Monthly Report for November 2016

This is the 7th 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 November 2016.  

I'm starting to write this update on the very first day of December, not procrastinating like I did for the past two months. A ton has happened in the last two weeks. 

The first two weeks of November, I didn't get much done. A little here and a little there. But not much.

About half way through, I made a decision things have to change. More than just producing content, backlinks, social media campaigns, and contacts.

It was a continuation of the life event that started a few months ago. It has transformed into more than just websites, but more of a personal life aspect.

I tried to increase my productivity, but it just wasn't enough. I had a hard time with it, as I'm very analytical.  It just wasn't about getting this done or that done. Or increasing visitors by a certain percentage. 

After much reflection, a few months to be exact, I came to a realization. Here's the deal....

I needed to stop and smell the roses. I know it's an old cliche, but it's what I needed. I needed to enjoy life in the moment and not just be concerned with the 'numbers.'

One of the consequences of the life event a few months ago, my income stream is changing. Although I do okay with the websites and can cut back on the spending, I still work a full time job.

That 'job' aspect is changing dramatically. I'm not willing to release it, if ever, due to how I currently feel about it. But I will tell you that I am more in control of my life than before. And that's a good thing!

So what made the shift a few weeks ago to be more productive AND happier???

It was realizing that I needed to stop and smell the roses as I mentioned. I have taken proactive steps to ensure that every day I do this. Also, to concentrate on the mundane tasks that produce results.

I guess I could write a whole post on it, as it has benefits both personally and business wise. Something for me to think about as I truly believe it'll help others out.

So let's get to what you want to see, the numbers.....​

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.  ​The niche is around professional medical products.

Updates

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

  • I didn't get the one post up. Ughhhhh.

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

  • Got two new PBN Links.

I wanted to get the last post up that I have ready. Didn't get to it. I just think it'll be nice to have a new post for Google to index and show the site is still active. 

The social bookmarking campaign was initiated only on one post and I haven't evaluated it yet because it's still running. I'll keep you informed of the outcome.

Besides that, this site is pretty much running on autopilot. Not much else to report. 

Content

According to Google index of this domain, I have 67 pages/posts up.  

Rankings

Okay, the first part of the statistics sections.  

  • DA 26 (-1)
  • PA 37 (+0)
  • TF 9 (-6)
  • CF 28 (+8)
  • Referring Domains 116 (+5)
  • Ahrefs Rank 3,528,544 (+829,906)
  • UR 30 (+0)
  • DR 46 (-1)

Analytics

  • Sessions 19,466 (+3%)
  • Users 17,228 (+3%)
  • Pageviews 27,906 (+4%)
  • Pages/Session 1.43 

Console

  • Total Clicks 17,990 (+3%)
  • Total Impressions 286,789 (+4%)
  • Avg. CTR 6.27% 
  • Avg. Position 9.3 (+0)

AdSense

  • Earnings $68.87 (+12%)
  • Pageviews 21,624 (+4%)
  • Impressions 77,121 (+1%)
  • Clicks 122 (-14%)
  • Page RPM $3.18 (+7%)

Amazon Affilliate

  • Summary Income $1,765.23 (+26%)

Project 1 Financials

 EXPENSES
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

$0

$463.72

Fiverr

$0

$0

$115.25

Lightning Rank

$64

$0

$1,637

Web Hosting (PBN)

$0

$0

$223

Hoth

$0

$0

$645.60

 INCOME      
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$68.87

+$7.86

$232.24

Amazon

$1,765.23

+$467.66

$10,253.30

 TOTALS
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$64

$0

$3,280.57

Income

$1,834.10

+$475.52

$10,485.54

Net Profit/Loss

$1,770.10

+$475.52

$7,201.97

This is 7 months in a row with a good profit. I wanted more from Amazon, don't we all though???  Overall, I'm happy with the bump from last month. For the amount of work, learning, and size of the site....

