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Lazy August Income Report

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these. I was just figuring out my revenue / spend for August and figured I’d make a quick post out of it. I find that these posts keep me motivated to best my previous month’s numbers and just work whether it be from that or to avoid public humiliation of having a terrible month.

August sure was a lazy month in terms of work and it kind of was designed to be. If you weren’t already aware through my Twitter posts and Instagram feed, I was traveling for about a month and a half. I spent 10 days in the Dominican Republic followed by a month in Medellin, Colombia which was an amazing experience. This was the ridiculously nice view from the penthouse I stayed at for four weeks:

medellin-my-view

I definitely needed the getaway and a lot of people were telling me not to go and that “only take a vacation when you’re burnt out,” but what do they know? Ultimately you know yourself best and when you think it’s time to get away and come back with a fresh start, you’re probably right. I’m glad I took an extended break from work because it got me re-focused on what was important, what kind of lifestyle I want to live, and provided for lots and lots of new inspiration. When you get off the computer, there’s a whole other world out there besides affiliate marketing :)

Okay let’s cut to the chase. Here are my numbers for August in which I did pretty much NOTHING but watch my stats.

Revenue

Aff. Network #1: $17,606.80

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Aff Network #2:  $4,366.70

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Product sales (My own product that I’ve been slowly selling more and more of each month without advertising):

$1875.64

 

Expenses:

Ad Network #1: $11,648.10

Ad Network #2: $2684.00

 

Total Revenue: $23,849.14

Total Expenses: $14,332.10

Profit: $9,517.04

 

So one of my lowest months ever on record in months, but not bad for a month where all I did was travel. This is the exception rather than the rule to be honest. I’ve had a few long-term campaigns going for me which is great, but often times campaigns die out and you have to start from scratch – if you don’t, you don’t earn.

That’s why I’m putting a part of my energy into building a long-term sustainable product to sell that will stay around for sometime. I’ve seen and experienced both the advantages and disadvantages to being an affiliate and an advertiser, but ultimately I think you have to have ownership and that’s what I’m working towards. So far my product is doing great and hopefully with the summer over and the holiday season coming up soon, sales will start growing exponentially.

That’s it for now, hope you enjoyed this quickly drawn up report and post – looking forward to crushing these numbers in September :)

If you have any questions or remarks, comment below!

 

March Earnings Report

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

I’m going to make this one really quick. March was not as good as February, as the offer that made me most of my money last month died. Luckily, I made one work for me. If I had both going at the same time, I could have easily doubled my profit for the month.

Revenue: $79701

Expenses: $56937

March Profit: $22763

 

Not a bad month, but hoping to hit $50,000 in profit in a month in the next coming months. I’m also working on something that is about to launch very soon. If you’re interested in learning how to make money online with affiliate marketing, you should definitely stay tuned. A lot of the stuff on my blog has generally been about my experiences and very little about how to do what I do. Well, I’ve finally decided that I’m going to put it all out there with an easy to follow system for affiliates to go from no experience to be able to make a healthy income online. If you’re new to the industry or having trouble finding success, I would highly suggest you sign up below to the pre-launch list.

There is so much noise out there and people preaching a million different things – it’s no surprise that affiliates these days are super ADHD jumping from one idea to another instead of focusing. What they need is a system and I’ve decided to put together a program that outlines the exact system I’ve used to generate an income online. Now I’m no guru and I’m not trying to be one., but I am tired of seeing affiliates struggle (even some I know for years!), and I think it makes sense for me to put out a product that is meant to get them on the road to success. If you’re tired of wasting month after month of not seeing success, enter your name and email below to be the first to know of when my system launches. You won’t regret it.

 

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February Earnings Report

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

It’s official – February is over and we’re into the third month of the year already. I haven’t done one of these in a while and I’m not sure if I’m going to continue doing them so this may be my last income report ever.

Some people love them, some people hate them. I’m really not one to brag and I don’t do these to brag (trust me other people have way bigger numbers), but that’s the impression some people might be getting. I just do it to motivate myself and have it here as inspiration for anyone that needs it. So we shall see if I continue to have them. Until then, here are the numbers for February:

Total Revenue:

=  $75,314.60

Total expenses:

=$49,833.80

Profit: $25,480.80

I apologize for the cheesy screen shots, but as Will Ferrell would say “It’s provocative! It gets the people going!”

