December has been an awesome month. Tis the season, for buying online…
In truth, if you look at what I have made online though, and the effort I have put in, it’s all very pitiful. But I have learned a lot, and I will summarise it all below. But first, the numbers:
Blog – Arthritic Chick
Four posts this month so I wasn’t exactly prolific. But two very important things happened this month. One, RA Warrior http://rawarrior.com/ideas-for-relieving-rheumatoid-arthritis-pain/ had a blog carnival, and published one of my blog posts. And two, I was profiled by everydayhealth.com http://www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/managing-arthritis-and-sjogrens-syndrome.aspx
The referrals from these two major sites have boosted my traffic considerably! 1829 unique visitors for December. Traffic has been slowly growing every month (November was 1180 uniques, October 956, September 721) but this has been a huge month for December. Breaking it down, 217 came from RA Warrior, and 153 from everydayhealth.com. Still, when you subtract those visits from the December total, I still would have gotten 1459 uniques for December, so traffic is growing very nicely organically. This is very much reflected in the advertising revenue. It’s still tiny in actual dollar value, but showing great improvements. Gives me hope J
December, adsense. More than double my previous best month. $15.60
Onwards to infolinks…almost triple!…$14.30
Total this month: $29.90
By far the best month ever. It looks to me like it’s a simple equation…more traffic, more ad revenue. Well, DUH! Getting sustainable traffic is the issue…again, that’s just time. More of my posts are indexed now, and getting traffic. I just need to keep posting quality content, and the revenue should continue to rise.
I’m also enjoying connecting with other RA sufferers. So even if I never make more than this, I think this site is worth more than its dollar value to me right now. Still, it is starting to get decent traffic. I have to look into other ways to monetise. I am building my facebook likers and twitter followers. This is going to be a big focus area for me in 2013. I have dabbled with social media marketing, it’s time to work it properly.
Online store – Pilates DVDs
Five orders this month, nine DVDs sold. If only ever month could be like this!!! Obviously it’s the Christmas effect…I hope in January people’s New Year’s Resolutions to get fit might work for me too!
Also, I got this lot of stock much cheaper. So I am actually making about $12 per sale.
Total this month: $108.00
Again, by far the best month ever. BUT I am almost out of stock. So just as I am getting close to breaking even on the website expenses, I need to fork out for more stock.
Should I do it? I’m still thinking. For this website to really pay off, I need to expand the product range, do some more SEO for wider terms. At the moment, my personal circumstances mean that I just can’t afford to buy stock. So that decision is made for this month. Revisit next month!
TOTAL INCOME FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
Total this month: $137.90
Why can’t every month look like this? LOL.
So what have I learned this year?
That making money online is just plain hard work. It takes a lot of time, and a lot of effort, and there are no guarantees. That the returns are tiny for the first few years. But I do believe that with continued effort, the rewards will come.
My next post will be a run down of all my income for the year, and where it came from. And my thoughts about it.