Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – August 2015

This is the 35th 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 August

After 3 months without an internet connection at the house, at the start of the month they finally ran a line to the house and connected everything up.

Luckily I have been able to manage all of my businesses using an old Motorola G Android handset as a router and tanning through mobile data like there is no tomorrow.

So I spent most of this month catching up on those ‘non critical but still important’ tasks after spending a week in Miami with a client.

I have also been heavily invested working away on a project that has been in development for the past few months.

Here is a sneak peak at the backed Infusionsoft Campaign Builder sequence I’ve been working on the past couple of days-


There is still a lot of work to do but the finish line is in sight!

Last month the blog made more money that it has ever made before, so I’m expecting a sharp drop into reality this month as my time has been heavily invested elsewhere.

Content Creation

Last month I dialed down the posting schedule from 7-9 per month to around 4-5.

I’m still waiting to measure the impact of that change but after running the ship like that for a couple of months ago that data should start to seep through.

This month a total of 5 posts were published compared to last months 7. We started with the budget lead generation marketing strategies that any business can use.

Then we look at how to get more email subscribers quickly followed by how to start a successful blog in 90 days.

Other than those we just had the regular income report roundup post but I chose not to publish the best of internet marketing again this month.

Crunching The Numbers

So let’s get our hands dirty and take a look at what my lack of attention to the blog has done to the important metrics.

Visitor Statistics

With a drop in posts eventually came a drop in traffic from 61,943 (1,998/day) to 51,140 (1,649/day) which is a heavy drop.

My current goal is to build traffic to be stable at 60,000 per month or more.

I could increase my post rate again to recover that, but that’s boring – instead I’m going to invest heavily in Facebook ads this month to promote new content.


Most Popular Content

The 90 day blogging strategy stole the show this month!

My time tested SEO strategy also managed to hold its own with the budget lead generation marketing plan close behind.


Top Traffic Sources

Like last month the top 10 traffic sources haven’t changed that much at all.


Search Engine Traffic

Traffic from Google held relatively steady this month at 39,906 (1,287/day) compared with 41,226 (1,329/day) last month.


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.

I published a total of 7 vidoes last month and a dedicated keyword research playlist to increase viewership.

Last month views jumped to 28,976 but have dropped to 22,181 this month as I didn’t publish any new videos.

Total minutes watched also took a heavy drop from 157,555 to 111,497.


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 2,328 new subscribers which is roughly in line with last months 2,518.

There are now a total of 119,582 subscribers across all of the various channels!

  • E-mail – 1,438 (1,611 last month) / Total: 64,838
  • Twitter – 270 (285 last month) / Total: 9,648
  • YouTube – 292 (358 last month) / Total: 8,850
  • Facebook – 186 (266 last month) / Total: 17,939
  • Google+ – 17 (21 last month) / Total: 17,839
  • RSS – 125 (-23 last month) / Total: 468

Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap

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.

Last month saw $10,759.96 and that saw a small drop to this month at $9,679.15 but no way near as big as previous drops.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $13,918.40
  • Consultation Income – $00.00
  • Other Income – $9,679.15
  • Expenses – $127.39

Grand Total: $23,470.16 / £15,328.95 ($35,209.35 / £22,538.32 last month)

Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap

How to start a successful blog in 7 days

Signing Off

Last month saw the biggest traffic and income month to date and with my time being spent elsewhere this month I expected to see a big drop.

Posting less means I need to invest more in promotion instead of relying on emails to you guys to announce new content.

So I’m going to fire up a range of Facebook campaigns to help with that promotion and bring traffic levels to a stable 60,000 per month.

That will also give me the time I need to put the finishing touches to a big project this month which should turn income inside out.

Here goes nothing…

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

76 Responses

  1. Nzekwe Godswill

    this is my first visit on this website and I really found some amazing information here..you have shared some quality information on this place…looking forward to gain more knowledge from this website..thanks for sharing them..!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Nzekwe, hope you put what you learnt to good use

  2. Breanna

    Really amazing Income Report Matthew.. you are one of my favorite blogger. I wish I also earn like you from my Blog..Wish me Luck :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Breanna :)

  3. Nyindir

    Amazing Income Matthew, i’ve been trying to follow your instruction in my email and i’ve got some popularity in my country. Thanks a lot matthew

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 6th, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Thanks Nyindir – I wish you luck with your ventures :)

  4. Allan

    Great read as always, looking forward to seeing how you get on with Facebook Ad’s as that is something I invest in a little just now but have plans to really increase that over the coming months. Glad you got the internet connected as well, I thought I had it bad when ours went down for 4 days!

