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We are SO excited to share this income report with you guys, because of the massive steps forward that we made in the month of January, that you can copy and get similar results!
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Why We Blog
What we really LOVE about online business is that the earning potential is almost unlimited! We can basically choose how much we want to earn! It doesn’t get much better than that.
When you combine the freedom and the sense of helping people that blogging gives you, there really is not a better business out there! We din’t really start blogging to make a lot of money – for us it was more about the freedom blogging gives us.
So if you have not started a blog yet – we highly recommend starting one ASAP to ensure that 2018 is the year that you take back your financial freedom!
Blogging tip: Always pay for self-hosting with WordPress. It may be tempting to start a free blog but you will not be able to monetize the blog as effectively.
Self-hosting is very cheap (the price of a cup of coffee a month!) but it will allow you to monetize your blog using ads. Seriously we made this mistake years ago! Check out our tutorial that guides you through step-by-step to setting up your first blog that is self-hosted on WordPress.
January Online Income – $4,552.88
Here is a breakdown of how we made our online income this month. Lets start with the income generated from the website that you are currently reading! We started this blog 6 months ago and the income from it has reached almost $1000 per month. Not too bad!
Total earnings in January 2018 from Unconventional Prosperity = $904.61
We make money from Unconventional Prosperity by earning commission from affiliate sales on a variety of different services and products. Here is exactly how we made the $904.61 in January.
CPA affiliate commission for paid survey sites = $609.1. This is a significant increase from December. We love these paid survey affiliate offers, they have a super high conversion rate of 40%! This is because we get paid per lead (typically $1-$6 per lead) that we send to the survey companies. There is no sale involved, which results in a much higher conversion rate than selling information products. The paid surveys help people make some extra money online and do not cost anything to participate in.
This is the coolest thing about promoting paid survey sites is that the customer doesn’t have to buy anything for you to get paid! You get paid for them to make a little extra money!
It is a win-win business model and one that I learned from Michelle Schroeder-Gardner (She makes $100k+ every month with affiliate marketing). Michelle’s course ‘Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing‘ is truly life changing! This blog would not exist if we had not bought her world-class affiliate marketing course!
Our most popular paid survey opportunity with our readers this month was Survey Junkie. One very lucrative change that we made this month was switching to a different the affiliate network that we use to promote Survey Junkie.
We were previously promoting Survey Junkie using Maxbounty. A month or so we decided to contact the company that owns Survey Junkie. They were able to offer us a 50% increase in commission just by dealing directly with them. Not bad right – a 50% raise just for choosing a different merchant! Cut out the middle man and make more money!
This is what we love about online income – the money that you earn can be increased exponentially without extra hours worked!
If you are a new blogger in the personal finance niche, here is an example of a post that does pretty well for us with the promotion of paid survey offers.
Online Blogging Courses That We Promote (and Learned From In January)
We love affiliate marketing courses. Especially courses that teach you how to drive huge amounts of traffic to your blog or website.
The products listed below have been CRUCIAL to our success online and we are excited to promote them to our blog audience (because we TRULY LOVE THEM). We wrote a blog post recently, that gives you more details about 5 of our favorite blogging courses that we highly recommend. Check out the article using the link below.
Here is a list of the main courses and educational products that we are affiliated with and what we earned from promoting them on this blog in January 2018.
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner = $78.8 affiliate commissions in January (Read our full review).
- Pinteresting Strategies by Carly Campbell = $12.8 affiliate commissions in January.
- The Perfect Pin: How to Create Viral Pinterest Images by Jeff Proctor = $107.16 affiliate commissions in January (Read our full review).
We believe these blogging courses have been crucial to our blog growth. We are only in month 6 of this blogs life cycle, but in just one month the affiliate revenue from just recommending these courses exceeds what we paid to take the courses in the first place! And we are helping other people learn and improve their own financial blogs! The return on investment of these courses is pretty amazing.
