Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – July 2014

This is the 23rd 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.

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What I Have Done In July

Today marks an important date for the blog – it is officially 2 years since the blog was first started on the 1st August 2012.

It will be interesting to see what the final number for the year is and to look at how the blog has grown year on year for the first time.

I had slacked off with publishing new posts and took control of that again this month.

I also pushed forward on an experiment (details below) and have kicked off a couple of other experiments for future case studies.

I even managed to squeeze a trip back to the UK in!

Content Creation

Last month I only published a couple of posts along with the regular features but this has jumped to 5 new posts & 3 updates.

I updated the tools of the trade page.

There was also an update to the spam ranking case study & the launch of The Best Spinner review.

I also published the 3rd part email marketing tutorial series. The second part focused on how to get email subscribers.

Other than those posts we just had the regular best of internet marketing & income report roundup posts.

Blog Features

The blog had a few interesting features this month including the SEO Olympics.

I also shared my monetisation strategy along with a checklist to build a successful blog.

MTTB Experiment Update

Last month I told you about a new experiment & case study I’m working on using the MTTB System.

I have had both positive & negative comments from people about this experiment so I wanted to clarify why I’m doing it.

I had seen MTTB floating around before & when John Chow came to visit in May I spent some time talking to him about it.

MTTB John Chow

It turns out he was at the MTTB platinum event just 30 minutes away from where I live – so I got to meet a bunch of interesting people who are all earning good money with the 21 step system.

But when I did my research into it online I saw A LOT of negative feedback about it all.

So something didn’t add up – how can it be that on one hand I have personally met a bunch of people with no previous experience earning a lot of money with the system.

But on the other hand, there is huge amounts of negative feedback about it.

That just didn’t add up to me so I decided the best way to find out was to try their 21 step training system for myself to produce a detailed case study.

Last week I completed step 15 and spent an hour on the phone with my personal coach to put my final business plan together for MTTB.

MTTB Earnings Update

So far I have earnt a total of $3,437 with the MTTB training system including 2x $1,000 commissions and a $500 commission.

MTTB Earnings

Not to bad considering I’m only on step 15 of 21 so far! Whilst it is too early to draw any conclusions, the proof really is in the pudding.

I have barely even tried yet and only put together the business plan with my personal coach last week.

I’m going to be executing that plan with a dedicated website over the next few months so stay tuned for a full blown case study when that is done!

In the mean time if you want to learn more just watch this free video.

After Offers

Another experiment I’m currently running on the blog is with AfterOffers.

It is really interesting and has allowed me to monetize a ‘dead page’ earning a total of $171.50 this month.

When someone subscribes to my email list they get taken to my confirmation page (featured here) telling the person to confirm their email address.

But now that page also shows them something like this-


They get the option to join other peoples mailing lists at the same time!

There are always 4 other email lists for them to choose from and you get paid out $0.50 for each one the user signs up to.

So every time someone subscribes there is a potential to earn $2.00 rather than the dead page they would previously see.

At the same time I’m also buying those new email subscribers by displaying my email list offer on other peoples confirmation pages.

It’s still early days yet but its another experiment that is starting to bear fruit so I thought I would share it with you all now!

Magazine Front Cover

Magazine Front CoverI was also featured on the front cover of the Digital Marketing Monthly magazine this month.

This month’s edition focused on video marketing and my YouTube marketing guide was included.

If you have an iPhone/iPad or other iOS device you can get a copy here

You can also get a free 3 month subscription to the magazine-

  1. Download the app
  2. Click on the Subscribe button
  3. Select Current Subscribers
  4. Enter the promo code 3months

Ironically I’m an Android guy so can’t actually read it myself!

Let me know what you think of it if you do though!

Updated Navigation Structure

I spent some time updating the navigation structure of the blog this month.

I have received a lot of feedback that it is difficult for people to find what they want on the blog.

So I went through all of my most popular tutorials and categorized them in a spreadsheet, then used that to build out a new menu structure for the blog.

The new menu is now live in the header and the tutorials drop down should make it a lot easier for you all to find things now!

Tools Of The Trade

I also spent some time updating my Tools Of The Trade page.

I hadn’t updated it for a while and it was amazing to see just how much my toolset has changed over that period of time.

So now you can see a list of all of the tools/plugins I use along with a list of those you should avoid all based on my personal experience & what I’m using right now.