I'm happy with the results. I spent maybe 1 hour total on the site last month and earned just over $1,700. Can't complain about that!!!!!

Next Month Goals

I'd like to add the one informational post. And that's really it besides the automatic PBN links that I get every month. 

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

  • Add one post
  • Get two more PBN links

PROJECT 2

Project 2 is a site built around AdSense.  I started to build it from scratch in January of 2016.  The niche is careers.  

Updates

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

  • I didn't start the scholarship outreach

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

  • Created a 'hub' page
  • Posted a pillar article
  • Updated the Homepage (logo's and pictures)

Some progress was made with this project. I got some big projects done like the pillar article and the hub page. The hub page took over a two days to build as it was my first time. 

A lot of trial and error happened. I just learned numerous ways not to build a 'hub' page (lol).​ Now that I figured it out, I can very easily duplicate it for other projects. 

A cool feature is that when I add posts under a certain tag category that I designated, the feature image will be automatically added to the hub page. It'll image will be a link right to the post. ​

Content

According to Google's index, there's 19 pages/posts.

I need to get the posts up that are sitting on my computer. People can't read it on my computer!!!!!! Frustrating and a waste of money just sitting there. I need to get my butt in gear and start grinding!!!!!!!

Rankings

  • DA 22 (-1)
  • PA 32 (-1)
  • TF 14 (-2)
  • CF 17 (+1)
  • Referring Domains 45 (+6)
  • Ahrefs Rank 6,811,571 (+7,071)
  • UR 20 (+0)
  • DR 44 (+0)

Analytics

  • Sessions 1,256 (+115%)
  • Users 983 (+45%)
  • Pageviews 3,045 (+124%)
  • Pages/Session 2.42

Console

  • Clicks 791 (+116%)
  • Impressions 46,732 (+29%)
  • Avg CTR 1.69%
  • Avg Position 10.9

AdSense

  • Earnings $1.91 (-70%)
  • Page Views 1,007 (+80%)
  • Impressions 2,263 (+137%)
  • Clicks 5 (-40%)
  • Page RPM $1.89 (-83%)

Project 2 Financials

 EXPENSES
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

$0

$630.19

Fiverr

$0

$0

$157.50

Hoth

$0

-$437.50

$993.90

Web Hosting

$0

$0

$0

 INCOME   
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$1.91

-$4.47

$9.79

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$0

-$437.50

$1,781.59

Income

$1.91

-$4.47

$9.79

Net Profit/Loss

+$1.91

+$429.21

-$1,771.80

Next Month Goals

I haven't built any new backlinks, but the stats keep increasing. I really need to get those other posts up and work on some backlinks. It's not going to do it by itself. 

Here's my goals for next month...

  • Monitor the social bookmark campaign
  • Post 1 pillar post
  • Post 10 smaller posts

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 2016 and plan to monetize it with AdSense.

Updates

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

  • I didn't post a pillar article like I wanted.

Here's the goals that I accomplished last month:

  • Nothing....

Even though I say it in the other monthly reports, this project is not meant to be worked on until next year. I wanted to get one post up just to let it marinate in Google, but it didn't happen. Sounds familiar, doesn't it????

Content

No changes

Rankings

august monthly report
monthly report for august 2016
  • DA 1
  • PA 1
  • CF 0
  • TF 0
  • Referring Domains 0
  • DR 0
  • URL 0

Analytics

authority grinder august monthly report

Console

AdSense

authority grinder august monthly report 2016

Amazon Affilliate

Nope.

Project 3 Financials

 EXPENSES
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

$0

$246.10

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$0

$0

$299

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0

$0

$0.02

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$0

$0

$545.10

Income

$0

$00

$0.02

Net Profit/Loss

$0

$0

-$545.08

No work, no progress, not a thing....

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. (At least I hope, and yes, the same as the previous three months)

  • Add one pillar article

PROJECT 4

This project is in the hobby niche and I started it July of 2016.

