This is a post I’ve brought out of my archives. I used to measure my blogs’ success or lack of progress in a monthly stats post where I used the acronym “CAN” for myself as well as interested readers. Should I bring it back? Maybe, it really did work to keep me focused. Some of the links are dead, so I just put it up for fun and posterity. How do you measure your blog stats?
This post reports my blog stats for the month of April 2009. The purpose is to provide advertisers with 100% transparency for my blogs. The criteria is represented by the acronym CAN:
Circulation (or backlinks)
Net (or dollars earned)
Then I list some notes about my stats.
An archive of past blog stats can be found an the CAN Blog Stats archives.
Circulation (# of Google backlinks)
Postcards from the Funny Farm: was 218 is 178 (2)
Damien at the Speed of Life: was 21 is 54 (1)
Dynamite Lesson Plan: was 14 is 8 (1)
The Damien Riley Podcast: was 0 is 5 (1)
Analytics (# of visits last 30 days)
Postcards from the Funny Farm: was 6,074 is 8,919 (1)
Damien at the Speed of Life: was 606 is 508 (1)
Dynamite Lesson Plan: was 903 is 1,119 (1)
The Damien Riley Podcast: was 368 is 132 (0)
Net: was $235.38 is $386.43 (3)
Blog income sources I used.
CAN Blog Rank for April 2009:
Postcards from the Funny Farm: 6/15= 40%
Damien at the Speed of Life: 5/15= 33%
Dynamite Lesson Plan: 5/15= 33%
The Damien Riley Podcast: 4/15= 27%
Notes: Quick data analysis:
Damien at the Speed of Life and the Damien Riley Podcast increased their Circulation, and Postcards and Dynamite Lesson Plan both had a significant increase in Analytics. All blogs combined earned an almost record high Net of $386.43.
Postcards and Dynamite Lesson Plan dropped in circulation. Damien at the Speed of Life and the Damien Riley Podcast dropped in Analytics.
Circulation is increasing when I have quality, relevant content people will link to. I will be writing on more topical, pillar post type issues rather than personal diary stuff. Then I will try network with people who enjoy my stuf and asking them to submit it to social media. My hope is that it will get linked to. I will also be submitting some of my best articles to Article Avenue.
Analytics are decreasing when I am not posting as much. I will make an effort to post updates every day and to comment on other sites as well as “drop” my Entrecard as much as possible. After all, if you write something relevant and interesting, it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if no one visits you site.
Net was huge last month. I turned away about 50% of the sponsored post offers I received. Unfortunately Google reduced my Postcards PR to a zero again so I am not optimistic about getting the same amount of offers. I will continue to provide quality content whether paid or not and as always provide my readers and advertisers with 100% transparency in these monthly updates. I see nothing wrong with doing sponsored posts when they are written well and I am recommending to you a product I believe in. Therefore, as long as advertisers will continue to hire me, I will continue to do it.