Earnings for August 2014

A dollar sign.This is a summary of the income, both received and accumulated, that was earned during August 2014.

The earnings are divided into two main categories, Accumulated and Received. Accumulated earnings also detail any payments received from that category during the month. Earnings are then further broken down into the areas from which the earnings were made. Earnings for the previous month follow the current month’s revenue in brackets.

For a full breakdown of article related progress and earnings, see the complete article on InfoBarrel.

Most of the work done during the month was related to articles, and any associated affiliate programmes, rather than other sources.

RedGage earnings are still missing this month, as they still don’t appear to be properly updating, and Writedge earnings are included for the first time.

The majority of the income is still being earned from Bubblews. Overall earnings are slightly up from July, largely due to placing third in the InfoBarrel Monthly Contest.

Some of the links in this section are affiliate links that can earn me a commission, or revenue share, at no extra expense to you.

Accumulated Income

Accumulated income is earnings from the month that were accumulated to accounts, to be paid out at a later date.

Affiliate Programmes:

AdSense: $20.04 ($18.92) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $3.20 ($13.60)

InfoLinks: $0.51 ($0.74)

Miscellaneous: $1.53 ($1.48) – This is earnings from various minor programmes

RPGNow: $1.11 ($1.42)

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. Fizzy’s earnings are still unknown.

Fizzy: N/A ($N/A)

GamesChart: $0.00 ($0.02)

Kongregate: $0.03 ($0.03)

MindJolt: $1.09 ($0.74)

Writing Sites:

These are earnings from various writing sites that aren’t received through other affiliate programmes, such as from Google AdSense and Amazon.

Daily Two Cents $2.26 ($0.79)

Expertscolumn: $0.01 ($0.03)

HubPages: $1.19 ($1.04)

InfoBarrel: $42.19 ($6.48) – This included $25 won in the monthly contest. A payment of $52.57 was also received during the month.

Squidoo: $7.39 ($4.17) – Squidoo is shutting down, so it will not be earning much more.

Writedge: $0.14 (N/A)

eBook Sales

Kindle: $0.00 ($0.88) – This has been converted to dollars from pounds Sterling

TOTAL: $80.69 ($48.92)

Received Payments (Monthly):

These were payments received during the month, excluding any mentioned earlier under accumulated. These are programmes for which a monthly payment, or payments, is usual, rather than those which build up to reach the payment threshold. This includes those that make the occasional monthly payment without accumulating earnings.

Affiliate Programmes:

CPMStar: $0 ($0)

Epic Game Ads: $0.41 ($0.32)

Writing Sites:

Again, this is money that wasn’t earned through other affiliate programmes.

Bubblews: $197.30 ($200.27) – This should have been higher, but two payments went astray.

Other

Advertising: $4.50 ($4.50)

eBay: $0 ($0)

TOTAL: $202.21 ($205.09)

The total for accumulated and received income during August 2014 was $282.90, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

July earnings in total were $255.43, so there was an increase of $27.47.

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First RPG Supplement Published

I’ve released the first role-playing game supplement on RPGNow. This is a comparatively short PDF entitled 100 (And More) British-Inspired Street Names.

This supplement is a generic one designed for use with settings from medieval to modern. It is comprised of two tables. The first table, which can be used randomly, has 100 street names, as well as notes for using them and suggested alternates. The second table has a further 20 street types that can expand the results. There are potentially thousands of different street names that can be created.

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Second Kindle eBook Published

Tips for Improving your Home's Chances of SellingMy second Kindle ebook is now published, and is also exclusive to Kindle like the first.

This is longer than the first book, with an estimated 52 pages making it about double the length, once the longer index is considered. This is, again, a property book aimed primarily at the UK market, although much of it should also be appropriate in other countries.

This is a factual property book which gives a variety of tips on how to improve the chances of a house selling, and the price it sells for, without spending too much money. With it being in roughly the same area as the first, I’ve used the same penname.

Buy it from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

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Earnings for July 2014

A dollar sign.This is a summary of the income, both received and accumulated, that was earned during July 2014.

