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My Income and Traffic Report – November 2011

july income and traffic reportFirst, I’d like to thank you all for nominating WritersinCharge as a top writing blog for the WritetoDone contest. The contest is over now, and the winner will be announced before Christmas. It wouldn’t be the same without you, so thanks!

Every month, I make it a duty to report my income and traffic as a result of my writing, on this blog, and I also try to share the lessons learnt within the report. I do this for many reasons, but my major reason is to let you see what is truly possible by writing on the internet.

The “Decision” that Took Me So Long to Make

I have been thinking a lot about the direction I’m going with this blog, as well as how it is influencing my personal and professional life, and as a result I’m always working on making sure every decision I take is carefully thought-out.

I have been publishing my income and traffic report on this blog for approximately one year now, and within that period, the feedback and traffic I have gotten as a result of these reports has been great. In other words, people are benefiting from it. This is one of the reasons why it took me almost 4 months to make the decision I am about to announce.

I have decided that this will be the last income and traffic report I will be publishing on this blog. In other words, after this month’s report you won’t be reading any more monthly income and traffic report on this blog.

I’m someone who believes in transparency when trying to communicate my message to others, so I will definitely be sharing the results and reasons behind some of my actions on this blog in the form of case studies, but I won’t be publishing a monthly income and traffic report. I might show you the process behind getting a particular client, the work involved, how much I made etc. I might also show you the process behind me trying a new traffic source, my reasons for trying it and the results I got, but that won’t be on a fixed basis, and will only be every once in a while as I see fit.

Important Happenings in November

A lot of things happened in November, and one noteworthy event is the start of the WritetoDone contest to determine the top 10 writing blogs online. I was reluctant to join the contest at first, because I don’t know how stiff the competition will be or if I am up for it, but I decided to take a leap of faith and asked my readers to vote. That resulted in hundreds of votes for WritersinCharge, leading me to see the importance of building an audience, while at the same time giving me validation that I’m doing something right. To be sincere, I never expected to get a fraction of the votes I got, and I’m not yet sure what position I will take in the contest, but I’m very happy I joined – and what happened has already motivated me to work hard on really making this blog the best blog for writers…so, stay tuned!

I’ve also been experiencing great growth with my online business, and I just created a Google+ fan page for WritersinCharge fans to congregate, so if you’re not yet aware, go check it out!

In the light of this, I’d like to say once again, that one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made is hiring Chris Garret for a critique of this blog 6 months ago. While I’ve not fully implemented all of his advice, I’ve implemented most, and the results I’m getting has proven that he is an expert in the real sense of the word. If you’re a blogger and you want to take your business to the next level, make sure you hire Chris for a critique.

Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid to recommend Chris. In fact, I paid for the critique, so my recommendation isn’t because of anything else but because his critique has had a lot of impact on my business.

November 2011 Traffic Report

November was another great month for WritersinCharge in terms of traffic, and with over 25,000 visitors to this blog in November alone I’d like to think that I’m moving in the right direction. If you take a look at the last traffic report before this, you will notice that I got 10,000 fewer visitors in November compared to October, but I’m very pleased with that, simply because I got only 1,000 plus visitors from Stumbleupon in November, in comparison to 15,000+ visitors from Stumbleupon in October – which is a good sign that this blog is growing (Stumbleupon traffic isn’t always good – except you want to test your sever capacity).

Below are my traffic screenshots from Clicky analytics and Google Analytics respectively.

Clicky Analytics

getclicky november 2011

That’s a total of 25,439 visitors according to Clicky stats, with over 55,500 page views and an average time of 4 min 5 seconds on site. It shows that user interaction with the site has increased from last month.

Google Analytics

I like to believe that Google Analytics is more accurate when compared to Clicky Analytics, so here’s my Google Analytics traffic screenshot for November 2011.

Overall Traffic

Google Analytics Overall Traffic - November 2011

Top Traffic Sources

Google analytics top traffic sources - November 2011

Top 10 Content

Google analytics top content - November 2011

According to the Google Analytics traffic screenshot above there were 24,911 visitors to WritersinCharge in November, a total of 40,131 pageviews and an average time on site of 3 min 13 seconds.

