A Year In Review Income Report (Including Nov. and Dec.)

Every month I publish an income report…why? Good question :-)

1. Accountability

With all the shiny objects out there it’s easy to spend WAY more than you’re earning. Luckily I realized this early on and I’ve kept detailed records of my expenses ever since. That being said, I know that there are certain expenses that are NECESSARY when running a business. As much as I don’t want to pay for them, I need to pay for my email autoresponder, website hosting, and video hosting every month. It’s just a part of doing business. There are other things that I buy as well, but I try my best to keep my expenses SIGNIFICANTLY LESS than my revenue. If I can do that then I’m ahead of the game.

2. Integrity

On my show I ask my guests a lot of personal questions. One that frequently comes up is “How much do you make?”. I feel like I need to reveal my own income if I’m going to be asking others the same question. It only seems right.

3. Perspective

There are a lot of online marketers out there who fake-it-till-they-make-it. In other words, they fudge their numbers and exaggerate their earnings in order to establish false authority in their niche. My goal is that by watching my income grow slowly over time you’ll realize that there is no get-rich-quick button.

Here's my results for November, 2014.

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138,229 page views (+95,360 from October)

22,960 Youtube channel views (+4,505 from October)

135,472 minutes watched (+5,697 from October)

Aweber subscribers: 6,002 (-501 subscribers from October)

GetResponse subscribers: 1,823 (+612 subscriber from October)

Total email list subscribers: 7,825

Expenses

Prizes for JV partners: $3,100 - These were prizes given as incentives to promote Affiliate Income Secrets

JVZoo Fees: $2,455.17 - Processing expenses from my product launch

Facebook ads: $745.76 - Mostly JV ads and retargeting for my launch

GoToWebinar: $150

Aweber: $69 – This is my list building software that allows me to email everyone when there’s a new interview

TimeTrade- $49

GetResponse: $45 – This is the autoresponder I use for my buyer’s list and solo ads

TimerLay: $39.95 - A fantastic tool for adding scarcity to your sales pages

oDesk Virtual Assistants: $28.12 – I have some workers helping me with daily tasks that don’t need me. I’m trying to outsource more and more daily.

Traffic Planet Hosting: $24.99 – The hosting account that I recently switched to. It’s super fast and I’m very happy with it.

Resell Rights Weekly: $19.95 – Reoccurring membership fee for the bonuses I add from my interviews and reviews

WuFoo: $14.95

Skype: $10 for premium

Total expenses: $6,751.89 (+6,438.87 compared to October)

Revenue

The Launch Bible: $3,141.50 from review and interview with Alex Jeffreys

The Lazy Affiliate 2.0: $2,725.21 from review and interview with Mark Bishop

Explaindio: $2,119.94 from review and interview with Nick LaPolla

InstaHook Video Backgrounds: $1,177.18 from review and interview with Brad Scott

How to Write Sales Letters that Sell: $1,111.37 from review and interview with Reed Floren

List Verify Jeet: $1,051.08 from review and interview with Radu

OneLinks: $1,009.27 from review and interview with Neil Napier

Optin Gate: $812.50 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

Geo Target: $662.92 from review and interview with Neil Napier

Quick Cash Blueprint: $628.33 from review and interview with Kurt Chrisler

Thrive Landing Pages: $379 from review and interview with Shane Melaugh

Absolute Jacker: $370 from review and interview with Ariel Sanders

Fresh Store Builder: $263 from review and interview with Carey Baird

Tee Profits Recipe: $147 from review and interview with Demian Caceres

Video Tweet Pressr: $141 from review and interview with Leah Butler-Smith

Video Maker FX: $133.70 from review and interview with Peter Roszak

Arbitrage Underdog RELOADED: $117.50 from review and interview with Tom E

The Fiverr Handover: $82.18 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Tee Cash Kit: $66.60 from review and interview with Nishant Bhardwaj

Kindle Money Mastery: $60.43 from review and interview with Stefan Pylarinos

How to Create Information Products that SELL: $57.74 from review and interview with Reed Floren

Operation Solo: $53.91 from interview with Anthony Tilley

iPocket Video: $50.40 from review and interview with Joey Xoto

Kindle Sales Rank Superhero: $49.81 from review and interview with Mike Balmaceda

Instant Email Swipe File: $49.07 from review and interview with Matt Bacak

IMNow Webinar: $48.50 from review and interview with Keith Lynch

RunClick Webinar: $43.65 from review and interview with Walt Bayliss

Tee Blueprint: $37 from review and interview with Manny Hanif

Squeeze Matic: $34 from review and interview with Brett Rutecky

Sales Automation Engine: $33.50 from review and interview with Olusegun Balogun

Solo Ad Business Blueprint: $33.16 from interview with Kate Rosenberg

Solo Ad Escape: $30.56 from review and interview with Kevin Fahey

Covert Pinpress 2.0: $28.20 from review and interview with Cindy Battye

Under the Radar Profits: $27 from review and interview with James Canzanella

Laptop Laziness: $26.01 from review and interview with Bill Hugall

Funnel Vision (CLOSED): $24.95 from review and interview with Dr. Ben Adkins

Inner Circle Solo Ads 3.0: $24.75 from interview with Rob Stafford

How To Build Your First List: $24.57 from review and interview with Reed Floren

How to Find & Research a Profitable Niche Market: $24.57 from interview with Reed Floren

WP Combo: $24.47 from review and Vas Blagodarskiy

Compliance Bar: $23.50 from review and interview with Anton Nadilo

Hero Tower: $23.50 from review and interview with Ross Carrel

WP Profit Builder: $23.50 from review and interview with Sean Donahoe

Azon Video Vault: $23.50 from review and interview with M. Bari

Social Post Manager: $15.50 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

Passive List Building Blitz: $14.66 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Funnel Kit: $14.40 from interview with Emka

The Rainmaker: $13.50 from review and interview with Bill Hugall

How to Find Affiliate Programs for BIG Profits: $13.38 from review and interviewwith Reed Floren

Spy Perfection: $10.63 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

The Death of Solo Ads: $10 from review and interview with David Eisner

Zamurai Video Bootcamp: $10 from review and interview with Joshua Zamora

Easy Web Video eBay Edition: $9.98 from review and interview with Todd Gross

Social Lead Chief: $9.25 from review and interview with Stefan van der Vlag

Half-A-Brain Profit Machine: $8.76 from review and interview with Jeremy Kennedy

Ad Factory: $8.10 from review and interview with Russ Schneider

CPA Warrior: $7.37 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Fiverr Untapped: $6.05 from review and interview with John Shea

75 Minute Blueprint: $4.70 from interview with Mark Thompson

Total revenue from interviews: $17,175.81 (+$1,453.06 from October)

Private Coaching students: $24,000 – In this program I teach how to make money from affiliate marketing, list building, and product creation. If you're interested in joining you can APPLY HERE.

