Monthly Income Report for January, 2013
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Monthly Income Report for January, 2013

Traffic/Audience

15,739 (-9,448 from December) MikeFromMaine.com page views in December. Decreased since I didn’t buy solo ads this month.

4,509 (+835)  iTunes downloads

3,726 (+362) Youtube views

42,761 (+5,439) minutes watched

Aweber subscribers: 2,086 (-128) I removed people that hadn’t opened an email in 3 months.

Twitter followers: 2,706 (+706)

Facebook Fans: 391 (+91)

Expenses

Bing Advertising: $1.09 Some advertising fees

Facebook Advertising: $40 to promote interview posts

Aweber: $29 – This is my list building software that allows me to email everyone when there’s a new interview

Host Gator hosting: $40 – I host all my niche sites and this site on multiple hosting accounts

Warrior Forum Ads: $80 – These are fees for advertising my websites for sale in the Warrior Forum

Libsyn: $75 – I host my podcast with this so I can put it on iTunes

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

Hello Bar: $4.95

Total expenses:  $303 (-$1,360.81 compared to December)

Revenue

Long Tail Pro: $404.20 from interview with Spencer Haws

Squidoo Cash Tsunami (CLOSED): $156 from interview with Troy Nantais

Traffic Jeet (CLOSED): $121.79 from interview with Jovana Sumar

The Four Hour System(CLOSED): $103.11 from interview with Anton Kraly

How To Create a Squidoo Lens in Under an Hour (CLOSED): $101.32 from interview with Trevor Dumbleton

SEO Resurrection (CLOSED): $36 from interview with Chris Cantell

Wiki Word Plugin (CLOSED): $32 from interview with Walt Bayliss

Azon Classroom 3.0 (CLOSED): $30.35 from interview with Jeff Carson

Spy Bar: $22.92 from interview with Rob Cornish

WP Social Zon Multi Site (CLOSED): $17.84 from interview with Ricky Mataka

PLR Package – Lifestyle Diet Makeover: $17.09 from interview with Tom Ness

Flippin’ Gold Membership: $13.50 from Interview with Mark Santiago

PLR Special: $10.68 from Interview with Justin Popovic

Retro Reppin: $10.56 from Interview with Mike Shreeve

Going Viral on Facebook: $8.95 from interview with Yoel Cohen

Web Cash Stream: $4.95 from interview with Yaros Pacheco

 

Total from interviews: $1,091.26 (+$211.73 from December)

 

Text link ads: $50 – I make this income from an old website of mine.

SocialAdr: $40.80 – A hands-off way of getting more likes on tweets for your posts

Ezarticle link: $34 – This is reoccurring income from a video tutorial I did about Ezarticlelink HERE

Whoosh Traffic (CLOSED): $20 – A keyword tracker for monitoring multiple keyword rankings

SafeSwaps.com: $15

Adsense: $200

Website sales: $236.60

Total from OTHER streams of income: $596.40 (+$78.10 from December)

 

Total Revenue: $1,687.66 (+$289.63 from December)

 

Total Profit: $1,384.66 (+$1,650.44 from December)

 

Every month I release a revenue report to show my audience that I’m also spending money and trying out some of the methods that my guests and I chat about. Of course I can’t try out them all, but I’m always open to new ways of diversifying my online income. In the future I plan on investing more of my profits back into testing out different ways to make a living online, so hopefully the more I make each month the more I’ll be able to risk in experimentation.

This was my best month of interviewing so far with over $1,000 of income stemming directly from interviews. It goes to show that you can provide tons of value AND make money from affiliate commissions at the same time. No need to take advantage of people, steal, or cheat. Just give people what they want and they’ll reward you by buying through your affiliate links.

I had some amazing guests on the show in January, including some big names like Chris DuckerBrad Gosse, and Spencer Haws. I’m personally learning so much week after week from my guests that I can’t imagine how educated we’ll all be after a whole YEAR of doing interviews. That time will come, but for now I’m focused on getting up to my 100th episode next week!

You can also start your own interview show!

In the coming weeks I’m planning on releasing a product teaching you all how to build a business by doing interviews. Interviewing experts in your field is an amazing way to establish yourself as an authority in any field of business. Whether you want to generate traffic, build a list, get more sales, or simply network with amazing people, interviewing is an excellent way of getting your name out there.

I’m also planing on doing some case studies with different paid traffic methods. The goal is to release these upon completion every weekend. If you’re on my email list you’ll be sure to get an announcement letting you know when they’re up.

That’s it for January. Stay tuned as I’ll continue to release a new episode of the Mike From Maine Show every weekday. As always, feel free to contact me if you need anything or have suggestions for future guests.

  • February 10, 2013
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Artur Ciesielski - February 10, 2013

Your level of production (the videos) is amazing, especially compared to the income. You put out so many shows I have a hard time keeping up with them.

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    Mike From Maine - February 11, 2013

    Artur,

    The videos will keep coming. I’ve had a fun time learning how to make the quality better over time. I look back at my first videos and cringe 🙂

    Thanks for watching!

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Sheyi @ copysuxes.com - February 11, 2013

I guess you should bring in experienced people to the show. Limit it to like 2 people per week and let the contents be top notch.

With this, you’ll gain more momentum and also bring people from other niches aside MMO.

Let’s read success stories etc.

Nice income report – I guess Amazon should do better than that for me this year….