November 2011 Income Report

November was also a great month for me in terms of income. Below is my income report for November 2011.

Total Income: $6,265

Total Expense: $549.95

Amount after expense has been deducted: $5715.05

Note: The above income is from my writing services, and not directly from this blog.

Lessons I Learnt in the Month of November

Whenever I publish these income and traffic reports, I try to take a look to see what new lesson I have learnt in a given month, and I will be sharing with you some very important lessons I have learnt in November.

1. Focus on Writing Evergreen Content: This is very important for you as a writer, especially if you own a blog. If you take a look at the screenshot showing the top 10 articles on this blog in November you will notice that only two articles from November made it to the top 10 list, the other articles were from previous months.

The 2 articles I wrote in November that made it to the top 10 articles list are.

Out of 8 articles I wrote in November, it was only the above two articles that made it to the top 10 list. Whereas, 6 of the other articles in the top 10 list were written months ago, yet they still get thousands of views every month.

After taking a look at this, I have decided to start working on producing more evergreen content. In other words, even if it is only 5 or 6 articles I publish in a month, it will be better if it is read for months and years to come compared to writing 30 articles in a month that are hardly read beyond that month.

2. Focus on Building a Base

Don’t just build a blog and focus on getting subscribers. Instead, work on converting your visitors into subscribers to your blog and newsletter, fans to your Facebook page and followers on Twitter. Believe me, I didn’t realize the importance of this until the contest last month.

You need to be able to get in touch with your readers every time, and the best way to do that isn’t by encouraging them to be visitors. Instead, it is by encouraging them to be fans and subscribers.

In cases you don’t know it yet, a single subscriber is more valuable than 10 casual readers.

3. Continually Expand Your Client Base

This is one area I need to improve on. I currently have 3 clients I’m actively working for, but I plan to improve on this soon. I have plans to make this blog a full-scale business soon, and as soon as my plan is put in place, I’ll start distributing my work among several clients instead of working for a few.

I’ve been with some of my clients for months now, and I’m having a good relationship with them, but over time, there are some things that will be out of even your clients’ control. As a freelancer, it doesn’t matter how much you are earning at the moment, and how consistent job is from a particular client; don’t just rely on one or a few clients. Instead, get as many as you can, and work on providing your best for them. Over time, you will be able to discover clients you enjoy working with, while at the same time noticing clients that pay you more for your time.

Staying with just one or two clients will make it difficult for you to make the hard decisions, and whether you like it or not, you will soon be out of control. But by having more clients, you will be in control, and can easily decide which client to work for and which one not to.

4. Don’t Mix Play With Business

This is one thing I’ve been struggling with for over 2 months now, but that is due to lack of proper management on my part. You will remember I talked about working on a home office a few months back. The home office is still in progress, and after having spent $7,000+ on it personally (I’m working on it with my brother), it is still yet to be ready. Why? A screw-up by one of the guys who is supposed to do some “minor” work on it. I expected the office to be ready sooner, and as a result I have already planned the most of my activities for the rest of the year with it. Now that it is taking too long, it is affecting my productivity and making it difficult for me to work and concentrate.

I have hardly written a major article for almost a month now, and that isn’t how I plan for it to be. I’m being distracted by a lot of things around me, and to be sincere, I don’t think I can control them till that office is ready. I know that isn’t a smart decision, but I just have to blend with it and suffer the consequences of my actions till the office is ready.

If you have the budget, I’d advice you to get an office for your freelancing and blogging work and look for a way to separate work from play. The urge to play can hardly be resisted when there are a lot of things around you, but with an office and a schedule you have to follow, there is hardly anything that can prevent you from getting more results.

I would be making 5 figures monthly now, if not for the fact that my home office is yet to be ready.

Believe me, those 4 lessons are more important than they seem right now, and over time you will come to realize how important they can be. Leverage them right now, and you will be stunned by the results you can get.

