriously, not worried at all.

Amazon Affilliate

Nope.

Project 3 Financials

 EXPENSES
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$151.25

+$56.40

$246.10

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$0

-$299.00

$299

Domain Name

$0

-$32.02

$32.02

 INCOME   
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0.01

+$0.01

$0.01

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$151.25

-$274.62

$577.12

Income

$0.01

+$0.01

$0.01

Net Profit/Loss

-$425.87

-$274.61

-$577.11

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 two pillar articles
  • Submit Sitemap to Console
  • Create homepage
  • Create opt-in on homepage

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 3 posts on the site
  • Didn't submit the Sitemap to Console

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

  • I go the site up
  • I ordered more articles and now have 20 ready to go.
  • Created social profiles with Twitter, Google +, and Facebook.
  • Created Aweber List
  • Developed the first auto responder email sequence
  • Purchased a HOTH Platinum Package with Boost

I gotta get my butt in action!!!​

Content

I had 6 articles created by Textbroker.

I want to get these up as soon as possible.

Maybe after creating this Monthly update I'll get some up over this project.​

That way Google can start indexing them and figuring out what this site is about.

Also, it'll let me start leaving quality blog comments on related niche sites.

Not happy that I didn't get at least three posts up. 

I can do better...

I need to do better...

I will do better!​

I must do better!​

Rankings

monthly report for july 2016 authority grinder
monthly report for authority grinder
  • DA 0
  • PA 0
  • CF 0
  • TF 0
  • DR 0
  • URL 0
  • Total referring domains 0

Analytics

Authority Grinder monthly report for July 2106

None much here.  

Console

authoritygrinder.com monthly report

None here too.

AdSense

None.

Amazon Affilliate

Zip.

Project 4 Financials

 EXPENSES
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$291.52

+$27.30

$555.74

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$239.20

+$239.20

$239.20

Domain Name

$0

-$32.02

$32.02

 INCOME   
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0

$0

$0

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$530.72

+$266.50

$826.96

Income

$0

$0

$0

Net Profit/Loss

-$530.72

+266.50

-$794.94

In addition to buying the Textbroker articles, I purchased a HOTH Platinum Package with the Boost option.  

I hope this will help with the Sandbox and prepare me to be better positioned when it's get out.

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 10 articles
  • Create homepage
  • Create opt-in
  • Submit Sitemap
  • Leave 10 quality 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

Wooo..... where did this project come from???

It's this site itself.... Authority Grinder!

Obviously the domain name is know and out there, no hiding it!   😉

The main purpose of this project is not to make income.  I'll repeat that, the main purpose of this project is not to make income!

I need this site to motivate me by publicly announcing what my goals are. It holds me accountable to you, my supporters.

Along the way, it'll help you as well! It's nice to actually see someone start sites that are part time and not full time.  

Also, it's nice to see the projects when the start at zero and not at $3,000 a month already and have an established ranking.

If and when I add affiliate links, it'll be to support you in the tools that I actually use, not with high commission rates.

I plan on making enough money from the four other projects, this is help you, the reader, in letting you know that you're not alone in the frustration and challenges in building a niche website.

Having someone open with their own sites proves what actions I take work or don't work. Also you'll get to see how I do it, so you can do it too!

I was able to create my social profiles on Twitter, Google + and Facebook.​

Content

I was able to get the site up with the essential pages... About, Contact, Terms, Privacy, Affiliate Disclaimer, and Homepage.

I created an opt-in on the homepage through Aweber to collect emails.

I also made the first email sequence email after a reader subscribes.  

To show you the beginning of most of these projects, I created to the best of my abilities monthly reports for May and June.  

Not too bad considering the other projects going on and I never created these monthly reports.  Now that I have the format and style down, they'll be easier and faster to create.​

Rankings

authority grinder monthly challenge reports
authoritygrinder.com monthly updates
  • DA 0
  • PA 0
  • CF 11
  • TF 0
  • DR 0
  • URL 0
  • Total referring domains 1

All of the rankings started at zero.  The domain name that I purchased was never used before.

