Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – March 2016

This is the 42nd 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

Lots of things were catching up with me in February, so I was happy to move past all of the problems of life this month.

I’ve been focused on making lots of improvements to the blog, some you may have already noticed and others are behind the scenes.

That trend is going to continue through April as I have a list of things to attack that will improve the user experience end to end for everyone although some of these tasks are real grinders that take the wind out of my sails.

So with that said, let’s take a closer look at what I have done in March.

Improved Main Navigation

In my annual reader survey, one of the most common complaints that came up is that my blogs navigation was terrible which made it hard to find previous posts.

This is largely because when I started the blog, I did a terrible job at planning my categories – and when I say terrible, I mean really really really terrible.

The only categories I have setup are Income Report, Experiments, Interview, Reviews, Talks, Tips & Tutorials.

That in no way, shape or form aligns to any of the topics that I cover on the blog and is so far from user intent it’s unreal.

So to fix that, I went through nearly 300 posts and came up with a series of tags that I could then use to improve the navigation-


Let me tell you, that was a very painful process to go through but it was a necessary one.

Now it’s possible for me to link directly to just SEO case studies or blogging tutorials or just everything to do with email marketing by combining tags.

So with those new abilities in hand, I updated the menu structure in the header-


I only deployed this a couple of days ago so I am yet to see if it it’s a major impact on key engagement metrics.

Either way, it definitely helps to make content more accessible for you all!

Published Lots Of New Testimonials

One of the things that I love the most as a blogger is all of the wonderful feedback & testimonials I receive.

It’s truly amazing to see that what I am teaching people is having a real world impact and helping people to improve their position in life.

Take a look at just a few of them-

From not knowing anything to becoming a major influencer

I honestly did not know much about SEO. I thought guys in fiverr can rank you number 1 but I soon learned through experience not to do so. My wife and I started a waist training company and I was in charge of the business side of things. I spent multiple days reading articles, most of which being Matt's articles and putting the knowledge to work. In about 4 months the company started making thousands per month. January being the sixth month was the most successful and we are now getting closer and closer to making 5 figures a month. Thanks Matt.

Brian Nguah
Royal Lioness

I was able to double organic traffic

Hi Matt, Your online tutorials are quite easy to follow and replicate. I was able to double the organic traffic in many of my clients’ websites relatively easy in very short time. Keep up the good work.

George Papatheodorou
Digital Bang

Matthew helped us make hundreds of thousands of dollars

Matthew Woodward's advice and insight is always spot on. My business has literally made hundreds of thousands of dollars (and our clients have as well!) thanks to his advice. Our company has greatly benefited from his blog and we look forward to each post. Keep up the great work!

Andrew Stickel
Social Firestarter

Your tutorials helped me to rank a number of sites

Matt, I love your down to earth approach, your actionable content and your enthusiasm. Your tutorials have helped me to rank a number of niche based sites... Great job!

John Taylor
Snoop Marketing

I reach 50k uniques a month following your advice, Matt !!

There have been very few people in the SEO industry whose influence on me did so much to change my approach to SEO, affiliate marketing and creating great content. One of those special people is Matthew Woodward. His tutorials are easy to follow and replicate. I was able to get workouttrends.com from zero to 50,000 uniques per month within 7 months of launching after following his advice. Thank you for the blog. I learned a lot from him over the years.

Anant Mendiratta
Workout Trends

Honestly, I just have no words.

And those are just the one’s that I’m allowed to display publicly!

I had a huge backlog of testimonial submissions so this month, I went through everything and published a bunch of them.

If by any chance my blog has helped you, then I would love to hear about it.

You can read all of the published testimonials here.

Giving Away Free Copies Of My 6 Figure Blogging Theme

Way back when I was just starting out in the blogging world, I used a really badly coded theme and hacked it to death.

Not only did this make it really slow which affected my traffic from Google, but it also had lots of different problems depending on which browser you used. Never mind the fact it wasn’t mobile responsive and there was zero support from the developer.


All of that was really holding back my progress as a blogger, so I decided to do something about it.

So I hired a team to rebuild from scratch and add a bunch of my most wanted features at the same time.

This is the theme you currently see live on the blog.

That was over a year ago and since then we have been testing, tweaking and changing things to not only improve the user experience, but also to increase conversion, social sharing and search engine rankings.

So this month I decided to share the love and package my theme up to giveaway to 3 lucky people.

The giveaway closes for entries today, so if you would like to win a copy of my 6 figure blogging theme – enter now!

