My Monthly Income & Traffic Report – August 2013

My Monthly Income & Traffic Report – July 2013Welcome to my August monthly income & traffic report!

Each month I will be publishing a detailed report that tells you what I’ve done and lessons learned during the previous month. I will transparently show you how my online business is progressing including my income, expenses and traffic throughout my websites.

There are four main reasons that make me do this:

  1. To help me keep track of my own progress.
  2. To push myself to see improvements month after month.
  3. To lead by example by sharing both my wins and failures.
  4. To inspire other people.

Ok. Let’s get straight into this month’s report.

Important Going-Ons In August

I hired my first VA from the Philippines !!! That was a great experience.

Yes, I’ve been outsourcing a lots on content creation and link building, but building a team of people working for me full time is something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time but never took any action because of many fears:

  • Fear of losing money (No, it’s an investment)
  • Fear of not knowing how to train my VAs (then I realized that it’s easier than I thought)
  • Fear of people knowing everything about my business. What if they steal my money? (If you don’t trust people, don’t hire them)
  • and many many more…

But I asked myself one question: “Would I be able to take my business to the next level doing everything myself”

Obviously, the answer is “NO, I can’t”

So I sit down and followed this article by Chris Ducker (one of my favorite entrepreneurs) and created my “3 lists to freedom”.

It took just 5 minutes but it was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my business.

I came to realize that there are only 2 important things that only I could do:

  • Creating content for Cloud Living Journey.
  • Doing keyword research for new niche website projects.

And I delegated all the other activities (learning to use SEO tools, setting up WordPress sites, adding articles to my blog network, etc) to  to my new VA. Done. Hours of my time saved.

Taking the first step is always the hardest. After that, everything seems a lot easier.

I went ahead and hired an amazingly talented CPA (certified public accountant) from the Philippines to help me keep track of the finance of my business including bookkeeping and making financial reports.

I have never done this before and been mixing up my personal and business finances. If you’re like me and have that problem, fix it as soon as possible and keep an eye on your money. Recommended reading: Think Like a Business Owner FIRST, a Blogger Second (You’ll Make More Money!)

I’m in the process of hiring a content writer so I won’t have to buy articles on many places like before. Hiring and training people takes lots of time and effort but it’s worthy in the long run.

Niche Website Project

My dumbbell site is doing pretty good this month although I haven’t put any effort on it, so the income is 100% passive.

I’m thinking about wrapping up this project and moving into creating new case studies and experiments.

If you have anything you want to know about this niche website project which I hasn’t covered, please leave a comment so I can know.

Cloud Living Journey

It’s sad that I didn’t manage to publish any new article in August. I’m really sorry this, but I already had a publishing schedule for September, so stay tuned for more valuable articles.

Crunching The Numbers

Although I didn’t have any new post, the traffic remains stable and even increase from 163/day to 193/day which is a good thing 😀


Most Popular Content

The article about “How I Built A Niche Site That Ranked #1 in Google and Made $93.32 in 38 days” got featured on Flippa. That’s why it got a lot of referral traffics and claim the #1 spot. I also noticed that my About Page, Start Here Page and Resource Page got quite a bit of traffic as well.


Top Traffic Sources

Organic and direct traffic still remain on the top 2, but Flippa also sent me quite a bit of traffic as a result of me being featured on this post.


Income Breakdown

Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I absolutely appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please let me know!

Also, please note that these are figures from reports from each individual company for the previous month. It does not necessarily reflect the actual payment which, for some of the companies listed below, comes 30 to 60 days later because of potential refunds.

  • August Expenses: (Below is what was paid last month. It does not include pro-rated yearly fees. Most are related to new projects under development):
  • VA Salary: $235.81
  • Namecheap: $32.83
  • Membership: $49
  • Long Tail Pro Subscription: $12
  • DeathbyCaptcha: $27.8
  • VPS: $35
  • Buy SEO: $310
  • $9.95
  • Other: $50
  • $10
  • $15
  • Total Expenses for August : $787.39
  • Net Total in August: $1879.17
  • Net Total Previous Month: $575.62

Wow, What a great month!

Finally I managed to triple my net total in August :D. I also found out that choosing to promote high-price product likes hosting can be very profitable. Yes the competition is tougher but the reward is more promising.

Final Thought

As I’m going to put lots of effort on writing for the blog this month. I need your help with article ideas.

Leave a comment below answering these questions: “What else do you want me to write about? What problems are you struggling with?”

I will try my best to give you the best answer.

Thank you


Tung Tran

Tung Tran is the founder of

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  • Excellent month for you, congrats!

    Article ideas? Would like to read about buying expired domains and your backlinking strategies…

  • Nice Tung

    Keep posting these. These posts are very inspiring. Just one thing to ask. Did you not post anything in your dumbelshell site last month?

  • Wow Tung,

    you really cranked it up this month. Congratz! Was this you best month since you started CLJ? How old is CLJ anyway?

    I was hoping to see any other Sherlock-type service you’ve tested but you seem to be really going into your own private network. (BTW, what’s Buy SEO?)

