My Monthly Income & Traffic Report – July 2013

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Welcome to my July 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 July

I didn’t put much of my efforts on the blog this month as I was busy testing and developing my own SEO blueprint which can be used for all my niche websites. It is basically based on the same princple of tiered link building with a few tweaks to simplify the process. I will tell you more on that later.

I was featured on Income Report Roundup – July 2013 by MatthewWoodward. Look at #10 and you’ll see me :D.

Finally, I was able to rank #1 for my name (Google “Tung Tran”). It’s great because I noticed some visitors coming from search engines through this search term. People are searching for my name on Google!

I also upgraded to Genesis Framework 2.0 RC2 version. You’re seeing the default theme. It’s pretty clean and enough for my needs. It will just take some customizations to be perfect for me.

To improve the loading speed and security of CLJ, I moved my blog from Hostgator to WPengine which is by far the best managed hosting I’ve ever used. My niche websites still remain on Hostgator and Westhost.

Niche Website Project

I have a good news.

My niche website got recovered. All the ranking was back. That was awesome!

How did it happen? What did I do?

Well, I added some articles, built some high PR links and even bought this Google Penalty Removal service 

But I don’t think that’s the reason for the recovery.

I’m 99% sure that was the result of a small panda update rolling out on July 18 which was more “finely targeted”. You can check out this post on Searchengineland for more information.

As a result of the recovery, the earning from the site was back to normal. It’s generating $30-$50 a day on average now.

My plan for the site for now is :

  • Pre create 30 more articles and then scheduling at the rate of 1 per day.
  • Swapping link from my high PR blog network with some members on the Source Infinitum community to maintain and even boost the ranking of the site.
  • Buy one more link building package.

Cloud Living Journey

I was only able to write 2 new articles this month for CLJ:

Crunching The Numbers

There was a slight increase in traffic, from 142/day to 163/day. Overall, everything was good :D.

My Monthly Income & Traffic Report – July 2013

Most Popular Content

People seemed to like my post on How To Build a High PR Blog Network and Rank For Anything With Ease 😀

My Monthly Income & Traffic Report – July 2013

Top Traffic Sources

Almost the same as last month. Thanks to Nichepursuits, AuthorityWebsiteIncomes and BloggingCage for some referal traffic.

My Monthly Income & Traffic Report – July 2013


  • Email: +45 / Total: 280
  • Twitter: +39 / Total: 374
  • Facebook: +9 / Total: 298

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.

  • July Expenses: (Below is what was paid last month. It does not include pro-rated yearly fees. Most are related to new projects under development):
  • Odesk: $91.11
  • Long Tail Pro: $12
  • Namecheap: $41.24
  • $13.38
  • Other: $63
  • Proxies: $10
  • VPS: $12.95
  • $60
  • CrorkService: $147
  • $10
  • $24.5
  • Content Writer: $72.65
  • $9.95
  • Serpbook: $9.95
  • Total Expenses For July: $577.73
  • Net Total In July: $575.62
  • Net Total Previous Month: $1080.78

2 month of income drop in a row 🙁 But this month (July), I will have a significant increase in income because my biggest earner was back and I have lots of new plans for July.

Final Thought

Writing monthly report is really boring lol

Have anything to share with us? What are you having in store for July to improve your business? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Thank you again for your support, and I wish you all the best in July!

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Norm - August 6, 2013

Hi Tuan,

Good stuff, proud of what you are achieving. Take the positives from it and keep building and perfecting it.

From as long I have been in business money goes up and down all the time. It aint like a salary that always stay constant.

I had one of projects hit a snag in March, end up losing about 20% in revenue but I ignored it and kept working and now I hitting record levels again! The key is looking for solutions and never giving up.


    Tung Tran - August 7, 2013

    Thank you Norm! Congrats on your success too

    What happened to your blog? Did you remove some articles?

      Norm - August 7, 2013

      Yes I started again.

      I just didnt like the way the direction the blog was heading and really wanted to do something different.

      So I am taking more time to write before I publish anything.

      Also I have been concentrating on various projects and trying new things like auto blogs (which has surprised me on how well it actually works, making 4 figures per month now)

      Like the saying goes “Just do It” dont listen to anyone whether it works or not, do it and you will find out.

yogesh - August 7, 2013

Hi Tung,

You are truly an inspiration, Tung! You really help me with the current blogging site I’m working on. Thank you so much!

