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My Income and Traffic Report – May 2011

income and traffic reportThis 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.

New Pictures

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.

CloudBlueprint

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

overall traffic for may 2011

Top Content for the Month of May 2011

top content screenshot for may 2011

Top Traffic Sources for the Month of May 2011

top 10 traffic source google analytics

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

Pageviews: 32,146

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

Expenses

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.

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85 Comments on "My Income and Traffic Report – May 2011"

  1. Ernest @ unique wedding favors says:

    Criticisms are always there. I hope they won’t bug you and stop from doing what you are good at Oni. They are I think constructive and not destructive.

    • Onibalusi says:

      You’re right Ernest!

      I will keep moving on as long as I have the support from the majority of my audience 🙂

  2. Ralph says:

    you have been writing a lot, I see you pop up at Pat and Glen (and a few other) blogs all the time.

    Like you also (just like me) adopted the HQ for domain names 🙂
    Great to see you do well, I’m building up my websites and just started with building an email list. Expecting great things 🙂

    All the best

    Ralph

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Ralph 🙂

      • Atish says:

        I Am impressed dude and I want the same But how to??

      • SHIVAM AHUJA says:

        am impressed…keep doing the work …best wishes

  3. Same pinch man! 😀 Even for me, May has been the best month of 2011 in terms of income. I announced that already on facebook around my birthday (26th may).

    BTW, what’s that $450 renewal cost? Is this the 1 month cost of VPS/Dedicated?

    And finally, what payment processing system you finalized for your consultation service.

    PS. this comment may look weird having lots of typo mistake because the comment form is looking bad this end. See this image: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=24lrmlh&s=7

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Sushant,

      Nope. I usually renew my server for 3 months (it can be really difficult trying to remember when my server will expire every month).

      Thanks a lot for notifying me about the comment, it’s now fixed!

  4. Good job Oni. I liked this very much: ” My blog is not a business, it is a source to my business.” 🙂 Keep up the good work! I like the way you deal with both bouquets and brickbats.

    And yes, as Sushant mentioned the comment form is broken.I am using chrome. So, might be it’s a browser specific issue.

    Good luck for future! 🙂

    • It doesn’t looks like a browser specific issue. Maybe oni did something with his theme or changed setting of any plugin. This appears in my firefox 4+

      • Onibalusi says:

        Hi Sushant,

        Thanks so much for notifying me about this I’ll be looking into it.

        BTW Do you have any suggestion/quick fix for this?

        • Try disabling the subscribe boxi n comments feature from the plugin which you are using. It might disappear.

          • Onibalusi says:

            Now fixed. Thanks so much 🙂

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly! Your blog is only a platform to help grow your business (in this case affiliate marketing, product creation, getting clients etc.)

  5. Tech Crates says:

    Congrats Oni … Awesome Traffic Stats !! Your tips motivate me a lot.

  6. You’re absolutely right, making money online means using the internet to make an income no matter what the activity is. Writing is one of those methods that you can make money with. So congratulations for this month’s income and good luck with future work

  7. Nico Julius says:

    I agree with you, blogging to promote your services and products is also a way of making money online. Affiliate marketing and ads are just other ways of making money. I also run a couple of blogs and one of them is a blog where I write some articles of my experiences with webdesign. That blog delivered me a couple of new jobs and I only got those jobs because I run that blog.

    By the way, keep up the good work!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Nico,

      I’m glad you agree 🙂

  8. limon says:

    Onibalusi,
    I just started my site/blog, and it’s around 2 weeks old. It got:

    312 Visits
    691 Pageviews
    218 Visitors

    Is it a high/medium/low for an infant site ?
    Could you please share your experience of your site for 1st 2 weeks traffic.

    Thanks.

    Waiting for your reply.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Limon,

      I think that is impressive for a two weeks old blog, but I wouldn’t let that stop you if I were you. Keep pushing harder and your results will come 🙂

      • mohammad moniruzzaman says:

        Thank you very much.

  9. Lye Kuek Hin says:

    Hi Oni,

    Once you have explained to counter those criticism, you have made your stand. We simply can’t please everyone in the blogosphere.

    Your loyal readers will know who you are and what you do. You don’t have to spend too much time answering those emails.

    A great month for you and glad you are growing Youngprepro every month. Keep on rocking my friend.

    Lye

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks so much for the awesome comment Lye!

      You’re so right about not pleasing everyone and I wouldn’t even respond to such comments after posting this income report 🙂

      Thanks a lot and have a great day!

  10. Oni – Congrats on another great month! Your successes in improving your traffic and subscriber numbers are well deserved 🙂

    Thanks also for including the reminder at the end about how there’s more to life than making money online. We all like to see what other people are making and read posts like this, but there’s a lot more to life than what you’ve got in the bank!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Sarah!

      I’m glad you loved the report 🙂

  11. Eugene says:

    Pay no mind no mind to those critics. You have been very explicit as to how you make your money so I don’t see how anyone can have any complaints. You are doing great things, keep it up Oni!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Eugene,

      I’m really glad to hear that and I so much appreciate your awesome support!

