For May, my income numbers remain dismal, when compared to some of the more well known MMO sites that I follow, like NichePursuits or My4HourWorkWeek... but, seriously improved over the April report! Although May is not quite over, I will share the month so far!
Niche I (paralegal training)
The paralegal training site has had 54 visitors thus far in May. Because of the my poor keyword research (done without Long Tail Pro) there is little traffic, and as yet, no one has ever clicked on my ads! All of the income from the site has come from impression ads. In May, I made 3 cents from impression ads, which pushes the site to $0.07 in lifetime revenue.
The most popular searches have had to do with military paralegals and paralegal salaries. I have added materials in both of these areas, however, neither of these terms has sufficient traffic, according to LTP, to put much effort into it.
The PageRank for this site remains at 0, and the Alexa rank for the US is at #122,004. Thus far, 5 backlinks have shown up for the page. I may do another campaign, just to see if I can bump it up.
For its main keywords, the site currently ranks 25th and 110th. Its third keyword does not rank. Except for a brief drop, this is where this page has lived since the beginning of April. Again, I do not expect this site to rise onto the first page of G, and will probably write it off at the end of the year.
The dual purpose of this site was to generate revenue, and create a site that would be useful for people looking for information on becoming a paralegal. Since few ever see the site, I think I have failed on both counts.
Niche II (Rats)
Site II has, so far, had 44 organic visitors in May. In April, that number was 37. These numbers have risen on the basis of a couple of long tails. A few weeks ago, I had a search hit the page looking for weather beer can kill rats. My page made the SERP because one of my categories was "Beer", leftover from the sites previous life. I was disappointed that the searcher was unable to find his answer on my page, and I was intrigued, so I did some research and created a post to answer the question. Since that time, this has proven the most popular way searchers find my page! Go figure!
The second most popular search result was "glue trap review'. For a few weeks, this page was ranking on page 1 of G. It has since fallen, perhaps partly because it was spammed by automated comments. I have since installed commentluv and a few other security apps on all my sites to prevent further problems.
The site's Alexa rank is now #101,234. Its PR remains 0, and it has two backlinks that have shown up.
This site is monetized with both AdSense and Amazon. The AdSense was dispalyed on the page as a text banner at the top of the page. Since that had not generated any revenue, I have replaced it with a 300x225 banner which is capable of showing impression ads, in hopes that it will at least bring in a few cents while I work on it.
This page also has Amazon affiliate links. These generated $1.01 in April, but have thus far made nothing in May. This may be because in part, I have neglected the site for most of the month.
This site is waiting to take off... it just needs some backlinking and it will be ready to go. Currently, for its main keyword, the site is sitting at 38th.
TNBThe Niche Blog has had 252 page views in the last 30 days. using Blogger, it is difficult to be more accurate than that, I'm afraid. Again, this site will eventually migrate out to a real web address, which should give me more control over the stats.
InfoBarrelIn May, so far, InfoBarrel has made a total of $0.22, bringing my all-time InfoBarrel revenue to $0.24! I have written 4 articles for that site. One surprising aspect of InfoBarrel is that, if you do not write anything (and I have not written in more than a week) your revenue stops coming in. If you arent active, there soimply isnt a way to find one of your articles, unless it shows up in a SERP.
In all of my InforBarrel articles written up to this point, none of them were done with any KW research... I just basically have been feeling out what happens when you just throw some content up there. I intend to write some KW researched articles shortly just to see how they do.
BTW: On InfoBarrel, you CAN track which articles made how much! That is tres helpful.
BubblewsI cant begin to tell you how stupid I thing the name "Bubblews" is, or how awful and kitchy I think their interface is. Just awful. I almost didnt post anything, because it looks like its meant for children. However, I decided I would give it a try. The criterion for posting are pretty low, so its pretty easy to smash out something. On Bubblews, I have churned out 5 (very trivial) posts. Revenue for these five posts? $4.19. What's more, I stopped writing there at the same time I stopped on Infobarrel, and in that time, my InfoBarrel revenue has not risen a penny, while the Bubblews money has continued to rise... in fact, almost half of the revenue has come since I stopped writing!
From this I conclude two things. First, In the long run, serious articles on IB are going to generate more revenue, because G likes IB, and your (KW researched) articles will show up on search results. Bubblews, because it is not trusted by G, and because so many of the articles there are so trivial, I believe that these articles will not make money in the long run. They generate revenue in the short-run because, as people explore your connections, they find your articles, and the articles stay posted in view on the category pages for a long time. So, while I work on something meaningful for IB, I will be be churning out some Bubble-crap for Bubblelews.
Lending ClubI still have not had time to pursue this, and at this rate I will not be able to. I may pull the plug.
ConclusionFor May, I made $4.41 on the internet. So, I am going to continue steaming ahead until I reach port, or hit an iceberg! that's the American Way. Clearly, what I need most is to improve my keyword research, and discover the backlinking strategy that works in 2013. Maybe blog comments and Facebook likes are the only things that still work?
I will be doing KW research for my future IB articles. If I find that I become good at doing KW research, then I will consider creating another niche site. Until then, I makes sense to learn these techniques in a cost free environment!