Affiliate Income Secrets: $20,478.40 - My product teaching how I make money from affiliate marketing

Fiverr Secrets: $34– My product showing how I make about $500/month in extra income on Fiverr

Product Launch Confessions: $17

Kindle earnings: $40.20

Resell Rights Weekly: $57.98 – This is a website that has a ton of products that you can use as your own

Long Tail Pro: $37.97 from interview with Spencer Haws

Total from OTHER streams of income: $44,665.55 (+$43,585.10 from October)

Total Revenue: $61,841.36 (+$45,039.15 from October)

Total Profit: $55,089.47 (+$38,600.28 from October)

Ok, now for the December, 2014 Income report

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43,684 page views (-94,545 from November)

19,010 Youtube channel views (-3,950 from November)

136,164 minutes watched (+692 from November)

Aweber subscribers: 6,362 (+360 subscribers from November)

GetResponse subscribers: 4,816 (+2,993 subscriber from November)

Total email list subscribers: 11,178

Expenses

Facebook ads: $296.81 - Ad money spent for FB list building

GoToWebinar: $150

JVZoo Fees: $149.54 - Processing expenses from my product sales

Aweber: $69 – This is my list building software that allows me to email everyone when there’s a new interview

Wistia: $64.93

Bing Ads: $50.54

GetResponse: $45 – This is the autoresponder I use for my buyer’s list and solo ads

TimerLay: $39.95 - A fantastic tool for adding scarcity to your sales pages

oDesk Virtual Assistants: $34.41 – I have some workers helping me with daily tasks that don’t need me. I’m trying to outsource more and more daily.

Traffic Planet Hosting: $24.99 – The hosting account that I recently switched to. It’s super fast and I’m very happy with it.

Resell Rights Weekly: $19.95 – Reoccurring membership fee for the bonuses I add from my interviews and reviews

WuFoo: $14.95

Skype: $10 for premium

Total expenses: $970.07 (-$5,781.82 compared to November)

Revenue

Online Wealth Academy: $1,958.87 from review, interview, and webinar with Mikael Dia

Emergency Christmas Cash 2.0: $1,689.58 from review and interview with Kristie Chiles

Hidden CPA Loophole: $1,587.30 from review and presell video

Laptop List Pro: $1,465.14 from review and interview with Bill Hugall

1K Whirlwind: $1,100.81 from review and interview with Barry Rodgers and Andrew Brocklehurst

Link Indexr: $1,044 from review and interview with Joshua Zamora

Social Directory: $861.22 from review and interview with Karthik Ramani

Arbitrage Autopilot Profits: $802.16 from review and interview with Zak Loveday

Tube Live Commando (CLOSED): $795.47 from review and interview with Tony Hayes

Bing Brings You The Bling: $780.01 from review and interview with Rob Stafford

Video Script: $768.30 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

Kindle Assembly Line: $753.67 from review and interview with Saeed Rajan

Hydro Funnels: $461.29 from review and interview with Mike Buontempo

The Launch Bible: $314.71 from review and interview with Alex Jeffreys

Video Rizer: $254.50 from review and interview with Aaron Wolfe

InstaHook Video Backgrounds: $167.80 from review and interview with Brad Scott

Explaindio: $154.48 from review and interview with Nick LaPolla

WP Profit Builder: $109.68 from review and interview with Sean Donahoe

RunClick Webinar: $102.15 from review and interview with Walt Bayliss

The Lazy Affiliate 2.0: $92.05 from review and interview with Mark Bishop

Fresh Store Builder: $85.50 from review and interview with Carey Baird

Video Maker FX: $85 from review and interview with Peter Roszak

Absolute Jacker: $79 from review and interview with Ariel Sanders

Article Buddy Pro: $65.93 from review and interview with Radu Hahaianu

Thrive Landing Pages: $60 from review and interview with Shane Melaugh

Arbitrage Underdog RELOADED: $57 from review and interview with Tom E

The Fiverr Handover: $54.81 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

IMNow Webinar: $48.50 from review and interview with Keith Lynch

Fiverr Factory: $48.50 from review

Hero Tower: $47 from review and interview with Ross Carrel

Covert Store Builder: $46.70 from interview with Cindy Battye

Solo Ad Business Blueprint: $45.60 from interview with Kate Rosenberg

Secret Millionaires Traffic Source: $35 from interview with Dave Gruber and Matt Bacak

Azon Video Vault: $32 from review and interview with M. Bari

Kindle Money Mastery: $30.46 from review and interview with Stefan Pylarinos

Under the Radar Profits: $27 from review and interview with James Canzanella

Tee Blueprint: $26.05 from review and interview with Manny Hanif

Funnel Vision (CLOSED): $24.95 from review and interview with Dr. Ben Adkins

How To Build Your First List: $24.57 from review and interview with Reed Floren

Inner Circle Solo Ads 3.0: $24 from interview with Rob Stafford

Fancy Forms: $23.50 from review and interview with Brett Rutecky

Rapid Video Funnels: $23.40 from review and interview with Peter Beattie

Optin Gate: $19.75 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

Easy Auto Tube: $17.45 from review and presell video

Long Tail Pro: $15.26 from interview with Spencer Haws

Spy Perfection: $10.63 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

The Death of Solo Ads: $10.50 from review and interview with David Eisner

Laptop Laziness: $8.67 from review and interview with Bill Hugall

Ad Factory: $8.10 from review and interview with Russ Schneider

How to Create a $7 product: $7.68 from interview with Trevor Dumbleton

Solo Ad Escape: $7.48 from review and interview with Kevin Fahey

Simple JV Cash: $1.39 from review and interview with AJ Montoya

Total revenue from interviews: $16,364.57 (-$811.24 from November)

