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.

How to start a successful blog in 7 days

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.


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,

  • Google+ – 1,872 (1,584 last month)
  • Twitter – 8,002 (6,343 last month)
  • Facebook – 5,535 (5,083 last month)

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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)

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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

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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


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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How to start a successful blog in 7 days

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.

106 Responses

  1. Isaiah Joe

    Thanks for this MatthewWord, although it’s for JUNE, i still value this post and every detailed information shared here!

    Thanks Mat for this, i really appreciate it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am

      They all have info in them like that :)

  2. Jay Dorsey

    Your comments about the WSO deals couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

    I’m new to SEO—still learning. In the past 3-4 months I bought 5 WSO deals (one was an upsell, so really 4). I returned the first one because it didn’t specify that it was Windows only. I kept #2 but only because it was a video series and I found it interesting (later found that the same info, by the same author, is basically available on his blog for free without signing up or paying a fee).

    I kept purchase #3 which was a theme + plugin but haven’t used it yet (project plan changed directions).

    Purchase 4, which was a WordPress plugin with the developer license upsell is being returned this week (within the 30 day window). The plugin wasn’t ready for primetime and is missing a very important feature. So that plus the dev license were useless to me.

    WSO deals are mostly clever ad copy wrapping a tool you don’t need—they make you think you didn’t know you needed it until you read the page. Most are missing three things:

    1. Honest reviews (or at least you can’t determine what is honest and what isn’t)
    2. Demo pages. It’s all infomerical hype. “I made $50 in one day with this software!” without telling you that it was just that one day, and one day only. Instead they’ll tell you that you can make $500* day with the software
    3. A detailed list of product features—instead they focus on potential results

    I’m done with WSO deals. That’s one of the reasons I mentioned in my other comment that I lean towards writing more about WordPress plugins—because I’m seeing so many skeezy ones as someone new to SEO.

    The best part of WSO so far has been that the developers I’ve contacted about refunds do live up to their refund policy and most process their refunds in a timely manner without question. I’m not one to buy things and return them—I own other plugins that I paid good money for (Genesis, Soliloquy, WP Sharely, and LongTailPro come to mind—probably Lead Player soon) which promise what they can deliver and no more.

    * Results may vary and do not represent the actual average customer. Results based on deploying the software on 10 sites and a slight breeze of no more than 10-12mph from the NE while temperatures remain steady in the 72.7-74.3 degrees Fahrenheit range.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 13th, 2013 at 4:06 pm


      Thanks for the additional feedback :)

  3. Mitz Pantic

    Hi Matthew
    Nice to see someone tell it like it is. OMG I am sick of “YES” men who only say what people want to hear?

    Where is the truth today?

    One thing we do know is that it’s not at the Warrior Forum. LOL

    I know what they do but I will still go in there and take their valuable traffic. :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 25th, 2013 at 10:18 am


      There are some good members at WF, its just some of the admins it would seem!

  4. Rajiv

    Great month!

    I have a question. I have watched several of your tutorials and also several of your income reports. I don’t see anywhere the income you are making from your other website.

    I am assuming the tools you are doing a tutorial on are being used by you on your real websites as well.

    Do you have other website that earn you income like adsense or from affiliate income? Or do you keep them undisclosed?

  5. Matty

    Yeah I agree, the warrior forums are a waste of time. There is just so much junk on there.

    Congrats on the earnings and thanks for the insight into how you make a living. Very inspiring!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 15th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Cheers Matty!

  6. David

    Congratulations Matthew! You’ve truly earned the success that you’re enjoying. And let me say “Well played sir!” on you post about bogus WSOs. As a newbie I’ve gotten burned quite a few time on the Warriors Forum. I will also say that I’ve also gotten some great WSOs as well. Keep up the great work, keep maintaining your integrity and soon you’ll be pulling a lot more than 10k a month!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Hi David,

      Thanks very much!

  7. Ehsan

    Hey Matt, what a great blog you have here. Thanks for sending me this way through your email to me. Finally someone to learn from.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 10th, 2013 at 8:22 am

      No worrys hope you enjoy it :)

  8. Phil Kowalski

    Hey Matt,

    funny to see my face on your blog (just because of an easy MS Outlook reminder :) )

    WF can be good here and there but the WSO section really sucks. But, as some others have stated before, you’ll always get what you seed – they will pay for this sooner or later. I also can only second what others have said about Mark Thompson (really ugly spammer).

