I have posted my August earnings. What a crazy month!
Despite the deindexing of my best earning site, I had my highest earnings month ever. Much of that is due to the fact that the site that was deindexed was gaining a lot of traffic until it disappeared around the 19th. Had the site not been deindexed August would have been an unbelievable month. Thanks big G for keeping it real for me.
One last rant about losing that site and then I will try to move on. I just have to say a bit more b/c frankly I have been pretty bitter the last few days since being denied for reinclusion. Had you told me that one of my sites would be deindexed I never would have guessed it to be the site that was. Sure, it wasn’t white as snow, but it was almost 3 years old with plenty of content and I never took big risks like so many other people do.
That site was my anchor and the steady income it produced, while not huge, was something that I assumed I could count on. So in addition to being bitter I am struggling to shake off the frustration and paranoia of moving forward. Will I lose my next best site? Am I spinning my wheels with how I make sites as they will all just fizzle eventually?
In addition to the general crankiness, I have also had to spend time doing a little recon work. I bought 2 new hosting packages and am in the process of spreading my sites out. I will rebuild the site that I lost, but that will a lot of time and I don’t think I want to do that now. But I’ll elaborate on that another time.
Anyway, I am trying to get back on track and taking a different focus to my efforts (did I say this last time??). When I started in IM my focus was mostly on passive income. Build sites up and watch them earn without ongoing effort. Sounds nice, right? And it does happen for many, but to me right now it’s a pipe dream that I can’t pursue.
I am (trying) to look at IM more as a job. I put in the hours and I make money. It’s possible that I will earn for months and months off of a page of content, but it is also possible that the earnings will only trickle in for so long. Big G changes their algo or just doesn’t like me and POOF, the money stops.
So what that means for me for the most part is really focusing on what is working/earning today. Squeeze out what I can, while I can and then move on to the next thing when necessary. That doesn’t mean I will give up on building a site that can hold it’s own passively, but that will be in the background, at least for now.
Is anybody still reading? Cuz I am boring myself. BUT, while I am yammering on I want to make a confession. I don’t share much good stuff on here on purpose and that ain’t gonna change. Go ahead, check and my earnings and have a chuckle – what priceless gems am I hiding to take 3 years to crack a thousand per month. I know.
It’s not that I don’t want to share things with those of you I consider friends, it’s the random visitors who show up that I worry about. Some of you share way too much stuff and when you share something that is working for me I give you the stink eye. You just can’t see it, but trust me, I do it. Sorry, but once something catches on as “working” it gets overrun and stops working.
I share that b/c I am debating about even telling you what I plan to focus on the next few months. Really, it’s silly not to share and it is nothing new or revolutionary, but Big G has really messed with my head. Didn’t they realize I was already paranoid??
Wow, this rant has gotten quite long and by now you are starting to wonder if I have lost it completely. No worries, I lost it years ago. But seriously, I will share my focus in the next post.