Return To The UK

A couple of days ago I flew back to the UK for a week!

I needed to do some things for the businesses and it was 3 friends birthdays so the timing was perfect!

UK Visit Landscape

It’s interesting to come back after 3 months away. Its cold when its hot, everyone drives on the wrong side (left) of the road and I’ve drank a years worth of tea so far.

UK Visit Horses

I’ve got a 22 hour journey across 3 timezones through New York. Followed by another long haul flight to New York which is on a different time zone again – leading straight into my Affiliate Summit presentation.

Should make the presentation interesting anyway – I haven’t even rehearsed it, I’m hoping that simply speaking from the heart about what I love doing will be enough to bring the house down!

Only one way to find out!

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 was sitting at 43,347 (1,444/day) which this month has risen to 46,656 (1,505/day).

It is good to see that the extra work put in this month has paid off on the traffic front!

Although the 50,000 uniques in 1 month milestone still eludes me, grrr!

Audience Overview

Most Popular Content

The blackhat ranking case study claims the top spot this month!

The update to my GSA Search Engine Ranker tutorial in a close 3rd.

Interestingly though my email marketing guide didn’t get that much traction although its key to this blogs success.


Top Traffic Sources

The traffic report is interesting this month with someone spamming views to get themselves listed in the top 10.

As you can see the quality of that traffic is very poor with an average session duration of 2 seconds.

So granted spamming the referrer has got my attention, but in the worst possible way.

Other than that the top traffic sources remain the same!


Search Engine Traffic

Google traffic grew last month to 34,958 (1,165 per day) and that growth has continued this month to 38,020 (1,226 per day).

It would be nice to see Google break the 40,000 mark again like it did in March.


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.

Last month YouTube brought in 22,604 views which has seen a small but nice increase to 23,027 this month.

Although views were up total minutes watched dropped from 132,703 to 131,006.

That still means there were 3 people watching my videos every single minute of every single day in July though!


Social Shares

The blog has seen a total of 48,186 shares across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ this month compared to 45,565 last month.

  • Google+ – 13,105 (12,130 last month)
  • Twitter – 21,138 (20,006 last month)
  • Facebook – 13,943 (13,429 last month)

My Forum Statistics

The forum was hit by a lot of spam registrations this month which I managed to clean up – although its possible some genuine users got deleted in the process.

In fact I deleted nearly 5,000 users although I suspect there are still a lot that got through the net.

I have made some changes to prevent that happening again though so we’ll see if they work out next month!

Despite that there were 48 new topics & 71 replies made on the forum in total.

  • Users: 10,224 (14,980 last month)
  • Topics: 1,170 (1,122 last month)
  • Posts: 3,752 (3,681 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 7,071 new subscribers across various channels which is a great increase from last month’s total of 5,319.

There are now a total of 66,794 subscribers across all of the different channels.

  • E-mail – 2,038 (1,628 last month) / Total: 30,250
  • Twitter – 815 (187 last month) / Total: 4,647
  • YouTube – 328 (246 last month) / Total: 5,356
  • Facebook – 636 (67 last month) / Total: 11,231
  • Google+ – 3,071 (2,811 last month) / Total: 14,521
  • RSS – 183 (-160 last month) / Total: 789

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 helped out an older client generating a total of $757.77

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 $3,015.89 up from last months $1,100.

I have continued to plant seeds with this that should result in a similar increase next month.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $14,701.23
  • Consultation Income – $757.77
  • Other Income – $3,015.89
  • Expenses – $49.99

Grand Total: $18,424.90 / £10,947.20 ($16,727.05 / £9,752.76 last month)

Another month & another record breaking month of income for the blog!

It wasn’t long ago I was struggling to break the $10,000 barrier, now I have nearly doubled that to break the £10,000 barrier!

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Signing Off

Well today marks the 2 year anniversary of the blog as it was launched on August 1st 2012.

In year 1 the blog had-

  • 632,452 pageviews
  • 572,763 minutes watched
  • $73,334.09 profit

In year 2 alone the blog has done-

  • 4,074,648 pageviews
  • 2,220,877 minutes watched
  • $147,946.14 profit

Which takes the blog to a total of 4,707,100 pageviews, 2,793,640 minutes watched & $221,280.23 profit!

