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Income Report for March 2020 (7 Niche Sites)


Here are the revenue, expense and content investment figures for my niche sites that make up the March 2020 income report.

March 2020 income report

Without a doubt, I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate to have an income report like the one below given the economic catastrophe happening.

Yes, ad rates per 1,000 visitors are down.  However, traffic is up quite nicely. I wouldn’t say it’s a wash, but it’s close.

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March developments

The most notable development in March was the rapid growth in traffic from Pinterest.

In February I noticed Pinterest traffic picking up.  That piqued my interest.  For many months until then I didn’t bother with Pinterest.  I enjoyed a stable 2,750 to 4,000 daily visitors from Pinterest resulting from website visitors pinning from my site and old pins on my boards.

However, with traffic higher than normal in February (not much but noticeable), I decided to be more proactive.

I fired up my stale Tailwind account and started testing new pins.  I took Pinterest’s desire of “fresh pins” to heart.

Once I pinned down a few design concepts that were working, I hired a full-time pin creator.  That explains the increased VA cost.  She now runs Pinterest for me with results beyond my expectations.

Here’s a screenshot showing the Pinterest clicks to my site for the past 90 days:

Pinterest traffic screenshot
Pinterest traffic reported in the Pinterst reporting dashboard

Note, for some reason the number of clicks reported in Pinterest is a tad higher than that reported in Analytics.  Check out the same dates from Google Analytics:

Pinterest traffic reported in Google Analytics
Pinterest traffic reported in Google Analytics

Regardless, the growth in Pinterest traffic is very, very good.  It’s probably the biggest development in a long time.

Other than that, I’ve just been publishing new articles, fixing up old articles and kicking along a few smaller sites.

Here’s the income report.

The Usual Disclaimer

This income report only reports revenue and expenses for my niche sites.  It does NOT include any financial information from fatstacksblog.com.  

Let’s dive in.

Revenue for 7 niche sites I own (March 2020)

Click here to learn more about each niche site featured in my income reports.

All figures are in USD.

  • Niche_Site_1″>Niche Site 1 Revenue: $37,978 (mostly display ad revenue, some affiliate revenue)
  • Niche Site 2 Revenue: $5,261 (mostly affiliate commission revenue)
  • Niche Site 3 Revenue: $1,430 (mostly display ad revenue, some affiliate revenue)
  • Niche Site 4 Revenue: $707 (mostly display ad revenue, some affiliate revenue)
  • Niche Site 5 Revenue: $31 (display ad revenue only)
  • Niche Site 6 Revenue: $41 (display ad revenue only)
  • Niche Site 7 Revenue: $100 (display ad revenue only)

Total Revenue all 7 sites: $45,548 (February revenue was: $47,970)

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.

Total expenses for 7 niche sites: $7,799

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Net Income: $37,749 (February was $41,113)

Content investment in March 2020

I continue to pour money into content, including products for product reviews as well as podcast content for niche site 1:

  • WriterAccess: $5,500
  • In-House writers: $900
  • AskWonder: $960
  • Podcast content: $750
  • Content Strategist: $1,520

Total content investment for March 2020:  $9,630

Net income after content investment: $28,119 USD

I explain here why I extract content costs from expenses.

Proof-is-in-the-pudding screenshots

AdThrive (Site 1)

AdThrive ad revenue March 2020

Ezoic (Sites 2 to 7)

Ezoic ad revenue March 2020

Amazon Commissions

Amazon makes up a small percentage of revenue, but it’ll get worse with lower commission rates taking place starting April 21, 2020.

Amazon Affiliate Commissions March 2020

Merchant

Below is a quarterly affiliate commission check received in Feb. 2020.  My income reports amortize this check and it falls under niche site #2.  This course teaches how I generate this quarterly check like clockwork.

Quarterly affiliate commission check


6 thoughts on “Income Report for March 2020 (7 Niche Sites)”

  1. Just a thought after seeing $800 for shutterstock photos. You could take advantage of Appsumo’s Deposit Photos deal and get 100 stock photos for just $39 right now..or 200 for $78 and so on. It’s worth checking out!

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  2. Would you please kindly share a cause study about Pinterest to drive traffic? I’m just getting started with Pinterest but honestly, it’s hard for to get daily around 10 clicks even. I have done 100+ pins so far and I’m getting 25000 monthly views in my account. I don’t know whats wrong with me

    Thanks

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