First, to all my wonderful readers I say HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
So “many” things are going to change in the year 2011 and I plan to make this year my best year ever. One of those things that will change is that from henceforth I will begin to display my income and traffic report and beneath each of my reports I will do my best to explain how I was able to achieve what I achieved.
There are many reasons I’m doing this but I want to assure you that I’m not trying to come across as someone who is egotistical (I don’t care about my ego – hmm, maybe a little 😉 ).
One of the reasons I will be doing this is to make myself accountable to myself because as someone who cares about my ego (like I said above – a little) I wouldn’t want to come across as someone who made less money than the previous month, I will always want to do my best to increase my monthly income since I’m not the only one who will be knowing about it but my readers too.
Another reason I will be doing this is to let people see that I truly know what I’m saying. I’m not just another guy setting up a blog to make money online (very little of my income comes directly from my blog) but I want people to see me as a young guy who knows what he is saying.
With that made clear I will like to specially thank Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income for being my greatest inspiration in 2010, he even inspired me to start this. Thanks Pat! And to those who think this is something big I will advise you to check Pat’s income report, mine is a dwarf compared to it.
Important Things in The Month of December
A lot of important things happened in December and one of it being that I started monetizing my blog officially in the month of December. December will be the first month of me making what I can call a worthwhile income in my 9 months of blogging.
I also got “employed” by a company to be offering my services on a full-scale. I won’t say more than that.
I’m also happy because something great happened to me as far as my guest blogging career is concerned. I got my first guest post published on Problogger. You can read my Problogger guest post on blogging myths.
I was also interviewed by Several people in December, two great ones I wouldn’t want you to miss are this and this from Bryce and Ryan. If you would like to interview me on how I make money online or anything related to blogging and entrepreneurship feel free to get in touch – I will be very happy to help, irrespective of how big or small your blog is.
The above are what I consider important happenings in my blogging career in December 2010 so let’s go straight to my monthly report.
I did little to nothing to improve my traffic in December 2010 and I also experienced a traffic dip in December. Below is my Google Analytics traffic screenshot for the month of December, 2010.
Even though the above graph says the average time spent on site is 01:58 minutes the reality is that readers spend an average of over 4 minutes on my blog. I think the above was as a result of me getting a lot of Stumbleupon traffic in December. I have attached a graph of my top 10 posts in December so you can have an idea of the average time spent on WritersinCharge.
Here are some key traffic stats for December 20101 according to Google Analytics.
No of Visitors: 9,149
Page views: 15,342
Bounce Rate: 72.70%
Average Time on Site: 01:58
Top 5 Referrers
If you’re interested in knowing who the top referrers to WritersinCharge were in December, they’re:
3. Google Organic
4. Mailing List (start building your list, people! I got almost 500 visitors from my list in December only – I didn’t email all my posts.)
I know I’m supposed to get more than the above number of visitors in December 2010 but it was due to several things. First, I reduced promoting my blog significantly. Second, My Google traffic reduced from over 2800 to 1300. So I lost a minimum of 1500 visitors from Google alone in December, I’ll have to look into this.
The Top 5 Keywords
If you’re interested in knowing the top 5 keywords that people use to find this blog they’re displayed below.
1. Unethical Marketing (It seems marketers love my Young Entrepreneur Blog 🙂 )
2. Happy Birthday Mother (Aha, that’s what I get for wishing my mother happy birthday 🙂 )
3. Pagerank Update 2010 (This is ironic, even though Google has decided not to update my PR)
4. Onibalusi (That’s what I get for doing a little bit of branding – I will work on making this number 2 or 3)
5. Young Pre Pro (It is WritersinCharge, people!)
I would have loved to display the top posts but I think you can get the idea from the above graph.
Subscribers and Fans
Total number of Subscribers: 1124
Total number of Facebook Fans: 273
Total number of Twitter Followers: 1271
December 2010 Income Report
My December 2010 income is far lesser than I expected and this is mostly because of my health. I was so sick in December that I was unable to access my computer for a whole day – not to talk about the days I was online like someone who wasn’t ;).
Adsense/Affiliate Sales: $25
I know the above is a little income compared to what so many bloggers earn so I plan to “at least” double it in January. It isn’t bad for a 17 year old “boy” either.
Since people love graphs I have decided to make a cool income graph for you below.
From the above graph it is evident that 91% of my income comes from me offering my services to others so I think I will have to focus on this more than my other income sources.
My 2010 Goals
Many people see my results as impressive but I’m far from what I want to achieve. In case you don’t know, I’m a great day-dreamer and I’m happy to be. If you want to know what I mean you can read my 2010 goals below.
1. To Get a Minimum of 20,000 (20k) subscribers before December 2010.
2. To start making five figures before December 2010 (I’m presently at 4 figures).
3. To be getting a minimum of 1,000 daily visitors before the end of 2010.
4. To be the top young entrepreneur blog online.
5. To write the highest number of guest posts in 2010 (With almost 400 guest posts in 2010 I think I achieved this).
6. To be the one who commented the most on other blogs in 2010 (I later discovered this was stupid so I stopped aiming at it).
For someone who was a relatively new blogger I can tell you this is pretty unrealistic…but I set my mind to it and even though I couldn’t get there I still achieved something I’m proud of.
Since I hardly achieved any of my 2010 goals I will focus on achieving the above goals in 2011 too. Let’s see if I can get there or not – I’m so optimistic of achieving all.
I learnt a lot of lessons in the month of December, more than ever in my blogging career and a major lesson I learnt is that you can truly think and grow rich.
I hardly had an impressive income until after 8 months of me starting this blog but I was so determined not to quit. Even though a lot of people (even family members) didn’t fully support my decision spending countless hours blogging everyday they began to respect me after seeing my achievements (especially income wise).
I have been so optimistic about my success in the past few days as far as 2011 is concerned in such a way that I’ve never felt before. I see myself going great heights and I see success very close to me. I’m sure this will be my best year ever.
This blog is not about me but YOU and it will be foolish of me talking about myself without talking about you. However, I see most of what I said about myself above as babbling and rubbish and I’ve reserved the golden key to success for you all in a few words. Jesus thought this key and almost all the greatest men that ever lived did. That golden key is that anything you focus your mind on you will surely achieve. There might be a delay, but remember, delay is not denial!
Cool Things Coming Ahead
I have hired a designer (Pat Flynn’s designer) to help me do a complete redesign of this blog and it will be costing me a minimum of $1500. Even though that looks like much money but I think what matters most is the value I get, I want a great design that will make my content more presentable and easy to share while helping me convert a large percentage of my visitors to subscribers. I so much trust Pat and his recommendation and I’m sure his designer will give us the best.
I’m expecting the design to be completed late January or early February so stay tuned!
Keep In Touch
I have a lot of plans to make WritersinCharge the best and several wonderful guest authors are already showing up so I can assure you of the best in the posts I will be writing in 2011. My posts will be full of practical tips and I will be revealing the strategies I use to make thousand of dollars from this blog every month. I will also be revealing my secrets on how I’m “building” a successful blog so make sure you subscribe. You can do that via EMAIL and RSS – and it’s totally free!