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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 January
Here in West Michigan, we’ve been enduring one of the best (most would consider it the worst) winters we have had in a long, long time. We’ve gotten absolutely hammered with snow this year and I (for one) am loving it! The picture on the right is what a typical driveway looks like after the city or county plows have come through and cleared the roads, but before the actual driveway is shoveled or plowed out (picture is not mine – just a random one I found on Flickr). Driving in the snow is so much fun and driving a big truck (like I do for my day job) in the snow is even more fun. Besides the snow, it has been unseasonably cold this year too. We’ve had plenty of days where high temps were in the single digits, and it seems like weeks on end now where highs have been only in the teens. Luckily, I have a wood stove in my basement that I use as a secondary heat source and a big ole stack of dry firewood under the lean-to behind my garage. The room right next to where my wood stove sits is my office – and this is where the magic happened last month.
January was a record month for me as far as earnings that I created via the internet. Much of it is attributed to the product/service that I created – the Keyword Research Packages that I sell. This is the less passive income side of my online business. But it is profitable and is contributing nicely to my bottom line – so I am going to continue producing these packages as often as I can. I have a separate email list setup just for people who are interested in buying one of my keyword research packages. I send out an email to this list as soon as I have a new listing ready. The last two packages I put up for sale each sold in less than an hour! I’m having trouble keeping “inventory on my shelves.” What a great problem to have! I even sold one incredible set of keywords for $597! If you want to see the exact report that I send to buyers, click here to sign up for that list, and I will send it to you.
The passive income side of my online business is starting to increase as well. This is great news, as creating passive income is kind of the whole premise of this blog. If you’ve been following my recent income reports, you know that I missed my 2013 goal of hitting $100 in Adsense income in a single month. I earned just under $67 in Adsense in December 2013. I’m happy to report that my Adsense earnings have increased significantly since then. I brought in a little over $234 in January just in Adsense – and almost all of that was from one niche website. The even better news is that I am on track to nearly double that amount during the month of February. The next post I publish on this blog is going to be all about that site and Adsense and what I did to increase my earnings. Make sure to sign up for my e-mail list so that you don’t miss it (plus you’ll get my free report).
And now… presenting the numbers for January… thanks Vanna
Income and Expenses – January 2014
Affiliate Income from Dumb Passive Income
- $295.86 – Long Tail Pro sales via Clickbank (why it is better than the competition)
- $0 – LeadPages sales for this awesome lead generation software (I EASILY created this squeeze page with LeadPages)
- $6.00 – SocialADR sales (go here to learn more and access my custom 20% off coupon code)
- $9.00- Aweber signups ($1 for your first month)
- $0 – Niche Website Theme sales via JVZoo (reviewed in detail here)
- $12.00 – Lending Club leads via Commission Junction (exactly how to sign up explained here)
- $0 – ManageWP signups (easily manage multiple WordPress sites from one dashboard)
- $33.50 – AmaSuite sales via JVZoo (software demonstrated in video embedded here)
- $0 – PulseHover sales via JVZoo (plugin explained within this post)
- $0 – oDesk sales via Commission Junction (how to outsource content for cheap explained here)
- $0 – Genesis framework and themes by Studiopress via ShareaSale (eleven40 Pro theme as seen on this site now)
- $0 – EasyAzon3 sales via Clickbank (I haven’t even reviewed this yet – but I would not build an Amazon site without it!)
Other Income from Niche Sites, Old Blog, Article Writing…
- $234.07 – Google Adsense
- $2.50 – Yahoo! Voices for articles I wrote a long time ago
- $5.46 – Amazon Associates for sales on Amazon.com (explained in detail here)
Services by Matthew Allen
Hosting and Domains
- $9.95 – Hostgator (how to purchase a domain and set up web hosting)
- $2.17 – GoDaddy for domain renewals and purchases
- $0 – IXWebHosting – (up to 15 separate IP’s on one hosting account!)
- $29.19 – NameCheap – domain purchases (expired domains)
Tools, Plugins and Themes
- $12.00 – Long Tail Platinum monthly fee (if you have Long Tail Pro – upgrade to Platinum here)
- $12.00 – Long Tail Platinum monthly fee (why I ended up with 2 subscriptions –details here)
- $19.00 – Aweber monthly fee for e-mail list management (first month trial only $1)
- $4.90 – ManageWP monthly fee for WordPress multiple site management program
- $38.00 – SocialADR monthly fee for social bookmarking for my niche sites (proven results within this post!)
- $4.95 – Serpbook monthly fee for keyword rank tracking tool (purchased thanks to this review by Misty Spears)
- $170.00 – to my private writer for article writing for niche sites
- $0 – to oDesk for article writing (how I paid only $76.66 for 40 articles!)
- $37.55 – Paypal fees
Totals and Thoughts
Total income $1747.39 minus total expenses $339.71 equals a net profit of $1407.68 for January 2014!
Wow – what an awesome month! Admittedly, nearly two thirds of my income this month came from my keyword research service, which is not so passive. But the passive income which I created for the month rang in at $598.39! Sweet! I’m not so naive to think that my bar graph above is going to always stay on that upward trend. I know I won’t find a great set of keywords that will sell for nearly $600 every single month. But, my income from my niche sites should continue to increase meaning that the passive income side of my business should be ever-increasing. Maybe – just maybe… I can keep those bars moving up month after month.
I won’t let it get me down though if my income decreases a little bit one month here or there. Heck – it was only 12 short months ago that I was struggling to bring in $200 per month. I think that my personal journey to create income online is a perfect example of the time and the hard work that it takes. I’ve been at this for two and a half years now, and I am finally starting to reap some decent rewards for my hard work. It proves to show that persistence and patience pays off in the world of internet marketing. I’ve done a lot of dumb things along the way and I’ve tried to share most of them on the blog. Hopefully readers of my blog are able to avoid some of the dumb things that I’ve done and will be able to get their online incomes up there even faster than I did.
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Matthew Allen is a full-time trucker, part-time blogger, and imaginary entrepreneur. He is the only known trucker who is blogging about creating passive income online. He is also the co-founder and co-creator of the most popular WordPress plugin for Amazon affiliates – AmaLinks Pro.