Well, this month was a harsh reality check. Last month I made more income with ads posted for only 2/3rds of the month. In my mind I had the impression that income and traffic to my sites would just naturally improve over time while it appears the exact opposite is true. After being really excited last month thinking that my income would just go up and up this months earning are quite literally a downer. It is turning out it is a bit harder than I thought to monetize my sites. At this point it really does seem quite impossible to achieve $1000/month when I can even maintain $17/month.
I do know some of the things that negatively affected my profitability. In an attempt to test out my monetization options I replaced the Adsense footer ad on asteroids inc with project wonderful ads for a few weeks. This likely cost me quite a bit as the Project Wonderful ads only pulled in a measly $0.14 while a single click from adsense could have produced far more income. Also, for asteroidsinc.com I had been receiving a whole lot of my traffic from a single page (chromeexperiments.com). Last month my game was featured on the front page which generated lots of traffic, but it has now been pushed back to the third page which has dramatically decreased the amount of traffic coming from the referral. On top of all that I did not spend any time further promoting any of my sites.
At the outset of this whole experiment I was hoping to create high quality sites which would naturally attract lots of traffic by virtue of others linking me on their own accord rather than heavy promotion on my part. I am starting to think that success may require revaluation this whole idea. I don’t know if/how I can make anything “higher quality” so I guess my best bet is to focus a bit more on promotion of my sites in the coming months to help keep my traffic up there. Hopefully I can turn things around.
Adsense Income: $11.52
Project Wonderful Income: $0.14
Adsense Income: $0.24