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Developer Income Report - February

1. March 2012 22:19 by Scott in Developer Income Report  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

The Intro:

This month, I made made more bug fixes on UtopiaPimp.  While the site is huge and collects a lot of data, the data is becoming much more manageable.   Other than that, I have been working hard on my new idea sort of discussed in the last paragraph from the last income report.  Its coming along nicely. The project it self will be ongoing for a while, but this part of it looks great and actually fully functional.  I probably will be able to finish it up for version 1.0 by the end of this coming month.

Show Me The Money:

This month was still great in advertising and actually still getting better.  To tell you the truth, this month was probably one of the best in the year.

  1. DemotivatedPosters.com - $5.35 – Ive never calculated the amount made per website so this is a small number to me.  I hope to make more over time.
  2. DrinkingFor.com - $0.94 – With only 1k people visiting the site, I guess its not bad to make a buck from it.
  3. UtopiaPimp.com - $82.54 – With over 1k clicks on these ads, I don’t know why im not making more money.  I should be making much more and must look into it.  Have my clicks are from a button ad just center perfectly right on the screen.  I wish Google Adsense had button ads, I think I would be making a lot more than I do at Project Wonderful.
  4. Project Wonderful - $88.84 – It was a large decrease from months before, and I definitely need to take a month and switch over to adsense and see what more I can make from there.
  5. AdSense - $129.00 – It was another jump up from months in the passed, but user stats are up on all the sites it is used on.
  6. MobFox - $13.00 – This is all thanks to my Roller Derby Penalty Timer.  Its well over 1,200 downloads now and thats all thanks to it being pushed little by little in the Roller Derby Community. 
  7. PostSecretCollection - $25.00 – Again surprised this month.  The numbers just keep going up for selling PostSecret post cards.  This site I made a while back allows people to print the postcards and have them mailed to them.  I sell each card for $1.97. I made the price as cheap as possible.  Paypal eats .40 cents and Postal Methods eats $1.46.  That leaves just .11 cents per postcard I can donate towards Suicide Prevention.
  8. UltimaHosts.net-$105.00 – With money made, comes expenditures.  Here is the hosting company one.  We sit on a 2 Core VM with 4 GBs of Ram.  Most times the ram is also inching in at 3.7GBs used.  So we need more Ram, but at this moment, all of my sites are running in good order.

Subtracting the costs to print, buy, mail, and host these projects, I made a profit of $150.29 this month!  While it doesn’t pay my rent, it does pay for an extra few days of day care for my little baby girl!

Whats Next?

I hope to fix just a few bugs that pop up with UtopiaPimp this month and maybe even get some time to update its User Interface.  This will most definitely make my users extremely happy along with allowing me to grow UtopiaPimp even more. Ive been using the same UI since the start of Pimp in 2002.  Its about time for an update.

Developer Income Report #4

1. January 2012 22:55 by Scott in Developer Income Report  //  Tags:   //   Comments (11)

The Intro:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers!

This month was even better and I think it has something to do with these reports.  So what should I do except keep writing them.

This month, I made made more bug fixes on UtopiaPimp.  While the site is huge and collects a lot of data, the data is becoming much more manageable.   Other than that, I have been working hard on my new idea sort of discussed in the last paragraph from the last income report.  Its coming along nicely. The project it self will be ongoing for a while, but this part of it looks great and actually fully functional.  I probably will be able to finish it up for version 1.0 by the end of this coming month.

I also merged one of my other blogs with this one.  The other blog was getting spammed way too much, so some of my most popular posts have been moved to this blog.

Show Me The Money:

This month was still great in advertising and actually still getting better.  To tell you the truth, this month was probably one of the best in the year.

