First $1000 Month - Growth Continuing Nicely!

Last Update: July 31, 2018

I am Very happy to say I chalked off another milestone!

For the First time I made over $1000 this month from My website.

Again Every Metric I have has grown. More more Traffic, More Affiliate Click throughs more sales and more Income.

It is slow and steady growth but everyhting is still heading in the right direction. UP

  • Only in February this Year did I make over $100 a month
  • In April I saw my first 50+ Visitors a day!
  • May was my first $500+ Month
  • The end of June saw my First 100 Visitors a day.
  • And now come July I have topped $1000 a month.
  • August...who knows?

I still have a long long way to go My income needs to increase atleast 5x before I am able to consider realising my dreams of relocating to Maui but it shows I am doing the right things!

And what are those things?

They are the exact things taught here a WA. Build out quality content regularly.


I am building a Niche Website and not Promoting WA as of yet. It is a Travel Blog and I am really scratching the surface in terms of revenue. I am probably maxing out some Streams but there are alot more streams I can tap.

The site is now 18 months old in the eyes of Google. I average arounf 90 visitors a day, which is still really low but the conversion is really good. Mainly as the traffic hits my Review pages mainly. I have approx 146 Pages and Posts averaging well over 3000 words each. So it is alot of content.

June saw me targetting YouTube but that seems to ahve stalled this month and I need to jumpstart that again.

I also took a HUGE step in July and Hired a Writer to help me target a New City. This worked pretty well and they helprd me get a city to launch in less than a month while I did other things. Previously it would take me over a month and that would be the sole focus. It did cost me $75 an article though! (2000-3000 words) I intend to blog about this abit more, if anyone is interested. I am still working full time so can happily plough the money erant straight back into the business!


August I will be workign again with my writer to get another City to launch. Each city I add increases the options for revenue. I do worry the Current numbers will dry up somewhat. June/July are peak travel months and I worry as we move off peak it will drop off suddenly, but that's the nature of the beast.

Hopfuly Traffic continues to climb and I can soon start seeing mutiple hundreds a day. I have a lot of posts that don't rank well and if this were to change the traffic potential with 145 posts is pretty huge!


Anyway very happy to announce the latest milestone. Fingers crossed all Metrics continue to Rise!

Steve

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Glen B Premium
Great Progress Steven, I think you are doing a great job of proving that WA does work. Love your honest profile. ;-)

So the good news is that it seems that most sites really take off after hitting your current mark. Exponentially I would think you will see a much faster rise in income.

I look forward to seeing your results.

- Glen B
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Calvinator63 Premium
Hi Stephen,

On of the nice things about the niche sites once they start rolling and you keep consistent they continue to multiple and grow in strength.

As the site matures you think of more products you can promote and other income streams from this single source of organic traffic.

Now the fun part begins,

Calvin
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sgregcrx Premium
Thanks,

Hopefully, you are right, traffic and returns are all still heading in the right direction. Still very minimal traffic but it's all high quality and converts well.

Future is looking good.
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IoannisPap Premium
Very good job Steve!

I have a suggestion for you.

First, I will give you a disclaimer...I don't know anything about travel blogs or whatever...but!

I believe that people travel all the time...not only June-July. There are hundreds of thousands of people out there that live their life like this.

So my suggestion for you is don't depend only on people that want to travel these 2-3 months...focus on everyone!

For example...Now that the summer almost ends...you should focus for people that like winter...(maybe a good idea is to also tell them if they can do some sports...ski and etc.)

In short...Focus for example where to travel every single month...what's the best city-country-town to travel this time of period...

This is just a suggestion...again I don't know anything about travel blogs...

Wish you the best,

John
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi John,

Don't worry, I am not sure I know much about travel blogs lol! Still learning every day.

You are right and My site has many different locations some year round and some seasonal. But you will still get peaks and troughs in the travel Niche. As the year round won't stop during peak, so you get those AND the Seasonal but in the offseason only the year round. You also get people planning summer trips in the offseason, I do expect to make income year round but know there will be peaks too.

I just hope to make good money in the Offseason but GREAT Money in the Peaks!.

