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December Statistics Report – Everything

Posted by on Jan 5, 2009

Last month I said that I was going to start giving my entire online profitability, not only the blog, because, well, truthfully, only reporting on the blog ends up being a bit depressing. So, I’m going to not only talk about the blog, but about my online income as well, since my overall goal is to make significant money online, and not only on the blog. Kind of a branching out for me, but hey, if Yan can talk about branching out, then so can I.

So, here we go. My total monthly online intake was $60.22. That’s down from November, but that’s okay because I noticed there wasn’t a lot of activity the last week due to the holidays. I was on a great pace, though. The blog income was $15.75, also down from last month. That might be incomplete, though, and I’ll get to why. I made $12 from Text Link Ads, 10 cents from Widget Bucks, 19 cents from Kontera, $3.00 from ScratchBack (thanks to Dennis and Sire), and 46 cents from Chitika. Link XL is the anomaly here, because it only has a report from November and nothing else, which is odd. I might have to reach out to John to find out what went wrong there, but most probably I didn’t make anything. Anyway, this tells me overall that I’m averaging about $500 a year online, which is more than enough to pay for my online expenses, so I’m seeing that as a positive. But, for those of you who saw my online goals for 2009, it means I have to increase that figure 4-fold. How will I do it? Not sure, but I’ve got a few ideas here and there.

Per Google Analytics, I had 992 visits to the blog this month, which is my first decrease in 10 months, and drastically so. My ISP also reported reduced numbers, down to 16,208. Very disappointing numbers, but the reduction explains why I made less income this month. However, since I still wrote 24 posts in the month of December, I think it starts to validate Peter Lee’s post about commenting on other blogs, since I didn’t get to visit as many blogs and make as many comments as I’m used to doing in December. I do believe now even more than before that there is a direct correlation between commenting on other blogs and the visits you get to your own blog.

It wasn’t all bad news, though. I did finally crack the Technorati top 100,000, hitting 96,562, although, as I check today, it’s done some weird readjustment and I’m now looking at 183,557; can one drop that far in less than a week? Especially when I’ve increased my authority and fans in the same time period? Well, it is what it is for the moment, but that’s really weird. I’d also hit a top number of RSS subscribers as of last week with 55, but today it’s down to 47; I guess I need to make sure to not miss as many days in a row, I suppose.

So, those are the numbers, fresh and honest. This is going to be a tough month because I’ve got some major travel coming up, but I’m going to see what I can do anyway.

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Hey Mitch, now you have me wandering if I should do an update as well. The thing is should I include what I made doing paid posts in the figures.

As for Technorati, you have to remember that their stats are not constant and so even though you have gained some it may not have been enough to compensate the ones that you lost.

Sire´s last blog post..Allowing Commentators To Edit Their Comments

January 5th, 2009 | 11:55 PM
Mitch:

I think you should give your stats at least once, Sire, because you have so many blogs, and definitely other websites, and it would be interesting to know just what you’re raking in, where, and how. And your visitors would be interesting also.

As for the other stats, I just can’t believe Technorati would drop that much that fast, especially if the other numbers went up, but hey, I’m not going to overly worry about that. However, I notice I dropped in your Cool Links to 7th also; ugh!

January 6th, 2009 | 12:01 AM

If I do an update I will be lumping all the sites under one banner as I don’t have the time to do them individually. We shall see what transpires.

Sire´s last blog post..Allowing Commentators To Edit Their Comments

January 6th, 2009 | 12:52 AM
Mitch:

Any way you want to do it, Sire; I think people would be interested.

January 6th, 2009 | 10:21 AM
Blogging Tips:

Mitch

That’s indeed an honest report. There will come a point in time when we realize that the money we make from blogging is just to cover our yearly expenses.

Diversification is the key and it took me almost 6 months to realize that. Slow, eh?

Yan

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January 6th, 2009 | 5:35 AM
Mitch:

Not really all that slow, Yan. After all, though this blog is still relatively new, I’ve been blogging for 4 years and just realized it this year myself.

January 6th, 2009 | 10:22 AM

hey Mitch,
Thanks as always for providing REAL numbers and analysis. I think that if one is covering expenses and enjoying what one does, that’s a solid foundation to build on, and better than going in the hole and hating what one is doing! 🙂
And you’ve always got poker as a back up. 😉
~ Steve, aka the trade show guru
PS. On a serious note, best wishes to your wife, and good to see the new post!

