WOW …WTF! We’re half way through the year.
It’s amazing how time flies, lol. I don’t know about you, but I sure feel like it flew on by like no tomorrow.
Anyway, that’s a topic I have dedicated for a post so lets get to this shall we. There’s a lot to cover and I kinda want to get right to it.
For those new to the IP blog, welcome and thank you for stopping on by.
Every month I write a detailed report on how the IP blog did during the previous month. Everything from traffic, leads sources, case studies, what worked and what didn’t, and the income that this blog generated.
I do this not to brag or boast, but to show you that it is possible to take a brand spanking new blog and turn it into a success.
There will be ups and a lot of downs. The past few months is a perfect example. If you’ve been reading them you may have noticed a drop in revenue, traffic, and other things.
In last months report I wrote about a few of the things I planned to do to improve stats across the board. And boy did it work.
This month was a record breaking month for the Income Press blog and all the hard work and dedication paid off nicely.
My hopes for you reading these monthly reports is to motivate and inspire you to do the same in one way or another. And to see that actual work has to be done in order to see positive results.
So lets get rolling…
Record Breaking Month
Oh yeah baby, lol. A very nice month for the IP blog. There were increases in traffic, youtube views, adsense, optins, and affiliate sales.
Now the affiliate sales are nice, but that’s not what I’m most impressed with. What really shined for me in June was the traffic and the average time on-site.
Here you’ll see that there was a 19% increase in traffic and 20% increase in average time on-site.
There was also a 44% increase in actions which is huge. This means people are sticking around longer and looking and searching through the blog. I’m getting exposure to some of my older posts which is one of my main goals to accomplish.
Exposure to Old Posts
One of the things I wanted to work on was to increase exposure to some of my older posts which I go into detail in last months IPM Reports.
I did a few things to increase these numbers and one of them, that has been working tremendously for me was adding the Getting Started Page.
This was huge cause on that page I have many links to other older posts I’ve written. The getting started page was one of my most viewed pages in June.
Here’s a heat map showing some of the hot spots on the site.
You can see that one of the hot spots is the iMac banner I created which tells people to click and then gets redirected to the getting started page.
Other hot spots include the big ass optin form, the search bar which I moved to the widget side and since have seen an increase in people actually using it, and lastly, my Resources and the new Products page.
A New Addition
One of the biggest impact in this months earnings was due to the Products page. This was a tip I got from reading this ebook the Six Figure Blogger Blueprint by David Risley.
There’s a section in his eBook which talks about increasing earnings on your blog by adding your own products.
Anyway, here I added just some of the products I own and some of the services I provide. I even opened a Work with Joey Program, which I might close down very, very soon.
Turns out it’s taking a bit more of my time that I had originally anticipated on. It’s cool, it’s not really a big thing. I actually like working with people, it’s just I’m already seeing the possibility of over booking and over working myself.
On this page I also released one of my most popular and most successful study courses I’ve ever created. “The Sacred Email Marketing Secrets”
This was only ever released twice since I first launched it back in March of 2010. The last time I launched it was to bribe people into my Monthly Marketing Info Program, which is closed indefinitely.
$3,903.25 Just From the Products Page
WOW! I mean like WTF! That’s a huge chunk of change coming just from one page.
I landed 3 private clients, sold 18 units of S.E.M.S., 8 BlueHost accounts, and 63 units of T-Slicer Pro, (this is only sales that came in from the products page, not the sales from outside affiliates or other sources).
Now obviously this is huge for the IP blog and I could write an entire post on it, which I plan too. But for the sake of trying to keep this one as short as possible, let’s just get to the point.
- Point #1: I been getting a ton of emails asking if there’s any products of my own or if I can open some of my older ones.
- Point #2: On a daily basis I get request for private coaching, consultation, etc. So I opened a Work with Joey Program
- Point #3: A Products Page is a perfect place to display your own private products and/or services. (not a resource page)
It was never my intent to make this like a huge money maker. I only wanted a place to display some of my own products and services. This way people can find everything I have to offer in one place, whether it be paid or free.
For example: I have many free web apps. I’ve got posts on them but with new posts being published, they get buried deeper and deeper. It makes it hard to find. And with the continuous emails asking for them, I place them all on this page for you to find easy and quickly.
Optins Like Crazy
Well, not really, but there was a 6% increase in optins. May not seem like much, but 6% is definitely a good bump.
Don’t know if you noticed, but I’m using this new plugin called Optin Skin.
It allows me to add nice looking optin boxes where ever I want on my blog. The most recent changes I done was adding a nice looking optin box in the middle of the pages content.
Maybe it was the placement, or maybe it was the optin box. We’ll have to split test that ;-)
For the past several months I’ve been secretly experimenting with YouTube videos and Adsense. It goes up and down all the time, however the last 2 months I’ve seen an increase. This month was nearly $30 alone.
