What a month! – October has been the best traffic and income wise since I started this website over 2 years ago. Google made another update at the start of this month which is the reason we had such a good month – our referrals from Google went through the roof which affected just about every other metric. So, what were the numbers …
You can view past stats reports here.
Traffic and other Metrics
Overall traffic for October :
This chart shows the search traffic for the month :
- Posts: 17
- Site Visitors: 163,152 (+31,023)
- Page Views: 284,826 (+56,684)
- Search Engine Visits: 132,564 (+34,548)
- Alexa Rank: 8,365 (-625)
- RSS Subscribers: 2560 (+181)
- Twitter Followers: 3819 (+79)
- Facebook Fans: 2197 (+39)
- Reader Comments: 170 (-63)
In this section, all display advertising at the moment is handled through BuySellAds. For the affiliate income, there were 33 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: $615
- Affiliate Income: $5208.7
- Total Income: $5823.7 (+2353.25)
So, thanks to Google we ended up receiving an extra 31,000 visitors over last month’s which is was allready one of our best ever so to beat it by that amount is amazing. This translated to an extra $2300 in income bringing the total to over $5800 which again, is amazing. Its so encouraging when you get a month like we did last month – although its not nice to be at the mercy of Google and their algorithm which can change at a moments notice as you saw earlier in the year when we lost a lot of traffic.
I dont anticipate November to be able to beat that and December wont as traffic always dies down a bit over the festive period so I will have to be happy with that as the record for the year and aim to beat it next year. Im still working on the new version of WPLift – I keep changing my mind about the layout so will probably be a while before I launch that – the bigger a site gets the more you have to be careful with a full redesign.
How did your sites do in October? Let us know in the comments …