[Dumb] Passive Income Report for November 2013

Passive Income Report

Goofy pose – me and my boys.

Welcome to my [Dumb] Passive Income Report! This blog is all about what I am doing to create several different passive income streams. This monthly income report details my results. I work very hard and dedicate many hours each week to working on my different online endeavors in an attempt to create passive income. So why do I consider it passive income then? Because I am not trading specified amounts of time for a predetermined amount of money like I do at my day job. Most of the income you will see in this report results from work I have done in the past.

Why am I sharing my income publicly? Hopefully to gain credibility with you (the readers) and to maintain a certain degree of accountability for myself. I could blog all day long about what I am doing to create passive income online, including some of my unique strategies. But why would anybody trust me and believe that what I am doing works if I don’t prove it by sharing my results? This is what I mean by gaining credibility and this is one of the main purposes for sharing my income. I also share my failures on the blog, which holds me accountable. Knowing that I will be publishing a monthly income report will keep me motivated to keep pushing forward and plugging away on the things I need to do to create future passive income.

Happenings in November

November was pretty exciting for me. Not only in my online life, but in my offline life as well. I got a new day job during the month of November! The trucking company I previously worked for wasn’t doing so good financially. They were about to go under when all of a sudden they got bought out by a different trucking company. I wanted nothing to do with the new company, as their compensation and benefits are one of the worst among the companies that do the type of LTL trucking that I have been doing for the past 11 years. Being in the business for this long, I know exactly which companies are the best and which ones treat their employees right. The day after I found out that my company was being bought out – I got online and applied at one of my two targets. Three weeks later I received a call for an interview. The rest is history. I now work for the top dog when it comes to the LTL (less than a truckload) freight business. I’m not supposed to say who they are – but this might clue you in… [blur]let’s just say that it is a globally recognized brand and there are no brown trucks involved! ;) [/blur]

In the midst of starting a new day job, I also launched my Keyword Research Service. It didn’t exactly take off like I thought it would. I did make one random sale at the $97 price point – as well as one more sale in the beginning of the month at the $37 beta test price. Although I didn’t make a lot of sales (or money) during November, I was able to finalize the way I deliver my results when people do buy. Going forward, it’s just a matter of marketing myself or my service to get people to buy it. I have a few tricks up my sleeve as far as that goes – as well as a possible different strategy for how I sell the service.

Long Tail Pro sales were steady throughout most of the month. I eclipsed $200, on my way to my goal of $300 in monthly commissions for Long Tail Pro. A few other affiliate sales rolled in as well in November that I am very pleased with. It’s always gratifying to see income come in from work that I did several months ago. Passive income baby!! And here are the numbers…

Income and Expenses – November 2013

Passive Income

Affiliate Income from Dumb Passive Income

Other Income from Niche Sites, Old Blog, Article Writing…

Non-Passive Income

Services by Matthew Allen

Expenses

Hosting and Domains

Tools, Plugins and Themes

Outsourcing

Miscellaneous

  • $5.45 – Paypal fees

Totals and Thoughts

Total income $578.61 minus total expenses $248.25 equals a net profit of $330.36 for November 2013!

My Income and Expenses November 2013

The previous two months I shared three of my monetary goals for 2013. I’ve decided to leave these up on the report until the end of the year in order to hold myself accountable and track my progress.

  • $100 in monthly Adsense income – I want Google paying me every single month!
  • $300 in monthly Long Tail Pro affiliate sales – this tool has made too big of a difference in my internet marketing journey. I have to show others why and hopefully generate some decent affiliate income for all of my efforts.
  • $1,000 total monthly income – I want to reach this for at least one month in 2013 and build on that into 2014 and the future

Still not close with the Adsense income. I have only one month left to reach this goal. If I don’t hit $100 in December, I will not have achieved this goal. I do have a fighting chance. My one niche site that I am counting on just moved up from #10 to #5 in Google and I am starting to see more clicks! I kind of doubt it will hit $100 – but there is a chance.

I’m almost 100% certain that I will achieve the $300 goal for sales of Long Tail Pro in December. This is in large part, thanks to the Black Friday weekend sale that Spencer held on Long Tail Pro. During that sale, I plastered it all over my blog and sent out two e-mails to my list to make sure that everybody knew about the deal. I made a whole bunch of sales, and many of them fell during the month of December.

It might be a reach to hit my goal or earning $1,000 in a month during 2013. I do have an ace in the hole though. If I want to, I could pull out some of my tricks and sell a few keyword research packages. It’s not that I don’t want to – it’s just the time issue and the adjusting to a new job with a completely uncertain schedule everyday. We’ll see how it all plays out. I didn’t set these goals to not reach them. By golly – I better make time to do the things that I know I have to do to reach these goals. Let’s do it Matt!!

Thank You!

Thank You for taking the time to read through my latest income report and Thank You for contributing  if you have previously purchased something through one of my affiliate links! If you wish to support this site, but don’t have a need for any of my affiliate products, you could simply do your regular Amazon shopping through any of the links on this site that lead to Amazon.com. You won’t pay any extra and I will receive a small commission. Thanks so much if you do so!

