Income Report – February 2015

February has traditionally been one of those months where I feel a bit of pain and suffer an income drop. It usually dips below the January high, and can make you feel like things might not be gaining momentum as much as you thought.

It's kind of like the anti-climax following the highs of the end of the previous year and beginning of new year.

I definitely suffered from some blues at the start of February, which I found really difficult to get my head around.

After such a fantastic (and I am still in awe) January, Feb started really slow. I think a week went by without anybody requesting a site or even submitting anything through my contact form.

The fear crept in. Was January just a fluke? Had HPD not turned a corner after all?

I dreaded having to write this report, thinking that I'd be crying about how painful the month had been and despairing that my earnings were back down to mid 2014 levels.

It's funny isn't it?

Even though I've been in the business for 2.5 years, I still get these down days and these “ruts” where it seems hard to motivate myself and my inbox seems to be working against me.

In this case, I knew that this was just a phase and I had to work through it, and sure enough, things picked up about midway through the month. By the end of Feb, I was feeling pretty good again and chasing another $4k month.

The ups and downs of Internet Marketing are a nightmare, but you just have to cruise through them and keep on planting those seeds. [Tweet]

There's one pretty cool thing that came out of this. I was able to figure out that most of my inquiries were coming shortly after I was linked to from a popular blog, or after I had a guest-post go live.

It validated my theory that outreach was a good pillar for building my business, and in March I've been a lot more proactive with this. Results are already looking good.

Reviewing My Goals

Every month this year I'll post an update on my goals for the end of the year.

Goals do kind of change as the year goes on and things evolve, but here is what my current goals look like:

Traffic: 10,000 unique visitors a month to the site.

Team: This is a new goal I've started on. I'd like to have *most* of my services automated or run by team members by the end of the year. There will be some things like answering emails and customer support that I'll always need to do, so the more I can outsource the rest, the better I'll be at that.

Income: $5,000 a month (not including my 6-figure website income, which has its own goal). I'd like $1,000 or more of this to be from niche sites as well.

First Up, Traffic:

I was pretty pleased to see an increase from January and a sizable amount of returning traffic. My current audience is about 33% returning visitors, which I can assume means I'm doing something right and building a decent audience.

I'm not getting as much traffic as I'd like, but it tends to snowball, so I'm pretty confident I'll hit 10k or close to it by the end of the year.

The second screenshot below shows how Feb compared to January (the final 28 days of Jan).

Feb-traffic

Pretty good pages per session and average session duration! Bounce rate could be lower, but hasn't ever concerned me much.

feb-vs-jan

Overall February did pretty well when compared with Jan, and that's good to see. 500 more visits is great, and nearly 2,000 more pageviews is fantastic.

Sources:

55% of the traffic was organic, which is great to see. There was also a large amount of direct traffic, and some good referral traffic too.

Thanks to the following sites for sending me some good traffic in Feb:

1. Nichehacks

2. AuthorityWebsiteIncome

3. OneMoreCupOf-Coffee

Team

I mostly just hired new writers in February. March has been seeing a lot of progress and team/system growth, but you'll have to wait for next month's update for that.

The initial plan is to finalize the back-end team (those who help me fulfill services), and get everything up to speed by the end of March or April if possible. After that, I am quite keen to add more front-end members to help with outreach, writing content for HumanProofDesigns, and a few other projects I've had in mind for some time.

It's pretty liberating to know that not only do I have a budget to grow my team and outsource tasks now, but I also have the workload that requires it!

Income

I always surprise myself when toting up the income each month, so despite spending the first 10 days moping around and feeling like my luck had run out, I think I still did pretty well in February.

I have to confess that I've stopped calculating the exact amount until it comes to writing these reports, because it's a nice surprise and it stops me focusing on my income. I have other things to focus on instead now.

Affiliate Income

Amazon: $128

Amazon has been creeping up for me over the last few years, but $128 isn't exactly much. I actually just made some massive changes and March has tripled my Amazon income. Stay tuned next week for the update post on that.

DragonDoor: $73

Towards the end of the month they ran out of the DVD that I was promoting (I guess I did too well?) so sales slumped for a bit.

Adsense: $43

Clickbank: $35

For some reason, a random affiliate site I created over a year ago, that never earned me a dime, suddenly made a nice one-off sale. I guess if you plant enough seeds, sometimes you might get a nice surprise in the spring.

Affiliate Income Total: $279

HumanProofDesigns Income

As there are my own costs involved with these services, the amounts listed below are the profits made. There are also some affiliate commissions directly generated by HPD blog posts.

