September 2008 Goal Update
Apparently the world is in financial crisis. Banking fat cats have paid themselves billions in bonuses while running organizations into the ground, the cheesiest banking jokes known to human kind have done the rounds, yet still Swollen Pickles managed to pick up the ball that it'd dropped in July/August... well almost.
1. Develop Swollen Pickles into a website that can generate $350 per month.
August sucked, $129.98 for the month, made August 2008 my worst month in a long time. Fortunately September was an improvement, with Swollen Pickles making an even $225. Still $125 short of the target though.
In September I officially gave up on PerformancingAds because they just weren't performing for me. The reporting is a little underdone as well, currently I have 3 referrals and I can't see if I've made anything from them which isn't ideal.
2. Develop Swollen Pickles to the point where it receives 30,000 unique visits per month.
Bizarrely, although dollars earned in September went up, the number of visitors went down to 17,767 unique visits in September, from 18,211 in August. Looking at the analytics, it appears the drop off is largely due to a decrease in 'Stumbles'.
3. Develop Digital Burn into a website that can generate $150 per month.
Well it seems I stuffed up my reporting for this one last month. I had said I made $81.23 for August, but the final figure was actually $120.85. I hadn't accounted for the delay in reporting from the eBay partner network. I guess if the auction process makes it difficult to report directly at the end of the month. Anyway, I guess I should add the caveat that these figures are subject to change depending on whether or not the eBay figure ends up increasing. With that all said, Digital Burn made $158.10 in September, which was a good effort. phpBay Pro has paid for itself a few more times over.
4. Develop Digital Burn to the point where it receives 15,000 unique visits per month.
It seems that on the 13 September I did something to the Digital Burn WordPress theme and stuffed up the Google analytics reporting. On only just realised today, so all I can report on is that there were 5,014 unique visits between 1-13 September. Based on that, it's probably safe to say that it would have hit the 11,000 visit mark for the month which would be inline with the previous month.
5. Develop Motor Dude into a website that can generate $50 per month.
September was a good month for Motor Dude, with that site bringing in a grand total of $151.92. A big effort considering at the start of this calendar year, $50 per month was looking optimistic.
6. Develop Motor Dude to the point where it receives 7,500 unique visits per month.
There were 1,168 unique visitors to Motor Dude in September, down a nudge from 1,250 in August was still well below the target which is disappointing.
7. Achieve my goal weight of 85kgs.
In other news...
I finally whacked WordPress up on a domain I've had sitting there for a while doing nothing. Viking Idiot dot com isn't ground breaking, but I thought it was about time I did something with it, and got it to earn it's keep. Since the 12 September it's had 2,841 unique visitors. Hasn't made a fortune yet, but at the rate it's travelling it'll have paid for itself in another few weeks.