January was a better month than December overall for the satellite sites, but the average income from all fell once again (this is due to me counting the 4 new sites that are still receiving very little traffic). The average for all 19 sat sites that were up for the entire month came to $33.86. That compares to a $39.09 average in December and a $54.09 average in November (as a comparison, if I take the original 10 sites for this month, the average they generated came to $59.07 which is a slight increase from 2 months ago). I’m pleased with the month, but not overjoyed. I still need to do a lot of work to generate traffic for them.
Satellite January profits
There was a big drop in one of the sat site’s numbers – I’m not exactly sure why that happened, but I’ll have to look and see if I can find an explanation. There are also a lot of sites not earning in double digits which is discouraging. I think they just need more publicity so I’ll try and do that if I can find time (although that may be difficult for the next few months).
I didn’t put up any new sat sites during January, but there is a good reason for that. We were working on getting the journals we had on our main site into a more bloglike format. While this will set me back on my goals a bit this month, in the long run I think it will make our main site much more entertaining and valuable. It also gives us a lot of interesting options in building the site.
February is going to be a tough month. It’s 3 days shorter than January and I’ll probably have even less time to spend on promoting the sat sites as I did in January. I’ll just keep plugging away and in 2 months Nate and I will sit down to decide whether to continue like we have been (me taking a full time salary and him getting whatever is left over) or go back to splitting the profits 50% – 50%.