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In June I’ve been traveling 6 countries: Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia and Italy where I’m now, spending time with my family. An interesting Balkan Tour I already wrote about.
It has been an intense month and I alternate days of hard work with days of exploration and fun. Let’s see what happened back in June.
What’s going on
Last month I realized that I’m ont re-investing enough in my business. I tend to be happy when I see some cash coming in but, beside acquiring more websites, I do everything myself. Even things I’m terrible at… In June I decided to open the wallet and hire two contractors for specific tasks.
Sale page for ComoHacer
I hired Rocco via oDesk to rethink the sale page of my Spanish DIY blog. This blog came with an e-book with all the articles in an easy to read and print format and I believe this is an untapped source of income.
The original sale page, visible here, was using the long-letter format and not very effective. With Rocco’s analysis and advise we built a new, shorter sale page visible here. The new page is highlighting the product features (270 projects, 849 pages, 1141 images) and also the benefits of the product (impressing the family, saving money, the satisfaction of saying “I made it myself”, etc.).
Did it boost the sales? Not yet, but let’s give it some time and next month I’ll share the results!
New version for my WordPress Theme
Last month I bought a website selling a WordPress Theme: freeWPtube.com It’s a theme that allows to create video websites based on WordPress.
It gets an average of 20 downloads a day and it’s very well positioned in the search engine results. I hired the developer that built version 4.0, to create version 5.0 that adds important features like responsive support for mobile devices.
It didn’t go as smooth as I wanted… I was disappointed by the quality of the code and the poor communication, so I had to rewrite most of the theme myself that was a lot of geek-fun for me, but to be honest not what I hired the developer for.
Selling an house in Netherlands… from Kosovo
I was in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, when I received the email from the house agent in Amsterdam informing me that he sold another house to one of my leads.
Yeah! That makes two houses in four months, making this blog an unexpected money-making asset. In fact as I explained in the past, I’m using this blog post about how to buy an house in Amsterdam to send potential customers to my trusted house agent and get a commission if the sale process goes through.
And this take me to the next point…
Cómo comprar casa en Holanda
My article about buying houses in Netherlands got quite some popularity, in the English version and especially in the Italian version. There’s no SEO or backlink building at all, it’s just a good informative article that people like… and if you think about it that’s exactly what Google is after.
So I decided to try to replicate the success translating the article in the third most-spoken language in the World: Spanish.
I bartered a WordPress consultancy with a professional translation and the result is the piece Cómo comprar casa en Holanda. I did a soft promotion and at the moment the article ranks #1 on page 2 of Google Spain…. hopefully will enter page 1 soon so I can start seeing some traffic.
Time for the numbers!
- Adsense: €687.46 (last month €717.24)
- Feedblitz: €64.52 (last month €62)
- Direct Ads: €26.60 (last month €26.60)
- Job Board Services
- Premium Job posting: €234.25 (last month €28.60)
- Resume Access:€105.57 (last month €52.21)
- Affiliate Programs
- Lead generation: €525 (last month 0)
- Product affiliation: €225.57 (last month €118)
- Amazon program: €3.84 (last month €2)
- Guest Posting: €0 (last month 0€)
- Product Sales: €13 (last month €0)
- Websites Sales: €0 (last month € 4,262.8)
Total Gross June 2014: € 1,885.81 (last month € 5,288)
Note: some links to products and services may have affiliation. This means that if you’ll buy I’ll get a commission. Never the less, I’m only mentioning here services that I use myself to operate my websites.
- Mailing List services
- FlipFilter: €10
- This is a very useful service for website buyers, crunching big data from multiple marketplaces for you.
- Developer per WP theme: €237
- Sale page expert: €148.34
Total Expenses June 2014: € 508.9 (last month € 1,013.56)
Net Total June 2014: € 1,376.91 (last month 4,274.44)
Lessons Learned in June
June has been another cool month. It’s funny that I’m the first one surprised by the results when I do the math… without those income reports, I would have a vague idea about how I’m doing financially!
As I invested hiring top professionals, I expect in July to see some results so the lesson of June has been try, and then try harder 🙂