Traffic & Income Report for August 2014

Vector financial business planWelcome to my 6th Traffic & Income Report for the month of August 2014. In these reports I’ve summarized what I’ve done in the previous month. August 2014 was an exciting month because I started several cool features which I’ll discuss below. The traffic saw a slight increase which I’m very happy about and finally, the earnings keep on increasing getting higher each month. Even though it was a slight increase, it’s better than seeing a drop.

As always, I’m going to summarize everything I’ve done this month so you can implement these strategies into you’re blogging efforts.

I was delayed producing this Traffic & Income Report and I wanted to provide an explanation…

I’m currently working on a Private Blog Network Case Study which requires creating websites and content every week. I’m doing everything manually which is taking a lot of my time. Next, I’m hustling between creating content for my blog (ranktactics.com), my PBN’s and Web 2.0 properties. It’s becoming very overwhelming but I’m managing quite well. Please accept my sincere apology! :)

Content Created August 2014

August 2014 was a very active month for publishing. Much of the content was a breakdown of my case studies however I mange to squeeze a few informative content. Here’s a quick breakdown…

07/31/2014 – Theme And Plug-In Installation – Building Private Blog Network Website – How to setup a theme and essential plug-ins on your PBN (private blog network) websites. For example,

  • How to select the right theme
  • Plug-In selection and their importance
  • Installing plug-ins and configuration

08/07/2014 – Publishing Content – Building Private Blog Network Website – An overview on writing content for your PBN (private blog network). Covers: how to choose topics, the content frequency, content length and adding external links.

08/23/2014 – Creating Web 2.0 Properties – Building Private Blog Network Website – How to use Web 2.0 properties to boost the value of your PBN (private blog network) websites. For example,

  • How many Web 2.0 properties to build
  • FREE Web 2.0 platforms you can use to get started
  • Writing content and building links
  • Some examples to help you out

During August 2014, I wrote a total of 8 x 600+ posts to publish on my PBN’s, Web 2.0 properties and article directories.

Guest Posts Published August 2014

No guest posts were submitted this month. I wasn’t pursuing guest posts for my blog since it was the first active month of publishing posts on my blog so I decided to create content myself increasing my brand.

Blogging Interviews August 2014

This part of my blog is doing really well with many top bloggers providing their support in answering my interview questions.

In August 2014, I’ve published the following interview series…

Meet Michelle of MakingSenseofCents.com

New Blog Features

Recently, I started adding epic case studies to my blog. These case studies offer an in-depth look into strategic link building. The main focus of my case studies is “ranking” either keywords or YouTube videos. I’m currently involved in building my very own PBN (private blog network) to rank “targeted” keywords to increase organic traffic. I’ve added it to my “Blog Features” section since it is a featured case study. You can read the overview here…

Private Blog Network Case Study Overview

Google Analytics Reports

Visitor Statistics:

Here are the numbers for last month – July 2014 Visitor Statistics: (570)

August 2014 Visitor Statistics: (698)

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Overall Difference in Visitors to My Blog: (+128 Visits)

Google Search Traffic (Organic):

This month I’ve seen a HUGE increase in organic traffic. Last month July, Google brought in 205 visitors however this month (August) seeing an increase to 360…

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Overall Total Increase (+155)

Most Popular Content:

This month (August 2014), the “Income Reports” category had the most visitors. However, since we’re breaking down top content than my updated 80-Do-Follow Article Directories crushed it with 241 visitors. Next, my Private Blog Network Case Study Overview was in second place with 181visits.

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Top Traffic Sources August 2014

My main traffic source for the month of August 2014 was MatthewWoodward.co.uk. He has been awesome throughout the last couple months providing both guidance and support. Recently, he published my blog in his monthly Income Roundup Report. This alone generated 203 visitors! Again, a huge thanks to Matthew Woodward for providing his support and inspiration.

Next, a few months back I had done some experiments with forum posting. It’s amazing that 47 visitors were referred directly by TrafficPlanet.com making it my 2nd most valuable traffic source.

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Social Media Statistics August 2014

This month (August 2014) I experienced a drop in social shares. I’m beginning to figure out what it takes to increase user engagement and it has “everything” to do with writing unique high quality content. For example, when I started to put together my Private Blog Network Case Study, I noticed my visitors are reading more of my other content. However, another reason why I saw a huge decrease was I failed to actively “share” my content on Twitter, Facebook and Google +. The social shares I received this month I would contribute to returning visitors who are actively following my blog. The key should be to have new people follow & share your blog>content to increase the overall engagement.

