January 2017 Traffic & Revenue Report for my Travel Blog

What? Has Yeys.com dwindled into being nothing more but a home for monthly reports for another blog? Yup! So it has! Basically, this is me keeping notes of my travel blog here, and whoever may be reading this is welcome to take a peek. Why am I even doing this? I explained it all in previous reports.

January 2017 report

In fact, don’t be surprised if future updates may not be frequent. As I mentioned in previous posts, some huge things are happening with my flagship site and my time and energy are needed there. For now, I keep on blogging in my travel blog as well, just because I enjoy the diversion (and the traveling!).

What was January like?

I managed to post four times during January which I think is pretty superb, all things considered. My post about the Best Family Hikes in the Canadian Rockies used a mix of our own experiences and some research done in preparation for another visit to the region this summer. I then blogged about a nice short trip we’d made in December to a local stream in: Visiting Nahal Taninim Nature Reserve in Israel. We’re going to Paris in a couple of months time, so I had to research Versailles and turned that into yet another blog post which we’ll be using ourselves really soon: Visiting Versailles With Kids – The Cheat Sheet. Finally, in another stroll down memory lane, I described a side trip we made in 2013 while visiting Yellowstone National Park in the post titled Quake Lake: See it while visiting Yellowstone!

I’m happy with all four posts. They’re long, thorough, richly-illustrated and a good mix of regions and personal accounts vs. future trip notes.

Looks like visitors were happy too, judging by the numbers!

The blog received 6,045 page views in January, compared to only 2,064 in December! That’s almost three times more traffic! Unique visitors went from 1,859 to 4,825! Pretty neat, isn’t it? The trend is clear –

January 2017 traffic report

That traffic is still more than 90% Pinterest traffic, thanks to Tailwind. I keep working at it, creating good pins and scheduling approx. 10 pins a day, about a third of them promoting my own blog.

Actually, I suspect things could have been better.

Look at what happened in January 15th –

Yup. The site was down. Too much traffic meant it exceeded the bandwidth limit and the account was suspended. By the time I fixed that, the site had been down for almost 24 hours. Judging by the influx of traffic the following day, I wonder if maybe it was a spike in traffic at the beginning of the 15th, corrected by Pinterest and somehow penalized for the site being down. If that’s the case, the stats could possibly have been even better.

I could feel the change in the comments section as well. There were four comments from genuine visitors (i.e. not family friends or fellow bloggers). That made me happy. Engagement is important and it’s also just fun to get to know your readers.

Revenue and profits

The blog is only monetized with a single adsense ad in the sidebar and the occasional affiliate link to booking.com. Nothing to report on the affiliate front which isn’t surprising considering the amount of traffic (it’s still very low, trends or no trends).

Google adsense revenue came to $5.98.

Expenses were the same as last month:  $15 for hosting and $15 for my tailwind subscription. So, no profits but hey, I did have some fun not making money with this blog!

Plans for February

Honestly, February and March are panning out to be so super busy with my flagship site (which has 10X more traffic a day then this blog gets in a month…) that I’d be lucky to keep posting more than a couple of posts a month and maintaining my Pinterest presence. In all likelihood, I won’t post another report here before April, so if you’re following my progress, don’t hold your breath!

I hope 2017 is turning to be awesome for everyone. Leave me a comment if you have any questions or just let me know how January was for your blog!

December 2016 Traffic & Revenue Report for my Travel Blog

December was a good month! Here’s what happened with my travel blog this month, how and why. All is revealed in this month’s Traffic & No-Revenue-(yet!) report.

My Traffic & Revenue Report - December 2016

Why am I posting these reports?

In a word: Accountability. To myself, first and foremost. I started this blog as a way for me to keep track of a larger project where I tried to manage no fewer than six blogs. That was in addition to my flagship site and another private blog. Somehow, this seemed feasible back in June 2016 but obviously, it really wasn’t.

So, three months ago I made the decision to focus on just one of the blog. That happened to be my travel blog, just because that was my favorite niche of all to write about. And writing about what you love does matter! Posting the monthly reports actually helped me keep track of things, so I still use Yeys.com (this blog!) for that. I hope others may find the occasional tip or idea helpful too.

So, what was December like?

Not too shabby, actually. I managed to meet my goals and published six posts that I’m happy with. I blogged about why traveling with kids can actually be surprisingly awesome and shared tips on how to make it that way. Sharing my list of things to do in Seward, Alaska came next, followed by an extensive guide for visiting the White City of Tel Aviv. Our experiences traveling in the US, combined with some in-depth researched, helped me produce this list of 13 day trips around Las Vegas. I was researching for our own trip to the Republic of Georgia and that turned into a nice trip reports roundup post, which was nicely shared on Twitter. Finally, I really enjoyed writing about a spectacular place we’ve been to in 2011 and may be returning to this summer in the post about Natural Wonders in Banff National Park, Canada.

I’m happy with the content of these posts and the nice pinnable images I made for them. They’re already getting some traffic and I have a feeling more will come in the future, as the pins make the rounds.

So, what do the stats look like?

They look kinda pretty, all things considered. Traffic went up by about one third this month!

December Stats

Pageviews for the past months –

September: 439

October: 1156

November: 2017

December: 2643

Most of the traffic is still coming from Pinterest, thanks to Tailwind! Search engine traffic is also climbing up nicely, with Google having sent the blog 273 visitors in December, compared to 143 in November.

Speaking of Pinterest, let’s take a look at the Social Media metrics. You may remember I only started tracking them last month, so this is the second month of actual documented data.

Pinterest: 434 followers (was 394 a month ago).

Twitter: 136 followers (was 76 a month ago).

Instagram: 289 followers (was 245 a month ago).

In total, we’re talking about 859 followers, compared to 715 the previous month.

No huge growth on any of the channels but at least the growth is there. I didn’t put a lot of time into promoting on any of the networks, other than Pinterest. The Pinterest rewards are in the form of traffic to the blog, even if the number of followers hasn’t grown dramatically.

What about the revenue?

Revenue this month was a whopping $3.54 from the single Adsense ad in the blog’s sidebar.

Expenses included the same $15 for hosting and $15 for my tailwind subscription. So, overall the travel blog is definitely not making any money. I’m ok with that. Considering this is a side project for me, I’m not expecting any profit at all at this point.

Goals for January and for 2017

Hey, Happy New Year and all that!

It’s been an interesting year for me, re-learning the ropes of blogging. I can’t go into too much detail here but 2017 is going to be huge for my flagship site with a new project underway. For the travel blog, this means I may have more limited time to write and promote. We’ll see how things go though.

We’ll be traveling in March – Paris & Berlin for 10 days – and if all works well with my flagship site, we may be traveling to Alaska in the summer. That means less time for the blog while I’m on the road, but oh, so much to write about once we get back home!

So, I can’t really commit to anything in 2017 but I can set goals, or at least outline what I’m hoping to achieve.

I think a realistic goal in terms of content production will be 4 new posts each month. If I can make it to six that will be awesome, but I suspect four could end up being a challenge as well.

Traffic-wise, with only four new posts every month, I think a goal of 5000 monthly pageviews by March 2017 is what I’ll be shooting for. That’s doubling current traffic in Q1, so wish me luck!

Goals for January 2017

There’s quite a lot to do, so I’m going to put it all here in writing.

