I decided to start posting income reports so that as I share with you what I’m doing to grow my niche sites you can see what efforts are worth it and which are not!
This report is for all of 2016 which I started in Wealthy Affiliate in May. So this was still all pretty new to me.
I also completely started over with a new site in September. So, not that I wasted four months, but I like to call that my “training period”.
- Adsense – $5.08
- Amazon – $1.92
- Total – $7
Woo hoo! I had never been more excited about $7 in my life haha!
When you are first starting to build out your website you slowly see your impressions grow and then you start seeing a few clicks here and there.
So to go from that to an actual sale is pretty cool. It validates what you are doing.
Once you see one sale it is like all this doubt goes away and then you just need to scale!
The Amazon sale came on my third site in its third month that I started over with in September .
Most of the Adsense earnings came from my first site that I had stopped working on after September since I realized it would be hard to sell anything to my visitors.
While this is not a crazy amount of money I did hit my goal of making a sale in the first three months, I was seeing steady progress with my sites and still learning a ton. So, I was having fun and celebrating the little victories.
- Domain registrations – $107.93
- Hosting – $619.05
- Professional Fees – $10.55
- Themes – $39
- Software – $337
- Total – $1,113.53
Most domain names are around $15 and I had bought 3 of them. However, I thought I learned something at a catering seminar for my full time job in Las Vegas in October.
I heard someone say that if you register for multiple years, Google trusts your site more so I came home and added a few years to each.
Was it worth it?
I don’t think so, I didn’t do this for my fourth site and it has been my fastest earning site.
If you read my story on the About page, I talked about how I started out hosting my sites outside of WA. That is why my hosting charges are so high.
I also paid monthly premiums for a few months instead of going annual at Wealthy Affiliate. I think it would be hard to convince most people to do this from the start unless they knew someone inside and were sure they wanted to commit.
Going forward this will only be $359, the annual price for Wealthy Affiliate.
Professional Fee – I paid someone on fiverr for a logo for my first site.
Themes – When I signed up for Bluehost I was up-sold on a premium theme.
Was it worth it?
Definitely not. There are plenty of free themes that are great to get you started while you are still learning. Once you have 6 months or so under your belt then you can always look to upgrade your theme.
The software I purchased was Long Tail Pro for keyword research and two months of Jaaxy when I first signed up (Jaaxy is now included in a WA membership)
Having spent over $1,000 to only earn $7…tough pill to swallow.
However, I had learned a lot this year and little did I know that I was about to turn the corner and start seeing consistent sales.