I used to title my income reports “Niche marketing income report” or sometimes “affiliate marketing”. These days though, the majority of my income comes via the services we offer at HumanProofDesigns, so I decided to change how I structure the title.
I may even start calling it a “Business report” like the guys at EmpireFlippers and a few others do. You know that things are getting serious when you're writing monthly business reports.
Thoughts On June
June was a pretty good month, in terms of the income itself, and also in what was achieved.
I spent the final 10 days of June back home visiting my parents, and although I was working a lot of the time, I proved to myself that I can live anywhere and still be able to work. Assuming I have a laptop and wifi.
June was also the first month that I had an affiliate promoting me. Stuart Walker of NicheHacks ran a weekend's worth of promo emails to his list, which felt really cool to be on the receiving end of. I'll talk more later about how it went.
Finally, June was also the month that I took my first steps into starting a podcast, buying some of the equipment necessary. I may be a few months away from actually starting the thing, but now I've taken the first step, it's become a lot more real.
Goals For The Rest Of The Year
My original goal for 2015 was to hit $5k by the end of the year, so doing it 6 months early is a great feeling, and the only thing for me to do now is re-adjust that goal and go for $10k. It might be a stretch, but even if I only get halfway there it will be a great thing.
As well as financial goals, I still want to continue to grow the site and the blog, grow my team and processes, and generally get better at the customer experience.
I want a much smoother experience from the second you guys land on my site, to the second you leave. Whether that's as a customer, or just somebody who's learned something, I think there's a lot of improvements that could happen in the front and back ends.
The NicheHacks Promo
Stuart and I had been discussing a partnership or affiliation for some time, and June was the month we finally got things going. I tweaked my sales pages slightly, added an affiliate plugin, and got things ready my end, while Stuart wrote some promotional emails and scheduled them to go out to his list over the course of about 3-4 days.
I've always been interested in having an affiliate program, but it's been something I've wanted to do privately. I'm happy to work with people closely and discuss things, but I'm not happy to have a bunch of random affiliates, so Stuart was a perfect candidate.
How did it go?
Well money WAS made and I definitely got a lot of new business through the door, but Stuart and I would have expected more people to take up on the offer. For a start, our service is perfect for his audience, and he has a huge audience, so the actual numbers we both earned were relatively low considering that.
I won't state the full figures, because it's not for me to disclose how much I paid him in commissions. That's his business.
I think it was definitely a great learning experience, and it's prompted me to consider improving my sales funnels, making my offering clearer, and basically improving how everything works. If super affiliates have a bit of difficulty getting my offers to convert, then the problem is probably with my offers!
June 2015 Income
With the updates out of the way, let's take a look at how the income went.
As always, I'll start with the affiliate income earned from various niche sites.
Since switching the Dragondoor promotion to the Clickbank product, it's been very inconsistent. Some months CB makes a lot, other months it makes nothing, and some months (like June), it's somewhere in between. I guess that's what happens when you let something do its own thing.
Hey, $150 from passive income is OK by me.
Affiliate Income Total: $707
This is always the biggest of them all, and is split between the services I offer and the affiliate income from things I promote at HPD.
The custom-made and ready-built sites will include the income from the NicheHacks promotion as well, after I've deducted commissions paid and the usual costs. Basically, what you see here is all net profit.
Site Building: $4180
SEO/Link Building/KeywordPacks: $649
Most of the SEO work is only available to existing customers.
Services Total: $5658
The Hoth: $769
LongTail Pro: $15
Thrive Themes: $167
Affiliate Total: $1506
HPD Total: $7164
Grand Total: $7871
Well, that's a pleasant surprise and fantastic to earn over $7,500, which puts me about halfway towards the $10k goal after moving up from $5k!
It never ceases to amaze me when I break through a new income record, and even now I am still thrilled to see growth moving steadily upwards.
As always, thanks once again to everyone who contributed and helped make June a record month!