Affiliate Income Secrets: $1,407.16 - My product teaching how I make money from affiliate marketing

Kindle earnings: $38.07

Resell Rights Weekly: $71.25 – This is a website that has a ton of products that you can use as your own

Total from OTHER streams of income: $1,516.48 (-$43,149.07 from November)

Total Revenue: $17,881.05 (-$43,960.31 from November)

Total Profit: $16,910.98 (-$38,178.49 from November)

So I've been sitting on this income report for the last couple of months now. Why haven't I published? Well, its a combination of a couple of things:

1. November was the BUSIEST and most PROFITABLE month that ive ever had in my life. I launched a product that did almost $50,000 in sales and that made me about $40,000 in total profits. That launch DRAINED the energy right out of me. I even lost about 5 pounds during the 5 day launch period as some days I even forgot to eat. It was exhausting.

2. On December 20th I went to New York with my wife and sister-in-law for four days. We did the tourist thing and then headed to Maine to visit with my family. On December 30th we flew to San Francisco to celebrate the New Year, and then flew back to Maine on January 2nd...and then flew to Istanbul on the 3rd. Then I had jet lag and was sick for the next week.

I'm not telling you this as an excuse, but just to show that even with all this going on I was able to make almost $17,000 in December. That, to me, is simply amazing.

So what happened in 2014?

2014 was the BEST year of my life financially. Before taxes, I earned $190,000. Last year I earned a little more than $14,000. That's a difference of $176,000!

I finally had that "tipping point" in my business where all the hard work came to fruition. Instead of struggling to break the $2,000 profit mark every month, I was easily passing the $10,000 mark and on the way to $20,000.

It’s not JUST about the money

But I don’t want this to be all about “how much money I made”. I feel like I’m getting beyond that now. I’m at the point where I can start worrying less about the cash and more about the value.

Internet marketing shouldn’t just be about making x dollars per day. It should also be about investing that money. Unfortunately most people aren’t even making a dollar so how can they even think about investing money that they haven’t made yet? Instead of throwing money at product after product they should be thinking about ways they can make their money grow.

Perhaps one of those ways is investing in a $7 course and then actually implementing what they’ve learned. One way of doing this is by documenting everything that you’re doing online. If you’re not publicly capturing your journey in a blog then you are WASTING a potential marketing machine in the future. One of the reasons my Affiliate Income Secrets launch was so successful was because there was NO DOUBT in anyone’s mind that I was actually doing what I claimed on my sales page. Everyone had already seen me slowly building up over time…I had PROOF. For those interested, I did a detailed video of the results of that launch HERE.

So are YOU documenting your journey? Are you keeping track of each course that you’re buying? Are you taking action and implementing what you’re learning? I hope you are. I hope you’re treating every dollar that you spend as an education and not simply another “magic solution” that’s going to bring you $10,000 next month.

So let’s get this straight. If you didn’t make $100 online last month you’re probably not going to make $10,000 this month. It took me a LONG time to get to where I am today, but don’t let that dissuade you…let it INSPIRE you. That’s my goal here…to inspire. If I can do it then ANYONE can. But it’s going to take some hard work, consistent action, and the willingness to do the work when it would be much easier to go out with your friends or watch the game on TV. That’s the hard truth.

My Plan for 2015

I know that I’ve got to level-up in 2015. I need to take the momentum that I have going for me know and keep moving with it. I can’t let myself get complacent…and I have no plans to sit still.

So here are my goals for 2015:

1. Be easily making $50,000 per month by December, 2015.

2. Build my email list to 100,000 subscribers.

3. Buy an apartment and pay it off in full.

4. Have at least $100,000 in liquid assets (savings) by December, 2015.

5. Write and publish a Kindle book in my name

6. Outsource and publish 100 Kindle books as an alternative income source

7. Spend $10,000 on solo ads, document the results, and launch it as a product (would you buy it?)

8. Set up an auto-webinar sequence to funnel in leads from Facebook

I’ve seen plenty of marketers get to the level that I’m at now. The next logical step is to create higher end products or software. One of the nice things about having a platform such as MikeFromMaine.com and an email list is that I can try things out, package the results up as products, and then make back my investment in product sales. I feel like these “experiments” will be the best way I can help my audience grow.

And that’s my goal…for YOU to grow.

Here’s my advice for you:

1. Setup your WordPress blog- Like I mentioned before, you should be using this to publicly be documenting your journey. You can get a domain name for $1.99 from GoDaddy and amazing WordPress hosting from Traffic Planet Hosting.

2. Start building your email list- You’ll hear this over and over again from successful marketers. Why? Because it’s the MOST important part of your business. You can get your first month for free from Get Response.

3. Keep track of your spending- You don’t want to be doing your taxes next year and find out that you’ve spent $10,000 on IM products, but haven’t made a dime. Budget out what you’ll spend each month on your education and try not to go over it. You can also post affiliate links on your website to the products that you buy as you document your journey.

4. Start networking with other people in your niche- No, I don’t mean sending them spammy messages about creating “strategic relationships”. I mean truly taking an interest in other people’s blogs and products, and then helping out when you can. A perfect way to start a dialogue with someone is by asking if they need testimonials for their upcoming product launch. Better yet, buy someone’s product, apply it, get results, and THEN send them a testimonial. You’ll get on their radar for sure.

5. Think of ways you can help OTHERS- One of my favorite quotes is Zig Ziglar’s “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Follow this advice and you will be a hero to many.

If you do these five things in 2015 you will be WAY ahead of 95% of people treating their online business as a hobby. Start treating it like a business and you’ll start making “business” money.

That’s it. Thanks for all your support throughout 2014!