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 10th, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Hi Phil,

      Haha thats how it goes sometimes :P

  9. Adesanmi Adedotun

    WOW! You did put alot of effort to have published this post and in fact your earning is doing great and not bad all.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2013 at 9:51 am

      I hate the 1st of the month, just producing this post is a full days work. Nevermind all the other accounts/reporting I have to do :P

      The 2nd of the month is my favourite day, because its the furthest away from the 1st.

  10. Tung

    I’ve noticed that my blog ranked #10 on the top traffic sources haha.

    The AVG Visit duration is over 13 minutes lol…

    Great report anyway :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 5th, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Thanks very much :)

  11. Devin

    Ha. Just wanted to drop by and say awesome blog man. I purchased WPengine through you link a month or two ago. Hopefully you got the commission.

    Keep kicking ass. I predict this blog will be a 7 figure blog one day. I don’t think there is anyone in the blogging world that’s coming close to what you’re doing.

    Keep it up.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 5th, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Thanks Devin mucho appreciated – going to do something special with GSA soon :P

      • Devin
        July 5th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        Sounds good. Let me know if you ever need anything from my end. ;)

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 12th, 2013 at 9:58 am

          Well Sven wouldn’t let me run a GSA competition in case it upset you, so your permission to do that would be sweet :)

  12. Charles Floate

    Seems like another epic month Matthew, right time for my response, which by the way – Is going to be a long one.

    1) I’ve been a paid member on Warrior Forum for almost 6 months, I’ve used it the least out of the 6-7 IM forums I’m actually a member on as the quality just really isn’t there. I’d go further than to comment on just the WSOs, it seems all the best content is saved for “The War Room” and before I upgraded to that membership I wrote a really MASSIVE thread on YouTube Optimization, which got moved to the war room, so I couldn’t even view it! (It seems all the best content gets moved) – I ended up requesting it be deleted, it was and I moved it to black hat world where I ended up getting 2 contracts for nice consultation work from!

    2) Email conversions, I recently bought the plugin ninja pop-ups + the theme pack, best decision of my life! I’m now actively getting 2-3 enquiries on my business site (Not my blog) per day, up from around 1 every 2 days! I’ve fine tuned the settings and spent a few hours working on it, visit the site once this month and even if you visit it again in 3 months it won’t pop-up again, unless you clear your cache ;) It also doesn’t interfere with pages like contact us etc..

    3) Congrats on boosting your earnings by another $3,000! NICE! Licorne seems to be doing awesomely.. I personally don’t like it and tend to only review things I actually know/give a damn about :P I’d rather make money on what makes me happy (if you catch my drift).

    4) Your spanish friend resembles Paddy McGuinness.

    5) Just installed the tweet old post plugin, tested, works great!

    6) I might take a look at buying the premium contact form 7, I use it for my own company and could do with a boost in email conversions!

    7) If you’re looking for a YouTube partnership, one of my friends works for a network.. I think they pay around $10/1,000 views?

    Another great post Matt, appreciate it!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Hi Charles,

      1) Wahahaha so you provided content they used to feed their paying members, and then shut you out in the cold? Got any screenshots/evidence of that? Perhaps old PM’s etc?

      2) Nice to see it working for you! I think IM’ers are trained to ignore them but as you’ve seen its still effective in other niches

      3) I was very impressed with the software, can’t say it doesnt do anything that UD doesn’t and its much much cheaper which has been an issue for many following the tiered series

      4) Hahahahaha – I’m sure he’ll read it :P

      7) that sounds liek I have to put ads on my videos, thats never going to happen if I can help it!

  13. Casey Dennison

    I would have commenting yesterday, but I was reading this at work (when I was supposed to be, well.. working!).

    Dude – you totally rocked it this month, as always!

    I need you to send me your aff. link for Aweber. I want to at least purchase a subscription through someones aff. link. Or better yet, just write up a tutorial on setting up Aweber, jam-packed with the awesome stuff that you put out!?

    Later, dude!

  14. James

    I agree with your view on Warrior forums, even as a new individual to blogging i could tell it was a waste of time, but i thought i would ask a few in detail questions but one’s i knew they couldn’t answer. My comments got deleted and i somehow got banned. I will see if i have any screenshots!

    Anyway your conversion rates are still brilliant, my hits are very close to yours which is pleasing but i am nowhere near getting your conversion rates to subscribers yet. One day!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Yes please send over any screenshots you have if possible.

      The conversion rate is so high I believe because of a) the huge amount of value delivered, b) places like warriorforum/wso’s increase that value further

  15. Michelle

    I was just told about your website, and I have no clue how I haven’t noticed it before! Great job!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Awww shucks – Thanks!

