Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – November 2016

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This is the 50th income report as part of the zero backlink experiment.

Every month I will publish a post like this one that shows you how this blog is progressing and everything I have done across the month to get it there.

These reports will help me track my own progress while teaching you what to do and more importantly what not to do.

What I Have Done In November

November was a crazy month for a lot of reasons.

Most importantly of which was Hurricane Otto which caused complete destruction across the country.

Entire roads were swept away, houses completely disappeared and mass flooding.

Luckily we were not affected too much and only lost power/water for 24 hours, but it was an eye opening experience that gives a lot of perspective.

Secondly it was Black Friday and I’m sure some of you got sick of my promotions, but it was the best Black Friday ever as I rounded up over 100 deals in total.

Speaking At Affiliate World Bangkok

Tomorrow I am jumping on 3 flights for a total of 28 hours to speak at the Affiliate World conference in Bangkok.

I have put together an all new presentation and will be revealing my secrets to over 3,000 people!

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There are lots of great speakers in attendance including Neil Patel, Charles Ngo & many more.

While I hate the traveling bit of traveling, it will be a blast!

After the conference is done I am going to have a few days to myself to explore so if you are in Bangkok, let me know in the comments!

Bounce Rate Experiment

I launched a new experiment on a handful of pages to try and reduce bounce rates or improve time on site.

All I have done is optimise ‘above the fold’ content, either by re-writings intros or improving text formatting.

So far I have mixed results but some pages are showing great improvements improving average time on page from 07:55 to 11:31.

However some of the pages have seen pretty big drops, so the jury is still out!

Featured Snippet Experiments

I’m sure you’ve all seen the new featured snippets in some Google search results-

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Essentially if you rank in the top 10 results for a keyword (better if your top 5), you stand a chance of being selected for the featured snippet.

That means you can leap frog your competition to position zero and enjoy a high CTR from the SERPS and a ton of traffic.

So I found a list of 26 keywords that I currently rank in the top 10 for that have a featured snippet box that I do not control.

Then I looked at how the current website in the featured snippet box is formatted and applied it to my own page(s) in an attempt to steal the featured snippet.

I only deployed the experiment a few days ago so I will keep you updated.

Million Dollar Blogger

I didn’t realise it at the time, but the total income for the blog passed the million dollar mark last month.

In total the blog has made $1,007,235 profit between August 2012 and October 2016!

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Now I know you might be wondering why that isn’t reflected on the income reports summary page and there are 2 reasons for that-

  1. I have never included my income from the product launch and although in my case study I reported it made $134,171 in 6 days – I didn’t include how much it has made since those initial 6 days
  2. When I compare my raw data with the income report summary page there are some typos that I need to correct

I am going to fix all of those typos when I get back from Affiliate World which accounts for about $1,500.

But rest assured, the blog has now crossed the million dollar mark when you take the sales of my product launch into account.

But It’s Not About The Money!

Let me be clear, the success of this blog has nothing to do with money.

It is purely down to the success of you, the reader.

Because without your success, I cannot achieve success!

So I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued hard work.

It really is something special to see new testimonials like the below come in every single day of the week without fail-

Phil Aston

Increased SEO visibility by over 2,000%
Matt's tutorials have helped me immensely. I handle the internet marketing strategy for a major furniture retailer who when I first took them on had suffered badly at the hands of Panda's and Penguin's!!! I found myself turning to Matt's advice throughout the process of penalty recovery and during the process of re-increasing SEO visibility which has now increased by over 2000%!! Many thanks to Matthew for sharing his knowledge of the subjects , his advice in second to none.
Phil Aston - The Garden Furniture Centre

Abdullah Prem

You are my Mentor – Since 2014
I am Blogging since 2011 and due to some issue's i quit blogging and the reason was not a perfect guide to start and from fellow bloggers i visited your site and your post gave me boost and earning's report gave me confidence to achieve in Blogging and Following your post and Implemented your strategies and from 2014 earning $300-$400 Per Month with Some Blogs. For some this could be small amount but in India you could make a peaceful life with this amount.
Abdullah Prem - Best Blogging Practices

Brian Nguah

From not knowing anything to becoming a major influencer
I honestly did not know much about SEO. I thought guys in fiverr can rank you number 1 but I soon learned through experience not to do so. My wife and I started a waist training company and I was in charge of the business side of things. I spent multiple days reading articles, most of which being Matt's articles and putting the knowledge to work. In about 4 months the company started making thousands per month. January being the sixth month was the most successful and we are now getting closer and closer to making 5 figures a month. Thanks Matt.
Brian Nguah - Royal Lioness