So not a bad month for February even though it was a whole 1-2 days shorter than any other month 😛 I have to say that only a portion of this month’s revenues came from mobile traffic as I didn’t even do much of it in February as a result of focusing on other offers. I only really pushed it the last 3 days starting on February 26th and it amounted to an astonishing $16,435. For anyone struggling out there, just keep at it. Test, learn, and be ahead of the curve. That’s what it takes. I’m grateful for having a good month and hopefully can make it even bigger in the following. Big props to the people who keep me going and support from all the brothers in the grind.

And now for a poll:

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Quick June Update

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Just a quick update on what I’ve been up to as far as marketing goes. The last earnings update I did was for April and I skipped out on May because it was pretty much a wash of a month…pretty much broke even on a few thousand dollars of spend. Nothing spectacular…just bits of testing as I try to expand my horizons. June’s shaping up to be a little more interesting however as I’m finally starting to delve outside of my main traffic source and back into sources such as POF and mobile ad networks. Click prices have gotten really high on Facebook and it’s just not as stable as it used to be for me. I’m not abandoning it in anyway, but I am starting to test out places with better potential and not have all my eggs in one basket.

I have been messing around with Facebook fan pages, however as I think that’s quickly becoming the future of all things marketing related on Facebook. I think things will eventually lead for every marketing avenue from big brands to small businesses to affiliates all finding their place on Facebook as a fan page to be more beneficial to them cost-wise and this is in Facebook’s best interest as well. More businesses using their portal as there homepage means more pageviews for FB and a greater valuation/more ad dollars. I was recently able to grow a page to 84,000 fans within 3 days and will probably hit 100k today. I have not yet tried to monetize it as I want to create a relationship with my fans, but it has been an interesting experiment so far. I will make a post on this specifically as I’ve learned a lot about fan pages in just that past few days.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of June. Affiliate Summit East is right around the corner and I just want to step my game up and make some big things happen by then. Something tells me it’s going to be even bigger and better than last year so I’m looking forward to it. In fact, I’m trying to book a suite at the London this year with a few people. Let me know if I know you personally and you’re interested…we’re almost out of spots.

April Earnings & Failed Campaigns

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

So last month I said I would delve into new verticals and throw money at testing new campaigns. This was initially because I wanted to diversify, but now it’s also because I pretty much saturated the market I was hitting for the past six months and well…it’s a dry well now (if that makes sense). Well I did that and as a result I had a pretty crappy month, but I also learned a lot.

Revenues: $8,179

Spend: $6,527

Profit: $1,652

So a pretty measly month for April. I am however to blame for that though…definitely could have tried harder. Still trying to find that burning desire you have as a fresh hungry affiliate again :)

I’ve realized that anybody could be hungry and motivated at the beginning of their affiliate careers…they’re hungry for a reason and it’s because they have to eat. What’s really impressive are the seasoned affiliates who work just as hard if not harder than newbies as if they might not see their next meal…when in fact they actually have the resources to be pretty comfortable. Now that’s impressive. I used to think that kind of hunger and drive came naturally to me…and to some extent it does. But whatever it is I’m going through right now, I’m certainly not working as hard as I should be. Maybe some inspiration is in order.

I wanted to outline some of my failed campaigns from last month and see if we can all learn from them.

One of my failed campaigns (that I may still be able to make profitable) involved promoting a CityVille game guide on Clickbank. Now this is a huge niche with millions of people on Facebook playing these games on a daily basis. There was actually a recent post on AffBuzz promoting this product and how to market it on Facebook so I figured why not give it a shot.

Now I was able to produce fairly decent CTR’s on facebook getting as high as .30% on several ads. Still, even with different ad copies (even successful copy provided by the advertiser), I failed to produce a single sale after 1000 clicks (a lot of those clicks were high priced as I bid high to get the initial surge of traffic). But still, even if I was paying 5 cents a click, it wouldn’t of mattered as my EPC was zero after 1000 clicks. I haven’t given up on it yet…apparently people are making money on these products as affiliates…but I think the real money in this niche is to probably be the advertiser.