    Good luck on your scaling up you business and hope you post some new content soon 🙂


  • Its quite inspiring, as usual 🙂

    I was reading quite a bit about the google freshness algo exploitation, of Glen from and he also mentioned in his webinar about crappy adsense sites with 100-200 pages can make you lot of money, even though the backlinking is poor and the content is mediocre and site age is only 2-3 months old max.

    Which is good in your opinion: Niche sites like OR thos flippable sites with tons of low quality pages sprinkled with adsense ads?


  • Whao, what a nice report. Even though its still little and a tiny fraction to what some earn online, it is still a great amount of money compared to some who are yet to make dime online.

    I’ll like you to get another niche site on (if possible without making it public) and make enough money from it as well. Also, I will like you to spread your tentacles and network with the shakers of the IM world because I believe you’ve got something great to offer the many IM wanna-be online.

    Nice report and one way or the other, I envy your niche site earnings 🙂


  • Wow Tung, grats on the successful month.

    I’m really intrigued by the idea of hiring a Filipino CPA to handle finances. They’d definitely be cheaper, but I’d be concerned with their ability to handle the taxes of someone from another country.

    But hey if it works out for you, I may end up doing the same thing.

    I don’t see the CPA in your expenses this month. Do you mind sharing a Filipino CPAs approx monthly cost?

      • If you’re in the US, you still have to pay taxes; LLC or not. An LLC will actually protect you from quite a bit and is better for you (tax wise) than a sole-proprietor in the sense that you can pay yourself only what you need to “make it” and reinvest the rest into building your website/network (which you should be thinking of as your business).

        Just be careful with the tax laws, it would suck to see IMers get in trouble for technicalities 🙁

  • Tung,

    These are some amazing results. Congratulations!

    I just discovered your blog from the comments on Viperchill.

    I really enjoy your blog posts. Here are some ideas for you:

    How to find, hire and train a VA.

    Keyword research step-by-step.

    How to select Amazon products to promote.



  • Why not do a case study of following five people who are starting to build niche websites, and they can all try different methods and we can see differences between how much each one does.

    Its an idea i have had for a while, but your site seems the perfect place to try it!

    I am sure you can find five people and five different methods.

    Also write about all the tools that you use, all the different plugins, all the different themes you have used etc…. An indepth look at what you have used, perfect title. Also good for affiliate earnings!


  • Hey Tung, congrats on such a great month! The HG commissions are impressive! I definitely need to start promoting them more often. If I may ask, what all do you do to promote them?

    I know you have the one text link here on CLJ on your RESOURCES page, but do you have more links out there? Do you do ads on your other sites for them too? Banners? Text links?

    The dumbbell site income is awesome too. You clearly chose a great product to sell.

    I’ve been thinking about a VA too, especially after reading through Jon Haver’s income reports. At first, I told myself that I would do it after I started earning more money, but now I’m thinking that having a VA and outsourcing more is actually going to be one of the keys to making more money in the first place.

    So I’ll be looking into that this month.

    Great report, Tung! And don’t feel too bad about not putting up lots of content on CLJ this past month. I saw one of the commenters on another site was kinda giving you a hard time about that (I think it was on Spencer’s site?). Anyways, I also love every post you do, but at the same time I realized that you had your hands pretty full with other projects.

    But now that you’ve got your VA up and running, it’ll be nice to see an extra post on CLJ every now and then.

    Keep up the good work.

    Aloha, Chris

    • Thank you Chris for your kind words!

      The majority of my Hostgator income comes from other sites 😀 I have a few sites promoting Hostgator. The key is to drive targeted traffic by choosing the right keyword :D.
      Yes, hiring a VA is a must if you want to have more time to spend on important tasks.
      I didn’t know about that comment but this month I will post more regularly.


  • Hi Tung,

    What are you using for keyword research now that Google Keyword Tools is no more? I hate Keyword planner, any thoughts?


  • How about how you and your focus group / mastermind group help each other. What structures do you put in place? What stops it just been friends chatting and makes sure your giving each other the advice and help you need?

    • We have a weekly meeting where each person will talk about:
      1. What did you achive last week?
      2. Is there any difficulty?
      3. What’s the goal for next week?

      Then we will discuss

      • Hey Tung,
        And other than embarrassment if you don’t achieve much are their any other motivation techniques? If you have a format that works well I thought that might make a good blog post?

        Congrats in the great month by that way. I hope it keeps moving in that direction.

  • Well done Tung!
    Very happy to see you are getting to the next level.
    I am still struggling with making the first $100.
    The most difficulties for me is ranking my site in Google or other targeted traffic source.
    Although I have chosen easy ranking keyword, I don’t have idea of how well the keyword will do. That make me not wanting to buy SEO service in order not to lose money. Then I have to do SEO myself. Painful and frustrating 🙁
    But I believe that I can get it over!
    All the best,

  • What are you doing to make money with HG . Are you doing PPC , if yes , which ?
    Or are you building niche sites targeting keywords that have to do with HG coupons Or are you ranking Youtube videos . How are you getting $1k/Month with HG


  • Hi Tung,

    I followed you and spencer’s guide in building a niche site. my site is still struggling to be ranked. i think it is still ranked 500+ so it is no where to be found. I post new contents twice a week. i have hired someone to do backlinking for my site.
    I hope you could help me or give some tips on how i can rank my website.