Just found that site is back to 1st.and This time did you not use backlink package from BHW?

Suyesh Bhattarai - August 7, 2013

It seems that you are living dangerously. I mean so many have copied your niche and almost eight of the top ten results are niche sites. This has proved that niche sites are well and truly alive. But since you were the first and original, you’ve been deservedly ranked number one. Congrats again for this success. I’m also trying to achieve something similar like this.

    Tung Tran - August 7, 2013

    Yeah 😀 Lots of new competitors but it’s fun 😀 Good luck on your niche sites 😀

      Omoscowonder - August 7, 2013

      Tung, you are coming to the blogging world with a unique style, and i must say, am over whelm with your open blog, you just shared everything here, buying links, wow, am just so waiting for you to publish more articles on your blog.,

      Gosh, i just add your blog to my list of blogs to visit every day!.

      Please write more

Trung Nguyen - August 7, 2013

I’m so sorry about of your income drop in 2 month latest, however, it still is a great passive income (at least to me). I’ve purchased a SEO package through your refer, it works. Thanks and I hope you’ll gain your goal in this August.

Goran - August 7, 2013

Hi Tung,

I like how you do your income reports. I especially like that you break down your expenses for services, so we can check out what you’re using. I’m just now preparing to do my very first income report on my blog (well it’s mostly going to be expenses, but I’ve been at it for less then a month).

I see you’re using a VPS, is it HostStage? I pay 12.95 for a VPS with them that lets me run stuff like GSA-SER and WikiRobot.

I see you’re using quite a few article writing services. Which one do you like the best? I’m searching for one at the moment and was looking at Elance, but I don’t really know what I’m doing yet 🙂

Anyway, great job and keep it up!
Goran from

    Tung Tran - August 7, 2013

    No I used 😀 2nd plan

    But I’ve just switched to a new VPS which costs $35/month. It’s my friend’s service >>>

    I’ve some private contractors hired from Odesk but now I’ve just hired my first full time writer for $300 per month :D.

    If you’re interested, shoot me an email and I can provide your content need at an affordable price :D… just to cover the cost of my VA

      Goran - August 7, 2013

      I was looking at Burst.NET, but they explicitly say you can’t use GSA-SER, so I didn’t go with them. It’s a shame because for the money they do have better VMs.

      Your friend’s service looks awesome, I’ll be sure to look at it when my current VPS is just not enough (which might be quite soon).

      Thanks for the offer, I’ll think about it, but I still have to figure out some stuff about the site I plan to buy articles for 🙂

Neil - August 7, 2013

I have liked following your progress and found this site from Woodward’s blog.

Good stuff!

I noticed that so many people now are posting niche site journeys on their IM blogs.I have been launching a few every month so I may need to make a post on one of them.

Also, noticed your web host rankings in a niche that I used to partake in, good luck, the competition gets fierce near the top.

Mike - August 7, 2013

Tung I think you made some typos its say June monthly income report

Armaan - August 7, 2013

Hi Tung,

Small mistake in the 1st para – it should say “Welcome to my July monthly income & traffic report!” – right now it says June

Great report overall, waiting eagerly to see if you break the $1000 mark again with Amazon in August now that your site is back in the rankings.

I’m aiming for $300 this month myself – currently documenting me journey on my blog 🙂

Floris - August 7, 2013

Hi Tung,

I saw you’re recommending other link building services right now other than the Sherlock Hacks Google program. Don’t you like the service anymore?

Keep up the good work!

    Tung Tran - August 7, 2013

    We can’t just rely on only one link building service 😀 I’m still testing new ones and gradually build up my blog network so one day I will not have to reply on them anymore. We have to take control of our link building

Niel - August 7, 2013

Did you not post the earnings of your amazon site?

John Gibb - August 7, 2013

hey Tung

I missed this boring report! 🙂

Congrats for your achievement, and I look forward to reading your next posts, I think you could easily turn this web site of yours into an authority brand where you’re positioned as the “king” of niche site building… and release all kinds of products and coaching programs… is it?

Anyway, I like you’re sharing links for all the services that work for you, and this proves you’re walking the talk.


