I am going to divert from my usual monthly income report and actually post some year to date numbers. I wanted to do this because I hit a MAJOR milestone with my Google Adsense earnings from my niche sites, and I wanted to share it all with you. However, before I jumped into that, I wanted to give you all a quick update on the latest with my business.
As you are all aware, I recently launched my new keyword research tool Long Tail Pro. I am very happy with the product I have created and even happier with the fact that other people love the tool as much as I do! I do not divulge my income numbers from my sales of Long Tail Pro simply because I want to focus this site on niche sites. Having said that, I will mention that it is not cheap to hire programmers, maintain, and otherwise invest in a software product. But I had already made back all of my initial investment, including all development costs, while the software was in beta. So, now that I have officially launched the software to the public, I am seeing some nice returns – enough so to safely say that this is going to be a long term business that I continue to invest in. I will leave it at that.
My Recent Niche Websites
The software project has obviously taken up a lot of my time, but luckily I have found a great VA (that I hired on Odesk.com) that has been helping me build lots of niche websites at the same time. In the month of September, I built 31 niche websites – yes 31! I am just now getting a couple of the sites to rank and get a few clicks here and there – these sites will take another month or 2 to really mature and start earning well. I also built 22 niche sites in the month of August – and I am seeing a FANTASTIC return on these niche sites. In fact, just one of these sites that I built in August is making me about $30 per day already.
Here is what happened with my $30/day new site. I am ranking for a higher traffic keyword than I was expecting. Essentially, here is an example of what happened to give you an idea. I was targeting the keyword “cheap laptops for sale” (not really, just an example). I started ranking on the first page for this keyword, but I also started ranking for the keyword “cheap laptops” which gets MUCH higher search volume! In fact, I am only ranking like 10, 11, or 12 (depending on the day); but this higher traffic keyword gets nearly 200k searches per month – so I am getting a ton of traffic just being on the second page. Anyway, that is often the beauty of niche sites – you often rank well for what you were targeting (which I am), but sometimes you also rank well for bigger keywords – which is really why this site is making $30/day now. Anyway, that's really just a sidebar – but I just wanted to let you know that NICHE WEBSITES ARE ALIVE AND WELL! I am still investing heavily in this business and love it!
My Authority Site Project Update
As you are all aware, I decided to start over with my authority site project. I deleted my old site and created 3 new sites all targeting the same keyword. They just barely staring appearing in Google over the past week or 2. Here is their positions in Google: 93, 97, and 142. So, not a huge difference at this point, so I will just start building a few backlinks to each and see what happens. If I get one that clearly starts ranking better, I will build more content and links and invest in that site going forward. I will keep you all posted as this occurs.
My Year To Date Income Report
Here is my income report from my niche websites year to date. I am actually going to just show my Google Adsense income on this report. I started pulling numbers for other sources, but it was becoming difficult as some only have reports going back 6 months and I would have had to do some real digging to compile a complete list. Anyway, the whole point is to celebrate the fact that I hit SIX FIGURES in Google Adsense in the month of September for the year!
So my total Adsense income from 01/01/2011 to 09/30/2011 is: $103,064.70
As a reminder, I just quit my job in March of this year – but I had already built up my income quite a bit before I had kicked my day job to the curb. But this is a major milestone in my business to hit six figures in Google Adsense income in 9 months! I'm excited to see what the future brings with my niche websites.
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It truly is satisfying to achieve an income level that I have never reached in my life. Not only do I thoroughly enjoy building niche websites, I am finding some great monetary success doing it. This additional income is also opening up other opportunities for me as I can invest in other projects (such as Long Tail Pro) and try to achieve other business success in different areas. Who knows, maybe I will eventually get to that iPhone App that I have been talking about!
Anyway, its a bit of a different income report this month, but I wanted to note the milestone and hopefully you still found some value in reading it. I would love to hear your comments and thoughts below!