First off, this income report is late.
Technically, I don't have a strict deadline.
I like to have it done the first Monday of the month. We are clearly past the first Monday.
Better late than never. And, at least we're still in the right month.
Things have been ultra busy though - so the earnings report has taken a back seat for a couple weeks. I'll get to that in a few minutes...
The unfortunate part is that this income report is another "down" month due to the Google "Thin Content" penalties in September.
Amazon Earnings and Traffic
If you saw the earnings last month in September, then you can imagine how the earnings will be for October...
Main Money Site — Cumulative Lifetime Earnings
It's been a long run with the Main Money site. Around this time last year, I was blown away with the insane earnings each day. It was really amazing to see all the purchases in the retail season.
Main Money Site — October Earnings
Unfortunately, you can see in the chart below that this year, we won't be able to watch the daily earnings edge up every day. There is enough traffic going to the site that it might be able to pull in over $50 in November and December but it will be a stretch!
Main Money Site — October Traffic
It's no surprise that the traffic is about 10% of where it was in September - when it was on the edge of recovery.
Other Money Site — October Earnings
I'll keep the update brief on the Niche Site #3 since it has a shorter history. The earnings and traffic mirror the main money site. The October Earnings totalled $0 so I skip the Amazon Earnings Report and Traffic images.
Next Steps To Improve Earnings
If you are new to these reports, this section is included for continuous improvement. In project management, continuous improvement is a recurring theme. (It's around in several other "management" systems too - like Program Management, Quality Management, etc...)
We always have areas to tweak and adjust. In the ever changing world of SEO & niche sites, we need to adjust quite often.
The Current Plan & Progress
Let's quickly review the plan that was introduced last month:
- Create one new Amazon Affiliate website.
- Migrate all of the content for my various niche sites to the single site.
- Use all the same content creation, reviews, & link building techniques as I was.
- Expect that it will take longer to rank the site for various keywords.
And, that's exactly what we are doing. The progress has been slower than planned.
Currently, I have the domain and hosting set up over at Blue Host - optimized for WordPress. It's a great improvement over the standard, shared hosting. (That's an affiliate link for Blue Host...)
The load time is closer to 1 second versus about 6-8 seconds on the shared hosting account. Faster site speed creates a better user experience. If you're looking at specific metrics, then you can normally see the impact in the bounce rate in Google Analytics.
In addition, I've moved over to the Ultimate Azon Theme (Affiliate link - thanks for the support) by Dave Nicosia. I've been a "keep it simple" kind-of-guy for themes so normally I use the default WordPress 2012, 2013, or 2014 theme. This theme has moved me over to premium themes.
Ultimate Azon Theme has a ton of features that make it the best modern theme for our kind of Amazon review sites.
A few people asked me if this will be an authority site...
No, not really.
It will be a larger site with over 100 pieces of content just starting out. However, it won't be an "authority site" in the same way that Authority Hacker or Niche Pursuits are creating. It will just be a very large affiliate site.
Why NOT an authority site??
I still think the best way for people to get started is with a niche site. An authority site takes a LOT of time and effort. The content has to be top notch.
I have a full time job - just like a lot of you out there. I can't hire a writer or team of writers to pump out 3,000 words a day. I also don't have time for the manual outreach that is required for an authority site.
A "modest" $200 - $1000+ per month would be a win for me. Sure, I want to have a site that earns more than that, and there is a good chance that it will.
The people building authority sites are aiming for 6 figures a year, or even 6 figures a month! I would love to have a site like that but I am not there yet. 🙂
Creating a modest site and learning the ropes definitely gives you skills you need to create an authority site later on.
Currently, we're in the migration phase. I hope to have most of the content moved over from the old sites to the new site in the next month or so.
Yes, we need to make sure that we don't create any issues with duplicate content. All we need to do is deindex the old domains in Google Webmaster Tools.
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