    Tung Tran - August 7, 2013

    It’ve just been published today 😀

    I don’t plan to do that right now hehe… but I may have my product soon. Maybe a software or wordpress plugin

    Iain - August 15, 2013

    I agree.

    Tung could definitely position this site as an authority site. He may have to differentiate himself more just king of niche websites.

    Maybe more live life on the edge with niches sites I dunno. Just an idea.

    Tung, if you try one of those services let me know how it goes. I’ve been curious lately about backlinking services.

frank joseph - August 7, 2013

Congratulations for getting your website back on track, it is nice to see that1 and yes you have lots of competitors, i was reading 2 different websites where they are testing this niche of yours..

Niel - August 7, 2013

Thanks for the reply. You said you are going to buy more backlinks services. Is it for dumbell site after adding more articles? What is the monthly costs now you are having from your amazon site?

Niel - August 7, 2013

So I think you only post your income for public niche site (dumbelshells) and CLJ right? You don’t post all your monthly income from the other sites. Just like spencer does?

corey - August 7, 2013

hi Tran congrats for the recovery i am happy for you
can you be more specific how you managed to do that
when i type my website name i am 3rd not 1st does this mean I’m penalized

Joe - August 7, 2013


You mentioned: “No It just got recovered from the penalized in June”

Does that mean that the recovery on bestadjustabledumbbells niche site just happened on its own without you doing anything?

If my understanding is wrong, which actions did you that made it rank again better?

Joe - August 8, 2013


Would you know what the changes for the July 18 update was and what were the things that it fixed or changed that affected your site?

I read the link but it just said that there was a google update but no explanation.

    Tung Tran - August 8, 2013

    it was just a minor update but it brought back lots of amazon niche sites. All my friends reported that their site were back. I made no change to my site so I dont know 😀

Iain - August 8, 2013

My site got hit as well. So no i’m trying to find out what I can do to improve it’s rank.

I noticed that you didn’t mention the Sherlock BHW guy for backlinking. Did you stop using that service? If so, why?

Nice report Tung

    Tung Tran - August 8, 2013

    I still recommend SHerlock but I stop using that service because now I’m building my own SEO strategy to have more control over my business 😀

      Iain - August 8, 2013

      Got ya.

      I thought I would ask.

      It’s strange because both of my niche sites got hit. One was slowly crawling up the ladder then got dropped down, and the other was ranking well then tanked.

Joe - August 8, 2013

Guys I’d be interested to know if you figure out what happened to the sites that got hit by the 7/18 update.

oloyede jamiu - August 8, 2013

Hi Tung, its cool seeing this income report as i have started my own niche website yesterday. I bought the domain name yesterday. Now, am to write the primary article for the blog.

I hope i will become successful like you guys one day.

Is there any advice you wish to give me concerning the niche site?


Janssen - August 8, 2013

Tung! Wow — Congratulations!
Looks like your blog has been growing a lot too!
The income reports might be boring for you but it’s inspiring to everyone else 🙂

I’m trying to get my own niche site up and running as well and I’m thinking about using that service on BHW you’ve referred.

I’m just working on some on-site stuff right now though. How did you get the amazon rating stars on the dumbbells chart? I think it’s a nice touch!

I’ve been googling things like “amazon star rating png” but so far no luck 🙁

I’d appreciate the help!

Awesome job on the blog!

Jay Samson - August 9, 2013

Thank you for writing this income report even though you were bored, haha! You’re doing a fantastic job.

jason - August 10, 2013

nice site and good to see another asian doing well.

However, you really shouldn’t show your amazon money site, sure most people are honest and ethical but all it takes is one person and he can mess up everything for you mate,

will keep track of your blog

Walter - August 11, 2013

I LOVE reading these montly income reports! Thank you.

Yeok Heng - August 11, 2013

It is so motivating to read the number in your monthly report.
Just started a niche site, looking forward to have similar result as you did. 🙂

Kelon - August 11, 2013

It feels good when you notice you are walking towards a right track.

Maybe you should start thinking of diversifying your affiliates to increase your earnings. Saying hi to clickbank, cj, etc.

Keep up with the good work.

Btw, what’s the plugin you are using for table comparison, it seems you’ve changed it?


Matt - August 14, 2013

How do you pick out the SEO services? I see sooo many out there that I’m lost as to which ones to pay for.


