I make it a duty to report my earnings and traffic on this blog every month irrespective of the amount of money I make or the amount of traffic I get. My reasons for this are numerous, some I won’t even be able to say but my ultimate reason is to inspire you and let you know that I truly know what I’m saying.
I’m not writing these reports to brag (or at least so I think) and I try to make this clear by giving as many helpful tips as I can below these reports so that you can be able to achieve what I have achieved and even more: To be completely truthful with you, I might be happy making thousands of dollars monthly but my money has little impact on me because I’m only after true success, and the only successful man is one who can help others achieve success too.
This month isn’t the best month as many of you will see but it looks like the best month for me. My income for this month wasn’t great and I’ll explain why below, but my traffic was okay and I hope to significantly improve both in the coming months.
February Traffic Report
February was really great in terms of traffic and one great thing that happened to me that made me happier is getting my guest post featured on Smart Passive Income. It was a really great achievement for me in my blogging career. If you also observe me closely you will notice I didn’t write many guest posts in February. In fact, I didn’t write a single guest post in February because I believe it should be a month for me to rest and enjoy myself – not just work, work, work. And believe me, I will be out soon and you will begin to see me on most of the top blogs in the industry…or at least, I’ll try to be on most of them. Below is my traffic screenshots for the month of February:
Main Traffic Report
According to the above screenshot I have been able to increase traffic to this blog compared to last month and what is most notable is the bounce rate and average time spent on site. 10,461 is a big number to some people but to me it’s somehow ridiculous.
Top Traffic Sources
If you take a look at the top traffic sources you will see that Smart Traffic Income was the third top traffic source followed by my mailing list. I was able to get published on Smart Passive Income in February and around 600 of those 800+ visitors were from my guest post. I also got some traffic from my comments on the blog and my overall remark is that the blog is awesome, not only when it comes to the amount of traffic but the quality of traffic also.
While getting 500 visitors from my mailing list might look awesome to some of you I’d like to tell you this is very small for so many reasons especially considering the fact that I had problems with email broadcasts in February. Nevertheless, it still goes further to prove that there is power in building a mailing list: If you’ve been hearing people say you can get more traffic to your blog by building a mailing list, this is what they mean.
Something that happened that gave me more insight into what is happening and how to improve this blog is the last screenshot. You will notice I’m supposed to only show around the top 10 content but I showed the top 25, my reason for this is to give you more insight into what is going on on this blog and some remarkable changes that will be happening soon – I believe it will be best for us.
Try to take a look at all the above posts and you will notice something, all the popular posts in the above list were posts I wrote and there was hardly any guest post that made the list (except for a few exceptions). I’m not someone who is really concerned about checking my stats other than knowing the number of people who visited my blog in a day or in a month but I recently started taking a look at the majority of my most popular posts and there wasn’t much guest posts on the list so you will start seeing more posts from me and VERY VERY few guest posts. I might even publish 2 posts in a week and not publish a single guest post instead of trying to meet with a schedule of 3 posts a week – what matters most isn’t meeting with a deadline or writing for its sake but writing something that is genuinely useful: For example, most of my most popular posts were written last year so instead of trying to publish more guest posts for the sake of having more content I believe my effort should be better focused on having more evergreen content.
So to every guest blogger, I want the best for myself and this blog so if you’re not sure of your skills you might not want to submit a guest post because most of them will be rejected before they are read. If you have really great guest posts I can assure you this community will be more than happy to support you.
The Best Ways to Get Traffic to Your Blog
10,461 monthly visitors isn’t the best in the world and I can tell you it is relatively small compared to what most people get, but I can tell you I got something more important than millions of visitors, and that is the knowledge and not the traffic. There is no point in having a million visitors if I won’t be able to gain that much if I were to start a new blog. If I were to build another blog, here’s what I will do.
1. Focus on Giving the Best of Your Content
I know this might be really difficult because you might even have to give out your secrets, but believe me, doing this has made me thousands of dollars. A great tip is to teach people from experience because doing this reflects greatly in your writing and your readers will appreciate you greatly for this.