Remember that there are several dumb ways to create passive income online, but only one site that is blogging about it! Dumb Passive Income… dot com.

-Matt

Many of the links within this income report are indeed affiliate links. I will receive a commission if you choose to purchase after clicking through via any of these links. Thank You if you do! To your success and mine – may we all be profitable online. Good Day!

  • http://www.earnwithashwin.com/ Ashwin Kumar K V

    I follow your blog posts Matt, I also work in a 9-5 job and do affiliate marketing part-time, I started a blog this october 28th, Your income report post always inspires me! Hope you reach all the 3 goals this month! All the Best!

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Thanks Ashwin. Good luck to you as well in everything you are doing.

  • http://nichesiteproject.com/ Doug cunnington

    Matt – great report and I really like the layout – Very clear. I need to keep records like you. :)

    I am really liking the Amazon Associate monetization method these days. I see your biggest opportunity with Amazon to reach your goal of $1000/month. Do you see potential in your current site?
    Doug

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Doug – I think you may be right about Amazon being an excellent opportunity. In fact, I know you’re right! The current niche site that I talk about has almost no potential with Amazon. It is definitely an Adsense niche. Not to worry though – the new site I am working on is 100% Amazon. I haven’t done much with it yet, just the keyword research and already have 3 articles written – but that’s it. Haven’t even loaded WordPress onto the domain yet. I’m pretty excited though to launch my first Amazon-only niche website.

  • Kiri

    Damn, I have shared that blurred think 3 times without any luck! Still blurred :-) Wish you good luck with your goals!

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Sorry about that Kiri. I’ve gotten a few complaints similar to yours from just a few folks who have had trouble with the blurred content since I started using that plugin a few posts ago. Not sure why it doesn’t work for some people. If you really want to see what I have hidden, just read my post in an RSS reader. I use Feedly. It doesn’t blur out in RSS feeds.

  • http://www.voicesofmarketing.com/ John Shea

    Great post Matt, Glad I was able to contribute to this report by beta testing your KW research service. For those reading it’s a very detailed report and I’ve now outsourced to oDesk based on Matt’s recommendations.

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      I’m glad you were able to contribute too John – thanks! I’m even more glad that I was able to provide value for you at a great deal. You were the last person who got it at the beta test price! Thanks for giving props to my service.

  • Misty Spears

    Woo! Look at those good looking boys. :)

    This is great Matt! I am so glad to have found someone who is still building up like I am. It’s great watching bloggers who are in similar situations and doing so well…and sharing! And congrats on the new job! That is so wonderful.

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Thanks Misty! I’ve enjoyed following your blog as well. I actually read almost every one of your posts via Feedly on my phone. You just don’t know it because I don’t always have time to come by and comment – but I am keeping up and following along with your journey. Hopefully one of your niche/authority sites hits it big real soon!

      • Misty Spears

        Oh see now I’m under pressure hehe Thank you!

  • Tung Tran

    Nice report Matt :D

    And congrats on the launch of the keyword research service. There’s definitely a lot of money to be made with this service. Keep it up and hope you will achieve your goal in 2014 :D

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Thanks Tung! Your (former) keyword research service was partly an inspiration for me to start mine. I took a good look at your sales page while creating my service offering. Wishing you all the best as well.

  • http://www.mymoneydesign.com/ MyMoneyDesign

    Congrats on getting up over the $500 mark in revenue again for a second time. You’ll get that Adsense income up in no time, and then it’s on to a straight $1K per month every month!

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Even without the Adsense revenue, things are looking up MMD. December is already going great! Can hardly wait to see if my goals are realized.

  • http://www.theplrstore.com/ Ron Killian

    First time visitor here. Just wanted to say I think it’s great your sharing your progress in such detail. Sure to inspire many people. Keep it up :)

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Thanks for taking a minute to let me know Ron. Glad you found my blog.

  • http://www.iwearspandex.com/home Brian Stephens

    Congrats on the progress and the new job, Matt! The trend is heading upwards…good direction. I’m heading to Amazon through your link, trying to give you a boost. I really had to search for your Amazon link. Found it on the Resource page. Have a Merry Christmas.

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Thanks Brian! I appreciate you purposely seeking out one of my Amazon links! By the way – it shouldn’t have been that hard to find. Check out the very last paragraph on THIS post (and all of my income reports) under the “Thank You!” subheading.

      • http://www.iwearspandex.com/home Brian Stephens

        Oh see, look at that. It pays to read all the way to the end. Actually, the Amazon link was easy to find once I remembered to look for a “Resource” page, but I should have read this entire post and would have had no problem. Small way to repay you for the great info here, especially on using Long Tail Pro. Thanks.

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  • Lindsay Tredent Mauch

    Hey Matt I’ve checked out your site every now and again but decided to buy Long Tail Pro today and came here specifically to use your affiliate link. I hope it tracks the sale! Thanks for providing all this info. I’d love to learn more about your Keyword research business, too. Can I email you? Thanks!

    • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

      Wow – Thanks Lindsay! That was very thoughtful of you to come back and use my affiliate link. I can’t tell you how much that means to me and how much I appreciate it. And yes – of course you can email me. Anytime! That is why I keep the Contact page link at the top of my site at all times.