Anant Mendiratta

I reach 50k uniques a month following your advice, Matt !!
There have been very few people in the SEO industry whose influence on me did so much to change my approach to SEO, affiliate marketing and creating great content. One of those special people is Matthew Woodward. His tutorials are easy to follow and replicate. I was able to get workouttrends.com from zero to 50,000 uniques per month within 7 months of launching after following his advice. Thank you for the blog. I learned a lot from him over the years.
Anant Mendiratta - Workout Trends

Giovanni Olakunori

From 5000 Pageviews Per Month To 40,000
As a college student from Ghana/Nigeria, the odds were stacked against me in building an educational / career blog for an international audience. When I started larnedu.com in 2012, the going was tough. I made tons of mistakes and learned along the way. Thankfully, I found mattewwoodward.co.uk in 2014 and since then the odds turned in my favour with traffic rising from 5,000 to 40,000 per month! Thanks Matthew Woodward.
Giovanni Olakunori - For NonSchoolers, Schoolers & Professionals

Andrew Stickel

Matthew helped us make hundreds of thousands of dollars
Matthew Woodward's advice and insight is always spot on. My business has literally made hundreds of thousands of dollars (and our clients have as well!) thanks to his advice. Our company has greatly benefited from his blog and we look forward to each post. Keep up the great work!
Andrew Stickel - Social Firestarter

People all over the world are changing their lives for the better!

I’m not actually capable of putting the feels that creates into words.

But what ever super mega wow wow incredible times a million is, it feels something like that.

Focus On Helping People

I can’t stress enough how important it is to just forget about the money and focus on helping people.

I get emails everyday from people asking for help that are purely focused on making money like this one-

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Honestly it’s crazy, most people are just interested in getting as rich as possible as quick as possible and these are the people that never ‘make it‘.

Very rarely does someone email me and say “I want to build the best site on the internet to help people with ______”

So please please please listen when I tell you this:

If you want to succeed online, you MUST do everything in your power to help people solve their problems.

It is often grueling hard work with little reward for a long time to do that, but so is getting up every day to go to that job you hate that helps no one.

Just focus on building something that helps people.

Nothing more.

Nothing less.

Hates Gonna Hate

Now despite all of that I know that the 7 figure announcement is going to bring out the haters.

It always does when you talk about income, especially if you celebrate it (and is why I will stop publishing income reports) but-

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So for now, I am just going to enjoy the newly earned title of 7 figure blogger!

FYI – When the blog crosses 1 million dollars without the product launch numbers included, I plan to stop publishing income reports which I anticipate to happen in the next 6 months.

And again please let me say-

Thank you to each and every one of my readers, I wouldn’t be here without you!

Content Creation

I only published 6 new blog posts this month compared to the 4 I published last month.

We kicked off with the product launch formula I used to make $134,171.

That was shortly followed by my personal product launch checklist to compliment the post above.

I rounded up all of the best tutorials to help you become a blogger (or become a better blogger).

I also showed you the easiest way to start making money online with the best survey sites.

I also published my income report along with the regular income report roundup feature.

Crunching The Numbers

So let’s get our hands dirty and see what all of those changes to the blog has done to the important metrics.

Visitor Statistics

Last month traffic increased to 62,481 (2,015/day) which has grown gently to 63,075 (2,102/day) this month.

That keeps me above my goal of 60,000 visitors per month which I’ll look to grow further next year.

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Most Popular Content

My 6 figure product launch case study stole the show this month by far.

That was followed by my survey sites tutorial which seems to be holding peoples attention.

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Top Traffic Sources

The top traffic sources have remained pretty much the same as last month.

However you can see that Reddit and Lifehacker have popped into the top 10 and upon further investigation this is fake referral traffic in disguise!

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Search Engine Traffic

Search traffic has grown steadily the past few months but hit a small rut this month.

Last month saw 54,204 (1,749/day) visitors from Google which has dropped to 51,524 (1,717/day) this month.

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YouTube Views

I lost all of my historical YouTube views because of changes I made to the branding – so I keep track of them separately.

YouTube views dropped from 20,279 to 18,066 this month as I didn’t publish any new videos.

That also had an impact on total minutes watched which dropped from 92,759 to 83,776 respectively.

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Social Shares

This month the total social shares across Facebook and Google+ increased from 67,809 to 69,723.

  • Google+ – 25,139 (24,830 last month)
  • Facebook – 44,584 (42,979 last month)

Subscribers

The most important metric on the entire blog – earning a subscription from someone is the ultimate form of commitment and conversion.

This month brought 1,756 new subscribers which is steady drop from last months 1,915 new subscribers.

There are now a total of 152,517 subscribers across all of the various channels!