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January 6th, 2009 | 9:37 AM
Mitch:

Hi Steve; indeed, I’ll have to use poker to finance everything else, it would seem. And thanks for the wishes for my wife; she’s getting much better.

January 6th, 2009 | 10:24 AM

Ever think of putting the Google ada at the top of each page? (Can that be done with WP?) I get about $100 a quarter from those ads on my PSCalculator.net site. Of course, those are very targeted ads to a niche market which helps.

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January 6th, 2009 | 9:44 AM
Mitch:

Hey Scott, Google ads don’t work so well on my blog, no matter where you put them. It’s the same with my other blog. So, I actually reduced the number of Google ads I had on the page and replaced them. I wrote about it here.

January 6th, 2009 | 10:20 AM

Hi Mitch,
Happy New Year my friend. Thanks for the mention and I can’t agree with you more. On days that I couldn’t do much commenting I too see a drop in visitors.I think blog marketing is so important especially when you’ve posted a new post you just got to plublicize it a little. I find that the commentluv really helps doing that.

Peter Lee

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January 6th, 2009 | 7:15 PM
Mitch:

I have to admit, Peter, that I hadn’t expected such a direct correlation, but I’m now a believer!

January 6th, 2009 | 8:21 PM
Commentluv:

On the subject of commentluv, I’ll be featuring you guys soon. Check the commentluv link.

Yan

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January 6th, 2009 | 8:51 PM

Mitch, that’s not a very impressive number. I guess, online money making is going to get even tougher in the coming days due to the overall economic slowdown and internet ad spending mid-term downtrend.

Despite, what I feel is that you need to focus on one major traffic stream – either SEO/Keywords, Social Media or Direct (helped by comments etc). The first one should be the way to be for consistent traffic even during a downtime.

Even my page views reduced by 15% during December – thanks to a dull Christmas week.

Good luck 🙂

Ajith Edassery´s last blog post..Blogger – Blog Reader Engagment Models

January 6th, 2009 | 10:20 PM
Mitch:

Hi Ajith. No, it’s not an overly impressive number, but it is what it is. Actually, I believe if we all can figure out how to do it right that making money online is going to be the big thing as we move forward, because, in our economy, many companies are going to have to reduce their expenses, which usually means employees and business locations, and if the rest of us can bring them customers through the internet, the money will be there for us also.

January 7th, 2009 | 9:55 AM
Mitch:

By the way, there must have been a Technorati glitch, because I’m back to 98,411 as of today.

January 8th, 2009 | 7:32 AM
BrandC:

Nice post Mitch. Definitely in the same ball park as you with your monthly income. I am also seeing the same thing as you are in the Kontera dept. I make almost nothing using them on one of my other sites. Is that a monthly thing of making such little $ from Kontera for you?

BrandC´s last blog post..I fail, and I get back up and try again.

January 11th, 2009 | 10:43 PM
Mitch:

It seems to be, Brand. I only added them in November, so I knew it would be a bad month, but it’s continued so yeah, I guess that’s about it, unless the visit numbers reach astronomical proportions, and I’m certainly not expecting that.

January 11th, 2009 | 10:50 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good morning, Mitch.

I won’t be posting any stats about visitors or earnings from my online marketing. That’s something I share only with federal agencies that can put me in jail if I don’t tell them – and pay my taxes.

I will say that I’m not getting rich, but I’m paying my bills even though my commissions took a dramatic downturn in September and have not recovered. Still, I earn 100% of my income from affiliate marketing.

As I’ve said, I’ll be diversifying my income later this month as I get back into consulting. It remains to be seen which will produce the most income.

What criteria do you use to determine what gets placement on your blog? I consider that valuable real estate and I’m not sure I’d be promoting something that brought in only a few dollars per month, or less.

Act on your dream!

JD

January 12th, 2009 | 9:16 AM
Mitch:

Actually John, I haven’t had any criteria because nothing much has really worked on the site. You may have noticed today, though, that I have added a couple of my own products to the left sidebar, as I figured it was about time to promote myself just a bit more overall. There’s something to be said about having your own products, and there’s one more to come.

There are questions about affiliate marketing that I, and others, really want to get answered, and I expect that this will be the year it happens. Good luck with your projects also.

January 12th, 2009 | 10:31 AM