June was the start of some big changes.
I moved the remainder of my sites to AdThrive for ad revenue. I did this because AdThrive can display ads on infinite scroll which I’ve deployed on every site.
I launched Cyclebaron.com, which is a public niche site. I’ll include Cyclebaron.com in my income reports so you can see progress (or lack thereof).
I launched numerous other niche sites as well, which won’t be included in the income reports. For now, I’ll restrict income reports to 8 niche sites. I may add the new ones down the road.
In June my site speed consultant started working on speeding up site 1. As I write this in August, he’s still working on it. So far he’s made some great improvements but we’ll be launching the biggest improvements in a week or two.
That wraps up changes. Other than that it’s been business as usual which is content, content and more content.
DISCLAIMER: This income report does NOT include any revenue or expenses pertaining to Fat Stacks blog. All revenue and expenses are derived solely from my SOME of my independent niche sites.
7 8 niche sites I own (June 2020)
Click here to learn more about each niche site featured in my income reports.
All figures are in USD.
- Niche Site 1 Revenue: $52,731
- Niche Site 2 Revenue: $4,783
- Niche Site 3 Revenue: $594
- Niche Site 4 Revenue: $929
- Niche Site 5 Revenue: $0
- Niche Site 6 Revenue: $280
- Niche Site 7 Revenue: $81
- Niche Site 8 (Cyclebaron.com) Revenue: $0
Total Revenue all 7 sites: $59,398 (May revenue was: $58,205)
Expenses for all niche sites
I lump together all expenses for all 7 niche sites because it’s difficult, impractical and unhelpful to spend the time allocating each expense to each site.
- Ezoic Premium Ad Program Fees: $288
- Kinsta hosting: $1,772
- ConvertBox: $490 (one time purchase)
- Amazon AWS (still host some images on this): $145
- VAs: $5,145
- Cloudflare: $200
- Techsmith (Jing storage): $8
- Loom: $10
- Ahrefs: $179
- AWeber: $49 (still use AWeber for my small B2B site)
- Shutterstock photos: $400
- Quickbooks: $10
- Jotform: $40
- Tailwind: $84
- MeetEdgar: $50
- Grammarly: $45
- NitroPack: $100
- Canva: $48
- Buzzsprout: $12 (this is the podcast hosting platform I use for niche site 1 podcast).
Total expenses for 7 niche sites: $8,615
Net Income: $50,783 (May net income was $46,990)
Content investment in June 2020
- WriterAccess: $8,000
- In-House writers: $4,179
- Content Strategist: 1
Total content investment for June 2020: ,750
Net income after content investment: ,033 USD
I explain here why I extract content costs from expenses.
Screenshots (just a couple of the main ones)
AdThrive (Site 1)
EX.co (formerly Playbuzz)
Jon runs the place around here. He pontificates about launching and growing online publishing businesses, aka blogs that make a few bucks. His pride and joy is the email newsletter he publishes.
In all seriousness, Jon is the founder and owner of a digital media company that publishes a variety of web properties visited and beloved by millions of readers monthly. Fatstacks is where he shares a glimpse into his digital publishing business.