  16. James

    you are so right about the WF. That place is just a joke. It’s all about the money there, sucking the noobs like a blood thirsty vampire and spitting them out when they’re dry.

    And the WSO section, have you noticed how when the sellers get their so called “WSO OF THE DAY” awarded by mike lantz, they proudly display it like its some kind of award but in reality is just Mike’s way of promoting to his list.

    also, people should be aware of a member called ALEXA SMITH who nicks pictures from european dating sites and pretends that they’re pictures of himself(yes, alexa is a man called Tim).

    Tim posts up to 20 posts a day, everyday and everyone thinks he’s some kind of article marketing guru when in fact he is not. He also claimed to be a forex trading trading every day as well as being an affiliate marketer…….yeh, work that one out.

    anyway, good work on your blog Matt, came here via Terry’s email. sorry about the rant, but people need to know the truth about that cess pit they called the WF.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 9:51 am


      Actually some of the WSO of the day products are above board – for example the simple video pro plugin I bought was a steal!

      BUT the support sucked, the updates sucked, promised features were never delivered and so forth.

      I take it you have history with Alexa/Tim?

      • james
        July 3rd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        yeah, I tried to expose him for the charlatan that he was but as expected, all the threads and my posts got shut down.

        and your right about the software, it’s the worst place to buy IM software as after a month all support is gone and updates cease to exist.

        there are a few good guys there, but 99% are just out to scam

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 12th, 2013 at 10:02 am

          Haha that sounds about right – feel free to send me any material you have. I ‘might’ have a use for it soon ;)

      • Chris
        July 5th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

        SVP….agreed, plus it doesnt play on I-phones either. i cant tell you how many people tell me they can never play my videos, support told me its a javascript issue on my end. ..ummm…ok.

        know of any other alternatives bc i do like the features in there.

      • Phil Kowalski
        July 7th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        The antiwarrior ( http://www.theantiwarrior.com/ ) has some interesting facts and stories about Alexa and all thoseother scammers on the wf. Very interesting read :-)

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 10th, 2013 at 8:30 am

          thanks for the share! Will check it out as I delve deeper :)

  17. Mathias

    Congrats, you are my favorite blogger for sure, you got me motivated to start blogging once again after 12 months of inactivity. I wrote a post about WSOs a while ago… Bottom line is: There are people earning 10+k$ monthly with very few hours of working time per month, but all those secret-super-duper tactics don’t work on long term. And when they don’t any more, when income falls from 10+k$ to just 200$ per month because market has changed… Then it’s time to create a WSO and get the last bucks from that ancient tactics.

    Buying a WSO is like searching for space shuttle manual on bicycle website.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 9:55 am


      Thanks =D

      Got the link to your post?

  18. Ansh

    Great post Matt,
    Your income growth is really inspiring for me.. Cheers and gud luck for future as well.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Cheers Ansh!

  19. Sunday

    Hi Mathew,
    Going through this income report reminds of an Internet marketer who is readily very busy and has his hands filled with variety of activities. This report is truly filled with details that help one to stick with and explore various profitable online activities. Thanks for sharing this! ;)

    I have shared this comment in kingged.com where this post was already “kingged”.


    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Thanks :) I rarely get time to breathe lol

  20. Matthew Woodward

    Hey Malc (pun!),

    Thanks for the great feedback :)

    Although this isn’t ‘hammering’ them, this is just touching on the fringes of the subject… ^^

    Hahahaha I’m never one to take donations anyway – not in my nature, work hard play hard (although I have that balance wrong at the moment lol)

    Thanks again!

  21. Oluwaseun Babajide

    Congratulations. This is very impressive.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      If I can do it anyone can!

  22. thomas

    The Warrior Forum sucks ass. I gave up on that place years ago as it all just one big clusterfuck to schlep you product after (useless) product.

    Matt -your a class act. Keep up the great work!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Thanks Thomas!

  23. brian

    geez, how long did it take to write this post :)There are a couple older guys that are good on Warrior Forum and I like some of the For Hire people but all the WSO sellers are now junk mostly with the goal to upsell and make money on the backend.

    Don’t get me started on the # of WSO’s for software and plugins that stop getting updates/support within 1 month of launch. What really annoys me is some of those guys spam the heck of my email and keep moving their lists to new servers that I can never get off their list…….Tim Atkinson and Mark Thompson are the biggest offenders of this.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 10:01 am


      Started it at 06:30 am think it got published at 3pm ish so not so bad really. Granted it was off the back of a day of travelling and next to no sleep but got there in the end =D

      The WF is a great source of people/knowledge WHEN they are allowed to share it and that advice doesn’t conflict with the commercial intent behind the forum.