2. Recruit as Many Help as You Can
I don’t usually do this but it can sometimes be helpful. I’ve been lucky to get people like Matt Wilson and Jared O’Toole from Under30CEO tweet my posts. The result of this is that it is AWESOME and it leads to more traffic. My first post that was tweeted was about entrepreneurs going to college and that sent in some cool traffic. Getting people like these to help spread the word about your content will go a great way to impact your blog, and your success.
3. Don’t Sit Down There Doing Nothing
If you think I just wrote great posts and expected traffic to come you’re mistaken. My second top traffic source is Google because I built a lot of links, my third and fifth traffic sources are my guest posts on Smart Passive Income and Problogger respectively because I did something to spread the word about my blog and help improve other people’s blogs. Even though I’m not that good at social media, I got over 1000 visitors from different social media sites combined and what all these means is that I didn’t just sit down there doing nothing, and so you shouldn’t. If you want traffic, do something! Go out there, spread the word about your blog…don’t just read and read and read and be inspired and be motivated and this and that, because they won’t give you anything – it is your actions that will give you results.
A lot of people get traffic blindly. They believe that they only need to combine a lot of tactics and expect the traffic to come – it doesn’t work that way! I stuck to guest blogging for one reason, and that reason is because it worked for me. Try to take a look at the top traffic sources that give you the best results and focus on them and them alone, you will get more results from this than from implementing all the traffic tips in the world.
My Income Report
How much did I make in the month of February? $10,000? $7,000? If you’re thinking around that line then you’re wrong. Below is a breakdown of my earnings for the month of February:
Writing Services: $2,200
Affiliate Marketing: $400
Total Income: $2,600
While February isn’t the best month in terms of income I can tell you February was my best month because life isn’t about how much money you make but what you get from life. I made a lot of income in January but I was experiencing a lot of problems and my life was unbalanced, things began to settle late January and early February and because of my health and several other reasons I decided to give myself some rest in February so my income was affected. I have decided to raise the bar this month and I have plans to make over $7,000 this month – this isn’t impossible especially considering the fact that the more I work the more I earn. I have decided to focus more on my writing services for this month so you should be expecting something big in this month’s income report.
My Only Tip to Help You Make Money Online
Reiterating the fact from my recent post on why some people might not make a fraction of what I make online I’d like to give you a single tip which I believe is the best when it comes to making money online. And that tip is to genuinely help people the best way you can. Don’t try to be a copycat because it won’t take you far but look for one thing you’re best at and use it to genuinely help others. It is from this you will be able to make more money.
My point here is that if you have a thing for noticing errors in posts, books and anything writing you might want to start a service in which you charge people for proofreading their work and if you’re best at helping people live a better life you might want to start a service as a life coach. I so much love writing and I never get tired of it, I can write posts that are thousands of words long (like this report) and I can write tens of posts a day, and to make things even better, I’m around 70 words per minutes fast when it comes to typing. I’m utilizing this gift of mine by focusing on making more money from writing than from any other thing, and there’s nothing to say that can’t be you.
Stay in Touch
My income reports are usually the most viewed posts on this blog and both income reports I’ve written have been viewed at least 1200 times each. I’m not utilizing these reports effectively so I’d like to do so now.
If you really love my blog, my work and what I stand for you might want to stay in touch. While this can help boost my numbers, my ego (if I do really care about that one – I don’t know, though) and my success it will also help you tremendously because I have a lot of great plans for this blog (I always have:) – but this time it will be different). I plan to be releasing some very helpful ebooks that will be available to subscribers only soon, I will also be increasing the value of the posts on this blog and there are a lot of cool incentives available to subscribers of this blog alone. If you really want to be a partaker you can subscribe to this blog via EMAIL or RSS, you can subscribe to my newsletter by downloading my guest blogging guide and you can follow me on facebook by liking me on the sidebar and on twitter here.