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 January
A new year brings fresh motivation and although you haven’t seen it yet – I have started the year with a bang.
I’m putting together the $100 start-up case study that will be delivered in a course like manner so you can follow along.
All of the planning & framework is done, just need to produce the content now!
I published 6 posts throughout January including an awesome guest post about how marketers can use dopamine in the brain to make people buy.
I popped my Affiliate Summit cherry in Las Vegas and wrote the virgin’s guide.
Landing Page Experiments
After launching my free SEO tool last month I have started to optimise the landing page to increase conversion.
I created an alternative landing page and setup an A/B split test with Google Analytics to see which performs better.
This is what the new landing page looks like-
I used LeadPages to create it which makes it surprisingly easy to deploy your landing pages in WordPress – literally 2 clicks.
The early results of the split test are looking promising as well!
I have been really impressed with how easy LeadPages is to use. It’s easy to customise designs and split testing is setup in a couple of clicks.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to use it to create a Facebook page opt in lander, lead generators for the blogs newsletter & more!
Email Optin Popup Testing
I’m also trying to increase the conversion rate of email subscribers on the blog.
Previously I tested an email subscription popup on the blog but I wasn’t happy with its performance so removed it.
I have deployed a new popup using OptinMonster that looks like this-
It is really easy to create split tests and I’m currently testing whether having it popup when a visitor moves the mouse to close the page or having it show on the users second page view is better.
I’m going to run a lot more tests with this so expect all the juicy details once I have all the data!
Improved Social Rich Snippet Markup
I rely on the Yoast SEO plugin on this blog which is great for the most part.
However it does lack in the social mark-up aspect and only includes the basic social mark-up for Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
I wanted to take advantage of all of the new social markup tags and the benefits they bring. As bloggers it’s important we get as much value out of our content as possible.
Here are a few of the things it added-
In Depth Article Markup
Google announced support for in depth articles a while back which have started appearing in the SERPS.
Your pages can only show up there if they have the required article markup.
Google+ Interactive Posts
This is a new feature from Google+ that allows you to add a call to action button to a post when they get shared on Google+
In the image below you see a normal Google +1 share on the left, and a Google+ interactive share on the right.
Notice the added text and call to action button? You have full control over what is displayed including the CTA text itself.
I haven’t seen many people taking advantage of this yet and I’m still experimenting with the best way to integrate it.
Just click that to try it out for yourself!
Facebook & Twitter Video Markup
If any of your posts feature any kind of video content, even if it’s an embedded YouTube video. You should be adding the right tags for Facebook & Twitter.
When you do – you can have your videos play directly in the persons newsfeed / stream!
On Facebook this makes your posts really stand out – when people like them the full videos appear catching the eye even more.
And Much More!
It also adds full markup for Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & Pinterest and adds all the tags need for local SEO. It will also track all of your posts social shares!
The list goes on….
Once it is setup you can forget about it.
It will automatically add all the tags you need to get as much value out of your content as possible from search rankings to increased social media engagement.
Increased Google+ Focus
I decided to put more of a focus on growing my Google+ following.
Having an authoritative Google+ profile already has huge benefits that are only going to increase.
Even right now, if someone circles me on Google+ and does any internet marketing related search – my content gets pushed up to the top through personalisation.
No link building required – once you have circled me I can jump to the top spot for pretty much any term I want.
Who knows what Google are going to do with that data in the future. All I know is I want a piece of it.
Connect with me on Google+ now so I can put a face to a name!
Getting More Google+ Followers
Out of all of the social networks I already favoured Google+ across the blog.
You’ll notice that Google+ is always the most left aligned button, at the end of posts, in the sidebar, in the social lockers – everywhere!
The reason for that is because it is the place that will naturally get the most attention.
With a couple of quick tricks I was able to take my following from 10-15 a day to 30-35 per day.
First of all I added a new sticky widget to the sidebar that follows you down the page.
Take a look on your right hand side right now – you can see it for yourself!
Thanks For Commenting
I also updated my thanks for commenting page with a follow me on Google+ widget
That was it – simple stuff but effective :)
I Want Your Guest Post
As I start to create the content for the $100 case study course I’m going to need to free up some time with the blog for a few weeks.
So I need a little help from you guys to keep things ticking over!
I have only ever published 4 guest posts on the blog and the quality bar is pretty high!
Here are examples of previous guest posts-
- How We Use Dopamine To Control You
- Ranking For Rand Fishkin – Blackhat Boosting 101
- The Secret To Finding Proven Money Making Niches
If you think you are up to the challenge please get in touch.
You’ll get full exposure to my audience along with a boat load of traffic, subscribers, backlinks & more!
Disabled Auto Sync
In an effort to get some peace and quiet time I have finally disabled auto sync on my phone.
Every time I got an email my phone would buzz and I get A LOT of emails. While it’s great we have technology that does that now it does mean you can never ‘switch off’ from work.
So I have disabled auto sync and only get alerts of new emails when I manually refresh the inbox.
If I’m expecting an important email I need to respond to I guess I can switch it back on temporarily.
I also flew out to Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas this month! If you want to learn more about it you can read my full post here.
The ShareASale team flew me out in style with a 1st class round trip complete with chairs that turn into beds!
I also got to meet some of my internet marketing heroes like John Chow, Shoemoney, Zac Johnson, Syed Balkhi, Missy Ward, Shawn Collins & Rae Hoffman.
The entire event was a blast – take a look at my virgin’s guide to see what else you missed out on!
One thing is for sure – no one throws a party like internet marketers!