That is everything for now.

One last thing…

Do you know that the number 1 challenge freelancers face is with getting clients, and that the number 2 challenge is with ending the feast or famine cycle? In other words, these two challenges can be conquered with an adequate supply of clients.

If you’re not ready to guest post or cold call, and you want some quality client-generation techniques you have probably never heard of before, stay tuned for the article that will be going live on this blog on Wednesday. I’ll be sharing some “little-known” client generating techniques on this blog, and I don’t want you to miss it.

P.S. The best way not to miss Wednesday’s post is by subscribing to this blog, so if you’re yet to, make sure you do so now!

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53 Comments on "My Income and Traffic Report – November 2011"

  1. James @ Famous Hosting Coupon says:

    Wow, I waited this report for a long time because I really wanted to see what things you got on November, what things I could learn for this December. Nice report, Onibalusi – I hope I could do well as you did. Thanks for the report.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad the report could be of help James! Thanks so much!

  2. Joey Kissimmee says:

    Hey Oni, so sad that you wont be posting your monthly reports. Don’t know if I mentioned the other day that we talked, but this is how I found you.

    (BTW, it was great talking to ya brotha)

    As a blogger myself, I too write monthly reports, and I have found that this is the most my readers come to read and to learn from.

    I’m sure everyone here will agree that we will miss this part of your blog.

    I’ll still keep coming by though ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Joey,

      Thanks so much for the support bro! Yeah, we should talk again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

      You’re right about people missing this report, as my income and traffic report page is currently the second most viewed page on my blog. This decision was a hard one, and it took me 4 months to make, but over time I think people get to see why I made the decision.

      Concerning the reports, I will be doing personal income and traffic case studies and experiments every once in a while, and I’m sure it will be more useful compared to my reports as the lessons will be more directly applicable.

  3. Atish says:

    Thanks Oni for this month’s report. Really inspiring.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Atish!

  4. Sheyi says:

    Great one guy. Keep up the good work and I hope you will continue to grow and add other means of income as well.

    Sheyi
    The Authority Site Guy

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Sheyi!

  5. Kenny Fabre says:

    Oni,

    great job hard work pays off, you work hard you give and as a result God gives you a million times more, great job my freind

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks bro ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. OMG.. 2058 words income report, I think this is biggest blog income report interms of words.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, I just wrote it as it came to my mind, and yes, I think 2058 words is much!

  7. surely we will miss your monthly reports. i used to take a lot of inspiration from that

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m sorry to hear that Tushar! I’ll look for a better way to compensate the lack of income report.

  8. Hello,

    Wow Good job! Keep it up. I am here to visit this best blog regularly.

    Best Regards,
    Amrik Virdi
    http://www.explorefeed.com

  9. Hi Oni, I put this on Facebook but you should be very proud to be earning more than most 40 year olds with established careers. That’s an incredible accomplishment and I have a feeling it’s just the beginning. Happy birthday when you get to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Brian ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Kamlesh says:

    Congrats bro for your great effort. After watching your hard work and efforts towards your blog, new newbie will get good inspiration from you.

  11. Irfan @RealTimeTricks.com says:

    First of all congrats on your income you made this month. It’s really great to hear how you work for entire month & make’s a huge amount of money from it.

    But it will be sad to know will not get this to read from next month onward. I’m going to miss it! Seriously!

    One more thing – I hope your office gets completed soon so that you won’t get destructed from your work & produce more great elements for this blog!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Irfan!

      Aha, I will miss publishing the income reports also – but I’ll look for a better way to compensate it.

  12. Raj says:

    Oni, you say you make most of your money freelancing. But don’t you think that the rates offered by freelancing clients are very less? How do you manage to get high paying clients?

  13. sam @ goa carnival says:

    Hi,

    Nice and perfect i was waiting for it from last few days and i hope you will do more better for next one.

  14. Hello Onibalusi, Your income inspired me a lot. Its great that you are earning from your own work. working in a office for other is just painful.

