My Passive Income Report [June 2012]

June is officially in the books, and summer enjoyment is in full swing.

I can’t say I focused too much on my internet business this past month (I was on vacation for about a week, which I’ll explain below), but I’ve continued to build what I’m calling long-term assets. Although things are progressing slowly, they are progressing nonetheless!

Here’s what happened in June…

A Brief Overview of June

Although income dipped slightly in June, I’m starting to see some real progress on my authority sites. While I know they aren’t exactly “paying off” right now, I know that the reward will be there in the future. Honestly, that’s the attitude you need to have if you are indeed going to be successful with a real authority site.

On a personal note, my girlfriend and I went to Mexico for about a week – an all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen.  There truly is nothing more relaxing than a vacation where you spend your waking hours eating, laying on a beach, and swimming in a pool.

The resort was beautiful, and while it was pretty Americanized (why the hell couldn’t we get good Mexican food in Mexico?), it was still a wonderful and memorable vacation.  The image to the right was the view from our private balcony (which had a sweet hammock too).

June Income Report

InfoBarrel

As it stands, I am still giving away this AdSense income due to the fact that I can’t earn from the AdSense ads within my InfoBarrel articles.  Once my newer authority site has been around for about 6 months, I will probably have my LLC apply for an AdSense account, which I will also use on InfoBarrel (and finally reclaim the income for these articles).

Here’s the minor income that I was able to earn from InfoBarrel in June:

  • Chitika: $0.90
  • Amazon: $0.00
  • Total: $0.90 (This is really sad…)

Even though I can’t earn much from InfoBarrel right now, I still highly recommend checking out my original plan to make lots of money with article writing if you’re new to the “making money online” game.  Article writing is among my top recommendations for earning online passive income for those who are just starting out and don’t have much money to spend. And it’s a lot more lucrative when you can actually earn from AdSense.

Lending Club

As you know, I write about Lending Club every month, so I don’t need to go into a ton of detail here, but if you are unfamiliar with Lending Club, you can read my original write-up here.  As I’ve said several times in the past, I believe it’s my only truly passive income source.

June was another great month, and I’ve seen my return jump nicely.  I’m now invested in 135 loans  (+6 from May) and my net annualized return is a healthy 6.22% (+0.15% from May).  The larger than usual increase in my return is likely due to the fact that I invested in a bunch of new loans last month.

I continue to receive e-mails and comments from people thanking me for turning them onto Lending Club.  In most cases, these people are doing better than I’m doing in terms of return on investment, which is great to see.  Although I am an affiliate, it’s different than your typical product or service…because you’re not actually buying anything.  You’re investing money that you will, in all likelihood, get back (with additional interest).

If you’re interested in trying Lending Club, you can sign up with this link and get a free account.  If you’re unsure whether this type of investing is right for you, you can deposit a small amount (investments can be as small as $25) and become familiar with it. As always, if you have any questions about it, I’d be more than happy to answer them in the comments (or feel free to contact me by e-mail).

Niche Sites

I put up this image of a white flag in my last income report to signify that I’m “close to admitting defeat,” however now I feel I’ve moved to the point of actually admitting defeat.  There are a small handful of my mini niche sites that still earn money from various AdSense alternatives,  but most are nearly dead.

As I wrote in this post, I don’t believe niche sites are dead, but the landscape has certainly changed.  Those who still succeed with them have adapted to the changes, and will probably continue to see success.

While I could probably do this (in theory), not having an AdSense account puts me at a severe disadvantage.  Furthermore, my focus has shifted to larger, authority-style sites that I believe will be worth far more in the long run.  If you find yourself without AdSense, here are the alternatives I’ve written about (the links below are to each of my reviews):

Here’s a summary of June’s niche site earnings:
  • Amazon: $9.04
  • Media.net: $1.33
  • Chitika: $0.40
  • InfoLinks: $1.66
  • Commission Junction: $3.20
  • Total: $15.63

Authority Sites

As you know by now, this is where I’m currently putting most of my internet business effort.

My first authority site is the one that currently earns a modest amount of money.  Traffic isn’t great yet, but I’ve found a strategy to update the site regularly with fresh, unique content that I don’t have to write myself (read more here).

The second authority site is much newer and is one that I would call a “passion project”.  This is in a competitive niche (in general) but I’m digging into a narrow sub-niche where I believe I can add some serious value.  At a certain point, I will probably make this site public here.  I’m finally starting to see some traffic on this site and a lot of good interaction, including blog post comments and Twitter mentions (something my other, older site doesn’t see a lot of).

Here’s a look at what the first authority site earned in June (the second site isn’t monetized in any way yet):

  • Media.net: $6.43
  • Other: $2.27
  • Total: $8.70

Other Affiliate Income

Here’s the breakdown for June.  [Note: This income comes from other sites not discussed/listed above, including affiliate sales generated through this blog.]