It's designed for Amazon affiliate income.​

Updates

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

  • Short 1 posting of article
  • Didn't add any blog comments

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

  • Ordered 2 Articles on Textbroker
  • Posted 4 articles
  • Created Pinterest Account and made 8 Boards
  • Started scholarship outreach and have a 12% success rate
  • Created sidebar opt-ins

I added four posts, not too bad but I didn't meet my goal of 5. Getting there, just gotta work at it.

The scholarship outreach took about a day to email. I already had the contacts from a previous month's work. So far, I have received a 12% success rate for getting EDU backlinks. Let's see if this campaign makes a difference or not.

The guest posting service that I ordered last month is still being worked on. I should hear in late December of the completion. And then a month or two to let them work their magic. ​

Since this niche has a ton of pictures, it makes sense to start social outreach on Pinterest. I started an account and am slowly working on followers. I created 8 boards with about 40 pins for each. This should be a good traffic source to some of the content.

Content

I got 4 posts up. That brings the total pages/posts number to 28 according to Google. They were all 'best' keywords in preparation for the shopping season. 

Rankings

monthly report
monthly report todd connelly
  • DA 17 (+1)
  • PA 30 (+0)
  • TF 6 (+3)
  • CF 20 (+5)
  • Referring Domains 42 (+14)
  • Ahrefs Rank 13,824,119 (-10,876,709)
  • UR 23 (+2)
  • DR 41 (+3)

Analytics

monthly report for authority grinder
  • Sessions 1,094 (+55%)
  • Users 804 (+45%)
  • Pageviews 2,441 (+60%)
  • Pages/Session 2.23 

Console

  • Total Clicks 179 (+88%)
  • Total Impressions 13,135 (+93%)
  • Avg CTR 1.36%
  • Avg Position 32.5

AdSense

  • Earnings $0.05 (+400%)
  • Page Views 262 (+424%)
  • Impressions 471 (+406%)
  • Clicks 0 (+0)
  • Page RPM $0.21 (-22%)

Amazon Affilliate

  • Earnings $13.38 (+71%) 

Project 4 Financials

 EXPENSES
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$186.70

-$115.05

$1,225.24

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$0

-$437.50

$835.10

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

Guest Posts

$0

-$695.00

$695.00

 INCOME   
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0.05

$0.04

$0.07

Amazon

$13.38

+$9.58

$17.18

 TOTALS  
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$186.70

-$1,247.55

$2,755.34

Income

$13.43

+$9.62

$17.25

Net Profit/Loss

-$173.27

+$1,257.17

-$2,738.09

Not a huge improvement in terms of financial gains, but improvement in stats none the less. I gotta keep the action going to get the increased results. 

My plan is to add a huge 'best' keyword article (about 6,000 words) next month. I'm also going to start a monthly roundup post and tie it together with the Pinterest campaign. ​

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 2 articles
  • Continue building Pinterest presence

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
  • Didn't even publish the monthly report 

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

Content

I have some thoughts for additional websites posts. One I've been working on for awhile. Another is the effects of my life event. And the last concept is on budgeting for unusual expenses for website owners. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know which one you prefer for me to write next.

I also want to start a monthly roundup of the best internet marketing articles for the previous month. I always have a hard time researching from others, especially from those like the majority of us. Single person operations with limited funds and resources just trying to make it.​

Rankings

authority grinder monthly report for august
todd connelly authority grinder monthly report
  • DA 17 (+2)
  • PA 30 (+2)
  • TF 8 (-1)
  • CF 13 (-8)
  • Referring Domains 35 (+2)
  • Ahrefs Rank 70,744,586 (+1,997,782)
  • UR 23 (+0)
  • DR 27 (-1)

Analytics

todd connelly monthly report
  • Sessions 401 (+90%)
  • Users 232 (+85%)
  • Pageviews 706 (+90%)
  • Pages/Session 1.76

Console

  • Clicks 7 (+42%)
  • Impressions 99 (+40%)
  • Avg CTR 7.07%
  • Avg Position 33

Affilliate

I do have some affiliate links. No reviews although I would love to add them. Just working on (or at least I want to work, just not motivated) the other projects. No income though. No worries, the support I get from you is priceless! 

