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A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: November’13 Income – $18,143

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Sorry for the late income report everyone. Vicky and I have been super busy lately. First we were trekking in Nepal for a few weeks with friends, and then, immediately following that, we hopped on a plane to Thailand where we are going to be spending the next month living in an apartment in Cha’am. I think this will be the start of a new style of traveling in 2014 – slow traveling so to speak, where we live in apartments for a month or two at a time. This will allow us to get some work done and just take things a bit easier.  I’m already thinking of doing Indonesia and Croatia next year…

New Partnerships

Business has been excellent this month and we hit a record high for profit by several thousand dollars. This is largely due to some new partnerships, or at least one in particular, that we have established and are now earning a few grand a month with. Looking back, we are really starting to see how working with people has yielded really great returns for us. For example, when we did the course, we were introduced to a lot of new bloggers, some of whom took part in the blogging partnership as well as some new projects that we are currently working on. In this sense, we’ve derived a lot of value from the course that has nothing to do with the course at all. It’s a testament to the fact that getting out there and doing things can lead to other things you never imagined.

Google Update

Some of you may know that there was a recent Google update. I hope for many of you this long awaited update was good news, but for us it was basically all bad. While our main sites went through perfectly fine, a few of our smaller, side sites that we were running got hit and lost or decreased their PR. For months we had been enjoying the status of there being no update, and I knew that when one came it would wipe out a few of our sites that were not that clean. It’s unfortunate, but that’s life and it could have been worse. We’re going to start rebuilding this month, and then, will probably lose a few more 3 months from now when/if there is another update. That’s part of what makes it a constant struggle and while I never really feel “safe” month to month about our income, though I would say I feel safer about it now than ever before because I think we have reached more self sufficiency seeing a I can now build my own sites to meet our purposes.

Lower Outlooks

Despite having a fantastic month in November I am almost positive that we are going to be much lower in December. This is partly due to the sites that we have lost and not having any at the moment to replace them. On top of that I think our costs will go up as we attempt some new projects in the coming months. Lastly, things are just going a bit quietly compared to last months’ rocket start. It is hard to predict what will be the result, but I am hopeful that we can maintain a 5 figure month going forward. I think we should be able to, but it will probably not be upwards and onwards for some time until we rebuild what we lost and our new projects materialize.

New Projects

Now that Vicky and I are more stationary, we’re undertaking some new projects that I’m excited about. Firstly we’re looking into building some niche adsense and affiliate sites for ourselves, which will be great not only as potential sources of passive incomes, but also as a lesson in what it takes to rank a site for a particular key term, which is pretty important stuff to know if you’re going to be working online. We are also branching out from the online world so to speak and working with Etsy sellers to place them in stores on a commission basis. We have landed two high end clients and are acting as a sort of sales representative. It shares some similarities with the brokering program we are running, so we will see how it goes. Perhaps some of all of these will fizzle out but it is good to finally have the time to try them!

traffic november

Google Page Rank: 3/10

Domain Authority: 41/100

Breakdown:

ACoupleTravelers – $20,397

  • Direct Advertising: $16,061
  • Blogging Partnership: $4336

AvocadoPesto – $303

  • Direct Advertising: $225
  • Blogher: $49
  • Adsense: $28
  • Amazon: $.5

Total Business Costs: $2,557

Donations:

This month we donated to Child Fund International – Help Children in the Philippines to aid in the recent typhoon disaster.

“Child Fund works in 30 countries, assisting approximately 18.1 million children and their family members in 2013. Their distinctive approach focuses on working with children, regardless of race, creed or gender, throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood, as well as with families, local organizations and communities globally to create the environments children need to thrive.”
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21 Responses to A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: November’13 Income – $18,143

  1. Congrats once again. We need to catch up, I know you changed pages or something so add me personally and FB message me! Talk soon

    Hannah @ GettingStamped December 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM Reply
  2. An inspiration as always.

    After today I have ten days left in the office. I’m really looking forward to giving our blog a majority of my attention and completing the course.

    Mark C December 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM Reply
  3. Congrats on the huge month guys! I think travelling slower will suit you for getting work done and getting onto new projects. Enjoy Thailand! 🙂

    Bethaney - Flashpacker Family December 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM Reply
  4. Yikes guys, you keep doing it. Well done.

    David @That Gay Backpacker December 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM Reply
  5. Congratulations, well done!

    Libby December 12, 2013 at 12:59 AM Reply
  6. Great month guys! It will be interesting if google gets back on the 3-4 month page rank updating or not. It almost seems like the significance of PR is going away. I know I have been using MOZ PA (Page Authority) and DA (domain authority) for some time and feel it more accurately reflects the authority of the site.

    Anyway, I am sure you will bounce back just fine. Thanks for sharing.

    enzo reyn December 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM Reply
  7. Hi guys,
    I just discovered the blog and I’m impressed and inspired by your earnings!

    “getting out there and doing things can lead to other things you never imagined.” <– SO TRUE, I can totally relate to that.
    I quit corporate world to focus on online income and since then I started an adventure with so many surprises!

    Daniele December 23, 2013 at 4:51 AM Reply
    • Thanks Daniele, I’m checking out yours as well, congrats!

      Dave and Vicky December 26, 2013 at 4:41 AM Reply
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  9. Hi Guys,

    Great income figures! well done :), is the ‘course’ you refer to in the first couple of paragraphs the one you guys are running or is it one you have taken yourselves?

    Cheers
    Chris

    Chris December 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM Reply
    • Thanks Chris, the one that we are runnning

      Dave and Vicky December 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM Reply
  10. Big bucks! Nice job.

    Are you guys worried that all the direct advertising money will disappear?

    Why not focus on safer affiliate income instead to make it more long term and sustainable?

    Financial Samurai December 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM Reply
    • If I remember correctly I think you made a similar comment some months ago and since then we’ve profited pretty nicely from focusing on it lol

      But it’s a valid point, here are my thoughts.

      1. Direct advertising may not be around for the long term but it is definitely around for the short to medium term. While many people have been fretting and expecting it to go away every month, it has been relatively consistent month to month and is probably going to be around for another 6-12 months minimum. That’s not a small amount when it provides $10k-$20k per month…

      2. If I can make $10k+ per month doing something that doesn’t take THAT much time and that I already have everything in place for (the websites, the skills, etc) I think it would be a bad move to not take advantage of it. The savings from that money and the buying power it is providing us is EXACTLY what we need to transition into a more long term strategy and trust me, we’re always thinking about it and trying new projects (though to date none have been nearly as successful as direct advertising). 2014 I hope will be a year of something more sustainable, but it is because we focused on these short term gains that we even have the option to do so.

      3. I would not overemphasize affiliate income too much. Products go out of dates, terms change. It may be safer but it isn’t a guarantee. Also, not all niches are created equal, and travel is a very poor niche to try to profit on affiliate income, as the audience does not lend itself to big spenders/interested buyers. So in a sense we’re making due with the path we’ve chosen while we look for a smooth transition.

      Dave and Vicky December 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM Reply
      • Hola Dave,

        Makes sense to take advantage of it while you can. It’s also good that Google doesn’t seem to care about your text link advertising activities because it gives hope for a lot of other bloggers out there who enjoy this type of income as well.

        Google doesn’t own the web and this is a great way to show them whose boss! I’m just too timid to do so lol.

        Happy New Year!

        Sam

        Financial Samurai December 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM Reply
  11. I am very much impressed with the success you had this month. This figures has really made me determined to work smart. Thanks for sharing

    Ngah Benoit December 28, 2013 at 3:50 AM Reply

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