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    Mike From Maine - February 11, 2013

    Sheyi,

    I think I’ve been bringing pretty high quality guests on…Chris Brogan, Derek Halpern, Shoemoney, Pat Flynn, Jim Kukral, Yaro Starak…big names 🙂

    I’ve actually found that I enjoy doing interviews with people who’ve had mild to medium success than the superstars because they still remember what it’s like to be struggling online. I’ll continue to bring on a mix of different types of guests.

    Thanks for watching!

    Have you published an income report?

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Stuart Morrison - February 11, 2013

Great that you are so open with the results, so many people BS their income or shy away from how effective their efforts are. So always interested in seeing the nuts and bolts of the end results. Thanks Mike.

P.S. I sort of echo Sheyi’s sentiment: sometimes it is hard to keep up with the amount of content that is output. I do struggle to keep up and sometimes skip interviews that the proposition doesn’t interest me. Which, when I have gone back on a couple I have actually found to be quite useful. Just my $0.02c. But keep on keeping on!

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    Mike From Maine - February 11, 2013

    Stuart,

    I’m glad you appreciate seeing the little things that go on behind the scenes. My goal is to let people know that success doesn’t happen overnight and there are plenty of ups and downs.

    I totally understand that watching 5 episodes per week is a lot for most people. My aim is to produce a variety of different types of content and then let you pick and choose which interviews you’d like to watch. I want you to know that if you’re interested in watching something and learning something new you can always come to my website for new content.

    How’s your mustache doing, Stuart? 🙂

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Traci-Work at home job journal - February 11, 2013

Great work Mike! Like seeing the income reports . Will need to go back and check out of these January videos that I missed.

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    Mike From Maine - February 11, 2013

    Traci,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I’m going to go check out your site now.

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Ivo - February 11, 2013

I’m sure this has been asked before, but any plans on having your videos transcribed? The few interviews I’ve watched were great but it’s simply more convenient to read. Either way, keep up the great work!

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    Mike From Maine - February 11, 2013

    Ivo,

    It’s funny you ask. I’m in the process of having them all transcribed now. Stay tuned.

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Michael Smith - February 11, 2013

Mike,

When I look at Pat Flynn’s monthly earnings report I see that the majority of his income is from a hosting site affiliate. You might want to add Bluehost or Hostgator to your affiliate income.

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    Mike From Maine - February 13, 2013

    Michael,

    Yes, I’ve noticed that as well about Pat’s income. I’ll be sure to make a tutorial video in the near future showing anyone interested how to set up a blog quickly.

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FX-Trader - February 15, 2013

You really put in a lot of work for earning what you earn monthly and when I go over to forums like Warriorforum and read about all the claims they put out about earning 1000’s per day, I realise that they can only be hypes with no realities attached to them! I’d be interested to find out if others think the same?

Thanks for all the hard work anyhow, and I’d love to see your income growing bigger – may be you should include what M. Smith has suggested as well.

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    Mike From Maine - February 15, 2013

    FX-Trader,

    I’m glad you realize the work that I put into this, but it’s fun too.

    I think there’s lots of BS in the “Make Money Online” niche, and I’m doing my best to cut through it and bring you the best people out there.

    Who is M. Smith?

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      FX-Trader - February 16, 2013

      The previous poster.

      After he mentioned about Pat Flynn, I headed over to his blog and noticed why he’s been earning so much money and you haven’t in comparison.

      The reason is I can’t see any ads being displayed on your blog. All I can see on your front page is details of your interviews. What I would do if I were you I would try to display all the ads that Pat’s blog is showing and I bet your earnings should increase as a result — at the moment in my view, you are earning money the hard way and your blog has a lot of room for earning money more passively – BTW, I am no guru at this, just felt with your hard work you should be earning more money more easily.

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        Mike From Maine - February 16, 2013

        FX-Trader,

        I’ve been in the process of getting that up, but thanks for the kick in the butt. I’ve placed a couple ads up of things that I use 🙂

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FX-Trader - February 18, 2013

Mike, that’s much better – I would add a couple more just beneath those 2 – go on don’t be shy do it 🙂

Hope to see some earnings from those in your next month’s report 🙂

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Joe - February 23, 2013

Good stuff! I just did my income report for Jan on my blog. Not quite as good as I was wanting but your numbers give me hope for the future.

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Lucius |fx - March 1, 2013

Heys Mike, I’m wondering. Why don’t you add adsense on your own blog? Because your adsense earning does seem a little low for someone who builds adsense sites as part of a living.

Maybe you’re delibrately not maximizing your adsense ad exposures for some reason? Just sayin.

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    Mike From Maine - March 1, 2013

    Hi Lucius,

    I used to build Adsense websites until I had my income wiped out in September, 2012. I still have a few left, but I’m focused on my show now. I had my best month in July where I made $12,000 in profit…those were the days 🙂

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John Shea - March 2, 2013

Great stuff Mike! I was given a recommendation by Jayson Benoit to checkout your website. I submitted my information to you regarding the training you mentioned in this post. I’m looking to start doing interviews myself.

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    Mike From Maine - March 3, 2013

    John,

    Thanks, I’ll be announcing my interview training course in March. I’m busying getting it setup now, but I think you’ll really like it.

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Martin - March 27, 2013

Love the shows Mike! Though I wish you would use more descriptive titles on YouTube (since that’s where I come across most of the episodes) Speaking of YouTube, you should interview someone who’s making a living off of YouTube’s partnerships program 🙂

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