Project 5 Financials

 EXPENSES
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

N/A

$0

Fiverr

$0

N/A

$0

Hoth

$0

N/A

$0

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Affiliate

$0

$0

$0

Affiliate

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$0

$0

$32.02

Income

$0

$0

$0

Net Profit/Loss

$0

$0

-$32.02

No expenses and no income.

Next Month Goals

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

  • Write Monthly Report for November
  • Write 1 roundup post

ALL PROJECTS COMBINED

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

 EXPENSES
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$186.70

-$115.05

$2,565.25

Fiverr

$0

$0

$272.75

Lightning Rank

$64

$0

$1,637

Web Hosting (PBN)

$0

$0

$223

Buy Proxies

$0

$0

$80

Ahrefs

$99

$0

$639

Thrive Themes

$0

$0

$230

BlueHost

$0

$0

$490.11

Aweber

$0

$0

$193.80

Hoth

$0

-$875.00

$2,773.60

Legal

$0

$0

$138.75

Deposit Photo

$0

$0

$78

Online Courses

$0

$0

$891

The Best Spinner

$0

$0

$37

GoDaddy

$0

$0

$128.08

App Sumo

$0

-$150.00

$150

Social 1

$0

-$117.00

$117

Social 2

$0

-$214.73

$214.73

Authority Hacker 

$0

-$749

$776.00

Traffic Planet

$0

-$249.99

$249.99

SumoMe

$0

-$468.00

$468.00

Guest Post

$0

-$695.00

$695.00

Feedly

$65

N/A

$65

 INCOME      
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$70.83

+$3.43

$242.12

Amazon

$1,778.61

+$477.24

$10,270.48

 TOTALS  
NOVEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$521.70

-$2,262.05

$14,168.63

Income

$1,849.44

+$480.67

$10,512.60

Net Profit/Loss

+$1,327.74

+$2,742.72

-$3,656.03

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

The month of November was really a test for me. Although I love numbers and the analytics that go along with it, something changed. It's not just about the number of visitors, the bounce rates, the click throughs, or the increase in revenue. It was more than that.

Stopping and smelling the roses, at least for me, was something that I never truly did. It was always about checking this off the list and moving on. The robotic movement and flow of everything. 

But that missing something had a huge impact in relation to my life event that happened a few months ago and continues to this day. I made a conscious change.

I now take a few minutes every morning, throughout the day, and in the evening to identify and reflect on the positives of the day. I don't dwell on the negatives, just the positives and what I can do to improve.

It can be family relationships, business, personal, or whatever else. I still keep a priority list (I'll never be able to let go of the analytical part of myself). I've used some pretty interesting 'tools' to help in this endeavor and may perhaps share them in a future post. But I'm just not ready to do it now.

Although I had some failures or setbacks over the last few months, I must not deny the fact that I failed. Not just in the business sense but also in the living sense. I know it's hard to understand in a short few paragraphs, but I just want to let you know that it's okay to fail.

I've failed. I didn't reach my goals. I didn't grow my income. I didn't post monthly reports. I didn't post articles that are ready. I didn't finish this campaign or that campaign. I failed. But........

I'm not a failure. We all fail sometimes in our lives. It's what we do with it. I made a conscious effort to realize that I failed. But I'm NOT stopping. I WILL reach my goal. 

And that leads to this month's motivational video. It helped me and I hope it'll help you too!​


Well, that's the monthly report for November.  Is there anything else you'd like to see about my sites? (No, I won't share the keywords or sites themselves 😉 ). What challenges are you facing and how are you overcoming them? Let me know what you think, others may benefit from it too!

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!)