My January 2014 Income Report

February 21, 2014 in Income Reports

The first month of 2014 is over and it’s time to see how the first month turned out. I started out the gate being really productive but we’ll see at the end of the report if any of my efforts paid off. I really haven’t set any goals for 2014 yet but I do have some ideas. I started this website exactly a year ago to document everything I’m doing and I’m happy to say that I’ve found a direction for where I want to go in 2014. Of course that will change as the year goes on I’ll probably make adjustments to what I do. But one thing is clear, building niche sites is going to play a much smaller role from here on out.

Developing More Apps

Fortune Cookie In Bed 2 iPhone App IconBack in December, I released my first iOS app just before the holidays. After getting over the New Year, I started reskinning my next 2 apps. I’m using the same source code as I used in my first app. This is a fairly simple app to reskin and I’m able to do this all myself so there have been no additional costs other than the initial cost of the source code.

This has provided me with some good experience as I am able to repeat this process multiple times to familiarize myself with producing my own apps . Of course, there will be times when I’ll run into somthing I’m not familiar with when I start reskinning the other source codes I own but at least I’m learning.

One thing that happened last month is that I had my first app rejection. Apple had deemed that my app was too simple and lacked functionality… plus it had keyword issues in the title. I’ve known about inconsistencies in app approvals because the process is entirely subjective by the individual reviewers. I’ve seen lots apps that have simple functionality and many, many more keywords in the title than in mine. So now I’m in the process of making tweaks and I need to figure out how to upload a revised version of my app. More on this in the future.

My App Icon Course Updated for iOS 7

Last year, I created an app icon design course on Udemy but just a few months after launch, Apple released iOS 7. At the time I didn’t know what the difference was between icons in earlier iOS versions and the current iOS 7. I did some research and found that the curves around the corners of the icon is different. That has become quite evident now that I have iOS 7 on my phone.

Then awhile back, Yohann Taieb, creator of the pinball game source code found in his course How to Reskin an App in One Day had contacted me asking if I was going to update my icon templates. It’s been about 2 months since he asked and now the updates have been made and available in my own course.

Book Publishing

I hired two new writers on Elance in January. One of the books is done and uploaded to Amazon. With this new title, I continue my tradition of publishing in 2 formats. One for Kindle and one for print with Createspace. When I hired this new writer, I needed a book with at least 12,000 words. This is because I need enough text to make a decent size print book. The writer did a great job and I used the cover templates in my Kindle cover course to create the cover.

My NookPress sales are again almost non-existent. So I will be removing those titles soon from Barnes & Noble and re-enrolling my books into Amazon KDP. That way, I can make money from people borrowing my books on Kindle. That’s it for the updates, here’s my January Income Report:

Kindle Publishing

  • Total: $194.15
    • Last Month: $114.97
    • Difference (+$78.18)

Amazon Associates

  • Total: $66.75
    • Last Month: $25.99
    • Difference: (+$40.76)


  • Total: $0.00
    • Last Month: $0.00
    • Difference: ($0.00)

Banner Ads

  • Total: $54.12
    • Last Month: $35.17
    • Difference: (+$18.95)


  • Total: $38.04
    • Last Month: $75.73
    • Difference: (-$38.69)

Commission Junction

  • Total: $0.00
    • Last month: $0.00
    • Difference: ($0.00)

Createspace Publishing

  • Total: $373.24
    • Last Month: $416.38
    • Difference: (-$43.14)

Nook Press

  • Total: $2.59
    • Last Month: $7.77
    • Difference: (-$5.21)


  • Total: $59.75
    • Last Month: $130.00
    • Difference: (-$70.25)

Mobile Apps

  • Total: $30.29
    • Last Month: $24.58
    • Difference: (+$5.71)


Here’s a snapshot of my December totals for easy reference.

  • Kindle Publishing: $194.15
  • Amazon Associates: $66.75
  • Clickbank: $0.00
  • Banner Ads: $54.12
  • YouTube: $38.04
  • Commission Junction: $0.00
  • Createspace: $373.24
  • Nook Press: $2.59
  • Udemy: $59.75
  • Mobile Apps: 30.29

Total this month: $818.93

  • Last month total: $846.59
  • Difference: (-$27.66)

Total earnings per day: $26.41

  • Last month earnings per day: $27.30
  • Difference: (-$0.89)

Another Great Month!

I’m very happy with the results from January. I think there was a lot of momentum coming out of December that always makes the following month great.

My Latest Udemy Course

To help other developers or graphic designers, I created a course called How to Create Top Ranking Mobile App Icons that includes video tutorials and the exact icon templates I will be using for my apps. My icon design course is now updated to iOS 7 standards so check it out!

How To Create Top Ranking Mobile App Icons

Click here to take a look at the promo video to see what this course is all about. The course is normally $97 but you can use the following coupon code to get this course for only $47:


Just copy and paste the coupon here and the discount will be applied immediately. You don’t have to be an app developer to take the course. If you’re a graphic designer, you can use the templates and video training to start an icon design business!