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Monthly Report for October 2016

This is the 6th 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 October 2016.  

I writing this in late November when I should have done it earlier in the month. It's not right to keep you, my supporters, in the dark on my progress. It's just not right. I will work to improve on this.

With that said, it leads to this months picture. The doors remain open for me to walk through and reach my goals. But for some reason, I'm not going through them. In other words, I know what to do... I'm just not doing it. ​

Pretty much this month was like the last, not much done. Not much progress. Not much motivation. The previous month's life event is still weighing on me very heavily. Not sure why I'm not making progress with these sites as it'll help me overcome the life event.

Doesn't make sense does it? One of my way's out is these projects to generate the financial freedom, the motivation to do the work, the grind. But I'm not motivated to get the actual work done.

Time for some inner reflection. I can't let a life event control me. I must overcome it. But how?​

Let's get the to the meat of the progress....

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 58 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:

  • (Blank.... yeah baby!!!!)

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

  • I got three posts up. 
  • Got two new PBN Links.
  • Started social bookmarking campaign

I still have one more article to post, but I'm waiting for next month to post it. Just want to have some new content in November, that's all.

The social bookmarking campaign was started. I have had some people email what service I use for this. I'm not ready to share it yet because I want to make sure it works and there's no drawbacks. ​

A very interesting positive is the increase in AdSense earnings. While this site is not designed primarily for AdSense, I do use it on informational posts to get a few extra bucks. I made the changes last month and have a solid month of post change analysis. 

As I mentioned in last months report, I signed up for Authority Hacker Pro. One of the BluePrint courses was AdSense. I implemented the suggestions and waited anxiously. After a months comparison, AdSense income increased 134%!!!!!

Holly cow! I made an extra $40 for the month with AdSense. While this may not sound like a lot of money, for me it's crucial. I look at it from a business standpoint. Essentially, this one change implemented from AHP will pay for the lifetime membership subscription in about 19 months. After that, it's all profit!!!!

While that profit will be gained after paying for AHP, I haven't even implemented the numerous other BluePrints strategies. That'll be pure profit for me! Thanks AHP!!!!!

Content

According to Google index of this domain, I have 63 pages/posts up.  

I'm not looking to expand this site at this time. In other words, I'm happy with the size, income, and visitors and thus want to spend my time, money, and energy on other projects.

This strategy will remain through next year. At that time, I'll give it more thought if I'll sell it or keep it.​

Rankings

Okay, the first part of the statistics sections.  

  • DA 27 (+0)
  • PA 37 (-1)
  • TF 15 (+2)
  • CF 20 (+5)
  • Referring Domains 111 (-53)
  • Ahrefs Rank 2,688,638
  • UR 30 (-1)
  • DR 47 (+0)

Analytics

  • Sessions 18,728 (+4.0%)
  • Users 16,591
  • Pageviews 26,720 (+2.47%)
  • Pages/Session 1.43 

Console

  • Total Clicks 17,359 (+5.53%)
  • Total Impressions 272,792 (+13.3%)
  • Avg. CTR 6.93% (+0.43%)
  • Avg. Position 9.3 (-0.5)

AdSense

  • Earnings $61.01 (+134.92%)
  • Pageviews 20.612 (+108.94%)
  • Impressions 76,156 (+150.04)
  • Clicks 142 (+111.94%)
  • Page RPM $0.80 (-6.25%)

Amazon Affilliate

  • Summary Income $1,297.57 (-21.15%)

Project 1 Financials

 EXPENSES
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

-$48.35

$463.72

Fiverr

$0

$0

$115.25

Lightning Rank

$64

$0

$1,573

Web Hosting (PBN)

$0

$0

$223

Hoth

$0

$0

$645.60

 INCOME      
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$61.01

+$35.04

$163.37

Amazon

$1,297.57

-$277.38

$8,488.07

 TOTALS
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$64

-$48.35

$3,216.57

Income

$1,358.58

-$239.34

$8,651.44

Net Profit/Loss

$1,294.58

-$190.99

$5,370.87

This is 6 months in a row with a good profit. I'm a little worried about the second month of decreased Amazon earnings. First time that I have the traffic for this time of year, so I don't know if it's normal for me or not. I have read that others see a decrease in Amazon earnings this time of year. Still not too bad though!

Next Month Goals

I've added three posts that are buying keywords in preparation for holiday shopping season. The one article that I want to post in November is an informational, so I'm not worried about getting it up quickly.

I'll have to monitor the social bookmarking and give some sort of update once I get a full picture.

Overall, I'm very happy with the progress of this site.

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

  • Add one post
  • Get two more PBN links
  • Evaluate social bookmark campaign

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 post a pillar article
  • I didn't create a 'hub page'
  • I didn't start the scholarship outreach

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

  • Started social bookmark campaig
  • Start social marketing campaign
  • I posted 2 small posts
  • Adjusted AdSense layout and structure
  • Purchased a Hoth Blitz Package

About two weeks into the month, I say very impressive results with the AdSense changes in Project 1 that I made. So I undertook the same layout and strategy on this site. It took a full day but I got it done. Let's hope it increases the earnings!

