Online Income Report #047 – March 2016

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 March 2016.

What I Did In March

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This was a productive month that resulted in a nice profit.

Battleships

Today I’m launching a new series of high definition HTML5 games. Battleships is the first game in the series which marks my transition to producing higher quality games with longer lifespans in the licensing market. I have been publishing standard definition HTML5 games for almost 4 years, but I’m finally convinced that the market is ready for HD content.

As part of the transition, I have made significant upgrades to the template project that forms the foundation of all my games. I have integrated a brand new responsive scaling system, greatly improved theft-prevention & security, and reduced mobile loading times by a staggering 62% – plus much more. I have been working on some of these improvements for over a year. In March, I started upgrading my entire portfolio to include these features but it will take some time to complete the rollout.

 

Other Stuff

I worked 103 productive hours in March and took 7/31 days off.

I’m currently playing The Division, watching Black Mirror, and Samsara was the best movie I saw this month.

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Platform Overview

platform-overviewHere’s a quick look at how my online platform performed during March 2016.

Games

The games I publish were played 955,999 times (34,658,756 total).

Traffic to my HTML5 games was similar to last month, with very little movement in either direction lately. Consistency is nothing to complain about though!

Websites

My websites were viewed 28,954 times (5,723,806 total) by 12,679 unique visitors.

Traffic to my websites was slightly down. I didn’t notify newsletter subscribers about last month’s income report because it was posted so late in the month, and I’m in the process of changing my newsletter provider from Aweber to Mailchimp. This accounts for the drop in traffic.

Subscribers

I have a total of 42,193 subscribers across various platforms, up 1,188 from last month.

Twitter – 31,968 (+1,031) ¹ ² ³
Facebook – 7,820 (+31) ¹ ²
Newsletters – 2,405 (+126)

Social media growth is back in the black (green?) after last month’s clean up where I removed thousands of inactive subscribers. If you think that you were removed by accident simply resubscribe at the end of this post and you’ll be all set!

Online Income Report

My income tends to be a rollercoaster of highs and lows, so it was refreshing to generate a profit closer to the average.

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During March 2016 I earned $7,188 USD solely online ($279,668 total), up $5,970 from last month. My average income over the past 12 months is $6,440 so this was a slightly above average month.

Summary

This wraps up the first quarter (Q1) of 2016. Traditionally, my business underperforms in Q1, but this year I had a record quarter with total earnings of $29,249 from January-March. That’s more than double last year’s Q1 earnings of $13,142 which was considerably higher than the two years prior. This is an upward trend that I’m thrilled to see, and I hope it continues into the future.

My HTML5 consulting service performed particularly well this month, with the current price point of $695 per client striking a good balance between the average workload per client and the value of my time. Sales of my books Making Money With HTML5 and Learn To Make Games were steady.

My main source of income in March was a combination of licensing my existing HTML5 games to companies and producing custom games for clients. As the quality of my portfolio increases, I’m being approached with more opportunities to produce bigger games for bigger clients, but I’m selective about what I work on. While there’s a lot of value in those big deals, I’m still primarily focused on making games that I actually want to make. Enjoying my work is always going to be more important than the bottom line.

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I have an incredibly demanding month ahead of me. I’ll be producing half a dozen games in April, and I have to do some general maintenance on my existing portfolio of 40+ games. I’m also going to continue working on my major project Dragon Depths which will go into public beta testing shortly. You can follow me on Twitter for updates on these projects and more.

Thanks for reading!

Matthew

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  • OpposingForces says:

    Sounds like it’s going great Matt. As far as taxes go I can’t help you there as US tax laws are complicated enough, so as an American I don’t know anything about Australian taxes. Maybe look into getting an accountant. Maybe you qualify for some tax breaks or something.

    • Matthew says:

      Yeah, I already have an accountant who has helped quite a lot. Here in Australia, there are so many tax benefits to running your own business, it’s unbelievable.

  • PeRi says:

    Hey, just found your blog and I think it is really great that you are so open with you income/outcome and working hours. <3 thank u!

  • Steven says:

    Thanks for the post, Matthew! Encouraging and inspiring as always.
    Love the motivation for more freedom in travel. I’ll be interested to hear how that ends up panning out for you with the whole tax situation.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Matthew says:

      Thanks Steven! You’ll definitely be hearing more about that topic when I figure out how to approach it.

  • Ilya says:

    Hey Matt,
    Saw your blog mentioned on Matt’s (Woodward) income roundup and decided to check it out.

    The Battleship game lags like crazy for me on my computer which I find to be a bit strange. Not sure what the issue is. Any ideas?

    Great work this month! :)

    • Matthew says:

      Hi Ilya – shortly I’ll be adding a set of optimizations to Battleships which should greatly improve performance. I imagine your computer is fairly dated (correct me if I’m wrong) but this is something I’ll be addressing regardless. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Serpico says:

    Hi Matt,

    I was really interested in your battleships project since I was planning on making the switch to HD too in my HTML5 projects, but I noticed that even though the assets you are using are in fact double the “standard” html5 resolution, on retina devices it still renders like a SD game. Is there a reason for that? Maybe performance?

    • Matthew says:

      I implemented a solution for this today but it won’t be live for a while yet. With the transition to HD there are plenty of new issues to solve, just like this, but they should all be resolved soon enough.

    • Matthew says:

      Retina support has now been added.

  • HakJak says:

    Wow, this is very impressive and encouraging! Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew says:

      Thanks for reading! Producing these income reports is one of the highlights of my month.

  • Ali Raza says:

    Hello Matt!

    Congratulations for reporting another monthly income report, just subscribed to your blog and best of luck for your new series of HD Games. Looking forward. :)

    Regards,
    Ali Raza

    • Matthew says:

      Thanks Ali – I’m excited to see how far I can push the envelope with this new series of high definition games. There’s plenty of room for innovation with this new format despite all of the technical limitations.

  • Mantras says:

    Awesome! Realy inspiring post. I am always motivate after reading your blogs. Thanks for the insights.

  • Vladimir says:

    When you give us April income report? We wait so long! :)

  • Sebastian says:

    This is a great premise and you have some really awesome content!

    Keep up the great work man!

  • natasha says:

    in single month you can earn more and more …congrats. keep it up sharing good idea.