      It’s always a good feeling to see that somebody understands what I’m trying to do 🙂

  12. Andreas says:

    Every business has ups and downs, I think that your income will go up soon again if you stay focused and over quality services.

  13. Deepanshu says:

    “Some people have been telling me that I’m not qualified to be talking about making money online” – haters gonna hate 😉 anyways congrats.i do make a point to comment on ur income thread 😛

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Deepanshu, thanks so much for the awesome support 🙂

  14. Tom says:

    Look at it like this. The past couple of elections the US President barely gets 50% of the vote. That means there are 50% of the people that don’t like the President (hypothetically speaking that is). I can’t say they trully dislike the President but they’re out there. You can’t please everyone but there are still people who voted for you.

    • Onibalusi says:

      That’s a great point.

      I’m learning not to give in to critics by the day and the awesome support from readers like you makes it possible 🙂

  15. shajjad says:

    Awesome Income and Traffic report 🙂
    It’s amazing that you don’t fell hart for your lower income months of history… :o. You are great and it’s really awesome.
    I can not remember your post in SPI (I am a regular reader of SPI and got your from SPI) which I read from your about page. I will be happy if you share it 🙂

    Shajjad

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, my income doesn’t define me 🙂

  16. Roz Bennetts says:

    I’m new here but am already getting valuable tips for my blog. My favourite line from this post:

    “Do What You Love Best, Forget About What Others Say or Think”

    This is a great motto for living as well as blogging. I love my job in sales and if I stopped loving it I know I wouldn’t be able to write about it.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, I say things as I see it 🙂

  17. Hi Onibalusi! Its a great inspiring post give insight of a success story. I am glad to be here today and read the post. Awesome tips and information. Thanks for sharing.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad this report is achieving its purpose, Inspiring people!

  18. Hi Onibalusi ! This is very good stats. I know about this blog from dailyblogtips and i like it very much. I am sure that you can earn more than this but wait and see for the next mouth.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Welcome on board. I’m so glad to have you 🙂

    • Hi there, the image you’ve used in your avatar was a custom-design for our company Marketing Ninjas and is copyright. You are using it without permission. Please remove it. Thank you.

  19. DiNaRa says:

    That’s so pity that there are people who envy. If they write offensive e-mails to you, that’s because they themselves can’t earn any money and don’t belive that it is possible.
    As for me, earning money online is a general notion where online marketing, writing articles for others, affiliate business are combines. So, no matter how much you earn from one particular point, more important is how much you earn in general.
    I wish you the same good luck in future!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, I think I have done them justice by writing this post. I’m yet to get any criticizing email from anyone, and I wouldn’t even reply if I do 🙂

  20. Hi Oni:

    First of all, I want to congratulate you on your achievements last month – that was a big milestone covered.

    Thanks for the mention on my guest post on your blog. I’m really happy about the outcome – your readers were very engaging and I loved every minute of time spent here. BTW, the server crash, although not desirable at the time, was an indication that your blog was really getting astronomical traffic.

    About people saying that freelance writing is not an online business, is a clear indication that some of these people clearly do not understand that blogging and ‘blog’ is not “the business”. A blog is meant to bring more clients to “the business” that you are doing and you’re one of the few that have successfully achieved that, and pretty fast too.

    If someone has a blog but has no talent, skills or knowledge that they can offer as a service to their blog audience, then they should go take a lesson in marketing.

    If someone has a blog and hops around to promote products outside of their websites, that shows that they have FAILED woefully at capturing the ESSENCE of a blog.

    A blog is only a means to get more business, and everyone does not have to do what everyone is doing (affiliate marketing, email marketing etc, which all rock) – you have mastered your own talent and your source of income is ONLINE via your blog.

    I think, it’s time you started turning deaf ears to some agents of distraction, dream killers and joy downers. Keep rocking at your thing – the WWW is your oyster.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Stella,

      That guest post made a difference and i really appreciate it 🙂

      Concerning critics, let them say what they want to say.

      • Thanks, Oni. I’m really glad you liked it – that makes my day.

        I’m also happy to know that you’re not going to let criticisms distract you from the bigger things. You’ve done so well for yourself, a lot more than most people twice your age could in many years.

        Enjoy your day!

  21. Interesting report. I really like the layout of your blog…looks very professional. Don’t worry about those that say you’re not making enough passive income…it will come and the fact that you’re learning how to guest blog, drive traffic, etc. will allow you to make that passive income SO much easier once it clicks.

    Check out our site as we give income reports as well…maybe we can learn from each other! Particularly, I like what you have to say about guest blogging and like your stumbleupon traffic…good job!

    • Onibalusi says:

      I was just checking your website and I love your latest income report, especially from adsense and website flipping – a model I plan to embrace soon enough 🙂

      • Awesome! Let us know if you have any questions, comments, etc. We’re laying out our entire process on the site, just as soon as I can find the time to sit down and get it all written out! hehe

  22. oh yaa. Every month you have a great income report and study something. that’s nice!