  • E-mail – 1,076 (1,198 last month) / Total: 84,507
  • Twitter – 215 (257 last month) / Total: 14,381
  • YouTube – 188 (230 last month) / Total: 12,923
  • Facebook – 331 (179 last month) / Total: 22,188
  • Google+ – 25 (9 last month) / Total: 17,918
  • RSS – -79 (42 last month) / Total: 600

Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap

Income Report

Here are the numbers you really want to see-

Affiliate Earnings

Expenses

Consultation Earnings

I separate out the consultation earnings from the affiliate earnings. The blog drives affiliate sales directly and whilst it does generate consultation leads these are separate projects in their own right.

This month I didn’t taken on any consultation work so made a grand total of nothing!

Other Income

I’m working on another project right now that is part of the blog but not something I’m ready to talk about publicly yet or maybe ever.

I will declare the income here though as it wouldn’t be possible without the blog and ‘technically’ it is affiliate income.

Last month this was $10,391.53 which increased to $11,110.44 after I tweaked the funnel and should increase even more next month if I did as good of a job as I think I have done.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $22,788.34
  • Consultation Income – $00.00
  • Other Income – $11,110.44
  • Expenses – $4,703.47

Grand Total: $29,095.31 / £23,140.37 ($20,927.18 / £17,104.36 last month)

Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap

Signing Off

A few months back I felt like the blog had stalled and it wasn’t going in the direction I wanted it to go.

However the past couple of months has shown a lot of positive growth across a number of key metrics and I have a solid plan of attack to keep things moving.

I am still working through a content audit which will see the removal of a lot of content on the blog and a series of updates across the board.

Right now I’m still not happy with the overall user experience that is provided to you guys and I am going to totally revamp the email marketing strategy in January.

But for there here and now I am going to enjoy the newly found 7 figure blogger title!

However I am expecting a big drop in earnings next month now that Black Friday is out of the way and Christmas is on the horizon.

Thank you to everyone that has helped me reach my goals – I couldn’t do it without you, the reader!

71 Responses

  1. 12.1.2016

    Hi Matt,

    Congratulations for achieving the 7-figure blogger title. Really happy for your success and lil jealous too. Enjoy.

  2. Stuart
    12.1.2016

    Hey Matt, I would sincerely like to congratulate you mate you deserve every penny.

    Your a top bloke and glad me and my family got to meet you…. maybe our paths will cross again sometime :-)

    • December 1st, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Stuart, I am sure our paths will cross again!!!

  3. 12.1.2016

    Congrats as always Matt. Saddened you’re considering stopping to report your wins – they’ve completely changed how I’m approaching this business. Hope you’ll reconsider. F*ck the haters .. they’re sitting in their Mom’s basement while you’re living a wonderful laptop lifestyle in the tropics .. we owe you a debt of gratitude and I look forward to reading about when you hit EIGHT FIGURES!! #peace

    • December 1st, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Keith!

      Haha yeah that is probably true but it does cause a host of problems, I will still publish monthly updates – just without the finances.

  4. 12.1.2016

    Nice, a very inspiring. A million income is a great milestone. I am an avid reader of your blog. Soon, I will be reaching that kind of income online.

  5. 12.1.2016

    Thanks for the testimonial mention, Matt. Hope to learn new things from your future guides :)

  6. 12.1.2016

    Awaome! 7 Figure Title…
    Well Hopeone day i can also be rich loke you. Well my first goal now is to get 100 visitors daily. Step by step.

    Thanks for your case studies.

    • December 1st, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      No such thing as hope, just hard work and dedication :)

      Your first goal should be 100 email subscribers

  7. hamza
    12.1.2016

    Congratulations Mathiew you really motivated me to work hard and achieve my goals to live the laptop lifestyle.

    You Rock
    Hamza

  8. Hateraide
    12.1.2016

    Expenses – $4,703.47/li>

    typo

  9. 12.1.2016

    This is really an inspiration!
    I am yet to start blogging.

    • December 13th, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Well there is not a better time to start than now!

  10. 12.1.2016

    Hi Matt,

    A big congrats on passing such an awesome milestone.

    I’ve been watching your progress (from the Pacific Northwest) for a a few years now.

    Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for 2017.

  11. 12.1.2016

    Congratulations for your big goal and thanks for sharing! :)

  12. 12.1.2016

    You always give us great advise. Your all techniques really work. Thanks for share.

  13. Donna White
    12.2.2016

    Congratulations! Always like your content. Don’t comment much, but appreciate the detailed tutorials.

  14. Firstly congrats for achieving the greate success as a blogger .

    I am really happy than you , for “achieving 7 figure affiliate” , because my goal is yo reach you with your suggestions.
    So if you earn more , my goal is also increases with your earnings

  15. 12.2.2016

    Booked my tickets to see you speak. Looking forward to ti!

