May was a pretty good month for blogging from a traffic and income standpoint. At Darwin’s Money specifically, I was able to break 20,000 page views for the month, which is a nice bump from where I was at a few months ago, but it hasn’t been growing since I first broke 20,000 earlier this year. And looking at this chart, I just realized, I’m approaching 1 year on this blog!
Darwin’s Money Income Breakdown
It’s tough to quantify all dollars and cents exactly since I sometimes engage an advertiser for a joint ad deal at ETFBase.com or other web properties simultaneously, but at a high level…
- Adsense – $665
- Affiliate Income – $342
- Direct Ad Placements – $390
- Freelance – A few hundred bucks across various partner networks
- and More... I have a few other sites and projects going on.
I’ve started to become more transparent with blogging income, but I’m not providing specific numbers for total online income for a few reasons.
- Primarily, I have a lot of different stuff going on, some of which involving partners, so it’s not appropriate for me to share all those details.
- Next, it’s a lot of time to track, and put into writing.
- Finally, I have a lot of friends and family that read my stuff and it’s a little obnoxious to “brag” about what you’re making – to people I know at least. It’s a balance between being excited and sharing with my web community how I’m doing versus being a bit humble and appreciative about my success.
I think at a minimum, readers at Darwin’s Money will enjoy the traffic and earnings updates.
New Business Update
I’ve provided some previous updates on a new business venture CAD-Sourcing.com. In essence, we employ a network of lower cost engineers and CAD drafters globally to service US firms primarily (hoping to expand)! Instead of paying a US CAD drafter something like $30-$60 an hour, we’re able to provide the same level of service and quality at $12/hour. It’s a win-win for everyone.
This month, we had a few nice developments. We opened a new office in the Philippines and hired some new employees. Our office is up and running and we’re focusing on filling up our workload. We locked in a pretty steady large client, whose work may actually keep us busy for years. We’re also continuing to get smaller jobs somewhat consistently. For now, we’re driving a fair amount of traffic via Adwords, but I’ve been working on an SEO approach to achieve organic google search traffic. (So, if you want to link to our site, I’d be eternally grateful and reply in kind – just let me know (contact)!
My partner and I are very excited about this business given the scalable nature of what we’re doing and the expertise we each bring. It’s a great team effort and while we’re plowing all revenues back into expansion, payroll and advertising, we expect to be clearing a few grand a month by the end of the year if all goes well.
Now that I’ve “opened up” a bit more, I’ll be sharing more on my other online projects and perhaps what I’m doing will spur some collaborations or ideas on your part.