My first income report on RankXL. What would a journey be without reports, right? In addition to blogging about my websites, and what I’m doing online, I’ll be releasing an income report every month to publicly keep track of progress.
This was inspired by other bloggers by Pat Flynn and Dale Partridge who share their income in great detail every single month.
So here goes. Here’s what an update of how I did in December.
What happened in December?
Did I reach 5-figures this month?
One day, I’ll finally be able to put a big fat YES there and it will feel great. Obviously, December is not that month since I started this blog in January and this income report is more of a starting ground rather a report of my progress.
So how did December go for me?
December is always an interesting month. It’s the time of year where the blogging business model really proves itself, and makes me feel good about it. Why? Because I barely get any work done, and income doesn’t drop.
To me, December’s a busy time for personal things. It’s the time when I go back home to visit friends and family and I prefer not to be sitting alone working when family has taken the time to get together.
The only work I really did was I published 24 new posts to one of my newer sites which just started to jump in rankings for its main keywords. That may sound very time consuming, but I didn’t write any of them.
To get my articles written, I use a website called iWriter. I don’t use them for all of my content, just the shorter inner-pages. For the main pages of my websites, I write them myself.
Why write the longest pieces of content myself? Because they’re the most important. They’re really what will make or break the site. Ranking well for the biggest keywords, and ensuring those pages are absolute quality is essential for easy rankings of inner pages. It allows me to rank inner pages that aren’t as high of quality, targeting long-tail keywords without any extra effort at all on my part. The authority I obtain for the domain from my main articles give the inner-pages a LOT of extra ranking juice. Usually, it’s enough to push them to the #1 spot.
The reason I don’t pay anybody to write them for me is because a lot of work and dedication goes into these articles, and I know paying someone a few bucks isn’t going to get me the same quality. In fact, it won’t even get me close. I literally take days to create one of these main articles. If you think that’s absurd just for one article, consider this: you only write it once, then you can make money off of it for the long-haul. By writing it well the first time, you also don’t risk “low-quality” to be the reason your rankings drop one day.
Apart from ordering the articles, editing them, bulking them up with images, external links, and videos, I really didn’t do much else work.
So here’s the total income numbers for the month of December.
Blogging Income: $4118.98
Last Month: $3251.24
It was a really slack month in terms of hours I worked, but one I don’t feel ashamed of because I did so to spend time with family during the holidays. Income was still higher due to some higher spikes in traffic to some of my more seasonal websites. That’s what I love about this model: it’s so passive.
January will be grind mode again where I jump back into it harder than ever so I can hit my goal of having my first $10,000+ month. I’m excited to work towards that number. Besides my goal of $100/day, it’s been awhile since I set a goal to work towards. I kind of drifted off into a comfort zone once I reached $3000/month, and didn’t work as hard as before.
I’m determined to make 2015 the year I turn this into a lucrative business for me, and I’m willing to do the grunt work to get there. I know what it takes to get there, I just need to get to work and make it happen.