Oh, and here’s some pictures from November and December:-)

At the Golden Gate Bridge
At the Golden Gate Bridge
dad
Back home in Maine with my Dad
In Times Square a few days before Christmas
In Times Square a few days before Christmas
Eating oysters in Grand Central Station in New York
Eating oysters in Grand Central Station in New York

Income Report for October, 2014 – Playing Catch Up

42,869 page views   (+12,898 from September)

18,455 Youtube channel views  (-806 from September)

129,775 minutes watched (-5,282 from September)

Aweber subscribers: 6,503 (+513 subscribers from September)

GetResponse subscribers:  1,211 (-747 subscriber from September)

Total email list subscribers: 7,714

Expenses

Aweber: $69 – This is my list building software that allows me to email everyone when there’s a new interview

JVZoo Fees: $48.84

GetResponse: $45 – This is the autoresponder I use for my buyer’s list and solo ads

oDesk Virtual Assistants: $44.40 – I have some workers helping me with daily tasks that don’t need me. I’m trying to outsource more and more daily.

Traffic Planet Hosting: $24.99 – The hosting account that I recently switched to. It’s super fast and I’m very happy with it.

Audio Jungle: $20 – Music for my Affiliate Income Secretes sales video

Resell Rights Weekly: $19.95 – Reoccurring membership fee for the bonuses I add from my interviews and reviews

WuFoo: $14.95

SendGrid: $11.23 – Email sending service

Skype: $10 for premium

Facebook ads: $4.66

Total expenses: $313.02 (-$443.87 compared to September)

Revenue

The Rainmaker: $2,039.97 from review and interview with Bill Hugall

Commission Kaboom: $1,061.67 from review and interview with Tom Yevsikov

iPocket Video: $1,038.30 from review and interview with Joey Xoto

How to Create Information Products that SELL: $847.33 from review and interview with Reed Floren

Absolute Jacker: $831.50 from review and interview with Ariel Sanders

Fiverr Factory: $779.09 from review

Fresh Store Builder: $755.50 from review and interview with Carey Baird

Article Buddy Pro: $692.55 from review and interview with Radu Hahaianu

Fancy Forms: $657 from review and interview with Brett Rutecky

Call To Action Pro: $553.75 from review and interview with Alexander Sebastian

Tee Profits Recipe: $495.50 from review and interview with Demian Caceres

How to Find Affiliate Programs for BIG Profits: $452.92 from review and interview with Reed Floren

Social Post Manager: $440.21 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

Video Tweet Pressr: $429.53 from review and interview with Leah Butler-Smith

Email Jeet: $415.91 from review and interview with Cyril “Jeet” Gupta

WP Sales Chimp: $377.46 from review and interview with Joshua Zamora

Video Alchemy: $348.02 from review and interview with Simon Warner

Social Mobi Surveys: $347.96 from review and interview with Karthik Ramani

Easy Web Video eBay Edition: $274.52 from review and interview with Todd Gross

Thrive Landing Pages: $267 from review and interview with Shane Melaugh

Covert Conversation: $235.18 from review and interview with Cindy Battye

Socialite Pro: $231 from review and interview with Luke Maguire

IM Success Secrets With Mike From Maine And Saul Maraney: $198.66 from mail promo

Solo Ad Escape: $192.27 from review and interview with Kevin Fahey

Profit Spring: $151.50 from review and interview with Ryan Powell

Fearless Email: $145.56 from review and interview with Chuck Mullaney

Arbitrage Underdog RELOADED: $137.50 from review and interview with Tom E

Rapid Video Funnels: $117.85 from review and interview with Peter Beattie

Tee Cash Kit: $111 from review and interview with Nishant Bhardwaj

Video Maker FX: $102 from review and interview with Peter Roszak

The Fiverr Handover: $81.14 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Covert Store Builder: $74.90 from interview with Cindy Battye

Tee Profit Punch: $69.20 from review and interview with Travis Petelle

Resto Box: $52 from review and interview with Prady

Mobile Lead Monster: $50.40 from review and interview with Kevin Zichermann

IMNow Webinar: $48.50 from review and interview with Keith Lynch

RunClick Webinar: $47 from review and interview with Walt Bayliss

Tee Blueprint: $44.55 from review and interview with Manny Hanif

Under the Radar Profits: $41.81 from review and interview with James Canzanella

Giga Pro Launch: $35.71 from review and interview with Ivana Bosjnak

Kindle Marketing Magic: $35.70 from review and interview with Mike Balmaceda

Funnel Vision (CLOSED): $34.93 from review and interview with Dr. Ben Adkins

The Death of Solo Ads: $32.85 from review and interview with David Eisner

Creative Post: $31.05 from review and interview with Guillermo Mata

Million Dollar Sales Video: $29.35 from review and interview with Alex Jeffreys

How To Build Your First List: $24.57 from review and interview with Reed Floren

Ad Factory: $24.30 from review and interview with Russ Schneider

Local Reputation Hero: $23.50 from review and interview with Matthew Ianotti

Hero Tower: $23.50 from review and interview with Ross Carrel

Azon Video Vault: $23.50 from review and interview with M. Bari

Social Lead Chief: $22.75 from review and interview with Stefan van der Vlag

Operation Solo: $17.97 from interview with Anthony Tilley

Instant Email Swipe File: $17.96 from review and interview with Matt Bacak

Tuberank Jeet: $16.20 from review and interview with Cyril Gupta

Passive List Building Blitz: $15.83 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Local Business Breach: $13.50 from review and interview with Paul James

Fiverr Untapped: $12.10 from review and interview with John Shea

Simple JV Cash: $10.25 from review and interview with AJ Montoya

FB Fever Reloaded: $8.50 from review and interview with A.J. Montoya

Spy Perfection: $8.50 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

FB Clicks Massacre: $6.73 from interview and review with Denis Balitskiy

WSO Winner: $5.44 from review and interview with Alessandro Zamboni

Going Viral on Facebook: $4.86 from interview with Yoel Cohen

Inner Circle Solo Ads 3.0: $4.50 from interview with Rob Stafford

Total revenue from interviews: $15,721.76  (+$684.18 from September)

Secret Product: $982.12 Prelaunch tests for my November product launch

Fiverr Secrets: $17– My product showing how I make about $500/month in extra income on Fiverr

Kindle earnings: $26.92

Resell Rights Weekly: $44.01 – This is a website that has a ton of products that you can use as your own

Long Tail Pro: $10.40 from interview with Spencer Haws

Total from OTHER streams of income: $1,080.45 (-$2,635.28 from September)

Total Revenue: $16,802.21 (-$1,951.10 from September)

Total Profit: $16,489.19 (-$1,507.23 from September)

Above you’ll find my results for October. I didn’t have a chance to update this in November as it was my BUSIEST month online ever since I had a big product launch.

