Monthly Income, Growth & Traffic Report – May 2017

This is the 56th 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 May

May has been a very long and tiring month as Ironman training has stepped up significantly.

I’m spending around 70% of my day focused on training and nutrition which doesn’t leave time for much else.

But with that said, I also launched some amazing free SEO training videos this month that I have promoted hard and some amazing feedback so all is not lost!

Content Creation

This month I published 4 new posts, although 3 of them were to promote my new video training series.

We started out with this content optimization hack to double your search traffic.

Then I published 3 awesome SEO case studies along with some other promotional posts for my video series.

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 dropped to 56,603 (1,886/day) but this month that has increased to 71,364 (2,302/day).

That is largely down to my efforts promoting my new video series so it will be interesting to see what level it drops back to next month.

Most Popular Content

My seo case studies post is stealing the show this month by far.

As usual the how to make money on Fiverr guide holds its own in the top 10.

My Google Analytics hacks and Wkipedia link building guides 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 dropped to 40,399 (1,346/day) which has made a small recovery this month to 43,981 (1,418/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 16,466 to 15,254 this month.

That also had an impact on total minutes watched which decrease from 79,899 to 70,821 respectively.

Social Shares

This month the total social shares across Facebook and Google+ increased from 78,229 to 79,991.

  • Google+ – 26,895 (26,726 last month)
  • Facebook – 53,096 (51,503 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 126,368 subscribers across all of the various channels compared to last months 117,187!

  • E-mail – 6,259 (517 last month) / Total: 51,847
  • Twitter – 416 (195 last month) / Total: 16,097
  • YouTube – 431 (221 last month) / Total: 14,494
  • Facebook – 2,001 (230 last month) / Total: 25,403
  • Google+ – -32 (-1 last month) / Total: 17,850
  • RSS – 106 (133 last month) / Total: 677

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 $19,135.45 which dropped heavily to $12,169.47 this month.

Earnings Total

  • Affiliate Income – $12,164.54
  • Consultation Income – $00.00
  • Other Income – $12,169.47
  • Expenses – $814.75

Grand Total: $23,519.26 / £18,250.95 ($27,371.68 / £21,207.58 last month)

Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap

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Signing Off

With less than 3 weeks to Ironman on the 18th of June, my time is at a premium! Training is going to get significantly harder before it gets easier.

As soon as it is over, I plan to take 2 weeks off work and exercise to regenerate before re-taking the reigns.

I’ll also be releasing the 3rd of my free SEO training video series tomorrow.

So with that said, it’s time to step away from the computer to go and train in 35 degree celsius heat in the direct sun.


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

27 Responses

  1. ApkGeek

    Amazing matthew! this is really inspiring me. Keep inspiring us matthew and thanks alot for sharing your income traffic report.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      No problem :)

  2. Prasenjit Dutta Chowdhury

    Amazing matthew! this is really inspiring me. Keep inspiring us matthew and thanks alot for sharing your income traffic report.

    you keep the encouragement. I wish you matthew all the best for your upcoming months.

    It’s good to see that you mentioned so much detailed information about your income report.

    I wish you much more will come to you.

    Thank you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thanks for your kind words sir!

  3. Shaun

    Hi Matthew, so.. to backlink or not to backlink… been building an authority site since last september… did a flurry of initially links from other sites but then fopcused on amazing content… the money is avery high 3 figures and sometimes 4 figures a month now (Uk currency), however about half of my posts occupy the bottom half or further of page 1. Im toying with the notion of link building.. should I or shouldnt i. I was doing well with similar earnings 6 years ago before all the G algorithm updates but then lost it when sites tanked.. now Im being overly concerned abouty losing what Ive worked really hard on this last 9 months. Sure I could write content and keep on keepiong on.. Ive seen how the money goes up when my rankings pop into position 1 for a while, just dont wanna lose what Ive built..

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Have you done anything with internal linking from your highest ranking pages to those at the bottom of page 1?

      • Shaun
        July 11th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

        Ive not… thanks for the tip! IUve done some internal linking from pages that are relevant to other relevant pages but not as you just described./ I want to keep it on topic though rather than just off topic links for the sake of it .. thanks ;-)

  4. Higuchi Tanaka

    Hi Matthew I am new in this field and hope this post will help for me in future. Thank you for sharing this article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:57 am

      No problem!

  5. karthikeyan m

    you are juzt amazing how did youn manage all afillates names even i cannot able to memorize that

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      A spreadsheet and an early morning :)

  6. dany ken

    hey thats really great idea i will try and join you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Just work hard :)

  7. Akash

    No other blog explain his income source but have done , great . i think most of person learning so much through your blog , i am one of them

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Akash :)

  8. Bradley

    Thanks for sharing its really motivational & inspirational :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:36 am

      No problem Bradley

  9. Samba Siva

    Very Inspirational Matthew sir

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:55 am

      No problem Samba :)

  10. lrers

    It is amazing static to motivate me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Keep up the good fight

  11. Adi Channel

    Its good to read such a nice post about blog monthly income reports like yours. Its inspire new blogger like me. Thanks and keep it up Matthew :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:58 am

      No problem Adi!

  12. Abhishek kumar

    i like the way you do, it’s a great information to all seo geeks and digital marketing guy

    thanks for the information keep sharing this types of information

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 11:00 am

      No problem!

  13. Emenike Emmanuel

    Hi Matthew,

    That wasn’t really a bad drop considering all other things you’ve been able to achieve in just a short while. I get your emails often and I must commend you for the effort you’ve been putting on this blog to motivate me.

    I’m a big fan of yours and have continuously followed your strategies. Keep it up. I’m believing God that you will earn more in this month.

    Best regards…

    Emenike Emmanuel

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for your very kind words :)

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