I will draw the winners tomorrow so keep your eyes on your inbox if you have entered, it’s amazing how many times I have had to re-draw prizes in the past because people didn’t respond.

Bought A New Car

Last month I was complaining about my car breaking down constantly, mainly because it is a 1989 Suzuki Sidekick with over 300,000km’s on the clock that is constantly abused off road-


Other than it’s constant break downs and despite it’s age the car runs beautifully and it’s approach/departure angles means it can handle any terrain you throw at it.

Not only that but it has been in 2 crashes since I owned it which destroyed the front ends of 2 new cars and barely left a scratch on mine.

But despite all of that, the one thing we cannot buy more of in life is time. The car was costing me huge amounts of time so I decided to take the plunge and buy a new car so I didn’t have to worry about anything for years to come.

So I picked up a shiney new Suzuki Grand Vitara which arrived yesterday-


You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to buy a new 4×4 that can actually handle seriously off road rocky terrain.

At some point in the last 30 years car’s seem to have lost their balls. Solo quiero un carro con huevos!

Honk honk!

Content Creation

I published a total of 6 posts this month which exactly the same amount as last month.

We started the month by looking at how to choose the right email marketing software for your business.

I also published a post to announce the launch of one of the best wordpress blog themes giveaway.

Other than those we just had the regular income report roundup post and the very best of internet marketing post.

Crunching The Numbers

So let’s get our hands dirty and take a look at what my lack of attention to the blog has done to the important metrics.

Visitor Statistics

Traffic showed a steady improvement this month from 48,316 (1,666/day) to a comfortable 52,439 (1,691/day) this month around.

I would still like to see this float around the 60,000 mark each month and I have a number of improvements to make to the blog this month that will help support that.


Most Popular Content

That was followed by this tutorial that shows you how to build private blog networks with expired web 2.0 sites.

It’s always great to see some of the older posts performing well, such as how to make money on Fiverr & how to create a 6 figure membership site.


Top Traffic Sources

Not much has changed in the top traffic sources this month which are still dominated by organic search and social.

Although it was nice to see Bing jump into the top 10 for the first time in a long time!


Search Engine Traffic

Traffic from Google showed a slight drop this month from 37,193 (1,282/day) to 39,382 (1,270/day) but I am working on a master plan to increase that over the next month, so watch this space! Mwahaha!


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 showed a small increase this month from 22,456 to 23,847 this month but that is probably just because there are more days in March than Februray.

This also meant that total minutes watched increased from 105,486 to 113,433!


Social Shares

This month the total social shares across Facebook and Google+ increased from 49,161 to 49,767.

  • Google+ – 17,677 (18,009 last month)
  • Facebook – 32,090 (31,152 last month)


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

This month brought 2,338 new subscribers which is nice increase on last months 2,118 new subscribers.

There are now a total of 133,757 subscribers across all of the various channels!

  • E-mail – 1,352 (1,257 last month) / Total: 73,011
  • Twitter – 358 (286 last month) / Total: 11,586
  • YouTube – 244 (242 last month) / Total: 10,726
  • Facebook – 365 (167 last month) / Total: 20,068
  • Google+ – 1 (11 last month) / Total: 17,866
  • RSS – 18 (177 last month) / Total: 500

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.

I didn’t take on any consultation work this month which resulted in a juicy zero dollars!

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 month that income has dropped slightly from $11,286.49 last month to $10,413.07 this month.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $12,351.77
  • Consultation Income – $00.00
  • Other Income – $10,413.07
  • Expenses – $556.58

Grand Total: $22,208.26 / £15,616.53 ($23,548.35 / £16,876.30 last month)

Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap

How to start a successful blog in 7 days

Signing Off

After solving a lot of my problems last month, I was able to get my focus back on my work and start making progress towards my current goals.

There is still a long way to go as I work to improve the blog on all fronts to improve the overall user experience.

For example, I am going to have all of the featured images/graphics redesigned by an actual designer and I am going to spend time setting up systems to automate some areas of my work flow further.

That will set everything up nicely for the future, but for the here and now – I’ve got an awful lot of work to do!

So with that said, it’s time to get my hustle on =D

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

68 Responses

  1. Ankita

    Thanks for sharing your monthly income and traffic report with us. Highly appreciated!!
    Everything is great in March month report, lot of things happened. These figures truly justify the hard work and patience you have put in.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 22nd, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, it’s a never ending cycle :)


    Hey, Matthew, As a newbie I would strongly recommend every blogger to read all your posts.. Especially this one is truly inspiring. I have been following your website for two months. Your articles and way of explanation were way better than many other top SEO blogs. Thanks much

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 12th, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, I hope you reach the same success!

