ShoutMeLoud Monthly Income Report, May 2012

It has been nearly a year since I’ve published a monthly income report, and the last time when I went to a bloggers’ meeting, many new bloggers asked me what happened to the SML income report. Many of them told me that it serves as an inspiration, and it helps to motivate them.  Since that is the very reason I started publishing the income report, I have decided to continue the series.  Within these reports, I will also present news and changes here at ShoutMeLoud.

Before we move forward with a look into SML’s recent history, you might like to read about how ShoutMeLoud makes money.

A look at the past year:

I’m not very happy with the progress of the blog over the past year, and indeed, the Google update has forced some changes in my entire strategy.

Blogging in 2012 requires a far more serious approach to the profession than what has been expected in the past.  In fact, in the process of upgrading the blog, I even fired a few of my regular authors.  It was a shame to have to do this, but it was necessary to maintain a high-quality blog that is up to the recent standards of the blogging profession.  I have taken this first step, and I am working on raising the standards of my blogs, one blog at a time.

I have also changed the service offerings, and I have added the services involved in blog consultancy. The reason I have started a completely new service as a blog coach is due to my desire to help new bloggers come to understand Blogging from A-to-Z in 4-5 hours of consultancy. This has worked out well for me, and you can see how it has helped my clients in their words here.

When Panda was launched, many of my sites were hit.  As a result, I spent most of 2011 repairing the sites in my network and improving the overall quality of my sites. I have deleted nearly 2000 pieces of low-quality content in the past year, and I have turned my focus from quantity to quality.  The result has been greater loyalty from my readership and many more page views.  You can learn about what I did to accomplish this in the sections on blogging and making money online.

Now let’s have a look at my revenue report for last month.

Income Report:

I have never used AdSense as my primary source of revenue. Instead, my major sources of revenue have been private advertising (direct advertisements, paid reviews) and affiliate sales.

More recently, blog consultancy has added another lucrative source of income to my stream, and if things go as planned, we will begin offering a premium membership to bloggers in the near future.

With this income report, instead of putting all of my affiliate sales into one category, I am breaking it down into specific sections to help you discover new affiliate programs. (I will ignore the affiliate networks that are not working well.)

Here are my results for this month!

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Total: $6178.13

I did miss out on many small ad networks and affiliates that I’m using, but overall last month’s revenue is around $6500, which is less income than was noted in my last report.

One reason for this is that we have lost a fair amount of traffic on some of the major blogs (and niche blogs).  However, ShoutMeLoud is now out of the penalty, and I have started working on the other sites as well. Hopefully next month’s income report will show an improved result.

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I have also received gifts from various blogging and media companies worth $3000 in the past month, including a few premium packages and some gifts such as a Swatch watch and a book, (Naked Conversations by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel).

I am turning 26 this month, (22nd June), and I will set new goals and a new target for my blog network. I will continue to keep you posted, and if you have any feedback or suggestions feel free to let us know on our Google Plus page. If you are visiting ShoutMeLoud for the first time, here are various subscription options for you.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

39 thoughts on “ShoutMeLoud Monthly Income Report, May 2012”

  1. Raheel Mushtaq

    its amazing to learn that you are earning more from other sources than adsense, because many of the Asian Bloggers have problems getting Adsense account these days ..! so if other sources can cover up that is a plus point..!

  2. Navdeep Rana

    Lolxxx i made $1492 in the month of May 2012 from Adsense and $328 from Infolinks from my website. What happened to you Harsh. I think i should also start publishing income report for my blog.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Navdeep
      You should..It will encourage your readers to try Blogging. Regarding my adsense & infolinks, you should read the article again and you will find your answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Navdeep rana

        SML is no doubt one of the most biggest and popular blog. You should work hard again coz these are the signs of low traffic

      2. Dhruv Bhagat

        Improving sales in Affiliates is really a dream of every blogger.. Can you please list some of the major tips that will help me in improving my Affiliate sales ?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Dean Saliba

    Great to see your SML Income Report has made a return, it really does help inspiure many of us. ๐Ÿ™‚ $6178.13 is a really good acheivement, much better than my $600 a month. ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Aakash Goyal

    I think earning decreased as earlier i read in your interview that you make 8000usd per month,maybe that income is apart from shoutmeloud.I am surprised by how you managed to keep the similar figure even after panda and penguin effect.I am curious to know about number of posts you noindexed and nofollowed instead of deleting.

  5. Splendid, Harsh!
    The output is an implication of your sincere efforts throughout.

    Congrats and best wishes! Good luck in all your ventures!

    Regards………..

  6. Shashank Johri

    Wow..Awesome achievement.. It really feels great and feels full of energy after seeing something like this..$6178..It is a huge amount.. I always want to be blogger like you.. Hope will be some day..:D

  7. Wow!!! $6500 congrats.this post will truly inspire all new upcoming bloggers like me.can you share few tips regarding affiliate marketing?and do we need to have hosting account for bluehost and dreamhost affiliate?also is high traffic necessary to get affiliates signup?

  8. Nice income Harsh! I think i can’t touch that level but still the only thing that matters is we should enjoy when we blog not only to make money out of it. Is am right!

  9. Good to see that you’re getting decent income from your website. I hope this revenue has been doubled till now . ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy Blogging!

  10. This post is quite elusive. A google search gives me the facebook, google plus and friendfeed pages where this post has been shared but doesn’t give me this post directly. The income has declined when compared to march 2011’s reports. Is it pure sml report or includes the 12 sites you run.

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