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.
Besides the elementary rules of usage, there are some elementary guidelines of composition, or writing, that can make any blogger better. If you’re reading this, you probably have a great style and just want to make it better. Let’s face it though, there are a lot of blogs out there that really need some help. Ironically, I don’t think they’ll be tuning in :(
This post suggests a template idea that helps me every day. Just to reiterate, I get the ideas for these posts from Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style.” Just like there are some technical “constants” of good blogs, so there are constants of writing worth looking into.
Create a template and stick to it. I have gone through many templates for my blog posts. They have all shared one thing is common: links to other posts on my blog and links to external blogs either in my blogroll or ones I have run across and found interesting. Stumbleupon is an excellent tool for storing these links and then retrieving them later. I will share my basic template I use when creating blog posts:
Introduction: A catchy sentence(s) that can serve as a stand alone teaser. About 160 characters because most search engines don’t pick up beyond that. It should promote what follows.
Body: 1-5 paragraphs. Each paragraph should be about something distinct. They should not be too long. I’d say no more than 4 sentences max. Blog readers’ eyes get bored fast.
Conclusion: Try to include a question or request for a response. This stimulates comments.
Links: 3 internal links, 3 external links
This is a very basic outline, but it gets the point across that you should analyze and create a template and then stick to it. Your readers will notice and read with greater ease and interest. With daily serious blogging, templates are almost a non-negotiable.
What do you think of choosing a suitable design for posts and sticking to it?
Data and analytics for my 3 blogs, August 2009.
My blog stats for the month of August 2009
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.
This was truly a good day to be me!
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
Damien at the Speed of Life
Dynamite Lesson Plan
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.
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