1. Post 4-6 new blog posts.

2. Establish a mailing list registration box to start capturing subscribers through existing traffic.

3. Continue to grow my social media channels.

And if you happen to be reading this post, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Happy new year, everyone! Live long and prosper!

November 2016 Traffic & Revenue Report

Time to check the numbers and see what November was like and why. Join me as I go over my travel blog‘s stats for the past month and my plans for December.

November 2016 Traffic Report

Ack. What a month. I spent the past 10 days or so out of commission. A bad case of back pain kept me away from my desk for a week and a half. I couldn’t even use a laptop in bed. I did whatever I could through my phone and let me tell you, that’s not nearly enough.

Today is the first day for me to actually be sitting in front of my desktop computer for more than half an hour (though the miracles of modern pharmacology!) All three of my blogs (two of them mentioned here, the other being a travel blog in Hebrew) are in dire need of new content. My flagship site stayed afloat thanks to the dedicated team of volunteers who manage the community but I still need to work on the 2017 Q1 content plan and I’m behind on content production and social media marketing there as well.

The pressure is on!

So, I’ll try and keep this post short. I have an additional post in the works about creating a social media strategy for my travel blog. Hopefully I’ll write and publish that one within a week or so. Today, I’m going to focus on the actual traffic and (non existent) revenue report.

As you may recall, I started blogging in June about my Blog Revival Project where I attempted to resurrect six of my old blogs. Within four months, I realized I was stretching myself too thin. I also manage one very large community website and once the initial energy boost subsided and I went back to 40-60 hours of work every week, the blogs suffered.

So, last month I decided to put four of those blogs back on the back burner and focus on the one I enjoyed the most, which happened to be my travel blog. I also keep blogging here on Yeys.com, documenting my progress and what I learn about blogging.

To keep things simple, I’m going to stick to monitoring the travel blog in these traffic & revenue reports from now on. It should be more interesting to take an in-depth look at a single blog. So, let’s dive into the numeric porn. Don’t worry, it’s very softcore as there are no profits at this point.

What I did during November

I was aiming for 6-8 posts during November but with my debilitating health problems I only managed to crank out four. I posted about an up and coming possible destination for us in Visiting Sanssouci Park & Palaces: All you need to know and about a local national park and UNESCO heritage site here: Beit Guvrin National Park in Israel – A Visitor’s Guide. Following a lot of research I came up with this awesome list for the post titled Love science? 18 places you have to see in London. And finally, a combination of our trip report and tips for visitors in Visiting Pikes Peak? Here are 7 things you need to know. 

So much for content creation.

Promotion-wise, I kept up my Pinterest promotion efforts. Thanks to Tailwind, being under the weather has not affected pinning one bit. I had already joined a bunch of group boards and so pins go out into the world and receive shares and clicks.

I also started posting on Instagram and Twitter more often (hey, it’s one thing you can do quite well from your phone!).

Crunching the numbers for the Travel Blog

Time to look at the stats!

Traffic wise this has been another good month! Pageviews went up by 80% compared to October.

November Traffic

That’s the second month in a row of almost doubling traffic and it’s almost entirely thanks to Pinterest traffic. I posted here about my Pinterest strategy and here about applying Tailwind to carry it out. Applying the new strategies began in October and clearly, it’s working well.

sixmonths-traffic

More than half the traffic came in from Pinterest. The rest is a combination of links in comments left on other blogs, a bit of entirely spontaneous Facebook and Reddit (!) traffic and some search engine traffic.

Since social media is so crucial in the traveling niche and in preparation for boosting efforts on Twitter and Instagram, here are some figures for December 1, 2016. I’ll elaborate more on these – and on social media goals – in a future post.

Social Media Followers for the travel blog –

Pinterest: 394

Twitter: 76

Instagram: 245

Facebook page: 0 (a page exists, entirely unutilized)

It’s all about the money (not really!)

Ok, so let’s take a look at expenses and income.

Expenses this month included hosting. Since I use a VPS for hosting, I’m going to calculate hosting for the travel blog at $15 a month.

Tailwind was the other expense this month at another $15.

So, a total of $30 for expenses.

The income side of the equation is even shorter. Basically, I don’t really actively monetize the travel blog yet. I’m not going to worry about monetization before it reaches the 100 daily pageviews range.

I do keep one small adsense banner in the sidebar, mostly to keep track of things and get some visuals in there. That ad made $0.55 in November.

As you may notice, I’m not overly concerned about the money at this point. Blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. It’s taken me three years to make a living off my flagship site and I don’t expect the travel blog to be much faster. Building an audience takes time.

My goals for December

What this blog needs the most is more content. Promoting on Pinterest is all very well but I need to have content to promote there and to lure in search engines. I’m going to shoot for 8 new posts this month but considering how November went, I’ll be happy with 6 quality posts.

I also want to push forward on social media. I’m not setting any concrete numbers as goals at this point. I’ll do that once I create an organized social media strategy. So, it’s a rather amorphous general direction for December, more than anything else.

I have an invitation to write a guest blog post on another travel website. I hope I’ll get around to doing that as well. This won’t happen unless I fill up my quota of 8 quality blog posts because I strongly believe good content belongs first and foremost on my own blog. But, if the stars align and I find myself with extra time on my hands, I may move ahead with that as well.

It may not seem like much but I have a more realistic outlook now and I know I’ll be able to dedicate 10-15 hours a week to this blog. At best and assuming good health. Within that timeframe – this plan actually seems quite ambitious!

Looking forward to seeing other bloggers’ reports for November and hearing about your plans for the last month of the year! Leave me a comment and let me know how your own blogging journey goes.

October 2016 Traffic & Revenue Report

Blog traffic and revenue report - October 2016Three days into November, it’s time to look back and see what happened in October. Yup, you’re looking at my fifth blog traffic and revenue report!

Time to check the results of having switched from trying to revive six blogs to focusing on expanding just one of them.

Just in case you’re not familiar with my blog revival project,

Here’s a quick recap –

I’m a an experienced web publisher, returning to blogging after focusing on other aspects of our industry for the past several years. Back in June, I started an experiment where I tried to revive six of my old blogs which had pretty much died out. You can read all about that project, its goals and strategies in this post.

Sometime in August I came to the inevitable conclusion that I was spreading myself too thin. Keep in mind that this is not my main gig. I have a flagship website with well over a million monthly visitors and that one always remained the core of my business.

When I started the blog revival project, I enthusiastically spent 40-50 hours a week on that. Which meant a total of 80 weekly hours in total (sometimes more). Then life intervened and forced me to slow down. I lost steam and with fewer hours, the blogs suffered.

Sometime in August, I reassessed the project and decided to put four blogs back in the freezer and focus on just one of the original six. I chose the travel blog – TripMemos.com – because that’s really the niche I enjoyed the most and felt most connected to.

Yeys.com – this blog – continues on as well, just because it helps me keep track of things. Hopefully other bloggers find nuggets of helpful advice here as well.

So, what happened during October?

The most exciting news is that the travel blog finally took off! By that I mean an increase of 151% in pageviews, from 459 in September to 1156 in October! Unique visitors increased by 223% from 245 to 792!

This is what it looks like in Google Analytics –

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What happened? Where did the traffic come from?