The earnings are divided into two main categories, Accumulated and Received. Accumulated earnings also detail any payments received from that category during the month. Earnings are then further broken down into the areas from which the earnings were made. Earnings for the previous month follow the current month’s revenue in brackets. In this case, the previous month is actually February; I had been waiting to get the latest figures from Fizzy, but the GDN has been inaccessible in months.

For a full breakdown of article related progress and earnings, see the complete article on InfoBarrel.

Most of the work done during the month was related to articles, and any associated affiliate programmes, rather than other sources.

RedGage earnings are missing this month, as they haven’t been updated, and Daily Two Cents earnings are included for the first time.

Amazon saw the second highest earnings for a month, but the majority of the income is still being earned from Bubblews. Overall earnings are down from February, the last time they were reported. For the first time, there are Kindle ebook earnings.

Some of the links in this section are affiliate links that can earn me a commission, or revenue share, at no extra expense to you.

Accumulated Income

Accumulated income is earnings from the month that were accumulated to accounts, to be paid out at a later date.

Affiliate Programmes:

AdSense: $18.92 ($35.70) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $13.60 ($1.84)

InfoLinks: $0.74 ($0.81)

Miscellaneous: $1.48 ($1.00) – This is earnings from various minor programmes

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. These have dramatically declined, thanks to MochiMedia closing down, and Fizzy’s earnings being unknown.

Fizzy: N/A ($15.87)

GamesChart: $0.02 ($0.03)

Kongregate: $0.03 ($0.11)

MindJolt: $0.74 ($0.76)

Writing Sites:

These are earnings from various writing sites that aren’t received through other affiliate programmes, such as from Google AdSense and Amazon.

Daily Two Cents $0.79 (N/A)

Expertscolumn: $0.03 ($0.02)

HubPages: $1.04 ($0.58)

InfoBarrel: $6.48 ($6.33)

Squidoo: $4.17 ($4.22) – Following Squidoo’s change to the payment threshold, this wasn’t enough to receive a payment.

eBook Sales

Kindle: $0.88 (N/A) – This has been converted to dollars from pounds Sterling

TOTAL: $48.92 ($74.98)

Received Payments (Monthly):

These were payments received during the month, excluding any mentioned earlier under accumulated. These are programmes for which a monthly payment, or payments, is usual, rather than those which build up to reach the payment threshold. This includes those that make the occasional monthly payment without accumulating earnings.

Affiliate Programmes:

CPMStar: $0 ($2.22)

Epic Game Ads: $0.32 ($0.45)

Writing Sites:

Again, this is money that wasn’t earned through other affiliate programmes.

Bubblews: $200.27 ($251.23) – This was all cleared PayPal payments this month.

Other

Advertising: $4.50 ($0)

eBay: $0 ($0)

TOTAL: $205.09 ($258.12)

The total for accumulated and received income during July 2014 was $255.43, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

February earnings in total were $333.10, so there was a decrease of $77.67.

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First Kindle eBook Published

Auction TipsI’ve now published my first ebook on Amazon’s Kindle platform. It’s exclusive to Kindle too, currently.

It’s quite a short ebook, with an estimated 25 pages according to Amazon, and aimed primarily at the UK market, although many of the concepts should transfer to other markets.

It’s a factual book, which provides a number of tips for buying things from offline auctions, as opposed to online sites such as eBay.

Click here to buy it from Amazon UK and here for Amazon US.

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My Final MochiMedia Payment Received

I’ve just received my last ever payment from MochiMedia, totalling $100.80.

As yet, I haven’t decided what I’m going to do personally with what I have that has been affected. I have five sites with several thousand Mochi games between them as well as a few dozen Flash games. Currently, I’m wondering if it’s going to be worth expending the time and effort to convert all the games and rebuild the sites. In terms of Mochi revenue, one game on one site is accounting for a substantial proportion of the income I was getting, and that’s an ActionScript 2 game, so finding an ad network and highscore system that will work with it is going to be challenging. Another problem is that I’ve never personally made a pre-loader for a game! I used the Mochi ads as a pre-loader.

It is going to affect by, admittedly rather low, Flash game income, as the majority of the non-Mochi income is coming from games that have MochiAds in them, which should legally be removed by any sites hosting them – and that will cause the income to drop even more.

