Income Report: How i made Rs 14,83,582 (~$20,000) in October 2018

This is my first public income report online.

Earlier, i shared few of the  income screenshots and my story in my About section, but today i will try to elaborate and go more in depth into each one.

Who am i?

My name is Ankur Aggarwal.

I am a digital marketer with 7+ years of experience. 

Whats the purpose of this income report?

I am not writing this income report to brag or showcase my achievements, the main purpose is to educate you about the huge potential of making money online.

In this article, i will be sharing with you my income proofs, statistics of my websites, mistakes that i made and my future plans.

So let's get started.

Here is the graph of my monthly income:

chart created with amCharts | amCharts

October has been the most profitable month for me up-till now. 

My SEO efforts are giving good returns as my affiliate website traffic has significantly increased over time.

Here is a screenshot of my google analytics for October and for last few months:

The traffic increase:

The above screenshot is for my biggest affiliate site.

Here is the Google webmaster data:

In total i made approximately 14Lacs of revenue from my affiliate site.

Note: I wont be disclosing the niche of the site, URL or affiliate network names . This is because in early 2017 i disclosed one of my profitable affiliate site to my Facebook group and within next three months atleast 20 replicas of my site were created and twice my website was hacked. I lost a lot of money just because i decided to disclose the website name.

I maintain an excel sheet to track my income for each of the affiliate network used on the site, i am sharing a screenshot of the same (i add the approx. figure for each network):

If you are interested in the screenshots of the affiliate networks and my income proofs, kindly check my About page

Although i cant go into details of each affiliate network and how i increase my income through each of them, but i will take few of the biggest earners.

How CRO added extra dollars

The image below is one of my affiliate network which made me $2,353 from 7,046 uniques visitors in the month of September.

All these visitors were driven from one of my ranked article.

Now i knew the power of Conversion rate optimization (CRO)

So i added all best tactics of CRO in my article, like:

  • Click worthy copywriting
  • More link placements 
  • Tested multiple variations of landing pages to find the best converting ones (this was extremely important)
  • Checked heatmaps 

This resulted in a massive increase in total income from almost same traffic (made $3862 from 7,639 visitors):

This is why i am a strong proponent of CRO as that alone can drastically increase your income from same amount of traffic.

Digital products

I also sell digital products through this site. I make close to 1.9 lacs through them. I sell all these digital products through Gumroad

I made lesser in september, its just that i decided to check all my ranked articles and started thinking of digital products (ebooks, services) etc that i can offer in them. 

I made different digital products for each of the ranked article and this alone doubled my Gumroad income. This is why relevance of audience to your product is extremely important.

If you are looking to sell digital products in India then you can use Instamojo as Gumroad is more suited or US audience

Sponsored Reviews:

This was a surprise for me in the last two months.

I used to get request for sponsored reviews (product review, website review) for like once in 6 months but since my traffic has increased significantly i am getting frequent sponsored review requests.

In september i made Rs 1,33,524  from sponsored reviews, in October i finalized a few more deals (close to Rs 50K) whose payments will arrive in November.

My biggest earner :

My biggest earner this month (Rs 4,97,000) was from an affiliate network that i have just started using from last few months.

I did not even know that it existed and now it contributes the biggest amount in my overall revenue.

I came to know about this network from one of my Facebook group member who was making significant monthly income. This is the power of community and sharing the knowledge among each other.

This network pays close to $175/lead (close to Rs 12,250). I know it's massive. I am still trying to optimize my site around this network so that i can get more conversions.

The above image has my stats for the first 15 days of october. 

Also earned some bitcoins :

One of the network pays only in bitcoin.

I received approximately $700 in bitcoin payment. I already had close to $750 worth of bitcoin since january (still trying to figure out the future of this currency, whether to hold or sell)

Expenses:

Naturally when you are running multiple websites you have a lot of expenses as well.

Of this 14 lacs revenue, i will be spending a big chunk in reinvesting the money back into the websites to grow them even further.

My primary expenses for October are:

  1. Hosting: $80/month  (i am using Siteground Cloud hosting)
  2. Softwares: Approximately Rs 20,000-30,000 (full list of softwares i use is in my tools page)
  3. Content/Articles for various sites: Approximately 5,00,000. This month i spent a lot of money in getting content for my various affiliate site. I spent close to 5 lacs on content alone. I have various content writing agencies working for me, i also have a team of content managers and proofreaders to check the quality of articles.
  4. Virtual Assistants: Approx. 1 LacI have a team of 8-10 virtual assistants who help me in running my various affiliate sites. Their work could be SEO, Article Addition to site, Finding images, etc etc.

Future plans:

I always have had this tendency of setting targets for myself.

Earlier this year, i had set the target for myself to reach Rs 10Lacs/month by December 2018, i am glad that i achieved this target few months earlier.

Now my next target is to reach Rs 50Lacs/month by December 2019.

So how am i going to achieve this new target or what is my planning for that?

  1. The affiliate site shown above is driving almost 1 million visitors/month. I will be spending a lot of money on content and SEO of this site for next few months and will try to get the traffic to atleast 3 million visitors/month. At that mark alone i will be generating close to approx. 30 lacs/month.
  2. I am also significantly investing in an Amazon Associate site. The content is already done now, only the SEO work remains. That website is making me only Rs 10,000/month as of now with 5,000 visitors/month. The target is to increase the traffic to atleast 600,000 visitors/month. I know its a lot for a brand new site, but i know the competition is extremely low in the country i am targeting. If i achieve this mark then i will easily be generating 20-25 Lacs/month from this site. 
  3. I will be opening a Youtube channel and will also be significantly investing in personal branding (primarily through this site ankuraggarwal.in). I have been doing digital marketing for over 7 years now and its time to share my knowledge with the Indian audience. By giving this free knowledge to everyone i will get consulting leads which in turn will bring additional revenue for me.

This is a screenshot of my amazon affiliate earnings:

I hope i was able to motivate you through this article.

I have a free digital marketing video course, where i teach you step-by-step the fundamentals of digital marketing.

If you are interested then you can join it through this link: FREE Digital marketing course

Do share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below, i will be quick to reply 🙂


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About the Author Ankur Aggarwal

Hi all, i am Ankur Aggarwal – Digital Marketer, Entrepreneur, Traveler, Blogger, Foodie and blah blah blah :D. Have been blogging since 2010. In 2016 I scored 99.2 percentile in XAT Exam for MBA, left that to pursue my Online business dreams. The purpose of ankuraggarwal.in is to pass on 100% accurate and genuine information on Learning Digital Marketing Online. Know more about me here: About Ankur Aggarwal

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