Online Income for January 2008

I was pretty sure that January wouldn’t be as nice as December, but I still thought it would be a pretty decent month.  Turns out, it was my lowest income month since last September.  There are a few things that played into that, but I’ll talk about that later.  Here’s the numbers.

  • TLA: $27.65
  • Adsense: $148.60
  • Linkworth: $49.00
  • Amazon: $21.49
  • CJ: $1.95
  • Kontera $38.53
  • Shareasale: $37.52
  • Scratchback: $5.53
  • ClixGalore: $5.00

Grand Total: $335.27

Still, not a horrible month.  Just barely missed beating out November.  The big changes are, of course, that I’ve dropped TLA from this site.  So my income from them drops from $61 in December to $27 in January.  I still haven’t seen anything that says that Google will give me my pagerank back, but that really wasn’t the reason for doing that.  It will be merely a nice bonus if they do.  Adsense went down from December (which I expected) but is still up from November.  I’ve made a few changes that will hopefully result in continued good returns from that.

Kontera seems to be plateauing a little.  I’m not going to complain.  It was way up in December, then is down about $10 from November.  Still, $40-50 a month is still a pretty good revenue stream in the grand scheme of things here.

I’ve been playing a little bit with some PPC, but without having any great luck.  A little bit here and a little bit there. Overall, down.  I’ll have to keep tweaking and see if I can’t make it work a little better for me.

I’m also planning on building up a few of my other niche sites a little bit more than they are.  Hopefully, that will allow for some better returns in the next few months.

Again, if you’d like to investigate any of the Monetization methods that I use, a link can be found to most of them in the Monetize your Blog page.

Online Income for December 2007

December is normally a really good month.  You’ve got to be trying to not make money.  I had a pretty good indication that it would be a good month when my adsense earnings passed Novembers within the first week.  By the end of the month, they had surpassed the entire earnings from November.  Here’s what the rest of it looked like.

  • TLA: $61.43
  • Adsense: $354.73
  • Linkworth: $49.00
  • Amazon: $38.90
  • CJ: $47.26
  • Kontera: $112.45
  • Scratchback: $5.94
  • ClickBank: $44.36
  • ClixGalore: $1.25

Grand Total for December: $715.32

Wow.  An increase of 112.97% over Novembers earnings.   The biggest gainer, obviously, was adsense.  It was only $89.59 last month, so close to a 400% increase there.  Kontera continues to increase as well.  About 150% there.  Amazon also picked up with the holiday season.  CJ and Clickbank both got a big sale and jumped the earnings up there.  I’ve completely abandoned PayPerPost.  The payout just wasn’t worth the work I found myself putting in.

I’ve made some money with scratchback, but that’s been slow at best.  If it doesn’t pick up, it’ll probably be the first casualty of the new year.  TLA is headed there as well.  December is the fourth straight month that earnings there have decreased.  Plus, getting rid of them could help get me back in Google’s graces and get my full PR back.

Want to check out some of these big earners?  Take a look at my methods to Monetize your Blog.

YouTube Adsense for 45n5’s YEA Mashup Script

After some pondering that resulted from a conversation about landing/holding pages for undeveloped domains and Mark’s sharing of a $99 commission from a site running his YouTube, Ebay, Amazon mashup site script, I decided it was time to give it a try. It really is as easy to use as Mark makes it out to be. And what a great way to get your keywords into a holding page while developing the site!  The hardest part was getting the developer ids if you don’t already have them. I had the eBay one, and had to get the YouTube and Amazon ones.

After setting up the ids, you simply change a few things to set options and upload. That easy. Only one thing stuck out to me. The eBay auctions use your affiliate codes for the auctions, so you get affiliate earnings from them. Same goes for the Amazon listings. The YouTube video, on the other hand earns you nothing except embedded video on the cheap.

Being the tinkerer that I am, I decided to try and integrate the Adsense YouTube units instead of the normal YouTube units. The idea being that the video will then be monetized. And we like monetization! So, after a bit of tinkering last night and some coding this morning, I got it to work. And I’m going to share it with you!

If you’ve used Mark’s script before, you’ll notice a few slight changes. The code that calls the YouTube video has changed slightly, but you shouldn’t have to make any further changes. What you will have to do, is go and get the script code for the Adsense YouTube and put it into the stufftochange.php file. You’ll see where. I’ve taken the liberty of throwing in a true/false flag so that you can turn off the Adsense YouTube units if you choose and go back to the regular units. Simply change the flag from a 1 to a 0. Simple, no?

If you haven’t used the script before, you obviously won’t notice any changes. But there aren’t any instructions included in the download, so you’ll want to go over to 45n5.com and watch the tutorial video for the script that Mark put together.

So, without further adieu, Download the YouTube Ebay Amazon (YEA) script! The licensing still belongs to Mark, so it’s still his link in the footer that you have to leave there.  Small price to pay for a great script.  Thanks Mark!

Oh, if you want to see some examples of this modified script in action, check out the following sites:

Don’t like PageRank? Get above it.

With the recent months and the great delay in the latest PageRank update (rumored to be starting now) there have been numerous articles around the web about how PageRank is a outdated metric that we really need to get rid of.  While I can’t argue that nothing should be based solely on the one metric, PageRank has become a standard that many, many people use to gauge how well they are doing.  It also is used by nearly every advertising company that deals with web information as a metric for pricing their clients.

In short, you can whine and moan all you want, but it just isn’t going to go anywhere anytime soon.  And even if it did go away, there would be a replacement in place within weeks.  Maybe not from Google, but from somewhere.

So, how do the great masses of PageRank dissenters get away from it’s evil (do no evil) clutches?  Get above it.  That’s it.  Get above PageRank’s influence.  One of the best examples of this lately has been JohnChow.com.  John started out a little over a year ago and has since managed to make over $20,000 in one month from the blog at JohnChow.com.  He’s gotten a little bit of talk lately for being Google slapped.  He got a majority of his links from a link campaign that was (in Google’s eyes) a bit shady.  He traded reviews of his website with links and appropriate anchor text for a link back.  Very simple link exchange of sorts.  Well, turns out Google didn’t like that much and John stopped showing up in the search engines for a while.  He’s mostly back now, but the funny thing is that it didn’t affect his income hardly at all.

I say he’s above PageRank because he just recently (last few days) dropped from a displayed PR6 to a PR5.  Will that affect his income at all?  Not likely.  Most of his money now comes from private sales and reviews.  Both of those will be independent of the PageRank because those buyers will know the following that John has amassed.  They aren’t just going to go away because Google decides that JohnChow.com is a 5 instead of a 6.  He no longer depends on his PageRank for income levels.

How do you and I get above PageRank?  I haven’t quite gotten there, and I’m guessing that most of you haven’t either.  I don’t have the ability to sell private adspace to the great success that John has had.  Rather than sacrifice income, I’ll end up sticking with the commercial avenues for now.  Maybe one day, when all you readers out there have multiplied by a couple times.  But not now.  For now, we have to keep grinding away and remember that not every one can be a shooting star like John Chow or Mike Arrington.  Some of us have to climb our way up.