It has been a lot of hard work but as you can see, the hard work has certainly paid off and will continue to do so.

I would like to thank every single person that has contributed to that. Whether your a casual browser or have bought something through an affiliate link. It really does mean a lot!

So what are you waiting for? Start a blog today for just $2.50/month – there is no time like the present!

If I can do it, anyone can!

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

82 Responses

  1. NP

    The problem with MTTB is the non-disclosure you have to sign and then the up sells that aren’t 100% needed but probably 90% needed. All the up sells you can buy into cost somewhere in the region of $15K from what I last seen.

    Its affiliate marketing on its head, you have to buy into a product in order to sell it.

    It is the complete definition of a ponzi scheme for affiliate marketing… You are selling a product to other affiliate marketers after you buy into the system. You have no visibility on how the system works until the money is out of your account – the reason? Because they know no one in there right mind would try it if they hadn’t already shelled out for access.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 28th, 2014 at 7:52 pm


      If you ever worked in any serious business relationship you will have signed an NDA. That is just standard business practice in the professional world.

      Also you are paying to license products to sell them, much like if you want to open your own McDonalds you have to pay for the right to sell Big Macs.

      • NP
        August 28th, 2014 at 10:57 pm


        NDA yes, generally its the done thing these days – agreed. Hell I hand them out to my contractors for every project they work on with me. Its the reason behind the NDA that is the problem.

        You have probably read all the reviews that I had read before I got involved. The MTTB NDA you sign is clearly to stop you giving a bad review online and letting the cat out of the bag so to speak with regards to what system you are buying into.

        I was forwarded onto the MTTB system last year by a blogger I know (fairly well known affiliate blogger and SEO) who had signed up. He confessed at the time if he had known what the system was all about and how like a ponzi scheme it all was he wouldn’t have bothered… He just wanted to get the money back that he spend on the addons, because his refund was refused.

        MTTB is nothing like McDonalds, or any other company that buys products to sell on. There should always be end customer that will consume the product and not just to sell it to someone else e.g. eat big mac. It shouldn’t be a case of I sell a product to you, for you to then sell it to the next guy and so on. While each time the MTTB guys sit back and relax rolling in revenue watching all us fools run around selling the same products to each other.

        From what I last heard he was a few grand out of pocket. From what I believe the first payment into the system is covered by the refund but the up sells aren’t – don’t quote me on that because I don’t for sure! Did you buy the up sells or just the regular $50 entry fee.

        It is good that you are making cash on the system but I guess a lot of people just have a problem selling a product like that. I personally like to help people with problems with service and products, gives what I do a bit more meaning when I get customer reviews in etc.

        • Matthew Woodward
          August 29th, 2014 at 1:45 am


          Yes I read the bad reviews but what lead me to the bad reviews is I met an awful lot of people doing very well with the system. So when I read the bad reviews I was like ehhh, how can both extremes be true?

          So I decided to put my money where my mouth is and try it out and well, the numbers speak for themselves so far!

          Although I would advice everyone to purchase with a credit card because then they can’t refuse a refund, just call the card company and voilà money back! No merchant can afford too many chargebacks without getting shut down.

          Isn’t selling a product to someone, which they then sell on, which is sold on again how a manufacture/distribution and retail works?

          I’ll be doing a more detailed post about it in the next couple of weeks though and will shine the light on what I’ve done so far, how I’ve done and my plan for the future with it :)

  2. Adam Finan

    This is some growth Matthew! Well deserved though, your tutorials are great. Not sold on the MTTB to be honest but each to their own, i’ll still be reading all your posts.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 21st, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Adam! The jury is still out on MTTB!

  3. Steve Stretton

    Hi Matt,

    The MTTB income – can you confirm that this has come from promoting MTTB to other users?

    Above you say that you don’t have to pay anything to complete the course, but can you advise if you have paid anything to this point; as the comments you have made here are at odds to what others have written about the programme.

    I am concerned for beginning marketer who relies on your blog for a source of impartial advice being sold a Ponzi Scheme.


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 15th, 2014 at 6:54 pm


      I’m going to do a detailed post about this next week :)

  4. Solomon Mwale

    Thank you so much for sharing all these detailed reports with us on monthly basis they have really been very motivating to us. Apart from the motivation they have also allowed me to start working to ward a certain goal that I will have to archive on monthly basis. Doing so it have made me to to be an action taker as there always some goals that I have to achieve every day.