  5. Untemplater

    Glad to hear you finally got your internet all hooked up. I had about a week with no internet over the last month. That was tough, but not too awful with tethering to my phone every so often in a nearby place with enough signal.

    I’m quite curious to see how your Facebook ad campaign experiment goes. Hope it works out!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 23rd, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Well you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth sometimes :)

  6. Abbas Sarfraz

    I do have a polite inquiry. I can’t seem to find any affiliate ads on your website. So I’m assuming all of these affiliate earnings are from the contextual links placed within content (over time) and via emailing your subscribers list?

    Just curious if you can share the top 1-3 affiliates earning channels / mediums – i hope you got what I mean by now :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 23rd, 2015 at 11:19 am

      I don’t have any direct adverts and I also never send affiliate links to my email list.

      You can look at all of the earnings since day 1 here https://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/blogging/income-reports/ but which is the top earning channels/medium is irrelevant, it’s the vehicle that’s important.

      • Abbas Sarfraz
        September 24th, 2015 at 2:44 am

        Ahan. You don’t have any direct adverts and neither you send affiliate offers / ads / inks via email, than how do you materialize those affiliate earnings? I mean where are you getting those affiliate dollars from via this website?

        Do you place contextual affiliate links within your content? Or do product reviews?

        I’m sorry if its irritating or maybe over interrogative for you but my only curiosity is for educational purpose – i.e. I do like to understand, if not learn, how you do it.

        I will appreciate if you can help me out :)

        • Matthew Woodward
          September 25th, 2015 at 11:57 am

          Yes they are just contextual links within articles when they are relevant to do so :) Obviously the product reviews are more affiliate focused

  7. Hopeteen

    Welcome back Matthew ! we’re glad to see these numbers in your income report

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 21st, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thanks :)

  8. Hopeton

    Hello Mathew, i notice you no longer earning commissions from Bluehost, why is that? Bluehost was your major source of affiliate income.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 15th, 2015 at 9:15 am

      I have never made much with them?

  9. TM

    This is so so so inspiring and it is why I decided to launch my blog! However, money aside, what I am struggling with my new blog is getting the audience. I am not sure if I am doing the right thing but if anyone has any advice, I would gladly listen :-)
    Another great month with great work, Matthew!!

  10. MartForum

    What post on blackhatforum gave you such a large traffic. I will love to check it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 8th, 2015 at 8:27 am

      There are quite a few threads on there

  11. Melissa

    Hi Matt,

    It’s good to see that you’re making a nice earning from a wide range of affiliates. Sometimes I hear about people who just rely on a couple sources and when one is taken away, it results in a big drop in income.

    Hope the FB ads are going well for you. I’m still trying to work up the courage to fiddle with all the steps needed to make ads! I hear they can have very good ROI though.

    After I hit submit on this post, I’ll share it with other people and click the “tweet” button – I think they’ll be inspired by the awesome work you’ve done so far Matt!


    • Matthew Woodward
      September 7th, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks for the share Melissa :)

      I need to improve my FB ad campaign but they are working pretty well overall :)

  12. Anes Amrani

    very inspiring keep up the good work man :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 7th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks Anes!

  13. Carlos

    Nice income again! I wonder why you don’t get a higher number with affiliate hosting. Or maybe you don’t promote too much hosting but more the tools to work?

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 7th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      I’ve never really put a big focus on it but I have seen others make a killing with it

  14. Bruno

    Your email subscribers, is that 65,000 you currently have access to? Or is that 65,000 new additions since you started your blog (which excludes unsubscribes?)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 7th, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Whatever the subscriber column adds up to across all of the lists that are related to this blog (I have other lists for other sites within aweber that are excluded from that number)

  15. Yordi van Dijk

    Thanks Matthew,

    Inspiring report once again. Keep it up !



    • Matthew Woodward
      September 7th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks Yordi :)

  16. Skytech

    Hi Matt,

    Another great income report.

    Very inspiring..


    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks Skytech :)

  17. Kani Poly Design

    Wow! So great! I also want to have income like you but it’s very hard for me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      I wish you luck in your ventures!

  18. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Matt,

    Super month! Keep up the inspired work.

    Just found out that my wife and I are heading to Grenada, Nicaragua for a few months starting in October. If we are heading to CR we should meet.

    Have a fab week!


    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Haha how weird I was there last week :)

  19. Theodore Nwangene

    Wow Matt,
    This is so awesome. Crossing 20k per month is no child play at all man and I’m very happy for you.


    From your product reviews, i see that you’re promoting Active Campaign, is that what you’re using now? If yes, how’s their service like?

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      No that was featured in a post a while ago, I’m currently 50/50 split between Aweber and InfusionSoft as I move everything over

  20. Tim

    Is true that Infusionsoft has a $3k setup fee upfront ?

