November 2007 goal update

Here are the latest results in my ongoing goal project. The calendar year is drawing to a close, and I'm starting to see some interesting results. Apologies if this bores you, but if you want a laugh, check out the IT Crowd post instead. For everyone else, read on...

1. Develop Swollen Pickles into a website that can generate $200 per month.

Swollen Pickles revenue has steadied, hitting $106.56 for November, up from $101.72 in October.

Here’s the breakdown for November:
Adsense: $20.23
AuctionAds: $0
PayPerPost: $0
Commission Junction: $13.68
Kontera: $7.65
Misc.: $65.00

Once again, I didn't take any PayPerPost opportunities in November which hurt the revenue somewhat. I've started experimenting with various Commission Junction programs, and they are showing signs of potential.

I haven't included my WidgetBucks earnings at this stage, as the payment is not scheduled to come through until the 15 December. It's important to note that I have earned $433.72 via WidgetBucks, and the recent announcement that WidgetBucks will be serving CPM (cost-per-thousand impressions) ads within its widgets so publishers can monetize their international traffic is further good news. Go check out WidgetBucks for your self.

2. Develop Swollen Pickles to the point where it receives 15,000 unique visits per month.

For the third month in a row Swollen Pickles received over 20,000 unique visits. November saw 24,770 unique Swollen Pickles visitors, up from 21,859 unique visitors in October. My "How I stopped a bandwidth thief" post was the most popular post for the month, closely followed by "Top 5 most inappropriate logo designs".

What I've found interesting is that my three biggest traffic months have happened during my Google SERPs kicking. Curious.

3. Develop digitalburn.org into a website that can generate $30 per month.

DigitalBurn.org is starting to take off. November was a record high month, with revenue hitting $86.49, up from $49.41 in October. Revenue was a healthy mix of Adsense, WidgetBucks and Commission Junction.

4. Develop digitalburn.org to the point where it receives 7,500 unique visits per month.

DigitalBurn.org finally passed its goal point, with 8,951 unique visitors in November compared to 5,304 in October. The two most visited posts were "How to create Aphex Twin effects using Reason" and "Joel Stroetzel | Killswitch Engage | Guitar Rig"

5. Achieve my goal weight of 80kgs, which would give me a BMI within the “normal” range.

Down from last month, but not a significant enough drop to require a new wardrobe. Not enough motivation and no sign of fitness equipment.

6. Buy an Xbox 360 (yes I know, counterproductive to no.5, but I need one!).

COMPLETE!!! More details here.

Defiance (Xbox 360, 2013)
Defiance  (Xbox 360, 2013) $9.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99

7. Write and record three new songs including lyrics and vocals.

Well, I think of all the goals, this and the weight one are the two most likely not to happen.

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9 Responses to “November 2007 goal update”

  1. Sidekick says:

    Keep it up! I hope the Widgetbucks comes through! Good job on the Xbox 360, too!

  2. Murali says:

    Congrats! I see you are doing good. All the best for your goals no. 5, 6 and 7

  3. I congratulate you. No I did not find it boring. I am quite impressed really.

    I join you in trying to achieve your exact goal in item 5. I do not know what your starting point is, but mine is 92!

  4. ninja.s says:

    Nice job! I need to do something like this next year. In fact, I’m going to do it right now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. swollenpickles says:

    I’ve found that setting goals has been quite useful in keeping myself focused. Even if I don’t get there on all of them, I’m pretty sure I will have done better than if I had not set goals at all.

  6. You are absolutely right. Supposing you were an employee, can you imagine working for an organization that has no goals? If it does, it will not last out for very long.

  7. shanX says:

    Cool :)

    Never thought Widgetbucks would make so much ;)

  8. David Rader says:

    That “How I Stopped A Bandwidth Thief” was how I first found your website!

  9. Silens Motus says:

    Good luck with #5, and #6 is a good waste of effort made by #1!

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