Monthly Report - October 2014 (MY FIRST SALES)

Last Update: November 12, 2014

I know, I know, I know...this is super late. It's been difficult to find time to dedicate towards both my WA profile and my website and if time is limited, WA has to take a backseat. After all, I'm working to make money, not to improve my WA rank!

Speaking of making money, October was the first month of any significant income, $37.50 to be exact! I had my first referral to WA go premium as well as an affiliate sale from a theme provider that I referred one of my readers too.

October had been 7 months since I started my website, so it's nice to finally see some income rolling in! Now, to continue that forward in the months and years to come.

My traffic continued to increase, almost exponentially, compared to September and surpassed the 2,000 visitor mark. I remember when I was ecstatic that I received 100 visitors a month and now I'm getting that in a day.

Those numbers are just from organic traffic. I also started Course 7 in the Affiliate Bootcamp and dove headfirst into PPC advertising with AdWords. I only made it through the first 2.5 lessons so I'm not to the point where my campaigns are working too well yet. Hopefully by next month I will be able to say that my campaigns are running profitably.

Anyways, now I will get to the interesting part and show you all of my numbers. As usual, I will show you this month's numbers followed by the change from last month in parenthesis.


Traffic Reports

Total Visitors: 2,440 (+1,399)
Unique Visitors: 2,190 (+1,264)
Pageviews: 7,093 (+3,826)
Pages/Session: 2.91 (-0.23)
% New Visitors: 88.81% (+1.59)
Average Session Duration: 1:52 (-0:12)

You can see how the overall traffic has slowly crept up throughout the month. The spike in the last two days is a result of my launching of my first AdWords campaigns. Boy can AdWords burn through money quickly!!!

Traffic Sources

Direct: 262 (+110)
Referral: 107 (+41)
Organic: 1858 (+1058)
Social: 15 (-8)
PPC Adwords: 198 (first month)
PPC BingAds: 106 (+36)

Look how those numbers have increased! I had over 1,000 more organic visitors in October than I did in September. I'm telling you all, just follow the training and be patient and dedicated, and you can expect to see the same results.

If you're feeling discouraged with your traffic because it seems like no one is coming to your site, I want you to look at these two charts. The first is my overall traffic since I launched my site and the second is only my organic traffic.

Overall Traffic

Organic Traffic

I just want you to look at the first four months. My organic traffic was basically nonexistent for FOUR MONTHS. The only traffic I was getting was from you kind souls here at WA visiting my site to make me feel good.

Despite the seemingly dismal traffic, I stuck with it until, suddenly, towards the end of my fourth month, the organic traffic started coming. And you can see what has happened since! Just stick with it people and follow the training!

Social Media Reports

I must admit, the time I have spent on my social media profiles has been next to nothing. I know this is not good, but, as I mentioned earlier, I have limited time to work on my online business. Because of this, I have to prioritize what I do first, and what gets pushed back. I think at this point, the most important thing for me to do is to continue to publish new content on my website as I continue to build my authority in my niche.

Despite this, all of my profiles (except Twitter), actually gained followers over the month, so I'm happy with that. I'm guessing this is simply because of the increased traffic to my site. It's definitely not because I have been engaging with my followers.

The most exciting part of this is that my email list doubled in size! I know it's still relatively small right now, but it's a start. It seems like having an email list is one of the most prized possessions when it comes to internet marketing, so I'm happy mine is beginning to grow!

Facebook Page: 25 Likes(+5)
Twitter: 272 Followers (-10)
Google Plus Business Page: 48 Followers (+4) & 9094 Views (+1,967)
Pinterest: 78 Followers (+10)
Email List: 18 Subscribers (+9)

Also, I would be incredibly stoked if you decided to follow on any of my social media profiles! Especially Facebook, since I really want to get to the 30 likes mark so I can get access to my page insights.

Just to add a little more color to this report, here is how my email list has grown since the beginning.

Revenue Reports

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this update, October was the first month I have actually gotten more than $1 worth of sales. I am still running at a net loss for the month, but that loss is shrinking!

