25,187 MikeFromMaine.com page views in December
3,674 iTunes downloads
3,364 Youtube views
37,322 minutes watched
Facebook Fans: 300
Bing Advertising: $17.34 – Some advertising fees for some CPA ads I was testing out…fail
Aweber: $29 – This is my list building software that allows me to email everyone when there’s a new interview
Host Gator hosting: $50 – I host all my niche sites and this site on multiple hosting accounts
Warrior Forum Ads: $20 – These are fees for advertising my websites for sale in the Warrior Forum
Contest Domination Pro: $30 – I used this to hold the contest in December
Libsyn: $75 – I host my podcast with this so I can put it on iTunes
Theme music: $29.95 – I still haven’t used it yet, but I will
Splasheo Intro: $47 – This is what I do the intro to my show with…great quality for a reasonable price
Adf.ly advertising: $16 I didn’t have good results with this
SafeSwaps.com: $29.99 – This is the membership fee I pay to be able to buy solo ads from people who have been rated by previous buyers
Solo Ads: $1,319.53
Total expenses: $1,663.81
Squidoo Cash Tsunami (CLOSED): $241 from interview with Troy Nantais
Adsense Firestorm (CLOSED): $198.55 from interview with Sean Donahoe
Instant Instagram Profits (CLOSED): $29.41 from Interview with Komsat Keo
Photo Traffic Power (CLOSED): $19.98 from interview with Pat Flanagan
Total from interviews: $879.73
Text link ads: $59.50 – I make this income from an old website of mine. It’s pretty consistently around $50/month
SocialAdr: $44.20 – A hands-off way of getting more likes on tweets for your posts
Whoosh Traffic: $20 – A keyword tracker for monitoring multiple keyword rankings
Contest Domination: $8.92 – A way to easily hold contests
Adsense: $125.19 – I used to make a lot more with Adsense…now it’s just a small amount of my income…good thing I’m diversified
Website sales: $80 – I didn’t sell too many sites this month.
Total from OTHER streams of income: $518.30
Total Revenue: $1,398.03
Total Profit: $-265.78
Negative profit? What happened?
Not to worry, my friends. I’ve been experimenting with solo ads. If you don’t know what solo ads are you can learn about them in my interview with Jayson Benoit. I spent a total of $1,319.53 on building a bigger audience for the show. What kind of results did I get? I increased my email list from about 800 subscribers to over 2000. It cost a little more than $1 per new subscriber, but for me it was worth it to expand my audience. Will I continue spending like this? Probably not until I have a product that I can sell directly to new email subscribers, as I need a way of recouping the costs.
What can you expect from The Mike From Maine Show?
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the way my show has been going. I’ve received tons of positive feedback from many of you in emails, tweets, and Facebook messages…thank you so much for your support! That being said I still am striving to make my show even more useful for my audience. I was chatting with Joe Magnotti the other day from AdsenseFlippers.com and he advised me to make the interviews LESS about the guest’s story and MORE about actionable content. This advice really resonated with me as I love their podcast because there’s usually something ACTIONABLE that I take out of each one. For example, I watched this interview on BrightIdeas.co with Andrew Warner the other day, and I asked myself “why did I watch it?” What made me watch THIS ONE and not others? The reason was that there was a skill inside the interview that I wanted to learn about so I could implement it on my own site. Did I want to sit down and watch Trent Dyrsmid and Andrew Warner chat? Nope, I don’t have time for that. I wanted some meat! If I feel this way then most likely others do too.
So expect the general interview format to change a bit in the coming weeks after I’ve published the episodes that I’ve previously recorded. Of course we’ll touch a bit on the guest’s “story” but I’m going to try to use the interviews as a chance to get more actionable content from my guests. I think the result of this transition will be best for everyone as it will narrow down and give an obvious topic for each show.
When I started interviewing back in late September 2012 I never claimed to be an expert. I actually started out with a low-quality webcam which made the videos look pretty bad. I had never done ANY interviews before, so I just attacked the venture with the attitude that I would learn as I go. Well, I’m still learning and striving to give you all the best interviews I can provide while at the same time earning an income through affiliate commissions and sponsorships. I’ve learned a lot in the last four months and in the near future I’m planning on sharing a “How To” for doing interviews with you all. Stay tuned.
Thank you everyone for watching/listening/reading! I couldn’t do it without you!
PS Who would you like to see on the show in the future AND what would you SPECIFICALLY like to learn from them? Please let me know in the comments below.
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