The Blogging Course We Completed This Month – Traffic Transformation by Lena Gott
Every month or so we try and buy an ebook or course that is written by a well established blogger so that we can try and replicate some of their success. This month we tried a 100+ page ebook by successful blogger, Lena Gott. The ebook is called Traffic Transformation and we purchased it when it was on sale for $54 (normal price is $79).
Traffic Transformation totally packed with amazing tips and tricks on how to get more traffic to your blog. It is like a reference manual – we keep going back to it and re-reading sections that we missed the first few times around.
So far, we have learned a ton about interlinking blog posts properly and some simple yet effective strategies that have increased our traffic from Pinterest and Google from this ebook.
We love this guide and we are implementing its teachings on a daily basis. Check back in a few weeks after we have written a full review of Traffic Transformation!
In the meantime, if you just want some excellent information for FREE be sure to check out Lena’s FREE Traffic Bonus Guide. Signing up for the FREE Traffic Bonus will also mean that you will be notified when Lena has a discount sale going on.
January Traffic Report For Unconventional Prosperity
Here is a screenshot from our WordPress Analytics. This growth in visitors to the site is due to increasing Pinterest traffic! Pretty amazing really that it is possible to get this free traffic.
We have been focusing on Pinterest growth for the last few months and it has been paying off quite nicely. However, our focus going forward is going to be on SEO to try and diversify our traffic sources.
If you want to improve your Pinterest Traffic, we recommend trying the course ‘Perfect Pin: How To Create Viral Pinterest Images‘. This course helped us to make some really awesome new pins, very quickly and we have seen a dramatic increase in our traffic from Pinterest.
Other Online Income Sources
Finally, we made the majority of our online income from our original stock trading blog. This site only had about 10,000 page views in January. The products that we promote teach stock trading strategies to the customer. They are high ticket, high commission products with an average commission rate of $200 per sale.
Good luck and we hope that you have found something useful in this report!
Russell and Maleah
Are you looking for ways to make extra money on the side?
We are always looking for ways to make extra money so that we can pass these ideas on to you.
Perhaps you need to make some extra money to pay off student loan debt.
Or maybe you just need some extra cash to make life that little bit less stressful.
Hopefully the 7 ideas below will help this be the best year that you have ever had!
Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are all products we highly recommend. We won’t put anything on this page that we haven’t verified and/or personally used.
Start A Money Making Website
Starting a money-making website is the number 1 step you should take this year if you want to earn some extra money from the comfort of your own home. Why?
Starting your own blog or website allows you to build a side business that reaches millions of people but costs less than a cup of coffee – a month!
We LOVE the passive income a blog or website provides! Honestly, if you do one thing to make extra money this year – make it a profitable blog!
Many bloggers build a blog on the side for extra money, but realize they can make a full-time income with it after a few months or years. It is possible to make an extra $100, $1,000, $10,000 or even $100,000 per month with a blog! Crazy right?
The huge earning potential of a blog is the reason that starting a blog is our number one suggestion to make extra money. We made an extra $10,879.9 last month from our websites, which is pretty good, but others are making ten times this amount!
Our number one tip if you are considering starting a blog is that you set it up properly from day 1. Don’t make the mistake that many new bloggers make and try to do it for free.
A free blog may sound appealing but it will severely limit your earning potential – you want to have the ability to place ads on the site (free blogs don’t allow this).
Blogs make money for you while you sleep from ads, affiliate links (basically selling another companies product and getting a commission) and sponsored posts.
We put together a step-by-step tutorial for you, if you are interested in setting up your blog using WordPress and Bluehost (this is the most popular way to do it).
So all you have to do is think up a topic that you are passionate about and start writing articles! Monetizing your blog using affiliate marketing is the easiest way to start earning a few hundred dollars per month.
Do you have an idea what you will call your blog? Coming up with a domain name is one of the first steps – try out some names in the domain name search below to see if your ideal blog name is available!
Get Paid For Your Opinion With Online Surveys
Blogging can certainly take some time to get going (although it is TOTALLY worth it), so in the mean time here is a few great money-making survey sites that you can do TODAY to make some extra money.