    I will be looking forward to the next report that you will be sending soon for this month.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 9th, 2014 at 3:20 am

      Glad to hear it is helping you :) If you ever publish income reports let me know!

  5. Adam

    “Oh my God…” – these were my words I uttered once I saw your report. I just can’t believe my eyes that one can be THAT successfull on the internet. I must congratulate you on your achievements. They are remarkable and you are definitely someone to look up to by many Internet Marketer-lings.

    However, I’m so sorry for myself, that instead of motivating me, it completely destroys my self-confidence and only shows me that I am no one compared to anuone, not to mention you, Matt, where you are like a God in IM. I tried so many times in IM, without any luck. Every time I destroyed myself before reaching my goals. Now I’m facing terrible reality of being thrown out of my house onto the pavement to spend some time like this until I die, starved or like.

    I just want to say to everyone – DON’T be like me. Pursue your goals and keep on pushing towards your dreams. YOU are your biggest enemy and you have to find a way to fight it back to take control of your life and be successful person, like Matthew. I wish you very best!

    P.S. I got to your blog from your YT channel, where after seeing so much videos, so long in duration, I felt overwhelmed. Good job out there and here!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 9th, 2014 at 3:23 am

      Well to be honest this income is only a very small dip in the ocean compared to what can be made online.

      The only difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people realise they need to fail a lot of times in order to reach success. Keep that in mind :)

  6. Stuart Walker

    Happy 2 year birthday! Thought it was longer!

    Tell me about the cold mate. I arrived back in the UK a few weeks back after a year in Thailand.

    It’s taken me 5 weeks just to acclimatize to the weather.

    Everyone keeps telling me it’s warm but I’m still needing a jacket.

    Good work as always.

  7. oloyede jamiu

    Wow, this income report is a sign of tremendous progress in your

    online endeavours. I am happy for you. I wish i have a similar

    result when i start my own blog in months to come.

    Congrats Matt.

    Have a nice day ahead.

    Oloyede Jamiu.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 14th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Oloyede!

  8. Robert Kirk

    Happy Belated Birthday to your blog

    you deserve all the success you have got with the blog, some amazing posts and content over its time and check out those income figures, great to see, long may it continue for you

    lets hope taxman not looking on hear at your profits ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 5th, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Thank you very much Robert! Unfortunately the tax man is very aware of everything – even the stuff thats not listed in the income reports, yuck!

      • Robert Kirk
        August 5th, 2014 at 11:09 am

        yip not fan taxman either to be honest, but not worth hiding from him in long run

  9. Teddy

    Congrats in your 2 years anniversary!
    Thanks you for sharing! It’s great! (y)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 5th, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Teddy =D

  10. Sam Hatti

    Good Job Matt, you’re a great inspiration for me and with this reports you make internet marketing look easy and give me motivation every time i read them hope you will grow your numbers more and more…

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 5th, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Well anything is easy if you dedicate enough time to it :)

  11. Matthew Woodward

    Thanks :)

    I started half way through June ish give or take.

  12. Sara

    Happy birthday to your blog :-) I love those income reports for so many reasons – I think they really help others who are starting out and wondering what is “working” these days. Maybe one day when I get more organized I will do these as well…

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Sara!

  13. Shahzad Ahmed

    awesome Matt thank you for sharing its great I was also looking for some honest reviews about MTTB system I got you into it and now I found someone trustworthy who can give honest feedback and I will be waiting for your full report on it one of my Facebook friends made over 32k in a month and I was shocking and I asked him how he did it and his reply was MTTB though its cost is very high but will see your full report and will take decision once again thank you for sharing such valuable information.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Yeah I’ve seen a lot of people do very well with it in a short space of time so we will see!

  14. Roxana

    Just how cool is that?
    Congrats, Matt, it has been one crazy adventure by the looks of it.
    Have you thought about your new goals? Or did you do an analysis on what you achieved so far in terms of reality versus expectations?

    I’m curious just how predictable was the outcome after two years between point A (starting point) and point B (present point).

    I think I discovered your blog around this time, last year. So cheers to that, it’s already been a year now.

    I’ve always wanted to ask you something but I’m not sure if this is the proper place. I could use your advice. Can I email you?


