Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – April 2015

This is the 31st 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 April

April was a bit of a hectic month for me as I’m working to a crazy travel schedule which has made getting online pretty difficult.

That does also mean that there isn’t really all that much to report as I have dropped into ‘maintainance mode’ just doing what needs to be done to keep things ticking over.

Content Creation

This month I published a total of 8 posts which which is the same amount as last month.

In the coming months I am going to reduece the posting frequency from 2 per week to 1 per week to see how that affects things.

I get the feeling many of you suffer from information overload with 2 per week so I’m going to start dialing that down in June.

We opened the month up with white hat guide to guest blogging.

You also learnt how to use an RSS aggregator for links & social shares and also how to make money on elance.

I also showed you how to get Twitter followers and then wrapped it up with 6 Google Analytics SEO hacks.

Other than those posts we just had the regular income report roundup post but I was unable to post the best of internet marketing due to lack of internet connection.

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Private Blog Network Power

Last month I soft launched the new private blog network building service.

This is something I have been working on behind the scenes for the past 6 months with my managed clients and I am now happy to open the doors to everyone.

Take a look at some of the results the PBN’s we have built have delivered so far-

One client cleaned up their link profile and deployed a PBN which saw them gain over 4,000 1st page rankings in Google USA delivering over 500,000 visitors per month from Google alone.


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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

Last month traffic jumped to it’s highest levels yet at 65,019 (2,097/day) but unfortunately this has dropped off to 55,347 (1,844/day) this time around.


Most Popular Content

This month the how to get backlinks to your site tutorial was the most popular!

It’s great to see my favourite SEO strategy also creeping it’s way back into the top 10 again.

The how to make money on Fiverr tutorial & elance also proved popular.


Top Traffic Sources

Although traffic took a hit this month, it seems like Facebook is really doing a lot of the heavy lifting behind Google.

This is largely down to a new social strategy I’m trying out but still tweaking – of course I will have a case study for you in the coming months once I have it fine tuned!


Search Engine Traffic

Organic traffic from Google last month sat at 42,607 (1,374/day) visits which has dropped slightly to 38,576 (1,285/day) this time around.

I suspect that is due to the change in theme last month that Google is catching up with.


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 have remained steady this month at 19,816 compared to last month 19,567 after steady declining the past few months.

Total minutes watched also remained steady at 98,069 compared to 99,157 last month.


Social Shares

I have temporarily removed this section while I find a better solution to collect the data


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

This month brought 2,281 new subscribers which is a big drop from last months 4,801.

I have had some problems with OptinMonster displaying on posts correctly and last month’s boost was due to the giveaway I ran.

Unfortunately as I’m working on the road at the moment I haven’t had the time to properly fix that yet but is a top priority this month.

There are now a total of 109,219 subscribers across all of the different channels!

  • E-mail – 1,475 (2,891 last month) / Total: 58,070
  • Twitter – 387 (787 last month) / Total: 8,438
  • YouTube – 211 (253 last month) / Total: 7,707
  • Facebook – 263 (761 last month) / Total: 16,906
  • Google+ – 22 (109 last month) / Total: 17,743
  • RSS – -77 (-47 last month) / Total: 355

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.

I didn’t take on any consultation work this month which results in zero consultation earnings.

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.

This earned a total of $15,605.24 which is a huge step up from last month’s $4,784.50.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $10,728.16
  • Consultation Income – $00.00
  • Other Income – $15,605.24
  • Expenses – $49.99

Grand Total: $26,283.41 / £17,197.97 ($12,215.22 / £8,219.46 last month)

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Signing Off

The past couple of months have seen income from the blog dropping steadily as time was invested elsewhere. As you can see – that time investment is starting to pay off.

Even though I have spent the entire month of April travelling through Costa Rica, Amsterdam, UK & Rhodes – that is the real beauty of the dot com lifestyle.

In 2 days I leave Rhodes for Lanzarote before shooting over to Bucharest to speak at the GPeC summit before returning to the UK just in time to speak at the UnGagged/BHW conference.

Whilst travelling I have been preparing some additional content to go with those 45 videos I mentioned last month which I’m keen to get finished to help break the $50,000 barrier.

But now it’s time to eat lunch and kiss good bye to this terrible 3 euro per hour dial up like internet I’ve been using to write this report while creating a range of new swear words at the same time.

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