Income Report for February 2017

I’m making my income reports, including traffic numbers, public. That way, anyone thinking of starting something similar can see real world numbers. There are a lot of other sites sharing their income, so why does the world need another one?

I’m sharing the figures from month 1, which isn’t that common. Also, I can’t see many income reports from mobile app developers. So I’m hoping that this is something unique.

My hope is that these reports will inspire someone else to try something themselves. Please let me know if you think I can improve them. I’m always looking for ways to improve.

Current Status

This site has not been worked on all month. It has taken a complete back burner to my new job and family this month. To be honest, I’m struggling to see how that will change in March, but I’m not willing to give up, so something will have to happen.

Hours this month

As always, I track the hours I’m spending on this project. It helps me track “return on investment” and highlights how much effort is required for something like this.

Topic Hours
Income Report January 2017 2

Total Hours this month – 2

Traffic for February 2017

Audience Overview - February 2017

Audience Overview – February 2017

Someone else linked to my site on Reddit which resulted in the spike above. It’s a little frustrating that it resulted in better traffic than my “marketing” efforts. But a nice surprise too. Overall, traffic is up almost 10% to last month.

Audience Stats - February 2017

Audience Stats – February 2017

Only small changes, so probably not worth thinking about.

Page Views Top 10 - February 2017

Page Views Top 10 – February 2017

The clear winner is the page linked to from Reddit. What is clear though, is the trend I noticed last month is continuing. Very simply, my tutorial pages are getting nowhere near the traffic of my other posts. Effort to hits ratio is very low for tutorials.

Acquisition Overview - February 2017

Acquisition Overview – February 2017

Referral has taken a big drop. Not sure why.

Monthly Income

Description Value
AdSense £0.33
Chitika Ads £0.00

Total Income £0.33

Monthly Expenses

Description Value
Site Hosting £1.25 (£14.99 a year)

Total Expenses £1.25

Profit over time

Total Profit £0.33 – £1.25 = -£0.92

Analysis

The very keen eyed will notice that the Amazon Associated income stream is no longer reported. Very simply, I passed no trade to Amazon in 180, so they closed my account. Shame, but totally fair. I’m more than welcome to re-apply, but I think it’s pointless without a lot less traffic.

Lessons learned this month

Finding time to work on this site, when I have a job that actually takes effort, is rather hard! I’m not complaining, my new job is awesome. It’s just been a long time since my work life was demanding, so I’m struggling at the moment.

Progress this month

Like every month, I set myself some targets in my previous income report.

  1. Create a Hangman game for the web and android – failed
  2. Settle into a routine where this site gets some attention – failed

Both were epic failures. So much so, that I’m not even going to set myself a goal for March.

2 Responses to “Income Report for February 2017”

  1. James says:

    I’m in a similar situation to you. I’ve sometimes struggled with motivation and other commitments too: the trick is to just chip away little by little. Even if you can only give it 10 minutes a day. Over a month that’s a lot more time than if you’d given it no time at all. Keep it up!

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