My first $1,000 Month. Cheers to a wonderful October.

Last Update: November 01, 2018

Howdy folks,

Just checking in with another update. October has been an excellent month for me. I spent very little time generating new content and spent a lot of time reworking old content in advance of the holidays as well as to get consistency across my site for tracking.

A few things I did:

  • I added new Amazon tracking codes to all pages with major traffic to identify what's converting
  • I added new content to several of my posts to improve their quality
  • Chose some better reviewed products to replace other ones
  • I removed old poorly formatted content and restructed it for mobile friendly reading
  • I posted a few new posts, but nothing intended to drive major traffic

Anyway. The one thing that did happen this month is one of my posts really took off. A post I made in May all of a sudden started getting traffic. Google Rank Brain at work I suppose! It probably got randomized to the top and started seeing some success and kept climbing.

Anyway, here's what you probably want to see, my results for October, fees of $1050 dollars.

And if we look at the year long progression I've seen nothing but growth on fees every month now:

But you might notice one big issue there in October. I had barely any traffic/click increases. So basically, my site is converting better than it was before. This is probably due to better product selection and better post formatting.

It'll be a few months before I really see what happened behind the scenes. But I'll be keeping an eye on it through Google Analytics and my newly minted Amazon specific tracking IDs.

Anyway, just wanted to share my continued progress so you can see that you can do this too!

If you're curious about any other numbers here's a quick rundown:
  • I had 6,406 users visit my site in October
  • About 11% of my users are recurring users
  • I had 9,393 page views in October
  • Bounce Rate of 87.27%

Given this I've committed myself to at least 1 new product review focused post every week for the rest of 2018 to try to drive up all of those traffic numbers.

If you have any questions please do let me know! Happy to try to answer!

Kind regards and Happy November to everyone here at WA.

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thelungdoc Premium
So one take-home lesson is that formatting and how your site looks and how your posts are formatted actually is important - in addition to the quality of the posts.

In order words, it is not just what you say, but how you say it that is important in generating good traffic and people wanting to come back to see more.

Some say people come to a site because of the content primarily, and the visual appeal is only secondary, but what you seem to be saying is that the visual appeal is just as important.


Thanks for the insight,

craigrut Premium
Both are important. Google might care about the content from a wording and formatting perspective to rank it...

But a robot reads content differently than a person does. If you lump everything in huge paragraphs with no punctuation it is hard for both the robot and the person. If you add punctuation but still leave it all in one huge paragraph it is hard for a person to read, especially on a mobile device.

Also, a good looking website probably has an edge on a lousy looking one. A few things that pop to mind:
-I absolutely HATE pop up ads or requests to join mailing lists. I immediately leave sites that use them unless I'm not trying to buy something.
-I can't stand when it I have to struggle to find a link to click when I want to get somewhere.
-Not having anchors in your content to navigate easily is a huge loss. People hate scrolling forever when they can easily find what they want with a click.

Pretend you're in your customer's shoes and see how you'd like to read your content. And I also highly recommend you preview your content on your own mobile device at home...
LeeMcQuay Premium
Congrats my friend.
Thank you for sharing this.

It will definitely help others.
Kyle also suggest visiting old post and vamping them up a little.
It truly makes sense if we think about it.

Especially the ones that aren't doing so well.

wishing you the best in all you do
Lee Ann
ColleenLVSJC Premium
Great to hear what you're accomplishing, Craig! I'm looking forward to generating monthly income, but first I have to tidy up my site a bit. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to more success updates!
JackieSmith Premium
Great looking stats and performance! Wishing you many more successful months Craig!
Omosomi Premium
Congrat Sir, I'm so happy when I see anyone here in WA sharing his/her success at the end of the month and the beginning of new month, it's give me a great joy that some day I will start earning like this.
This is an encouraging post for everyone, nice for posting, more success and I hope to succeed like you.

craigrut Premium
Cheers, and keep at it!
Zarina Premium
"I had barely any traffic/click increases. So basically, my site is converting better than it was before." - I had the same happen to me. Despite having less traffic after Google Birthday Update, the conversion was higher (possibly because my high-ticket items were on discount?)

I, too, hit my first 4 figures this month and I can totally relate!! Congrats, Craig!
craigrut Premium
Wonderful. Congrats Zarina! :)
mmonterola Premium
Congratulations! Such an inspiration.

MozMary Premium
Congrats! That's really great how you increased conversions! Looking forward to future updates!
craigrut Premium
Thanks, I'm happy with the results as well!
halyna Premium
Great work, this is just a beginning!
ExpatMark Premium
Love those trends. Great work!
MontanaTeal Premium
StunningBell Premium
Congratulations. What about the number of posts?
craigrut Premium
I have a total of 158 posts published. 60 of them are product focused and have affiliate links. Most of the rest were designed for internal linking purposes and to build a small social following (which admittedly so far hasn't been a good use of my time).
StunningBell Premium
So the $1000 is coming from the 60 review posts alone? This is freaking amazing. Those must be some awesome reviews!!!
craigrut Premium
To be honest, 99% of it comes from 5 posts.