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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Earnings for February 2014

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

Earnings were down substantially this month, with the lowest revenue since July last year. Bubblews earnings again improved slightly, and AdSense income was up for the month, but InfoBarrel’s tier earnings declined and there wasn’t the competition income boost that there was in January.

RedGage earnings are missing this month, as they haven’t been updated, and Expertcolumn’s have been included for the first time since the site was redone.

Amazon was up slightly, making it one of the best months on Amazon, although still very poor really, and Bubblews still continues to account for an enormous proportion of earned revenue.

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: $35.70 ($23.36) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $1.84 ($1.37)

InfoLinks: $0.81 ($1.44)

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

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. Fizzy’s continued status as a reported attack site is worrying, but the earnings for February were added as they should have been.

Fizzy: $15.87 ($11.99)

GamesChart: $0.03 ($0.15)

Kongregate: $0.11 ($0.06)

MindJolt: $0.76 ($1.03)

MochiMedia: $11.93 ($13.51)

Writing Sites:

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

Expertscolumn: $0.02 (N/A)

HubPages: $0.58 ($0.53)

InfoBarrel: $6.33 ($119.65)

TOTAL: $74.98 ($174.11)

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: $2.22 ($0)

Epic Game Ads: $0.45 ($0.49)

Writing Sites:

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

Bubblews: $251.23 ($250.70) – This was all cleared PayPal payments this month.

Squidoo: $4.22 ($2.41) – Combined with the money in the Reserve Hopper from the previous month, this was enough to receive a payment.

Other

Advertising: $0 ($4.45)

eBay: $0 ($0)

TOTAL: $258.12 ($258.05)

The total for accumulated and received income during February 2014 was $333.10, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

January earnings in total were $432.16, so there was a decrease of $99.06.

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Earnings for January 2014

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

Earnings were up this month although this was primarily due to winning the monthly competition on InfoBarrel, as many areas have seen a decrease in income, something that is not unexpected at this time of year. Bubblews earnings improved slightly, and InfoBarrel saw the best tier earnings ever, but Amazon sales dropped and no eBay sales were made. RedGage earnings are included for the first time, as this is the first time the figures have been available since the site was redone.

Amazon, despite its drop, still saw one of its best months – which, given the amount earned, is not that impressive. Bubblews continues to account for an enormous proportion of advertising revenue.

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: $23.36 ($27.34) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $1.37 ($17.57)

InfoLinks: $1.44 ($0.72)

Miscellaneous: $1.00 ($0.73) – This is earnings from various minor programmes

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. Fizzy is still being reported as an attack site, and there adverts are still causing warnings from Norton, which likely isn’t helping revenue there. In addition, earnings from December and January are not being properly displayed in the finalised figures – they are, in fact, missing.

Fizzy: $11.99 ($18.44)

GamesChart: $0.15 ($0.05)

Kongregate: $.06 ($0.37)

MindJolt: $1.03 ($0.85)

MochiMedia: $13.51 ($13.93)

Writing Sites:

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

HubPages: $0.53 ($1.26)

InfoBarrel: $119.65 ($11.15) – $100 of this was from winning the monthly competition.

RedGage: $0.02 (N/A)

TOTAL: $174.11 ($92.41)

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 ($1.31)

Epic Game Ads: $0.49 ($0.53)

Writing Sites:

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

Bubblews: $250.70 ($228.01) – This is both cleared and pending PayPal payments.

Squidoo: $2.41 ($4.84) – No payment was actually received, and this money was added to the Reserve Hopper.

Other

Advertising: $4.45 ($13.5)

eBay: $0 ($20.58)

TOTAL: $258.05 ($268.77)

The total for accumulated and received income during January 2014 was $432.16, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

December earnings in total were $361.18, so there was a increase of $70.98.

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Earnings for December 2013

A dollar sign.This is a summary of the income, both received and accumulated, that was earned during December 2013.

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.

There has been another drop this month, again due to lower Bubblews earnings. The propping up of the income from eBay sales that was seen in November was, as expected, not seen in December. A few sales were made, but the majority of the stock had been sold off in the previous month. No eBay income is expected in January, although this may change.

This was the best month ever for my personal Amazon earnings, although still not that impressive. Currently, monthly earnings are far too dependent on Bubblews income, so more needs to be done to increase income from other sources.

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: $27.34 ($26.96) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $17.57 ($1.20)

InfoLinks: $0.72 ($0.67)

Miscellaneous: $0.73 ($0.93) – This is earnings from various minor programmes

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. Fizzy has been suffering some sort of problem recently, as it is currently listed by Norton as an attack site, due to their adverts – which I think they actually run themselves.

Fizzy: $18.44 ($15.94)

GamesChart: $0.05 ($0.10)

Kongregate: $0.37 ($0.14)

MindJolt: $0.85 ($0.80)

MochiMedia: $13.93 ($21.09)

Writing Sites:

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

HubPages: $1.26 ($0.92)

InfoBarrel: $11.15 ($14.09)– A payment of $56.76 was also received, the first payment from InfoBarrel’s own advertising programme, tier 1 and tier 2 ads.

