Each month I publish a fully transparent income report which documents my online earnings. These income reports exist to demonstrate my progress, share my experiences, and motivate others who want to make money online.
Check out my online income report for December 2013.
What I Did In December
In November I reached my goal to make $50,000 solely online during 2013, so I’d planned to take December slowly. It was the Christmas holidays too…a perfect time to take a break. However, unlike last year, I was flooded with new clients interested in licensing my HTML5 games. While I’m definitely not complaining, I hadn’t planned to work so much over the holiday season.
I’m glad I made an effort to follow-up with these new clients, though. It definitely paid off and I’ve ended the year on a high note!
This month I got my hands on a bunch of new devices. My Oculus Rift developer kit arrived, and I was absolutely impressed. This virtual reality headset really lives up to the hype. I can’t wait to buy a consumer model in 2014. The Oculus team recently raised $75 million, too, and they’re looking to fund games designed for the Oculus Rift. There might be commercial potential there.
Another gadget I bought this month was the Leap Motion controller. This futuristic device integrates gesture and motion control into a variety of custom-built applications. While not as impressive as the Oculus Rift, the Leap Motion is a neat entry-level option for developers interested in creating gesture-controlled applications. I enjoyed playing around with this but I can’t see myself making games for it.
A few other devices I picked up include wireless headphones, a new fully-specced Macbook Air, and a Tizen developer phone (these aren’t easy to get). I’m eying off a 4K monitor next.
During December I traveled to Brisbane, Australia for a working holiday. Since I had the budget for it, and I like traveling in comfort, I spent a week on the 23rd floor of a brand new 5-star hotel in the central business district. I would have stayed longer, but I wanted to get back in time for Christmas with my family. I’m going back in January.
This was my first time staying in Brisbane, and while I didn’t explore much I could tell it doesn’t compare to Melbourne, Australia, which I traveled to earlier this year. I’m still looking for a city to move to and live in, and while Melbourne would be ideal, it’s also the 5th most expensive city in the world currently.
Australia is generally an expensive country to live in so I’m looking to move abroad in 2015. Until then, I’m trying to get an idea of what it would be like to live in a major city.
I have a lot more traveling planned for the new year. A few months ago I decided to postpone my trip to Hong Kong until Dec 2014 so I’m really looking forward to that one, and I’m currently planning a big trip around Australia too.
I spent a lot of time working on my websites in December, though this is starting to seem pretty standard. My blogs have become an integral part of my business and they take a lot of time and energy to maintain, especially GameMaker Blog which I’ve now been running for over a year.
This month I managed to post several new articles, which probably came as a bit of a surprise to most of my regular readers. I shared November’s Online Income Report, posted a Beginner’s Guide To Buying Bitcoins, and held a $350 Cash Giveaway over the 7 days leading up to Christmas.
I’m really pleased with how much my sites have improved over the past year, and I love that they’ve allowed me to reach hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. I’m honored that so many people take the time to read posts like this one, and even leave supportive comments. I read every comment, tweet, and email I receive, even if I don’t always have the time to respond.
Online Income Report
I didn’t expect to have a particularly good month, financially. After all, my plan was to take time off and avoid work as much as possible. But that wasn’t what December had in store for me.
In November I set a new personal best with $12,567 in online earnings. In December, incredibly, I set a brand new record.
Crunching The Numbers
During December 2013 I earned a total of $14,704 solely online, up $2,137 from last month.
When I said I was flooded with clients this month I wasn’t kidding! I’m sure I don’t have to say it, but this was a really nice way to finish off the year.
My online earnings during 2013 total $69,170, which is an average of $5,764 per month. My all-time online earnings as of the end of 2013 total $99,731. I’ve been in business for 21 months now. In the past 2 months alone, I’ve made a total of $27,271.
2013 totally blew my expectations out of the water! It’s been an absolutely incredible year.
I’ll discuss some of my income streams below.
Mobility Engine Sales
I sold yet another lone license for my Mobility Engine this month. I actually updated the sales page finally, so maybe in January I’ll see more than one sale. I’ll probably update the engine itself soon.
Website Ad Revenue
Advertising revenue across my two websites was average in December. I’m about to launch a new advertising campaign for a client so revenue should increase significantly in January. Currently, all of the banner ads on my sites are for my own products so they do not directly generate ad revenue.
HTML5 Ad Revenue
This month there was a slight improvement in the revenue generated by adverts in my HTML5 games. Surprisingly, traffic to the games is still strong, with around 150,000 ad impressions throughout December. For that amount of traffic my revenue is pretty bad. I have plans to change to that.
Revenue from sales of my book, Making Money With HTML5, jumped up significantly, as I predicted last month. There are two reasons for this increase: November’s income report was quite impressive, and the book’s pending price increase gave people who had been postponing their order a reason to finally get a copy. I’m currently working on an update for the book which I plan to ship in early 2014.
If you’re interested in making HTML5 games during 2014, why not pick up a copy of my book?
Yet again, licensing HTML5 games to publishers was my best source of income this month. Even while on holiday, I picked up $8,000 in new client work. In 2012, I was really struggling to find new clients this late in the year, and I ended 2012 with a couple of weak months. But this year, it’s been the complete opposite. Demand for HTML5 games is going to continue growing during 2014 so I know I’m well positioned moving forward.
I have a lot planned for the new year, which of course comes with a nice serving of energy and motivation. I’ll be publishing a couple of new posts summarizing 2013 and outlining my goals for 2014, I’ll begin designing a new engine that I’ll be using for all of my future HTML5 games, and I’ll continue to fulfill client orders, work on the update to my book, and more. Oh, and I’m planning to start offering private tutoring for GameMaker and HTML5!
I’ve also got another trip to Brisbane planned as I mentioned previously, so I’ll be trying to relax and take January slowly. There’s a whole year ahead of me…no need to rush.
Thank you for reading!