Thanks to everyone checking in with me asking how the site (and I) am doing – prompted me to push out a brief update to share my progress for the last couple of months.
I’m still on the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ methodology; the site is growing nicely by adding low comp articles, so that’s all I’m doing.
I did get hacked twice, which dented my earnings in April, I’ll explain that in more detail below.
But apart from that, it’s all positives, here are the highlights for April and May:
- I published 59 new articles
- Pageviews crossed the 100k/mo mark
- Had my first $2,500+ month
Total earnings to date for the site $17,482.82, and for this year $8,857.42.
Here is a little more detail:
Traffic and Earnings Stats for Jan-May 2021
Here’s an overview of the site’s traffic and earning stats for this year:
|Month||# Articles Posted||Pageviews||Mediavine ($)||Ezoic & Adsense ($)||Amazon ($)||Other Affiliate ($)||Total ($)|
Traffic Stats for Apr-May 2021
As I add more articles, the traffic goes up. Simple.
Something I noticed over the last couple of months is that my articles are indexing and ranking fast, like really fast.
I’d say at least 90% of the articles I published we’re ranking in the top 5 within an hour or so of manually inspecting the URL after publishing.
That’s part of the reason why you see the traffic climbing. Some articles literally had an impact and were bringing in traffic the next day when I looked in Analytics, can’t complain about that.
Mediavine Ad Earnings
I’m really pleased with the Mediavine earnings, RPMs are around $24 on a good day and we’re getting close to $100 days.
That dip is where I got hacked! Which leads me on to:
Getting Hacked Sucks
First of all, apologies to anyone who got redirected to some kind of spam site while on this site. All of my sites got hacked on two occasions in April, and I’m 99% sure the way in was through a Thrive Theme I had on one of my sites.
It cost me a small fortune, but more than that it was just pretty stressful and annoying. WPX sorted it out for me and I nuked any trace of Thrive stuff on my sites – I don’t think it will happen again.
It made me realize that I was literally doing nothing to stop my sites from getting hacked. I wasn’t using any security plugins, authenticators, nothing.
It was a wake-up call, and since then I’ve basically done everything Chris advises in the video below. The best advice you may get today is to be proactive about being hacked so it doesn’t happen at all! 🙂
I made $715 from affiliate income in Apr-May, which is awesome, but honestly, I’ve lost interest in the affiliate side of things. I know that sounds crazy and I’m leaving money on the table, but that’s just how it is.
I don’t think I added any links in the last couple of months. I will continue to add links if it’s absolutely necessary to the post but I’m not going out of my way to do so.
I’m hooked on ranking content, pushing pageviews, and earning from ad revenue. That’s why I started this site, and that’s what I’m going to continue focusing on first and foremost.
That’s about it in terms of what’s happened over the last two months.
Things are going pretty awesome, I spent about 65-70 hours working on the site and made around $4,250.
How’s everything going for you guys?
Honestly, it feels like this is one of the best times for publishing content around low comp keywords. I’m publishing on a few sites and everything is ranking well, so should be the same for you.
At the time of writing this, we just had half a core update come out and there was no change to my site. We got a couple more updates over the next couple of months or so, so fingers crossed.
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