TOTAL: $92.41 ($82.84)

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: $1.31 ($1.92)

Epic Game Ads: $0.53 ($1.04)

Writing Sites:

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

Bubblews: $228.01 ($275.13) – This is both cleared and pending PayPal payments.

Squidoo: $4.84 ($4.68) – An additional $4.68 from the Reserve Hopper from last month was also received.

Other

Advertising: $13.50 ($4.53)

eBay: $20.58 ($130.87) – This has been converted to dollars and is the profit after all eBay, PayPal, stock purchase and post & packing charges have been taken off

TOTAL: $268.77 ($418.17)

The total for accumulated and received income during December 2013 was $361.18, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

November earnings in total were $501.01, so there was a decrease of $139.83.

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Flash Games Update

Flash LogoAbout another six months have passed since the previous Flash earnings update. Here are the latest figures for Flash games earnings during the period, both received and owed, for all Flash games including those with revenue share. Fizzy earnings are still incomplete as the earnings for June to October 2012 have still not been updated.

Castle Match:
MochiAds: $5.03
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
TOTAL: $5.04

Castle Match 2:
MochiAds: $5.78
TOTAL: $5.78

Castle Match 2.1:
BannerFlux: $0.15
MochiAds: $14.43
TOTAL: $14.58

Christmas Pairs:
Fizzy: $14.85
Kongregate: $0.33
MochiAds: $9.54
TOTAL: $24.72

Clock Patience:
Fizzy: $22.33
Kongregate: $0.56
MindJolt: $693.93
MochiAds: $55.73
MochiAds Publisher: $0.14
Newgrounds: $0.41
TOTAL: $779.10

Constellation Pairs:
Fizzy: $14.23
Kongregate: $0.45
MochiAds: $5.63
TOTAL: $20.31

Constellation Slots:
MochiAds: $10.18
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $10.19

Decorate Your Christmas Tree:
Kongregate: $0.27
MochiAds: $20.49
MochiAds Publisher: $0.05
Newgrounds: $0.10
TOTAL: $20.91

Easter Egg Match:
MochiAds: $30.24
TOTAL: $30.24

Easter Egg Match 2:
Kongregate: $0.17
MochiAds: $18.69
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $18.87

Easter Egg Match 3:
Fizzy: $39.48
Kongregate: $0.69
MochiAds: $21.56
MochiAds Publisher: $0.44
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $62.18

Easter Egg Slots:
Kongregate: $0.33
MochiAds: $45.53
TOTAL: $45.86

Little Bo Peep’s Sheep Toss:
Competitions: $1,000
Fizzy: $167.34
GamesChart: $0.01
Kongregate: $1.59
MindJolt: $685.05
MochiAds: $56.24
MochiAds Publisher: $0.06
Sitelocks: $50
TOTAL: $1,960.29

Mars Slider:
Kongregate: $2.00
MochiAds: $6.16
TOTAL: $8.16

Meteor Storm:
Kongregate: $1.36
MochiAds: $9.42
Sitelocks: $250
TOTAL: $260.78

Monster Traffic:
Kongregate: $1.98
MochiAds: $5.65
TOTAL: $7.63

Obama Uppy:
Kongregate: $1.39
MochiAds: $21.06
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $22.46

Picture Find:
Fizzy: $36.68
GamesChart: $0.04
Kongregate: $0.75
MindJolt: $32.25
MochiAds: $350.28
MochiAds Chinese: $2.05
MochiAds Hungarian: $0.30
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
TOTAL: $422.36

Picture Find 2 Landscapes:
Fizzy: $35.99
Kongregate: $0.52
MindJolt: $191.97
MochiAds: $27.42
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $255.91

Pong:
MochiAds: $16.35
TOTAL: $16.35

Pyramid Solitaire:
Competitions: $1,000
Fizzy: $171.17
Kongregate: $1.90
MochiAds: $313.48
MochiAds Chinese: $16.41
MochiAds Hungarian: $0.74
MochiAds Publisher: $0.02
TOTAL: $1,503.72

Quiz Me:
Fizzy: $32.77
Kongregate: $0.81
MochiAds: $36.24
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $69.84

Solitaire: Captive Queens:
Fizzy: $18.04
Kongregate: $0.47
MindJolt: $312.74
MochiAds: $31.20
MochiAds Publisher: $0.02
Newgrounds: $0.01
Sitelocks: $200
TOTAL: $562.48

Space Match:
MochiAds: $4.25
TOTAL: $4.25

Space Match 2:
MochiAds: $3.58
TOTAL: $3.58

Space Match 2.1:
MochiAds: $10.86
TOTAL: $10.86

Space Slots:
Kongregate: $1.11
MochiAds: $66.87
MochiAds Chinese: $5.35
MochiAds Hungarian: $1.31
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
TOTAL: $74.65