Instead of trying to remember everything that happened this month, I’m going to focus on my November income report instead, as it will be a lot more interesting :-)

Income Report for September, 2014 – Preparing to Launch

29,971 page views   (+650 from August)

19,261 Youtube channel views  (+4,358 from August)

135,057 minutes watched (+26,865 from August)

Aweber subscribers: 5,990 (-366 subscribers from August)

GetResponse subscribers:  1,958 (-135 subscriber from August)

Total email list subscribers: 7,948

Expenses

Copywriter for sales letter: $225 – I paid a copywriter to rewrite some parts of my sales letter for my upcoming launch.

Facebook ads: $130.86

JVZoo Fees: $89.70

Aweber: $69 – This is my list building software that allows me to email everyone when there’s a new interview

BriteVerify: $64.54 – Fees to clean out bad emails from my mailing list

oDesk Virtual Assistants: $62.90 – I have some workers helping me with daily tasks that don’t need me. I’m trying to outsource more and more daily.

GetResponse: $45 – This is the autoresponder I use for my buyer’s list and solo ads

Traffic Planet Hosting: $24.99 – The hosting account that I recently switched to. It’s super fast and I’m very happy with it.

Resell Rights Weekly: $19.95 – Reoccurring membership fee for the bonuses I add from my interviews and reviews

WuFoo: $14.95

Skype: $10 for premium

Total expenses: $756.89 (+$463.08 compared to August)

Revenue

Video Jacker: $1,891 from review and interview with Chris Fox

Thrive Landing Pages: $1,417.50 from review and interview with Shane Melaugh

Tee Profits Recipe: $1,394.50 from review and interview with Demian Caceres

How To Build Your First List: $1,232.35 from review and interview with Reed Floren

Socialite Pro: $1,220.20 from review and interview with Luke Maguire

WP Profit Builder: $1,092.80 from review and interview with Sean Donahoe

Cloud PBN: $887.84 from review and interview with Wyatt Jozwowski

Million Dollar Sales Video: $555.92 from review and interview with Alex Jeffreys

Keyword Suggestion Pro: $465.44 from review and interview with Radu Hahaianu

Traffic Ignite: $378.42 from review and interview with Seth Bias

Under the Radar Profits: $386.88 from review and interview with James Canzanella

Niche Cash Machine Blueprint: $351.56 from review and interview with Chris Ferrante

Azon Video Vault: $318.70 from review and interview with M. Bari

Mobile Lead Monster: $294 from review and interview with Kevin Zichermann

Local Whiteboard Video Producer V4: $290.04 from review and interview with Matt Bush

Emergency Tube Cash: $271.25 from review and presell video

Video Maker FX: $268.10 from review and interview with Peter Roszak

Video Profit Surge: $264.27 from review and presell video

Local Business Breach: $260.12 from review and interview with Paul James

Backup Beast: $234.50 from review and interview with Ankur Shukla

Giga Pro Launch: $216.77 from review and interview with Ivana Bosjnak

Social Lead Chief: $131.55 from review and interview with Stefan van der Vlag

CPA Cash Demon: $128.06 from review and interview with Naidy Phoon

Tee Blueprint: $99 from review and interview with Manny Hanif

Arbitrage Underdog RELOADED: $80.50 from review and interview with Tom E

Fearless Email: $72.78 from review and interview with Chuck Mullaney

The Secret Sauce: $69.73 from review and interview with Lee Collins

Solo Ad Professor: $55.91 from review and interview with Paul Nicholls

Spy Perfection: $55.50 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

Ad Factory: $55.20 from review and interview with Russ Schneider

Tee Cash Boot Camp: $51.80 from review and interview with Andy Berard

Funnel Vision (CLOSED): $49.90 from review and interview with Dr. Ben Adkins

Creative Post: $48.60 from review and interview with Guillermo Mata

IMNow Webinar: $48.50 from review and interview with Keith Lynch

Tee Cash Kit: $44.40 from review and interview with Nishant Bhardwaj

Operation Solo: $35.94 from interview with Anthony Tilley

Kindle Marketing Magic: $35.60 from review and interview with Mike Balmaceda

Half-A-Brain Profit Machine: $34.78 from review and interview with Jeremy Kennedy

FB Empire Builders: $32 from review and interview with Aravindh Sridhar

Funnel Factories: $25.30 from review and interview with Barry Rodgers

Hero Tower: $24.50 from review and interview with Ross Carrel

Simple CPA Profits 2: $24.47 from review and interview with Adam Payne

Local Reputation Hero: $23.50 from review and interview with Matthew Ianotti

Solo Ad Business Blueprint: $21.48 from interview with Kate Rosenberg

Simple JV Cash: $20.47 from review and interview with AJ Montoya

The Fiverr Handover: $19.67 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Instant Email Swipe File: $17.93 from review and interview with Matt Bacak

Resto Box: $13.50 from review and interview with Prady

Instant Profit Silos: $13.03 from review and interview with Mark Bishop

Passive List Building Blitz: $7.32 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Inner Circle Solo Ads 3.0: $4.50 from interview with Rob Stafford

 

Total revenue from interviews: $15,037.58 (+$457.57 from August)

Private Coaching students: $1,997 – In this program I teach how to make money from affiliate marketing, list building, and product creation. I’m slowly accepting new students so if you’re interested in learning my secrets to making money online then APPLY HERE.

Secret Product: $1,587.29 I’ll be launching this soon, but I’ve been testing the sales funnel

Fiverr Secrets: $51– My product showing how I make about $500/month in extra income on Fiverr

Kindle earnings: $29

Resell Rights Weekly: $30.74

PLR Assassin: $13.04 – This is a website that has a ton of products that you can use as your own

Long Tail Pro: $7.66 from interview with Spencer Haws

Total from OTHER streams of income: $3,715.73  (+785.73 from August)

Total Revenue: $18,753.31 (+$1,242.70 from August)

Total Profit: $17,996.42 (+$779.62 from August)

 

This is going to be one of my shorter income reports. I’m currently preparing to launch a product on November 5th, and I’m putting all my attention into that so it can be a successful launch.

