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I had the Summer to think about my blog quite a bit with an un-distracted mind. I decided to make changes to the way I was presenting ads. I am hopeful this will pay off down the road. I am trying out the Amazon Associates banners at the foot of my index and single pages. These changes along with better keyword research and good seo picked titles will hopefully increase my net. The inlinks and traffic are up up up. I see that as a good step in the right direction. If you have any questions let me know. I hope you find these CAN blog stats posts on making money online interesting and helpful. If not, kindly let them pass by. Thanks!
C and A are way up. Net is lagging a bit. I’ve made template ad changes I think will help. Until next time, make the most of your blogging time. And remember this, the best fat burners are activities that earn you money.
Sometimes I wonder if these come across as bragging. If that’s the case, please trust me that is not why I do them. Most all my blogging friends do better than I do these days in stats. I do it because it helps me clarify what is going on with my blog. I think blogs themselves can help people make sense of what’s going on in their lives if they give them a try.
June marked my leap into Twitter head-first. I don’t know how much it will help my blog traffic and income long-term, but I am networking like crazy and meeting a lot of new online friends. My daily traffic was up. I think interacting on Twitter in a tasteful way where you are saying cool interesting things and posting cool interesting links in between promotion of your blog, it really can increase your traffic.
I actually got another vice this past month, namely Tumblr. It’s weird because I tried to downsize when I took my three blogs down to this one but now I have that entrepeneurial spirit of growth once again. In July I will be rebuilding Dynamite Lesson Plan and I’ll explain more on that next month when everything is sorted and back in place. But I digress, here are my results for June 2010:
Circulation: 81 Links in, Alexa Rank: 256,725
Analytics: 3,726 visits, Average: 124 visits/day
Net: $165 Source: PayU2Blog
I’ve taken two steps to try and increase income in July. I’ve already mentioned Dynamite Lesson Plan. The other one is: I am trying a few different adsense layouts to see how they fare.
My goals were high in May and the fact that my hosting company crashed a disk losing all my data and keeping me offline for over a week didn’t help. Having said that, it was a great month for rearranging things and adjusting the way I do my blogroll. I’ve focused more on following people I can learn from and whom I enjoy. I no longer do reciprocal blogrolling just to keep friends. This has been a habit in the past and it really isn’t a win for anyone. Here’s my blog stats for May 2010!
Reflection: While the month’s payout isn’t even my usual minimum of $200, I feel more successful than ever. I found 2 good companies to work with that I can rely on and who I think have staying power. I used to get so many nickels and dimes from a variety of sources and it wears on you after a while. I have hope that my “one” blog now will eventually get the traffic and inlinks it needs to get larger offers from advertisers. I want to say thank you to my feed subscribers, I hope you guys are enjoying the content. I should get some write some good articles in the next 10 days while I am on Spring Break. In addition, my 3 months off for Summer are right around the corner. I hope to “modernize” my blog a bit during that time. I also really like the “Announcements” category and top subheading section. It’s a way to keep people up with “Damien at the Speed of Life.”
Checking in late on a Sunday. Here’s a report of my progress toward goals.
Daily Post prompt each day. Great practice. I can’t get the full effect because for some reason my blog is not sending ping backs. This could require literally starting again and re importing my best posts. Not happy this is not working. Stay tuned. Have done it every day despite.
Include UBC link on FB and Twitter link with hashtags #ROW80#blogboost#journaling including commenting on other people’s blogs. – This is cake.
Participate in Mid-week Wednesday and End-week Sunday check-ins for ROW80. – Here I am!
My wife’s friend at work picked this us at a record store since my wife shared I was a big Alarm fan. I’m in awe!
And this …
Sarah and I went to the movies last night.
Oh and one other thing, I got called up to be on the panel Sunday on the LAMBcast. My good friend MovieROB is Leading because he won MOTM with Saving Private Ryan. I watched it yesterday while eating buffalo wings. I don’t mean any disrespect, but they were so good!
Life is good! I’ll be wise to not fly too high as it isn’t how high you jump but how straight you walk when you hit the ground again. An old church quote I picked up that has served me well.
Let’s face the fact as bloggers not everyone agrees on what is valuable to a blog. There are some things that are universal though. I started this series writing about an acronym v.a.l.u.e. and specifically the “V” in value for a blog. I chose the word “visceral” and targeted to a nice short 200 words because so many blogs have posts that are too long and not heartfelt.
In this post, I teach you to make posts that are short and “aphoristic.” An aphorism is a short quote or phrase. Another word for this might be “quotable.”
Writing a blog is unlike writing a book. Readers rarely will “curl up with a good blog.” On the other hand, when they read a book they are more patient and allow more time for ideas to develop. SO, be careful to not fall into the trap of thinking you are a JK Rowling or Eckhart Tolle online. Even if you write that well, you have a different sort of audience that doesn’t want to hang out long.