I guess I have a new idea for a case study:)

Here’s a breakdown of my social shares statistics…

Last month (July 2014) I received:  (21 shares & 41 click-backs)

This month (August 2014) I received:  (7 shares & 5 click-backs)

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Forum Posts & Statistics

I’ve held back from posting on forums in August 2014. I’ve been busy creating guest posts and videos for YouTube. I’ll probably get started in October 2014!

On a side note, you’ll notice from my referrals, TrafficPlanet.com has provided 47 visitors this month (August 2014). I believe this traffic was generated through forum posts a few months back.

YouTube Traffic Statistics

No videos were created in August 2014 and the engagement is from previous months videos.

Here is a quick list of the video’s which I have published in YouTube.com

Purchasing Expired Domains Using GoDaddy

How to Build a Website From Scratch in 4 Minutes

Finding High PR Domains Using ExpiredDomains.Net

Last month YouTube brought in 87 views however I saw a small drop to 85 views this month (August 2014).

The total minutes watched dropped from 743min-to-600min!

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Subscribers (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube Email)

Twitter – Total: 806 – Last Month: 777 – +29

Facebook – Total: 20 – Last Month: (19) – +1

YouTube – Total: 0 – Last Month: (1) – 0

Google + – Total: 31 – Last Month: (30) – +1

Email – Total: 31 – Last Month: (19) – +12

 

Income Report August 2014

Let’s get to the fun stuff!

My affiliate commission keeps on increasing which is amazing. My Private Blog Network Case Study is continuing to build momentum and add some cash in my pocket.

The additional affiliate commission which I’ve earned was through some of the products I’ve recommended to my readers when setting up their own private blog network.

A side note, I’ll review and create tutorial’s on products which I personally use and feel will help you guys. I will not encourage anyone to purchase products so that I can earn a commission. My content and tutorials are about growing your blog through hard work and dedication. When I review a product, it’s to show you how it’s helped me generate traffic to my blog or simplified the process of creating content.

7search PPC Earnings

April 2014 – $0.38

May 2014 – $0.02

June 2014 – $0.01

July 2014 – $0.07

August 2014 – $0.02

SEO Consulting & Services

I’ve always provided consulting for clients and will continue to provide services throughout August 2014. I’ll keep the workload at minimum so I can focus on building this blog and income through my blog posts and affiliate partners.

I’ll only include the profit earned from new clients I’ve gained through this blog. Any existing consulting contracts I have will NOT be included in my monthly Income Reports.

SEO Consulting – August 2014 ($0)

Expenses (August 2014)

  • Webhosting – $9/mo
  • Webhosting – (PBN#1) – $7.16/mo
  • Webhosting – (PBN#2) – $4.95/mo
  • HideMyAss Proxy – $ 9.99/mo
  • Expired Domain#1 – $9.99/yr
  • Expired Domain#2 – $9.99/yr
  • Aweber – $19/mo
  • Domain – $0.91/mo
  • SEOPressor – $5.00/mo
  • SERPFox – $10.00/mo
  • VaultPress – $5.00/mo

Profit & Loss Statement (August 2014)

  • Profit – $191.75
  • Loss – $90.99
  • Monthly Income – (+)$100.76

Grand Total Report: (August 2014 + $100.76) | (Last Month July 2014: + 30.00)

 

My Final Thoughts…

August 2014 was a very active month since I’m hustling between 2-3 projects at one time. It was a learning experience since the Private Blog Network is making awesome progress (you’ll see at the end of September on 1st report). However, it has slowed me down on ranktactics.com because I’m manually creating content for several websites at one time. This is the price I pay for wanting to do everything manually without the help of spin content software. However, you can use automated software for your content writing but make sure to use the strategy I’ve outlined in my PBN updates.

What’s next…

I’ve been intrigued with ranking factors which influence YouTube videos so have just started a “YouTube Case Study” which I’ll publish mid-October. Next, I’ve found an awesome way to find high authority websites which allow do-follow links and can definitely add leverage in ranking your “targeted” keywords. You’ll receive a complete breakdown once I’ve tested some of these strategies out.

Finally,

Guest blogging is valuable and I’ve managed to occupy my time so much that I’ve completely forget about creating content for several of the blogs I guest post on regularly. I’ll continue to prioritize my time so I can sneak in a few guest posts throughout September and October.

Thanks again for being loyal readers and stay tune for some awesome updates, content and case studies!