There was a Hoth Blitz package special of buy one, get one free. Couldn't pass it up. I bought one and decided to split it with Project 4. So the cost is split between the two projects. Essentially, it's a link package. I'm curious to see if it works or not and go from there.​ It was offered at the end of the month, so the links won't start to be built until November.  They will also be dripped over the next 6 weeks. 

I did get two small posts up. These are about 700 words, covering simple questions. I have about 15 more of these that are ready to be posted, but can't get motivated to work on them. Waste of money paying for these to be written and I haven't posted them....

Gotta get more organized and productive on this site.​

Content

According to Google's index, there's 18 pages/posts.

Not too pleased with my progress on this site. Not too pleased at all. 

Rankings

  • DA 23 (+2)
  • PA 33 (+1)
  • CF 14 (+0)
  • TF 16 (+1)
  • Referring Domains 39 (+4)
  • Ahrefs Rank 6,804,500
  • UR 20 (+4)
  • DR 44 (+0)

Analytics

  • Sessions 584 (+95%)
  • Users 532 (+48%)
  • Pageviews 1,356 (+86%)
  • Pages/Session 2.32

Console

  • Clicks 366
  • Impressions 36,135
  • Avg CTR 1.01%
  • Avg Position 12.4

AdSense

  • Earnings $6.38 (+3,444%)
  • Page Views 557 (+98%)
  • Impressions 951 (+71%)
  • Clicks 1 (+85%)
  • Page RPM $11.45 (+1,634%)

Project 2 Financials

 EXPENSES
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

$0

$630.19

Fiverr

$0

$0

$157.50

Hoth

$437.50

+$437.50

$993.90

Web Hosting

$0

$0

$0

 INCOME   
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$6.38

+$6.20

$7.88

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$437.50

+$437.50

$1,781.59

Income

$6.38

+$6.20

$7.88

Net Profit/Loss

-$431.12

+$443.70

-$1,773.71

Okay, a couple things to note on this project...

I only added two small articles and updated the AdSense strategy. No backlinks or anything else....

And yet the visitors and rankings increased substantially.​ The AdSense jump in earnings is due to both the increased visitors and the strategy change. 

But on the other hand, $6 a month is not worth writing home about. It does show that this site has potential if I work on it. That's promising!​

Next Month Goals

Here's my goals for next month...

  • Start Scholarship outreach campaign
  • Monitor the social bookmark campaign
  • 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 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
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

$0

$246.10

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$0

$0

$299

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0

-$0.01

$0.02

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$0

$0

$545.10

Income

$0

-$0.01

$0.02

Net Profit/Loss

$0

-$0.01

-$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...

  • Didn't initiate scholarship outreach
  • Didn't add any blog comments

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

  • Started the social bookmarking campaign
  • Ordered 5 Guest Posts
  • Ordered 5 Articles on Textbroker
  • Posted 9 articles
  • Connected to Amazon Affiliate Program

I very proud that I got 9 posts up. Of course I wanted to get them all up, but it goes back to my lack of motivation. 

I bought a guest post package with a new service. They do manual outreach and article writing. I'll see how the service works. If it works well, I'd like to continue using them. I know it costs a lot of money, but I prefer to manage the sites more than actually work on them. It's just my preference and I'm fortunate to have some funds to allow me to do this.

The social bookmark service was started and really concentrated on this project. Hopefully all goes well with it. ​

Overall, I'm somewhat happy with the progress on this site. Not as much as I wanted, but a ton more than last month. Maybe this will propel me into next month and get more done.​

Content

I got 9 posts up. That brings the total pages/posts number to 24 according to Google. They were all 'best' keywords. I also ordered 5 more of the 'best' keywords. 

I still have about 7 informational articles that I need to post. Hopefully I'll get these up soon. ​

Rankings

monthly report
monthly report todd connelly
  • DA 16 (+15)
  • PA 30 (+29)
  • TF 3 (+0)
  • CF 15 (+2%)
  • Referring Domains 28 (+20)
  • Ahrefs Rank 24,700,828
  • UR 21 (+10)
  • DR 38 (+4)

Analytics

monthly report for authority grinder
  • Sessions 489 (+20%)
  • Users 439 (+31%)
  • Pageviews 958 (+17%)
  • Pages/Session 1.96 

Console

  • Total Clicks 21
  • Total Impressions 915
  • Avg CTR 2.3%
  • Avg Position 43

AdSense

  • Earnings $0.01 (+0)
  • Page Views 50 (+194%)
  • Impressions 93 (+132%)
  • Clicks 0 (+0)
  • Page RPM $0.25 (-25%)

Amazon Affilliate

  • Earnings $3.80 

I finally added links to Amazon and got my first sale! It wasn't in the hobby niche but actually a pair of pants (lol). I'll take it though!

