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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 October
October sucked. My good Amazon site got hit by Penguin 3.0 through no fault of my own. The site was hit by negative SEO several months prior, but had not been affected by that negative SEO until the latest penguin update. I was on track to break $400 in affiliate sales from that one site, but sales dried up immediately as a result of losing most of the traffic and I rounded out the month at only $284.
October actually didn’t suck that bad – as me and My Lady started a new “make money online” business venture together. You won’t see it in these October numbers, because we barely got started during that month. But as of the time I am writing this (late November) things are going amazingly well. Keep up to date with the blog and check future income reports to see what I mean. 🙂
Income and Expenses – October 2014
Selling on Amazon
- $8.30 – bi-weekly payments from Amazon for sales (minus all Amazon fees) (This was our very first payment. Wait til you see next month!)
Affiliate Income from Dumb Passive Income
- $169.17 – Long Tail Pro sales via Clickbank (why it is better than the competition) (how to make LTP pay for itself)
- $20.10 – LeadPages sales for this awesome lead generation software (I EASILY created this squeeze page with LeadPages)
- $11.80 – SocialADR sales (go here to learn more and access my custom 20% off coupon code)
- $5.70- Aweber signups ($1 for your first month)
- $33.50 – AmaSuite sales via JVZoo (software demonstrated in video embedded here)
- $50.00 – oDesk signups 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)
- $21.24 – EasyAzon3 sales via Clickbank (I haven’t even reviewed this yet – but I would not build an Amazon site without it!)
- $0 – The HOTH sales (awesome link building service – they do everything for you!)
- $0 – WPEngine sales (my results after upgrading to the fastest hosting for WordPress on this blog)
- $0 – Bluehost (why I buy separate hosting accounts for new niche sites explained within this post)
- $0 – Lending Club signup (I haven’t done anything with or written about my investments here in over a year)
Other Passive Income from Niche Sites, etc…
- $298.15 – Google Adsense (ad click revenue from niche sites)
- $284.94 – Amazon Associates for sales on Amazon.com (explained in detail here)
Website Services by Matthew Allen
- $0 – Website services – build simple websites for private businesses (like this one grmobilewelding.com)
Selling on Amazon
- $1132.72 – Inventory purchases (buying stuff for cheap to send to Amazon and sell for more – how we got started detailed here)
Hosting and Domains
- $29.00 – WPEngine (why I upgraded to the best and fastest hosting for WordPress)
- $0 – Bluehost – my new favorite hosting provider for niche sites – great price, ease of use, excellent service and overall experience
- $9.95 – Hostgator – my original hosting provider – still keep for some sites
- $0 – GoDaddy for domain renewals and purchases
- $0 – 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)
- $29.00 – Aweber monthly fee for e-mail list management (first month trial only $1)
- $4.90 – ManageWP monthly fee for WordPress multiple site management program
- $222 – to my private writer for article writing for niche sites
- $63.83 – to oDesk for virtual assistant(s)
- $0 – to The HOTH for a link building package (comprehensive and completely done-for-you link building)
- $0- Paypal fees
- $5.00 – Google Apps for domain email
Totals and Thoughts
I never thought I would see the day that my net income for one month actually dipped into the negative. But due to the nature of the Selling on Amazon business model – you have to spend money to make money. This is far different than the total bootstrap model I have been using with my internet marketing efforts for the past couple of years.
Not to worry at all though. Just wait until you see next months numbers! The stuff we are buying and sending to Amazon is actually selling and we are making thousands! See you in next months report.
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! 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!
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.
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.