Most of the growth is Pinterest-driven. My intensive Pinterest promotion efforts have paid off!

I applied the various parts of my Pinterest strategy but I have no doubt the key ingredient here was the constant daily pinning. How did I do that? In a word: Tailwind. If you’re considering Pinterest promotion, check out my post about using Tailwind: How I doubled my Pinterest traffic with Tailwind.

While most of the growth came from Pinterest, search traffic has also increased. The numbers are still very small but search traffic went up by 110% from 57 pageviews in September to 120 in October. Call me old fashioned but that makes me really happy.

Of course, the fact that I blogged more during October helped too. Seven new posts in the blog, compared to only 4 during September. More hooks in the water means more traffic – now and in the long run.

What about the other blogs in the Blog Revival Project?

I didn’t really touch any of the other blogs that were part of the Blog Revival project. Zero posts, zero promotional efforts. That didn’t mean zero traffic or revenue, of course.

In fact they made a total of $35 in October, compared to $22 in September. Most of that was in Amazon revenue, from the Home Decor blog. I posted the boring details below, so if you’ll keep reading you can see where every cent came from.

Traffic went mostly down, as was to be expected. The fact that the blogs made more money with less traffic isn’t a huge surprise. First, the numbers are small so fluctuations are bound to happen. Also, it’s the last quarter of the year which means there’s more money in advertising as an industry and it trickles everywhere.

Unless I’ll somehow get back to work these blogs, I expect traffic to dwindle back to close to zero within a few months. By the way, if anyone reading this interested in buying them, I’m open to offers. Just drop me a line in the comments and I’ll send you an email.

October 2016: Expenses

Short section here this month. Other than hosting, the only expense was Tailwind (and it really paid off!) If you sign up using my link here, you’ll get a free trial month and so will I, so thanks in advance!

Tailwind – $15

Hosting $20

Total expenses: $45

Traffic & Revenue Per Blog

Feel free to skip this tedious section. Not only is it tedious, it’s about cents rather than dollars.

Here, click to skip the boring details and get to the summary of this post.

Blog #1 – CatPicsBlog.com

Posts made during October: 0

October traffic – unique visitors:86 Pageviews: 117
September traffic – unique visitors:115 Pageviews: 144
August traffic – unique visitors: 107 pageviews: 164
July traffic – unique visitors: 184 pageviews: 262
June traffic – unique visitors: 52 pageviews: 106
May traffic – unique visitors: 126 May pageviews: 215

October Adsense Revenue: $0.30
September Adsense Revenue: $0.05
August Adsense Revenue: $0.87
July Adsense revenue: $0.03
June Adsense revenue $0.30
May Adsense revenue $0.51

October Clickbank revenue:$0
September Clickbank revenue:$0
August Clickbank revenue: $0
July Clickbank revenue: $0

Blog #2 – CatsGoShopping.com

Posts made during October: 0

October traffic – unique visitors: 297 pageviews:  729
September traffic – unique visitors: 367 pageviews:  1041
August traffic – unique visitors: 686 pageviews: 1271
July unique visitors – 635  pageviews: 1,442
June unique visitors – 124  pageviews: 415
May unique visitors – 161 pageviews: 323

October Adsense Revenue: $6.68
September Adsense revenue: $1.30
August adsense revenue: $0.43
July Adsense revenue: $0.38
June Adsense revenue: $0.16
May Adsense revenue: $0 (blog had no ads)

October Amazon revenue: $2.28
September Amazon revenue: $0
August Amazon revenue: $1.20
July Amazon revenue: $0
June Amazon revenue: $0.47
May Amazon revenue: $0

Blog #3 – Gifts4Kids.net

Posts made during October: 0

October traffic – unique visitors: 65 pageviews: 94
September traffic – unique visitors: 56 pageviews: 99
August traffic – unique visitors: 47 pageviews: 92
July unique visitors – 68 pageviews: 107
June unique visitors – 56 pageviews: 120
May unique visitors – 36 pageviews: 167

October Adsense revenue: $0.11
September Adsense revenue: $0.06
August Adsense revenue: $0.18
July Adsense revenue: $0.02
June Adsense revenue: $0.01
May Adsense revenue: $0.01

October Amazon revenue: $0
September Amazon revenue: $0
August Amazon revenue: $0
July Amazon revenue: $0
June Amazon revenue: $0
May Amazon revenue: $0

Blog #4 – Home-decor-hub.com

Posts made during October: 0

October traffic – unique visitors: 252 pageviews: 416
September traffic – unique visitors: 257  pageviews: 378
August traffic – unique visitors: 353 pageviews: 565
July unique visitors – 276 pageviews: 450
June unique visitors – 351 pageviews: 580
May unique visitors – 402 pageviews: 754

October Adsense revenue: $0.51
September Adsense revenue: $2.03
August Adsense revenue: $1.18
July Adsense revenue: $0.24
June Adsense revenue: $3.79
May Adsense revenue: $2.66

October Amazon revenue: $21.55
September Amazon revenue: $17.19
August Amazon revenue: $18.54
July Amazon revenue: $17.11
June Amazon revenue: $3.48
May Amazon revenue: $17.51

Blog #5 TripMemos.com (the LIVE blog)

Posts made during September: 7

October traffic – unique visitors: 792  pageviews: 1156
September traffic – unique visitors: 237  pageviews: 439
August traffic – unique visitors: 212 pageviews: 452
July unique visitors – 152 pageviews: 318
June unique visitors – 72 pageviews: 339
May unique visitors – 151 pageviews: 151

October Adsense revenue: $2.55
September Adsense revenue: $0.17
August Adsense revenue: $0.56
July Adsense revenue: $0.04
June Adsense revenue: $0
May Adsense revenue: $0

Blog #6 Yeys.com (this one!)

Posts made during October: 3

October traffic: unique visitors: 103  pageviews: 331
September traffic: unique visitors: 156  pageviews: 384
August unique visitors: 255  pageviews: 663
July unique visitors: 403  pageviews: 795
June unique visitors: 168  pageviews: 377
May unique visitors: 136 pageviews: 151

October Adsense revenue: $0.67
September Adsense revenue: $1.27
July Adsense revenue: $0.15
July Adsense revenue: $0.92
June Adsense revenue: $0.02
May Adsense revenue: $0

Total October Revenue & Profit

Expenses: $45
Revenue: $34.65
Profit: $-10.35

To sum up this report

This new strategy seems to be working quite well! I’m going to keep investing my time into expanding and promoting the travel blog!

As for Yeys.com, promotional efforts will be limited but I am still going to use it for the following –

November goals and plans

The plan for November focuses on the travel blog. I want to –

  1. Post 6-8 new posts, all of them optimized for search engines, as well as Pinterest.
  2. Increase the blog’s Pinterest following. Currently I’m at 305. I hope to double that by the end of the month.
  3. Join more Pinterest group boards. Currently posting to 7. Hoping to turn that into 15 by the end of November.
  4. Develop a presence on Twitter and Instagram as well. These two, along with Pinterest, are where travel bloggers are at. Still not sure about how much traffic they can actually generate but networking is important as well.

Expect posts about Twitter and Instagram here on Yeys.com too! After all, this blog is about sharing the lessons learned from my research and experience.

How about you?