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.
Traffic remained steady at 34,036 (1,097/day) last month which has seen very nice growth to 38,639 (1,246/day) this month.
That’s nearly a 14% increase month on month and I’m not complaining about that!
Most Popular Content
Nice to see my favourite link building trick breaking in again as well this month!
Top Traffic Sources
Google is driving most of the traffic as usual and it’s nice to see the rest of the top 10 made up of social media and forums.
Except for 1, Charles finds himself a place in the top 10 traffic sources for the second month in a row!
Search Engine Traffic
Google sent a whopping 35,522 (1,145 per day) visits this month which is up from last month’s 29,573 (953 per day).
Search traffic has shown steady growth over the past 12 months and hopefully the social SEO booster plugin will grow that further!
I lost all of my historical YouTube views because of changes I made to the branding – so I keep track of them separately.
Last month I had a total of 29,125 views which has dropped to 26,578 this month. I’m guessing that is down to the small number of videos I have published recently.
However the YouTube metric I’m most interested in the number of minutes watched. Last month that was 118,755 which has grown to 133,198 this month!
So while I might not have had as many views, people are sticking around to watch videos for longer.
That also means nearly 3 people are watching 1 of my videos every single second of every single day!
The blog has seen a total of 33,822 shares across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ this month compared to 30,667 last month.
- Google+ – 7,391 (6,460 last month)
- Twitter – 15,645 (14,227 last month)
- Facebook – 10,786 (9,980 last month)
My Forum Statistics
There were 2,630 new users, 62 new topics and 180 new replies on the forum this month.
If you haven’t joined the forum yet, get involved!
I’ll personally answer any internet marketing questions you have!
- Users: 6,977 (4,347 last month)
- Topics: 966 (904 last month)
- Posts: 3,315 (3,135 last month)
The most important metric on the entire blog – earning a subscription from someone is the ultimate form of commitment and conversion.
This month brought 3,163 new subscribers across various channels which is a slight drop from last month’s 3,330.
There are now a total of 22,253 subscribers across all of the different channels.
- E-mail – 1,370 (2,263 last month) / Total: 10,626
- Twitter – 390 (196 last month) / Total: 2,803
- YouTube – 357 (388 last month) / Total: 3,277
- Facebook – 141 (203 last month) / Total: 1,408
- Google+ – 645 (464 last month) / Total: 3,350
- RSS – 260 (-184 last month) / Total: 789
Forum Promotion Posts
I haven’t done a huge amount of promotion work recently as my time seems to just get eaten up!
Still managed to make a bit of a push though!
- TrafficPlanet – 0 posts (156 visits)
- WarriorForum – 0 posts (248 visits)
- BlackHatWorld – 79 posts (739 visits)
Here are the numbers you really want to see-
- 48HoursLogo – $90.00 (case study)
- 99CentArticles – $113.81
- Ahrefs – $84.34 (my Ahrefs review)
- AuthorHreview – $22.70 (review)
- Aweber – $12.00 (tutorial)
- Blog Advertising – $700.00 (Advertise)
- BuyProxies – $98.00
- BuzzBundle – $398.00 (review)
- CaptchaSniper – $15.40
- CodeCanyon – $9.00
- GSA Captcha Breaker – $158.76 (review / discount coupon)
- GSA Search Engine Ranker – $622.04 (review / discount coupon)
- GSA SEO Indexer – $60.46 (case study)
- Inspyder Backlink Monitor – $169.87
- JustHost – $180.00 (start a blog / discount coupon)
- Kontent Machine – $1,728.64 (review)
- LeadPlayer – $81.30
- Licorne AIO – $50.00 (my tutorial)
- Link Assistant – $49.90 (tutorial)
- LinkEmperor – $484.20 (review)
- OIOPublisher – $23.50 (case study / discount coupon)
- PowerupHosting – $43.79 (discount coupon)
- Rank Tracker – $59.32
- RankCracker – $1,749.57
- Rank WYZ – $13.00
- ScrapeBrokers – $29.97
- SENuke – $44.10 (tutorial)
- SEO Powersuite – $239.20 (see my SEO Powersuite review)
- SEO SpyGlass – $63.95 (case study)
- SESlingShot – $150.00 (review)
- TheBestSpinner – $363.47 (tutorial / discount coupon)
- Tube Toolbox – $16.00 (tutorial)
- TweetAdder – $37.00
- Ultimate Demon – $1,303.99 (review / discount coupon)
- WordAI – $63.93
- WP Engine – $448.57 (review)
- WP Robot – $55.65 (discount coupon)
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.
I passed on a small amount of work to another consultant which generated a $180.75 referral fee.
- Affiliate Income – $9,833.50
- Consultation Income – $180.75
- Expenses – $146.00
Grand Total: $9,868.25 / £6,005.51 ($16,400.92 / £9,920.70 last month)
I was expecting to see a drop in January due to last month’s figure been inflated with my launch and the fact it is January, which always shows a drop in sales for the most part!
It has already been a great start to the new year that is only set to continue.
I have some excited things planned and my $100 case study course is really going to take internet marketing tutorials to the next level.
I promise you it will not be like anything you have seen before!
I’ve got data for a couple of interesting case studies ready to roll and I’ll be posting another scathing review.
I have also launched a new project in partnership with another blogger that is purely focused on making quick cash fast. I’ll be revealing more details & our progress in next month’s income report.
It’s a shame to see earnings drop below the $10,000 barrier again – but with everything coming in the next few weeks that will just be a temporary blip!
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for joining me on this journey.