Traffic & Income Report for March 2014

Welcome to my first official Income Report for my blog. I want to start my thanking Matthew Woodward for providing the inspiration in allowing me to create my first report. He has been a much needed mentor and MARCH_FEATURED_MAINprovided support to get my blog off the ground. I want to give Matthew two thumbs up for his success and continued support.

My blog was official started in January 2014 and it took me 2 months to put everything together. Going forward I’ll provide Traffic & Income Reports on the 1st of every month.  Some months you’ll notice that I’ve earned “zero” profit from my blog but the idea is to be completely transparent with all of you. When I starting I wanted to target new bloggers creating a blueprint on how they can create a profitable business.

We’ll grow together and I’ll provide a complete outline of the work I did every single month. Here’s what I’ll cover in my monthly reports…

  • Blog Posts in March 2014
  • New Blog Features
  • My Guest Posts & Traffic Statistics
  • Google Analytics Reports
  • Social Media Statistics
  • Forum Posts & Statistics
  • YouTube Traffic Statistics
  • Subscribers (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube Email)
  • Referral Commissions Earned
  • Final Profit & Loss Statement
  • Moving Forward & Final Thoughts

My plan is to keep every organized so it’s very easy to follow for all of you.  I would love your feedback in the comments so I can improve these reports in the future.

Let’s get started…

Content Created in March 2014

It was an awesome month in terms of content creation which included a total of 7 new blog posts. 3 out of 7 posts gained traction within social circles which helped generate traffic to my blog.

03/10/14 – 24 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic in 30 Days – Where I discuss awesome tricks that I learned through experience and from my mentors to boost traffic within 30 days.

03/11/14 – 15 “Must Read” Resources for Writing Web Content – Throughout the month I read a lot of posts from my mentors which helped me stay on track. These 15 resources cover how to streamline the “content creation” process.

03/11/14 – Blog Action Plan: 2014 February 23rd – 30th – Part 3 of my “Blog Action Plan” series for new bloggers who need a step-by-step guide on how to setup their WordPress platform and build a successful blog.

03/12/14 – 13 Content Writing Tips That Will Crush Your Competition – This post covers some of the mistakes that your competitors are making, use these amazing tools to find your competitors and create better content then them to boost your traffic and social shares.

03/13/14 – 14 Expert Bloggers Discuss Their Most Effective Link Building Techniques – Find out what the experts are saying about the most effective link building technique. A must read post and you’d be surprised at the results!

03/26/14- Ultimate Guide to “Overcoming Writers Block” – When I started writing content I had trouble putting together content ideas. I did a case study focusing on a sequence of steps that really helped me generate topics for future posts. This post covers the case study and 8 content ideas that never fail!

03/31/14 – Matt Cutts from Google.com – Biggest SEO Mistakes + Walkthrough Solutions – Part of my “SEO with Matt Cutts” series where I break-down his video tutorials and provide walk-through solutions on how to correct common mistakes that he outlines.

Guest Posts Published March 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 to brand myself.

New Blog Features March 2014

There were two new features added during this month. I wanted to add features that would distinguish my blog from my competition. Even-though I put a lot of emphasis on creating quality content for my readers, it’s important to create uniqueness both in your content & on your blog.

Blog Interviews:

I reached out to successful bloggers in my niche to get their feedback on blogging and how to create a successful blog. My objective is to have my readers (including myself) learn from people with experience and pioneers in the blogging industry. Each one of my “bloggers” is well-known with a solid track record and making a full-time income with the exception of 1-2 who are working on many side projects.

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

Meet Brian Dean of Backlinko.com

Meet Adam Connell of BloggingWizard.com

Meet Nicole Beckett of PremierContentSource.com

SEO with Matt Cutts:

I’ve learned a lot from Matt Cutts who is the head of Web Spam at Google. Several times a month I visit his blog and watch his videos to get an update into the recent changes that Google made to their search platform. Matt Cutts is a busy man so many times his videos are point form and short averaging 4-9 min. In the most recent video, Matt Cutts discusses the “Top 5 Biggest SEO Mistakes” in which he outlines the mistakes but didn’t provide solutions so I decided to elaborate on these videos.

Here is the first post of this series…

Matt Cutts from Google.com – Biggest SEO Mistakes + Walkthrough Solutions

My Guest Posts March 2014 + Traffic Statistics

This month I wrote my first guest post which was published by Matthew Woodward on his blog MatthewWoodward.co.uk.

You can view the guest post here: 8 Tips To Get Your First 100,000 Blog Readers

Comments: (70)

Traffic Statistics:  (click to enlarge)

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Google Analytics Reports

Visitor Statistics:

This is my first Traffic & Income Report. To compare the traffic growth to the previous month I’ll post the total number of visits in February (186 Visits)

February 2014 Visitor Statistics:

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and…

March 2014 Visitor Statistics: (1,066)

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Most Popular Content March 2014

The 14 Experts Discuss Effective Link Building Technique was the most popular content for the month of March. My content on 13 Content Writing Tips That Will Crush Your Competition did better than expected coming in second place.

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Top Traffic Sources March 2014

My guest post which was published on Matthew Woodward’s blog provided a bulk of my traffic this month. This allowed me to start building my brand getting my name out there with targeted readers.

Secondly, I received a lot of direct traffic this month which could have been from repeat visitors.

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Social Media Statistics

I saw a major boost in my Social Shares for March 2014. To give you a better idea of the progress I made, here are my results for February 2014…

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Here is my social progress for March 2014 which is amazing….

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Forum Posts & Statistics

I wasn’t active in any forums in the month of March. This month I am putting together a forum case study which will be awesome. In April’s Income Report I’ll have some statistics to post here. 🙂

YouTube Traffic Statistics

These numbers are very low for YouTube views. I was hoping that the 3 videos I posted would have gained more traction. The statistics just tell me that I have to improve my videos so moving forward I’ll be making more videos in April hoping to improve my results.

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

Twitter – Total: 630

Facebook – Total: 15

YouTube – Total: 0

Google + – Total: 21

Email – 1

Income Report March 2014

I know your focus is on this report but I’m afraid there’s not much to report this month (March 2014). I’ve just started my blog and am finally building momentum. I’m hoping that the traffic will convert into some income going forward. However, I want to be completely transparent and give you a list of affiliate programs I’m working with…

SEO Consulting & Services

I’ve always provided consulting for clients and will continue to provide services starting in May 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.

Expenses (March 2014)

  • Webhosting – $18/mo
  • Aweber – $19/mo
  • Domain – $0.91/mo
  • Kindle eBooks – $3.49/mo

Profit & Loss Statement (March 2014)

  • Profit – $3.00
  • Loss – $41.40
  • Monthly Income – (-)38.40

My Final Thoughts…

Well, there you have it! I’ve provided you with a complete breakdown of my statistics so you’ll have a better idea of what kind of progress my blog is making. I’m not surprised at the current progress since the blog has only been active for 2 months. This blog is a baby and it’s going to be awesome building it into a man.

Finally, I just want to give you guys a few words of advice before moving forward. Always keep your head up and stay focused because it’s the only way you’ll make progress. It’s important to stay consistent because if you don’t then in about two years you’re going to look back and be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do then by the things you did do.