January 2012 Progress Report

| February 3, 2012 | 8 Comments

I spent a lot of time in December and January working hard on my niche site portfolio. I’m pleased to say that all is going well and that I’ve achieved a thing or two in a short period of time. That said, when all was said and done, I ended up short on one of my goals for 2012.

If you recall in January, I said that I would output 50 sites by February 1st.  Well, that didn’t happen.  I ended up narrowly missing that by 4 sites.  All in all, I’m quite pleased with my output as I’ve tuned the process and the system that I use down to something that I like and can easily replicate.

This month, I will be focusing on my goal of hiring my first virtual assistant.  I’ve decided to let go of the reins a bit and let someone else do my backlinking tasks for me.  I don’t hate doing it, because I know what the result is when you do it well.  However, in February I want to be focused on re-investment on well-performing sites in terms of content and updates. Also, I want to study my Analytics and Adsense metrics data to make sure that I’m putting resources where they need to be. Having a VA will afford me the time to do this.  I’m taking advantage of the free $100 credit offered by Flippa and oDesk that I blogged about in my last post.

My Boring Income Report for January 2012

What was my income for January?

Andre Garde - Adsense earnings for January 2012

That’s right folks, four-digit earnings! Although two of those digits are to the right of the decimal point, but that’s of minor importance.

Given that my income was all of zero for December, I’d say that’s pretty good.  Keep in mind, I only started promoting my sites as of a few weeks ago, so I seem to be doing alright.  Oh, and I got another site into the top 10 this week:

In the top 10 for a different niche

You can see how easy the competition is.  That’s me at #10.  I expect to push pretty hard up to the top spot in the coming months.

And no, the #8 guy doesn’t scare me in the slightest and he won’t be an obstacle.

Where To Go From Here

The next course of action is quite clear. Build up my sites, make sure that they get ranked, invest in the winners, and then profit.

Let’s make February a good one, shall we?

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  1. Rob Wilson says:

    Andre – nice report. As Trent has just said on his income report at online income lab – adsense site building takes time. Links take time to come in and have an effect. The nearly passive income even your four digits is so nice to get. Look forward to next month’s even bigger 5 digit income!

  2. Andre Garde says:

    Thanks Rob. It was nice to see a couple of bucks roll in at the end of the month, all by itself seemingly.

    A soft goal for me would be to keep doubling my income every month with Adsense. That’s a bit beyond my control at this point, but a 5-digit income for February sounds good!

  3. Jason says:

    Andre, when using oDesk, did you just post a job or did you contact a person directly? How much did you pay per article? Thanks for your help.


    • Andre Garde says:

      Hi Jason,

      I just wrote a job posting outlining what I wanted and posted it up. I got some help from the oDesk staff and they suggested that I post some extra requirements in the advanced settings when you list. I only listed for candidates with a 4.5-5 star rating and at least 1000 hours worked on oDesk.

      I’ve never contracted for articles on oDesk. I always get them from TextBroker, which has never failed me. I had tried out The Content Authority and got a bad writer, then their less-than-helpful staff soured my experience even further. I probably could’ve tried again but I just didn’t want to bother.


  4. Andre, thanks for dropping by my blog post.

    I know it’s hard to start out in the beginning. My first month was terrible like $1 Amazon Income.

    Keep it up and sure that you would hit 4-digit down on the road.

  5. Joe says:

    Good stuff! Well down on the ranking. #8 has a lot of juice links, good luck with beating them!

    What sort of backlinking are you doing?

    I’m using UAW but not seeing any results from it yet. Would you recommend it?

    • Andre says:

      Hi Joe,

      I’m still using UAW and ALN. I’m testing out LinkAuthority and was going to test BMR as well, but as you know they’ve closed up shop.


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