This is my first income and progress report. Today I will tell you exactly how much money I made this month and how I did it. I do this for two reasons. The first ist to track my success, the second is to show you that making money online is absolutely possible. I will prove to you that living the travelling internet lifestyle is totally possible. For everyone!
Before I get to the numbers, I will give a short review over my actions of the last month.
Important Going-Ons in October
Two important seminars and a new tool
The first seminar I went to was the 9. Stuitgarter Wissensforum (Translation: Stuttgart Knowledge Forum), which basically was an entire day full of presentations by some of Germany’s best speakers.
I spent 129€ on the ticket for this event and wondered, if it was worth it. And believe me, it was. Although the event itself was interesting and motivating, the event itself wasn’t even what really had the big impact on my life. More important was the free ticket I got to the Global Internet Seminar in Böblingen.
At the Global Internet Seminar I met some of the most successfull young online marketers, e.g. Shaun Stenning, who made a ton of money using a simple technique. I actually spent more than 2300€ on a tool he offered (Snipr) to create and market websites faster.
Right now, I am completing the begginer’s course for snipr and have already created a new website. I will keep you up to date how this tool works out for me.
Relaunch of Hochzeitsportal24.de
For the last 12 months, I have been working on the relaunch of my main project, which is a German wedding website. We planned to relaunch on November 1st, but there is still some minor fixes that have to take place.
I spent some money on quality pictures from Fotolia, since it is really important to have high quality pictures if you want your website to look professional.
I set up a Facebook page for Hochzeitsportal24 and reactivated the Twitter account in order to get some more traffic which is not dependend on Google.
The hardest thing with this project is to rank for the main Keywords in this very broad niche, which are Hochzeit (wedding), Brautkleid (wedding dress) and Trauringe (wedding rings). On Google.de I currently the ranks currently are #31 (Hochzeit), #166 (Brautkleid) and not ranked for Trauringe.
I do already rank for some traffic intensive keywords, but these three are money keywords. I need to get these up to increase income dramatically. This will be my biggest challenge for the next 12 months.
However, for now, the most important thing is the relaunch. Hopefully, we can relaunch by the end of this week.
- Display Advertising: 686,25€
- Affiliate: 1€
On Hochzeitsportal24.de I have a marketer to market display advertising, who doesn’t allow me to disclose my income. Therefore my income from display advertsing will not be split up between income from the marketer, adsense and other incomes.
- AdSense: 248,36€
Gross Total in October 934,61€
Overall this is the least total I have had in the last 8 months. Since most my websites are wedding related, the drop off in the winter is just normal.
What I have learned in October
The most important lesson I learned was the fact that I need more than one website to make money online. I need a system. And I think I found that system in Snipr. I looked at the income from my niche sites and realized that with very little effort I made two years ago, I make almost 250€/month with the few niche sites that I have.
So I will increase the number of niche sites to increase the amount from 250€/month to a point where I feel comfortable with. Also I need to find niches that don’t fluctuate as much as wedding websites do.
I hope you enjoyed my income report. Do you have any questions or other thoughts you want to share? Please leave a comment.