Monthly Report for September 2016

This is the 5th 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 September 2016.  

Yes, it's been awhile since I posted a monthly update. Right now it's a mid November and here I am writing September's report. If you take a look at the posts picture above, it speaks volumes on how I feel for this month.

That brings me to the main item for this post. I didn't get much done at all for any of these sites. I know, it'll make it that much harder to get to my goal of $10,000 a month.

It's funny, I read other's monthly reports and I used to say to myself 'why don't they stay motivated and get stuff done? They keep saying life gets in the way.'

Well, that's what happened to me. Some major life events happened in September that didn't allow me to work on this. Not very happy about the lack of productivity when in the long term, that's what I need.

So it happened to me, a 'life event.' I now know what others face and the challenges. I guess it makes all the same, with the only difference is those that continue on and don't give up.​

A few major changes (at least that how I feel) happened in September.

First, I signed up for Authority Hacker Pro. It was quite expensive. I know, I said I wasn't going to buy any more courses. But this one felt different. (Of course it did!)

I got through one Blueprint and was able to implement it in September. The details will be in Project 1. 

The other big​ event was that I signed up with Traffic Planet Hosting. The reason is that I wanted to get HTTPS to met Google's future ranking factor and identification next year. I must say that so far, TPH was fantastic at migrating over three of my sites!

I still have this site on BlueHost and Project 1 on another. I'll consider changing Project 1 when the subscription ends as they don't offer a refund for unused months. 

Another reason for switching to TPH is for the anticipated volume of visitors and the increase in site speed. Let's hope theirs a big difference between BlueHost and Traffic Planet Hosting. ​

Without any more fluff, let's get to each of the Projects...

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 55 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:

  • I didn't get the social bookmarking initiative started. 

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

  • I got three posts up, one more than my goal. I still have three more to post, maybe next month.
  • Got two new PBN Links.
  • Disconnected my own PBN network
  • Changed AdSense layout and structure

​Overall, I didn't put much work and effort into this project in September, just as last few months. Maybe I spent about 10 hours total on this project for the month.

I still have about 3 articles that need to be posted.

I did ​spend an entire Sunday revamping my AdSense layout and structure for this project. While it's not designed around AdSense, I want to try to increase the monetization of the informational posts that really don't direct users to Amazon. I'll hold off on the results after I can compare a full month before and after the changes.

Content

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

It's getting harder to find keywords to write about. And I not just talking about buying keywords, but also informational. I really think I picked too narrow of a niche. 

This could be bad or good, depending on what I want to do with it. Since it's pretty much running itself, the income from this project isn't bad. However, if I could rebrand it and build it out, it's a heck of a lot easier to do so with the establish domain rankings.​

Since I building out the other projects and my first Amazon buying season coming up, I'll hold on to it and see what it does. And it's paying for the investment in the other Projects I have, which is good. 

Rankings

Okay, the first part of the statistics sections.  

  • DA 26 (+1)
  • PA 38 (+2)
  • CF 15 (-2)
  • TF 13 (-1)
  • Referring Domains 108
  • UR stayed the same at 31
  • DR stayed the same at 47

Analytics

  • Sessions 17,979 (+4.0%)
  • Pageviews 26,059 (+3.32%)
  • Pages/Session 1.45 

Console

  • Total Clicks 16,399 (+3.06%)
  • Total Impressions 236,516 (+2.65%)
  • Avg. CTR 6.93% (+0.43%)
  • Avg. Position 8.8 (+0.5)

AdSense

  • Earnings $25.97 (+28.37%)
  • Pageviews 9,965 (+1.53%)
  • Impressions (+18.13%
  • Clicks 67 (no change)
  • Page RPM $0.85 (+26.44%)

Amazon Affilliate

  • Summary Income $1,571.95 (-34.75%)

Project 1 Financials

 EXPENSES
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$48.35

-$48.35

$463.72

Fiverr

$0

$0

$115.25

Lightning Rank

$64

$0

$1,509

Web Hosting (PBN)

$0

-$29

$223

Hoth

$0

$0

$645.60

 INCOME      
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$25.97

+$5.74

$102.36

Amazon

$1,571.95

-$546.32

$7,190.50

 TOTALS
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$112.35

-$48.35

$3,280.57

Income

$1,597.92

-$540.58

$5,694.94

Net Profit/Loss

$1,294.58

-$492.22

$4,140.29

This is 5 months in a row with a good profit. Very happy with it. Even though the Amazon earning fell by about $500, it's still better than what I thought it would do.

