It certainly was an interesting month with both good and bad news. The bad news was that our adsense revenue fell dramatically this month to a tune of over $15 a day. Ouch! I think this is the first time that adsense daily average revenue has fallen for us and I’m not exactly sure what caused it. I will be going through the stats to see if I can find an obvious reason that can be corrected, but it might have been that August was just a tremendous month and the September numbers are more realistic (I hope not…).
On the positive side, the latest page rank update treated us well. The main site went to 7 which was a long term goal for Nate and I and it feels good to have finally reached it. This one increased to 6. There were a couple of our satellite sites that fell, but most stayed the same or increased a bit. Overall we were pleased with the latest update.
A look at the ten goals I have for the end of the year.
Get up all the domain names that we have purchased and either get a holding page on them or put them up for sale.
Yikes – still haven’t moved on this. Will send Nate to look at this post as soon as it goes up.
Do at least once a week video blogging – preferably more (also learn more and improve it over where I currently am)
After having not much luck sitting in front of my computer and doing them, I’m still searching for a good place to set up in the house that has better light. I hope to have more videos going up on a consistent basis in October.
Find 2 more income streams over what we are currently receiving.
I did come up with a couple of ideas that I need to sit down and implement. Not sure if they will work, but I’ll at least give them a try and see if they can help. We also set up a credit card area this month on the main site. While I realize that credit cards can be terrible for those that don’t know how to handle them correctly, I also know that they provide a lot of advantages for those that do learn to use them for their benefit.
Put together an ebook
I’ve actually started this and have the beginnings already down. It’s nothing that is extraordinarily now, but it is all put together in a much more convenient format that can be found in most places. Of course, there are some of my opinions in there that make it a bit different from a lot of financial information out there. I’ll keep plugging away at it and hopefully have that finished by year’s end.
Find a new, creative way to promote the sites
I’m always on the outlook for this one. I put together some SavingAdvice T-shirts that haven’t arrived here yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out. Some of the members on the main site have asked how they can help and we are looking into ways to use this enthusiasm to help out.
Work on getting some mainstream media mentions
Still need to work on this one. I had a few interviews during September that should appear in October publications, but I’d like to get a lot more if possible.
Get at least another 10 satellite sites up and running
wow, I was being ambitious with this one. While I have worked quite a bit on improving the existing satellite sites this past month, I haven’t worked on getting others up. Something that I need to definitely do…
Do a money experiment each month
This is something that I have had in the back of my mind for a long time, but still haven’t figured out a good way to implement it. Part of the problem is that to do good experiments means placing a fair amount of time into them – something I don’t have a whole lot of these days. It is something that I do want to begin doing.
Find at least one more satellite site manager
In discussions with this one, but not sure if it will work out or not. The subject that she is interested in is highly competitive and doesn’t pay very well. We don’t currently have a satellite site set up on that particular subject, but we are willing to set one up if she is still interested. I explained my views and the potential income possibilities and I’m waiting to hear back.
Keep income constant so that Nate can join full time in 2007
As mentioned above, adsense wasn’t too kind this past month for this particular goal. That being said, we did get lucky with a long term ad buy that made up for the adsense shortfall. We would like to see a bit more consistency if possible, but I don’t know how realistic that is in this business…
Overall a decent month and we continue to move in the correct direction. Time to place the head down and plow ahead to meet as many of these goals as possible before December 31.