Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – March 2015

This is the 30th 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 March

March has been a very busy month as I was catching up with a friend leaving and had a number of important projects I wanted to get done by the end of the month.

Honestly I have no idea how I have managed to get as much as I have done this month. On top of what your about to read I also recorded 45 brand new videos for an upcoming course.

As of right now I am about to head out the door with a crazy travel schedule which will see me speak at a couple of conferences in Europe.

So has all that hard work paid off? Let’s find out!

Content Creation

This month I published a total of 8 posts which is just 1 less than last month. I still feel like I’m over doing it on the post frequency but we’ll see!

First of all we learnt 49 expert traffic generation tips that you can apply to your website instantly.

That was backed up with these social backlinks closely followed by why all your SEO might be a waste of time.

Employing the power of observation revealed the 10 things your site needs to rank in Google this year.

Last but not least 29 experts revealed their favourite link building tools for SEO.

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

Launched Private Blog Network Building Service

This month I launched a private blog network building service as part of the agencies offerings.

We have had great success with private blog networks for our clients in some of the most competitive niches and now we are offering that to the wider public.


You can find a bunch of case studies from our private blog networks along with some sample sites so you can get a better idea of the true power of a private blog network.

You can learn more about the private blog network building service here.

Deployed New Theme

You might not have noticed but on the 22nd of March I deployed the new theme to the blog! See if you can spot the subtle differences.

I decided not to go for a completely radical design haul and instead to bring the theme upto modern standards with some minor tweaks to reduce risk, then split test from there.

Luckily I deployed the theme shortly after getting this message from Google-


Remember if your site is not mobile responsive by April 21st Google are coming after you.

We are still testing & tweaking the new layout and I will do a dedicated post on it shortly, but in summary the new theme is-

  1. Mobile responsive
  2. Brought to modern HTML5/CSS3 standards
  3. Has much better scheme integration
  4. Is lighter weight

It seems it has had the desired effect on mobile usability anyway-


What do you think of the new theme? Did you notice it changed?

Exclusive Internet Marketing Deals Section

While I haven’t officially launched this yet I thought I would give you a sneak peak at something else I have been working on.

I have wanted to introduce an exclusive deals section to the site for a long time, so I finally did!

I reached out to nearly 200 different internet marketing companies, products & services to negotiate exclusive discounts for you all!

Please bear in mind this is still very much work in progress, I’m still negotiating deals and have a backlog of agreed deals to publish so keep an eye out!

Anyway if you want to check it out before anyone else, here it is.

Profantiy Filter

I took the decision a couple of months ago to try and clean up some of the profanity on the site.

This was for a couple of reasons, firstly I want to make the site more press & news worthy overall and secondly to maintain the user experience.

I’m also wondering if this will have any impact on Google traffic at all.

I looked at a couple of options to do this including the premium WebPurify solution.

Nothing really worked very well until I came across the 100% free WP Content Filter.


I just did some Google searches for some profanity lists, merged them all together and voilà! Instant clean up across posts, comments, forums & custom post types!

Save your money if you want to clean up profanity on your Wordpress blog – the free solution is the best solution.

Podcast Feature

Zac Johnson invited me to be interviewed on his podcast & asked me a pack of questions!

He has featured other people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Brian Dean, Syed Balkhi, John Chow, Shoemoney & Shawn Collins so it was an honour to be invited.

You can listen to it right here and is only 26 minutes long!

HubSpot Top 10 Marketing Blog Award

At the start of the month I got an awesome email from HubSpot.


It’s not often you get emails like that and is very rewarding to be recognised for you work!

At the time of writing the blog is ranked at #5 in the list and that makes this the 7th award the blog has received to date.


Check out where your blog ranks here.

Crazy Travel Schedule

Over the next 6 weeks my travel schedule is pretty crazy.

Actually it’s 2am as I’m writing this and haven’t slept yet, my first flight is in 4 hours but you can’t get the final numbers for the income report until midnight!