How was October for you and your blog? What are your plans for November? Leave me a comment to let me know.

September 2016 Traffic & Revenue Report

It’s time for the monthly traffic and revenue report! I have a bit of an unusual report this month, so this is how today’s post is going to work –

I’m going to quickly take you through my expenses and earnings of the Blog Revival Project which you can read more about here. Spoiler: It’s nothing to write back home about.

Then I’m going to tell you about another blog of mine which I started monetizing in July and made over $700 in September!

For dessert, I’m going to apply some insights from that blog to the Blog Revival project and share my plans for the coming months. Another spoiler: Things are going to change around here.

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First, it’s time to take a hard look at the numbers and put together an honest and detailed report about September, tracking the traffic and revenue figures for the six blogs monitored in the Blog Revival Project.

September 2016: Expenses

September was all about Pinterest. You can read about my insights in these two posts: How to promote a new blog on Pinterest and How to get Pinterest traffic using group boards.

I also spent money on two Pinterest-related service this month. First, I bought access to 45 group boards on Fiverr. Yup, people will sell you group board invites on Fiverr. I have no idea if it was worth it or not, but I was getting frustrated so I figured “what the heck” and paid up. We’ll see how that particular investment pans out.

My second investment seems far more promising. I opened Tailwind accounts for pre-scheduling my pins. I’m going to blog about Tailwind soon but for now, let’s just say I’m impressed with the initial results. So much so that I upgraded my Tailwind account for TripMemos.com.

The Tailwind Plus plan costs $15 a month but I only had one 1$ deducted from my credit card this month. That’s because you get a $15 credit if you use a link like this one to sign up. That is an affiliate link of sorts. It means that if you sign up, you get $15 to your credit which you can use for a free month of the upgraded plan too. I’ll get a similar bonus to use towards my own account, so thank you!

Other than that, it was just the usual $20 for monthly hosting costs.

As far as I can tell, I didn’t have any other expenses on the blog revival project this month.

Total expenses: $66

Traffic & Revenue Per Blog

In all honesty, feel free to skip this tedious section. It’s tedious and it’s about cents, rather than dollars.

Here’s the bottom line: Traffic went down pretty much across all six blogs. Revenue followed suit. The numbers are small to begin with, so I think we can safely ignore the actual revenue figures. The important thing is this: I’m still waddling through very shallow water with these blogs. Here, click to skip the boring details.

Blog #1 – CatPicsBlog.com

Posts made during September: 4

September traffic: unique visitors:115 Pageviews: 144
August traffic: unique visitors: 107 pageviews: 164
July unique visitors: 184 pageviews: 262
June unique visitors: 52 pageviews: 106
May unique visitors: 126 May pageviews: 215

September Adsense Revenue: $0.05
August Adsense Revenue: $0.87
July Adsense revenue: $0.03
June Adsense revenue $0.30
May Adsense revenue $0.51

September Clickbank revenue:$0
August Clickbank revenue: $0
July Clickbank revenue: $0

Blog #2 – CatsGoShopping.com

Posts made during September: 4

September traffic: unique visitors: 367 pageviews:  1041
August traffic: unique visitors: 686 pageviews: 1271
July unique visitors: 635  pageviews: 1,442
June unique visitors: 124  pageviews: 415
May unique visitors: 161 pageviews: 323

September Adsense revenue: $1.30
August adsense revenue: $0.43
July Adsense revenue: $0.38
June Adsense revenue: $0.16
May Adsense revenue: $0 (blog had no ads)

September Amazon revenue: $0
August Amazon revenue: $1.20
July Amazon revenue: $0
June Amazon revenue: $0.47
May Amazon revenue: $0

Blog #3 – Gifts4Kids.net

Posts made during September: 3

September traffic: unique visitors 56 : pageviews: 99
August traffic: unique visitors: 47 pageviews: 92
July unique visitors: 68 pageviews: 107
June unique visitors: 56 pageviews: 120
May unique visitors: 36 pageviews: 167

September Adsense revenue: $0.06
August Adsense revenue: $0.18
July Adsense revenue: $0.02
June Adsense revenue: $0.01
May Adsense revenue: $0.01

September Amazon revenue: $0
August Amazon revenue: $0
July Amazon revenue: $0
June Amazon revenue: $0
May Amazon revenue: $0

Blog #4 – Home-decor-hub.com

Posts made during September: 2

September traffic: unique visitors:257  pageviews:  378
August traffic: unique visitors: 353 pageviews: 565
July unique visitors: 276 pageviews: 450
June unique visitors: 351 pageviews: 580
May unique visitors: 402 pageviews: 754

September Adsense revenue: $2.03
August Adsense revenue: $1.18
July Adsense revenue: $0.24
June Adsense revenue: $3.79
May Adsense revenue: $2.66

September Amazon revenue: $17.19
August Amazon revenue: $18.54
July Amazon revenue: $17.11
June Amazon revenue: $3.48
May Amazon revenue: $17.51

Blog #5 TripMemos.com

Posts made during September: 5

September traffic: unique visitors:237  pageviews:439
August traffic: unique visitors: 212 pageviews: 452
July unique visitors: 152 pageviews: 318
June unique visitors: 72 pageviews: 339
May unique visitors: 151 pageviews: 151

September Adsense revenue: $0.17
August Adsense revenue: $0.56
July Adsense revenue: $0.04
June Adsense revenue: $0
May Adsense revenue: $0

Blog #6 Yeys.com (this one!)

Posts made during September: 4

September traffic: unique visitors: 156  pageviews: 384
August unique visitors: 255  pageviews: 663
July unique visitors: 403  pageviews: 795
June unique visitors: 168  pageviews: 377
May unique visitors: 136 pageviews: 151

September Adsense revenue: $1.27
July Adsense revenue: $0.15
July Adsense revenue: $0.92
June Adsense revenue: $0.02
May Adsense revenue: $0

Total September Revenue & Profit

Expenses: $66
Revenue: $22.07

Profit: $-43.93

So, what happened in September?

September was crazy busy here with all kinds of personal matters. I blogged about it here. I know that I also complained about August having been too busy. Which makes me wonder if maybe this level of “being busy” is just what my life is like on average. Maybe it was June and July that were less busy and now things are back to normal?

Whatever work time I had went into my flagship site and another side project which I will expand on in a minute. The six Blog Revival Project blogs suffered.

How I made $700 from one blog this month

I mentioned another side project. It’s a project that made me very happy this month and also made me re-think.

Yes, it’s yet another blog. I haven’t mentioned that blog so far because it’s not in the English language and I never actually considered it to be “work”.

Over the past seven years, we traveled across 44 US states for a total of more than 12 months. Five years ago, before our first long road trip (5.5 months long!) I created a blog because, well, that’s what we bloggers do, isn’t it? It had two purposes –

  1. To store all the information I gathered about various destinations in the US and Canada.
  2. To share our travel stories as they took place, mostly with family and friends.

Can you guess what happened?

The blog began to attract more and more traffic. People began using the information and following our trips. I kept getting questions from people and I blogged about the answers. The blog has become an authority resource in its niche. It currently has thousands of posts in it and it gets an average of 200 daily visitors, even when we don’t travel.

Believe it or not, I never bothered with monetization, or even tracking stats properly. One in a blue moon I took a look at the server internal stats and that was it. I figured the Hebrew-speaking market was too small to bother with.