Sphere Avoider 2:
Kongregate: $0.65
MochiAds: $5.66
TOTAL: $6.31

Sphere Avoider Variant 1:
Kongregate: $0.36
MochiAds: $2.74
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
TOTAL: $3.11

Sphere Avoider Variant 2:
Kongregate: $0.37
MochiAds: $3.08
TOTAL: $3.45

Sphere Avoider Variant 3:
Kongregate: $0.53
MochiAds: $3.11
TOTAL: $3.64

Spooky Pairs:
Fizzy: $32.32
Kongregate: $0.64
MochiAds: $25.29
TOTAL: $58.25

Spooky Pairs 2:
Fizzy: $23.85
Kongregate: $0.25
MochiAds: $15.79
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $39.9

Spooky Slots:
Kongregate: $1.01
MochiAds: $87.20
TOTAL: $88.21

The Sky is Falling:
Kongregate: $0.62
MochiAds: $4.45
TOTAL: $5.07

UFO Assault:
Kongregate: $2.16
MochiAds: $6.62
TOTAL: $8.78

Wordsearch: Card Games:
Fizzy: $26.96
GamesChart: $2.35
Kongregate: $4.73
MochiAds: $60.36
MochiAds Publisher: $0.12
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $94.53

Wordsearch: Christmas:
GamesChart: $0.70
Kongregate: $0.66
MochiAds: $3.92
MochiAds Publisher: $0.14
Newgrounds: $0.03
TOTAL: $5.45

Wordsearch: Constellations:
Fizzy: $14.03
Kongregate: $0.45
MochiAds: $10.76
TOTAL: $25.24

Wordsearch: Easter:
Fizzy: $12.14
GamesChart: $9.71
Kongregate: $0.15
MochiAds: $30.97
MochiAds Publisher: $0.84
TOTAL: $53.81

Wordsearch: Halloween:
Fizzy: $12.80
GamesChart: $5.74
Kongregate: $0.35
MochiAds: $18.65
MochiAds Publisher: $0.04
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $37.59

Wordsearch: U.S.Presidents:
Fizzy: $15.64
GamesChart: $4.72
Kongregate: $0.30
MochiAds: $15.45
MochiAds Publisher: $0.37
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $36.49

Revenue Shared Games (6):
Fizzy: $16.59
GamesChart: $23.17
MochiAds: $111.27
MochiAds Publisher: $2.01
TOTAL: $153.04

Total for all games: $6,869.97

With no significant changes in the past six months, the largest earners have remained constant, with Little Bo Peep’s Sheep Toss remaining at the top due to competition and MindJolt revenue, followed again by Pyramid Solitaire from competition and MochiAds revenue and Clock Patience in third from MindJolt earnings.

A total of $259 has been earned since the previous update, lower again. Only one new game was released during the period, a revenue share one. Most earnings have been fairly low, with a significant percentage coming from Fizzy, so it is a bit worrying that their stats system is so erratic.

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Earnings for November 2013

A dollar sign.This is a summary of the income, both received and accumulated, that was earned during November 2013.

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.

Overall there has been a decline in the month, mostly down to a large drop in Bubblews income for a number of reasons. The figures would have been even worse had it not been for the eBay sales. These are, however, pretty much a one off – although there may be some future earnings, it is unlikely that they will be anywhere near November’s in income.

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: $26.96 ($33.25) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $1.20 ($0.84)

InfoLinks: $0.67 ($0.89) – A payment of $47.43 was also received

Miscellaneous: $0.93 ($0.83) – This is earnings from various minor programmes

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. Fizzy has been suffering some sort of problem recently, as it is currently listed by Norton as an attack site, due to their adverts – which I think they actually run themselves.

Fizzy: $15.94 ($23.67)

GamesChart: $0.10 ($0.21)

Kongregate: $0.14 ($0.08)

MindJolt: $0.80 ($0.45)

MochiMedia: $21.09 ($16.80)

Writing Sites:

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

HubPages: $0.92 ($0.78)

InfoBarrel: $14.09 ($11.11)

TOTAL: $82.84 ($88.83)

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: $1.92 ($1.14)

Epic Game Ads: $1.04 ($0.77)

Writing Sites:

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

Bubblews: $275.13 ($410.03) – This is both cleared and pending PayPal payments.

Squidoo: $4.68 ($7.09) – This was below the payment threshold and was added to the Reserve Hopper

Other

Advertising: $4.53 ($40.53)

eBay: $130.87 – This has been converted to dollars and is the profit after all eBay, PayPal, stock purchase and post & packing charges have been taken off

TOTAL: $418.17 ($459.56)

The total for accumulated and received income during November 2013 was $501.01, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

October earnings in total were $548.39, so there was a decrease of $47.38.

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Long Tail Pro Black Friday Discount

Long Tail ProLong Tail Pro (affiliate link, but it won’t cost you any more), which is a keyword research tool I use myself, is currently running a Black Friday discount.

The software costs $50 less than normal, making it now $47 rather than $97, and the sale lasts until 12PM Eastern on Monday, December 2nd.

I do like this software, and I’m finding it useful, although I am still learning.

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