Ready-Made And Custom Built Sites: $1,170

Articles: $229

SEO Services: $475

BlueHost: $130

TheHoth: $82

Wealthy Affiliate: $776

Jaaxy: $40

Outreach Packages: $115

HPD Total Income: $3017

Other Income

This again is things like services for other people outside of my niche sites or HPD, or JV income.

JV: $21

Article Writing: $240

Total “Other” Income: $261

Add it all up together, and what do we get?

Total Income February: $3557

So despite spending the first 10 or so days feeling a bit blue and thinking I wasn't going to repeat the January heights, I still did pretty well, recording my second best month ever.

It was $1,000 below what I got in Jan, but $500 above where I wanted to be at the start of the year, so all in all I'm pretty happy.

I think the first 6 months of this year are going to see a lot of “up and down” income between the months, just like I had in 2014. As long as I'm trending upwards most of the time, and as long as my bottom line is still above $3,000, then I'll be pretty happy.

Onwards and upwards!

Special Thanks

There have been some audience members that have stuck around and been commenting regularly for a good few months, so I'd like to take the time to thank them below:

1. Tony Ridgeway (Who did a great guest post).

2. Graham Hoffman.

3. David Goecke.

4. Mark Thompson.

5. Luke Thomas (Who also did a great guest post).

Couldn't do these things without you all!

There are many more of you fantastic people out there as well, but these guys stuck out as being some of the more active fans!

Moving Forward

For the time being, I don't have any specific plans or changes that I'm going to do to improve my fortunes. Things are going well and I'm very happy with my momentum.

Right now all I want to do is improve my systems and support, and keep focusing on providing quality, improving where I can.

17 thoughts on “Income Report – February 2015”

  1. Another month and another great income. I wouldn’t be too worried about February’s figures as sales can take a dip during that month.

    January usually continues with people having Christmas money to spend and coupons etc plus January sales keep the sales going.

    Then by the time Feb hits there is usually a little slump before spring hits and people get that good feeling again and things pick up. I have seen it year after year in my niche but each has its own timetable and can differ.

    Our fishing eBay shop actually had its best Feb to date but December was a flop but we put it down to people spending on Christmas items and not fishing. 🙂

    Oh and thanks for the mention above. I keep coming back as I have learn’t a lot from your site as you are on top of industry changes and technological advancements. Keep up the good work!

  2. Looking good buddy! I’m more than happy to help a fellow entrepreneur out.

    I remember when you first got started. HPD wasn’t even a thought back then but now it’s slowly growing into something that’s going to be great.

    Also, the outreach package I purchased from you was brilliant! Might have to get a second one for a different project of mine 😉

    If there’s anything else you need help with don’t be afraid to reach out to me

  3. Great income report Bryon, I think February is always an odd month because it’s generally a 5-7 week break between pay-days.

    January people still buy stuff as they have the itch from Christmas spending, but by the end of the month they’re realising how tight it can be.

    I noticed you didn’t have anything for the keyword packages you put together, does that mean it didn’t make any sales? I know I’m yet to buy one (promise I will!) – just finishing a few websites for clients first of all!

    1. Cheers Graham. I sold 2 keyword packs in March and I think 1 in January, but 0 in Feb. They aren’t something I’ve been pushing particularly hard, so I’m not surprised that they are still hit and miss. I’m unsure whether they will be something I will pursue actively or not, as there are others that provide them as well.

  4. John Cyscon III

    i am not sure how i stumbled here, but im glad i did. in the few weeks ive been reading i read most of the back posts, and they are incredibly informative. i have learned a lot, but also i feel like im at the beginning portion of something good. your income report is low enough to be realistically possible (versus other blogs i read where they make 50-100k a month), but high enough to be enticing.

    for that im glad, because im in the beginning of my own empire building 😉

    1. If you go back right to the first income report in January last year, you might find them low enough to be realistic, but not quite high enough to be enticing! It’s definitely a case of building and building. When I think back to how this site has gone from virtually nothing at the start of 2014 to around 3,000 a month in 1 year, I’m very proud.

      Who knows, maybe the start of 2016 there will be reports that are too high to be realistic!

  5. Thanks for the update Bryon and also for the callout LOL! I enjoy your content and your audience as well. There’s a lot of great folks here that are chock full of ideas. It’s the Human Proof Think Tank.

    I’m glad to see things continuing to go well and I believe the most exciting thing is that you are seeing good averages over 2 consecutive months. I hope they continue for ya man!

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