Since I’ve been reporting my online earnings monthly for some time now (see my Blogging Section for more tidbits and history), I’ve expanded my reporting to include my small business and the real estate deal I recently closed with a partner. I’m coming off the worst income month of the year in September and I was encouraged to see some decent improvement in the month of October. The small business continues to expand and our real estate investment properties are still standing in spite of our wild tenants’ best efforts to destroy them. First, let’s talk about what happened at Darwin’s Money for the month:
Darwin’s Money Traffic and Earnings:
Traffic was off to the races earlier in the month until Google Panda took a bit of a bite out of organic search results. Traffic has been recovering since mid-month, so evidently, Google has seen the error of their ways :> and they’re restoring my old search rankings slowly but surely. Overall on the month, I matched last month’s traffic at about 25,000 views total.
- Adsense – $466 (increase from last month)
- Affiliate Income – $174 (increase from last month)
- Direct Ad Placements – $971 (increase from last month)
- Freelance – $411 (increase from last month)
So, overall, this site drove about $2,000 for the month which is nothing to complain about. I make a bit at some other sites I run as well, but this is my primary driver. I don’t have the time to promote my other stuff as much as I’d like, but if you’re interested in investing topics, check out my sites dedicated solely to ETF Investing and High Yield Investing.
I’ve previously outlined our foray into Animal House landlording where we bought up 5 properties occupied by 25 dudes who love breaking stuff. The cash flow is good, and their deposits are hefty. So, we’re in the green one month in! But time will tell. We did have a sizable water leak which took a fair amount of efforts to repair but we have a good property manager who banged it out, fixed it up and we got off with only a few hundred bucks all-told. Around where I live, I would have had to do it myself or pay quite a bit more. It’s good to have property managers and trades in lower cost areas!
One reason for my inability to spread out into other web properties is the small business I started with an old college buddy. Essentially, we combined his civil engineering background and local family in the Philippenes with my SEO/web experience, and later brought on another partner keen on CPC – all to merge into a rapidly growing AutoCAD Services firm. Why pay an American $50-$100 an hour when you can have the same quality work done for a fraction of the cost by outsourcing? There are a few firms out there competing with us, but we feel we have quite the edge by being US-based and having some really good execution on the web/promotional side. Plus, our drafters are great, very skilled and highly trained. Some of the firms out there provide shoddy work and you have to talk to someone overseas in a different time zone. So, we feel the sky’s the limit, but we’re looking to convert our one-off jobs and leads to larger recurring clients so the revenue/efort exerted starts to increase. For now, we’re investing all our profits back into the firm, but some time next year we’ll start drawing some profits, which will be a nice supplement to my income streams.
How Was Your October?