Monetizing my personal little travel blog

The Blog Revival Project taught me so much about blogging that I realized two things. First, that I have a gem of a blog on my hands, done just the right way, and second, that it may be possible to monetize it after all.

I joined two affiliate programs for products that I personally use and recommend. One is a car rental agency and the other is a hotel reservations site. I’ve been recommending them anyway, and they had affiliate programs, so why not? I didn’t expect much. Between my traffic and this being a local market, I figured an extra $100 a month would be nice. That was in July.

I was wrong. During August, that blog had close to $300 in revenue! In September, it went past the $700 mark!

Color me surprised!

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You know how you struggle with the question of whether or not monetization will drive your readers away? Not only did it not do that, but I keep getting comments from people thanking me for the opportunity to give something back “to the blog”. Win-win!

Why did it work so well?

It worked so well because I – almost inadvertently – applied what I was preaching.

This blog contains high-quality content which my readers find very useful for their own needs.

I have many hooks in the water, i.e. hundreds of posts. Possibly over a thousand by now.

This is definitely blogging about something I LOVE. I could write daily posts if I had the time. I think that passion comes across.

So, what does that all mean for the Blog Revival Project?

I think it’s time for some changes. In fact, I think they’re already happening.

Three of the project blogs are definitely going into the deep-freeze. I don’t really have the time to post regularly, let alone promote them. Also, I found out that I don’t really enjoy working on them and if that’s not enough, they’re not making any money which pretty much seals the deal. Bye bye, CatPicsBlog, CatsGoShopping and Gifts4Kids. At least for now.

I’m going to focus on what I love the most: Travel blogging. I’m going to keep blogging on TripMemos.com and promoting it, mostly via Pinterest. I’m also keeping this blog, Yeys.com. It’s a useful tool for me, even without generating any revenue. It’s my own “notebook” for those notes that I need to make when researching blogging topics. This is where I can “think out loud” about blogging. Accountability is another benefit. Had it not been for this blog and these monthly reports, I probably would have lost track of my projects by now. So, yes, Yeys.com is staying!

Hopefully, managing fewer blogs will make it easier to actually grow them. The results I’m seeing with my Hebrew travel blog with just 200 daily unique visitors are very encouraging.

That’s the plan, Stan. At least for the coming month. Wish me luck (and leave me a comment!)

 

 

 

August 2016 Traffic & Revenue Report

August is over which means I’m officially halfway through to the first milestone the Blog Revival Project. Time to look at the stats and see what traffic and revenue were like during the month of August.

August Traffic & Revenue Report

What’s the Blog Revival Project? That’s just me trying to bring six blogs back to life by doing what bloggers do: create quality content, promote and monetize. I started in June, exactly three months ago, and my aim is to generate at least $200 in profit from all six blogs combined during the month December 2016.

You can read more about the project’s goals and strategies here.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers. I’ll then offer my own insights as to what’s going on and why.

Expenses in August 2016

Almost no expenses in August. I only paid for hosting, a total of $20.

As far as I can tell, I didn’t have any other expenses on the blog revival project this month.

Total expenses: $20

Traffic & Revenue Per Blog

Let’s dive into the specifics for each blog with the following metrics: number of blog posts made during August, traffic stats and revenue stats. In gray, you’ll find the traffic and revenue stats for the past three months so you’ll be able to see the progress made (or lack of, in some cases).

Blog #1 – CatPicsBlog.com

Posts made during August: 6

August traffic: unique visitors: 107 pageviews: 164
July unique visitors: 184 pageviews: 262
June unique visitors: 52 pageviews: 106
May unique visitors: 126 May pageviews: 215

Revenue:

August Adsense Revenue: $0.87
July Adsense revenue: $0.03
June Adsense revenue $0.30
May Adsense revenue $0.51

August Clickbank revenue: $0
July Clickbank revenue: $0

Blog #2 – CatsGoShopping.com

Posts made during August: 6

Traffic: 

August traffic: unique visitors: 686 pageviews: 1271
July unique visitors: 635  pageviews: 1,442
June unique visitors: 124  pageviews: 415
May unique visitors: 161 pageviews: 323

Revenue:
August adsense revenue: $0.43
July Adsense revenue: $0.38
June Adsense revenue: $0.16
May Adsense revenue: $0 (blog had no ads)

August Amazon revenue: $1.20
July Amazon revenue: $0
June Amazon revenue: $0.47
May Amazon revenue: $0

Blog #3 – Gifts4Kids.net

Posts made during August: 4

Traffic:
August traffic: unique visitors: 47 pageviews: 92
July unique visitors: 68 pageviews: 107
June unique visitors: 56 pageviews: 120
May unique visitors: 36 pageviews: 167

Revenue:
August Adsense revenue: $0.18
July Adsense revenue: $0.02
June Adsense revenue: $0.01
May Adsense revenue: $0.01

August Amazon revenue: $0
July Amazon revenue: $0
June Amazon revenue: $0 
May Amazon revenue: $0

Blog #4 – Home-decor-hub.com

Posts made during August: 4

Traffic:

August traffic: unique visitors: 353 pageviews: 565
July unique visitors: 276 pageviews: 450
June unique visitors: 351 pageviews: 580
May unique visitors: 402 pageviews: 754

Revenue:
August Adsense revenue: $1.18
July Adsense revenue: $0.24
June Adsense revenue: $3.79
May Adsense revenue: $2.66

August Amazon revenue: $18.54
July Amazon revenue: $17.11
June Amazon revenue: $3.48
May Amazon revenue: $17.51

Blog #5 TripMemos.com

Posts made during August: 6

August traffic: unique visitors: 212 pageviews: 452
July unique visitors: 152 pageviews: 318
June unique visitors: 72 pageviews: 339
May unique visitors: 151 pageviews: 151

Revenue:
August Adsense revenue: $0.56
July Adsense revenue: $0.04
June Adsense revenue: $0
May Adsense revenue: $0

Blog #6 Yeys.com (this one!)

Posts made during August: 6

Traffic: 
August unique visitors: 255  pageviews: 663
July unique visitors: 403  pageviews: 795
June unique visitors: 168  pageviews: 377
May unique visitors: 136 pageviews: 151

Revenue:
July Adsense revenue: $0.15
July Adsense revenue: $0.92
June Adsense revenue: $0.02
May Adsense revenue: $0

Total August Revenue & Profit

Expenses: $20
Revenue: $23.11

Profit: $3.11

So, is this good? Bad? Maybe ugly?

Looking at the bottom line, you could say it’s a positive trend. In fact, this is the first month with an actual (positive) profit. The total is only three dollars and eleven cents but hey, that’s better than a total of -$291 in July and -$563.73 in June.

August's profits

If you look at revenue alone, the picture isn’t very rosy. Revenue hasn’t gone down but growth is painfully slow and let’s face it, at this scale, it’s pretty random too.

Revenue growth

As anticipated, fewer posts meant less traffic –

Traffic trend

In fact, this is actually better than what I had expected, considering that I only published a total of 32 posts across the project blogs in August. Compare that to a total of 54 posts in July – a decrease of more than a third – and the traffic looks surprisingly good.