I am wondering if the spike in earnings in August was due to school going back in session, as the niche somewhat relates to this. But who knows, once I get more data from previous years, I'll be able to see the trends. ​

Next Month Goals

I've added three posts that are buying keywords in preparation for holiday shopping season. I want to get the rest up next month so that they have time to index and rank in Google. 

I'd also like to start the social bookmarking service that I purchased last month. I really want to see how to use it and if it works or not.

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

  • Add three 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...

  • I didn't get any of my goals completed in September. 🙁

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

  • Transferred to Traffic Planet Hosting

Again, with the 'life event,' I didn't get any of my goals done. This is not good, not good at all. Starting to wonder if I going to fail on this project or not.

Sometimes I feel like this niche is a gold mine and other times I wonder if I should concentrate on Project 4 (another Amazon affiliate site than AdSense). 

It's really hard to stay motivated not only with the life event but also not seeing any results (income). I going to have to grind it out next month to keep this project going.

Content

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

Not too happy with myself right now as mentioned above. Gotta examine my own motivation to make it work. 

Rankings

  • DA 21 (+10.53%)
  • PA 32 (+3.23%)
  • CF 14 (+0)
  • TF 15 (-28.57%)
  • Referring Domains 35
  • UR 16 (-5)
  • DR 44 (-1)

Analytics

  • Sessions 298 (+76.33%)
  • Pageviews 726 (+124.07%)
  • Pages/Session 2.44

Console

Due to the migration from BlueHost to Traffic Planet Hosting with the addition of an SSL certificate, I am unable to combine the data in Google's Console. If anyone knows how to combine http with https in the Console, please let me know in the comments. 

So there's no accurate data for this month for this metric. Sorry!

AdSense

  • Earnings $0.18 (-78.82%)
  • Page Views 280 (+174.54%)
  • Impressions 554 (+99.28%)
  • Clicks 1 (+0)
  • Page RPM $0.66 (-92.07%)

Project 2 Financials

 EXPENSES
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

$0

$630.19

Fiverr

$0

$0

$157.50

Hoth

$0

-$158.40

$556.40

Web Hosting

$0

$0

$0

 INCOME   
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0.18

-$0.67

$1.50

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$0

-$158.40

$1,344.09

Income

$0.18

-$0.67

$1.32

Net Profit/Loss

+$0.18

+$157.73

-$1,342.59

Not only didn't I not do any work and make any progress, the AdSense earnings decreased too! 

What a slap in the face. But in reality, I can't expect increased earnings if I don't put in the work. It's on me, not anyone else. 

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 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.

Content

No changes

Rankings

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

Analytics

authority grinder august monthly report

Not worried with the low number of sessions.

Console

Just like Project #2, the change to the SSL certificate didn't allow an accurate data collection for the month. 

AdSense

authority grinder august monthly report 2016

One whole penny!!!!!

Amazon Affilliate

Nope.

Project 3 Financials

 EXPENSES
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

$0

$246.10

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$0

$0

$299

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0.01

+$0.01

$0.02

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$0

$0

$545.10

Income

$0.01

+$0.01

$0.02

Net Profit/Loss

+$0.01

+$0.01

-$545.08

Wow, I made a penny! I won't spend it all in one place!!!!

I don't plan on spending any money or time on this project at this time. It's totally a back burner project and I'm not worried about it.  

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)

  • Add one pillar article

PROJECT 4

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

It's designed for Amazon affiliate income.​

Updates

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

  • I didn't post a single article
  • Didn't start the social bookmarking campaign

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

  • I got 22 blog comments done on all niche relevant sites. They were a mix of CommentLuv and nofollow links, but all high quality comments. 
  • Researched scholarship pages and came up with a list of about 30 with contact info.
  • Migrated to Traffic Planet Hosting

This is another site that was moved to TPH. I wanted to move it before I start building out EDU links with the scholarship campaign. 

I worried that I will miss on any potential holiday shopping income. The site rankings are still low and don't have a ton of posts up. Not a good spot to be in.

I'm very disappointed in myself. I really wanted to get it ready but it's looking like I not going to make it. Somethings gotta change.​

Content

No changes. No additions. Nothing. Terrible!!!!

Rankings

monthly report
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  • DA 1 (+0%)
  • PA 1 (+0%)
  • CF 13 (+30.77%)
  • TF 3 (-33.33%)
  • Referring Domains 8 (+1)
  • DR is still at 34
  • URL is still at 11

Analytics

monthly report for authority grinder
  • Sessions 390 (23.59%)
  • Pageviews 788 (+28.43%)
  • Pages/Session 2.02 

Console

This is the third and last project that I transferred to a SSL certification. Sorry, no accurate data.

