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: $571
Total content investment for June 2020: $12,750
Net income after content investment: $38,033 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 that’s “the best blogging email newsletter around.”
Hyperbole? Maybe, but go check it out to see what some readers say.
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.