Total revenue: $37.50 (+$37.50)

Last Month's Goals

I was able to meet all of my traffic goals, but I grossly overestimated the amount of time I was going to be able to put towards my website once I started my new job. As a result, I was not able to publish nearly as much new content as I would've liked.

  • Post a total of 10 new posts/pages NO
  • Five sales of any kind NO (I got 2 though)
  • Have a net profit for the month NO (getting closer)
  • Over 1,750 non-paid visitors to my site YES
  • Over 1,500 organic visitors to my site YES
  • Over 100 paid visitors to my site YES
  • Complete Phase 7: How To Scale Successful PPC Campaigns through lesson 5 NO
  • Increase my social media following to:
    • Facebook

      : 30 page likes NO

    • Twitter: 325 followers NO
    • Google Plus Business: 55 followers NO
    • Pinterest: 80 followers NO
    • Email List: 15 subscribers YES

Goals For November

The goals I have set for November are not too different from October's. However, I am being more realistic in terms of how much time I will have. This means less content published and less training completed. I am also going to begin tracking the amount of time I spend working on my website. I think it will be cool and useful to be able to see how much I am making per hour of work, especially to see how my hourly rate increases over time!

  • Post a total of 5 new posts/pages
  • Five sales of any kind
  • Have a net profit for the month
  • Over 2,550 non-paid visitors to my site
  • Over 2,250 organic visitors to my site
  • Get 10 conversions from my PPC campaigns
  • Complete Phase 7 of Affiliate Bootcamp through lesson 8
  • Track my time spent working on my website
  • Increase my social media following to:
    • Facebook: 30 likes
    • Twitter: 300 followers
    • Google Plus Business: 55 followers
    • Pinterest: 85 followers
    • Email List: 25 subscribers

Personal Notes

I always like to share a bit about what's going on outside of my online business as well. After all, I spend more time around my WA folks than I do most of my family, so I figure I can let you in on a bit! ;)

I've mentioned it a few times, but I've started a new job. This was desperately needed and it seemed to just fall in my lap. I had been searching and going to interviews, and more searching and more interviews when suddenly I saw a new ad online for a place literally a mile away from where I am living. I sent in my app, had an interview the next morning and was hired that day.

I am now a graphic designer for a memorial company. This means I spend my day designing gravestones! It's sounds kind of morbid, but I actually am enjoying it. It's definitely something I never imagined I would be doing, but alas, here I am. It pays decent too, so it will be a good job until I am able to go full time with my online businesses. I'm hoping I can do this in a year, two at the most.

In terms of Hezel and me, we are slowly but surely getting our documents lined up so I can officially submit the application for her fiance visa. The whole process is supposed to take 5-6 months once I first submit it, which seems like forever. We're going as quickly as we can, but there are some things she needs to get sorted on her end and working with government bureaucracies (this is possibly the hardest word to spell in the English language) to get documents is always a painfully slow process.

Finally, just because I enjoy everyone complimenting me on my beautiful fiance, here is a picture of us a couple days before I had to leave. I proposed to her somewhere on those rocks in the background.


I hope you enjoyed this update and I really hope it can serve as a bit of motivation for all of you who are at the point of feeling like giving up. Go back up and look at my organic traffic and how flat it was for the first four months! Sorry again for it being almost two weeks late!

Finally, this is really just a brief version of my full report. I put 7.5 hours (I've started keeping track) int my full report over on my website. It has lots of pretty charts and graphs and much deeper analysis of everything. So, if you're interested in checking that out, please feel free to do so here and leave me a comment if you feel so inclined. I always try to reciprocate and leave a comment on your site in return.

Any questions? Comments? Ideas on where I should go next? Things I can do better?

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fairo Premium
Good work DustinG and congrats on the new job. Wishing you and your fiance the best!
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DustinG Premium
Thank you!
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rolland Premium
looks like your whole world is working for you :) keep up the good works
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DustinG Premium
Thanks man!
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ulswa Premium
Dustin you are an inspiration!
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DustinG Premium
I'm glad!!!
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mundy22 Premium
Great work Dustin fantastic to hear your success!!
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DustinG Premium
Thanks man! I hope there is much more success to come for both of us!

