My October 2014 Income Report

December 5, 2014 in Income Reports

Monthly Income ReportWelcome to my online income report for October 2014. This is the latest I have posted a report but it is finally here. Not a whole lot has been happening but I have been staying very busy when it comes to my online projects. The final parts of a new iPhone app are almost done. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I launched my first iOS app. It has been stressful and frustrating but more importantly, it has been a learning experience. I am glad that app development is a part of my skill set now and I plan on launching more apps in the future.

I am also working on new Kindle books. I have been away from publishing for about 1.5 years but it is time to get back into it. Of the books I published about 2 years ago, they continue to generate a decent amount of income for me without any additional work or maintenance. I have also wasted a lot of money on writers too! I know I will not make back the $1000 I spent on the last 3 books I had written because they are generating zero sales.

I just had a 4th book written by a woman from India that I don’t even think I will publish! The covers for Kindle/Createspace, description and keywords have already been created but they may never be uploaded. That’s because I just learned that publishing books on random topics is not a good way to approach self-publishing. I actually already knew that but I kept on chasing after random topics without building a following of loyal buyers.

So I will be approaching the next batch of books differently by sticking with one main topic and really focusing on specific details within that topic. I will also have a launch plan for each of these new books. I’m excited for my next books because I will be using an email list I’ve been building plus social media assets. Currently I have 450 email subscribers and 900 Twitter followers where I will be promoting the book launches.

App Development On Hold For Now

Since I have limited time to work on projects, I won’t be building any more apps this year. Each one takes a lot of time commitment and I don’t think its too late to start one and get it finished before Apple shuts down their review process for the end of the year. This happens every year in December. For now, all my time is dedicated to writing 2 new books and another smaller book that will be used as a lead magnet for a landing page I will be building. I’m planning on publishing one of these books to Kindle/Createspace by the end of the year. I will be writing these new books myself instead of hiring on Elance. I always feel like I put in a lot more detail in my books than any writers I have hired. So this will be a good project for me to end the year with. Less complicated than building apps!

This income report shows a lot of red meaning my income is down again. But the only place that shows growth is my app income even with my accounting errors I explained in last month’s income report. Now it’s time to see how all my online assets did in October. Enjoy!

Kindle Publishing

  • Total: $106.40
    • Last Month: $123.26
    • Difference (-$16.86)

Amazon Associates

  • Total: $47.50
    • Last Month: $60.09
    • Difference: (-$12.59)

Banner Ads

  • Total: $34.07
    • Last Month: $47.08
    • Difference: (-$13.01)

YouTube

  • Total: $42.71
    • Last Month: $53.89
    • Difference: (-$11.18)

Commission Junction

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

Createspace Publishing

  • Total: $216.40
    • Last Month: $232.84
    • Difference: (-$16.44)

Udemy

  • Total: $90.00
    • Last Month: $96.25
    • Difference: (-$6.25)

Rakuten-Linkshare

  • Total: $14.50
    • Last Month: $38.40
    • Difference: (-$23.90)

Mobile Apps

  • Total: $197.17
    • Last Month: $153.30
    • Difference: (+$43.87)

Template Sales

  • Total: $15.33
    • Last Month: $24.50
    • Difference: (-$9.17)

Summary

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

  • Kindle Publishing: $106.40
  • Amazon Associates: $47.50
  • Banner Ads: $34.07
  • YouTube: $42.71
  • Commission Junction: $0.00
  • Createspace: $216.40
  • Udemy: $90.00
  • Linkshare: $14.50
  • Mobile Apps: 197.17
  • Template Sales: $15.33

Total this month: $764.08

  • Last month total: $834.62
  • Difference: (-$70.54)

Total earnings per day: $25.47

How to Reskin Apps with No Programming Experience

I don’t know how to program, yet I manage to generate income from building apps myself. Using a method called reskinning, I am able to consistently publish apps to the app store without even having to hire a programmer! In the end, my expenses are much, much lower than developing an app from scratch. And I do it without hiring a developer or graphic designer. I’ve been doing this for about a year now and have 9 apps in the Apple app store.

The way I did it was buying source codes that have video courses that accompany them. This is the way to go when starting out! Since I had no idea what I was doing, the reskinning courses were perfect for me. I just finished my 9th app and feel pretty comfortable now. I still don’t know everything but I could not have done it without video instruction. In fact, I have to go back and watch the video tutorials every time I reskin those source codes.

If you want to get started with app reskinning, one of the courses I recommend is from an excellent teacher named Yohann Taieb. He explains everything you need to do from getting your account and devices set up for development to uploading the actual app file. Check out Yohann’s crossword puzzle source code and video course if you want a complete walk-through of the app reskinning process. The source code comes complete with video instruction and can be found here.

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The reason I recommend this code is that it is not trendy and you can reskin it many times with different themes. Crossword puzzles are always popular and will never go out of style. That’s the type of source code I look for when I buy.  The videos tell you exactly what to do from the standpoint of someone who has never built an app before. It starts from the very beginning from setting up your accounts with Apple to setting up your devices for testing. You’ll be able to go from knowing nothing about app development to publishing your first app.

If you want an inexpensive and uncomplicated way to get into app development, the Word Search Puzzle source code and video course is an excellent way to start! The source code has 3 ad networks already built-in. You just have to create accounts with those ad networks and enter your unique ID numbers into the game to generate income with this app. Once you’re done, you can reskin the source code multiple times to make new apps.