The month of May was my most profitable month since I had first started blogging back in August of last year so naturally I had high hopes for June. Being new to blogging, I have not yet experienced the summer slowdown as people spend more time outside and less time on the computer so I expected continued progress.
However, as I reviewed the monthly numbers for June, it appears that the summer months are having an impact on my earnings. Recently there has been much discussion across the Interweb about decreased earnings with AdSense and whether it is a result of the summer months or smart pricing and/or algorithm changes at Google.
Right now I have to think it is the latter because my AdSense impressions and clicks were almost identical to the month of May yet my earnings were about 36% lower. There are many users on forums such as DigitalPoint and WebMasterWorld that have seen an even larger drop in earnings and eCPM so I will be keeping a close eye on this in July.
Montezing Derek Semmler dot com
In previous months the earnings reports have been focused on my personal finance blog as I had not really made an effort to monetize this blog. In June I began my efforts to monetize this website, as I finally took the time to define a monetization goal.
In addition, I have made a few modifications to the *Buy-Me-A-Beer* plugin and have been running it with the request to help me pay for the tuition to Chopper College Boot Camp. Unfortunately I haven’t had any success with that plugin yet but we’ll see how it goes. 😉
Dollars and Cents
With the progress that I had in May, I set the bar higher for the month of June with a goal of earning $175. Unfortunately my earnings went backwards for the month so I have fallen short of the goal.
My earnings have decreased by about 18% from the month of May and that is quite disappointing. So far I have completed one PayPerPost opportunity for $10 but I did not include that above as the post is still pending approval. Speaking of which, I am a little bit surprised that PPP is so slow with the review and approval of paid postings.
One thing that did please me was that I sold my first Text-Link-Ads slot on this site, courtesy of Marc Eilbeck and his ad to make money online. In addition to that, the price for the Text-Link-Ads on my personal finance blog has increased and all of the available slots have been sold so that is exciting progress.
July will be an interesting month to see if the trend in Google and Kontera earnings continues and how traffic will be impacted as the summer continues. As a change of pace from previous months, I am not going to set a specific dollar amount goal for the month but will instead focus on simply earning more than I did in the month of June.
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