With any luck I’ll just pass out on the plane!

I’ll be speaking at the UnGagged (BHW) conference in London & also at the GPeC Summit in Bucharest. You can also catch me at the UK Blog Awards!

To give you an idea of just how crazy my schedule is take a look for yourself-

  • 1st April – Costa Rica > Amsterdam
  • 3rd April – Amsterdam > Manchester
  • 17th April – UK Blog Awards London
  • 22nd April – Manchester > Rhodes, Greece
  • 3rd May – Return UK
  • 4th May – Manchester > Lanzarote, Spain
  • 9th May – Return UK
  • 10th May – Manchester > Bucharest
  • 11th May – Speak at GPeC Summit Bucharest
  • 11th May – Return UK
  • 16th May – Speak UnGagged London
  • 23rd May – Manchester > Costa Rica

Amongst all of that I’ve still got to find time to keep my businesses running so it’s going to be a very interesting (testing) time.

It might look like I’m going on holiday but I usually need a holiday after catching up from just having a 3-4 day break.

If you are attending the UK Blog Awards, UnGagged or the GpeC Summit then let me know!

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 I hit 54,827 (1,768/day) visitors but this month that has jumped up to 65,019 (2,097/day) which is a huge month on month increase.


Most Popular Content

The how to generate traffic expert roundup took the top spot by a clean margin this month.

The 22 social link building sources article also went down a treat with you all!

That was closely followed by the 10 things you need to rank in 2015.


Top Traffic Sources

Traffic took a huge jump this month mostly from Facebook with the social referrals jumping through the roof.


Search Engine Traffic

Organic traffic from Google last month sat at 37,426 (1,336/day) visits which has jumped to 42,607 (1,374/day) this month.


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.

Views have dropped from 21,977 to 19,567 which is a declining the past couple of months.

Total minutes watched also took a knock from from 119,225 to just 99,157!


Social Shares

I have temporarily removed this section while I find a better solution to collect the data


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

This month brought 4,801 new subscribers across various channels which is a steady increase on last months 4,595.

There are now a total of 106,506 subscribers across all of the different channels!

  • E-mail – 2,891 (2,588 last month) / Total: 56,595
  • Twitter – 787 (487 last month) / Total: 8,051
  • YouTube – 253 (245 last month) / Total: 7,496
  • Facebook – 761 (979 last month) / Total: 16,643
  • Google+ – 109 (180 last month) / Total: 17,721
  • RSS – -47 (116 last month) / Total: 432

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.

I didn’t take on any consultation work this month which results in zero consultation earnings.

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 $4,784.50 which is down a lot from last months $9,669.50.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $7,480.71
  • Consultation Income – $00.00
  • Other Income – $4,784.50
  • Expenses – $49.99

Grand Total: $12,215.22 / £8,219.46 ($16,775.90 / £10,865.58 last month)

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Signing Off

Well it wasn’t good to see the blog see another big drop month on month but my time has being invested elsewhere with hot irons in the fire.

I’ve got a trick or two up my sleeve for next month to help with earnings and remember those 45 videos I recorded, that is sure going to help as well =D

But for now, I have a flight to catch – Pura Vida!

Thank you to everyone that has helped me reach my goals – I couldn’t do it without you, the reader!

67 Responses

  1. Sikhar Dhawan

    Awesome…your reports really inspire me Matthew

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 11th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Sikhar :)

  2. Arafet

    @Yogendra Did Matthew fixed the prob in his blog footer
    the answer is NO :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 16th, 2015 at 9:58 am

      I did now =D

  3. Ben James

    Hey Matt, would be awesome to catch up in costa rica in may! Im from England too and will be living there as of 14th April, will be great to meet another successful person online if you are free, send me an email !

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 12th, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Where will you be?

      • Ben
        April 13th, 2015 at 4:11 pm

        Puerto Viejo, but if you recommend anywhere else let me know and i will make sure to be there, going to explore for 3 months!