Here’s a pic of one of my accounts with the highest viewed videos for June:
The top three videos here are just simple tutorial videos that mentions nothing about making money online. Just simple how to tutorials. And one of them is a recipe video, lol. (just goes to show you that there’s more ways to make money online)
I see all these other videos, some real dumb ass videos with 100’s and 1,000’s of views and one thing they all have in common is, they all have ads.
I’m still split testing this and I do plan on writing a detailed post on it, but I want to make sure I get loads of data for you. I don’t just wanna drop it on ya like that.
If you do have videos and are getting loads of organic views, then put some adsense on it. it can’t hurt. Every little bit counts ;-)
Huge F@#K Up!
Man this was the biggest screw up I’ve done yet.
Just a few days ago, when I was gathering data to write this months reports, I noticed my iTunes account was deactivated. SHIIIIT! SERIOUSLY! WTF!
I couldn’t believe it. Turns out they did email me a notice, but to an old email that I don’t use anymore. It was the one I used to register the iTunes app store.
There’s only like one weeks worth of earnings so that’s why it’s low. But man, what a bummer and what an idiot move on my part. At least it’s back on now.
I’ve decided to open some of my products and go evergreen with them. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll be putting them on my products page which will include products and services exclusive ONLY to the IP blog.
Since releasing the Timeline Slicer Pro, I kinda fell in love with the evergreen model. I’ve never really had an evergreen product. All my previous products I’d launch, then shut it down after a week.
So I’ll be releasing more and more of my products in the coming months. Not all, just the most popular and most current ones.
The next one to be released is the Online Elevation course, which is an advance course that was only ever viewed by my MMI club members. Never has this course seen the light of day. It’ll be interesting to see the response when it does go out to the public.
OK so lets get down to business and get to the good stuff:
- Alexa Ranking: 108,896
- Last Month: 115,583
- Difference: +6,687
- YouTube: $29.74
- Niche Sites: $0.39
- Total: $30.13
- Last Month: $21.25
- Difference: +$8.88
- Affiliate Earnings:
- BlueHost: $1,495 (21 Day Challenge: Setting Up Your Blog)
- Master Resale Rights: $54.17
- Market Samurai: $71.52
- OptimizePress: $270.00 (I built T-Slicer site on OptimizePress)
- Content Professor: $68.96
- Aweber: $39.57
- SafeSwaps: $162.28
- Max Ninja Affiliate: $188.13
- Studio Press: $72.64 (the exact theme I’m using here)
- Easy Video Player: $48.05
- Best Spinner: $40.00
- Total: $2,510.32
- Last Month: $2,327.48
- Difference: +$182.84
- iPhone Apps:
- In-Apps: $7.13
- iAds: $0.25
- AdMob: $39.59
- Total: $46.97
- Last Month: $103.71
- Difference: -$56.74
- My Products and Services:
- Gross Total in June: $5,970.67
- Last Month: $2,452.44
- Difference: +$3,518.23
WOW! What an Amazing Month
Obviously what made the biggest impact in June was the addition of the Products page. Also the Private Clients service, which I plan to close down very soon. But even without that service, this months earnings would be over $4k, so all in all, I’d say it was a pretty good month.
I’m also pretty happy with how the split testing went. With the stuff I added and things I switched around, I definitely can see the positive results it’s bringing.
The one thing I’m really bummed out about is my iPhone Apps. Man I can’t believe that happened.
It wasn’t so much cause of the drop in money, hell no. It was more because of the fact that I just completely forgot about the renewal.
This could’ve easily happened to my blog, hosting, or any part of my online businesses. With stupidity like this, I’ll be out of business in no time.
Big Lessons Learned in June
Get a damn schedule and write shit down, important things like, renewals!
Second is that hard work and dedication pays off BIG TIME! Really, it does.
If you’ve been following what I’ve been doing the past few months, you’ll notice that I’ve slacked off on this blog to work on other projects.
You’ll also notice that once I figured out what was wrong, I did something about it ASAP. I created a plan of action and stuck to it. I implemented what I set out to do and as a result of that, I’m getting great positive results.
Get It Going!
Here’s a sneak peak at a real deep and in-depth report I’m working on.
It’s halftime …
Half the year has gone by …
Are you where you want to be at?
If not, then you need to do something about it …NOW!
Create a 30 day plan. Something do-able and achievable. When you’re done creating your 30 day plan, GET TO WORK! DO IT! Stick it it till it hurts. Do nothing else but that 30 day plan.
At the end of the 30 days I guaranTEE you’ll be a lot closer to where you want to be at, than where you’re at right now. It may not be where you want to be, but it won’t be where you use to be. That I can promise you.
Ok then, that’s it for this months IPM reports. Hope you enjoyed it. As always …
Peace and I love ya for free ;-)