Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – June 2017

This is the 57th income report as part of the zero backlink experiment.

Every month I will publish a post like this one that shows you how this blog is progressing and everything I have done across the month to get it there.

These reports will help me track my own progress while teaching you what to do and more importantly what not to do.

What I Have Done In June

June was a crazy month for a number of reasons as both fitness and work projects came to their climax.

Not only that but it was my birthday and I managed to squeeze in a week of travel.

With that said it has been all hands on deck every single day back to back in one way or another – but it’s been a great ride!

Content Creation

Unfortunately as I was focused on launching my training course this month, the blog suffered in terms of new content.

I only published 1 new post – although it was awesome!

I showed you 7 Google penalty checker tools and how to use them to diagnose penalties.

Finished Ironman Costa Rica

Most importantly this month on June 18th I completed the Ironman Costa Rica event.

ironman medal

It took me a total of 7 hours 25 minutes which is broken down as-0

  • Swim – 00:58:23
  • Bike – 03:21:30
  • Run – 02:47:17

Weirdly at the end of the race I had more energy than I knew what to do with and couldn’t relax.

But I’m glad it is over because training was taking between 3-5 hours per day once you take nutrition and everything else into account.

And no – I won’t be doing another one!

I Was Sick

2 days after doing the Ironman I was sick.

It seems like a virus went around due to the amount of people at the Ironman and I spent the next few days losing weight the hard way so to speak.

During a time my muscles were covering and I needed to eat as much as possible, it was a pretty difficult time and very draining!

Went To England

My friends were getting married on they 1st of July so I took the opportunity to return to England to catch up with friends and family.

What was weird is the weather in England.

It is unbelievably hot by British standards seeing temperatures exceed 30 Celsius regularly – which was great news for me!

Even though I was only there for a short amount of time, I managed to squeeze a lot in with friends and family all over the country.

It Was My Birthday

I also turned 31 this year – the day before my Ironman competition!

I’m starting to think that taking part in Ironman was a subconcious pre-mid life breakdown.

I still haven’t had time to celebrate properly due to sickness – but I’ll be catching up on that soon!

Product Launch Success

I also re-launched the updated version of my Private Blog Network Specialist course with great reception.

I won’t reveal exactly how much it made, but you can take a look at how the original launch went down in my product launch formula case study.


Preparing for the launch alongside training for Ironman was a serious undertaking but I managed to stay on top of things.

Now that the launch is over, I am collecting feedback from the new customers in order to release a new update to the course next month.

1 Million Dollars

As of last month the blog had made a total of $983,720.24.

But this months income reports tips the scale into the 7 figures for the first time!

That means the blog has now made over $1 million dollars since it’s launch in August 2012.

And that does not take into account the money that was made from the launches of my product above.

million dollar blogger

It’s an incredible achievement and none of that would be possible without you.

So thank you for joining me on my journey over the years as it has been an incredible ride.

With that said I feel like there are still a lot more great things to come and I’ve got some awesome changes coming up in the next few months that will transform the user experience of the blog.

Crunching The Numbers

So let’s get our hands dirty and see how the blog has actually performed this month.

Visitor Statistics

Last month traffic increased to a whopping 71,364 (2,302/day) but that has settled down this month to 59,504 (1,983/day).

That is because I promoted the video series on the blog for my new course heavily at the end of May which stopped at the start of June.

Most Popular Content

As usual the how to make money on Fiverr guide holds its own in the top spots.

My tutorial showing you how to find expired domains also proved popular last month.

The updated Wkipedia link building tutorial also proved popular.

Top Traffic Sources

Not much has changed in traffic sources with a good mix of traffic coming from Google organic and social sources.

Search Engine Traffic

Last month search traffic increased to 43,981 (1,418/day) which has dropped slightly this month to 41,004 (1,366/day).

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.

YouTube views decreased from 15,254 to 14,177 this month.

That also had an impact on total minutes watched which decrease from 70,821 to 64,553 respectively.

Social Shares

This month the total social shares across Facebook and Google+ increased from 79,991 to 81,055.

  • Google+ – 27,001 (26,895 last month)
  • Facebook – 54,054 (53,096 last month)


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

There are now a total of 128,626 subscribers across all of the various channels compared to last months 126,368!

