July was another great month for this blog and I’m very happy with my blogging journey so far.
If you’re new to this blog, since WritersinCharge is a blog that teaches you how to write for traffic and money I publish my income and traffic report every month to show you where I am. The sole purpose of these income and traffic reports is to show you that it is truly possible to build a successful online business just by writing, to show you that I’m not just telling you what to do based on what I read from others but from my own personal experience and also to encourage you to start taking action today.
I’d also like you to know that the fact that I make the amount reported below and the fact that I get the traffic displayed below is in no way a guarantee that you will be able to do the same. There is no single factor that will guarantee that you will get the same results I get, but you will be able to achieve great results by following my tips and by working hard and trying to be the best at whatever you do.
Things I Did in July
If you could recall, you will noticed that in my last income report I talked about hiring a secret expert to help me analyze this blog so that I can know what to do and what not to do in order to increase traffic to this blog from the search engines.
The expert I hired was Joost De Valk, the founder of Yoast.com, who is known for his popular SEO Analysis service.
After taking a look at this blog he gave me a long report of things I need to change about this blog, mostly having to do with the structure and design of this blog. I have contacted my designer with a list of changes to make, mostly based on the tips provided by Joost, so you should be expecting a thorough redesign of this blog very soon – the redesign won’t just be done for the fun of it or because I’m looking for ways to squander my money but the sole purpose of the redesign will be to make my website more user-friendly while at the same time highlighting the important aspects of the blog.
I also hired Chris Garret who is popularly known for his regular blog critique service and he did a great critique of this blog which you can read here. The critique gave a great insight into things I have been doing wrong on this blog and also gave tips on how I can capitalize on my knowledge and experience to make this blog a better place. I have also gotten a few more tips by getting in touch with Chris via email to clarify some of the points in the critique. As a result I have made one of the major changes I will be making in the history of this blog, which is exactly a change of niche.
The change I made based on Chris’ advice is to transform this blog to start talking more about freelance writing and guest blogging – which I’m sure a lot of you will be happy to learn more about.
Another major change I made was starting to use AWeber. I used to use my own self hosted autoresponder software for managing my email list but due to email delivery issues I had to move to something more reliable. So if you’ve been on my former list there is every probability you won’t be getting an email from me again – you can easily keep yourself up to date by subscribing to my new email list (you will also be blessed with a 7 series email course on building a successful freelance writing business for subscribing).
Aside the above I’ll say everything is going great with this blog and I’m doing even more to ensure your experience reading this blog is an unforgettable one.
Without wasting any more time let’s go straight into the income and traffic report for July.
July 2011 Traffic Report
In terms of traffic July was another great month from WritersinCharge. The traffic was low compared to June and May, but I could see that coming and I even said it in my June report.
I got a little over 15,000 visitors in the month of July with 38% of those visitors from the search engines, 28% direct and 27% from referring sites. My traffic from referring sites used to be the highest as a result of the high number of guest posts I write. I didn’t write that much guest posts in July and I’m glad to see how my traffic will look in a month without guest posts.
Main Traffic Screenshot
Top 10 Traffic Sources
Top 10 Content
Without wasting any more time let’s go directly to my income for the month of July.
Writing Services: $4660
Affiliate Marketing: $80
Total Income: $4730
Yoast SEO Site Analysis: $990
Chris Garret Blog Critique: $250
Crazy Egg: $19
Total Expenses: $1260
TOTAL EARNINGS: $3470
What I Learnt in July
Another great reason I love doing these income reports is that since I’m trying to be accountable to you I need to ensure that something new can truly be gained from my income and traffic reports.
I learnt quite a few things in July, and what I learnt will forever make a great impact on my blogging career. Below are a few lessons I learnt in July.
1. Get Expert Opinion: This is something I haven’t really done and would have made a great impact on my blogging career had it been done earlier. Even though traffic keeps on increasing to this blog every month I strongly knew within me that something isn’t right with it. I just couldn’t figure out what that is, and it seems the only thing I needed to figure it out is an expert opinion. Hiring Chris Garret for a critique of my blog was a really smart decision from my part and I’m very glad I did so. It was this critique that opened my eyes to most of the things I’m doing wrong on this blog, and I’m very sure I’ll start experiencing great success in a short time from now.
2. Stop Looking for More, Focus on that Which You Have First: It often surprises me to see people who have very little wanting to get something more outside the scope of the little they already have instead of trying to make that little big. I’m not blaming anyone here because I’m also a victim. You will notice from the above traffic screenshot that Google is the #1 traffic source to this blog – that was because I for once sat down to take a look at the top performing keywords for this blog and then focused on ensuring that I rank higher for these keywords. Fortunately, I’m progressing and I have already written an article on which steps I’m taking to increase my search traffic on this blog.
The Question now is, YOU?
Yes. Since you’re the most important part of the equation I have decided to help you achieve similar, or even better, results as I get. I recently launched a 7 series email course in which I guide people through building a successful freelance writing business.