  • Tung, nice! Thanks for sharing your dumbbell experience. It inspired me to take action. Would love to see an epic post comparing private blog networks, the cost of each, etc.

  • Great work on hiring the VA.

    What type of VA did you end up getting?

    Chris Ducker has great information. I love the way he presents information.

    Looks like you had a great month.

  • Out of interest what is the plugin you use to create that comparison table?

    Always wondered what everyone uses, because i am using a few basic plugins currently, need something a bit more proffesional.

  • Great to see you doing so well Tung! Any recommendations for backlink packages I can purchase online for a reasonable price? I’m so scared to do unnatural backlinking and get penalized by Google. However, its been difficult to reach the first page on Google.

  • Hey Tung since you’re selling your site I think we would all love to read a guide on how to successfully sell a niche site. on flippa. I have a site of my own that I’m looking into selling so I think it could be useful to a lot of people.

  • Wow! congratulation on your earnings, you are getting better everyday by building businesses instead of websites. (websites is inside the business.) thanks for the links in your article.
    Between, it will be super cool to see another case study!
    Once again, big congratulation to you.

  • Hi Tung!

    I’ve seen you have used a lot of different seo services. Can I ask you which particular Seo service has given you the best result as im starstruck on which one to choose to be honest.

  • Tung!

    On your last post you had ‘blackhatlinks’ on your expenses. Is the service good , what was you experience and results using this service.

  • Superb your income increases day by day. I have question that can I use link building plan from black hat world forum that you had used for site but after that you haven’t used so can I can use for my website . is it worthy for my website?

  • Hey Tung,

    congrats on your achievement!

    I would be interested in an article how to and where to outsource my SEO/ backlink building.

    Also something about where to get and how to use a VA wouldn’t be bad either.



  • Hi Tung,

    Happy to See your Niche Site Doing Well . Im Having Few Niche Sites , Whats the Possibility of these Niche Sites in Long Run Especially After the Google EDM Update ?

  • Great job Tung,

    I’ve recently just started looking at niche sites for passive income after stumbling across Pat Flynn’s NSD 1. I wasn’t sure if the same process from NSD worked after all the recent google changes, and was excited to see NSD 2 popup. However, the updates are taking FOREVER and I came onto NSP 1 & 2. I like how quickly updates are coming from Spencer and want to see how that angle is being driven. I saw one of you posts over there and discovered you! 🙂

    Can you comment if you believe all the google changes would change your strategy of the way you built up Would you go about the steps the same way or are there better tweaks?

    Are there anymore details between the steps you posted on CLJ (how did you craft the hiring letter and exact message to your VAs to create content for the website, how did you create the floating ad on the right side of, etc)?


  • Hi Tung,

    I’m new to your site and honestly can’t remember how I landed here but believe me, I am so glad I did. Your layout is fresh and the information you’re sharing is just what I needed as I plan to venture into creating my own pbn.

    When Google tanked BMR high performing, pbn over a year ago, I was captain without a boat I tell ya. That was my first experience with a link building subscription based service and I vowed to learn as much as I could to never be entirely at the mercy of other third party sources.

    Again thanks for sharing such detailed seo and traffic building information.

  • Fantastic jump, Tung Tran. It’s really good to see that your sites were back to good form.
    In your article, you showed up monthly traffic of CLJ, how about your niche site: BestAdjustabledumbbells?

  • Hi Tung Tran, congratulation for your success this month, I’ve just found your blog through flippa.
    It’s clear that you got huge commission from Hostgator. I have a question, how did you advertise Hostgator hosting? I don’t see any posts that focuses on advertising Hostgator on your blog.

  • Congrats for the fantastic results. Just started following your blog. Hope to learn from you.
    Kindly throw some light on following:
    1. Which theme you are using for your Dumbbell niche site?
    2. For setting up a niche site, what’s the minimum monthly searched keyword criteria should we target?
    3. Your take on keyword research tool: Market Samurai, and comparison with Long Tail Pro.
    4. Does it provide link juice if we 301 direct a high PR domain to our money site?

    Hope to have a reply.

  • You are nailing it, Trung. You said your affiliate earnings comes from CLJ, and other sites. Do you have specific sites to review each of affiliate products, or just have a blog (s) on which you have reviews?

  • Totally motivated! I have been looking for optional revenue channels and now I have several…really appreciate…I’ll bookmark the site to ensure I don’t miss the next report

  • Hi Tung!

    I would like to ask you about the method of your hostgator resource page. What type of redirect do you use? Meta, or 301 to you affiliate link? Or do use some special wp plugin?

    Are you satisfied with hostgator affiliate program?

    Thanks. Gergo

  • thanks so much for sharing this awesome post!
    I have a question that which SEO service did you use to build backlinks for your site?
    Will really appreciate it if you do not mind telling us!

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