A new record on my online passive income...now it's working

Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

Yes, I new record.  I'm excited for my results this month...things are clicking into gear.  I actually exceeded my goal!


My goal was to make $1,000 for the month...and I hit $1,140 for the month.  Now, this is starting to turn into something substantial.


The key difference this month is that I turned some ads on.  I tried to do this very tastefully.  I could have done much more, but I see so many sites that are so super cluttered that it really interferes with readability, and I didn't want to majorly detract from the user experience.  Further, it doesn't appear that my bounce rate nor pages/visit has changed much.


The ads went live on the afternoon of 12/1 and I used Monumetric.  They set everything up for me for free, so I didn't need to learn anything.  Yay.  They do that for sites that have at least 80,000 page views/month.  My site typically has 120,000 page views per month.  (of course, it's always lower during the month and I only hit around 107,000 views).


Here's a quick breakdown:

Monumetric Ads: $792

Amazon Associates $315

All Other $33

Total $1,140


Now, December is a bit of an anomaly as ad rates are higher and more people are buying gifts on Amazon, so I'm guessing that this translates to $600-$700/month starting in January.


My goal is to reach $5,000/month by December of this year.  I don't yet know how I'm going to get there, but I have several ideas I want to implement on both my sites (in my "downtime).  As I grow my sites (as I write more blog posts and drive more traffic there), the numbers should naturally grow.  And, as I offer more "products," it can help me accelerate growth.  I have several ideas for "products" (which will probably be digital products (at least over the next year or so), and I'm open to suggestions.


So, goal for January = $875 and for February = $1,250...this is to get me on my growth plan to $5,000 by next December.  We shall see.


Here are the articles I wrote this month (and you may find some to be of interest).

The Flooring Girl

Dynamo Marketers


I hope these articles are helpful.  If you want to learn more about how I'm monetizing my blog or how I'm getting stellar results on my website traffic, give me a shout on my cell 203-231-6193.


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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Sounds like a solid plan with great potential for future earnings. Good luck in 2017!

Jan 02, 2017 04:49 PM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That could be more than just a hobby.  It could really take off

Jan 02, 2017 05:11 PM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Nathan & Angie - Thx so much.  I hope it grows.

William - Yes, that is my hope.  We shall see.

Jan 02, 2017 05:52 PM #5
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

Debbie, that's wonderful. I am very impressed that you have reached your goals and are laying the groundwork for your goals for this new year. Congrats and I hope you reach your goals for 2017.

Jan 02, 2017 07:41 PM #6
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Karen - Thanks so much.  I have the goals set...now I just need the plan to get there.

Jan 03, 2017 03:02 AM #7
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I love this post from you; a woman with a plan is a dangerous thing!  Debbie Gartner you have put us on notice that you are the trendsetter with this program to add to your success!

Jan 03, 2017 04:03 AM #8
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debbie,  C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

That is truly something to be happy and excited about.  May that number continue to grow.  I know a few people who make a living on affiliate marketing. 

Jan 03, 2017 12:16 PM #9
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Norm & Sandy - LOL and thx so much.

Kathleen - Thx.  I'm hoping it will grow much more.  We shall see.

Jan 03, 2017 03:46 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's actually please and put ads on your page these days and thank goodness for it for some people.

Jan 03, 2017 10:27 PM #11
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Laura - It works when it's done tastefully.

Jan 04, 2017 10:44 PM #12
Noel Mayer

 Thanks Debbie, I'm a new agent and would like to learn more

Jan 05, 2017 10:17 AM #13
Paul Weese
Colorado Group Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs Broker and Outdoor Enthusiast

Awesome Debbie!  It's great when a goal is achieved, and you've worked at this one a long time.   You're still an inspiration to me!

Jan 09, 2017 10:03 AM #14
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Congratulations! I'm working on a side project to do a similar thing. In my opinion, its great if we can
'Monetize' our websites that we work so hard on. Best wishes hitting the $5,000 goal.

Jan 20, 2017 08:19 AM #15
Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Wow! That is darn impressive! I am betting you will hit your goal this year as planned!

I just signed up for Amazon Affiliates, mostly for my tech Youtube channel. Have you tried their new "Native Ads?".  You can just pick a keyword when you want to place an ad. Say a blog post on GoPro cameras. Could select GoPro Cameras and it will display the cameras or could pick GoPro Accessories. So you don't have to select a specific product!

Nice, I am totally new to Amazon so am having fun.

Jan 28, 2017 09:23 PM #16
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Eileen Begley oh cool.  We'll have to share learning.  I have done some native ads, and they've helped.  I will have to try what you're saying.  The problem is that on my flooring site, the key words generally don't translate to items on Amazon as they don't really sell flooring there.  But, I'm going to do one soon on some DIY flooring tools and I will try that there.

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