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Hi Rox,

      To be honest I haven’t really set many goals with this blog, this is just something I started for fun/to do my own thing really.

      Yeah just drop me an email you know the drill :)

      • Roxana
        August 4th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

        Hey, Matt.

        That is actually cool. I’ve been told you can’t achieve anything without goal setting, and I’m not much the type to set goals, so having you as an example of “It’s possible without them” really helps. I’m not a weirdo, yey. :D

        I’ve sent you an email continuing the conference thread.


        • Matthew Woodward
          August 5th, 2014 at 11:19 am


          Well it does generally help, have a year goal, break that down into months and then at the start of each week list all the tasks that help you achieve those monthly goals.

          But this blog is sort of an exception it was just started for fun, was never really serious and things just went well. But I had everything setup from day 1 to extract value and get as much as possible from every visitor.

          • Roxana
            August 5th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

            *That A-ha! moment*
            I actually planned launching my site after noticing women in online marketing know “shhh…t” about the technical side of SEO, or how an algorithm works and stuff like that. Originally, I wanted to launch it as an elearning school for women, then some business mentors said it’s better to target a general audience. Which proved to be a good choice, as about 80% of my visitors (the very few right now) are men, and only 20% are women.

            However, goal setting is still in Narnia for me, and I’m still trying to figure the gate in the closet. Hah.
            Figures I should probably set some goals, the more impossible, the higher the motivation. Right now the only goal is to keep making more and more money than the month before from Data analysis, IM and consulting services.

            The longterm one is to make my blog a useful resource for my readers and turn it into a passive income resource. I still have to figure that setup of getting value from every visitor though. >_<

          • Matthew Woodward
            August 14th, 2014 at 5:23 pm


            Yeah the industry is dominated by men which really showed at affiliate summit this weekend. It was a weiner fest to say the least :P

            Just stick to the plan we discussed in the comments and you’ll get there in no time. I’m catching up on email today now I’m back home after 2 weeks travelling so I will address your other bits there :)

  15. Ade

    Outstanding results, you actually did great achieving these results in just 2 years.

    I however want to ask:

    1. If all these income are from this site alone?

    2. Did you use Buzzbundle to drive traffic to the site? I did not see mentioning of it in the section “what I have done in July”.

    3. I can see “Direct traffic” as the second major source of your traffic, does this include traffic taht came from your email campaigns?

    Keep doing great and thanks for the all the details.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:40 am


      All of the reported income is from this site yes.

      Yes I used BuzzBundle to drive traffic to the site although traffic takes care of itself now.

      It does indeed!

  16. A

    Is “other income” related to Link Love?

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Nope, got a link?

  17. Rich

    Must be rewarding to see consistent growth every month. It seems that you get alot of high paying commisions when you have given tutorials on the software. By adding more tutorials could you add another 20% on top of your monthly growth or do you find they are too time consuming and better to focus on new content.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:42 am

      I like to keep a nice mix of things!

  18. KHer0

    I really want to know where exactly those amazing pictures were taken ? :$

    I want to add it to my travelling calender :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Haha that was the south hill of Bickerton Hills looking north

  19. Andrew

    Congratulations mate. Great to hear your success.
    Looking forward to your report on MTTB. I looked into it but the reports I was getting is that half way through you need to spend a substantial amount to reach all the steps.

    Is this true?

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:43 am

      You don’t need to spend anything to complete the steps

  20. Stefan

    Hi Matthew,

    Another great month! I wish you nothing less but success with your future projects.

    One thing is interesting to see how many affiliate products you manage to promote. I read some cases where others do no recommend to spread too much efforts on too many products. But I also guess that you already surpass that and your website is authority in you the niche!

    Congrats once again.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Just focus on solving problems rather than worrying about what you should/shouldn’t be doing!

  21. Muhammet Taşdemir

    Awesome job Matthew. :) Wish more income :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Thanks Muhammet!

  22. Rod

    Thanks Matt. Good post.

    I find it obscene that Google has ‘not provided’ for 95% of the search KW. Do you know why they do that, and the easiest way to find out which KW people are searching when they find your site?

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:47 am

      There is a lot of speculation as to exactly why they did that, no one really knows. And no you can’t find it now

  23. constance

    All that income for a two year old blog, you must be doing something right


    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Thanks :)

  24. gerry

    Congrats Matt you truly are the cookie monster machine of no bullshit IMing you deserve all the success you have from hard calculated work well done.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Gerry!