  3. Alexi

    Really inspired matt :) Thanx alot :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 10:02 am

      No problem Alexi!

  4. John Michael

    I am new to Blogging field and your post filled ultimate confidence and inspiration in me to grow and explore. :) I am thankful to you Matt.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 5th, 2016 at 8:52 am

      No problem John, remember there is no substitute for hard work and consistency :)

  5. Mark

    Hey Matt, thanks for sharing this. What tool do you use to keep track of all your affiliate income? I hate having to login to all the different dashboards individually each month.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 24th, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Yeah it’s a manual job every month unfortunately

  6. Nil

    Awesome income report. I like your report and inspiration from you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 15th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Nil :)

  7. Mantra

    This is very awesome, i love the spirit. Dreaming to be like you or even more than you some days. Truly, Blogging Pays.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 4th, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Less dreaming and more hard working :)

  8. Jack

    Very inspiring Matt, I’m hoping to achieve something like this eventually. Just trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can right now and who knows? Just got to work hard and not give up, right?

    Congratulations on your continued success, you deserve it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 29th, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Jack :) And you are right, there is no substitute for hard work!

  9. Techician

    Hello Matt, you give very strong inspiration every month :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 25th, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Thanks :)

  10. Richard

    Hi Matthew!

    Congrats for the new car! I have a Grand Vitara too, but mine is white =)

    I love the monthly report, it keeps me motivated! Keep posting your progress!

    A quick doubt that I had, how many outlinks do you generally put in the homepage of your PBN? If I just leave 1 outlink for the money site will give more juice but it is riskier… 2-4 outlink is a good number?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 20th, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Richard :) It’s a great car, are you in the UK?

      It’s better to have links to other relevant sites rather than just your site, and also I don’t always use the homepage – I use a mix of link placements across the board.

  11. Matty

    Congrats! This is uber inspiring. I’m amazed at how many different sources of income you have. How do you keep track of it all?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 20th, 2016 at 11:33 am

      By getting up extra early on the 1st of every month and swearing at the computer repeatedly

  12. Dragos

    Hi Matthew,

    Congratulations on your constant income. You`re an inspiration along many other marketers like Neil Patel or Brian Dean. I`ve just started an website and a blog, but for my country and I`m planning on following some patterns from here, there. Keep up the good work!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 18th, 2016 at 11:58 am

      I don’t think I compare to those guys yet but thanks for your kind words :)

      • Dragos
        April 18th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

        Even 2-3k made online as passive income is still a great job and such a person would inspire others for sure. By the way I find a small bug here when I reply to this message from Samsung s5. The first text line is not shown. Do you have any advice for me? I’m going to offer mostly SEO services and Android native apps development.

  13. said

    hey matthew ! thanks you for sharing ur income with us wich really motivat us to work hard to reach ur level one day.
    I have a site my self wich I created last year am doing good till that day am recieving 3k visit from google ” the site is arabic ” but I have a problem that I can’t find some high queality backlinks in my nich . so my queasting is what u think about my link profile ? ” if u have time to check it out plz” here is the site
    rejym dot com
    and if I get some links from pbn in english and the anchor text is in english is that okay and does it going to help me ranck better or it’s going to get me banner from google

    thanks so much

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 15th, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Which Google is the traffic coming from?

      • said
        April 15th, 2016 at 1:51 pm

        thanks for the raplay

        well the site is in araboc so all the traffic is coming from google arab countries such saudia arabia / egypte* united emirate arabia/morocco…

        • Matthew Woodward
          April 15th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

          Honestly I have no real experience here to guide you with sorry =\

  14. Ravish Sundriyal

    Awesome! Realy inspiring post. I am always motivate after reading your blogs. TGhanks for the insights.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 15th, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      No problem Ravish :)

  15. Arsh Sethi

    Hi Matt!
    You are a true inspiration. I love your blog and the strategies you share are really amazing. Learnt much from them. Hoping to increase my website traffic with your tutorials.
    All the best for future! :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 11th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Arsh!

  16. Faisal Khaleel

    Too much inspired by reading this Matt.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 8th, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Glad to be of service Faisal :)

  17. Derek

    Holy crap that is a lot of different income sources coming in. Kudos on finding so many different affiliate opportunities and making them work. $12,000+ a month is great! Very inspirational.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 8th, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks Derek :)

  18. Philip

    Thank you Matthew,

    very insightful as usual, you make it sound so simple (simple as in straightforward and repeatable, not as in easy).