Losing steam comes at a cost

August was a difficult month for me. I was overwhelmed with work and was getting too close to the dreaded burnout point. To avoid that, I deliberately slowed down and the Blog Revival Project paid the price.

I’m worried, to be honest. I wonder if maybe I have bitten on more than I can chew. Maybe six blogs is too much and I should have focused on three, two, or maybe even just one?

At this point, I’m sticking with all six blogs

Yes, I can see some blogs are doing better than others. I can also tell by now which blogs I enjoy more (which is just as important because I do believe that blogging about what you love is the key to long-term success). However, I still think blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. Three months is just way way too short a time to tell much about anything. So, I’m going to keep at it. I’m going to take it one month at a time and we’ll see how that goes.

You can read here about my plans for September. I’m going to keep the cycle of posting and promoting on all blogs, paying special attention to TripMemos.com this month (my travel blog). This basically means more posts there as well as developing a stronger Pinterest presence and a more robust mailing list.

Overall August was a mixed bag in terms of results: a slight decrease in traffic due to slowing down but a (very) slight increase in revenue. Let’s hope September will blow away the summer fatigue and I’ll be able to push forwards on all fronts.

Here’s to a fresh, crisp and fruitful fall!

Have a great fall!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

Do you think six blogs is too ambitious for a side project? Should I stick with all six until December or maybe I should lose the excess baggage sooner rather than later? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to tell me what your August was like too!

July 2016 Traffic & Revenue Report

Oh, wow, it’s been a month since I published my last revenue report! Which was also the very first revenue & traffic report for the Blog Revival Project! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun and now it’s time for the July review!

July 2016 Revenue Report

So, what was July like?

Nothing to write home about but at least that’s something to write a blog post about (always look at the bright side of life, I say!). I really this hope this helps some of you to see what the early days of a blog look like.

I monitor six different blogs in this review and my goal is to get to $200 in profit by December 2016, so let’s see if we’re getting there.

Not familiar with my project? You can read more about the project and the reasons for it right here.

Let’s start with a quick(ish) review of what happened in July.

How I implemented my plans for Blog #1

Managing a total of six blogs can get overwhelming and confusing. So I decided to set a strategy where I would take one blog at a time and give that blog a lot of TLC for one month. July was dedicated to the CatsGoShopping blog.

You can read here about how I formulated the action plan for July for that blog. Here are the action items I had on the list and what I ended doing with them.

1. Post 3 times a week: Quality, engaging posts, SEO’ed and with catchy titles.
yesA total of 14 posts this month and I’m happy with all of them.

2. Pin 2 images, three times a week.

yes I pinned at least six images a week across my three Pinterest accounts.

3. Add three comments a day on related blogs.

yes I really enjoy seeing what others write about and I enjoy leaving comments so that was easy enough to achieve. I think I managed an average of three comments a day going back to this specific blog.

4. Decide on a color palette and a font for the blog.

yes I went with the Carme font and a blue and red palette with some gray thrown in.

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It’s simple and it stands out in this niche. I don’t know any other cat blogs that use a similar color scheme.

It is similar to the colors of leading online pet stores. In fact, it’s amazing to see just how many of them use a blue & red palette. I think choosing a similar color scheme for my blog is good for creating a more harmonious experience for anyone clicking the affiliate links.

5. Get a logo.

yes This is what I got on Fiverr for $5 –
Cats Go Shopping Logo
Is it the best logo ever? Probably not but it’s better than just having the site name in text format. I confess I am not a designer nor can I tell what makes a good logo and what doesn’t. Ideally, some A/B testing of logos would be good and I plan on doing that at some point.

6. Create templates for images people can share on social media. 

yes Done but I’m not thrilled with the result. Here’s what they look like –

Example of sharable image for blog

I also hope people share the actual images in the articles themselves. Hopefully, this will be good enough.

7. Set up Twitter account and put that on auto-pilot. 

yes  The account only has 7 followers and it does nothing more than auto-tweet every post. It’s not much but it’s there and there’s a place for me to link the Twitter icon to. I won’t have time to do more than that. In my experience, social media accounts grow very slowly this way. Hardly surprising, I know. My point is that they still grow, so it’s better than nothing.

8. Apply colors, logo, picture and “about me” write-up to Twitter account, Facebook page and mailing list.

yes All done!

9. Experiment with other types of subscription forms for the mailing list and

with creating a lead magnet for the mailing list.

yes I did some reading and decided to go with a simple lead magnet. It’s a list of safety tips for cat owners. Helpful stuff which I think people would want to have.

I then shelled out $97 and bought ThriveLeads, a WordPress plugin (yup, another one!) that lets you run all kinds of mailing list subscription forms. It has tons of features, great templates and A/B testing. Check it out here (This is not an affiliate link. They don’t have an affiliate program. This is just me being the generous and transparent blogger that I am!)

I set up two registration boxes. One is a sidebar widget and the other is a pop-up that shows up when you’re trying to leave the page. Hey, I even created A/B testing for both!

I just checked and the entire operation generated only one sign-up. Ack. So, I checked the stats and Houston, we have a problem. Here goes:

I installed ThriveLeads on July 20th. Google Analytics says the blog has had 1219 pageviews since then. I double checked with Adsnese and they counted 1159 pageviews through their ads, so we have a ballpark figure of 1200 pageviews. The ThriveLeads dashboard is showing me this –

ThriveLeads dashboard

That’s about 10% of the pageviews reported by Google Analytics and Adsense. I opened a ticket with ThriveLeads’ about this and will update on the next revenue report.

10. Create giveaways and raffles with appropriate prizes.

I gave this one a lot of thought. I checked Rafflecopter, ViralSweep and Woobox and read up on raffles as a promotion technique. Interesting stuff. However, I feel that it’s way too soon to try and implement this in any of the six blogs. Simply put, there’s not enough traffic to justify a significant prize and a small prize won’t be attractive enough. So, I’m putting this on hold for now.

A Boost Of Redirected Traffic

There was one more thing which happened this month. It was entirely unplanned and it drove quite a bit of traffic to the blog.

For various unrelated reasons, I had to kill a website this month. It was a merciful euthanasia for a dying old directory.

Long story short, I placed a 301 redirect on the domain and diverted the traffic to CatsGoShopping. Since the sites was on the same topic, I think Google would be ok with that. This is what the result looked like –

Stats

As expected, there was a spike of traffic for a couple of days and then things started gradually returning to normal. That’s just Google finding out that specific indexed pages no longer exist. Eventually, the site should disappear from the index and only referral (or type-in) traffic will remain.

I’m over 1500 words into this post and we need to get to the juicy stuff. Let’s move on to a detailed (yet short!) account of expenses and then to the traffic and revenue details for each of the six blogs.

Expenses in July 2016

Last month there were a couple of general “project expenses” such as setting up new yearly hosting accounts for two of the blogs, purchasing a package of templates and getting Longtail Pro to use for keyword research. The total of expenses in June was $571.96. Let’s see what July looked like.

Stock Photos

I buy stock photos from Fotolia.com. I decided to to upgrade Fotolia’s 100 pictures a month package. The price is $100 a month but I got the six-month plan, so overall I paid $540 (a 10% discount). That’s a lot of money upfront but it means I won’t have to pay for photos for the next six months.

I don’t use 100 pictures a month for six blogs. Most of the photos are used for my flagship site. I’m listing $180 (a third of the overall cost) here as expenses for the six project blogs.