Here are three tips on how to add value to your blog by being aphoristic:
Wait to create your title until you have written your 200 or so words in your post. 9 times out of 10 you will have a better title after you have the post.
As you write thing more in sound-bytes, or lines people could quote. I did that when I wrote: “Readers rarely will “curl up with a good blog.” On the other hand, when they read a book they are more patient and allow more time for ideas to develop.”
Use the blockquote function as much as possible without being over-the-top.
So now we’ve covered 2 aspects of a valuable blog: 1) visceral, and 2) aphoristic.
Improving your blog should be a concern if you are a blogger, especially if you are looking to make money blogging. For years I have studied how to increase the value of my blog. As a results I started this series with the letters V.A.L.U.E. The stuff that has been worth my time doing however has been stuff that increases the VALUE of my posts and blog. I am talking about the stuff that increases my traffic and decreases the bounce rate: So, having said that that, I will examine a letter from the word VALUE in each post in this series. I’d encourage you to subscribe so you don’t miss anything. Let’s start with what you can do to create more value for your blog: V.A.L.U.E. V=visceral
Be visceral with a target of 200 words
If you are like me, you have to look up visceral to know what it truly means. I knew it meant to be “of feeling” but check out the other definitions:
Visceral Vis”cer*al, a. [Cf. F. visc[‘e]ral, LL. visceralis.]
1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or affecting the viscera;
Fig.: Having deep sensibility. [R.] –Bp. Reynolds.
proceeding from emotion or instinct rather than from
intellect; deeply emotional; — as, a visceral reaction.
dealing with coarse or base emotions; — as, a visceral
literary style. –[RHUD]
Doesn’t that say it all for a valuable blog post? Write from a place of inspiration. That will vary from writer to writer, but many things never change. I chose 200 words as my target because shorter that that is often considered spam by the search engines and more than that often makes me click away. Let’s face it, who has time in their bloghop to read more than 200 words. Oh and guess what else? IT’S EASY TO WRITE 200 words! Everybody likes stuff that’s easy. Sometimes longer posts are okay when they contain excellent research, but as a general rule, 200 words will be read whereas more may not.
Write 200 visceral words is the first part of adding value to a post/blog. Stay tuned to my blog for the next post in this series.
I’m 7 days late in writing this monthly blog stat post. Perhaps it’s because I experienced so much change in my blogging that I had no space to think about it in my brain. In February I did something gargantuan like the Kraken in Clash of the Titans. While some people are giving away a Bluetooth headset to their 1,000th visitor etc, I am now blogging with far less ambition. My drive to produce quality content is still there, but I’ve toned it way down. This is most clearly shown in how I merged all three of my blogs into this one. Damien at the Speed of Life is now my one and only blog. I’ll probably have more to say about it later but for now I will tell you it is a pleasurable feeling with only one “house to keep in order.” Here are my stats the first month after merging:
Circulation: Backlinks may be weird this month. I applied a 301 redirect with a wildcard. That means that a post that was once h ttp://rileycentral.net/class will be redirected to rileycentral.net/class and so on throughout the old blog being migrated. Inlinks for February: 5,211 (source Yahoo Site Explorer).
Analytics: Traffic of course surged. Redirects from the 2 old domains is causing this. Time will tell if I sustan numbers like these. Visitors in Feb: 6,180
Net: Currently my 2 income sources are Google Adsense and a company called PayU2Blog that I highly recommend you try writing for. They do have very strict guidelines though. Know that before you apply. In February I made: $160 Google Adsense and $110 from PayU2Blog. I also made $16.25 from TextLink Ads but they have dropped me from their service. They say they will re-evaluate my blog later to see if I qualify again. They were a pretty solid $20-50 a month when I had three blogs so I hope they’ll take me on again. Total NET for Feb: $286.75 I don’t know that March will be this high but I am still getting work from PayU2Blog and the other day I made over $5 on Adsense so things look hopeful. I am mostly glad I have less to maintain so I can spend more time with my wife and kids and less time managing three lightly visited blogs.
DATSOL-Online Diary (YOU ARE HERE)
Net for all blogs= $293
(Includes my $111 Adsense check #2)
Other companies that pay you to blog.
Notes: This month?s theme: “Natural traffic.” This means traffic you get when you exert little or no exerted effort. This is a significant number to watch, especially if it holds solid. Natural traffic is gold. It doesn’t mean you stop promoting your blog and posts, but this is a sign of a blog with staying power to make money. I admit I was a bit lazy in August. I need to be more proactive about promoting my Adsense optimized posts and take more paid opps. September I hope to be back closer to that good old $400 number. See you then.