Blog Stats August 2009

Data and analytics for my 3 blogs, August 2009.

My blog stats for the month of August 2009

PFTFF-Psychology Blog
10,753 Backlinks
5,202 Visits

DLP-Teaching Blog
3,424 Backlinks
2,241 Visits

DATSOL-Online Diary (YOU ARE HERE)
5,675 Backlinks
1,106 Visits

Net for all blogs= $293
(Includes my $111 Adsense check #2)
Other companies that pay you to blog.

Data Sources:
Backlinks-Yahoo
Visits-Google Analytics
Net-PayPal

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.

Blog Stats May 2009

One inconsequential guy keeps track of his blog stats here each month.

These are my 3 blogs’ stats for May 2009. I record them here monthly for my benefit and to hopefully start a discussion on blog income and popularity.

I used the following sources to gather my data: For backlinks, Yahoo! Site Explorer; for visits, Google Analytics; and, for Net payment I just look at my PayPal statement.

Postcards from the Funny Farm
Backlinks: 8,238
Visits: 6,173

Damien at the Speed of Life
Backlinks: 4,579
Visits: 1,370

Dynamite Lesson Plan
Backlinks: 2,386
Visits: 1,207

Total earnings were $274.

Notes and reflections: May was a disappointing month in some ways and a revolutionarily cool one in others. I lost PageRank on my personal blog and Postcards which were both my biggest ad sources of income. Of course, the monster of irony is that the ads I got prior to losing my PageRank will now cease. It’s a dilemma that will probably never halt between good-hearted bloggers who seek to make a living and Google who seeks to take all that away. On a stranger note, my teaching blog gained a PageRank notch and is now a 3. If you look, last month I pretty much did every other post as a paid post … go figure. Google will never counsel you or tell you why they do what they do but in a way it’s a good thing:

I always explore more new things when I have no PR.

“Plenty to live for and nothin’ to lose.” -Dave Sharp

In a word I’ll describe my plans for June: “automate.”

’nuff said. See you with the blog stats that will follow on the other side of 40 in July. Take it easy.

So there ya have it! While I am always working on a perfect model to make money and reputation online, these folks are working an a better treatment for acne. I recommend checking their site out if that is an issue you struggle with. A lot of people do.

The Value of my Blog :: "A"

Another tip to add value to a blog: be aphoristic.

“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.” — Herman Hesse
Ben Eine Letter a stands for aphoristic.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.

The VALUE of My Blog :: "V"

Today I offer the blog tip of “visceral writing” to add value to your site.

VWrite 200 Visceral words

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

  1. 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;
splanchnic.
[1913 Webster]

  1. Fig.: Having deep sensibility. [R.] –Bp. Reynolds.
    [1913 Webster]

  2. proceeding from emotion or instinct rather than from
    intellect; deeply emotional; — as, a visceral reaction.
    [PJC]

  3. dealing with coarse or base emotions; — as, a visceral
    literary style. –[RHUD]
    [PJC] (source)

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.