  25. Vincent Nguyen

    Yeah buddy! I see we’re in that AfterOffers screenshot there. :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:49 am

      mwahaha :P You guys made the introduction :)

  26. Nikhil Waghdhare

    Hey Matthew Your earning numbers are great. MTTB is not that good. I have heard lots of negative comments around the e-world about MTTB. Recently I have been hearing lots about smart internet lifestyle, negative positive in both ways. But Not Give a try.
    But thank you for the insights.
    Your earning numbers are inspiring. Keep it up… :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:57 am

      I don’t like ‘hearing’ what is good or bad. I like getting my hands dirty! I used to ‘hear’ how ALN was dead and to avoid it while I was still using it to rank sites.

  27. Edgar

    woooo!… I wanna be like you, when I grow up

    what am I going to do before somebody push the button?

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:49 am

      hahah don’t wait until you grow up :P

  28. Jack

    First, congratulations on the stats for year two.

    I can’t help but notice a trend though, regarding the post popularity – is it just me, or does it seem like it’s usually the case that the most useful blog posts on topics that provide the most stable revenue streams tend to get less attention than the others?

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Very true – if the post has some kind of short cut to rankings/traffic/earnings it is popular.

      If it is about good business practice/setting things up properly it is not popular.

      And people wonder why its so hard for them to make any money online ^^

      • Dale Harries
        August 6th, 2014 at 9:57 am

        Noticed this myself. It’s pretty sad really and hard to avoid descending into the whole “Get rich Quick” thing.

        No I understand exactly how these guys earn a living! I still think my morals will keep me well away from that kinda stuff.

  29. John

    Very inspire report Matt, you are doing great job with your content and your email list. congrats for completing 2 years on your blog, i just here for just 2 month and i really was hoping to be here from first day of your blog. Thanks Matt for all Efforts :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Thanks for your kind words John!

  30. I. C. Daniel

    Surprising… Only 2 years! No way! Congratulations!

    I remember J. C. pictures, you, him and couple others fishing.

    Beautiful earnings, take care of them! :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Thanks :)

  31. euhero

    Awesome Month Matt. Congrats in your 2 years anniversary!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Thanks =D

  32. Michelle

    Wow that’s an awesome amount of new subscribers. Good job on the income as well :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks Michelle =D

  33. Bill

    Great job on another fantastic month. I am on your list so I get the email and was intrigued with you email marketing series. Congrats on 2 years running!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks very much Bill!

  34. Sgt. Kraut

    2 years? I feel like I’ve been reading this blog for at least 3 or more years. Anyways, congrats!

    Where did you include the income from your “Hire Me” services? I would have expected this under consultation earnings, but there is only one client.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2014 at 5:36 pm


      I’m not reporting that income sorry

  35. Ofu Oko

    Always look forward to your income reports! I have a question..I just started a new blog aimed at students. Do you recommend using commission junction for affiliate links or registering directly with each service? Have you used them before?

    I am planning on referring students to web hosting offers etc. by encouraging them to start blogging to make extra income while studying. I am currently with Maxbounty and Peerfly CPA networks but they are kind of limited in offers as most of them are country specific. Thanks :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks :)

      I recommend using which ever affiliate network whatever you want to promote uses!

  36. Munir Nathoo

    Well Done Matt on another record breaking month!

    The tweaks to the navigation has definitely helped!

    Always wondered why you didn’t have your posts under categories as that would make it so much easier to refer back to.

    I think I refer to your blog at least 4 times a week if not more!

    Have also been considering MTTB but will wait on your in depth report before I take that step.

    Good Job! And Thanks for all the valuable Info!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you for your loyal readership Munir – it is much appreciated!

  37. scott masse

    Matt, awesome job and an inspiration to a rookie Im’er like myself. I got into the upstream oil and gas market 12 years ago to achieve passive income and now I am doing it with niche sites. You have your own 24 hour a day money machine going with your blog! Here’s to another double this next year…..

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks Scott – although oil and gas sounds more interesting!

      • scott masse
        August 1st, 2014 at 5:49 pm

        it is a blast but far higher overhead!

        • Matthew Woodward
          August 4th, 2014 at 11:57 am

          Haha I imagine so :P

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