I will say that by launching a product like this I’m headed into new territory. It’s one thing to make money as an affiliate, but once you start selling your own stuff there’s a lot of responsibility on your shoulders to deliver quality products…and also to make sales for your affiliates.

What can I say? This was another solid month :-)

Income Report for August, 2014 – Almost at $20K

29,321 page views   (+1,210 from July)

14,903  Youtube channel views  (+153 from July)

108,192 minutes watched (+3,007 from July)

Aweber subscribers: 6,356 (+565 subscribers from July)

GetResponse subscribers:  2,093 (+1 subscriber from July)

Total email list subscribers: 8,449

Expenses

Aweber: $69 – This is my list building software that allows me to email everyone when there’s a new interview

GetResponse: $45 – This is the autoresponder I use for my buyer’s list and solo ads

JVZoo Fees: $43

oDesk Virtual Assistants: $42.92 – I have some workers helping me with daily tasks that don’t need me. I’m trying to outsource more and more daily.

Traffic Planet Hosting: $24.99 – The hosting account that I recently switched to. It’s super fast and I’m very happy with it.

Resell Rights Weekly: $19.95 – Reoccurring membership fee for the bonuses I add from my interviews and reviews

Click Magick: $17 – The awesome tool I use for tracking clicks, optins, and sales

WuFoo: $14.95

Skype: $10 for premium

Facebook ads: $7

Total expenses: $293.81 (-$166.28 compared to July)

Revenue

Funnel Vision (CLOSED): $2,009.88 from review and interview with Dr. Ben Adkins

Arbitrage Underdog RELOADED: $1,694.50 from review and interview with Tom E

RunClick Webinar: $1,283.05 from review and interview with Walt Bayliss

The Fiverr Handover: $1,034.87 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Tube Viper X: $960.60 from review and interview with Lisa Allen and Anthony Aires

Tee Blueprint: $835.65 from review and interview with Manny Hanif

Backup Beast: $734.03 from review and interview with Ankur Shukla

Squeeze Matic: $693.26 from review and interview with Brett Rutecky

CPA Cash Demon: $643.01 from review and interview with Naidy Phoon

Simple CPA Profits 2: $593.54 from review and interview with Adam Payne

Resto Box: $488 from review and interview with Prady

Paged Profits Formula: $354.69 from review

Hangout Cash Code: $309.14 from review and interview with Mark Salmon and Chris Cole

Zamurai PBN Blueprint: $273.99 from review and interview with Joshua Zamora

Half-A-Brain Profit Machine: $269.13 from review and interview with Jeremy Kennedy

Video Maker FX: $244.90 from review and interview with Peter Roszak

Covert Video Press: $192 from preview and review

Seamless Secure: $187.71 from review and interview with Radu Hahaianu

Instant Profit Silos: $148.69 from review and interview with Mark Bishop

Covert Shirt Store: $145.50 from review and interview with Cindy Battye

The Secret Sauce: $112.90 from review and interview with Lee Collins

Social Mobi Deals: $110.04 from review and interview with Karthik Ramani

Retargeting Rebellion: $92.03 from review and interview with Gavin and Jake

Social Bitcoin Store (CLOSED): $82.85 from review and interview with Neil Napier

The Cash Box Blueprint: $79.96 from review and preview

Local Reputation Hero: $70.50 from review and interview with Matthew Ianotti

Spy Perfection: $68.27 from review and interview with Sam Bakker

Funnel Factories: $63.50 from review and interview with Barry Rodgers

Niche Synergy: $56.90 from interview and review with Mark Bishop

Ad Factory: $55.20 from review and interview with Russ Schneider

Easy Auto Tube: $54.85 from review and presell video

Penguin Recovery Jeet: $51.50 from review and interview with Cyril Jeet Gupta

IMNow Webinar: $48.50 from review and interview with Keith Lynch

Rapid Content Wizard: $48.50 from review and interview with Sean Donahoe

Local Lead Alternator: $45.37 review and interview with Ivana Bosnjak

Tee Cash Kit: $44.40 from review and interview with Nishant Bhardwaj

Creative Post: $40.46 from review and interview with Guillermo Mata

Rapid Mailer: $33.50 from review and interview with Sean Donahoe

Kindle Money Mastery: $26.74 from review and interview with Stefan Pylarinos

Tee Cash Boot Camp: $25.90 from review and interview with Andy Berard

Zamurai Video Bootcamp: $23.99 from review and interview with Joshua Zamora

Hero Tower: $24.50 from review and interview with Ross Carrel

Tee Profit Punch: $21.73 from review and interview with Travis Petelle

Solo Ad Business Blueprint: $21.26 from interview with Kate Rosenberg

Solo Profits Blueprint: $18.15 from review and interview with James Canzanella

Vid Infusion (CLOSED): $18 from review and interview with Josh Ratta

My Marketing Results: $17.32 from review and presell video

Tuberank Jeet: $16.20 from review and interview with Cyril Gupta

Super Easy Cash Machine: $15.40 from review and interview with Branden Pierce

Passive List Building Blitz: $14.61 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Cray-Z E-Z Profits: $14.01 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

The Death of Solo Ads: $10.89 from review and interview with David Eisner

Video Nova: $10.02 from review and interview with JF Garsula

Simple JV Cash: $8.30 from review and interview with AJ Montoya

EasyBay Pro: $8.10 from review and interview with Chris Guthrie

TreasureCoach Linkedin: $7.50 from review and interview with Maksym V.

CPA Warrior: $7.36 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Digital Product Academy: $6.05 from review and interview with Nick Arnold

Inner Circle Solo Ads 3.0: $4.50 from interview with Rob Stafford

This Stuff Really Works: $4.11 from interview with James Holland

Total revenue from interviews: $14,580.01 (+$6,278.08 from July)

Private Coaching students: $1,997 – In this program I teach how to make money from affiliate marketing, list building, and product creation. I’m slowly accepting new students so if you’re interested in learning my secrets to making money online then APPLY HERE.

