Welcome to the fifth blog income and stats recap of MMYW! While I hadn’t disclosed income from Reach Financial Independence so far, I am adding it here since the whole blogging thing is considered one endeavor. For example, my VA has been working on both sites for the past months. MMYW is now five months old, how time flies!
Check previous income and stats recaps:
Virtual assistant and staff writing: $562. The VA works 20 hours per week. I wouldn’t have hired her just to take care of RFI but that is a welcome help with the extra work on MMYW, which is why all her salary goes to MMYW.
I bought a ton of posts too for the months to come.
Total $0. Love those months…
SUPER SECRET WEBSITE
Hosting $86. That was a 3 year deal on Hostgator’s Black Friday sale, apparently I can host unlimited domains under that package so I will move my land development’s website there to freeload, although the entire cost goes to my third blog.
Staff writing $25. I am writing most posts myself at the moment but will buy some to have in queue, my priority remains on RFI and MMYW.
EXPENSES TOTAL $673. Wow, super expensive month, the most expensive so far.
$2,232. This is a mix of Adsense, affiliate sales, and direct advertising, plus a little income I got from my ad referral network’s commissions. Contact me if you are interested in joining the ad network!
I took a hit in November, I though ad deals would pour in to close the year’s budget, but it has been way less than expected, and very little work for the ad network as well.
$465. Still waiting for that PR update, that apparently won’t happen this year, and maybe never. It is hard to change the ad reps’ mindset and have them consider the other metrics for advertising. I guess I won’t be making my goal of $3,000 by the end of December! But that is the first month the income takes off and efforts are finally starting to pay off. Because I spent so much buying staff posts that will last well into the first quarter of 2014, MMYW actually lost money this month, but it is not the way things are normally.
Super secret website
If you read my post last month, you know I bought another PF website! I won’t disclose the URL or the sales price just yet, I started managing it on the 1st of December, but moved it a bit with my contacts during the last week of November, in hopes to start making back the sales price as soon as possible. My goal, as I explained in the post about closing the deal, is to make my money back in 6 months. The online world is a risky business and you never know when the rules will change. Anyway, during the last week of November I closed… 10% of the purchase price in deals! And another 5% is agreed but not implemented yet.
It is great to see that my contacts enjoyed the site and were happy to close deals on it as well, although I know it won’t be like this every month, but seeing an investment that gets you back 10% during the first week of ownership is really good news.
I also had to buy hosting for this site, and a few fiverr gigs to optimize its speed and tweak a few things. My VA is working on it a lot, so I think next month her salary will be allocated mostly to the super secret website.
TOTAL $2,697 + 10% of super secret website’s purchase price.
After Costs Total
$2,024. Almost a miracle with all the expenses this month to get over $2,000. Hopefully December will be awesome!
10% of blogging income will go to sponsor young girls’ education in my village, my education fund now has $404 from July and $253 from August, $297 from September, $357 from October, $269 from November. Total: $1,580. One of my awesome readers also pledged to match my donations up to $2,000 so we have over $3,000 now!!
The school year ended on November 30th and I offered a full ride to the best two students to go to boarding school (instead of sending one to a cheaper trade school for a year instead of three). So I am committed to those two kids for the next three years! That will set me back more than the $3,000 I collected but the school bills monthly and I am hoping to grow those blogs even more to easily cover tuition and board. More on that later, in the meanwhile, if you would like to help the village’s school too, please get in touch, we are going to buy uniforms, shoes and supplies for the younger kids who can’t afford them (teachers won’t let you attend classes if you don’t have shoes).
Blog stats for RFI
Still a slight decrease in pageviews but that is what I should expect when spending the past two months on holidays in Europe and not working on my blog. Overall still a good month.
And, last minute news, RFI is now a PR4!!
|Oct 31st||Nov 30th|
|SEO traffic %||48.5%||51.2%|
Blog stats for MMYW
Because MMYW started one year after RFI, I will compare the stats I can find. Back in July 2012, I was blogging in a cave, waiting for the world to come and find me.
Whoohoo we broke 10,000 pageviews! I got my search traffic back which is great news.
In November 2012, RFI jumped from PR0 to PR3, MMYW is still stuck as a PR0 since Google hasn’t updated in almost a year. Sigh.
And, last minute news, MMYW is now a PR3!!
|Oct 31st||Nov 30th||RFI nov 30th 2012|
|SEO traffic %||45.15%||64.6%||12.3%|
Sorry about the lack of information on RFI, some info is not available in retrospect. But so far, MMYW is doing way better.
Super secret website
Super secret website is almost 2 years old. Here are the starting stats when I bought it. I think I may have lost the feed subscribers in the server migration but I need to double check that… My analytics are only 3 days old so I’ll start reporting next month.
|RSS subscribers||Need to check|
|SEO traffic %|