So, where do I think Mochi went wrong? I don’t have any inside information on this, so these are only my opinions.

Selling to Shanda

Firstly, Shanda closed Mochi down, even though there were offers on the table worth more money than they would get from closing it. Another company may not have closed them down. I am curious why Shanda decided not to take them. Perhaps it was a pride thing on the part of whoever did the deal in the first place? If they couldn’t get it to work properly, they didn’t want someone else to come along and make them look like the idiot they are. The other reasons I thought of are more underhand.

I never considered Shanda to be a good match in the first place. Shanda run online role-playing games (and I read some comments at the time of the deal that suggested they had operated in a rather dubious manner, namely with gold farming) whilst MochiMedia on the other hand were an advertising platform. They may both have been involved in games, but they weren’t exactly complimentary businesses.

It’s possible that the financial backers of Mochi may have just taken the first deal in order to get their money and profit back, rather than picking a good partner.

Too Much Mochi Games Branding

The Mochi ads in the games started having too much branding and too many ways of sending traffic to their own games portal, Mochi Games. This managed to annoy publishers, developers and sponsors – basically everyone – as Mochi were getting free sponsorship from this.

This policy was later reversed, and a means of adding sponsors’ own branding was introduced, but the damage was already done and a lot of trust had been lost, as this had been done despite it being stated that it would never happen. This was essentially done under Shanda’s governance.

Ignoring Other Platforms

“If Mochi had a more meaningful position today beyond Flash, then there may have been a different path for the company going forward,” CEO Josh Larson said when the announcement was made that MochiMedia was shutting down.

Mochi had concentrated solely on Flash, ignoring HTML5, despite how poor it may be for games, Android and iOS apps. Some Unity integration was done, but the other options were all ignored. Mochi would have had an advantage going in to this as there was a community of developers on Mochi who were developing on other platforms and who would have used Mochi services on them. Even GamesChart was going cross-platform.

This could have been due to Shanda’s influence; it is entirely possible that Shanda were just trying to squeeze as much money out of Mochi, without investing in any more development, before tossing the remainder away. That is the impression that has been given, especially by how poorly Shanda has handled the closing.

Goodbye Mochi. I’m going to miss you.

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Well, this Sucks

Flash LogoThis morning I received two emails, one from FGL and one from Kongregate, both saying that MochiMedia are shutting down on March 31st. Nothing from MochiMedia itself though.

I checked, and it’s true – they are. I haven’t gone through everything as yet, but this is going to have a significant effect on tens of thousands of games on thousands of sites. The high scores and Publisher Bridge won’t work any longer, so that means no high scores on any sites that have implemented it. Any games out there will stop earning money for the developers from advertising, until they are updated with new ads – there are alternatives, such as FGLAds, CPMStar and Epic Game Ads, but they still need implementing. With Live Updates shutting down, many games will now revert to old, possibly broken versions, and there will be no way of updating games and pushing the changes out to every site. Instead, every single site will need to upload a new game, and it’s probable that won’t happen in many cases.

This is a potentially devastating impact on the Flash games market, both for developers and for portals. Sure, Flash is in a decline due to mobile, but it’s still quite significant. Sites such as Kongregate which use their own advertising and high scores will do better, but smaller portals could well suffer.

There are even offers on the table to buy Mochi which their owners, Shanda Games, are ignoring. The decision looks to have been made counter to what Mochi staff want. There also has been very little warning – 2 weeks – before the service is shut down, and that surely can’t have been a decision made that quickly. Shanda looks to be confirming peoples’ opinion of them as a company. Maybe there’s something underhand going on here on there behalf, not Mochi’s. I never considered them to be a suitable owner of the company.

I’m close to the threshold this month, but it’s so close I’ll probably have to fill a form in to make sure I get my last $100(ish) out.

I haven’t been spending as much time on Flash games recently (looks like that was a good idea now) but I still have some almost finished games that will need publishing. I have only been earning about $0.30 to $0.50 per day recently from Mochi, but that’s still money from work I did years ago. It won’t affect my entire Flash game income, but it’s doubtful whether it’s going to be worth updating my existing portfolio.

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