Cost: $180

Logo Design

I jumped the gun with a logo for another one of the six blogs, so overall it was $10 for two designs.

Cost: $10

Web Hosting

Last month I mentioned that most of the blogs were hosted on a virtual server account which had been pre-paid. I then found out that a year goes by really fast. Who knew?

It was time to renew my plan with the host. I’m going with a monthly plan for now, costing me $45 a month. Again, not all of that is for the blogs in this project, so I’m going to put $20 for hosting.

Cost: $20

ThriveLeads Plugin

See above.

Cost: $97

Facebook Campaigns

I tried pushing two posts with Facebook campaigns.

Cost: $10

So, that’s a total of $310 in expenses. 

Let’s move on to the other side of the equation. Time to reveal this month’s traffic and revenue stats!

Traffic & Revenue Per Blog

Blog #1 – CatPicsBlog.com

Posts made during July: 13

July unique visitors: 184 pageviews: 262
June unique visitors: 52 pageviews: 106
May unique visitors: 126 May pageviews: 215

Revenue:
July Adsense revenue: $0.03
June Adsense revenue $0.30
May Adsense revenue $0.51

July Clickbank revenue: $0

Blog #2 – CatsGoShopping.com

Posts made during July: 14

Traffic: 

July unique visitors: 635  pageviews: 1,442
June unique visitors: 124  pageviews: 415
May unique visitors: 161 pageviews: 323

Revenue:
July Adsense revenue: $0.38
June Adsense revenue: $0.16
May Adsense revenue: $0 (blog had no ads)

July Amazon revenue: $0
June Amazon revenue: $0.47
May Amazon revenue: $0

 

Blog #3 – Gifts4Kids.net

Posts made during July: 7

Traffic:
July unique visitors: 68 June pageviews: 107
June unique visitors: 56 June pageviews: 120
May unique visitors: 36 May pageviews: 167

Revenue:
July Adsense revenue: $0.02 (woohoo!)
June Adsense revenue: $0.01
May Adsense revenue: $0.01

July Amazon revenue: $0
June Amazon revenue: $0
May Amazon revenue: $0

Blog #4 – Home-decor-hub.com

Posts made during July: 5

Traffic:
July unique visitors: 276 pageviews: 450
June unique visitors: 351 pageviews: 580
May unique visitors: 402 pageviews: 754

Revenue:
July Adsense revenue: $0.24
June Adsense revenue: $3.79
May Adsense revenue: $2.66

July Amazon revenue: $17.11
June Amazon revenue: $3.48
May Amazon revenue: $17.51

Blog #5 TripMemos.com

Posts made during July: 5

Traffic: 
July unique visitors: 152 pageviews: 318
June unique visitors: 72 pageviews: 339
May unique visitors: 151 pageviews: 151

Revenue:
July Adsense revenue: $0.04
June Adsense revenue: $0
May Adsense revenue: $0

Blog #6 Yeys.com (this one!)

Posts made during July: 10

Traffic: 
July unique visitors: 403  pageviews: 795
June unique visitors: 168  pageviews: 377
May unique visitors: 136 pageviews: 151

Revenue:
July Adsense revenue: $0.92
June Adsense revenue: $0.02
May Adsense revenue: $0

July Revenue Summary

Expenses: $310
Revenue: $18.74

Profit: -$291.26

By comparison, for June it was:

Expenses: $571.96
Revenue: $8.23

Profit: -$563.73

Final thoughts on this month’s report

1. I’m still in the red, which is just what I expected.

Here’s the full half of the glass though: Technically, you could say that revenue nearly doubled during July. Fingers crossed for continued exponential growth!

2. Some blogs had an increase in traffic, while others experienced a decrease.

The blog that showed the most growth was CatsGoShopping. I’m not entirely sure if that’s a result of –

  • The extra TLC (new logo and more blog comments than usual)
  • Having the most posts published.
  • The combination of the Facebook campaigns and the redirect traffic
  • None of the above, or all of the above or any other combination!

Overall, the “blog portfolio” showed an increase from 1,937 pageviews in June to 3,374 in July. 

Traffic Growth By Month

The numbers are still too small to make much of the correlation between traffic and revenue but the trend is positive on both fronts, so I’m happy with that.

My Plans for August

I’m going to change my strategy a bit. Rather than focus on one blog at the time, I’m going to push on all fronts.

The extra work associated with branding (adding a logo, creating a color scheme and templates for social media images) isn’t too much. I’d rather just go through all of the blogs and do that for all of them, so I can get the branding benefits rolling. This is what I’m going to focus on this month.

Once I’m done with that (probably only by the end of the month), I’m going to work on creating magnet leads to help build up each blog’s mailing list. That’s going to take a bit more work and probably won’t happen before September but it is the next item on the agenda.

Most importantly, I plan on doing more of the same: Create awesome blog posts on all blogs, and as many of them as I can!

I wrote two posts about this “strategy” this month. The first deals with what a quality post even means (hint, it’s not necessarily a 5,000 long tutorial for bloggers!) and the other one talks about the importance of having as many lines in the water as you can and other fishing advice.

If you made it this far, thanks for sticking around and reading through! I’d love to hear your insights on this, so do leave me a comment.

Have an awesomely productive month, everyone!

June 2016 Blog Traffic and Revenue Report

Woohoo! Time for the first ever, here’s the Yeys.com traffic and revenue report!

blogsrevivalrevenuejune16

This blog is where I document the progress of my current project: Resurrecting six dormant blogs and bringing them back to life. You can read more about the project and the reasons for it right here.

The “woohoo!” part is purely excitement over the fact that I’m actually writing my first stats report. There was no significant revenue, nor was I expecting any. It took me two years to get my flagship site to make a significant profit. I don’t expect things to go a whole lot much faster with this project. I hope they will. I just don’t expect them to.

A note about traffic stats

The traffic figures are provided for general assessment. They are too small to indicate much so I won’t bother with displaying traffic sources at this point.

At least three of the six blogs had some reporting issues during June where the Google Analytics code went AWOL. This was my fault for not using a GA plugin and changing templates without updating the code in the footer. All blogs now have a GA plugin and a few of them also have JetPack which also monitors traffic. I can always check server stats but as I said, at this point, the numbers are too small to worry about missing a couple of days of tracking.

As you can see, all of these sites have had a trickle of traffic coming in. This report merely establishes a baseline from which – hopefully – traffic will grow in the future.

So, what have I been doing this month?

It’s been a busy month! I’ve been working an average of 60-70 hours a week! About half of that time was invested in my flagship website (not covered here) and the rest went into the blogs project. I also spent a bit of cash on hosting, templates and SEO tools. Let’s go over what I’ve done and how much it cost me.

1. I’ve put together a strategy plan

This month, I finally set down the guidelines for this project. I hope this will help me focus my efforts over the coming six months. You can read more about my goals and strategy and how they were formulated.

2. I’ve created new hosting accounts

As part as my “getting back into the swing of things” and “finding a fresh point of view” I decided to check out two leading hosting companies.

I moved two blogs to new hosts that came recommended by fellow bloggers. Yes, they are heavily promoted through affiliation. And yes, I’ve become an affiliate as well. I plan on adding a detailed review for each one soon, for now they get their first mention here: HostGator and Bluehost.

