It is time for another monthly income and traffic report.
This is currently the ninth monthly income and traffic report on this blog. I have been publishing my income and traffic report on this blog as well as what I learned in the process and the journey has been great so far.
The main aim of this blog is to teach you how to write for traffic and money and I realize that to do this effectively I need to be more practical and transparent. I also publish my monthly reports to motivate people and let them see there is truly opportunity for everybody online.
August Was the Best Month EVER for This Blog
It’s funny I never really noticed this until I took a look into what happened in August. To me August just looked like any other month. In fact, it looked more boring but you will be amazed to see why it is the best month below.
Another great thing about this month is that my income almost doubled that of most months leading to August being the best month ever. A lot of factors made that possible, but I will be eternally grateful to Chris Garrett. I ordered Chris’s critique of this blog for “just” $250 and I’m so proud to say it is the best investment I have ever made in my online business (note that when I say it is the best investment I have actually ordered things in excess of $1500 online in a single month). If you’re a blogger who really wants to take your business to the next level, hire Chris now!
A lot of great things happened in August and here are some of them.
I Was Featured in a Foreign Magazine
This actually happened early September but I’m happy to include it in my August income report since it has been brewing for sometimes now.
While I have written guest posts that have been published on some of the biggest blogs online, one of the best things to ever happen to me was being featured in an Italian magazine. While I’m a great dreamer who knows I will still be featured in a lot more magazines, I never expected to be featured in any Magazine so soon!
I was super excited when I was contacted by the Millionaire Magazine in Italy to send them some pictures of me working and posing as they wanted to write a story about me. They also asked me a few questions and were very excited to see this cool kid making an impact – in fact, they made me feel like a celebrity! 🙂
If you want to see how I look in the magazine then check out my post about it (with an image) on Facebook here.
If anybody is reading this from Millionaire Magazine in Italy, I say thanks! You guys really rock!
Also, if you’re a media representative or someone who has a link with the media in any country and you think you want to cover my story or you want me to contribute to your media as an expert, feel free to hit me up!
The Big Blog Design
You should have noticed the new design on WritersinCharge.
This is one hell of a project I’m so proud of!
It was designed by the fantastic team at Blazersix.com and I’m so proud of them that I will be hiring them again.
Just as a side note: If you see any design work on this blog note that it is less than 5% my original idea. When it comes to design and things of beauty I’m not that talented (or maybe I am – at some levels) so in most cases I only give a few ideas about what I want and the major work is done by the designer. The new design on this blog is no exception, and the team at Blazersix.com did a fantastic job of helping me come up with something so awesome that I’m very proud of.
This new design isn’t just a scheme to waste money or prove to you that yes, I make some money. It is a well thought out design and something I knew I want from the beginning. Considering the kind of growth I’m experiencing with this blog and my online business lately I’m starting to see it in a new light, not just as a blog but a business and since every smart businessman works to secure his future I’m doing a lot now to ensure the future of this business is solid.
A lot of things were incorporated into this design, including stealth and solid SEO feature to help me improve my rankings, the ability to create my own custom branded landing page that has the look and feel of this blog and that doesn’t depend on any external software and plugin, and the ability to customize various aspects of the blog to my feel. The new design was also implemented to focus on a new and strong brand color that I plan to be building my online business around in the coming years.
There is just a lot about this new design that I might waste your time covering it here so I have decided to write a new blog post later on giving you an insider look at what the design is based on. I’ll be publishing the post anytime soon!
If you are looking for the best designers online hire Blazersix now, you will get the prize of your money and more!
If you also take a look at the fan page for this blog you will notice some cool changes. Those changes were made by my graphic designer (he also designed the graphics for my ecourse) Irfan, so if you are looking for a quality graphics designer make sure you check him out on Facebook.
This is definitely one of the reasons for the increase in my income.
Based on Chris’s critique of my blog I also decided to build up my portfolio by getting more clients and as a result I now currently have 4 clients altogether.
I plan to get a few more clients soon so as to increase the amount I make and also the chances of having people to work with in the future so I’ll soon be putting up a hire me page soon.
I have tried as much as I can to avoid showing you the amount of articles I wrote for clients in my income report earlier on since I was only working for one client then. All that has changed now and I can now let you know how many articles I write in a month without it being easy for anyone to know how much a particular client is paying me.
August 2011 Traffic Report
If you take a look at my other monthly reports you will notice a strange pattern. The pattern is that whenever I get record traffic I make less money and whenever I make more money I get less traffic. I’m happy to tell you that August is an exception as I both had record traffic and income.
The great thing about August was that, compared to other months, I only published 10 posts on this blog yet I still got great traffic. What this proves is that the amount of blog post you write isn’t always synonymous to the amount of traffic you get. It doesn’t matter whether you only publish 2 posts in a month or 20 posts, focus on quality!
Below are the traffic screenshots for August.
Clicky Analytics Screenshot
I have also been using Getclicky for sometime now so as to see how the traffic compare to my Google Analytics traffic and it’s funny to say I have paid for a year subscription of one of their plans and haven’t checked my Google Analytics account for almost 2 weeks now since using Clicky.
Here’s the screenshot for the overall traffic I got in August according to Clicky. I’ll be showing Google Analytic’s below this.
Google Analytics Screenshot
So as to give you more insight into the amount of traffic Google Analytics think I got and some other traffic highlights below are my Google analytics screenshot.
Overall Google Analytics Traffic for August
I really can’t help but wonder why there’s a huge difference between Google’s numbers and Clicky’s numbers but I think what matters to me as the blogger isn’t just the number of visitors but how many of them end up becoming subscribers.
