Here we are at month 9 already. I really wanted to ride the wave of momentum from last month, but alas, life, work, and some other things got in the way.
I published the fewest posts in a month to date – just 17 new posts.
The good news is that all the work I did previously is paying off and ad rates are on the rise!
Here’s how the month went:
First of all, if you’re landing here and wondering how I built this site to this point; you can find previous updates here:
The purpose of building this site and my goals are very simple:
- Publish as much SEO-focused content around low-comp keywords as possible
- Invest no time or money in link building or outreach
- Monetize preliminary with ads and some affiliate stuff where possible
- Create a nice passive income stream
I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible. Rank low competition content, rinse and repeat. Here’s a couple of posts detailing exactly how I find low comp keywords, and structure my posts:
- You can read how I find low competition keywords here.
- You can read how I write and format my articles so they rank well here.
Traffic and Earnings Stats for Jan-Sep 2020
|Month||# of articles||Pageviews||Ezoic earnings ($)||AdSense earnings ($)||Affiliate earnings ($)||Total ($)|
Ezoic Earnings for September
Ezoic is really pulling its weight for me on this site. Affiliate earnings are down (as you’ll see below) but Ezoic earnings are up again.
The average EPMV for the entire month was $23.29, combined with AdSense that’s a total ad EPMV (earning per 1,000 visitors) of around $26.
I see sites with a higher EPMVs, and I see some with lower. For me, I’m perfectly happy with where these ad rates are at.
Obviously, I won’t complain if it increases a little more – which typically ad rates do leading into December.
I’m using Ezoic Premium, which helps. If you want to know about how Ezoic Premium works – or how I also have AdSense earnings – I explained it in last month’s post.
Amazon Earnings for September
I didn’t add any Amazon affiliate links to new posts this month. Earnings are up on the $34 from last month, and I sent almost a hundred fewer clicks so I’ll take it.
As I’ve explained before, I only add Amazon links into informational posts when it’s super relevant. I don’t write any buyer intent posts, so I don’t expect this to increase much in the future.
Third-Party Affiliate Earnings for September
I sent a similar number of clicks over to this third-party affiliate, but earnings were down from $142.75 to $56.18. I guess it’s just variance. It may also be a seasonal thing, I noticed they were out of stock of a number of items.
Either way, I’m going to continue to focus on sending traffic to this business over Amazon. I didn’t have time last month, but I will definitely be adding some affiliate content for this company this month.
Traffic Stats for September
Here comes the obvious; when I publish a load of content (like last month) I see a rise in traffic. When I don’t, I don’t see a noticeable rise in traffic.
I didn’t do much this month, I spent about 20 hours in total writing 17 posts. Pageviews are down slightly on last month, but that’s just because there is one less day in September vs August.
Wrapping Up: Month in Review and What’s Next
I’ve had a goal of publishing 500 posts by the end of the year for a while, and I don’t intend on missing that. So, that’s 109 more articles in the next 3 months ,I better get writing!
I’m super happy with how it’s going so far. The site made me $1,386 this month (that’s £1,071 in the Queen’s money here in the UK), pretty much passively for the most part.
I am going to aim for at least 30 posts this month!
I really hope this helps some of you reading this make more money from your sites. In my opinion, this is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to earn a passive income online.
As always, I love hearing from anyone who is also making strides forward. Feel free to drop me a message and share how you’re getting on or ask any questions if you think I can help.