Income Report: Update #1


monoflat_icons_278My 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.

Publishing Articles

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
Difference: +$867.74

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.


  • Reply
    Jeff Schuman
    January 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm


    I love what you are doing with Adsense and how you are sharing what is working for you. $4100 is pretty darn good in my view. I know you will get to $10K some month. How many sites do you have right now?

    -Jeff Schuman

    • Reply
      Chris Lee
      January 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Hey Jeff,

      Thanks. I’m currently at about 10 sites that I manage and work on growing, and a lot of other old sites that have been retired and sitting idle.

  • Reply
    Enstine Muki
    January 14, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Hi Chris,
    I came to your blog here from Mikael’s post where we were both mentioned

    Thanks for being transparent in this report. Adsense is not my major source of income but I’m making plans to do some niche sites that will generate more income from Adsense.

    I do more of paid posts and affiliate marketing on my blog.

    Hope to see you around soon and Happy New Year 😉

    • Reply
      Chris Lee
      January 14, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thanks, Enstine. Happy new year to you as well!

      That’s awesome. Let me know how it goes with the Adsense sites. Excited to hear about your results soon.


  • Reply
    June 15, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Hi Chris,

    So much inspired by you.

    For all reading this article I want to let everybody know that I am from India and had couple of blocks joining Chris’s full course. He went out of the way to help me get rid of blocks and finally today I am “In”.. Sooo very thankful to Chris.

    A question for Chris though (asking this question here and not sending a mail to Chris because the answer can be help to many like me). Question is:

    1. Is it advisable to have 10 different sites on different niches OR have One focused site and put every effort of growing it.
    2. Article written once on some topic. Can it be published / submitted on more than one blog / sites ? If not the same version then after “spinning” the same article !!??

    • Reply
      Chris Lee
      June 15, 2015 at 1:24 am

      Hey Tejas, I appreciate you sharing your experience and questions here for others as well. No problem at all, glad I could help.

      1. Definitely one site. Especially in today’s SEO landscape. It’s much more profitable to grow one site to 4-5 figures than it is to build out a bunch of sites. If you focus all your efforts on growing one site, you’ll see results much faster.

      2. I don’t recommend spinning any content that is published on your main site, no matter where you put it. It depends on the situation, but if you’re asking from a rankings perspective then I advise just writing up a new article or hiring a writer.

  • Reply
    September 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    One thing that I struggle with is, let’s say I’ve found a big volume niche. But it is a niche I don’t comprehend or have the skill of, how could I create a content. Should I depend on freelance writers.

    I’ve seen someone that takes a niche like a home decor, but I know he ain’t a designer, but yet he has these beautiful photos of interior designs. The only thing I can imagine that he steals them, and it against my conscious of conduct.

    What is your comment based on your experience?

    • Reply
      Chris Lee
      September 21, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      He should be getting permission.

  • Reply
    pc passion
    September 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    So much inspired by you.

    • Reply
      Chris Lee
      September 30, 2015 at 7:21 pm


  • Reply
    pc passion
    September 29, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I love what you are doing with Adsense and how you are sharing what is working for you.

    • Reply
      Chris Lee
      September 30, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    May 27, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I want to ask you why you didn’t get high quality content from Elite writers 5 star at iWriter? I seen that they very perfect .. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris Lee
      May 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Main reason is that the highest option of Elite Plus is about 12x the cost of the Basic one. You could choose higher quality, pay more and get a better article. The option I gave was a tip to get high quality articles using their cheapest option. Content costs can add up quickly if you’re ordering a lot.

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