  1. Project Wonderful - $240.23 (+$154.71) – It was a huge jump in the increase of cash here.  The money came from my seven advertising spots on the site.  I think what helped this month was an advertiser paid more than $30.00 a day to show ads on UtopiaPimp.  I also earned another +$1.00 through their affiliate network.  While its nothing in the grand scheme of things, I am now going to make money forever and ever from the people I have referred to Project Wonderful.
  2. AdSense - $78.99 (+$17.53) – It was another small jump from last month.  I think what especially helped this month, was I started rotating ads on UtopiaPimp.  Every other ad shown was a Google Ad along with Project Wonderful and thanks to my users clicking, I made a little more on Pimp than what I expected.
  3. MobFox - $8.10 (+$4.14) – This is all thanks to my Roller Derby Penalty Timer.  It hit 1,000 downloads yesterday.  Happily, its a very niche app in a very niche category, but I got enough downloads to hit the 1,000 mark!
  4. PostSecretCollection - $58.23 (+$26.71) – Again surprised this month.  The numbers just keep going up for selling PostSecret post cards.  This site I made a while back allows people to print the postcards and have them mailed to them.  I sell each card for $1.97. I made the price as cheap as possible.  Paypal eats .40 cents and Postal Methods eats $1.46.  That leaves just .11 cents per postcard I can donate towards Suicide Prevention.
  5. UltimaHosts.net-$110.00 (-$25.00) – Sadly, with all efforts of making money, I must spend money as well.  So this month I spent this cash on hosting costs, up from $85.00 last month.  The reason for the jump was a server upgrade.  My partner and I will be ramping up another project very soon and well we need the extra speed to keep up with the new project.  Thankfully, Pimp and my other sites still pays for all these costs still.  So we are still breaking even.

So in all I made $385.55 this month!  Thats up from just $182.46 last month.

Subtracting the costs to print, buy, mail, and host these projects, I made a profit of $217.32 this month!  While it doesn’t pay my rent, it does pay for an extra week of day care for my little baby girl!

Whats Next?

I am still going to keep working on my project with my friend.  Hopefully we can start testing it with some alpha testers in the next couple months.  Its a slow moving project, but we hope to make a real business out of it.

I hope to also fix just a few bugs that pop up with UtopiaPimp this month and maybe even get some time to update its User Interface.  This will most definitely make my users extremely happy along with allowing me to grow UtopiaPimp even more. Ive been using the same UI since the start of Pimp in 2002.  Its about time for an update.

Developer Income Report #3

The Intro:

Its been a better month than usual for a few reasons.  While its nothing to write home about, my income over time has been getting better. I think these reports tend to help as well because they do bring in a few more hits on my site.

Ive made a few changes to my applications this month, but no real development on my past apps except for fixing bugs on UtopiaPimp and PostSecretCollection. I had a bad bug on UtopiaPimp this month which halted other development efforts and actually halted most users on UtopiaPimp. It was fixed over a few late nights and my conclusion to it was here.

Show Me The Money:

This month in advertising picked up a lot.  There is one main reason for this.  I made the move from showing just Project Wonderful Ads to showing both Project Wonderful and Google Ads.  This has made a significant uptick in money.

Project Wonderful brought in +$85.52 from all my websites listed here. Down from the $118.00 it brought in last month.

Google Ads brought in +$61.46 from UtopiaPimp.

My Android Application for Roller Derby brought in just +$3.96 from MobFox, which is my Android advertising company.  I received another 100 downloads for the free application this month.  YAY!

I was surprised, but this month was also extremely good for PostSecretCollection, which brought in +$31.52 from selling the postcards to visitors of the site. While I made a commitment to never make a profit from this site, its good to see the postcards are selling.  I sell each postcard for a $1.97.  The bulk of the costs don’t even touch me.  Paypal takes .40 cents and Postal Methods takes $1.46 on each postcard to print and send it.  That leaves me with just a .11 cent profit on each card sold.  This was the most popular card sold this month.  I actually have this one sitting in my cube at work.  It bring inspiration at times when I need it.

This month, I paid out -$85.00 for server costs through UltimaHosts.net.  While their support is lacking at times, they are by far the cheapest hosting company I could find without going through Amazon Web Services.  I also upgraded my server to the new Hyper-V server they offer.  Nothing like Dedicated Ram!  I use this server to host all 11 of my websites.

So in all, I made +$182.46 from my sites.  Up from +$118.00 from last month.

Subtracting the costs to print, buy, mail and host these projects, I brought in a profit of +$67.70 this month!  Thats up from just +$39.09 last month.

Whats Next?

I have a project I am working on with a friend of mine.  We are both working on it pretty hard.  I am working on a desktop part right now, while he is working on the web based interface for it.  We hope it will actually change the way people document and watch a specific thing.  We have some extremely exciting news, but can’t really talk about it for now.  We want to release the “prototype of it first and get people to start using it before we go with big hype.  We personally think it has the ability to make big money.  On top of that, I will keep working on bugs for UtopiaPimp especially, since that is what pays the vast majority of the server costs.