I also still have my reseller account with my original host. Four of the blogs are hosted on that server.

So, this is what I paid for hosting this month –

Bluehost: $59.4 for 12 months of hosting 

Hostgator: $52.56 for 12 months of hosting

My regular host: Nothing. I paid an annual sum which covers my current hosting for  a few more months.

New premium templates

At least for a few of the blogs, I wanted templates with a magazine-style homepage. After trying several free ones – as well as a premium template which didn’t work for me – I finally found templates that I’m happy with for now.

I chose to buy the premium bundle by ThemeZee (Look Ma! No affiliate link!) It’s a small company, basically a one-man show. So far, Thomas – founder, coder, marketer and tech supporter – does a good job answering my requests in a timely and efficient manner.

I paid 79,00€ (Thomas is in Germany) which translates into $88. That gives me access to using the pro versions of all ThemeZee templates.

Templates cost: $88

New WordPress Plugins

After much deliberation, I installed six WordPress plugins on three of the blogs. Two weeks later, it’s a mixed bag of things that need to be tweaked and things that have really helped already.

I will post a proper follow up report in mid-July and based on the conclusions, I’m going to decide which plugins stay and get installed on the other blogs and which get deleted or replaced.

New tools and services – both paid and free

Blogglovin’

I discovered this awesome tool for following blogs. I now follow about 200 blogs in the same niches as my own. I’m going to write more about why I do that but for now just wanted to give BlogLovin‘ a shoutout.

Stock Photos

I buy stock photos for use on my blogs. I currently use Fotolia.com and I paid $75 for a monthly package of 50 photos.

Stock photos cost: $75

Longtail Pro

It’s been awhile since I tried my hand at keyword targeting. I needed a tool to help me so I went back to an old favorite. I probably drove them a little bit crazy with all my questions during the 10 days trial period but they were always quick to reply, friendly and helpful. So, I’m paying to keep it going. I signed up for the discounted Platinum program and paid a total of $297 for an annual subscription. Click here if you want to check it out and start your own trial for only $1.

SEO software cost: $297

And now, finally let’s get to business. It’s time for the actual traffic and revenue reports (one per blog)! Drumroll, please!

Traffic and Revenue Reports

Blog #1 – CatPicsBlog.com

Total number of posts: 173

Posts made during June: 30

June unique visitors: 52 pageviews: 106
May unique visitors: 126 May pageviews: 215

Revenue:
The site is currently monetized using 2 Google Adsense units, one in the header and one in the sidebar.
June Adsense revenue $0.30
May Adsense revenue $0.51

What I’ve done in June

  • Daily posts
  • RSS feed auto-campaign mailing list that also posts to the blog’s Facebook page.
  • Commenting on cat-related blogs.

Any changes planned for July?

I’ve been posting on a daily basis with relatively short posts. The results are less than stellar. I plan on posting every other day in July while making sure posts are better SEO’ed and are at least 300 words long.

Blog #2 – CatsGoShopping.com

Total number of posts: 44

Posts made during June: 12

Traffic: 
June unique visitors: 124  pageviews: 415
May unique visitors: 161 pageviews: 323

Revenue:
The site is currently monetized using 2 Google Adsense units – one in the header area and one in the sidebar – and Amazon affiliate links in posts.

June Adsense revenue: $0.16
May Adsense revenue: $0 (blog had no ads)

June Amazon revenue: $0.47
May Amazon revenue: $0

What I’ve done in June

  • Template change
  • Hosting move (to Hostgator)
  • Content pruning – this one is important. I went over very old posts which were not up to par with the current blog standards and deleted most of them. The ones that were getting any amount of Google traffic I kept and updated.
  • Commenting on cat-related blogs
  • Pinning images on my Pinterest boards
  • RSS feed auto-campaign mailing list that also posts to the blog’s Facebook page.

What’s going to change in July?

This blog is the one I’ll be focusing on in July. I’m going to continue with everything I’ve been doing so far and plan on adding the following –

  • Guest blogging
  • Mailing list revamp including a lead magnet
  • Setting up Pinterest & Twitter (more on that in a future post)
  • Adding a raffle, possibly through rafflecopter or a similar service.

Blog #3 – Gifts4Kids.net

Total number of posts: 111

Posts made during June: 7

Traffic: 
June unique visitors: 56 June pageviews: 120
May unique visitors: 36 May pageviews: 167

Revenue:
The site is currently  monetized using 3 Google Adsense units -one in the header area and 2 in the sidebar – and Amazon affiliate links in posts.
June Adsense revenue: $0.01
May Adsense revenue: $0.01

June Amazon revenue: $0
May Amazon revenue: $0

What I’ve done in June

  • Template change
  • Content pruning – Same as above!
  • Commenting on parenting and shopping blogs
  • Pinning images on my Pinterest boards

Blog #4 – home-decor-hub.com

Total number of posts: 366

Posts made during June: 7

Traffic: 
June unique visitors: 351 pageviews: 580
May unique visitors: 402 pageviews: 754

Revenue:
The site is currently monetized using a single Google Adsense unit placed in the header area and Amazon affiliate links in posts.
June Adsense revenue: $3.79
May Adsense revenue: $2.66

June Amazon revenue: $3.48
May Amazon revenue: $17.51

What I’ve done in June

  • Template change
  • Content pruning – Same as above.
  • Commenting on related blogs
  • Pinning images on my Pinterest boards
  • RSS feed auto-campaign mailing list that also posts to the blog’s Facebook page.

Blog #5 TripMemos.com

Topic: Travel

Number of incoming links: 12 (according to the Google Search Console).

Total number of posts: 19

Posts made during June: 8

Traffic: 
June unique visitors: 72 pageviews: 339
May unique visitors: 151 pageviews: 151

Revenue:
The site is currently  monetized using a single Google Adsense unit in the header area. It’s only been there for a week.
June Adsense revenue: $0
May Adsense revenue: $0

What I’ve done in June

  • Template change
  • Commenting on related blogs
  • Pinning images to my Pinterest boards
  • RSS feed auto-campaign mailing list

Blog #6 Yeys.com (this one!)

Number of incoming links: 186 (according to the Google Search Console).

Total number of posts: 44

Posts made during June: 12

Traffic: 
June unique visitors: 168  pageviews: 377
May unique visitors: 136 pageviews: 151

Revenue:
The site is currently  monetized using 2 Google Adsense unit, one in the header and one in the sidebar.
June Adsense revenue: $0.02
May Adsense revenue: $0

What I’ve done in June

  • Template change
  • Hosting move to Bluehost.
  • Content pruning – Nothing was deleted in this case but I did go back to some of the first posts and edited them a bit. I started this blog as a personal notebook. Now I want others to read it too, so I need to polish up a few posts.
  • Commenting on related blogs

June Revenue Summary

Expenses: $571.96

Revenue: $8.23

Profit: -$563.73

Which is perfectly ok.

In fact, I’m thrilled with how June went! I worked hard and I enjoyed every minute of it! It felt great getting back to tweaking blogs and playing around with code! I learned a lot and I got to virtually “meet” other bloggers too!

I have so much to talk about and I have this blog where I can do that. If you’re reading this – thank you for dropping by and allowing me to share this new adventure with you! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!