    • Chris
      July 5th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Brian, you are 100% correct, one thing ive learned is so many of the plugins are rehashed from free ones you can get or look for real plugin developers and usually can get a better, stable one for less than what these guys charge and without the hassle.

      • Matthew Woodward
        July 12th, 2013 at 9:58 am

        Very true – like the free sticky widget plugin I use on the blog, I’ve seen that dressed up as a WSO

  24. Chris

    Hey Matt, great post again. It seems alot of people moving over to forumspecialoffers which isnt much better.

    Btw, what program you using to keep track of your social stats.

  25. Quentin Pain

    Good on you Matthew. You are one of the good eggs in the IM world, and a brave one too. One of my favourite books is Bob Burg’s Go-Giver, and you are a great example of its power.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 10:02 am

      I’m about to get a whole lot braver – stay tuned :)

      Is that book based on real stories/events or is it fiction/theory?

      • Quentin
        July 3rd, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Fiction probably.

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 3rd, 2013 at 11:32 am

          thats a shame – I had a look but couldn’t find anything to say one way or the other

  26. Dave

    hmm, so I guess this is what real blogging is like huh?

    9.3k, going to be tough to beat…

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 10:04 am

      You are real bloggers =D

  27. Art Vandelay

    I think the 60 second video tips are a great idea! As long as you absolutely CRAM knowledge into them :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I would drink a case of red bull before hand

  28. Stuart

    Thanks for the shout out and all your help. M.W.= Topman.

    Awesome effort on this post, your a machine…

    PS Silvia said hi ;-)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 2nd, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Hi Stuart,

      Hahaha she should be on commission for forcing beer down people!

  29. Chris

    Hi Matt,

    I completely understand your frustrations with WF. I havent gone on their for a while as you just dont get the same interaction as you do on other forums. In fact, I found your blog from you responding to my question on a forum and now I visit on a daily basis… so how WF see you as a spammer is beyond me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 10:06 am


      Thanks :) I think by ‘spammer’ they mean ‘commercial threat’

  30. Brian Owens

    Regarding more content, maybe you should bring on a team of contributors with similar styles of writing? You’ve got the quality part of content creation down…One way I see that being scaled is if you build a team or start accepting guest posts or something.

    You can get high quality articles for your blog in exchange for sharing some exposure to your audience.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Hi Brian,

      Easier said than done :) A LOT EASIER lol

  31. Daniel Baldwin

    Awesome as always man. Stick it to the bastards!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Cheers Daz! I’m just warming up

  32. Cosmin

    Hello Matt and congrats on enother brilliant month. I’d like to congratulations you for this awesome blog, i’m a relativly new readear and i’ve spend some good hours reading your posts and watching your tutorials(wich are greate btw).
    Hope you’ll make another greate reading material !

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Hi Cosmin,

      Thanks for your kind words – any tutorials you would like to see?

  33. Ryan @ Trusted Site Seller

    Really quite amazing how the WF operates. It isn’t a sustainable model though (I hope) so they will get theirs in the end.

    Congrats on your continues success and putting out a valuable resource for marketers.

    I’m still waiting for the split test regarding your profile pic on the right sidebar. That still in the works?

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Ryan,

      Maybe they will but its less about blame and pointing fingers and more about just getting things cleaned up. The IM niche has a bad name and WarriorForum should be that shining light!

      Yes im going to run that soon!

  34. Jennifer

    1. What is a WSO?
    2. Please don’t compare yourself to a girl as something negative. I love your blog and find it very helpful, normally, but that really did offend me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 5:09 pm


      1) You don’t want to know

      2) Sorry about that its a term both male & female friends throw at each other when we are whinging ^^

      • Jennifer
        July 1st, 2013 at 6:17 pm

        OK. :) Thanks for the response.

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 3rd, 2013 at 10:06 am

          No worrys

  35. Matthew

    Sad to see you missed your goal of $10,000 in a month (OK, not really, I’m still trying to beat you there!)

    Congratulations on another brilliant month, Matt :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Hahaha the race is on :P

      Congrats on the recovery this month, zing!

