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    Author: Jon Smith
    Date: February 1, 2021

    January 2021 Blogging Income Report

    I thought 2020 was a great year...well 2021 is going to blow it out of the park for me. I have some awesome things happening this year and it has really gotten off to a great start so far.

    In this income report article, I am going to share my income and what is happening in my business. I touched on it in my 2020 income report post here.

    Content Posted

    In January I published 9 articles to the blog and I edited about 10 articles from when I first started this niche site. I originally started it using another company to write for me and honestly, the content wasn't that great.

    A lot of the content needs to be rewritten actually and I plan to do that over the next few months. In the beginning, I just posted content to get it live on the site while I was still working on other niche site projects.

    Content Published: 9 Articles

    Niche Site Traffic

    This was my best month ever on my case study niche site. If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel I reveal the niche and website there so click here to check that out. (Opens in a new tab).

    My traffic pretty much doubled one day toward the beginning of January. Check the screenshot below of my niche site traffic.

    As you can see the end of December and the beginning of January has been phenomenal in terms of traffic growth. It keeps growing even now and I expect that by the end of February I should see consistent traffic above 2,000 page views per day.

    All I am doing is updating the site with a little bit of new content, reviving old content by rewriting it and I did start testing a new method of formatting my content and it seems to be working great. I plan to do this for my other niche sites to see if it works for them also.

    One thing I would like to point out is that as my site was getting all of this new traffic a lot of spammy backlinks and referring domains were dropping off. I think it is probably due to the domain expiring and not being renewed but regardless I am seeing a little trend here.

    I think that Google thought I may be building backlinks and ranked my website a little slower and as soon as they dropped off my rankings went up and my traffic increased.

    I am not really sure that this is the case but I do know what I am seeing in ahrefs where the timing of a ton of backlinks being removed for some reason. This could have been a competitor spamming my site with links and trying to perform what is called negative SEO.

    Traffic For January 2021

    January 2021 was my best month ever for this niche site. I saw 45,379 pageviews on my website and 37,934 sessions. This is nearly double compared to December which was previously my best month yet for this niche site.

    As you can see in the image above my traffic stayed pretty consistent in January but with a slight upward trend which is what I ALWAYS want to see.

    I keep adding content and editing old content and finding ways to interlink to new content and old content to increase traffic to my website.

    Total Pageviews January 2021: 45,379

    Niche Site Earnings

    I had my best month for this niche site yet. I earned $874.91 in total and that is great. This site is now 15 months old as I started this site in October of 2019.

    Ezoic Earnings/Income

    This month I earned $546.4 from Ezoic and that is almost double compared to last month. I was offered to upgrade my premium status about the 15th of January so my earnings grew just from upgrading my premium status from 2 stars to 3 stars.

    My daily earnings for this site jumped from $5 to $12 per day to $20 to $30 per day overnight.

    Here is a screenshot of my income for the month of January 2021.

    Note that since I am writing this on February 1st, 2021 the totals for the month of January have not completely settled. There are some minor changes that happen throughout the day every day for the previous day. It is very minimal. This chart shows January 1st through January 30th which is $520.45 but if you add the 31st to the mix it adds another $25 to the report.

    Total Ezoic Earnings: $546.96

    Amazon Earnings/Income

    Amazon seen a jump in monthly earnings also. Although it wasn't as significant as my earnings from display ads (EZOIC) it was still a move in a positive direction.

    Most of my content is informational content. I wanted to get a ton of traffic and place my money content as a thumbnail on the header of my blog so that they would attract clicks and get traffic from my audience which comes from Google to other organic content on my niche site. It is similar to interlinking just different because I used a thumbnail instead. I will be doing a video soon on this simple trick to increase earnings even without ranking number 1 in Google.

    Here is a screenshot of my Amazon affiliate earnings.

    Amazon Affiliate Earnings: $318.99

    Changes Being Considered

    Since my website is nearly getting 50k users per month I am almost eligible for Mediavine which is another ad network similar to Ezoic.

    Here are some questions I am asking myself and researching:

    Should I make the move to Mediavine?

    Will it benefit me?

    Should I stay with Ezoic since I am earning a solid income?

    Moving may prove to be a mistake or it could increase my earnings with display ads.

    I am not really sure what I am going to do but I do know that I could earn more from Mediavine than I do with Ezoic but that may not be the case.

    Mediavine is more geared toward sites like mine and I am hoping that if I do make a change I will see better results in terms of monthly earnings.

    I really don't know what I am going to do. I do plan to submit my website just so I can have my rep from Mediavine give me some information about this particular site and his thoughts on how much more I could earn.

    I will update you via YouTube and in my next monthly blog income report if I decide to make the switch. I may just keep this niche site with Ezoic to test the higher traffic and see how well they work to increase my earnings.

    Brand Deals For My Niche Site

    I cannot tell you exactly what is going on just yet because I need to completely finish my part of the deal and get it live on the website but I have a few brand deals in process.

    These companies are adding points to my overall affiliate earnings and will be linking to my website from theirs which is huge because when a brand links to your review of their product Google will appreciate this and rank me higher in the SERPs.

    The reason they are not yet live is that I have to film my reviews and write an article. I want this on YouTube as well as my website which will do well in terms of revenue and rankings. (That is the hope anyway!)

    January 2021 StatisticJanuary 2021 Result
    Total Traffic45,379 Pageviews
    Content Published9 Articles
    Ezoic Earnings$546.96
    Amazon Affiliate Earnings$318.99
    Other Affiliate Earnings$9.97
    Total Earnings January 2021$874.91
    Total Traffic & Earnings January 2021

    Content Published: 9 Articles

    Total Pageviews: 45,379

    Ezoic Earnings: $546.96

    Amazon Affiliate Earnings: $318.99


    I worked hard the first year of this website and I plan to work hard this year 2021. I am going to begin outsourcing more and start posting even more content to this niche site since it has proven to be worth the investment.

    I am thinking about posting one article per day or every other day for this site.

    My January 2021 income from this niche site really made me happy and I am so thankful to have yet another successful website.

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    Author Bio

    I started blogging way back when it was much easier to rank websites. I now focus full-time on quality content and produce a lot of content for various websites I own. I also have a YouTube Channel:
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