  15. Good for you, Oni. Congrats on your success. I wish you all the best. Could you please write an article on how you generate traffic to your blog?

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Anne!

      I’m glad you found the article on traffic generation, and I might be writing a new, more comprehensive article on the subject soon.

  16. Never mind, Oni. I’ve found one. Thanks

  17. priya says:

    really inspiring. keep moving forward.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Priya!

  18. GADEL says:

    Thanks for this report and tips. I pray that your home office gets ready asap that we may see more of you.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Gadel! I’m working on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Roy says:

    Nice income for the month of November,

    By the way, I recommend you don’t stop writing your monthly report. Stopping this may affect your traffic.

    Al the same, Cheers,
    Roy!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Roy,

      I’ve made a decision after thinking about it thoroughly and there’s no going back.

      There hasn’t been an effect on my traffic yet, and I don’t think there will be – but if there is, the traffic that I lose is one that doesn’t matter.

  20. priya says:

    yeah I would like you to write how to increase traffic for websites. where can I find the guest posts you written. can you please name any few.

    priya
    http://www.analystcalls.in

  21. Glenn says:

    Oni,

    Great to catch up on your latest Income & Traffic report, even better to see that you have continued with your already fantastic results.

    I find this information very useful and a genuine source of inspiration on what can be achieved – all credit to you.

    All the best for the remainder of the year and beyond.
    Glenn

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Glenn!

  22. Mark says:

    Hi Oni, Its really inspiring that you are making huge amount of money from home. I want to know the winner of writedone best writing blog. when will be the result out?

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Mark!

      The finalist will be announced this coming Monday, and the winners will be announced before Christmas.

      Thanks a lot for the vote!

  23. Dan Reed says:

    Oni, I was directed here from your guest post on Matthew Meyer’s Blog, “5 Most Effective Traffic Generation Techniques”. Mainly, I was intrigued by your age and success. Most astounding and I am in awe. You have a great writing style so it’s not hard to see how you are making your income. Even though you’ve decided not to publish your income stats any longer, I was glad to see your transparency and honesty. Much success and I only hope to be 1/4 as successful as yourself..Best Wishes!

  24. Wow your income statement is highly enviable. Nice feat and keep it up

  25. Dave Lucas says:

    A wise decision to keep your Income & Traffic report private!

    My blog is “old” – been around for years – I’m wondering if it is too late to embrace email marketing – whre would I start? Have you any articles on that topic or can you offer any pointers?

    Thank You!

  26. Prasenjit @ Easy Ways to Make Money says:

    Congratulations Oni.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Prasenjit!

  27. passigagan says:

    you are a great blogger and expert in blogging.This type of income is quiet difficult to attain for a newbie to blogging.

  28. Your reports are really inspiring. Thanks for sharing such a nice information with us.

  29. Aman says:

    Excellent earnings. You really have that charisma to engage more and more readers day by day. Wish, i also could do that.

  30. Aadith says:

    Congrats oni!
    Your eaning is totally incredible.Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!

  31. Sam Jericho says:

    Seems like your hard work is now working for you this post is really motivational for a newvbie ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. great earnings! Wish you more success ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Famurewa Taiwo says:

    driving traffic to my blog has always been a concern to me.Please how do i go about it. my blog is 5 months old and i havent gotten a single click.pls you can send me a mail or an e-book. i really want to commend you on your hardwork and suceess.May God bless you

  34. Khaja moin says:

    Oni,
    You proved that hard workers never fails.
    We no need to have be prefect in English to get started with.

  35. Dean Saliba says:

    Call me a cynic but I always become suspicious when people stop publishing monthly reports and don’t explain properly why. I read the post twice and didn’t see a reason.

    I hope it is better than John Chow’s “I don’t need to justify my earnings to anyone but me” reasoning. ๐Ÿ˜›

  36. Sanil says:

    Hello, Why have you stopped writing these reports. They always inspire us. Please provide us new traffic report. Thanks..

  37. ansh says:

    its really great to read how you make money . .

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