AdSense

  • Earnings $0.01 
  • Page Views 17
  • Impressions 40
  • Clicks 0
  • Page RPM $0.36

Amazon Affilliate

Zip.

Project 4 Financials

 EXPENSES
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$181.05

+$181.05

$875.33

Fiverr

$0

$0

$0

Hoth

$0

-$158.40

$397.60

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$0.01

+$0.01

$0.01

Amazon

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$181.05

+$22.65

$1,134.39

Income

$0.01

+$0.01

$0

Net Profit/Loss

-$181.04

-$22.64

-$1,134.38

I bought 3 more articles from Textbroker. They were all "best" keywords.

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 emailing contacts for the scholarship campaign
  • Start Social Bookmarks 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 August's monthly report.  No other posts were done.

I do have one post in the research stage. What I mean is that I have an outline together and some pictures already. But nothing written yet. 

Rankings

authority grinder monthly report for august
todd connelly authority grinder monthly report
  • DA 11 (+90%)
  • PA 24 (+95%)
  • CF 22 (+9%)
  • TF 14 (+0%)
  • Referring Domains 28 (-2)
  • UR 21
  • DR 28

Analytics

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

Console

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  • Clicks 9 (+77%)
  • Impressions 98 (+72%)
  • Avg CTR 9.18%
  • Avg Position 50.1 (+19.6)

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
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$0

N/A

$0

Fiverr

$0

N/A

$0

Hoth

$0

N/A

$0

Domain Name

$0

$0

$32.02

 INCOME   
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Affiliate

$0

$0

$0

Affiliate

$0

$0

$0

 TOTALS  
SEPTEMBER
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 October
  • 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
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

TextBroker

$229.40

+$132.70

$2,076.80

Fiverr

$0

$0

$272.75

Lightning Rank

$64

$0

$1,509

Web Hosting (PBN)

$0

$0

$223

Buy Proxies

$0

$0

$80

Ahrefs

$99

$0

$495

Thrive Themes

$0

$0

$230

BlueHost

$0

$0

$490.11

Aweber

$0

$0

$193.80

Hoth

$0

-$316.80

$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

$0

$128.08

App Sumo

$150

N/A

$150

Social 1

$117

N/A

$117

Social 2

$214.73

N/A

$214.73

Authority Hacker 

$27.00

N/A

$27.00

Traffic Planet

$249.99

N/A

$249.99

SumoMe

$468.00

N/A

$468.00

 INCOME      
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

AdSense

$26.17

+$5.09

$103.89

Amazon

$1,571.95

-$543.32

$7,190.50

 TOTALS  
SEPTEMBER
DIFFERENCE
YTD

Expenses

$1,166.39

-$119.84

$10,892.18

Income

$1,598.12

+$883.90

$7,294.39

Net Profit/Loss

+$431.73

-$421.39

-$3,568.79

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

So a few accomplishments were actually done in September. 

The first accomplishment was the transfer of 3 projects to SSL certificates as well as to Traffic Planet Hosting. For these 3 projects, I also added Amazon's CDN service using the Total 3 Cache plugin. I am hoping that this increases the speed of these sites and translates into a better user experience.

The second accomplishment was changing the layout and structure of the AdSense ads on Project 1. I want to see if there's any significant difference in earnings with the same traffic. If it works, perhaps I'll write a future post on it. Let's keep our fingers crossed. 

The last accomplishment was that I purchased a years worth of SumoMe for Project 4. Since this project will related well to Pinterest, I wanted an easy way to have add this social media platform. I also bought Authority Hacker Pro membership. Let's hope it also helps increase the revenue stream.

​I did have the honor of receiving some Facebook messages from Gael from Authority Hacker. He mentioned he reviewed this site and he thinks I should be earning more for the volume of visitors (especially for Project 1). He did offer some good advice, which others have mentioned previously in some of the comment sections. 

That advice was to concentrate on one project at a time. First off, it was very exciting that someone like Gael took the time to read my stuff, not to mention analyzing and offering advice. If this is how AHP works, I'll definitely enjoy the membership!​

Besides those three completed tasks (which were not planned by the way), I am totally disappointed in myself. Hardly any other work was done. I keep saying something needs to change. Better start looking at myself.

Nobody can reach their goals if they don't put in any effort, much less the dismal effort I put forth this month. Terrible, just terrible.

There's no way for me to get motivated than to just get going. I know it'll build off itself, but just getting the initial motivation is hard for me. 

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 September.  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!)