My Monthly Traffic and Income Report for May 2012

It’s been another roller coaster month both online and offline, and once again it feel as if time is flying by so fast. I hope you’ve all had a great month during May and here I’m sharing once again my monthly income and traffic report. But before I get to the numbers I just want to make a few important announcements.

Just as in April I’ve found little time to blog due to commitments elsewhere in my online business world, as well as personal commitments offline. I had a week away from the desk in May (well deserved holiday), and we all celebrated the arrival of my baby boy Star B Van Marciano, who I’m so very proud of, and of course his courageous mum also.

OK let’s get started…

First of all, thanks to Amit Shaw and Maria Magher for their paid contributions, payments will be sent out on or before the 15th of May, I’ve had a little issue with PayPal causing the delay. I’d also like to thank all our other guest writers for their much valued contribution to the blog throughout May.

I’ve had an overwhelming number of interest for paid guest posting but I’m really looking for high quality, RELEVANT content that will encourage user engagement. Better luck next time for those of you whose posts have been rejected.

Recommended Reading: Why your Guest Posts are Being Rejected and How to avoid it

OK, so let’s start the report for May and once again I’d just like to remind everyone as to why I enjoy sharing my income and traffic reports –

  1. Firstly, to help inspire and motivate other bloggers and other individuals wanting to start a businesses working from home, to help them understand the shear amount of work that is involved in building a profitable online business.
  2. Secondly, for me to be able to look back and see what has worked and what hasn’t worked over the last month, and to make changes where and when needed.

Traffic Report for May 2012

So what has the traffic been like for month of May for everyone else? Have you had an increase or decrease? Do share with us, if you run your own income report you’re welcome to link to it in the comment section below.

This month our traffic has climbed back up slightly from the loss I suffered last month. Take a look…

Visits 15,164 (28.14% Increase on previous month)

Unique Visits 12,957 (29.82% Increase on previous month)

Page views 22,995 (23.65% Increase on previous month)

Aside from commenting on 2 to 3 of my favorite blogs each week I have not done anything else but post on the blog itself to promote the site. Here’s what I’ve been doing to the blog in May.

  • Continuing to remove AdSense codes manually
  • Removing thin content and poor performing posts from the blog (43 posts permanently deleted)
  • Updating top performing content (re-writing, improving SEO etc)
  • Using Broken Link Checker plugin to remove dead links
  • Making affiliate links no follow

These are only a few tasks but it has taken me away from actually blogging or creating new content for the time being. There are still 23 pages of content to go through to remove AdSense and optimize further.

Traffic May

Traffic Overview for May

Organic Traffic

Organic Traffic

Referral Traffic

Referral Traffic Sources

Bounce Rate

Bounce rate is up by 3.01% from the previous month’s 73.88% to 76.10%, again this is something I’m constantly working on improving. I’ll be focusing on ways to increase referral traffic to both improve bounce rate and to try and level out the playing field where organic traffic seems to dominate.

June

June won’t really see much time invested in marketing and promoting the blog as such, as I continue to make what I already have at Magnet4Marketing better, so I’ll continue to frisk through posts and improve the user experience for our readers.

Once the tweaking is all over I’ll look forward to going back to doing a lot more guest posting, building backlinks and promoting the site further.

Income Report for May 2012

My income report is generally made up of multiple income steams, eBay, Amazon, affiliate marketing, contextual ads, blogging etc. If you want to read our disclosure please do so here:

Disclosure

Please note that the report below may contain affiliate links

Sales

eBay $451.68

Amazon Associates $7.66

Other Affiliate Marketing / Blog

PremiumPress Themes $15.10

Genesis Theme Framework $170.98

Contextual Advertising

Google AdSense $45.06

Infolinks $4.95

Gross Income – $695.43

Expenses ((Akismet, HelloBar, Web Hosting, BlogVault Backup, Moonfruit Sitemaker, paid guest posts, materials and shipping, eBay fees – $403.95

Net total income – $291.48

So as you can see income for the month of May was low, expenses were high also which left me with less than $300 of net income generated online. I still managed to earn some money through AdSense even though ads are only appearing on posts that I’m yet to remove.

AdSense VS Affiliate Earnings

It’s a little early to be analyzing the impact of removing AdSense ads from the site and seeing if affiliate earnings have increased. Affiliate wise I’ve earned $193.74 ($45.06 AdSense) in May, as apposed to April’s affiliate earnings of $113.27 ($32.66 AdSense) and March’s $165.88 ($86.19 AdSense), so whilst there is a little increase, it’s not enough to go by yet. Let’s just see how I get on over the next couple of months.

Whilst June isn’t going to be less hectic I really need to try and organize my time better. That is my goal for the month before anything else. Let’s hope for a better report next month. Until next time, happy blogging and making money online what ever you do.