  36. olaf

    Got to agree with you on the warrior forum. I came across “senuke inferno” and with all the hype from areeb and others, this was some kind of god send…a miracle break through in SEO. Downloaded it and was gutted. A complete beginners guide, nothing new, just very basic tutorials. Anyway, posted a response, saying I was a tad disapointed, asking for a refund. Shortly afterwards..post deleted. They are shooting themselves in the foot. Every man and his dog knows criticisms can be a positive if addressed correctly.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 4:07 pm


      Yeah its a real shame – NONE of the other IM forums with buy/sell/trade sections do that from what I can see

  37. Chris

    Hi Matt,

    Great review as always mate :), I agree wholeheartedly on your views re the warrior forum, it is an abuse, and the shame of it is the fact their are also a lot of great guys on there, who do want to help people and give advice, unfortunately they are far outweighed by the dicks who just want to scam you, and when that goes to the foundation of the WF you are pretty much screwed…

    I had a WSO seller, after unsubscribing from his mailing list, re-add me 5 times!, after several emails to him, and me having to put a thread on the warrior forum telling him I was going to catch a plane to Canada to give him a good hiding (that got deleted in record time btw), he’s finally stopped, but thats just one of many horror stories people have…its all about the money :(.

    Anyway, carry on the great work you do mate, I love your Blog, its cracking :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 4:06 pm


      Yes there are some great guys there and the community is generally helpful.

      They should make me an admin – I’d soon clean the place up :P

  38. Sanjay Shenoy

    Your income reports are something that motivate me the most every month apart from the quality posts you generate of course. Great going there Matt!

    I am a student of yours without you teaching me to be honest cause I have started blogging myself and now I am looking at ways to generate more traffic to my blog. Hopefully I will get there soon! I am planning to make a video tutorial of how to get backlinks in the most wackiest way possible so once its done, ill share it with you!

    I wish you all the luck to hit the 10k mark!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Sanjay,

      Thanks very much :)

      I’ll be glad to check it out, let me know if you need any help along the way!

  39. Greg

    The shit about Warrior Forum makes my blood boil. That place is one of the biggest fucking scams on the Internet. I love how every WSO they post is absolute “genius” and is heavily loaded with praise, accolades, and positive reviews by almost every credible member they have. You buy the thing, and it’s a shitbox of mostly useless drivel that has just been recycled and repackaged. Yet someone who actually posts something useful on their boards is banned. Pure gold.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      I was originally going to release the tiered link building series as a WSO but decided not to because of said negative connotations it would have brought.

  40. Paschalis

    Lol at Warriorforum! You know some forums think they are going to lose traffic if someone posts an external link/video even if its embed so they ban you.

    But actually they are getting more traffic cause it was WF that people could find your quality guide. By banning quality they show to readers that they keep all the shi1ty content.

    I don’t get people.

    Happy for your life Matt hope some day to have your success.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 4:04 pm


      It is a shame really but I think they could really turn around and grow even further! There are some great people there, just moderate the WSO section properly and jack the price to $500, done!

      Banning paying members isn’t the way forward

  41. Christopher @ This that and the MBA

    Matt you rock. I have been following ever since i came across one of your posts on BHW, the information you give away for free is outstanding. I use your content to train my VA’s Thank you so much and here’s to hitting 10k next month.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Chris – mucho appreciated!

  42. Serge Marchuk (@MrMarchuk)

    WOW, you sure put alot of time and effort into these posts… Great to see that you’re doing well!

    RE: Warrior Forum – that place is so “about the money” that they’ve let a perfectly good community go to waste… I say we build a new one (and get ViperChill and a few other “good guys” together to promote it as a place for learning).

    I’m glad to see that the plugin that I recommended helped you ;) I was actually looking at creating a bit of code that would sticky DIVs to the screen, but saved a couple hundred in development costs after finding the plugin (so gotta tip the developer).

    Also, as for the “tweet old post” plugin, I’d be careful with that one; I had my account temp-banned once for using that to promote old posts. Once every 24 hours is probably a safe bet ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 3:04 pm


      There is a good one – Terry Kyle’s http://www.trafficplanet.com is a great place!

      Thanks for the repeated advice!

      • Serge Marchuk (@MrMarchuk)
        July 1st, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        And how did I not know about that place? xD

        Signing up for an account with them now. Thanks!

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 3rd, 2013 at 10:11 am

          Hahah its one of the better ones, treat her nice :)

    • ipjrobson
      July 5th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Oh that’s interesting about the tweeting old posts. I have a plugin that is like that as well.

      Except it tweets more than once every 24 hours.

      Thanks for the words of caution Serge.

  43. Glen Allsopp

    You’re quickly becoming my favourite blogger.

    Love all the stats that you share, and thanks for the mention!

    – G

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 1st, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Glen and many thanks for taking the time to shine the light on this issue! Loved how you skinned that cat!

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