The initial CF ranking on Majestic is due to some blog comments that I left on some high quality niche related sites.  

This also accounts for the backlinks as I did not build any.​

Analytics

authority grinder challenge updates

As you can see, I'm starting from zero.

Console

authority grinder income report

Cool, Google ranks my site at 134.5.  Only way to go is up!

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
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

N/A

$0

Fiverr

$0

N/A

$0

Hoth

$0

N/A

$0

Domain Name

$32.02

N/A

$32.02

 INCOME   
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Affiliate

$0

N/A

$0

Affiliate

$0

N/A

$0

 TOTALS  
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$32.02

N/A

$32.02

Income

$0

$0

$0

Net Profit/Loss

-$32.02

N/A

-$32.02

I don't plan on hiring any writers for this project.  For the time being, I'll write the posts.

I do have some ideas of guest posts, but not right now.​

Next Month Goals

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

Not sure how I'm going to do it yet with all the other projects, but I gotta push myself outside of my comfort zone any what I think my capabilities are.

That's how I'll succeed, by pushing myself beyond just being mediocre. ​

  • Write Monthly Report for July
  • Provide at least 20 high quality comments on related niche sites
  • 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
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$527.47

+543.21

$1,750.70

Fiverr

$0

$0

$272.75

Lightning Rank

$64

-$225

$1,381

Web Hosting

$29

$0

$194

Buy Proxies

$0

-$20.00

$80

Ahrefs

$99

$0

$297

Thrive Themes

$67

-$29

$230

BlueHost

$0

-$490.11

$490.11

Aweber

$0

$0

$193.80

Hoth

$436.80

-$410.20

$1,581.80

Legal

$0

$0

$138.75

Deposit Photo

$0

-$78

$78

Online Courses

$0

-$594

$891

The Best Spinner

$0

-$37

$37

GoDaddy

$64.06

-$32.00

$128.08

 INCOME      
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$14.30

-$9.83

$56.64

Amazon

$1,241.15

-$87.69

$3,500.28

 TOTALS  
JULY
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$1,287.31

-$1,934.18

$8,410.56

Income

$1,255.45

-$97.52

$3,556.92

Net Profit/Loss

-$31.86

+$1,836.66

-$4,853.64

As you can see from the expense report, I have ended my Buy Proxies subscription.  Although it was only $20 per month, I wasn't using it and I needed the cash flow.  Don't get me wrong, it's a great service, I just don't need it right now.  

I wasn't where I wanted to be in tracking my expenses, especially by project.

So I took some time and built an excel worksheet that I'm very proud of.

I'm not an Excel guru, so alot of youtube videos helped.

The end product was one excel spreadsheet that has tabs for all of the five projects with the expenses and income listed out by item.  There's also a tab for the business and then the master tab.

The master tab has everything listed and pulls the data from each of the other 6 tabs.  No more adding things up either, just enter the numbers and it does it all itself.

Pretty cool huh???

I feel alot better this is done. It'll help me track where my money is going and where it's coming from.  And let's me know how much I spent on a certain service whether by project or as a business as a whole.​

The amount of time dedicated to produce this will definitely pay off in the long term.​

Anyways....​

I'm up to a total of five projects.... what the heck am I doing to myself???

It's all for a goal, a means to an end.  The end being leaving my day job.  

I'm not happy doing my day job anymore...

Well that's not totally true. I HATE my day job.  The working environment is toxic.  I would reveal more, but the social policies prohibit it.

​The goal is simple....

I've made a challenge for myself....

A challenge of making $10,000 per month by August of 2017.  Let's see if I can do it or fail trying.

IF I fail, at least I failed trying.  IF I make it, at least I pushed myself to a goal that most feel is impossible.​

I've always talked about doing websites full time and truly enjoy it.  Why not do something you truly enjoy. You only live once.

The fear of being on my own... not having the safety of a 'guaranteed ' paycheck every two week.  It's very nerve racking knowing that you have to work and put in the hours to maybe making some money.

Bu you've got to make a decision.  I've made mine, have you made yours?  And that ties into this month's video....

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


Well, that's the monthly report for July.  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 😉 ).

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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