Recommended Reading from Amazon

1. Starting an Online Business All-in-One For Dummies

2. KaChing: How to Run an Online Business that Pays and Pays

About Fabrizio Van Marciano

Hey everyone, I’m Fabrizio Van Marciano and I’m just a regular bloke, doing his thing in the expanding universe we call the blogosphere. I’m the founder and editor here at magnet4marketing.net. I'm also the author of 170 Blog Traffic Tips; a FREE guide I created to help you get tons of traffic to your blog. Why not connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and, or Google+. You can find out more about me and what I love doing here. If you want to start your own blog, check out this resource page, I've put it together just for you :)... Happy online marketing and blogging.

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Comments

  1. Hi Fabrizio,
    Thank you for sharing your income report to us :) I can see you are generating more revenue from affiliates sales and I know June’s income would be more higher than last month.

    Wish you all the best,

    Valentine

    • Hi Valentine, thanks for stopping by mate, yes my income report isn’t as attractive as it has been over the last few months but I’ve not been putting much effort in May due to new baby and holidays :) Looking forward to making it up in June though.

  2. Samantha Wright says:

    Hey Fabzy another in depth report shame that you’ve not had much time to make more money last month. Still we had a great time on holiday right? I know June will be a better month for you. Keep the faith and great work.

  3. Congrats and say hi to Star B Van Marciano!
    while you think $300 may be small, someone didn’t see 1/4 of that amount. I’m sure you will push that amount high in June as you’re surely not taking any holidays ;)

  4. Pooja Arora says:

    Really Amazing Monthly Report you have created, Keep it up !
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  5. Shivam ahuja says:

    How about Clickbank ? any reserves over there for this month ?

  6. Ben Cogan says:

    I must say as a newbie Blogger it’s inspiring to read your report, it makes the hard work more bearable, when you see where you can get to if you persist.

    Thank you very much in did!!!

    Ben
    Ben Cogan recently posted..Instant Traffic ShortcutsMy Profile

  7. Hi Fabrizio, thank you for the share, it is great to see how blogs really perform. Not like the guys selling products on Clickbank over egging the pudding as they say. I don’t envy your job of removing aAdSense, bad links and the general up keep of the site however it is a great reminder of the things the rest of us should do. All the best for June,

    Regards
    SI
    The Secret Insider recently posted..Online Business Idea: Profit Sharing Set Up.My Profile

    • Thanks SI, yes my online income has been up and down over the last few months, removing adsense is a headache but because I’m going through each individual post to remove them, it’s giving me the chance to improve some of those posts or get rid of altogether. Hopefully by the end of July it will all be removed, and I can see a slight increase in affiliate earnings perhaps.

  8. Hi Fabrizio,
    nice stats, and congratulations for your income report.
    Keep up the good work and you will improve month by month! :-)
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  9. Keep doing everything you do and I guess that your income result can be even better! My congratulations to you

  10. prashant says:

    Congrats! keep up the great work

  11. abhishek says:

    hey nice one, really impressed by your results, hope to see it double soon, all d best :)

  12. Your achievements are quite encouraging!!! Good like in further development!

  13. saad naeem says:

    fab why so less amount of traffic during 22nd may will 25th may and how u recovered it?

    • Hey Saad, I’m not too sure, I was on holiday abroad from 17th to 24th it could be because I published only a single post in that 8 days of being away. The moment I returned got back into a publishing routine, traffic picked up again.

      • saad naeem says:

        that kinda weird , you get so much traffic from google , 75% of ur traffic is from google normally , it shouldn’t have gone down . Anyways i just asked because there a panda 3.8 update during time
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        • Hey Saad, yeah my Google traffic has been increasing slowly and I was only made aware of a Panda update a few days ago, I noticed traffic decreasing this week, but I’ve seen a small recovery these past few days. How are you getting on with search engine traffic? Have you been affected in any way?

  14. VoTri says:

    Nice and positive Report! Thanks for Sharing. I started my German Blog, I hope it works in Germany

  15. Becca says:

    Not really bad Fab! you could do better the following months.
    Keep up the good work!

  16. Rob White says:

    Congrats on the new baby and keep up the great work on traffic! :)

  17. Ammar Ali says:

    Really Amazing Monthly Report. Keep it up !

    You are doing very good job. This is my 2nd visit on your blog. Just subscribed to your blog updates ;)

    Looking forward for “Awesome” content in my inbox.

    Keep it up!

  18. It is really great to see the Organic traffic increasing! I honestly feel that after the updates by Google, I am rely happy to see the site moving upwards!
    Jeremiah Ozment recently posted..Law Firms Search Engine Optimization – 1st Component “On Page Optimization”My Profile

  19. Puneet says:

    Hi Fabrizio. Its not an impressive figure but still its good and please keep trying and improve your traffic so that earning will be more too.

  20. Rahul Roy says:

    No traffic from Google+? I think you can bring more traffic from Google+.

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