I'm a few days late on this on this usual alternative income update, but I wanted to get those money questions answered. While we are on the topic of money questions, I'll give you and update on my answer tomorrow.
You may have noticed that I updated the chart in the top right of the page. Last month, I made $615.57 via my alternative income streams. This is calculated after-tax as my necessary expenses have to be paid for with after-tax money.
When I looked at that number I realized that two things had dropped - a bomb of a huge number and my jaw. As in previous months, a large portion of the gain came from advertisements on this blog. I missed a couple of big milestones at the end of the month by fractions of a percent. I fell just shy of triple digits in my AdSense revenue. I fell just shy of 20,000 visitors with 19,760.
What do I have to thank for the gain? As previously mentioned it's mostly from this blog. I hope my readers have found value from it as I have. From the feedback I have received it seems this is the case. Back to the specifics of this last month... I believe that earning a PageRank of 5 from Google has enticed a lot of direct inquires from advertisers. I "lucked" into a great advertiser with Feedburner. For a few days, they were paying a fair amount of cash. Unfortunately it didn't last.
The rest of my alternative income comes from Prosper. I gave a Prosper update last week. It was a negative review. However, when I look back on the loans that I made since I revised my lending plan, they are performing well.
Here's a page where you can track all my Alternative Income Stream progress.
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