I had to double check the date, because I thought it was November 1st and time for another income report, but then I thought I was in some sort of alternate reality. It’s November, and 85 degrees in St. Louis. Something obviously isn’t right here…
Anyway, each month I publish my income and traffic report, no matter how bad it may be.
It’s a way for me to stay accountable, or publicly humiliate myself by not following through with my goals set in the previous month.
It’s only for blog related income, no offline income or investment income. My hope is for this to help some of you others out there looking to generate a few bucks with your blog or other web properties.
What Happened in October?
October was supposed to be a really good month. I had plans to accomplish a lot of things such as:
- Launch my coaching page (didn’t happen)
- Add a sub menu (it’s invisible)
- Polish my SEO guide (actually lost some of the content)
- Rework and Migrate my Autoresponder (didn’t happen)
- Launch FB ads campaign (Didn’t happen)
I had a hard drive issue, and still do have the same issue but hopefully most of the data will be recovered. For a large part of the month, I was dealing with just getting things set up properly on my main system.
I also had a few projects I’ve been working on outside of the blog which took up quite a bit of time.
Content production was also low, and if it weren’t for David’s guest post on getting free cable, then there wouldn’t have even been a new post since the last income report!
There’s no way to really sugar coat the lack of progress made here on the blog. I missed every goal I wanted to hit in October, and didn’t keep up with content production either.
That being said, let’s just dive into the numbers…
October 2016 Income and Traffic Stats
Self Created Income/Courses
- 5 Sessions
Note: Page coming soon for coaching.
- Long Tail Pro – $316 (see my review here)
- NameHero Hosting – $50 (review)
- Clicks Magazine – $8.50
- Mobile Renegade – $ 0 (See it in action here)
- Mobile Renegade Mega Deal with Facebook Plugin – $0 (Blog post + Video)
- TeamWork Project Management – $6
- Social Pilot – $3
Affiliate Income – $383.50
TOTAL Income Bully Blog Income – $3,292.50
Thoughts on October Income
About a $5,000 decrease compared to September, but that was to be expected. Actually, I expected it to be a steeper decline than it was. I expected to be around $2,500 in October.
Considering that I’m actually above where I expected, and factoring in how awful October was in terms of progress, I have to be happy with the amount of revenue generated.
One major concern though, is the mobile renegade income completely dropped off. I didn’t realize it until now, going through all my stats. I will need to check to make sure the links are working and see what’s going on there. It could have been a pretty solid month for affiliate income if my mobile renegade sales were on point with the average over the past year.
OTHER METRICS FOR THE BLOG
Alexa Rank – 356,964
Twitter Followers – 3,316
Google+ Followers – 38
Aweber Email Subscribers – 2,586
Unique Visitors – 3,703
Bounce Rate – 74.51%
Pages Per Session – 1.59
Average Time On Site – 1:34
Thoughts On Traffic and Blog Metrics
Nothing much to discuss here, considering the lack of content, the decline in unique visitors is expected. Twitter activity picked back up and will continue to increase. I expect a 400-500 follower increase in the month of November.
Email subscribers have been stagnant. Once again, it is a by-product of a lack of content published in October, and no outreach being done.
My bounce rate in the last couple months has increased which is a bit alarming. It could be due to a lack of new content, it could also be due to a lack of internal linking in new content as well. That’s something I will keep my eye on in the next few months and do a bit of testing to improve those numbers.
All Time Stats For The Blog
|Month & Year||Unique Visitors||Affiliate Income||Total Revenue|
|Month & Year||Unique Visitors||Bounce Rate||Pages Per Session||Time on Site|
|Month & Year||Alexa Rank||Email Subs||Youtube||Google+|
*If you guys have a better idea on displaying historical data please let me know. It’s getting to be too much to list everything here. Should I just list the past 12 months and on the income report menu page, display all the data in one place? Let me know!
Plans for November
I don’t really need to outline everything I want to accomplish all over again. The plans I have for this month, are to complete all the things I wanted to do in October but didn’t.
When I look at the time invested in this blog during October, I spent 3-4 hours between responding to emails, formatting the guest post, emailing the subscriber list, and last month’s income report, I realize how just a little more focus could really improve the blog.
My ultimate goal for the month of November is to spend at least 1 hour each day working on the blog. That might include content production, emails, outreach, planning, etc. The point is to spend a little bit of time each day. One hour a day isn’t that much. I’m curious to see the difference it makes by the next income report.
Growing a blog is tough. No wonder Matthew Woodward and other successful bloggers spend long hours each and every day on their blog. People like Pat Flynn are grinding away at different types of content to maximize their reach.
It seems like months like these, should really bring more motivation and I guess sometimes they do, but it’s hard to stay motivated when the goals you set aren’t being met, and progress isn’t happening.
I guess it ultimately leads to a decision we all have to make when things aren’t going how we want. You either give up altogether or you make adjustments to get the results you want.
I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t like the giving up method.