Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – June 2013

This is the eleventh 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 June

This month started with my main SSD hard disk failing half way through recording a tutorial.

So that was – fun.

Apart from that it has been a great month on all fronts! I’m a quit my bitchin!

Twas My Burffing Day!

It was my birthday this month and I was going to go to the Download Festival to celebrate.

Unfortunately I was so busy with the blog/clients I didn’t go :( even had to work all day on my birthday! :( :(

Thanks to everyone that sent in birthday wishes =D

Birthday Messages

Got Banned From WarriorForum

When I tried to log into the WarriorForum today to get my post stats it turns out they banned me!

Warrior Forum Ban

Sometimes when I post on WarriorForum I embed one of my relevant YouTube videos directly into the post so forum members can watch it without leaving WarriorForum.

For example if a member is looking for advice with recovering from Penguin you get the usual pissing in the wind responses from people that are as useful as a concrete parachute.

So I would embed this tutorial to you know, actually help them out.

Turns out that’s what WarriorForum admins call ‘spamming’

Terry Kyle (Traffic Planet) and BlackHatWorld call it ‘helping’

Taking A Closer Look…

First of all have a read of what happened to Glen @ Viperchill when he bought a few WSOs that were fleecing newbies with false claims.

It’s a really interesting read and I suggest you check out the full post but here’s a quick rundown.

Glen is not just your average member – he has a paid premium account and has the highest post count to thanks (likes) ratio on the forum.

He posted some negative reviews which were either deleted by the admins or sellers just started new threads. He also had a bunch of evidence on fake reviews/testimonials.

Fake Reviews

He reported this to the admins over a week and nothing was done, didn’t even get a response.

When he started a thread to discuss the issue – it got a rapid response from the admins. They deleted within the hour.

WSO Thread

So when I start posting award winning high quality tutorials free of charge, that’s going to cause some upset amongst the WSO marketplace which cannot be tolerated.

The admins choose to protect the fraudsters while silencing/banning respected members that actually help newbies out.

I built this blog to help people – heck I even get up at stupid o’clock in the morning JUST to help my readers. Helping people has been the cornerstone of success for the blog.

I have a certain responsibility to not only my readers but newbies coming into the field to help guide them.

Some of the readers I have helped have had serious problems and are often in desperate positions, trying to pay bills and keep food on the table for their families.

Just take a minute to think about the real world impact WarriorForums practice is having on people’s lives every single day.

THINK ABOUT IT.

A high profile place like WarriorForum abusing & shitting all over them like this is DISGUSTING.

Viper WSO Comments

Apparently its newbies faults for not knowing anything about internet marketing though.

Hold up! Isn’t that sort of the point of WSO’s? So they can learn…

The #1 internet marketing forum should be setting a better standard than this.

On the surface it would seem that WarriorForum and its admins-

  1. Provide a market place for fraudsters/scammers
  2. Support & protect the fraudsters/scammers (the forums main income stream)
  3. Actively remove negative reviews from WSOs
  4. Ignore/silence evidence of fake reviews/testimonials
  5. Ignore/silence users that raise the point with them
  6. Delete threads that try to discuss the issue
  7. Violate their own terms of service
  8. Ban users that do provide high quality stuff for free

Those are just my observations from what I have read and my own experiences so please don’t take that as fact, it is purely opinion – at this point.

What is interesting though is the definition of fraud-

  1. Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
  2. A person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

Does that ring any bells?

I’m not qualified to say one way or the other but I’m pretty sure fraud is illegal in Louisiana law which governs the WarriorForum.

If they don’t clean up their act soon the FTC is going to have a field day with them.

I’m surprised PayPal allow this type of activity to take place. They have shut people down for an awful lot less in the past.

It would be great to see it all cleaned up – I don’t care whose fault it is or whatever but just put some quality control in place and jack prices to $500 a thread. I would happily pay that when I launch my free software.

If you have had a relevant experience with WarriorForum, its admins or WSO sellers please get in touch.

Do me a favour – start a thread quoting Glen’s post on the subject & ask why they ban helpful members but fraudulent sellers are untouchable.

The response well be interesting so please drop me an email with what happens if you do ^^

We are not alone in our feelings towards the WarriorForum and its admins.

Or am I just been a bitter little keyboard warrior girl bitch because they banned me? Let me know in the comments!

Content Creation

Like last month I managed to publish 7 new posts – 8 if you include the income report!

I showed you how to start a blog step by step over my shoulder.

I published a bunch of data driven case studies including how the default link color affects conversion, if the Google Alerts vs Talkwalker Alerts.

I also launched the Link Emperor competition with $1,800 worth of prizes up for grabs!

Let’s not forget the regular income report roundup & what I have read this month features.

