I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to share this Side Income Report with you. Not only was May my largest earning month of the year, I came really close to reaching my goal of $1,000.00 per month in passive income!
My biggest single income generator for the month? Amazon affiliate income from my Amazon based niche sites and the income continues to trend upward. In fact May is was my largest month so far for Amazon income, but I won’t be able to report that income until July, as Amazon pays two months “in the rears”.
I’ve been really focused and busy over the past month.
I wrote and released my first eBook, BE a better blogger in May. So far it’s been a big success, and if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, you can get it free by signing up for my newsletter. I’ve received lots of positive feedback from subscribers so far. I’ve also seen my subscriber counts going up, so the incentive is working. Would definitely recommend making your own eBook to giveaway on your site.
I built out a new niche site as part of a “Niche Site Duel” I’m in with 12 other niche site experts. If I play my cards right, this site is going to be a big income generator for me down the road. I’m not ready to share it publicly yet, but I will once it begins to rank and get some traction. This will be the third niche site in my current inventory, and I’d love to get five of them going and maybe look at flipping one of them. You can read about it in the two updates I’ve done so far, here and here.
I’ve also just been building out content for all of my sites, and in particular my niche sites. Most of that content I’ve written myself, while some of it was written using iWriter, which I discuss in a little more detail in my latest niche site update.
I also started exploring teespring campaigns last month. As you’ll see in my income numbers, I found teespring to be a very viable income source. I’m working on an article about this new income stream. Running teespring campaigns is also fun, and requires very little upfront investment. The one I ran in May was my very first one. I made a number of mistakes and still earned over $100.00! I’ve been talking to some people in various teespring forums that are earning well over $1000.00 a month! No kidding. Definitely something I’m going to continue to work on and explore.
As you can see, I have my hands in a number of things right now, but I think it’s critical to diversify yourself, your sites, and your income.
Enough rambling, here are my income and expense numbers for May!
May Side Income and Expenses
May Side Income was up 54.75% over April, so a nice healthy increase. Here’s the detailed breakdown:
- Adsense: $186.48 (+5%)
- Commission Junction: $116.45 (+100%)
- InfoLinks: $54.51 (+100%)
- Teespring: $100.52 (+100%)
- Amazon.com: $428.54 (+58%)
- Mr. Rebates: $31.60 (-22%)
- Private Advertsing: $100.00 (+100%)
- Side Income Blogging Services: $195.00 (+50%)
Total Income for May 2014: $1,113.10 (+55%)
- Hosting: $5.00 – Using Fatcow for a few of my niche sites – incredibly inexpensive hosting – $5.00/month on a month to month basis
- EasyAzon: $37.00 – Well worth the money, it’s easily saved me far more than that in time saved.
- Jarida Theme: $55.00
- iWriter: $31.00
- Product for hands on review: $44.60
- Paypal Fees: $7.91
- Fiverr: $10.00 (Logo for my new niche site)
- Facebook Ads: $10.00 – This was for my teespring campaign
- Domain Registrations: $30.82
Total Expenses for May 2014: $231.33 (+720%)
Net Income for April 2014: $881.77 (+28%)
You’ll note that my expenses we much higher this month than prior months. Now that my income numbers are up, I’m going to start using some of that income to build additional sites and begin outsourcing some of the work that I’ve been doing myself. I also purchased a few tools to help me save time and ran some Facebook ads related to my teespring campaign. These are the first baby steps towards me scaling up my niche site business model using outsourcing.
Overall, a really awesome month and VERY close to my current $1000.00/month goal from passive income alone. Once I reach the $1000.00/month goal, I’ll bump that up to $5000.00. A stretch goal, but one that I firmly believe I can do in the next 6 – 12 months.
How was your month? Feel free to link your income report in the comments below.