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 April 2015.
What I Did In April
April was an interesting month that presented a unique set of challenges.
If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that the plan this month was to start full-time work on my current major project, Aeon Chapters.
Unfortunately, I spent half of April recovering from a (somewhat inevitable) hand injury. Recent months have been particularly demanding, and I haven’t been giving myself enough time to rest and recover. My last holiday was 6 months ago and since then I have been working non-stop.
Despite the injury, I still made a lot of progress on Aeon Chapters by focusing on design, research, and organizational tasks.
3 Years In Business
Last month I hit a huge milestone by reaching $200,000 in total online income. This month marks another important milestone: I have been in business for 3 years!
It’s amazing to look back at how far I’ve come in such a short period of time; my life is extremely different to what it was when I started my online business in 2012. I’m so fortunate to be in the position that I am now. I have learned so much about so many different topics, gained invaluable experience, and managed to earn an online income far beyond what I originally imagined.
Of course, running your own business is demanding and requires many sacrifices, but it’s totally worth it.
This month I spent my free time playing Hero Siege and online poker. Due to my hand injury, I had to choose games that required limited mouse/keyboard input. I also picked up an Apple Watch this month, and hopefully I’ll get to make some apps for it eventually. Initial impression: it’s great!
Here’s a quick look at how my online platform performed during April 2015.
The games I publish were played 793,038 times (25,303,459 total) and 66,995 mobile ads were displayed in sessions I hosted.
I finally reached 25 million total game sessions, which is a crazy number when you think about it. I have served more game sessions than there are people in my country!
My websites were viewed 37,485 times (5,302,162 total) by 17,093 unique visitors.
I spent some time improving my sites this month, mostly fixing bugs and making small improvements. I’m integrating new artwork, too. Updating the blog has been a slow process but I’m nearly satisfied with how everything looks.
I have a total of 29,294 subscribers across various platforms, up 195 from last month. My current Klout score of 56.09 places me in the top 10% of influential social media users.
Twitter – 18,441 (-4)
Facebook – 7,547 (+24)
Newsletters – 3,158 (+170)
Twitch – 148 (+5)
Those are some dismal numbers! But it’s not as bad as it looks. Twitter is in the red because I closed one of my smaller accounts in April. I gained lots of new subscribers to my newsletters, which is the metric that I have been working on lately. Overall, it was a standard month of growth.
Online Income Report
This month’s earnings came as an unexpected surprise. It’s the first time that I have reached a 5-digit profit so far this year.
Crunching The Numbers
During April 2015 I earned a total of $10,463 solely online, up $5,643 from last month.
This was an untimely month to bring in so much new business. I certainly welcome it (of course) but the added workload kept my attention away from Aeon Chapters. It’s all part of the new balancing act that I need to learn.
As usual, my HTML5 income streams were the best performers in April. My income was mostly from licensing games to new clients, and the sale of a custom-made game (which was also a factor when I made $26,000 online last September).
Sales of my book Making Money With HTML5 have been all over the place lately. The general sentiment towards HTML5 games has been declining, but I’m clearly still finding them to be extremely profitable. It’s an unparalleled market for developers, and while the first gold rush is over, there is certainly another on the horizon.
Thanks for reading!