Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – April 2013

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

Every month I will be 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.

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What I Have Done In April

April was a pretty hectic month to say the least! I spent a good amount of it travelling but still managed to keep things running without a hitch!

Right now I’m in Costa Rica after one of my readers sent me this email-

Email Invite

I figured why not? So booked the flight last week and here I am!

Content Creation

I wrote a total of 6 posts including the results of 2 case studies. One of them looked at email popup forms while the other focused on increasing video conversion rate.

I also posted the Ahrefs vs Majestic SEO 1 million domain showdown which has had 3 updates and how to add banner advertising in Wordpress blogs for extra income.

There were also the 2 regular features – the income report roundup and what I have read this month.

Pissed More People Off

Publishing the Majestic SEO vs Ahrefs case study certainly caused quite a stir!

Community favourite Dixon Jones highlighted my best backlink checker case study wasn’t conclusive because it only focused on 3 sites and wasn’t a decent sample size, which was true.

So when I posted the follow-up using the Majestic Million as the data source and Ahrefs still won, they weren’t so happy to say the least.

They posted this response where they said that the data size doesn’t provide a realistic comparison.

Make your mind up guys!

Poler Bear Face Palm

Tools Of The Trade Updated

I also updated the tools of the trade page at reader request.

Now you can see precisely which theme and plugins are used to power the blog behind the scenes!

New Email Signature

I used the WiseStamp gmail app to create a cool email signature linking to my social profiles and sharing my latest post.

Email Signature

Hopefully this will allow readers to connect with me easier!

My Very First Interview!

Zac Johnson got in touch with me and asked if I would be willing to give an interview!

I nearly fell off my chair when this request came in because I’ve being a long time reader of Zac’s!

Fall Off Chair

The problem is most interviews are soooo boring to read right? So I tried my best to turn it into more of a tutorial interview.

Not sure if I managed to pull it off but check out the full interview for yourself.

Did I do good?

Went To Snowbombing

Snowbombing is a music festival set in the mountains of Mayrhofen in Austria.

Skiing and snowboarding by day – partying and raving by night!

I went on the 1st of April which meant I had to work through the night & get straight on a plane in order to publish last month’s income report for you guys!

The funny thing? One of my readers was there and I took a picture of him in fancy dress without knowing! Small world eh!

Snow Bombing

Skiing Snow Bombing


That’s me with part of Rudimental and Breach! If you guys ever need a live blogger on your travels, get in touch ^^

Currently In Costa Rica

As I mentioned before a couple of my readers (Andrea & Yeison) invited me to Costa Rica so I’ve come to help them with their business online.

A brutal journey from Manchester to New York, then to Miami and finally San Jose.

I got asked all sorts of weird terrorist related questions on the way because I only had hand luggage for the trip!

Check out todays office view while I’m writing this post-

Office View

Much love to Andrea & Yeison for making this possible and looking after me good!

Crunching The Numbers

So let’s get our hands dirty and take a look at what my hard work has done for me this month.

Visitor Statistics

This month the blog saw an increase of visitors from 13,487 (435/day) to 16,017 (544/day) which is a great increase on the previous month!

Visitor Statistics Analytics

Most Popular Content

For the first time this month the tiered link building tutorials have been knocked off the top spot by the Ahrefs vs Majestic SEO post.

This was a pretty controversial post that attracted traffic from a lot of places!

I have also seen the free SEO tools post gain popularity this month.

Most Popular Content Analytics

Top Traffic Sources

Google is still pushing forward as the main traffic source for the blog.

What is interesting though is the huge increase in people coming from Facebook this month. I believe this is mostly due to the Ahrefs vs Majestic SEO post which went viral across social media channels.

Traffic from YouTube is still growing after making a few changes a couple of months ago and still delivers the most engaged traffic all round.

Top Traffic Sources

Search Engine Traffic

Search traffic has remained steady this month with 10,445 visits (348 per day) compared to last month’s 333 per day.

The last couple of months have seen huge growth in traffic from Google and this is the first month it has remained consistent.

That’s all without link building!

Analytics Keywords

YouTube Views

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

Last month there were a total of 10,835 views but this month I only had 9,249 views.

People spent 65,037 minutes watching my videos last month which has dropped to 54,570 this month.

This still means that at least one person is watching one of my videos every minute of every day though.

My goal is to have 3 people watching my videos every minute of every day which means I need to get 131,487 minutes watched in one month.

Youtube Analytics

Social Shares

Last month there were a running total of 8,713 social shares across all pages of the blog.

This has now increased to a huge 11,099 across Facebook, Twitter and Google+

  • Google+ – 1,375 (1,162 last month)
  • Twitter – 5,828 (5,207 last month)
  • Facebook – 3,896 (2,344 last month)

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My Forum Statistics

The forum continues to grow at a steady pace with 173 new users, 70 topics and 243 replies.

I haven’t had much time to get as involved with the forum as I would like this month, so that’s going to change this month :)

If you haven’t joined the forum yet, get involved!

I’ll personally answer any internet marketing questions you have!

  • Users: 761 (588 last month)
  • Topics: 407 (337 last month)
  • Posts: 1,583 (1,340 last month)

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The subscriber rates have slowed down slightly this month seeing a total of 5,053 subscribers across all of the different channels.

Last month I added a total of 1,191 subscribers but this month there were only 665 new subscribers across the blog.

This is mostly because last month I ran a competition which always brings in a larger amount of new subscriptions.

  • E-mail – 116 (613 last month) / Total: 2,241
  • Twitter – 98 (171 last month) / Total: 858
  • YouTube – 116 (142 last month) / Total: 679
  • Facebook – 64 (61 last month) / Total: 350
  • Google+ – 174 (115 last month) / Total: 526
  • RSS – 45 (89 last month) / Total: 399

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Forum Promotion Posts

Well my forum promotion posting can only be described as pathetic this month.

Last month I made a total of 169 posts which was pretty bad, this month I only made 29!

Tut tut!

  • TrafficPlanet – 13 posts (464 visits)
  • WarriorForum – 1 posts (490 visits)
  • BlackHatWorld – 15 posts (771 visits)

Income Report

Here are the numbers you really want to see-

Affiliate Earnings


Consultation Earnings

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

This month I generated $1,114.04 / £715.00 in consultation earnings which is slightly down from last months $1,100.69 / £725.00

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $4,995.32
  • Consultation Income – $1,114.04
  • Expenses – $48.95

Grand Total: $6,060.41 / £3,989.99 ($5,953.23 / £3,919.43 last month)

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Signing Off

It’s great to see that traffic is on the increase however this was mainly because of the viral nature of the Ahrefs vs Majestic post which didn’t provide any earning opportunities.

Although this did allow me to reach a new audience and bring some new subscribers to the blog!

It’s good to see that income has slightly increased even though I spent the first week of April at Snowbombing and the last few days in Costa Rica.

I don’t get home until the 7th of May so probably won’t make another post until then.

However I do intend to break my personal goal of $10,000 and I have a few things lined up over the coming weeks to help me achieve that.

When I quit my job 3.5 years ago I set a goal to be able to work anywhere in the world with nothing more than my laptop and an internet connection.

I have achieved that goal which has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears – I’m very happy about it!

Andrea & Yeison are teaching me a lot about the quality of life and not to work so hard while I’m in Costa Rica so expect to see me refreshed with a new focus when I get home.

Well, that’s if I come home eh!? I could certainly get used to the Costa Rican way of life.

Until then – take it easy!

I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for joining me on this journey.