If you remember, last month I had one article sitting on the second spot in Google search listings, one on the third spot, and another on the sixth. The other two showing up in search results were sitting on the twenty-fifth and fifty-first spot in Google. Keep in mind that these were broad match results for each keyword phrase, instead of phrase match (the results from exact searches).
Well, I noticed that my eHow earnings this month had improved quite a bit lately since last year. Here’s a screenshot of my earnings from last year (2010). You can click on it to enlarge the image.
Last month, I was earning about $8.81 a day – $2.44 an article (eHow removed one of my articles by the way, though I’m not sure which one – now I have 112 articles published).
Now, let’s look at my earnings so far for this month (keep in mind that we’re only 12 days into the month and earnings don’t include what I accrued today).
So far, this month I’m earning $13.32 a day – a 51% increase from last month! If I can keep this up, I’ll earn $412.92 for the entire month of January – well surpassing my overall goal of earning $339 a month.
After looking at these stats, the first thing I did was open Market Samurai to analyze my ranking data. I wanted to find out which page each article is ranking on in Google search results.
If you don’t understand what each acronym means, I explain it all in the last experiment. The green numbers show areas where I’ve improved and the red numbers show areas where I’ve gotten worse since the last time I checked for rank updates. Grey areas stayed the same.
Now, looking at the list, do you find anything out of the ordinary? I’ll give you a hint: look at my broad and phrase match rankings.
Yes! One of my articles managed to rank on the first spot of Google. I can’t even describe how excited I am! I immediately searched for my keyword phrase in Google search for myself – and, yep, Market Samurai is dead on!
So, I checked to see how much money this specific article earned so far this month.
Well, OK. I then estimated (based off of my current earnings) how much I would make with this article by the end of the month. Based on my beautiful green calculator here, I can expect $7.36 by the end of this month (I multiplied daily earnings by 31).
That’s an improvement from last month (last month I earned $4.58 for this article), but the earnings per 1,000 page views for this particular article is pretty low. So far, this article has seen the most traffic but also the worst earnings for the number of page views it has. To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, this article has earned a total of $38.51 with 49,650 views since it was first published. I only have one other article with views in the 40k range (and yes, I’m also working on its page rankings – it’s not even on the first page yet), and that one has earned $1,227.52 in total income already (and it was published 2 months after the article I just mentioned).
Not good, and this tells me one thing – I need to work on what ads are being displayed on the page of the first article I mentioned. I’ll be able to do this by targeting brand names in the article, which will hopefully trigger more relevant ads. So, this is exactly what I’ll be doing this month. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
I Dug Deeper
Since my newly ranked article isn’t the one making the incredible difference in earnings, I decided to dig a little bit deeper.
And, to no surprise, I discovered that the article mentioned above that accrued $1,227.52 in total income (to the right is a picture) is kicking butt where the other articles are concerned. So far this month, it has earned $119.38. After comparing its past and current rankings in Google, I discovered that its rankings did improve. Since I last updated this experiment, it sat on the twenty-fifth spot in Google. Now, its on the twentieth for broad match and ranking on the fourth spot in Google for phrase match.
Could it be luck? I don’t know, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to let this opportunity slip by.
The funny thing is, I haven’t backlinked this article much yet – only once just yesterday. However, this particular article was one of the ones I edited on-page (mainly adding info – I didn’t really touching any of the keywords at all). But just think – if I can get this article on page one of Google, earnings might even double! I could be making over $200 a month with just this article alone!
I’m definitely going to be renewing my efforts and focusing all of my backlinks on this article until it hits that #1 spot.
I also noticed that a residual income article I wrote on Demand Studios on a similar topic is also doing well, though not nearly as well as the above article. However, I wrote this one not too long ago and already its ranking on the first page of Google and earning over $4 for the current month. I’m pretty excited to see how this one does as well – though I’m not going to backlink it just yet.
How about you? Did you notice an increase in eHow earnings?
- eHow Experiment 01: Keyword Optimization and Backlinking Strategies
- eHow Experiment 02: A New Beginning
- eHow Experiment 03: Some Progress and Results
- eHow Experiment 04: Massive Growth
- eHow Experiment 05: A New Income Milestone and Backlinking Approach
- eHow Experiment 06: Analyzing Keywords and Tracking Results
- eHow Experiment 07: An Exciting Discovery
- eHow Experiment 08: Income Increased by 64%