  16. 12.2.2016

    Well done, kiddo! I think your success echoes your choice of sports. It’s all about endurance and working diligently for long term goals. Well done!

    • December 13th, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Yes I love free diving as well which all about controlling the mind to control the body

  17. 12.2.2016

    Hey Matt,
    Congrats on hitting the Million dollar mark. That’s exciting. I’ve been a fan of your blog for a few years now. This blog, more than any other source, has changed my mind about the value of referral traffic and engagement, as well as referral traffic as a primary source of visitors.
    It’s because of these monthly breakdowns that we are able to see your number of readers, the average time on site, etc…
    And if you go back into the early days, we can see that the value was there to the tune of about $1 per visitor to the blog. That’s amazing, and wouldn’t be possible without the monthly breakdowns.
    Are you still going to keep your Master Post running, the one where you give us the abridged snapshot of your traffic/posts/etc?
    Or, more importantly, if you remove the income that’s fine, but will you keep the traffic/stats/most popular posts?
    I’m genuinely upset to hear that these are going away.

    • December 13th, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Thanks for your continued support Sean and I’m glad it is helping you out!

      Yes I will still share my traffic, stats and lessons.

      • December 30th, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        On the same note, I’m curious why did you decide to stop publishing the income report?

        • December 31st, 2016 at 1:47 pm

          At this stage of income, they cause more problems than they are worth

  18. 12.3.2016

    Congrats Matthew for reaching the 1m milestone. Always been a great motivator!

  19. Tim
    12.4.2016

    Hi Matthew,

    till when are you in Thailand?
    I’m heading over from Cambodia on the 6.12.

    Would be awesome to meet you!

    Big fan!

  20. 12.4.2016

    Congratulations on achieving another milestone along your blogging journey!

  21. Lirik Lagu Baik
    12.4.2016

    Double wow you are so amazing Sir Matt. You are my inspiration :)
    Like the way you present your content. its so amazing

  22. 12.4.2016

    Many congratulations Matthew for million dollar blog :) You’re truly an inspiration for me. Whenever, I feel down and want to give up, I suddenly find a link to your blog (from FB, Twitter etc.) and it makes me even more determined.

    Best,

    Atta

    • December 13th, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Don’t forget Atta, that consistency and hard work are the secrets to success!

  23. Wow congrats Matthew on reaching the million dollar mark with your blog that is truly an accomplishment! Hope to get there some day but at this rate it’s going to take a while ;)

  24. 12.6.2016

    Bro, How you will remember this much big lists of affiliate sources? Will you save notes or any website to hold all affiliate accounts ?

    • December 13th, 2016 at 9:02 am

      I have a spreadsheet that lists them all and the login pages

  25. Josh
    12.9.2016

    Hi Matt

    Looking forward to your featured snippets post, when do you think this will be up?

    Cheers

    • December 12th, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      It depends how long the experiment takes to bear fruit

  26. Steve C
    12.9.2016

    $1,007,235!
    Millionaire :)
    I enjoy reading your blog. Great inspiration.

  27. 12.12.2016

    Hello Matthew,

    This is really inspiring. Keep doing it. You are giving us hope.

  28. warren buffett
    12.17.2016

    Congrats Matthew
    You are the inspiration for me.Your posts are very informative.I always follow your blog.

  29. 12.18.2016

    Hey Matthew –

    I’m doing a similar round up as part of our company news blog and I’m wondering how you set these up to target keywords? Every week when I go to publish a new round up post, the Yoast SEO plugin wants me to select a NEW keyword to target. Can I just keep targeting the same one each week? Thanks buddy!

  30. 12.24.2016

    Great figure Matt :)

    Very inspiring and impressive.

  31. 12.26.2016

    So Motivating and Inspiring, WIll follow your blog to be more inspire from you. Thank you SIr :)

  32. 12.27.2016

    i get inspired when ever i see your income reports

  33. 12.30.2016

    hey mat,
    i am also a blogger and whenever i start to lose my hope from blogging then i come here and see your income reports and hard work.
    You are my best inspiration and i learnt soo much from your blog.
    keep growing.

  34. Manu
    4.5.2017

    You are one of my favorite bloggers since I subscribed back on 11/2012, and you deserve this success.

    This comes a bit late since I had this blog post on my to-read list for a few months, but I have to say: huge congrats to you Matt!!

    Btw. It still surprises me that you don’t publish that many articles monthly. Do you think that depends on the blog, audience, etc.? What are your thoughts on that?

    • April 14th, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Manu much appreciated.

      I publish between 3-5 per month usually which averages out at once a week, its enough for this topic.

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