  • Amazon: $0.12
  • ClickBank: $0.00
  • Commission Junction: $175.00
  • PayDotCom: $0.00
  • Private Advertising: $0.00
  • Market Samurai: $0.00
  • Other Misc.: $60.70

Total Misc. Affiliate Earnings for June: $235.82

Sadly, my ClinkBank sites are dying, as this is now only the 2nd month (out of probably 20+ months) where I didn’t earn anything.

Income Summary

Here’s a summary of June’s earnings, organized by project/challenge:

Grand Total for June: $261.05 (-$69.85 from May)

Popular Blog Posts

These were my top 5 most popular blog posts in June based on number of views:

1) AdSense Account Disabled: What the Hell?!

2) My Passive Income Report [May 2012]

3) How to Make $2,000 Per Month Writing for InfoBarrel

4) The Ultimate Backlink Tracker (Free Tool)

5) 142+ Ways to Make Money Online

How was your June? Share it in the comments! And until next month, best of luck to you and your passive income projects!

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31 Responses to “My Passive Income Report [June 2012]”

  1. Hey Eric, keep your head up man. I am honestly sorry to hear about your niche sites but maybe it is for the best. I must admit I’m puzzled by your authority site earnings. Obviously I have no idea what the site is or what the traffic looks like but if you are making quality content you should be picking up a fair amount of longtail. My advice would be to go all in with your own pictures and videos if you can swing it. Build something that people will find helpful and other sites will link to.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Dan, thanks for the comment and the support. My authority site earnings don’t really surprise me right now – my only real form of monetization at the moment are Media.net ads which don’t do nearly as well as AdSense.

    Also, the niche doesn’t really lend itself to a lot of affiliate sale opportunities. My biggest focus (in the future) will be selling my own products/services. Right now, I’m just working on building up traffic and content.

    Also, the site is on a .ME domain, which I feel gives me a slight penalty in Google (over .com/.net/.org). I don’t see as much long tail traffic as I would’ve expected, and my rankings are pretty slow to rise (although I’m being very “white hat” with my SEO). I’ve seen other .ME domains rank highly however, so I’m not too worried about the long term viability, at least as far as the domain goes.

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  2. Eric,

    It’s too bad about your smaller niche sites. I have been having a decent amount of success with them lately and I know they will still be around for a while, but you are right that having your Adsense account suspended doesn’t help you one bit.

    I hope that your authority sites really pick up though and I can’t wait to hear more about them and what all you are doing with them.

    ~Adam
    Adam recently posted… My Post Penguin Link Building Strategy REVEALED

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Adam! It does seem like plenty of people are still having success with smaller niche sites, so more power to you guys. AdSense is pretty key though – it’s tough to otherwise make good money from those sites, unless you have a substantial amount of traffic.

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  3. Hey Eric,

    I definitely think that in the long run you’re going to me much better off with authority sites than niche sites anyway, so I wouldn’t sweat the low income from them anyway. Just keep your head up and keep working at the larger authoritative sites – they may not be making lots of money now, but they definitely have a lot more potential to make money in the future (IMO) than niche sites!

    Thomas
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s what I’m hoping, Thomas! I know it’s a long road ahead, especially given the fairly small amount of time I’m able to dedicate to them. I’ll get there though (and wherever “there” is, I’m not sure).

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  4. Eric, I’m close to being done with niche sites too. Plus, I can’t seem to get enthusiastic about all the games to get to Google page one… I’m probably going to go with one more affiliate site, see how it goes, and then concentrate on other things.

    The real goal of my own blog was to chronicle my own process of finding my place, so I’m glad I did the niche site thing, but I think my future is elsewhere.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I feel the same way, Mike. Smaller niche sites are a great learning experience, and they allow you to learn very quickly about creating a money making website. While they will still be viable in the future, I’m more comfortable focusing on authority sites for now.

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  5. good stuff man, as usual. always nice to see slow steady trickles of passive cash. looking forward to your authority site updates…
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the support, Sunil, I appreciate it!

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  6. Hi Eric

    I recently got turned down by Adsense, with the reasoning “copyrighted material” even though I had nothing of the such.

    I was wondering what you mean with “I will also use on InfoBarrel (and finally reclaim the income for these articles).”

    I’m asking because I’m seeing google ads on my articles over at InfoBarrel, but since Google turned me down, I was wondering if I would get potential click fees back, once I get accepted into Adsense?

    Is that what you meant with “relaim the income” that you can get your earnings back retrospectively?

    If that’s the case, I’m not too bummed out about being denied, although it still sucks.

    Great blog btw, your backlink tracker is very handy!

    David

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Good question, David, and I can see the confusion about what I wrote. Maybe I should’ve used some other phrasing…

    What I meant by “reclaim the income” was simply that I know the articles are earning money right now, but I’m not receiving it obviously.

    By having my business get a new AdSense account, I’d be able to start earning from them again. So while I wouldn’t be able to reclaim my prior earnings, I would be “reclaiming” the income stream, and earn from it going forward.

