March 2016 Income Report

16 Apr

March-2016-Income-ReportIt’s been two weeks since my last post. I never thought I’d break my commitment to posting at least once a week so soon, and yet I am happy I managed to stick it out for so long.

How long?

Exactly six months. This is income report #6 so, I’ve been religiously posting at least one post per week for six months now.

Why did I skip a post last week (and almost this week)? Because I got family visiting from Canada. Not just my mom and her husband, but my sister as well.

As hard as it was for me to skip a post last week (I honestly was guilt stricken), I was reminded why we start our own businesses in the first place: to be able to take time out when needed.

With that being said, I believe March will have been the WORST month to date (earning wise). I’m doing something drastic to address that though. I’ll talk a bit more about it later.

For now, let’s dive into the numbers! Income for March 2016

Please note: I will not include earnings from ventures unrelated to this blog. I own and am a partner of a bunch of online business ventures, but – for the sake of a fair case study – only earnings will be displayed here.

Here’s how we did:

  • MyeCoverMaker: $24.92
    • The old review post did it again. Not as much as last month but not bad. Maybe time to point a couple PBNs at it? 🙂
  • Source Market: $2.00
    • Had someone order a PBN backlink from PBN Success – a backlink seller on Source Market I occasionally recommend on this blog. 

Total Confirmed Income: $26.92 Expenses for March 2016

I did spend some money on this month as well. Here is the breakdown:

  • Press Release: $57
    • I tried out a press release service on another blog I’m a partner of and was super impressed with the awesome backlinks I got. The site almost instantly jumped 40 positions in Google for a fairly competitive keyphrase. That is when I decided to try it on this blog as well (I talk more about it here). 
  • PBNSuccess: $15
    • I again ordered a bunch of backlinks from their PBN gig and pointed one of them at this blog. You simply can not go wrong with these at $15 a piece. They aren’t the best but are good value for the money (I still prefer Lightening Rank links but they cost a lot more).
  • HostGator: $5.97
    • PLEASE NOTE: I actually have a dedicated server with HostGator that I have a bunch of my sites on. is also hosted on that server, so I don’t actually pay HostGator $5.97 per month to keep this site running, but am simply noting that I would roughly pay that much per month if I were to host JUST this blog with them using their basic WordPress Hosting plan.

Total expenses for the month: $77.97

Take Home?

I actually didn’t take any money home from this month. In fact, I spent more than it earned me.

As disappointing as it is, I’m not going to gripe about it just because I’ve been hoarding earnings for nearly six months and – as is inevitable – sooner or later you have to buy straw to feed the cow.

In this case, I look at backlinks as straw and this blog as the cash cow 🙂

So in total I lost $51.05 with this blog in March. I already know April will be a lot better so I’m okay with that, hehe.

The Plan

In my last income report I talked about getting into video training for this blog. I even finished shooting a couple videos before realizing they were crazy blurry.

I discovered my iPhone (my secret video shooting weapon) got some dust INSIDE the camera lense which causes all pictures and videos to get blurry. It’s apparently a common problem with that model of iPhone.

With family coming for an extended visit and other projects taking up plenty of my time, I decided to scrap the video idea for now.

Having said that, I’ve started doing guest posts on a LARGE scale to boost the traffic and rankings for this blog. I will write a more detailed post about it once I have the strategy fine tuned but will say this: I got myself a crazy busy few weeks lined up 🙂

So going forward (at least for the next few weeks), I may not write a post every week on this blog, but will be writing posts on other blogs to promote

Conclusion cost me $51.05 in March. If I hadn’t done the press release, I would have at least broken even, but no regrets. I consider that press release an investment for the future of this blog.

In other words, the strong backlinks I got from that press release helped create a stronger foundation for this blog. Any backlink building I do going forward will – as a result – be a lot more effective.

Going forward I will be doing a lot more “free” backlink building. Especially in the form of guest posting.

For whatever it’s worth, I’m really hoping I will never run into the negative earnings with this blog again. It sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Hehehe 🙂

Konrad Braun

I'm an entrepreneur at heart & have been a full-time internet marketer since 2009. I specialize in SEO & affiliate marketing. I married the most amazing woman I ever met & travel the world with her. I love my life!

4 thoughts on “March 2016 Income Report

  1. How do you be a full time dad as well as always being on the computer? I only ask because we have the same kind of family dynamic. I appreciate your input!

    • Hi RAE,
      Believe it or not, I only spend a few hours a day (on average) on the computer. Right now I’m trying to catch up on work I had neglected for the two weeks family was visiting, meaning I probably work a good 6+ hours per day. Normally it’s less though… usually less than 4 or so hours of concentrated work 6 days a week.
      In terms of spending time with the little one: we take turns. When I work, my wife does something with her, and then when she works, I do something to spend quality time with her. We make an effort to each spend quality time with her daily.
      We usually go out for lunch or supper as a family and then when she (Olivia) is asleep, my wife and I can do whatever we want (watch a movie, work, talk, etc). It’s hard work to keep life balanced – especially when you have kids, but when both parents make an active effort (where possible), it is doable.

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