Top 10 Content for August
Top 10 Traffic Sources
With over 19,000 visitors alone in August that’s the highest number of visitors I have ever gotten to my blog in any single month. I hope every other month after this becomes better – and I already have plans to make it so (which I will obviously be revealing to you later on this blog).
Let’s go straight to my income report for the month of August.
August was the best month ever for this blog in terms of income and I have been making a lot of plans personally to make every other month better. Since I now focus on freelance writing alone full-time you can expect even better income in the coming months. That’s the power of freelance writing for you!
Writing Services: $8725
Affiliate Marketing: $85
Total Income: $8810
Total Number of Articles Written for Clients in August: 127
Average Amount I make per Article: $68.7
Dedicated Server Renewal for 1 Year: $1652.39
Website Design: $3,000
Get Clicky Subscription for 1 Year:$29.99
Mozy Backup: $5.40
Crazy Egg Subscription: $19
Server Monitoring Service: $21
Graphics Design: $220
Total Expense: $4966.78
Amount After Expense is Deducted: $3843.22
$3843.22 is more than the amount I make in some months so to still have this huge amount after spending almost $5,000 on my business in one month is really cool.
I’d also like you to know that you don’t need to spend the amount I spend to be a successful writer. You might only spend $10 in a month or less. Even if I didn’t spend a cent in August that doesn’t mean my income will reduce. The reason I’m spending this much is because I want to grow a business and some of the huge expenses on this list such as the design and payment for the server will be the only amount I will pay for those services for the next one year so that is one more year of peace of mind and nothing to worry about.
I’m also happy to tell you that my expenses will begin to see a reduction and I will be going home with almost the whole amount I make in the coming months. Next month will probably be the month I spend the highest amount on my business because I have something cool brewing. I’ll keep you updated in my next income report.
Lessons Learned in August
Since August is the best month for this blog ever you can bet I learned a few more things. Here are the top lessons I learned in August.
1. Investing in Your Business is the Smartest Thing You Can Do:
Some people don’t believe in spending their money. I believe the more money you spend and the more willing you are to spend (and give your money) the more money will come in to you. Especially if that money is spent investing in your business.
August wasn’t just the best month by luck, I consciously planned everything from the beginning. In fact, I planned for this month to be better than this in terms of income.
I recently bought a new laptop to separate client work from personal work. I made up my mind not to install the internet on the other laptop so that I can easily work for clients without being distracted. When I want to read emails, read other blogs or write blog posts I use my main laptop, but when it comes to client work I use the new laptop. And my great discover is that No Internet = No Distractions!
That laptop is one of the investments I did for my business and I’ve made its money back. Another investment is that of this website design and you will be surprised to see the results I get from it later in the future.
It is very important for you to realize that some investments in your business won’t yield results instantly, and some will, either way, don’t rule out any investment just because of the time it takes to get results
The final tip here is that you shouldn’t confuse investment for money. Not all investment is money. There are some other significant investments like time, improving your knowledge and the likes. Anything that can contribute to the growth of your business is an investment so make sure you’re always ready to invest.
2. Amount of Content Does Not Equal Amount of Traffic: Don’t deceive yourself thinking that writing 50 posts in a month will bring you more traffic than writing 10. In fact, I have always seen different results. Focus your efforts on writing more great content that gets read and shared and you can expect the traffic to come.
I only publish articles on this blog on Mondays and Wednesdays, and on sometimes on Fridays and traffic is going strong. I plan to start paying quality writers to contribute to this blog (that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing me writing here – in fact, since the new design is ready you will be seeing more of me than ever!) once in a while so I might be making that 3 posts a week.
The key to writing for traffic isn’t in the amount of content you write, it is in the quality of the content and the value it provides.
Your best content should be valuable and from personal experience. My most popular post in August gave 10 productivity tips for writers. The tips it gave were from my personal experience and I did my best to make it easy for my readers to digest it. The results? It has already resulted in over 6,000 unique visitors in less than 2 months of publishing it.
3. Money Can Save You Time, Time can Cost You Money: All those time you spend negotiating the price of purchases, all those time you spend using Google to look for cheap services and all those time you spend doing things others can help you do is time wasted. I keep on saying it on this blog, and I will happily say it over and over again that The 48 Laws of Power is my best book till date – it is also the only book I have ever read twice, and I will happily read it again. One great point that resonated with me in the 7th law from the 48 Laws of Power is this Never do Yourself what Others can do for You. As a result of this law I think each of my action through. Will doing this thing save me more money or will it lose me more money?
Our business as writers isn’t only to write, it is also to think. The fact that you are a freelance writer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know how to spend. Is it $1000 you made this month? Don’t be afraid to spend $800 from it as long as it will make you $2000 the following month.
I’m not trying to tell you not to save, and by all means do! What I’m trying to tell you is that all those time you spend hiring someone cheap to do your work for you leads to you wasting your time explaining what to do, revising changes the fellow makes and then losing a lot more income.
The amount with you that you spend isn’t the amount you lose, it is the amount that is coming that you fail to see that you lose.
Not everybody will agree with me here, but that’s life. This is what is working for me and the advice I have for you.
I can as well share a million lessons here but this post will be too long that you won’t want to read it. I have a lot of great advice coming in the future since I will be making a lot of changes. Subscribe to this blog for free so that you’re the first to know.
BTW That’s one of the cool features of the new design. You get what you pay for, huh?