    Sorry about the confusion!

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    David Tromholt Reply:

    Okay I’m with you now :)

    Btw as I said I recently got turned down by Adsense.

    Then I went to the site webanswers.com and answered 50 questions, and automatically got my Google Adsense activated.

    I assume you know that service, but if anyone want to get on Adsense quick, that’s the best way I could find.

    Still it sucks that they can take your earnings from you without you even knowing why.

    I wonder why they don’t go into specifics when they claim “copyrighted material” , I still have no clue why I got turned down the first time, and I bet a lot of people are confused.

    I wish there was a better service than them.

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  7. sorry to hear about your niche sites, i understand how you feel, Adsense recently hit me with “copyrighted material”. The secret i think is to keep at it even when it seems that all is closing in on you and always try to stay ahead of the game.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree – thanks for the comment, Leon!

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  8. Hey Eric,

    I got tired of both Adsense and Adwords. One day you have an account that’s going just fine and next thing you know Google doesn’t like something and you’re left with, “What the hell did I do?”

    As they say, there are many different ways to skin a cat and there are many different ways to make income online. Some people kill it with adsense and adwords. Some people kill it with Twitter and Facebook. Some people dominate SEO. Some people build 100′s of tiny 2-3 page affiliate sites while others do wonderfully with just a few larger authority sites.

    I think you just have to focus on what you enjoy doing and not spread your resources too thin. I think many people fail online because they try to take on too much at once because there’s always something new and shiny to distract you.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Great comment, Derek, and I agree with everything you said. I often spread myself too thin, and I realize the problem with that. But yes, focusing on 1 or 2 things you enjoy doing is probably the best road to success (provided “what you enjoy doing” can actually generate income).

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  9. Yeah the landscape has definitely changed. I wouldn’t say it is necessarily more complicated and sophisticated to rank. But I would say that competing with niche sites have become quite more expensive. It does take either money OR time to get niche sites to work. My main moneymakers took a huge beating after April but I’m slowly trying to climb back with my niche sites by migrating to new domains with the old content and trying to stay under the radar with blog networks. A few of my websites that I started linkbuilding during the Penguin and Panda updates have actually remained in the Top 50. It’s just that I didn’t use BMR for most of them (I did use ALN co-ops though).

    Anyway, good luck on your endeavor man.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, TK. Sounds like you’re slowly recovering, which is more than a lot of people can say. Best of luck to you.

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  10. I started a niche site just after the google zoo and have just been mainly doing blog comments and have used a few article sites, but just using very varied anchor text which I am sure is what killed many of my previous sites

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Yep, varying anchor text is key! I would say that’s the #1 reason my sites were hurt by Penguin.

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  11. Hi Eric, in Ukraine your earning will be like salary per month.

    2 Derek Maak. I think 100 websites with 2-3 pages is good idea for Google Adsense, but it’s hard to promote all these websites.

    I saw report of website which have 15 000 visitors per day. So, earning on Google Adsense was 50-60 $ per day.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    There are definitely a lot of ways to make money with websites, whether it’s lots of small websites that individually don’t earn a lot, or 1-2 huge sites that each earn a good amount. Each has its own challenges. It’s up to you to determine which one works for you.

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  12. I like long term business. But first of all we must have patience. To become a good businessman it’s very important. These all calculations help us in maintaining our business and set our target higher and higher.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Patience is key, no doubt! :)

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  13. Hey, Eric

    I truly believe that you have the persistence that is needed to truly make it in the online business world. You have been slapped left and right, but you still proceed. You might not be laughing all the way to the bank yet, but you are definitely getting there.

    Besides, when you finally do achieve the level of financial freedom that you are aiming for, all of the headache and tribulations that you have faced thus far will make it that much more rewarding for you.

    You are really a trooper. Keep switching up your strategy as needed, find what works best for you, and don’t quit until you make it. I am also glad that you had a great vacation. That picture from the balcony is absolutely breathtaking for a person who is living in Portland, Oregon, ( nothing but grey clouds and rain here). Good luck buddy, I look forward to seeing the tide turn for you.

    Oliver
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks so much, Oliver – it’s comments like these that help keep me going!

    I do believe that one day I will look back and see that all the struggles were well worth the trouble. It also helps that I have a regular job and am not in any huge rush. Just need to keep pushing forward…

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  14. I didn’t know what passive income is until I read this whole article as I am new to this kind of industry. That’s a nice income you got knowing you didn’t exert any effort for them.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I wouldn’t say I didn’t exert any effort for them, but thanks for the comment!

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  15. Never knew about Passive income, thanks for this info and share.

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  16. Hi, Great Article!!
    I’ve Been Working With Niche Sites For A While Now And 1 Thing Iv’e Learned Is Patience And Quality As Well As Focus And Don’t Let Up. Don’t Get Discouraged.

    Everything Happens For A Reason !!

    Good Luck And God Bless

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