When I was in college, I wish I had known about these survey sites! Many times I was down to my last $5 and I could have made enough money doing surveys to get by!
Survey Junkie is one of our favorite paid survey sites! No skills are required – just the ability to answer questions online. You can expect to make money pretty quickly with this site – perhaps $5 – $10 per hour. Not bad since you can just sit and complete the surveys from home on your own schedule.
We have used paid survey sites to make a little extra money. If you want to make more money with paid surveys, check out our article How To Get Paid Taking Online Surveys below.
The trick to making money with paid surveys is to choose the legitimate sites. Survey Junkie is legitimate and has received an A- rating from the BBB.
Related Articles with other awesome survey sites:
HealthyWage: Make Money Losing Weight
HealthyWage is a really cool idea – you can make money by betting on your progress towards a weight loss goal. I certainly could do with some extra motivation to lose a few pounds!
Do you want to boost the likelihood your weight loss journey will be successful? Leading academic research shows that money enhances weight loss success, making dieters significantly more likely to lose weight. HealthyWage uses cash-based challenges designed to help end procrastination, encourage perseverance, and harness the power of your desire to avoid losing your wager. Get started today and make your HealthyWager.
I haven’t tried HealthyWage yet but it seems like a really cool thing to try if you are also looking to lose a few holiday pounds! I have read reports of people winning $800 or more from the site. HealthyWage made this list because it is such a cool idea – however it is not exactly a scalable or consistent income source.
Walking App – Bitwalking
This is an AWESOME concept! Imagine if you could be paid for simply walking around as you normally would! This is what Bitwalking pays you to do!
Bitwalking is an app for android devices that pays you in Bitcoin for every step you take! It is very new and still in the beta stages but this is something I will be jumping on if it seems to be working out. It is one of my favorite ways to make extra money.
Many people already track the steps that they take using an android app. Bitwalking just pays you to do the same thing. It has mixed reviews at the moment, but this is probably to be expected from such a new concept.
One interesting money-making idea for people working at home, would be to use a ‘walking desk’ like a treadmill while they work on their computer while running the Bitwalking app. This would keep them very active and make some extra money at the same time. Just a thought!
Work as a Rent-a-Friend
This is a weird one but you can get paid up to $50 per hour for just having fun so we just had to include it!
Rentafriend is a website where you can get paid for simply going to concerts, having coffee, acting as a friendly guide or any other friendly activity – with a stranger.
Yup, this exists! It is NOT a dating app or some kind of escort service. It is just for people who want to meet new platonic friends in a new city. You choose to rent a friend or get paid to be a friend.
Rent-a-friend seems like great way to be there for someone who really needs a friend for the day (Maybe a tourist who needs a friend for the day, a local to show them around casually).
You set your own rate between $10 – $50 per hour and it is a service that is available world-wide.
Swagbucks – Get Paid For Doing What You Do Anyway!
SwagBucks is a website that we have used daily to earn some Amazon gift cards with very little work. They are a very well-known company and we have found them to be very trust-worthy.
You use Swagbucks just like Google for online searches. However, with Swagbucks you get reward points (called SB) for the things you do through their website. Then, when you have enough SB’s, you can redeem them for cash, gift cards, and more.
You’ll receive an SB (Worth $3) sign-up bonus just for signing up today (it is totally free and easy)!
We have written a full review of how you can make money with Swagbucks (link below).
TextBroker – Get Paid To Write Online
TextBroker is a site that will pay you to write articles for blogs, websites, press releases, product descriptions and any other personal or business needs.
They pay on a sliding scale anywhere from $0.03 – $0.05 per word that you write. You don’t need to be an expert writer as the client evaluate your performance and you get a set pay rate that depends on your star rating. So if you are a great writer you can expect $0.05 per word – this works out at upwards of $100 – $200 per day!
This would be a great way for bloggers to make some side income while waiting for their blogs to take off!
Ways to Make Extra Money: Conclusions
Hopefully, we have given you some new ideas to help you make some extra money! This is something that we are very passionate about.
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Russell and Maleah
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