Dustin
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atlanticus Premium
Nice job Dustin.
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kyle8379 Premium
looking good. i'm about at the same point (7 months) and starting to see those spikes. very encouraging!

keep it up and congrats on your engagement!
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DustinG Premium
Yeah, it really is encouraging to finally see some people coming to your site. Now we just have to get them to spend money!!!
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Sui_generis Premium
Wow, are you sure you're not an accountant? That's pretty statistically organized . You seem to be doing well on all fronts. Congrats! Thanks for keeping us posted w/ work and personally. Good luck with that visa.
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DustinG Premium
Haha...I think I would fail miserably as someone's accountant. I'm really not too organized, but I'm making an effort with this because, I plan on eventually doing it full time. If my financial stability depends on it then I better be organized about it!
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hildacbg Premium
Woww...that is great progress!! Congratulations. Beautiful picture of a beautiful couple. I wish I could increase traffic to my site. Any tips? I wish you great success with all your goals. Blessings!
Hilda
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DustinG Premium
I think the most important advice I would give would be to just keep adding content as regularly as possible and just follow the training.

A while back I was messaging with Nathaniell, and he told me a vast majority of his traffic comes from his review posts. At that point I wasn't really writing too many reviews because I thought they were kind of boring. I was more writing tutorials and other content I thought would be helpful to my viewers. After that I decided I was going to start putting more time towards reviews and it seemed like after I did that my traffic started going up.

I didn't include it in my update here at WA, but the one on my site I included my top three most popular landing pages and the top to were review posts. The two combined totalled about 50% of my traffic.

So...my advice would be to write more review posts if those are something that would be relevant to your niche.

I hope that made sense! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Dustin
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stn67 Premium
Congrats Whit the premium upgrade
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DustinG Premium
Thanks man! I actually got another one this month so far, so I'm up to two! It feels good :)
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KatieMac Premium
Good to hear from you and well done on the sales here's to many more successes for you and a smooth pathway to be with your lovely young lady..keep up the good work Dustin
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DustinG Premium
Thank you Katie!
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GWaldron Premium
Congratulations Dustin
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DustinG Premium
Thank you!
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GWaldron Premium
You are welcome.
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tomtitty006 Premium
You are doing great Dustin,that is quite impressive statistic,s.Lovely photo of the two of you by the way.
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DustinG Premium
Thank you! She definitely improves the quality of the pic ;)
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kholmes Premium
Thank you for sharing and very nice how organized you are. :))
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DustinG Premium
I'm trying my best to be as organized as possible...definitely not something that comes naturally to me.
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jsmart Premium
You are a true inspiration. It's good to see a report from someone who is working with a plan of action. You are doing well.
Congrats!
jSmart
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DustinG Premium
Thanks man! I'm just plugging along. lol
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Loes Premium
Wauw, are you organized, great report!
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DustinG Premium
Thank you. Organization is definitely not something that comes naturally to me, so I'm trying my best with this!
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Kathy331 Premium
What a fantastic report, it clearly illustrates how organic traffic takes time to build and gives us newbies encouragment to continue.
Congrats on your sales and I'm sure there'll be more!
That last photo is fab and your fiance is beautiful, good luck with the visa application, keep us updated. :)
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DustinG Premium
Hey Kathy. I'll definitely keep everyone here updated with my progress and with our visa situation!

I remember feeling quite discouraged at times when I was getting no traffic in the first few months but there was one post from one of the longtime successes here where he discussed the typical traffic progress and it lined up pretty well with where I was at. That gave me motivation to keep pushing forwards with the expectation of eventually getting to where he said I would be.

