Here is my last month of 2012 online earnings report. I report my actual earnings received this month, but that means these payments were the results of my earnings during the month of October, as most companies pay me 60 days later. I can’t wait to see my payments start coming in during January and February because those will represent the Christmas shopping season of November/December.
So here are my payments received during the month of December (earned in October).
- Squidoo: $1154.62
- Local Small Business Marketing Services: $284.40
- Amazon Associates: $646.84
- Zazzle: $325.93
- Mr Rebates: $552.46
- Google Adsense & Google Affiliate Network: $372.98
- Jaaxy: $128
- Viglink: $187.35
- Ebates: $0 (only pay quarterly)
- BlueHost: $130
- AllPosters, Art.com: $21.10
TOTAL Income Received in December 2012: $ 3803.68Year to Date Income:January 2012 $ 1,421.66February 2012 $ 4,508.30March 2012 $ 2,116.50April 2012 $ 3,213.97December 2012: $3803.68Total 2012: $ 39,788.80
My Squidoo income has pretty much been on a plateau for most of the year, earning consistently between $1100-$1300 each month without much effort from me. I did work on a project to make a bunch of Squidoo lenses to promote Zazzle products, but they don’t earn anything from Squidoo itself, with the exception of a little bit of ad share revenue. I expect those new lenses to increase my Zazzle earnings this upcoming spring, as many of them are wedding related. But as far as Squidoo revenue, I haven’t made any new product review lenses in many many months, so I’m not surprised that I haven’t been seeing any increase in income from Squidoo. But it is very encouraging that my income has continued to stay above $1000 even though I haven’t touched or updated the majority of my lenses in many months either.
I am very encouraged with my Zazzle income, and during November I really started to add many more products to my stores. This resulted in many sales during the Christmas shopping season and you’ll be seeing income around $1000 on my January payment (for November) and around $1300 on my February payment (for December). I have been very happy with the possibility of Zazzle becoming a major source of income for me in the future. It is all a numbers game. The more products you have up for sale, the more opportunity you have to make sales. I have basically been focusing all most all of my time the last 6-8 weeks on putting more Zazzle products up for sale.
I have really been surprised by how many Zazzle sales I’ve made as a result of a 3rd party referring my product. That means that someone else put my product on their website, blog, or Squidoo lenses, and a sale resulted. They earn a referral commission and a volume bonus, and I still get a royalty commission. It’s basically like having my own marketing team working to promote my products. In November and December about half of my sales were referred by a 3rd party. Although I’m not eligible for any volume bonus when a sale is referred by a 3rd party, I’m still very happy to have the sale, because if they weren’t promoted it, I wouldn’t have made the sale in the first place.
I’m really excited about the possibilities with Zazzle. I’ve added most of my products in the last 8 weeks, so they haven’t had too much chance to get seen in the Zazzle marketplace or get a lot of exposure from Google because they are new. However, I know that over time, as more people view my products, and more people promote my products, my sales should increase. For example, if in November I had 5 different people who linked to my products on their blogs or websites, and I had xx number of sales, then maybe my sales will double if, over time, 5 more people start promoting my products on their sites. And later more people might promote them. This all increases the visits to the product, which I’m sure has some bearing on how it is ranked within the Zazzle marketplace. And the more my products get seen, the more sales result.
But most importantly I think just putting up more products for sale is the key. I read in the forums somewhere that one shopkeeper said that about 30% of their sales were first time sales on products that they created over a year ago. If I have a similar result within my stores, then next year I would have 30% more sales just based on more people discovering my products for the first time.
What do you think? How was your December online earnings?
PS…Coming Soon…I plan to write a 2012 summary and compare it to how I did in 2011, and also set some goals for 2013. Please Check Back Soon!