Secret Product: $823.56 I’ll be launching this soon, but I’ve been testing the sales funnel

Kindle earnings: $37.64

PLR Assassin: $24.03 – This is a website that has a ton of products that you can use as your own

Fiverr Secrets: $17– My product showing how I make about $500/month in extra income on Fiverr

Image Suite: $22.54

Clever Youtube Plugin: $8.83

Total from OTHER streams of income: $2,930.60 (-$1,228.9- from July)

Total Revenue: $17,510.61 (+$5,049.18 from July)

Total Profit: $17,216.80 (+$5,215.46 from July)

I’m still in shock from this month’s results. I mean, my goal for 2014 was to be EASILY making $5,000 per month. Hitting almost $20,000 was something that I didn’t think would even be possible.

How was I able to do it? There were some AMAZING products to promote this month. One thing I love about my job is that I get to play with every new tool on the market and go through every new course. Sure, it can be a bit of information overload, but I know when I’ve hit something amazing. I have to be careful about saying “this is awesome, go get it” because if I say that for every product that I do an interview and review about then my recommendation becomes meaningless.

I’m finally finished with my product detailing the steps it takes to reach my kind of success!

I’m a bit obsessive about the products that I put out. I had my first product launch last year and sold an unimpressive 250 copies. I don’t want that to happen again.

This time around I’ve put extra care not only into my front end product, but also into the upsells as well. I’ve made it so that for some people the front end product will be enough, but for those who want to take it to the next level I’ve included 2 extra courses that are filled with some of my most valuable information that I normally reserve for my coaching students. I plan to have a LOT of happy customers.

So when is it launching???

I’m officially opening the cart on Wednesday, October 22nd at 11am EDT. They’ll be an early bird discount as well for those of you who take action quickly…I’ll announce more about that closer to the launch.

What else is on my mind?

I’ve had an urge to get back into buying traffic. I’m on the brink of a full assault on solo ads. I keep hearing that they are “crap traffic” but I’ve had some success with them in my past, and with a tweaked and converting sales funnel I should be able to get some decent results.

I’ve slowly been integrating Improvely into my marketing so I can track the lifetime value of a new subscriber. The thing I like about this system is that I can track the quality of the traffic solo ad providers are sending me, AND I can find out if the subscribers buy anything through my affiliate links later on. Most tracking tools allow you to see conversions on your own products, but Improvely lets you track affiliate links as well, which is perfect for me since 90% of my income is through affiliate sales.

It can be pretty difficult to make your money back immediately from a solo ad buy, but if I know I’m making my full investment back in one or two months, then I’m completely fine with throwing a TON of money at solo ads.

Think of it this way: would you invest $100 today if you knew you’d get it back two months from now along with an asset that’s earning $10/month? If your answer is “no” then you’re crazy :-)

My Coaching Program

Students are slowly drifting in…and that’s exactly what I want. The only “advertising” I’ve done for it is mentioning it here and a few other places. When I first started I had ZERO content in the members area. Now, a couple months later I have a full training system to bring a newbie-marketer to an advanced level. If you’re interested in investing in yourself then you can apply HERE.

And that’s it…

Not much else to report. I’m just doing my thing, finding amazing products, and presenting them to my audience. I LOVE my job :-)

 

Here are some photos from August :-)

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One of my hobbies is finding sea creatures at the beach…I found this little crab who tried his hardest to pinch me :-(

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Turkey is famous for its’ doner kebab. This is a kebab with vegetables mixed in that’s popular in Bodrum, Turkey…and I love it!

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Happy and free on vacation

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My wife and I at a wedding on the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey (it’s the water between Europe and Asia)

 

Income Report for July, 2014 – Record Month for 2014

28,111 page views   (-164 from June)

14,750 Youtube channel views  (+1,545 from June)

105,185 minutes watched (+8,728 from June)

Aweber subscribers: 5,791 (-1,634 subscribers from June…I deleted people who hadn’t opened an email in 3 months)

GetResponse subscribers:  2,092 (-1,086 subscribers from June…I also deleted people who hadn’t opened in 3 months from here)

Total email list subscribers: 7,883

Expenses

Funnel Vision – Social Media Edition: $99.95 – A course from Ben Adkins about creating a profitable funnel from Facebook traffic

Aweber: $69 – This is my list building software that allows me to email everyone when there’s a new interview

Vimeo: $59.95

Skype: $50 for premium

GetResponse: $45 – This is the autoresponder I use for my buyer’s list and solo ads

oDesk Virtual Assistants: $39.59 – I have some workers helping me with daily tasks that don’t need me. I’m trying to outsource more and more daily.

Traffic Planet Hosting: $24.99 – The hosting account that I recently switched to. It’s super fast and I’m very happy with it.

Resell Rights Weekly: $19.95 – Reoccurring membership fee for the bonuses I add from my interviews and reviews

Facebook ads: $18.01

Click Magick: $17 – The awesome tool I use for tracking clicks, optins, and sales

WuFoo: $14.95

JVZoo Fees: $1.70

Total expenses: $460.09 (+$207.05 compared to June)