I will Keep plugging away...
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Glen B Premium
Steve, this is an awesome post. To make it to $1,000 a month is fantastic. If you can do $1,000 you can do $10,000. I wish you the best of luck and great work!! Especially since your working a full time job.
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi Glen,

Thanks. Yeah wish it was that simple but with time and effort, I am sure I will get there.

Yeah, it is great to still have the security of the job behind me but that does take up a lot of my time! Still, as earn more I can look to quit and focus entirely on the Blog! Preferably from a Beach!

Steve
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AlejandraB Premium
Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing great information on how you making it happen!
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi,

No problem happy to share
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jvranjes Premium
If this is seasonal then you might expect a drop, I have this in all my sites. But as you keep adding content the drops will not be so big. Instead of oscillations, you might experience something like a staircase profile.

So you pay for writing. Is this 1000 a month a gross or net income? Do you go for local affiliates or those big global? It would be interesting to hear more, make a training.
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi, yeah i am definitely expecting a drop just don't know how big a drop. Some of my destinations are year round (vegas, Hawaii, new york) while others are very seasonal ( L.a, san fran ) so will be interesting to see ...

I have only JUST started to outsourse. This income was entirely off my own work but i have used this and previous months income to grow further. So while technically its net it could have been gross had I not taken the decision to reinvest the earnings rather than spending it.

I have wide ranging affiliates but 95% dont make me money. I have one big global brand that is responsible for 95% of this. Which scares the crap out of me and i need to diversify. As i said im scratching the surface.

I intend to do some training on the outsourcing as my initial foray has gone well. And its something hardly covered on here. It was a big step for to pay someone to write for me! And think alot of people struggle here.

Thanks

Steve
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you. I have a seasonal drop roughly 1/4, so it is not so drastic. Just keep adding content, this will partly compensate for the seasonal drop, have seen this on my side.

As your traffic grows, you can start earning from ads. See this great example below to realize how big this can be. This guy is a pro, and here he earns more from ads than from sales, so do not worry about a single source of income (I have the same in my sites).
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sgregcrx Premium
Thanks,

If my Seasonal drop is only 1/4 I would be very happy. Content production will be ramping up to new levels now as I begin to outsource. I am still working full time so can commit almost all the income back into the business for the time being.

Ad Revenue is always on my mind and I am happy to steer clear for now. I have nowhere near the traffic to warrant it but as you say as I continue to add content and the site grows further I hope to build traffic massively. and hopefully to a point where Ads would be worthwhile.
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AlanJE Premium
Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing Steve, Best Alan
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sgregcrx Premium
Thanks, Alan

Steve
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GailLowe Premium
This is a great story and wonderful inspiration for me. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm still behind you with traffic and income and my sites are only 10 months old but it's so encouraging to see the rise in your traffic and income.
Well done and I wish you much more success.
Gail
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi Gail,

It's great to see people who are ahead of you, as it does show where you could end up! I remember 9 Months ago looking at certain people ahead of me thinking I wish I was there!

Now I am where they are, I looked at them again! Now they are further ahead still! earning even more than they were back then. Showing again where I could be in the next 9 months!

This is such a process and like a train, it builds up steam and momentum until hopefully, it's unstoppable !!!

Good luck building up your head of Steam!
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GailLowe Premium
Thank you. You're so right.
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BrendaW1 Premium
Congratulations, it is very motivating to hear of your success! Keep on going forward!!
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sgregcrx Premium
Glad to hear my success is motivating
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Dhind1 Premium
Well done Steve, and good positive story. I am really glad it is working out for you. $75 an article does sound expensive, but if it worked, then it also sounds worth it.

Alex
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi Alex,

Yeah, no doubt I could have got a cheaper writer, but I got a professional writer with a journalism Degree with extensive knowledge of subject matter.

I think the articles are pretty cheap and if they pull in $$$ then it's money well spent. I am lucky that it is a case of re-investing not spending my own money!
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firstlearn Premium
Congratulations. I hope it keeps growing for you.

Derek
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi, I hope so too lol

Thanks

Steve
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Sorayacge Premium
Well done, congratulations and it's great to read about your progress like this! Thanks! :)
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sgregcrx Premium
Thanks,

I remember what these sort of posts meant to me when I was starting out!
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davehayes Premium
Very Impressive blog post and further proof the training here works when applied, nice one steve
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sgregcrx Premium
Yep, Follow the training and it definitely works you just need the patience!
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