Monthly Blog Update – March 2010
I have been doing a monthly update on my blog progress and overall online income progress for several months now (as you can see below). The result is a good basis for my monthly numbers. You can really get a good feel for what this blog accomplishes each month by reading these reports.
In the future I will likely be adding to these reports discussing other areas of online income. For example, I have other websites that are starting to generate revenue. Also, I’m currently earning anywhere from $50-150 in other freelance income as a result of my 20smoney.com presence.
I’m moving closer and closer to significant income from my online assets. As the numbers grow, the more and more these income streams have a profound effect on my financial situation.
Traffic & Readership
I like to break my traffic down into three categories: visits, page views and eye ball time. Since page views per visit can depend on a look and feel and how a blog is organized, the eye ball time is probably the most accurate number when comparing blog to blog. Let’s look at each…
October 2009: 6,387 visits
November 2009: 6,996 visits
December 2009: 7,735 visits
January 2010: 12,354 visits
February 2010: 11,947 visits
March 2010: 13,208 visits (10.6% increase)
The above total visit numbers break into the following categories: search, referral and direct traffic. My goal is to show monthly increases across the board in each category.
October 2009: 3,570 visits
November 2009: 4,075 visits
December 2009: 3,954 visits
January 2010: 5,922 visits
February 2010: 5,533 visits
March 2010: 6,710 visits
October 2009: 1,245 visits
November 2009: 1,230 visits
December 2009: 1,738 visits
January 2010: 2,370 visits
February 2010: 2,035 visits
March 2010: 2,425 visits
October 2009: 1,572 visits
November 2009: 1,691 visits
December 2009: 2,043 visits
January 2010: 4,060 visits
February 2010: 4,378 visits
March 2010: 4,071 visits
Overall I had a nice, not huge, increase in traffic. I lost some referral traffic as one of my bigger referring sites dropped me from their blog roll for some reason. Additionally, I’ve been lazy with Blog Carnivals recently as I’ve gotten tired of submitted articles to these. I need an assistant.
Other than that, traffic growth continues slowly but surely. If you notice, I had a big leg up in January. I’ve held the move higher, and have sort of plateaued since then. I’ve noticed similar trends with other people’s sites: big leg up, plateau, big leg up, plateau, etc. I’m completely fine with this pattern as long as the next big leg up does indeed occur.
October 2009: 19,155 total page views
November 2009: 20,500 total page views
December 2009: 23,418 total page views
January 2010: 36,023 total page views
February 2010: 33,725 total page views
March 2010: 36,776 total page views
Eye Ball Time
October 2009: 1:44 per visit = 664,248 total seconds = 184.51 hours
November 2009: 1:57 per visit = 818,532 total seconds = 227.37 hours
December 2009: 1:48 per visit = 835,380 total seconds = 232.05 hours
January 2010: 1:49 per visit = 1,346,586 total seconds = 374.05 hours
February 2010: 1:43 per visit = 1,230,541 total seconds = 341.82 hours
March 2010: 1:34 per visit = 1,241,552 total seconds = 344.88 hours
My length of time per visit has been trending lower over the months. I wonder if this is due to more regular visitors who check up on 20smoney.com repeatedly. These tend to drive up the quick visits. We’ll see.
Google Analytics is the source of all traffic data
October 2009: $38.60
November 2009: $75.40
December 2009: $59.28
January 2010: $171.79
February 2010: $68.39
March 2010: $121.28 (3 Month Average: $120.46)
After a tough February, it’s good to see my Adsense dollars go back over $100 for the month. The three month average jumped $20 to $120.46. If I can stay over $100 every month, the site is generating some nice income. Next hurdle: $200 per month.
November 2009: $285.00
December 2009: $90.00
January 2010: $90.00
February 2010: $290.00
March 2010: $435.00
Definitely very pleased with the growth in private deals. This is where you can really start to bring in some good money. As the monthly commitments rise, the blog develops into a fantastic recurring revenue stream.
As I mentioned above, the traffic is sort of plateauing at current levels, but my overall income has gone up significantly. Can’t argue with that. Building a blog is brick by brick, slow and steady progress. More of the same in March.
2010 Goals Progress
As I mentioned at the start of the year, I have the following goals for 20smoney.
- Alexa ranking under 120,000 by the end of 2010 – I’m under this mark at 114,890 as of this writing. Hopefully, I’ll continue to move lower and end the year below 100,000.
- Google Pagerank of 5 by the end of 2010 – Update has occurred! 20smoney.com is now a PR 5.
- 25,000 visits a month by the end of 2010 – I’m going to need another major leg up in order to hit this traffic level, which is definitely possible.
- Averaging over $100 per month in Google Adsense income by the end of 2010 – Two out of the last three months have been over $100 per month. A third month will solidify this accomplishment.
- Averaging over $400 per month in total blog income by the end of 2010 – I eclipsed this mark this month so it’s a high likelihood that my monthly average will secure this mark shortly.
- 1500 RSS subscribers by the end of 2010 – I got rid of my external email list which had been counted towards my RSS subscribers. This dropped about 300 from my numbers which sets me back on this goal. I’ll need to recover and add numbers quickly in order to hit the 1500 mark by end of year.