Revenue

Instant Profit Silos: $941.96 from review and interview with Mark Bishop

Sales Automation Engine: $620.74 from review and interview with Olusegun Balogun

Zamurai Video Bootcamp: $612.96 from review and interview with Joshua Zamora

Easy Auto Tube: $605.87 from review and presell video

Offer Funnel (CLOSED): $438 from review and interview with Neil Napier

Retargeting Rebellion: $420.75 from review and interview with Gavin and Jake

Digital Product Machine: $408.04 from review and interview with Alex Jeffreys

Social Post Suite: $354.02 from review and interview with Eva Maria

WP Aviari (CLOSED): $300.13 from review and interview with Vas Blagodarskiy

Video Nova: $293.72 from review and interview with JF Garsula

Kindle Money Mastery: $281.94 from review and interview with Stefan Pylarinos

Super Easy Cash Machine: $268.11 from review and interview with Branden Pierce

Cray-Z E-Z Profits: $233.24 from review and interview with Fergal Downes

Solo Profits Blueprint: $205.65 from review and interview with James Canzanella

Video Maker FX: $186.20 from review and interview with Peter Roszak

My Marketing Results: $160.08 from review and presell video

Tee Cash Kit: $155.40 from review and interview with Nishant Bhardwaj

Rapid Content Wizard: $154 from review and interview with Sean Donahoe

CPA Evolution (CLOSED): $148.50 from review and interview with William Souza

Vid Infusion (CLOSED): $130.50 from review and interview with Josh Ratta

Fresh Bundle Master: $131.71 from review and interview with Carey Baird

Funnel Factories: $114.95 from review and interview with Barry Rodgers

EasyBay Pro: $95.61 from review and interview with Chris Guthrie

Covert Shirt Store: $93.40 from review and interview with Cindy Battye

Hero Tower: $80.50 from review and interview with Ross Carrel

Creative Post: $79.22 from review and interview with Guillermo Mata

Social Mobi Deals: $77.68 from review and interview with Karthik Ramani

30 Days to a Successful Info Business (CLOSED): $57.57 from review and interview with Sean Mize

Ad Factory: $55.54 from review and interview with Russ Schneider

MemberSonic Theme 2.0: $54.85 from review and interview with Andrew Hunter

Easy List Machine: $54 from review and interview with Glen Kirkham

AMZ Early Bird Commissions (CLOSED): $54 from review and interview with Rob Tierney

IMNow Webinar: $48.50 from review and interview with Keith Lynch

Video Jeet: $45.50 from review and interview with Cyril “Jeet” Gupta

Niche Synergy: $38.98 from interview and review with Mark Bishop

Arbitrage Underdog: $37 from interview with Tom E and review

Kindle Sales Rank Superhero: $32.22 from review and interview with Mike Balmaceda

TreasureCoach Linkedin: $31 from review and interview with Maksym V.

Solo Ad Professor: $27.93 from review and interview with Paul Nicholls

List Generator System: $23.76 from interview with Jason Fulton

Tee Profit Punch: $21.20 from review and interview with Travis Petelle

Video Traffic System: $19.23 from review and interview with Brad Scott

FB Fever: $17 from review and interview with AJ Montoya

Local Lead Alternator: $13.50 from review and interview with Ivana Bosnjak

Kindle Marketing Magic: $12.97 from review and interview with Mike Balmaceda

 Video Ranking Machine: $10.20 from review and interview with Ray Lane

SEO Enigma Reloaded: $10.20 from review and interview with Jon Shawcross

Publicity Zoo course: $9.87 from interview with Dan Page

Five Minute Sales Letters: $8.76 from review and interview with Matt Cook

Laptop Laziness: $8.67 from review and interview with Bill Hugall

Fiverr Untapped: $6.05 from review and interview with John Shea

Youtube Quick Cash: $6.05 from review and interview with James Knight

Inner Circle Solo Ads 3.0: $4.50 from interview with Rob Stafford

Total revenue from interviews: $8,301.93 (-$2,763.52 from June)

 

Private Coaching students: $3,994 – In this program I teach how to make money from affiliate marketing, list building, and product creation. I’m slowly accepting new students so if you’re interested in learning my secrets to making money online then APPLY HERE.

PLR Assassin: $86.49 – This is a website that has a ton of products that you can use as your own

Fiverr Secrets: $34– My product showing how I make about $500/month in extra income on Fiverr

Kindle earnings: $30.02

Long Tail Pro: $7.66 from interview with Spencer Haws

Warrior Jet Connect plugin: $7.33

Total from OTHER streams of income: $4,159.50 (+$3,587.90 from June)

Total Revenue: $12,461.43 (+$824.38 from June)

Total Profit: $12,001.34 (+$617.33 from June)

So it’s a new record! July was officially the BEST month of profits I’ve ever made from doing the Mike From Maine Show. With the combined income from interviews, reviews, and coaching, I was able to beat my best month (March) by $594.09 :-)

Here’s a list of past income reports from 2014 below:

January$4,641.10

February$7,471.62

March$11,407.25

April: $10,569.20

May$9,740.18

June: $11,384.01

July: $12,001.34

My all time best income report is still $13,155.67 from July, 2012, but that’s from a time when I was using a different income model from building Adsense niche sites (which I don’t do anymore since Google slapped me).

The funny thing is that I thought this was going to be a bad month for me. Traditionally Summer months can be a bit slow for Internet marketers as most of our customers are off on vacation and spending more time outside. Heck, even I spent a week on the coast of Turkey this month with my wife.

My affiliate income took a bit of a hit in July, but I made up for it by signing up two new students to my Elite Coaching program. That helped to balance out my income a bit, and I’m finding that I have a passion to teach. Getting results for myself is great and all, but there’s nothing like seeing someone who has been struggling online for years finally “get it” and make progress. I love it!

What did I do in July?

I finally put together a product explaining exactly how I make around $278/day online. I’ve been releasing it sneakily to a few people who can find it, but I won’t be doing a full launch of it until September when I’ve had the time to add some value-added upsells to it and test out conversions with solo ads.

What’s the product all about?

It teaches my 12-Step Blueprint that is responsible for my success. It goes over EXACTLY what I’ve done to build up my business so that you can copy it too.

I’ll also be including additional training on creating videos to promote affiliate offers and list building.

Now it’s YOUR turn. Is there anything that you want me to cover specifically in the course?
Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to cover EVERYTHING I CAN inside the course.

Oh, and here are some pictures from July :-)

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On the beach with my wife in Cesme, Turkey

They've finally started importing one of my favorite beers to Turkey!

They’ve finally started importing one of my favorite beers to Turkey!

My wife's uncle's new baby...and a turtle :-)

My wife’s uncle’s new baby…and a turtle :-)

Eating street food in Istanbul....it's an intestine sandwich with a salty yogurt drink...haha, yes, I know it sounds disgusting...but it's really delicious :-)

Eating street food in Istanbul….it’s an intestine sandwich with a salty yogurt drink…haha, yes, I know it sounds disgusting…but it’s really delicious :-)