  • E-mail – 1,191 (6,259 last month) / Total: 53,038
  • Twitter – 123 (416 last month) / Total: 16,220
  • YouTube – 107 (431 last month) / Total: 14,601
  • Facebook – 977 (2,001 last month) / Total: 26,380
  • Google+ – -22 (-32 last month) / Total: 17,828
  • RSS – -118 (106 last month) / Total: 559

Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap

Income Report

Here are the numbers you really want to see-

Affiliate Earnings


Consultation Earnings

I separate out my SEO consultant earnings from the affiliate earnings. The blog drives affiliate sales directly and whilst it does generate SEO consultation leads these are separate projects in their own right.

This month I didn’t taken on any consultation work so made a grand total of nothing!

Other Income

I’m working on another project right now that is part of the blog but not something I’m ready to talk about publicly yet or maybe ever.

I will declare the income here though as it wouldn’t be possible without the blog and ‘technically’ it is affiliate income.

Last month this was $12,169.47 which increased a little to $12,929.45 this month.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $10,483.32
  • Consultation Income – $00.00
  • Other Income – $12,929.45
  • Expenses – $762.26

Grand Total: $22,650.50 / £17,585.85 ($23,519.26 / £18,250.95 last month)

Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap

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Signing Off

June really tested me physically and mentally with the climax of the product launch and the Ironman event.

Over the next month I am planning on taking as much rest as possible while I plan the last half of the year for the blog.

That is going to include a number of improvements to the user experience which will make everything much easier to digest along with some incredible new content series.

If you have any thoughts, comments or feedback both positive and negative about your experience with the blog please let me know in the comments below!

Thank you again to everyone that has helped this blog breaker the 7 figure barrier – you guys are amazing!

63 Responses

  1. xerox drivers support

    This is really impressive and your income report always gives me more energy, I am struggling as a new blogger but soon will make my on position in blogging.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      No problem!

  2. Anirudh Thakur

    Matt that’s incredible. you’re an inspiration to me and I have started following your content lately! Keep pushing :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 3rd, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks, happy to help :)

  3. Alyson

    Congratulations on your first Half Ironman! Come on Matthew, do another one, it’s so much fun!! My husband has done 3 Half Distance and 2 Full Distance now, his third Full Ironman event in Langkawi in November., he’s hoping for around 10 hours if everything comes together on the day. His fastest so far was 11 hours in Wales, but Langkawi will be crazy hot as I’m sure Costa Rica was, it takes its toll. You’re right the training is intense, but he’s been doing this a few years now so we’re all kind of used to his absences. And well done on being smart with the blogging too. I think those of us who spend our lives sitting at laptops really need to get out and exercise, it can’t be good for us. ( PS he blogs at World Travel Chef about travel/ food/ Ironman)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 17th, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Alyson :)

      I won’t do another one because I like doing other things like spear fishing/free diving which I just don’t have time or energy for when training – it takes up your whole life!

  4. SMN Zaman

    Hi Matthew,

    You’re growing well. Your income report is really inspiring us. I know that you’re working hard to collect your income report in order to show us, but please keep doing this because we’re getting a real help from you.


    • Matthew Woodward
      July 17th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks I am glad you enjoy them!

  5. Kero

    Hey Matthew, I regularly read your income reports to inspire me but I am really wondering what side project that earns you that much money, because curiosity is kinda killing me. But I do respect your privacy so could you give us a hint or something? because if that earning isn’t coming from training courses then what kind of affiliate product that people keep buying because it must be a very good one. And if you had just one SEO tool to pick would that be SEO Powersuit or another one?

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 17th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Hahaha well it’s all here to see is all I will say

  6. Mark

    Impressive report! Amazing to see how much you’ve grown over the past few years

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Mark and thanks for joining me on the journey

  7. Aboki

    Congrats Matthew, that’s a rare feat.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Aboki!

  8. Palash

    Hi Matthew Woodward,
    This is your great achievement.
    Thanks for sharing your monthly income report which always increases me to do blogging.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Palash :)

  9. Tareq

    You are such a man, who wants to inspire the rest of the world. Thanks for sharing reports.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      No problem Tareq thanks for sticking with me

  10. Rinkesh

    Really impressive. Congrats Matthew :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks Rinkesh!

  11. Siddharth Agarwal

    Congrats!Interesting and Inspiring

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      I hope it helps you

  12. empowee

    Congrats Matt,

    I signed up to your PBN course and I am super happy you finally decided to release your first product. From a Brit.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks I am glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Nikolai Bogdanov

    Congrats on the million bucks, Matthew :) I don’t think I can imagine all the hard work that you’ve put into it and am looking forward for more top-notch content from you :)

    While I am here may I ask you if you have any idea what kind of articles are good for starting a blog from scratch? (Do you have a written resource)

  14. GLL

    Dear Matt,

    Congratulations on your hard work !