  4. Mike Appleton

    Matt, that’s some schedule you have over the next 6 weeks or so!

    I’ve been reading your blog since day one and although the income reports must be one of the most time consuming posts, they are definitely the most motivating for me and probably most of your readers.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 9th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Mike, much appreciated :)

  5. Richard

    Your results continue to impress me Matthew – though like some of the other commenters here, I think your schedule for the next few months looks pretty tough!

    Question: I’m considering getting into YouTube a little more this year – it’s something I’m very interested in. However it’s interesting to observe the drops you’re seeing; why do you think this is? Is there anything we can learn from this drop?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 9th, 2015 at 5:11 am

      Mostly because I haven’t really published a lot of videos yet and I have a strategy to turn that around once I return from travels.

      Also YouTube notified partners yesterday they are going to offer an optional monthly subscription service to make YouTube ad free, watching closely :)

  6. Alize Camp

    Oh, it’s good income for you. To get these success, maybe it take a lot of time, right ? It seems that you have a lot of subscribers and they visit your blog almost of time.

  7. Pinki Chaurasia

    Hi Matthew,

    Great post, When I read this post, I got lot of very important points.It is very helpful for all newbie.I will pass it with my all friends.Thank you,

    Pinki Chaurasia

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 9th, 2015 at 5:15 am

      Glad to be of service :)

  8. Nicolas

    Hi, great content in your blog, btw in your Mythemeshop theme you can add you referal link in the footer (or delete it ) their theme are very good and i ‘m using 4 or 5 of them :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 9th, 2015 at 5:24 am

      Actually this is 100% custom made for me by the MTS team :)

  9. Talha

    Hey matt,
    can you post a tutorial on FCS Networker, how to use it effectively.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 8:55 am

      I can certainly take a look :)

      • Talha
        April 6th, 2015 at 11:18 am

        Please do man. I am gonna buy one of their packages. It would be great if i get to know the value of their network before hand.

  10. Winson

    Hey Matthew, been following your blog since the start. It’s amazing your success have grow so much!

    By the way, do you make some money from being a speaker at events?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:00 am

      I know you have :)

      No not generally and I don’t think I will speak at any other conferences after this year. Tickets for those events sell for thousands of dollars and speakers generally see 0% of that.

      • John
        April 6th, 2015 at 12:02 pm

        Why do you think you won’t speak at anymore conferences after this year? I’m curious.

        • Matthew Woodward
          April 9th, 2015 at 5:32 am

          It’s a lot of hassle really and then attendees (who have spent thousands on tickets) rightfully complain you didn’t reveal your biggest secrets so I don’t see the point. Equally I’m not going to fly half way around the world at my expense then stand on stage and reveal my biggest secrets for free.

          I always give something away I’ve never given away before on stage but no more. I have the ‘international speaker’ credability now so I can be much more choosy on where/when I speak and more importantly, how much I charge for that.

  11. Ofu

    Nice man. You live in Manchester? I study there, maybe I will come across you one day!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Born and bred, but not living there anymore :)

  12. Kani Poly Design Infographic

    Wait for the day my blog has income like you. I admire you

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Why wait when your in full control? Work harder, faster, smarter and forget waiting :)

  13. Constance

    Wow That is the ridiculous travel schedule hope you have an assistance because. I couldn’t manage

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Haha not at all!

  14. Juliansigo

    Eres la luz a a seguir campeon, sigue asi que yo te sigo tambien.

    Saludos desde Colombia

    Y que viva la rumba!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Gracias mi amgio, pura vida!

  15. Talha

    Woah Matt!
    This is crazyy. Why you’re not using adsense btw?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:25 am

      I would rather cut out the middle man

      • Talha
        April 6th, 2015 at 11:16 am

        I like that :D

  16. James Best

    I thought the previous profile picture was a lot friendlier and personal, but I guess the new one makes you look a bit more professional..