Another campaign I tried was an international dating offer for Germany. With this campaign I had an odd issue of being able to get a high CTR on broad targeting, but low conversions and then high conversions, but low CTR when I targeted the age demos that had supposedly resulted in the highest CTR in my broad targeting test. It may be that I’ll just have to further break it down by age and see which ones are actually converting as opposed to playing it simply by CTR, which I should have been doing from the start anyway. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Have you ever tried promoting Clickbank products on Facebook? What was your experience?

March Earnings & Goals

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Two things…I’m back from Miami and it’s snowing in April. Maybe I should have stayed a little longer =P It’s crazy how fast four months went down there and that the first quarter of the year is already over. I have to admit I didn’t do a lot of work in March and simply tried to take advantage of the time I had left on South Beach. My income did take a small dip from the previous month:

Revenue: $23,913

Spend: $13,204

Profit: $10,709

ROI: 81%

So a much better ROI than last month, but a little off on the profit side. Being back in Jersey though, I’m finding myself with a lot less distractions so I’m hoping to capitalize on that. I want to try something similar to what Riley Pool did and attempt one campaign a day for April. I started today with a couple fresh offers and I’ll keep everyone posted on how that goes. I know I’ve been slacking on posts, but more to come soon I promise!

February Earnings – Not My Best, Not My Worst

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

So I haven’t done one of these earnings updates in a while and was debating whether or not to do this one. Some people like them, some don’t. But I think it actually serves a purpose in that it motivates me to do better each month and who knows maybe it acts as some level of inspiration for newer affiliates.

I actually didn’t make anything for a few months straight as I just got completely lazy and wasn’t finding any inspiration to work hard with the beach being about five minutes away. Let alone, it got me thinking how true Finch’s guest post on Jon Volk’s blog was about how you’re only as rich as your last campaign. It shows how important it is to build something for the long-term. But last month I finally got back into it, and it’s looking like March is going to beat February’s earnings already. So what did last month’s earnings look like? Well I can tell you it was one of my worst months in terms of ROI. Take a look for yourself:

Spend: $29,334

Revenue: $42,174

Profit: $12,840

ROI: 44%

Usually I’m running at at least 100% ROI. But the margins on this campaign just didn’t seem to be what I’m used to and I just tried to get what I could out of it by way of volume. It also wasn’t close my highest profit month which was around 28k a few months ago, but I’ll take a profitable month. From here on, I do want to focus on building out longer-term projects as opposed to fly-by-night campaigns, but you hear that all the time and it sounds easier than it is. There’s no guarantee with a long term project and it’s not as easy as picking out a trend and direct linking a few ads to it. It takes real elbow-grease, a vision, building a list, and a lot of growth. Being lazy and impatient, I don’t like to wait for returns, but if I’m a smart marketer I will start building something now as opposed to a year from now when who knows what bids will look like and what the entire space will look like.

I suppose it is a balancing act, however. I’m going to continue to focus on short term campaigns for guaranteed cash flow, but I need a long term project that I can sink my heart into. If I’m not motivated by it and if I don’t truly believe it will offer people value, I’m a lot less likely to stick to it. I still think about Walamu.com and how I was able to attain users fairly quickly when I launched it as a freshman in college, but seized to promote it once I knew it would take a lot more marketing dollars to get it to where I wanted it to be. Startups have always interested me, but I don’t know yet if that’s the direction I want to go in. We’ll see.

September Income Report – Another Record

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Wow September kinda flew by didn’t it? We have Halloween coming up real soon and you know what that means. More money to be had. Just wanted to make a quick post about how business went in September as I plan to do every month.

Sadly, I didn’t reach my goal of a $50k profit month after doing approximately $18k in profit last month.I did however set a new record with total revenue of $65,137.25 and total spend of $36,639.25.That means a total profit of $28,498 for the month.

That’s $62,965.00 from one network and $2,172.25 from another.

Below you can see my spend stats on Facebook for September. I ran a total of about 301 million impressions and averaged 9 cents a click, which isn’t too bad. As you can see, my social CTR is holding pretty steady at an average of 31% for all my ads and a total ad ctr of almost 0.13%.

So that’s a wrap for September. Hoping to hit that 50k profit month for October now although I’ll be experimenting with some new Halloween campaigns. If you have any questions about Facebook ads, hit me up!

 
Hi, I'm Rohail, affiliate marketer and serial entrepreneur. Follow my trials and triumphs in affiliate marketing as I give you an inside look at the industry and what it takes to be successful.

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