Well once again we’re at another blog traffic and income report for November 2011, but before we get stuck into the nit-gritty stuff I just want to make a few mentions and let everyone know what’s been happening in the recent weeks, and what’s going to be happening in the coming months.
Back to Genesis Framework
I recently made the switch back to Genesis Framework after trying out Thesis for a few months, reasons being that Genesis offers us a lot more easy customizations and core features.
Changes to Guest Blogging Guidelines
I’ve also recently made changes to our guest posting guidelines; you can view them here as it affects both our current and new authors.
We have now integrated an Amazon store into the blog, with offerings of related marketing and blogging products that you may find of great use. Of course as an Amazon affiliate we will be earning a small commission from referrals You can check out the store here -
Right let’s get on with this month’s traffic and income report. As you know, if you’re a regular reader of the blog, each month we share our blog income and traffic report and we do this for two main reasons. A – to demonstrate the transparency of how we effectively build traffic to our blog and B – to demonstrate the transparency of how we effectively make money from blogging, in light of this you can take away any aspect of our blog income and traffic report, strategies to help you build a better blog.
OK let’s start off with some milestones we’ve reached this month –
Facebook Fans Reached: 900
Google Page rank: 3
Alexa Traffic Ranking: Less than 50k
Number of Posts Reached: 600
Number of Approved Comments: 3,000
Traffic Report for November
At the start of the month we made great progress and it almost looked like we were on our way to yet another great month of increased traffic, but the recent minor Google Panda updates between the 18th and 20th of November knocked us back just a little bit. Our highest traffic day for the blog was on the 1st of November with more than 800 visits, and our lowest traffic day being the 19th November with just 315 visits to the blog for that day.
Unique visitors this month has been 12,989 compared to last month’s 13,528. So a small decrease in the number of unique visitors to the blog.
The other good news is that the site’s bounce rate has decreased pleasingly to 73.11% from Octobers 77.13%.
We set ourselves the target of 17,000 visits and 25,000 page views for November which we didn’t obviously achieve, so with the Christmas holidays coming we’ve set ourselves the target of 15,000 visits and 25,000 page views. We also looked at increasing referral traffic and our goal for November was to increase it from the 7.08% to about 10%, however we did better than that with an increase to 15.23%
Despite the minor Google Panda update’s here’s what we did to help increase traffic to the blog throughout November –
Posts Published: 46 (Inc posts from guest authors)
Guest Posts on other Blogs: 3
Comments on other Blogs: 11
Forum Posts: 4
Profiles Created: 2 (Google Plus Page, UKBusinessForums)
Income Report for November
Last month we made well over $1,100 dollars from the blog and I certainly felt that it would take a lot to beat this record amount. This month was also a great month, nothing like October but a grand total of $839.51 was taken and to be honest I’m still pleased with the result.
Here is the full breakdown of income for the month of November 2011 –
Google AdSense $80.02 (£51.29)
Paid Links $1.50
Elegant Themes $83.50
Paid Posts/Reviews $110
WordPress Services $299
Total Income $839.51
Total Expenses $93.98 (Hosting, Akismet, Giveaway Prize)
Total Residual Income $740.53
Google AdSense is still low but has improved; we are now wrapping the text around the larger ad units to the top-right of the posts which seems to be working quite well. Since changing the theme we are no longer showing the larger ad unit on the home page which will affect the earnings furthermore, but let’s just wait and see how December unfolds, until next time keep blogging, keep working hard and make that extra buck count.