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Interesting feedback, I might end up split testing it yet :)

      • James
        April 6th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

        There are countless people in suits telling us how to make money. I always found the personal pics related a bit better … “one of us who made it.. sort of thing..”

        • Matthew Woodward
          April 9th, 2015 at 5:29 am

          Very duly noted, I hate corporate *insert word that starts with a C* unts

  17. Alistair

    Came across this site via your BlackHatWorld post and it’s helped me out so much. Love reading through your monthly progress reports the most though. Keep them coming!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Alistair :)

  18. olaf

    Hi Matthew,
    It’s surprising to see affiliate sales tank when conversely visitors have increased. Then strangely, for Dec, visitors dropped and sales increased, before returning to opposites again in Jan.

    Blogging eh?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Its a crazy ole ride!

  19. mohammad umair

    Congratulation Matthew for once again acing the blogging awards. You and your blog deserve it. Looking forward to more exciting stuff from you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Mohammad :)

  20. Daniel

    I’d love to be bringing in 12 + grand a month! I’ve never read these type of posts from you before (only your tutorial posts) but I’m glad I did and I’ll be checking out your other posts. You are an inspiration Matt

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Daniel :) And if you would love do that, then do that.

  21. Ribolov

    Matthew, thnx a lot for this blog – lot of informations, lot of useful trick, lot of everything. I will keep reading it, and love it every day more! Best regards from Slovenia!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Thank you Ribolov!

  22. Tony Hardwire

    Hey Matthew , thanks for the post, I enjoy reading all your articles. “The expert traffic tips post” was a killer .


    Tony Hardwire

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  23. prodip

    Hi Matthew,
    I am a good fan of your blog and well wisher as well.I am really surprised.Can you please be detailed how you earn from affiliate?

    And I need your suggestion I am very beginner on promoting maxbounty offer. Can you please recommend me any PPC site I can join to promote offer.

    Last request is please make a video on creating squeeze page.I am really struggling on to create a funnel.

    Thank you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Everything you need to know is already on the blog and there is a search box in the top right.

  24. Dale Reardon


    Very impressed with your openness and your progress.

    I am also amazed by how many different affiliate sources of income you have – we all get told to concentrate on one key action but your visitors choose from so many things and it works clearly.


    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Dale :)

  25. Sumit Gogawat

    Total of your income is wrong it is 12315.20

    Please look my blog and provide your consultation charges

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Adds up perfectly here.

      I rarely take on consultation clients, the only time I do is when its a project I personally believe in and pricing is set at $500 an hour. I have rejected 5-6 people this year purely on the basis I didn’t believe in their project.

  26. Azad Shaikh

    Hi Matt!

    Reports like this motivates me to keep going. You are promoting so many affiliate products. I don’t know how you are able to manage all. Create this report must be huge time sucker.

    Thanks for share and all the best with your travel.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Yeah it takes an awful lot of time but its worth it :)

  27. Yogendra Chavda

    Your earnings always inspires me to push myself further. Thanks for keeping us updated with your income growth and traffic reports.

    Just one suggestion: Matthewwoodward.co.uk’s footer copyright year needs to be 2015 now (current one is 2014) :)

    Have a great rocking day ahead..

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Aha good point I will fix that up thanks =D

  28. Tom

    Its encouraging to see how much you do behind the scene to make the blog what it is. Am a greater admirer of you work and am following you like we are in traffic, haven’t made a dime though but am so cut out for this. Keep it up.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Tom, honestly I question what the hell am I doing sometimes but I think it all works out :)

  29. Dave Madnani

    Damn Matt, that schedule looks hella’ crazy.

    Not sure how you keep up with it, just hope you don’t burn out! :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 10:09 am

      I have no idea either :)

  30. shashank

    Its your hard work which is paying you :) my best wishes are with you and by the end of this year i want to see you making at least three times more money than what you are making right now :) done?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 6th, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Hahaha I will see what I can do :)

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