Developer Income Report #2

1. November 2011 08:08 by Scott in Developer Income Report  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

The Intro:

Starting off with my first report, well here now is my second report.

Ive been developing web apps since 2007 and while modest income has come from them, I decided to focus solely on one real idea.  Most of my ideas in the past have been simple and fun, while this idea will truly turn into a company.  So lets go ahead and tell you.  I have built a few apps listed here and while none of them bring in a great deal of money, I have learned a great deal from them.  So lets go ahead and start it off.

The Money:

DrinkingFor.com, UtopiaPimp.com, ItFeelsLike.com, DemotivatedPosters.com, and PostSecretCollection.com all have the same online advertising tied to them because mainly they don't all garner enough hits to do well on the advertising platform I like to use.  The only one that garners well over 2 Mil page views a month is Utopiapimp.com, and while thats pretty significant, its an application that supports a very popular online game and web games don't make nearly enough in Ads to be well off.

So last month, I made +$118.00 from these sites. which sadly is about $30.00 less than last month.

I haven't built any new applications as a contractor since Audingo. App is Here, but I wish to.  If you know anyone that needs Mobile/Web/Desktop development in C# and Java, Im here to help and can be contacted at spoiledtechie&&gmail.com. I just had a baby and while insurance does cover most medical expenses, it didn't cover them all.

Two months ago, I built another Android Application for my self.  While it hasn't garnered much in the way of cash yet, it has been a huge hit among the Roller Derby crowd! 

I made +$6.09 from this past month.  Nothing to go home about, but its a lunch.

And to Pay for server costs for my various Web Apps, I paid out -$85.00 this month. I use a Virtual Server which costs only$45.00, but I have a few upgrades with these guys.

So for the Month of October, I made a total of +$39.09 this month in my spare time.

Whats Next?

I was planning to build out another web app and sadly its about 75% done to beta test.  But I have to focus on another project due to a new team member coming on board.  There has been a project I have been wanting to build for a while now and my team mate joined my team just for this project.  So in the coming weeks and months, I will be building something soo great, its going to change the way an entire way of thinking and executing is made.

Developer Income Report #1

3. October 2011 00:22 by Scott in Developer Income Report  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

The Intro:

I decided that I need to start writing my income out to both the world and for my self following this the reports posted here.  So A little intro.  Ive been developing web apps since 2007 and while modest income has come from them, I decided to focus solely on one real idea.  Most of my ideas in the past have been simple and fun, while this idea will truly turn into a company.  So lets go ahead and tell you.  I have built a few apps listed here and while none of them bring in a great deal of money, I have learned a great deal from them.  So lets go ahead and start it off.

The Money:

DrinkingFor.com, UtopiaPimp.com, ItFeelsLike.com, DemotivatedPosters.com, and PostSecretCollection.com all have the same online advertising tied to them because mainly they don't all garner enough hits to do well on the advertising platform I like to use.  The only one that garners well over 2 Mil page views a month is Utopiapimp.com, and while thats pretty significant, its an application that supports a very popular online game and web games don't make nearly enough in Ads to be well off.

So last month, I made +$152.00 from these sites.

I recently got into building Android Apps at work and that has pretty much pushed me to do so in my free time.

So two months ago, I created an Android Application for Audingo. App is Here.  I did this for a start up out of Texas.

I made +$5,000 for one months worth of work on building their Android App.

This past month, I decided to do another Android Application for my self.  While it hasn't garnered much in the way of cash yet, it has been a huge hit among the Roller Derby crowd! 

I made +$10.32 from this past month.  Nothing to go home about, but its another few bucks in the pocket.

And to Pay for server costs for my various Web Apps, I paid out -$85.00 this month. These guys are awesome and by far the cheapest dedicated hosting I could find!

So for the Month of September, I made a total of +$5,077.32 this month in my spare time.

Whats Next?

In the coming weeks, I plan on releasing another web application for my various web apps I currently own.  This web app will hopefully allow for better user feedback that I can implement into my various websites later on.  Sort of like the circle of life, but this way its Developer -> User -> Developer driven.