    What’s the hardest, earning a million dollar or finishing Ironman ?

    I see that you are using kinsta and not WPX (former TrafficPlanetHosting) anymore. Why have you changed ? Why didn’t you write a post about it ?

    thank you !

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Hahaha Ironman is a lot easier because I only trained 8 weeks and was inured 2 weeks!

      I outgrew the environment in WPX with 50-60k visitors per month I needing something with more oomph

      • GLL
        July 12th, 2017 at 11:00 pm

        6 weeks only ? That’s not a lot ! I guess I would have to train 6 years just to swim that distance…

        I don’t understand what oomph is, sorry (not a native english speaker ;) ). Is that a performance issue ? I mean, how can you outgrow a plan with unlimited bandwidth usage ?

  15. Matthew Trung

    Hello my teacher! I see you are waving tourism
    And connect friends! Looking forward to the future I can become a Bolg expert and be able to make foreign currency like you! I am on cancer treatment and wish you always

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks, good luck with your ventures – hard work and consistency are key!

  16. David

    Very inspiring! What affiliates would you recommend as a SEO (assuming business owners would be our target)?

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Well what are you selling?

  17. Ryan

    Man! that’s incredible. you’re an inspiration! Happy Birthday!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Ryan :)

  18. Viideoz

    Congratulations Matt! Your Great Keep up!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks :)

  19. Lisa

    I’m just getting back into running after a 10 month long ordeal with a herniated disc. Zero fun! But when I was looking at your run time I was like… is that minutes?? And then I realized it was hours. GOSH I don’t think I’ve ever ran over an hour / 6 miles!

    Didn’t realize you were so young, lol! I just turned 32 years old in April.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Hahaha well its amazing the different types of people that were doing the event!

  20. Usman Ghani

    This is really impressive and your income report always gives me more energy, I am struggling as a new blogger but soon will make my on position in blogging.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Well theres no substitute for hard work and consistency

  21. NVV

    I live in Costa Rica, and when I or people around me show signs of a stomach flue, I always start to take little amounts of extra virgin coconut oil and everyday a fresh ginger tea. It works miracles. I don’t need medicines and never get really sick. Even if you get some symptoms, just keep taking this and you’ll be fine.

    Before I knew about this, I’d always get really sick for a week or so. And then it took me another week at least to get fully well. It was terrible.

    Costa Rican stomach viruses are really strong. Not like what they are in Europe.

    If you have any questions, just drop me a line. I’d be happy to help you out.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks! It seems like it ran rampant through the town 24 hours after Ironman finished but all is settled now

  22. Munir Nathoo

    Congratulations Matt! You work hard and you deserve all the success! Have learnt lots and continue to do so through your invaluable guides and your blog in general. Keep up the good work!


    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Munir!

  23. Ray Mehra

    Your success story is the one I quote the most to my friends as to what a blog can produce! Congrats on crossing the $1Million mark
    Great work ! Keep it up .

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Ray!

  24. Bart

    Hi Matthew,
    congratulations on finishing the Ironman – fantastic accomplishment.
    This month I didn’t look forward to your earnings but the quick report on how you finished the run (and the earnings look good as always).

    Have fun recovering and NOT to train – and happy belated birthday.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Bart!

  25. Blue

    What is the ‘secret’ thing that made you over $12k? Is it real estate? Are you a male escort? Give us a hint!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      They are the most out of the box guesses so far

  26. Navneet Singh

    Your income reports inspire the bloggers like us to stick to one niche. One can earn handsome money by sticking to one niche.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Navneet :)

  27. John

    This is absolutely incredible.You have done a lot of work on your course before getting such result,that is reward for hard working.Congratulation.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thanks John!

  28. vikram

    Congrats Matthew you deserve it man…

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Vikram!

  29. Santanu

    Your stats are always inspiring. Thank you for sharing these income reports regularly.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:12 am

      No problem Santanu :)

  30. Chris Lee

    Hey Matthew! That’s insane you finished an ironman :O

    Maybe you can write a post about your experience through it. I’m sure there were so many times through it where you just thought of giving in, but you made it all the way to the end! That’s impressive.

    Congratulations on passing a million!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Thanks Chris!

      The actual event wasn’t so bad, but the training was very demanding!

  31. Tanmai

    Congrats, Matthew. All the Best.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:13 am

      No problem Tanami

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