Now, I'm hoping I can do the same for anyone else here.
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Simoc Premium
I am very interested in your reports Dustin G. Thanks . It is very encouraging.
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DustinG Premium
Thanks man!
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rufat Premium
Thank you for your interesting report. Helpful and encouraging.
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DustinG Premium
No problem man!
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SoupGypsy Premium
Congratulations on ALL your progress. You rock!
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DustinG Premium
YOU ROCK!!!
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camj839 Premium
All I can say is congratulation, you guys look great together. May all the good be with you two and many more blessing to come. Also your website is really something amazing.
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DustinG Premium
Thank you and thank you! :)
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ar20746 Premium
My comment about picture. It's very nice to see happy young people. :)Congratulation for your progress. Joze.
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DustinG Premium
Thank you :)
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jazminf Premium
Hey Dustin, happy to hear your making progress. You really stay on top of your stats, very cool. Congrats with the job and i really like the photo of you and Hezel, I really hope you guys can someday soon be together and not have to worry about documents and all that other bull. Bess wishes Dustin:)
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DustinG Premium
I'm hoping for that too! Should just be 5 or 6 months which, in the grand scheme of things isn't too long...but it still seems like FOREVER! Haha
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jazminf Premium
I can only imagine Dustin:)
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Christabelle Premium
What a wonderful report. Congratulations! And I hope things move swiftly for you and your fiance. The picture is awesome! Christa :)
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DustinG Premium
Thank you!
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SowAndReap Premium
Congrats on your success Dustin. How is PPC going is it worth it?
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DustinG Premium
Hey Evelyn, I'm not sure if it's worth it yet. I don't think I've been at it long enough to have any really good data yet.

However, it does use real money with no guarantee of profit, so if you're not comfortable spending money on something yet I wouldn't risk it.

I'm DEFINITELY not an expert in any means. I was basically like, well I've gonna put $50 towards this and see how it turns out. So far it hasn't paid off, but you never know. If one of those clicks turns into a premium member here at WA than it was worth it.
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SowAndReap Premium
What Kind of budget should I have for PPC? I would like to try it but I want to know what kind of money I need for this? I don't want to get into something I don't know what I'm getting into.
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DustinG Premium
I'm not really sure. I started with $50.

I would really recommend going through the training if you do decide to go into it.
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SowAndReap Premium
Thanks Dustin. :)
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DustinG Premium
No problem
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Riaz Premium
Wonderful to hear of you and your updates Dustin!
You're like a very successful entrepreneur in the making and not letting life's hurdles get in the way. What a coincidence, October is also the month I got my first sale too :D but your far ahead of me actually haha.
I wish you all the best in your journey and relationship! Being a mixed blood myself, its heart warming to see others breaking the racial barrier plus you two look sweet together :D
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DustinG Premium
Thank you Riaz! We're definitely stirring the pot and mixing things up a bit! ;)
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Cathy Ling Premium
Bless those souls. Those who have no problems are those who are dead. As for me, you and the rest of WA members, we have got an interesting life ahead :)
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DustinG Premium
Haha! Definitely!
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ONWARDBOUND Premium
CONGRATS.. nice pic of u guys.
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DustinG Premium
Thank you ;)
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Judy-B Premium
So nice to hear from you, seems it's been awhile. Great on the stats, that's wonderful. I really like the pic of the two of you. Hope everything will go fast so you can be together. :)
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DustinG Premium
I'm hoping so as well. It looks like it will be April/May when we will get the visa. Seems like a long time, but I'm sure it will go quickly.
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mwd21 Premium
Awesome stuff Dustin. Love those graphs shooting upwards. Keep it up.
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DustinG Premium
Me too! It's really satisfying to look at. Now I just need to keep them shooting upward. I think they will level off a bit eventually, but as long as they're going upward, at least a little bit, it's good enough for me.
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tmmom Premium
Congratulations on all levels! What a great and up lifting post, thanks for sharing!
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DustinG Premium
Thank you!
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SaltyG Premium
Thanks for sharing so much with us. Very inspiring I may add.
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DustinG Premium
I'm glad!
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CarlaIves Premium
Wow! And I love the pic of the two of you.
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DustinG Premium
Haha thank you! I'm not going to say I didn't ask for that ;)
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Chris2005 Premium
Great work Dustin. Good luck on the visa.
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DustinG Premium
Thank you!
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Maxiam59 Premium
wow that's great thanks for sharing all the best
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DustinG Premium
No problem! I wish you the best as well.
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