Elson - August 14, 2013

Hi Tung,
Congrats on your niche site success.
I’m just starting to build my 1st niche site and was playing around WordPress to get use to it.
I notice your tablepress on your site with the stars, may I know how you put the stats rating in the table?

Casey Dennison - August 14, 2013

Great month, Tung! You’ve got some great content here on your blog. Glad you were able to bring your niche site back to life. Mine was recently hit and I’ve yet to really dig down and figure out the cause of it.


    Tung Tran - August 14, 2013

    Hi Casey,

    Sorry to hear that but it always happen 😀 hope you can recover it or better yet, build a new site that targets the same keywords

      matt - August 15, 2013

      Assuming your site gets hit, is it possible to re-use the content or is that content considered worthless as it’s associated with the busted site?

Chris - August 15, 2013

Hey Tung, glad to see your site is coming back. That must feel good :).

My new niche site made $50 last month, and traffic is actually higher this month, but I’m making less sales — maybe $10 right now. At least I’m making something though. Better than what I was earning a few months ago (which was practically nothing).

I don’t know what’s the next step for that site. I guess I should buy more links and try to rank higher.

Jonathan - August 15, 2013

Hey man. would it be possible to make like a small tutorial on how create that capture box that you recently on the frontpage?

Thanks and good luck@_@

Willie - August 15, 2013

Hey Tung,

I have been following you for awhile and I love the new look of the website. Can you tell me how you got the side bar widgets with the mouse over effects (on the First timers start here and the online business tool box.

Gabe Lee - August 18, 2013

Hey mate 3 things:

1. Keep up the good work. I am following.
2. Spelling error in your navigation: should be ‘Resources’
3. I bought Genesis through your affiliate URL 😉

Satheesh kumar - August 18, 2013

Hey bro,
Your current website theme is awesome like your content. I feel sad because of your affiliate earnings. It decreases gradually.

Dionne - August 19, 2013

Do you have a traffic building strategy that you follow on a daily basis? Is so, I would like to know!

Titus - August 19, 2013

Really Inspiring ! But there is also a Bitter Part in Exposing the “Niche” . I Just now Noticed a Similar Website on Best adjustable Dumbles (net Extension )

Paul - August 20, 2013

I did not know you are a SI member too 🙂

Paul - August 20, 2013

send me an invite “paul.padurariu – my skype id.

winston - August 22, 2013


Would you care to share which other link building services you’ve tried with success. I just tried Sherlock and it doesn’t look too good. My site started around 12, it went up to 9 but now it’s above 50. He’s still not finished but it sure looks like it harmed my site rather than helped. I also noticed that it had a difficult time climbing from 12 to 9 before tanking.

    Tung Tran - August 22, 2013

    Maybe it’s a dance 🙂 let wait for a few days

      Winston - August 23, 2013

      Here’s a follow up. I’ve heard a lot of people mention dance. From your experience how long do the ‘dances’ take? (FYI, Sherlock’s on day 13 or 14 now, I think I did see it dance early to 60 or so during day 3 or 4 then went up before going down again this time).

      From what I’ve seen in my sites, when they go they don’t really come back unless you change/fix something or Google makes an update. Hopefully you’re right.

        Tung Tran - August 23, 2013

        just wait for more 10 15 days and make a conclusion 🙂 if they dont come back, analyze your site… it’s not only the backlinks that make Google penalizes your site. I dont think Sherlock is the cause as it works wonder on my site 😀

          Chris - September 4, 2013

          I’ve had good results too, so far (it’s been about 2 months). Goran (Niche Cove) was asking about it when he read my income report yesterday, so I sent him a link and told him to use your code: CLOUDLIVINGJOURNEY

          I hope that’s okay with you, Tung 😉

          Tung Tran - September 5, 2013

          Thank you Chris 😀 it’s perfectly ok haha

Rushin - August 27, 2013

Hey i want to buy a high pr domain for my niche site i have got a pr7 domain for $150 so should i place it in the same hosting or different hosting remember I am just buying 1 domain.

Income Report Roundup - August 2013 - August 28, 2013

[…] has done a great job with his blog over the past few months so it is a shame to see him post a loss like […]

Prem - August 30, 2013

Your Income Report is Awesome ..Keep On Rocking Tung 🙂

Goran - September 4, 2013

Hey Tung!