Met A Reader In Spain

Regular reader & former competition winner Stuart Jewson invited me out to the south of Spain for a few days! So I flew out on the 26th and got back last night.

Me and Stuart

We spent a couple of days working together to create a plan of attack for his new blog.

We defined target audiences & what drives them to form a solid content plan together while coming up with brand ideas and so forth.

I also taught him some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to the psychology of sales & conversion.

Pool In Spain

Granted we spent most of the time working out of bars and beaches but that’s what the dot com lifestyle is all about right =D

I don’t get why people hate investing time planning things, its the best bit!

Work On The Road

Relaxing In Spain

Big shout out to Stuart for making it all possible!

A Student Blew My Mind

When I went to Costa Rica I spent some time with Yeison to setup his blog in a similar fashion as I did with Stuart this month.

Here we are teaching in a Costa Rica high school – he was translating for me :)

Me and Yeison

When I started teaching him he had no previous web knowledge (couldn’t even bold text), no idea how to setup a blog, poor written English skills & no money.

In 6 weeks he started a blog about Costa Rica that has already been featured in 2 newspapers and earnt him 3 all expenses paid trips in 3 countries one of which is in a $375/night hotel.

My Tan Feet

What he has achieved in that time is mind blowing.

Especially when you consider every post he writes has to be rewritten by his girlfriend because of his poor written English skills.

I can’t even begin to explain how good it feels to see him come so far, he really has done me proud and then some!

He is even getting his hands dirty with video production, creating 30 videos for the blog so far!

My favourite is this one, especially the last minute or so!

So if he can do it with all of those challenges, you literally have no excuse – start your blog now!

Boosted Video Conversions

A couple months back I took a look at how to increase video conversion with this case study.

Essentially what I did is show an opt in form and some affiliate links at the end of the video that looked like this-

new video

I had that deployed across nearly every video and after a few months and ~100,000 unique visitors it had only drawn 1,922 views and 111 opt ins.

The problem was the points of conversion were shown right at the end of the video and not everyone sticks around that long.

So I decided to buy LeadPlayer which would allow me to place opt ins and call to actions at key points of the video easily like this-

Lead Player

I deployed it on 3 videos initially to test the water for a few weeks.

In just 28 days having LeadPlayer setup on 3 videos drove 1,577 opt in displays with 64 email subscribers.

Bear in mind it took a few months to drive 1,922 opt in displays and 111 email subscribers with the old setup.

So on June 23rd I deployed LeadPlayer to every single video and in just 8 days it drove 1,091 opt in displays & 41 subscribers.

How I Setup LeadPlayer

I put some thought into how and when I should integrate LeadPlayer on the blog.

First of all I decided that the opt in shouldn’t be forced and gave users the option to skip and continue watching the video if they wish.

Secondly I decided to place the opt in popup right after I have told the viewer ‘what they will learn’ which I do at the start of every video.

Last but not least I placed an affiliate call to action when a product or service was introduced.

Take a look at how it performed since I deployed the test on the first 3 videos up until yesterday-

Leadplayer Performance

Oh yeah it automatically tracks everything in Analytics as well – sweeeeeet!

If you want to see it in action for yourself just watch this video.

The opt in displays at 54 seconds and the call to action at 1 minute 29 seconds.

Removed Email Opt In Popup

Not so long ago I published a case study that looked at the impact of email subscription opt in popups.

Although it did provide a boost in conversion I ultimately decided that it was shafting my regular readers too much.

Luckily I found an alternative approach.

Added A Sticky Sidebar

One of my readers (Serge Marchuk) told me about the Q2W3 fixed widget plugin.

So I spent an hour throwing together some CSS to create the sticky sidebar opt in widget you see on the right handside to replace the popup!

Check out the SiderbarStick tracking below to see how it performs-

Sticky Sidebar Conversion

Although I haven’t reset the statistics since deploying it yet it does appear to be performing twice as well as the opt in form at the end of posts.

Setup Tweet Old Post

I installed the Tweet Old Post plugin to try and breathe traffic into older posts.

I’m not entirely sure if it’s having the desired effect just yet and have throttled back from posting every 4 hours to 24 hours.

Still it’s a handy plugin and the lifetime of Tweets is so short every little helps!

Contact Form Aweber Optin

I also decided that I wanted anyone who got in touch with me via the contact form to be added to the blogs newsletter.

I use the contact form 7 plugin to power my contact form so I bought the premium contact form 7 add on that integrates with Aweber, Mailchimp and GetResponse.

It works beautifully!

Primary Hard Disk Failure

I touched on it before but man, having your main hard disk fail half way through recording a tutorial is a pain in the arse.

I went downstairs to get a drink, came back up to the burning electrical smell, bluescreens all round and upon reboot no operating system was found.

