This is another month and those of you who have been following this blog for sometime now will have noticed that I publish my income and traffic report on this blog every month while at the same time doing my best to explain how I got the results reported. I know there’s no point in just telling you how much I make or how much traffic I get as that would be ineffective, so I will also be doing my best to explain how I’m getting the results I am reporting.
A Quick Warning
I will like to make it perfectly clear that I’m only displaying these income and traffic reports to help and motivate people and to prove to them that it is truly possible to earn money online.
I have been getting some kinds of comments and emails lately that I’m not happy with and I’d like to address that now.
Some people have been telling me that I’m not qualified to be talking about making money online, making money blogging or internet marketing because I’m SIMPLY A WRITER and that the bulk of my income comes from writing for others. Look out people, what is called making money online? What is called making money blogging? What is called internet marketing?
The fact that my income from affiliate marketing or product sales is low doesn’t mean I’m not making money online or from blogging, and it doesn’t disqualify me from being an internet marketer. As with everything in life, there are different approaches to doing things and all that matters is the results you get, and I think you all have to understand that.
I got 14k visitors to this blog last month, I got over 17k visitors this month, I get thousands of visitors from guest blogging alone and that alone qualifies me as an internet marketer (note the word “marketer”; I’m marketing and getting traffic to this blog). Concerning making money from writing, my client didn’t find me on Elance or Odesk. They found me through Google, to one of my articles on how I wrote 270 guest posts in 8 months and they decided to hire me. That was my blog bringing me a client and it doesn’t matter how long I work with that client, what kind of work I do or how much I make with them, I’m making the money from blogging (directly and indirectly). I’d also like you to know that I’ve gotten and rejected over 6 writing clients. This is due to me signing a contract with my current client not to take additional writing job so for my blog to have brought me over 7 clients I think it is a business and I’m qualified to talk about making money online. It’s just that I’m not making the money from affiliate marketing or selling my own product (and even if we want to talk about making money blogging directly and you disagree with my form of earning money online then the only method qualified as making money from blogging will be to sell your blog). My blog is not a business, it is a source to my business.
By writing the above, any such comments or requests will NOT be responded to. I only do my best to share tips to help others, it is either you read or don’t read!
Also, speaking about approaches. I’m following a similar approach as Glen Allsopp which is to focus on building a solid and respected blog first (which I’m on my way to) and then create a product or service to help my community while also making me money. As I said, our approaches are different, it is just focused towards the same goal, MAKING MONEY!
Happenings in May
A lot of great things happened to me in May, I got a few critics but I got a LOT of supporters and encouragers :).
Even though my income for May was one of the lowest, I still got record traffic and May was personally the best month for me because I learnt a key principle. Money doesn’t buy happiness and how much you have cannot truly measure what you worth.
I was also able to land guest posts on some big blogs (yes, I’m kick-starting my guest blogging career again) which resulted in hundreds of subscribers and thousands of visitors. Seeing the success I have with guest blogging, the knowledge I have gained and the immense value I can contribute to those willing to learn I have decided to launch a personal one-on-one guest blogging consulting service for those who are interested. Click here to learn more about it.
A lot of people have been asking to see some of my latest pictures, and the fact is I only had one picture online for my over 14 months of blogging. All that have changed and I have added (and will be adding) more pictures online – to keep in touch and see the newly added pictures, friend me on Facebook. Also, due to popular demand both online and offline I might consider creating videos soon. It will first be in the form of power point presentations and I can later start making direct videos.
I really don’t recommend things in my income report, but since my income and traffic reports are the most popular posts ever on this blog and I see something great and FREE I wouldn’t want you to miss I will be doing you a great disservice not to mention it.
CloudBlueprint is a great and practical approach on how to make money online from Glen Allsopp and the video was properly recorded and explained and the tips in it was so practical that it was my best video this year. I have taken (and will be taking) some tips from it to expand my online more and I 100% recommend it to everyone. Click here to watch the 100% free CloudBlueprint Videos.
May 2011 Traffic Report
May was a record month for WritersinCharge in terms of traffic. I was worried about how to keep the record of last month’s traffic and it seemed sure at first but along the line it started to feel like the traffic won’t come. All the same, I’m really glad to announce that WritersinCharge got 17,500 visitors in the month of May. I know that looks small but Rome wasn’t built in a day. I have a lot of great plans for this blog and for those plans to manifest I need traffic. Every single monthly traffic increase makes a whole lot of difference. Since they say an image speaks a thousand works I think it’s better if we go straight to the screenshot of my May traffic.
