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Monthly Blog Update – May 2010

8 June 2010 2 Comments


To start off this month’s update on online income and traffic, I want to explain why I do this.  If you’re new to the blog, you might wonder why I’m talking about blogging on a blog about financial topics.  Well, my view is that creating secondary income sources is the most impactful thing you can do for your finances.  Furthermore, creating online income is probably the easiest and lowest risk opportunity for you to create another income stream.  This report is my monthly update on this journey.

As you can tell if you continue reading, I’m now bringing in over $1,000 in extra income every single month because of my blog.  This is my goal, and my continuing goal is to increase this monthly income as I move forward.  The end goal is to achieve full-time income replacement through online sources.  This would lead to a completely different lifestyle for myself and for most of you I would assume.  If you’re interested in starting a similar journey, I have plenty of information here on this blog to help you launch.  To start, check out the information on the Online Income page, then check out the Partnership Page.

Without further ado, let’s get to the details for May 2010.

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…

Total Visits

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
April 2010: 11,943 visits
May 2010: 12,050 visits

Search Traffic

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
April 2010: 5,991 visits
May 2010: 5,035 visits

Direct Traffic

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
April 2010: 2,319 visits
May 2010: 2,575 visits

Referral Traffic

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
April 2010: 3,633 visits
May 2010: 4,440 visits

Traffic was fine this month.  It held steady.  One bright point is that it’s the highest direct traffic I’ve ever had in a single month which might indicate more awareness and a growing readership.  Overall, though, I’m still looking for a way to get the next “leg up” in traffic.

Page Views

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
April 2010: 32,670 total page views
May 2010: 33,035 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
April 2010: 1:45 per visit = 1,254,015 total seconds = 348.34 hours
May 2010: 1:25 per visit = 1,024,250 total seconds = 284.51 hours

My time per visit dropped pretty significantly in May which impacted my eye ball time.

Google Analytics is the source of all traffic data

Blog Income

Adsense Revenue

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)
April 2010: $149.40 (3 Month Average: $113.02)
May 2010: $158.68 (3 Month Average: $143.12)

My three month average jumped as I clocked in another good month of Adsense revenue.  We seem to be holding steady here which is great.

Private Advertisements

November 2009: $285.00
December 2009: $90.00
January 2010: $90.00
February 2010: $290.00
March 2010: $435.00
April 2010: $910.00
May 2010: $1,148.75

The online income here has jumped again, where I’m now well over the important $1,000 monthly income mark.  As long as I’m steady over $1,000, I’m thrilled.  But, I’m not comfortable, as I’m planning to keep this thing growing and target the $2,000 per month mark.  What would you do with an extra $2,000 every month?

Furthermore, I brought in a few hundred bucks in freelancing (which is in part due to this blog). I may start detailing these numbers in the future.  As such, my total monthly income from online sources is over $1,500.00.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, another great month of beautiful online income.  I’m struggling to find that next leg up in traffic, but I do have some ideas in mind.  It’s becoming apparent that some things you can’t really control, and that next boost in traffic can come naturally or unexpectedly.  I really want to get to the 15,000 visits level really soon, as that is my next milestone.  With regards to income, if I can keep it growing, I’m happy!

2010 Goals Progress

Here’s an update on my year end goals for 2010.  We’re almost halfway through the year.

  • Alexa ranking under 120,000 by the end of 2010 – Moving around alot, after being as low as 105,000, I’m over 120,000 now.  This goal is becoming less important compared to the others.
  • Google Pagerank of 5 by the end of 2010 – 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 – Done
  • Averaging over $400 per month in total blog income by the end of 2010 – Done
  • 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.