Project 4 Financials

 EXPENSES
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$301.75

+$120.70

$1,038.54

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$437.50

+$437.50

$835.10

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

Guest Posts

$695.00

N/A

$695.00

 INCOME   
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0.01

$0

$0.02

Amazon

$3.80

+$3.80

$3.80

 TOTALS  
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$1,434.25

+$1,253.20

$2,568.64

Income

$3.81

+$3.80

$3.82

Net Profit/Loss

-$1,430.44

-$1,249.40

-$2,564.82

Some okay progress with this site. Looking at the metrics, some good movement. Even my first sale with Amazon. 

I really think there's potential with this particular niche. Let's hope I can get my butt in gear and get things done. I may have missed out on the holiday shopping season due to low rankings, but I'm still moving forward.

I'm really curious and nervous to see about the manual guest posting service. If it works, I'm expecting some good movement in the rankings and traffic = $$$$. ​

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 5 articles
  • Start emailing contacts for the scholarship campaign
  • Order and post 5 new articles
  • Create 20 blog comments

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...

  • Nothing

Content

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

I did capture screen shots of the AdSense changes for Project 1. I would like to do a post on this, but have some reservations as the guidance was through a the paid membership at AHP. I wouldn't feel right giving their stuff away. Maybe I can work it out without giving away the exact method but some insights.

I made some progress with a post that I want to write on domain names. I had a terrible experience with it and don't want anyone else to do the same. Hopefully I can finish it up next month.​

Rankings

authority grinder monthly report for august
todd connelly authority grinder monthly report
  • DA 15 (+4)
  • PA 28 (+4)
  • TF 9 (-5)
  • CF 21 (-1)
  • Referring Domains 33 (+1)
  • Ahrefs Rank 67,746,804
  • UR 23 (+2)
  • DR 28 (+0)

Analytics

todd connelly monthly report
  • Sessions 263 (+44%)
  • Pageviews 381 (+41%)
  • Pages/Session 1.45

Console

todd connelly
  • Clicks 4 (-125%)
  • Impressions 59 (-66%)
  • Avg CTR 6.78%
  • Avg Position 11.4

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
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

N/A

$0

Fiverr

$0

N/A

$0

Hoth

$0

N/A

$0

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Affiliate

$0

$0

$0

Affiliate

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
OCTOBER
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 one post on websites
  • Create Opt-ins 

ALL PROJECTS COMBINED

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

 EXPENSES
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$301.75

+$72.38

$2,378.55

Fiverr

$0

$0

$272.75

Lightning Rank

$64

$0

$1,573

Web Hosting (PBN)

$0

$0

$223

Buy Proxies

$0

$0

$80

Ahrefs

$99

$0

$594

Thrive Themes

$0

$0

$230

BlueHost

$0

$0

$490.11

Aweber

$0

$0

$193.80

Hoth

$875.00

+$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 

$749.00

+$722.00

$776.00

Traffic Planet

$0

-$249.99

$249.99

SumoMe

$0

-$468.00

$468.00

Guest Post

$695.00

N/A

$695.00

 INCOME      
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$67.40

+$41.23

$171.29

Amazon

$1,301.37

-$270.58

$8,491.87

 TOTALS  
OCTOBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$2,783.75

+$1,617.36

$13,646.93

Income

$1,368.77

-$229.35

$8,663.16

Net Profit/Loss

-$1,424.98

-$1,846.71

-$4,983.77

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

I started to get out of the funk from last month's lack of progress. Or should I say any progress. While it's not a total victory, is does provide momentum to results. I essentially had to force myself to sit at the computer and get some stuff done.

I did get my first guest post service package going. This was a goal of mine for a few months. It reviewing several services, I decided on one and if all goes well, will use it more. 

The guest post is a package of 5 links on sites with at least DA40. I was able to choose the url's and anchor text. It should take them 6 to 8 weeks to complete and they will provide me a report. 

Another accomplishment that I'm proud of is the postings on Project 4. While I'm behind on my goals for the holiday shopping season, at least it's progress. I may miss out, but it's progress for a solid foundation to build upon.

The social bookmark campaign is progressing well. I will have to analyze the rankings before and after to truly get a perspective on the effectiveness or not. Some SEO experts say it doesn't work anymore while others say it does, if done right. I'll keep you informed in the coming months.

The AdSense changes are doing very well. I even saw improvement with Project 2 that is designed for it. I was the volume of visitors was there to profit from it, but it all takes time. Glad I made the changes. 

Even though I accomplished some tasks, I still didn't accomplish all my goals for the month. It is getting very frustrating not meeting a months goal in the last several months. I have to look to myself, I'm not going to play the victim and blame someone or something else. 

The ability to succeed at this is right here at my fingertips. I just have to grind away and make it happen. That's the frustrating part. I want to do it, I just haven't been doing it. Somehow I need to overcome this.

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 October.  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!)

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