  23. Way to go my friend. Just don’t let them get in to you. You know your capacity and your talent. Don’t let them destroy you they are just jealous or they envy your talent.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks for the awesome support Ira 🙂

  24. fantastic sams says:

    I am very impressed by your thought ” money can’t buy happiness” but it is false thinking in society that every happiness lies in money.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks a lot for that! Have a great day 🙂

  25. trader joes says:

    I admit you a good writer and no doubt it main source of your income.I visit to your blog just to read your writing style.

  26. kays jewelers says:

    Your income of this month has declined but you seems satisfied.

  27. ZPtsotetsi says:

    Whether your income has decreased or increased, it doesn’t matter, the only thing that matters is you generating money online and your blog is paying its cost. That’s great and keep doing what you love doing.

  28. Sandra says:

    Good point. I agree with you completely. Keep going and be sure to have some fun.

  29. mike lee says:

    At only 17 your an inspiration to a lot of people. Thanks for all the useful posts. Im a complete noob when it comes to blogging. I just found your blog today, and its been a great help to me.

  30. THOSE who cannot do something will waste their time in showing others down but you have become our inspiration.. go hard on them

    amazing stats

  31. Java Nature says:

    your income decreases… but i agree with you… “$1416 isn’t bad for a 17-year-old kid, is it?” yeaahhh… thats right oni… ^_^

  32. Ramcel says:

    Hi Oni. I just bumped into your blog and find your contents motivating. Although most people see monetization as a measure to prove a blog’s success, it is also vital that you love what you are doing.

    It is just like having a high-salary job given by a company that really sucks when it comes to people management. You end up not being motivated to work for that company but you have to stick around because that is where you earn your money.

    If you are happy and you love what you are doing right now, even if your earnings goes up or down, as long as you have the passion to move on then by all means continue. Detractors will always be there and they are simply there to keep you strong.

    I admire you that a young age of 17 you are earning and helping your family while other kids are partying squandering their parent’s money for nothing.
    All the best.

  33. RTO says:

    For all this to be coming from a 17 year old with the many challenges that people of similar backgrounds typically face is simply awesome and inspiring. And to me, these are all pure internet business earnings as long as they were sourced online. Well done Bamidele!

  34. Stefan says:

    Hi Oni,

    in my opinion the discussion about money made online or not is completely useless.
    You describe your income in detail and everybody can check and see what numbers he/she wants to look at and can decide if it is online or not. If it is transferable to themselves or not.

    Thank you for publishing those numbers, they are really helpful to me. So don’t let those critics get you.

    • Onibalusi says:

      The fact that you disagree with my opinion doesn’t make it completely useless. I’d like you to note that!

  35. J.Paul says:

    There is big mismatch between your Alexa Rank and Google Analyic report. I have a site with 60,000 visitos per month, but the alexa rank is only 300,000. Based on the popularity of this blog and your alexa rank, I feel your site has much more visitors than what u have reported.

  36. duia says:

    It seems that you are really good at writing. I find it really difficult to earn more than 1000 dollars per month, just because I can only be familiar with writing paid reviews and more.

  37. prem @ Premslog says:

    Congrats Onibalusi making 1416$ online is Not a Simple Task,It needs Hardwork & dedication to get that.

  38. wow. You always inspire me. waiting for the june report:) Btw can you post some technology related blogs which allow guest posts??

  39. Your stats are amazing .But Oni I am so surprised that your visitors are less but your alexa rank is now 9,999
    Anyway,all the best waiting for june stats and earnings:)

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, I’m also surprised too 🙂

  40. Toby says:

    Hey Oni,

    Just discovered your blog from a post in warrior forum (I think – it’s late and I may have misremembered heh). Very interesting posts and great to see you are earning such a great income online at such a young age. Keep up the great work sir.

    Best wishes.

  41. SEO Jobs says:

    I was just reading an article today on success that made me realize that we should do only do what we love. Not for money, but for the simple idea that you’ll be much happier doing something you love. Here’s that article:
    http://advancedlifeskills.com/blog/expect-success-and-nothing-less/

  42. Harrison Li says:

    WOW! 450 for hosting? seriously? How come?

    • Onibalusi says:

      It’s a dedicated server that costs $140+ a month and I paid for 3 months.

  43. sokun says:

    I love these reports, they give so much clarity.

  44. DV Narsaiah says:

    Hi Oni,

    I am so impressed after seeing your article. I really appreciate you. Your web traffic statistics and sharing nature is very nice. Could you suggest I have one website related jobs sites
    Currently http://www.govtjobsdaily.com statistics are
    Daily Visitors: 1000 to 1500
    Daily Page Views: 6000 to 7000

    Event though I am not able to get $100 per month. I am using Infolinks ads only,
    Adsense was not approved.

    I am also planning to run charitable trust and helping to the children’s, children who are hailing from heart and other diseases.

    Could you suggest how can I get more money and help to the children s.

    Best Regards,
    DV Narsaiah.

  45. DV Narsiah says:

    Hi Oni,

    Please suggest about my site and earnings.

    Thank youu

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