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It’s time for our monthly stats roundup and as I predicted last month, the site has seen a bit of a dip this month – the reason being that Google has sent less visitors, causing all the main metrics to be down. This shows the perils of relying on one traffic source for yours as it can effect your own site. Im not sure of the reason for the drop in visitors from Google as I’m not an SEO expert – nor do I do anything really to try and rank better, I just focus on building more content – Im sure the traffic will go back up eventually.

You can view past stats reports here.

Traffic and other Metrics

  • Posts: 19
  • Site Visitors: 125,414  (-11,379)
  • Page Views: 235,070  (-14,569)
  • Search Engine Visits: 94,802 (-11,324)
  • Alexa Rank: 8,266 (-474)
  • RSS Subscribers: 1825 (+160)
  • Twitter Followers: 2068 (+351)
  • Facebook Fans: 1887 (+39)
  • Reader Comments: 338 (-26)

Income

In this section, all display advertising at the moment is handled through BuySellAds. For the affiliate income, there were 22 different sources linked through various posts. If you want to know more about how I monetize the site & which plugins I use, see the article I wrote about affiliate links.

  • Display Advertising: $472.5
  • Affiliate Income: $2652.15
  • Total Income: $3124.65 (-$433.57)

Conclusion

Any month where your traffic goes down can be a bit disapointing but the site is still doing healthy numbers – I will carry on this month trying to write good quality posts, even if google provides less visitors still, maybe I can get a boost from other sources. For instance, I have grown the site’s twitter account by over 300 followers in march.

How was your march traffic-wise ? Anything to report? Let us know in the comments …


Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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18 Comments

  1. Always look forward to this post, our traffic levels were almost identical last month and we noticed a significant upturn in new Facebook subscribers after adding a new Like button on the top right of the sidebar. I’m jealous of your affiliate income levels as well :)

  2. Hi Oli, in future please also include all expenses incurred during the month to give a true reflection of the income. 

  3. This is very bold! Good transparency in displaying your stats. Your traffic may have went down b/c Google has been doin some real funky stuff here lately! They are losing market share and changing there Search Engine Algorithm at a record pace.

    •  Yes, thats what I was thinking – Im following their guidelines and just focussing on content though so hopefully will go back up.

  4. Zimbrul

    Having seen the ammount of money a site like wplift makes make me think twice before starting an online business like this one…I won’t get too much at the beginning I think.

    • Blogs are quite a hard business to get going, they take a lot of work at the start but once established they can be a semi-passive form of income.

  5. Daniel

    Hello Oli, 
    Thanks for the inspiring article! I run http://www.googlefonts.com and I am currently using adsense would you recommend the switch to BuySellAds?

  6. Even though there is a drop Oli, still mightly impressive I have to say I did my March stats over on WPin.me my traffic has gone up (not to your level!) but it’s a step in the right direction at least. Another good month for you though dude! Nice one

  7. Balu

    Hi Oli, thanks for sharing this. Very interesting. Just wondering what server do you need for such traffic? I mean RAM, cpu, bandwith? Would be very interesting to know.

  8. Very nice stats and income. My other site bring 2x traffics more but generates 1/3 of your site revenue (google adsense and infolinks). I have also created a site in the same niche quiet sometime ago but did not have time to manage it. Now, I’m thinking about posting 2-3 posts a week to see how it turns out to be.

  9. It’s cool that you provide your stats and income to show that it is possible to make a living from blogging. I’m glad that I came across your site from the Smashing article at: 
    http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/04/12/wordpress-economy-part-2/

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