Made $2843.58 in December! Plus I'm about to receive $4k in affiliate commissions!

Last Update: January 04, 2016

It's really cool to see all of my hard work pay off more and more.

Last month I made nearly $3k in affiliate commissions! It was a very good month! I feel like my site would've made more money, but it is mainly profiting off digital product sales which are a little difficult for people to wrap up and put under the tree.

Also, I'm about to receive $4012.51!

I'm a part of a niche-related affiliate program that pays out every few months. I was expecting a payout of ~$2000, but I was "slightly" off! The screenshot above shows my unpaid commissions.

Scaling things up for a bright 2016:

The past months I've been toying with outsourcing and learning how to get quality writers. There was a lot of tweaking but I ended up systematizing things and now I have 8 writers. It's very cool to be able to afford not having to write anymore.

I've also been learning PPC. I'm currently launching an eBook (DIYMidiController.com) and am promoting the prelaunch with Facebook ads. Of course I did a lot of testing to make sure the topic was something people were actually interested in. The book is taking a while to write since it is a DIY niche and I have a lot of new circuitry skills to learn, but it is coming along. It's really exciting to see how engaging of an audience I'm building up. People on the DIYMidiController Facebook page have asked me to open up preorders which I wasn't expecting. The FB page is getting great engagement and has over 600 likes!

P.S. a really cool tool I recently found is Skitch by Evernote. It's free and lets you take screenshots extremely fast and annotate them. It's a lot better than my old process of taking a normal screenshot and editing it with Photoshop. Plus there are a bunch of arrow tools and such to make annotating easy. The screenshot above is made in Skitch(not an impressive example, but you get the point).

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BushiAntz Premium
That's awesome, keep it up and make 2016 your year :)
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dougbeney Premium
Damn right Anthony:) Same to you bro!
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TanjaRita Premium
That's amazing! Well done. I hope to see commissions like that one day as well.
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dougbeney Premium
It will happen. Believe me. You just have to keep going when a "sane" person would be ready to give up. There were many times where I thought my niche was completely unprofitable. At the end of the day, any niche is profitable when enough persistence and dedication is put in.
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cycorp Premium
This is really inspirational ans motivating - thanks for sharing! Would you say you are quite 'deep' in your niche or is there still some broadnes to it? I second guess or over-analyze from committing to a niche right down to the correct domain name to use.
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dougbeney Premium
My strategy is to build up authority sites in relatively broad niches. It might take longer to get results, but it's what works for me. For example, instead of creating a toaster website, I would create a kitchen appliance website. It makes it easier to find a ton of keywords as well.
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cycorp Premium
Thanks for the advice! Btw what is the name of the website you created?
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dougbeney Premium
Unfortunately I'm keeping that a secret. It seems like a lot of people tend to copy niches that are doing well. Fairly recently, someone on WA ripped off Jay's Football Helmet website. It's not that I don't trust you, but there might be a random visitor to this page that runs off with the idea.
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cycorp Premium
Wow good point, thanks for another 'tip'.
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ankit1432 Premium
congrats for having this result...
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dougbeney Premium
Thanks ankit! Much appreciated:)
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JudeP Premium
Well done :)
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dougbeney Premium
Thank you, Jude!
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LisB247 Premium
Congratulations. Wishing you even greater success in 2016.

Lis.
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dougbeney Premium
Thank you, Lis! Same to you!
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