Overall Traffic Screenshot for the Month of May
Top Content for the Month of May 2011
Top Traffic Sources for the Month of May 2011
By taking a look at the above screenshots you will see that April was a really great and record month in terms of the quality of the traffic gained and the number of the traffic. Here are the major highlights in case you can’t view the images.
Total no of visitors: 17,573
Bounce rate: 64.49%
Average time on site: 2 min 56 seconds
How to Get 17K Visitors to Your Blog in One Month
Okay, I got 17k visitors to my blog. How can you do the same? I will be giving you tips based on what I did to get this much traffic in one month.
1. Build an Email List
Thanks to a great guest post by Stella, the importance of building an email list became more clear to me.
Stella submitted a great, informative and clearly written guest post to this blog on how to generate traffic. By reading the post and seeing how great it is I decided to send an email to my list about it encouraging them to Stumble it. That ended up sending thousands of visitors to the post on the same day till my server crashed (I’ve optimized my server to take more traffic now – it’s more robust than that!). Go check it out yourself!
As you will also see from the above screenshot my email list sent over 1300 visitors to this blog last month alone and that was as a result of me sending emails about some of my posts to my email list. It is true having a robust list of RSS subscribers is great, but having an email list is better! To build your email list faster you can check out the plugin I co-founded to help simplify this.
2. Guest Blogging Works
It’s that simple. I’ve written countless articles about guest blogging on this blog before, I have a whole e-book on it and I recently launched a consulting service to help people even more as far as guest blogging is concerned.
I got close to 2,000 visitors from my guest posts in the month of May (around 3 guest posts, actually!) and the funny thing about those visitors from my guest posts is that they’re quality visitors, and better and more effective compared to visitors from other sources.
It doesn’t matter what your status is as a blogger, Rome was not built in a day, don’t think you need to be a perfect English writer to be a successful guest blogger (read this post and you will find at least 3 errors). All you need to do is focus, have strong faith in yourself and get started. One of those people I motivated to get started guest blogging that is getting active results is Brandon Yanofsky who recently got his guest post published on Copyblogger. I know a lot of people find it hard to take that first step so I have started a service dedicated towards guest blogging. If you’re confused, afraid or don’t know where to start, get in touch with me and I promise you will be an active guest blogger at the end of the day.
3. Don’t Underestimate Search Engines
Google is fast becoming one of my top traffic sources, and in fact, with what I’m doing now it soon will be. Search engine traffic is one of the best forms of traffic because it requires a little effort from you and it is passive, this means it is recurring. The funny thing about search engine traffic to this blog is that it keeps increasing so I’d advice you not to underestimate SEO.
There are a lot of ways to optimize your blog for the search engines but one of the best resources to help you do so is one of my interviews with an expert on the subject.
4. Final Tip
I will also advice that no matter the traffic source, always make sure you have a goal for your traffic. My main aim for the traffic to this blog is to convert it to subscribers and I’m so glad I’m achieving my aim as WritersinCharge now has over 3000 subscribers (both via RSS and email). I might diversify my plans soon, but till then, that’s my tip for you.
And my most important final tip is that no matter what you do with your blog, realize that quality content is the key to succeeding online.
Income Report for the Month of May
May income was the lowest ever in the history of my income report but like I said, your money doesn’t determine who you are so I just have to move on, and earn more :). Below is what I earned in the month of May – and when you finish reading, don’t forget to read my expense report to have a perfect look at what my total “earnings” is for the month of may.
Writing Services: $2090
Affiliate Marketing: $176
Total Earnings: $2266
Hosting Renewal: $450
Hiring Expert to Design Sales Copy: $400
Total Expenses: $850
Total Income: $1416
$1416 isn’t bad for a 17-year-old kid, is it?
What I Learned from Earning $1400 In One Month
1. Money Can’t Buy Happiness: I’m not saying I’m some sad guy, in fact, I’m a very happy guy always smiling (contrary to what some of my pictures depict – I just have to get myself to smile when taking them:) ). My reason for saying this is that after learning how to save more money from that which I earn I had enough to spend and save in the month of May, and after experiencing some emotional problems I saw how important happiness is when it comes to anything you do in life. If I am not happy, I would have stopped updating this blog a long time ago.
2. Do What You Love Best, Forget About What Others Say or Think: I know affiliate marketing is a great way to make passive income, but I love writing and it is bringing me money while also helping grow my blog (I’m not saying not to do affiliate marketing – and I’m not saying I won’t). Let others do theirs, I’ll do mine and also suggest you do the same.
3. Put Great Thought Into Your Spending: If being an economist will help you manage your money effectively, then so be it. There is more to earning money than spending it, read books on money, read personal finance blogs and do all you can to ensure your life and happiness doesn’t depend on your money.