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How has your online income been affected by the US shutdown?

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  1. mancar487

    mancar487 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    As expected, companies are reporting a significant drop insales as a result of the US shutdown, e.g. auto sales are reported to be downby 18%, home sales are reported to have "stalled", and according to the International Council of Shopping Centers and Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs, two out of five consumers said they were limiting their spending "as a result of the direct or indirect effects" of the partial federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1.

    I haven't come across any statistics about the effect that the shutdown has had on digital sales, and thought I'd start a discussion here.Myself, I make most of my online income through clickbank, and I've seen a drop of almost 30% when comparing 1-15 Oct to 1-15 September.

    Anyone else willing to discuss their experiences?
     
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    0 - none - nada - squat - didley .
    nothing - zero -
     
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  3. mikpel

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    Are you sure that's not just the effect of penguin 2.1?
     
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    I also do Clickbank stuff (as well as Click2Sell) and found no difference from months past. Biz as usual. I think if you put all your eggs in one basket, there is a higher possibility of feeling the hit (if any), but if you spread it around, or offer a service that most likely will never go away (Proxygo's proxies have been time-tested, as one example), you should be ok.
     
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    My gambling sites have not been affected in the slightest as I only deal with UK people, but my rent boy business has gone out the window.
     
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    I've been getting a steady stream of hops, and some order form impressions for the past week and few days. I haven't made a sale for a while now. I think that might just be the cause, so for now, Im broke lol.

    I just got paid by clickbank too, so this really sucks. I was hoping to continue making money :p
     
  7. rangerOH

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    well my income decreased by 2.5%
    but i live in foreign country, not in us, so when i make my withdraw, the lowest the dollar is, the less i get
    so i guess my payday always depends on the dollar, i wish i can switch to euro but my line of work interfere me to do that
     
  8. mancar487

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    Well I'm getting same number of hops as before, but lower conversion rates (over 10 different products in 3 different niches) so I'm assuming it s not penguin but a lower purchasing power...
     
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    The conversion rate is getting lower these days. Not sure it's affect by the government shutdown.
     
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    Money Making Digital Products should sell more as a result of Shut Down i guess
     
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    Same conversion rate low,I'm ranking for a 74k keyword and making 1 sale per day only after the shutdown,before I was making 3-5 sales per day
     
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    I am getting the same number of hops but 50% less sales,and this began with the shutdown of the gov. When will this shutdown be solved? I am also living in Europe and get paid in USD and I am getting tired of this economic crisis.
     
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    I live in the states and I don't care at all about this. It doesn't effect me in any meaningful way.

    Republicans, Democrats, politics - I prefer masturbation. That's the only way to win in the end.
     
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    Jewelry sales are excellent. My store is hopping. The people I have talked to aren't paying any attention to the shutdown. It's all theatrics. Everyone knows that they will settle things soon. They always do.
     
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    Interesting feedback guys! Well they have just came to an agreement a few hours ago, hopefully for those of us who saw a drop in sales, these will get back to usual soon.
     
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    It hasn't been. But they reached a deal and are having a meeting in about a half hour, I believe to finalize the deal. I also read something that is in talks that they would reopen the government by funding it until January 15. This would raise the debt limit to February 7th to avert a possible default on U.S. debt obligation.
     
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    Well, I sure hope so.
     
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    No impact at all, or one that would be impossible to determine lol
     
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    It seems that clickbank users are reporting a greater hit than users making money through other channels then...
     
  20. Goal Line Technology

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    This is to be expected,
    since there are new entrants into the marketplace,
    and competition gathering momentum,
    CB will have to adapt just like other similar offerings,
    in the global marketplace.

    I dont think it is just the shutdown which has affected CB,
    like a lot of other sources, times ~ they are a changing :)