I’m searching for a link building service for my niche site. I’m trying follow the guildlines set by Spencer with NSP1 and your dumbbell site. I’ve set up the site back in May, but have only started adding posts 2 weeks ago. I would really like a service that starts slow and know how fast things should move along.

I’ve seen you using Sherlock and I see you mention Crork Service in this report. What do you think of them? Crork seems to be a very good service when looking through their feature list and seem to be a lot cheaper then LayeredLinks. Which do you think is the best to go with for a site that I want to go long-term with?

I would really appreciate your input on this.
Cheers, Goran

    Tung Tran - September 5, 2013

    I never tried Crork but I think it would work ok as they are the best selling SEO service on Fiverr. Sherlock is still a good service but I don’t use it anymore as I’m moving into building my own tier 1 network as controling your tier 1 links is the best method to keep track of what you’re doing with your sites.

    If you choose the keyword right, I think you should go with manually web 2.0 and some high PR blog posts and then build the tier 2 using GSA. IT works 😀

      Goran - September 5, 2013

      You should really do a post about this. Building your own T1 is in my plan as well, but I’m first testing the waters with one site.

      Tell me, are you building a relevant T1 network or is it a general one? What I mean by that is will you have this T1 pointed at multiple sites in the same niche, but different mini/micro niches? I heard those types are the most effective, because not only do you get high-value backlinks to you money sites, those backlinks are also relevant to them, so Google may rank you higher or faster.

      BTW, have you hear about RankWyz? A friend recommended it but I haven’t yet had time to really wrap my mind around it and find out what they actually do.

      Cheers, Goran

        Tung Tran - September 5, 2013

        I used to have a general blog network but now I’m moving toward the relevant one which I found out that it’s more effective when it comes to rank a site. That’s why I’m shifting into promoting health related products so my blog network will be relevant to any new site 😀

        About Rankwyz, I didn’t tried it much but I’m using FCS Networker which is pretty similar.

        The plan is simple:

        Tier 1: 20-30 very high quality self-hosted wordpress sites with relevant content, curated content, video. I’m finding a way to keep it fresh all the time without spending a ton of content.
        Tier 2: 500-1000 Relevant Web 2.0 using spun content from Kontent Machine
        Tier 3: GSA at max speed 😀

        I’m still testing this strategy though

          Goran - September 5, 2013

          Your strategy sounds good. I imagine you’re probably going to tweak it a bit with time, but it seems like a good place to start.

          Do you buy relevant expired domains with high PR for T1?

          For T2 I imagine you create content with KT machine and then use the FCS you mention to publish it on those web 2.0.

          I imagine an initial cost for such a network is about $500 with domains, hosting and initial content, and then about $100/month to maintain? It’s just a wide guess, though.


          Tung Tran - September 5, 2013

          yeah it’s basically like that 😀

Stewart - September 4, 2013

@Tung @Iain @Casey Dennison – I have a similar problem with one of my niche sites recently being hit in the SERPS. Would you like to discuss via email your experiences and recovery strategies?

    Stewart - September 5, 2013

    …if so, you can contact me on svonlinemktg [at] gmail dot com.


Christopher @ This that and the MBA - September 4, 2013

Wow just saw you are selling your dumbbell site on flippa…good for you the bid is quite high!!!

Amazing HD Wallpaper - September 17, 2013

Hi Tung,

Your income report is really inspiring me and give me some hope that you can also earn like Tung Tran do. Many Congratulations! on your successful sale of on Flippa.

I have few questions,

1. Which backlinks packages do you mostly use from this site or which site is best for purchasing web 2.0 links or any kind of backlinks. My main keyword is on number 7 and I already use high pr blog network what else I use for ranking it up.

2. Can you provide any backlink diagram or excel file which you use for making backlinks. I think backlinks is the most important point after choosing good keyword. It’s a suggestion if you write also a complete backlinks post that how you use backlinks then it can be helpful for us.

3. Does it matter if you have different niches on the same blogs

4. Some blogs don’t index in majesticseo, has he experienced that, if so is it to do with the domain or the hosting. I can’t work out why some links show up in majesticseo whilst others don’t.

Matthew Woodward - September 17, 2013

Lets see you a bit higher up that list next time round huh 😛


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