June was another GREAT month for the blog, my new small business and me personally. I’ll get right into it.
Traffic at Darwin’s Money was down just a bit from the prior month, but no biggie. What’s going on there is I derive a fair amount of traffic from organic search and while it’s not ideal, a good amount of that comes from just a few articles. Well, as time goes on, searches for those keywords gradually wanes. I’m still ranked the same in Google (often #1 for certain keywords), but the topics are getting a bit dated, so this is natural. I haven’t been writing newer content for search engines as you can probably tell, so I’m not picking up much new search traffic. I’ll have to work on that some time, but for now, I’m focusing on just writing in a more enjoyable, readable manner. Being authentic has its benefits. For Darwin’s Money specifically, here’s the trend:
Earnings from Blogging
- Adsense – $695
- Affiliate Income – $224
- Direct Ad Placements – $730
- Freelance – A few hundred bucks across various partner networks
- and More... I have a few other sites and projects going on.
So, a few grand for the month. You’ll see more below on what I’m doing with that extra dough. I included a Google Adsense screenshot with some blackout since Google doesn’t like you sharing ECPM and clickthrough data, etc. But earnings is fair game…
Page Rank Updates!
Google did a pretty widespread page rank update last week and I had some awesome results. Darwin’s Money jumped to a PR3 and ETFBase.com (another side gig) went up to a PR4! What’s always been interesting to me is that there isn’t really any correlation between my own page rank and search traffic (i.e. I had higher numbers at Darwin’s Money as a PR zero than my 3 now), but it’s great for advertising revenue. Since advertisers need something to base their ad rates on and they don’t always like to rely on page views, Alexa, MozRank or other factors, PR is still a big measure. Higher Page Rank = More Money!
Small Business – Rockin’ It!
Of all the exciting stuff going on above, the new small business I started up with an old college buddy is even more exciting! Just a few short months ago, we started up a CAD Drafting Outsourcing firm and it’s goin’ gangbusters! We recently opened a new office in the Philippines and we’re adding a new employee about every 2-3 weeks! We have a new drafter starting on Monday. We just landed a massive construction project that will practically cover 3 months of expenses (and take a month to complete). It’s awesome! So, we’re growing so quickly we’re already talking about needing a larger office and potentially having to locate to a larger city because we’re running out of qualified candidates. A good problem to have I suppose. But it’s real exciting. I’m handling all the online stuff and he’s managing the clients and operational aspects. But our employees are becoming so proficient it’s not as hands on as it used to be for him, so we’re both able to focus on strategy, cost structure and expansion. Livin’ the dream!
And We’ve Got This New Pool!
This doesn’t have anything to do with blogging directly, but wait! It does – I pretty much paid for it with money I’ve made blogging over the past few years come to think of it. Along with funding the kids’ 529 Plans, Retirement and taking some neat vacations of course, I’m not a total jackass. But overall, we’re lovin’ the pool lifestyle. The kids are having a total blast, my wife’s home so they’re using it every day, all kinds of friends and family (4th of July party woohoo!) are enjoying it and it came out really nicely – with some hiccups along the way of course (Read About What Your Pool Contractor Won’t Tell You).