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      $2k but its negotiable to say the least AND you get a bunch of hands on 1 on 1 implementation and training which is super handy

  21. Josh

    Long time reader and I usually don’t comment but can you get rid of those stupid Infolinks? Not only does it make this blog look like one of those spammy Facebook page websites that always pop up I thought your website had a virus.

    Please don’t become on of those blogs who uses stupid ass adverts like this. You make enough from affiliate marketing and I’m sure your smart enough to figure other ways to increase income without using these silly things. I would have to move onto other blogs I guess.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Sorry about that I killed them off :)

  22. Yannis

    1st? :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Nope sorry :)

  23. Miki

    Oh wow brother! you new infolinks are super annoying. Btw, great month.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Yeah sorry about that, testing them for a possible sponsored post and they haven’t tuned the volume down yet =/

      • Jan
        September 1st, 2015 at 11:45 pm

        Agree, infolinks is a big no no on a site… I always immediately click away if I see those.

        • Matthew Woodward
          September 2nd, 2015 at 2:28 pm

          Killed them off :) Sorry about that!

  24. alex

    Not bad income from not doing much in the month.

    Good work.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Oh I did a bunch, just not on the blog specifically :)

  25. Chris Jimmy

    Great Report as always. I come to read this kind of posts just to get some motivation. It makes me feel that there is no impossible

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      That’s because there isn’t :)

  26. Huw

    Hey Matthew. I too had a huge drop in earnings on my site due to personal and dental issues I had to deal with. I am back in full swing this month. If your still doing roundups. I would love to be in the next one.

    Take care


    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Do you mean the income report roundup? Send me a link to your income reports

  27. Raza

    Thanks for sharing as always Matthew.

    I can see that outsourcing content creation would help me a lot in my business.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      It depends of your circumstance :)

  28. Helen

    Fair dues Matthew, your income reports are an inspiration :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Helen :)

  29. berkeli

    Another excellent month, Matthew! Love reading your articles.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Berkeli!

  30. Claus

    Not bad at all. Congratulations.
    It’s impressive that you have a stable income and subscriber signup rate even though you were without an internet connection at your house for 3 months. That’s a sign of strong passive income.
    Adding Facebook ads to the mix sounds like a logical next step. I’ve never tried it but I heard from other successful bloggers that this is a well working strategy to boost content that is working well elsewhere.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Well I still worked for it and had internet access via mobile data :)

      I’ve used Facebook ads a lot with great success (https://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/blogging/social-media/how-to-advertise-on-facebook/) but internet wasn’t free flowing recently :)

      • Claus
        September 2nd, 2015 at 4:36 am

        Cool, haven’t seen this article before. Will go through it.
        Btw, the infolink overlays and text replacement are a bit obtrusive imho. I reckon you’ve already planned an article covering infolink. I’m sure they bring in good revenue but would be interesting to see if user engagement goes down.

        • Matthew Woodward
          September 2nd, 2015 at 2:27 pm

          Already killed them sorry about that :)

          • Claus
            September 3rd, 2015 at 3:57 am

            Good move
            While I’m at it why are you’re not using disqus or a similar plugin so that the reader doesn’t have to submit their details for each comment? It’s a bit annoying if you respond a couple of times.

          • Matthew Woodward
            September 3rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm

            It has too much of an impact on site speed

  31. james

    follow up to last question. It would be great if you did an indepth tutorial on building an autoresponder machine that could plug into any business

  32. james

    are you going to share your infusionsoft campaigns

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 1st, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Probably not :) Maybe some unblurred screenshots to people that buy via my link

  33. Moses

    Haha #5 on search engine traffic. Good update.

    Are you mainly posting content to your own site or are you also posting on other sites e.g. linkedin being a popular b2b site with potential to get picked up by popular bloggers, or sites that are more niche and related to blogging and making money online.

    Have you noticed any measurable results when it comes to the quality of traffic posting on other sites as opposed to your own? I would assume that the conversions would be higher on your own site but then again, if you are posting on another site you may be seen as a thought leader and (expert) so the conversions might be higher. I haven’t tried so I don’t know. Would be an interesting case study. (Posting on your own vs posting on another site for traffic and comparing several different strategies). It’s a common question that a lot of bloggers have (how to balance where to post content).

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I post on this site for the most part, occasionally I will post elsewhere usually as part of a case study but not so often really

  34. abdennasser

    Welcome back Matthew ! we’re glad to see these numbers in your income report, it shows that internet lifestyle is worth time and energy spent Gold.
    keep up the good work and never lose faith people ! Everything is possible ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks #D

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