    Love the new car, health to enjoy.


    • Matthew Woodward
      April 8th, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Philip! The secret is to be consistent, that’s all :)

  19. Onehalf AU

    Hi Matt! I am happy that your blog is doing well this month compared last month. Keep inspiring your readers to work smarter on their blog and stay motivated in their blogging journey.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 8th, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks for your kind words!

  20. Aziz

    Amazing Job Matthew Woodward and you deserve the success im now planning to follow your strategy

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 8th, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Hey Aziz, don’t forget that if between the hours of 6am and 10pm – you have time to eat or go to the toilet, you are not following my strategy :)

      • Aziz
        April 9th, 2016 at 3:05 am

        hhh no worries i will use some of my creativity :)

  21. Joseph Ho

    Another great month Matthew.
    By the way your new car look cool!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 5th, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Joseph :)

  22. Yannis

    Hi Mat,

    Nice stats as usual :) I particularly enjoyed the use of “eggs” (huevos) being referred to as “balls”. They are both spherical after all :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Hahaha latino Spanish slang :)

  23. Pooja

    Hey Mattew congrates! Its really inspiring to read your income reports. I’ve learned a lot from you. Many many best wishes for future :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Pooja, I hope you see great success :)

  24. Matt

    Hey Matt, I was hoping you could refer me someone who uses your RankCracker software to duplicate my competitors backlinks. I can’t find anyone?
    I even looked on Fiverr but cant find anywhere?

    Please help mate? [From one Matt to another]


    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      I am not sure of anyone that offers that service directly sorry =/

  25. Yogesh Khetani

    Your earning are very inspiring.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks :) But what I don’t tell you is how many hours go into that :)

  26. Shaikh Masood Alam

    Your blog inspire me to start my journey in blogging field. You show how to monetize passion and live boss free life.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks Shaikh, although you always have a boss – even when you work for yourself :)

  27. Charles

    Great going, Matt. I have really learnt a lot from your blog and I completely believe you deserve this success.

    Anyway, aren’t you working on any other projects (perhaps, niche sites?) apart from this blog? Or you are including only this blog’s income in this report?

    Thanks and I wish you all the best :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 1st, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Charles :) I am only including the income from this blog here

  28. Anes Amrani

    its very inspiring to read your income reports month after month Mattew, I really enjoy them, I have been a fan of your blog since its beginnings in 2012 :), thanks for keeping us motivated, and thanks for proving that you can make a fortune from your passion :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 1st, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Anes :) I wish you the best of luck with you ventures!

  29. Umer Iftikhar

    Hi Matt! You are a true inspiration for many others but strongly to me. I love the way you work and growth.
    I am much active on YouTube (with adsense) started my blog bloggingceo[dot]com and would love to follow. I will be appreciated upon your views for my blog.

    Thanks dear.
    I will also try to do something the same like you so I can also reach to about $10k a month with my blog too.


    • Matthew Woodward
      April 1st, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Looking at your blog, I can see you have a problem with consistency. Staying consistent is the secret to success :)

      • Umer Iftikhar
        April 1st, 2016 at 4:26 pm

        Thanks Matt for your reply. I truly appreciate. Yeah I am not much consistent on work specially on blog due to other projects like YouTube. I am full time YouTuber. Thanks for your reply bro. Anything else you want to say like about content. Actually your kind overlooking would be great for me to improve more myself in writing and focusing.

  30. Ali Raza

    Great Work Matthew! Another great month for you. I have best wishes for you ahead.

    P.S. I started blogging after getting inspired by you. ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 1st, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Ali, how is your blog coming along?

      • Ali Raza
        April 2nd, 2016 at 12:25 am

        It’s going well and good. :)

  31. Nathan Thomas

    Matt, it’s always great seeing your income report and analysis. I’ve learned a lot from you, watching you grow and different tests you run, I’ve told you before, you’re one of the people, actually the main person, that motivated me to start a blog.

    I’ve been thinking I need to better categorize my blog as well. Were you adding just the tags, or new categories too? I guess I need to place a focus on this before it becomes much more difficult to handle. I only have about 100 posts right now.

    Congrats on another good month.

    P.S. What’s it take to get in on your monthly round ups!?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 1st, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Hey Nathan,

      That is great to hear!

      I just added tags because I have the categories in my URL’s, I didn’t want to change the URL’s for every post which would lose things like social share counts etc

      If you have published 3 income reports consecutively, drop me a mail :)

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