Luckily though I have things setup to make quick recovery’s without any data loss.

If you haven’t spent a few hours putting together a decent automated backup system and recovery plans get it done right now – it saved my skin BIG TIME!

BuzzBundle #1 Affiliate

The BuzzBundle team got in touch with me to name me as their #1 affiliate and sent me this-

Buzzbundle Tshirt

Thanks for sending it out guys, I’ll be beating the girls off with a stick!

The slogan is actually quite fitting – the Kontent Machine team gave me a 50% bonus of my lifetime earnings with them for being their #1 affiliate.

Jus’ sayin’ :P

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

Traffic declined from last month’s 19,248 (621/day) to 16,444 (548/day) which isn’t ideal. A big drop off in viral Facebook traffic is the culprit!

Interestingly though page views, pages per visit and average visit duration increased while bounce rate decreased.

So I guess that evens it out!

Visitor Statistics

Most Popular Content

The tier link building series reclaims its top spot this month with the how to start a blog tutorial bringing up the rear!

The BuzzBundle tutorial also breaks into the top 10 thanks to Terry Kyle sharing it with his subscribers – cheers dude!

Most Popular Content

Top Traffic Sources

Facebook traffic has dropped quite a lot this month which is actually a good thing because it is the poorest quality traffic source for the blog.

YouTube has jumped up in its place which is actually the highest quality traffic source – winning!

TrafficPlanet, Blackhatworld & Warriorforum continue to hold top 10 spots but I’m guessing WarriorForum traffic is done and dusted after this post.

Analytics Top Traffic Sources

Search Engine Traffic

Search traffic seems to have plateaued again this month after last month’s growth.

Google sent a total of 12,500 (416 per day) which is up from last month’s 12,222 visits (394 per day).

All without any link building at all!

Search Traffic Analytics

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 saw a total of 13,017 views but this month has jumped up to 14,598 with 1 less day in the month!

People spent a total of 85,761 minutes watching my tutorials, up front last month’s 76,891.

Just shy of the 87,658 target which would mean 2 people are watching my tutorials every minute of every day.

Next month :P

Lifetime views are now sitting at 83,530 which means I might be able to get setup as a YouTube partner next month!

YouTube Statistics

Social Shares

The blog has seen a total of 15,409 shares across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ this month compared to 13,010 last month,

My Forum Statistics

I have neglected the forum recently as I try to publish more content, its a difficult balance to strike.

However I managed to add 195 new users, 76 new topics and 277 replies this month which was similar to last month’s performance.

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

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

  • Users: 1,174 (979 last month)
  • Topics: 551 (475 last month)
  • Posts: 2,109 (1,832 last month)

Subscribers

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

I added a total of 1,259 new subscribers this month down from 1,675 last month.

Interestingly subscriber counts for RSS has dropped significantly which I think is to do with the shutdown of Google Reader.

There are now a total of 7,987 subscribers across all of the different channels.

  • E-mail – 662 (824 last month) / Total: 3,727
  • Twitter – 226 (121 last month) / Total: 1,205
  • YouTube – 227 (198 last month) / Total: 1,104
  • Facebook – 90 (79 last month) / Total: 519
  • Google+ – 138 (354 last month) / Total: 1,018
  • RSS – -84 (99 last month) / Total: 414

Forum Promotion Posts

I made a grand total of 204 posts across the 3 main forums this month which is much better than last month’s 135!

Even if I did get banned from WarriorForum, bah!

  • TrafficPlanet – 83 posts (421 visits)
  • WarriorForum – 36 posts (824 visits)
  • BlackHatWorld – 85 posts (1,175 visits)

Income Report

Here are the numbers you really want to see-

Affiliate Earnings

Expenses

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 $2,932.00 / £1,926.16 in consultation earnings which is up from last months $1,229.74 / £810.00

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $6,645.11
  • Consultation Income – $2,932.00
  • Expenses – $210.92

Grand Total: $9,366.19 / £6,153.06 ($5,432.24 / £3,578.08 last month)

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Signing Off

To be honest when I added up the total I waived my arms about like a crazy!

I’ve been trying to hit a $10,000 month for a long time now and for the 3rd time I’ve fallen just short of the target! Grrrrr!

Although I can’t complain really as income is up 72% from last month even if traffic was down by 14%.

The biggest piece of feedback I get from you guys is you want more content – so I’m going to have a think about how I can deliver that for you guys without sacrificing something else.

Not entirely sure how I’m going to do that given the hours I already work but I was thinking about weekly 60 second video tips or something like that?

I think it would work pretty well because we are all busy people and I could cram a lot of knowledge into 60 seconds!

Do you think businesses would sponsor the videos if I wore their t-shirt or watermark it with their logo etc?

Let me know what you think!

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

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