I make it a duty to report my income and traffic on this blog every month, as well as some very important lessons I learn during the month.
There are several reasons why I publish my income and traffic on this blog every month. Below are some of the top reasons why I publish my income and traffic report on this blog regularly.
- I love doing it
- It motivates people
- It inspires people
- It keeps me accountable
- It encourages more people to join me on this journey
- My income reports are one of my most popular posts – in other words, people enjoy them!
While there are a lot more reasons, I think those are the most important reasons.
It is time to publish my report for October, while at the same time giving you insights into what happened.
October is All About “Passive Marketing”
I’ve always been an advocate of guest blogging, and I even have a comprehensive guide on it. One thing about me is that I’m used to a fixed approach of guest blogging, and my approach lately has been focused on targeting big blogs. The reason for this is that if I publish a guest post on a big blog I can get anything from a few hundred visitors to a thousand, whereas publishing a guest post on a small blog might not even send me up to 10 visitors. I changed my approach in October, and I started to focus more of my guest blogging efforts on targeting small blogs. Why? I’m starting to think about the future of my blog, and I noticed it would be dangerous to be too reliant on the big spikes of traffic from the big blogs.
I thought to myself, why not focus on a guest blogging approach that will be sending me traffic for years to come, even if I stop guest blogging. I know some of you might not be aware of any such approach yet, but it exists, and that was my focus in October. Search engines are very good for sending passive traffic to a blog on a consistent basis, and since links influence search rankings, and since guest blogging is one of the best ways to build quality backlinks, I decided to use guest blogging to build backlinks to my blog early October, and in less than one month of doing this, I already have days with an increase of over 200 visitors from the search engines.
Before I started the “passive marketing” thing, I was at around 300 visitors a day from the search engines. I’m now getting over 550 visitors on my best days. I plan to continue with this approach, and I might even dedicate a whole month to it sometimes soon where I won’t take a single client job and only work on guest blogging for my blog.
To learn more about my approach, you can read about it here.
To also prove the effectiveness of my passive marketing approach, I decided to go offline for over 2 weeks, in which I didn’t update my blog with any article. The result was that in the process, I was getting an average of 700 visitors a day to my blog, and I even have days with over 1,000 visitors – I think that’s pretty impressive for not updating my blog, and a sign that I’m doing the right thing to generate traffic.
I know my main aim here is to teach you how to write for traffic and money, but I haven’t really written any article on the subject of traffic for writers, and I will work on creating something great in that respect soon.
The “Secret Project” I’m Working On
The project is still yet to be complete, and work is going on fast on it. In fact, it should be completed soon.
The project is my Home Office and it is designed in such a way that will help me avoid distractions while at the same time helping me stay focused and have a schedule. My work schedule is so erratic nowadays, and some people still believe I’m “really productive”. I can only imagine what my schedule will be like, and how much more I will earn once this home office is ready.
The home office is currently estimated to be over $10,000, and I’m working alongside with my brother to make it a success. I believe I will be able to make a lot more than I invested once it is ready, so I don’t believe the money I’m “investing” in it is in any way a waste.
I’ll let you know as soon as it is ready!
October 2011 Traffic Report
It’s now time to go straight into October’s traffic report.
October is obviously my best month of traffic ever, with one of my articles being viewed over 17,000 times, and other articles being read by thousands of people. While I’m not sure November will be like that, I have some plans in place to make all months better in the nearest future.
Clicky Traffic Screenshot
Here’s what Clicky Analytics has to say about traffic to my blog in October.
I know that 39,000+ visitors in one month is awesome, but I wouldn’t get too excited considering the fact that Google Analytics has something different to say.
Google Analytics Screenshots
Below are my traffic numbers in October according to Google Analytics.
Main Traffic Screenshot
Top Traffic Sources
Top 10 Content
Obviously, traffic is doing great, and based on a few changes I made to this blog I’m getting a lot more subscribers (which is my main aim for now). You will notice that most of the traffic is coming from Stumbleupon, but I’m working on making other sources send even more traffic.
If you also take a look at the screenshot above you will notice that Google traffic is growing strong. That is what I was referring to above when I was talking about passive marketing – and, mind you, I’m not just getting the traffic from generic keywords. I’m getting them from quality keywords to key articles, and I will work on maximizing their impact as time goes on.
October 2011 Income Report
My income for October isn’t that impressive, but I was really very busy with offline activities (such as my home office), watching some cool movies and other things. To be sincere, I initially planned to make October my best month in terms of income, but it became clear I can’t do that towards the end of the month. Here’s my income report for October.
Writing Services: $4615
Total number of articles written in October: 57
Average amount per article: $80.96
Crazy Egg: $19
WP Clicks: $97
Server Monitoring: $4.95
Total Expense: $149.95
Amount after expense is deducted: $4465.05
Lessons Learned in October
1. Stop thinking and working hard, start thinking and working smart: This is shown in how I decided to approach marketing this blog. I now focus on writing guest posts that will serve me for years and decades to come, and even if I stop writing today, traffic will continue to grow.
2. Do what you love: I took 2 weeks off in October, and for these two weeks I hardly used the internet at all. What I did was watch movies, ride my bicycle and have some fun. Within that period I didn’t update my blog. Not because I don’t have ideas to write on – in fact, I can write over 20 articles in any given day so getting ideas will never be a problem. My reason for not updating the blog was because I didn’t want to. I wanted to go offline and come back online with a new perspective, so as to help me focus on my business in a new light. I believe I achieved that!
Doing what I love also affected my income, but believe me, it didn’t have an impact on me.
After being offline for 2 weeks now, I’m now back online, and I have a lot of great stuffs planned for you.
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