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April 2011 Blog Statistics and Income Update

As I’ve said at Crystal Clear, I want to blog full time by 2012. To reach that goal, I need a bunch of traffic on all of my blogs.  Specifically, I’m aiming for 25,000 unique visitors a month at BFS by August 2011 and need to be making $30,000 a year total by 2012.  I figured the best way to keep my eye on the prize is to hit monthly targets.

Between that and the fact there seems to be major interest in the subject, I started an update around the 1st of every month of my blogging stats and income generated. I’ll also do a huge 1 year update at the beginning of every January.

Here were my goals for April 2011 followed by the results:

  • Alexa Ranking: 32,500 / 32,152  (Yay!)
  • Visits: 9000 / 10,664  (WOOT!!!)
  • Unique Visitors: 6000 / 7510  (FANTASTIC!!!)
  • Pageviews: 17,500 / 18,621  (HECK YES!!!)
  • RSS subscribers: 500 / 463  (I’m super happy!)
  • Twitter followers: 500 / 492  (So close!)
  • Traffic breakdown: 3750 from Referring Sites (3,112 I’m still happy!), 1750 from Direct Traffic (1,468 THANK YOU!), 3000 from Search Engines (5,014 WOOT!!!), 500 from Other (1070 COOL!)
  • Blogging Income: $1500 / $2156.66  (SO HAPPY!!!)

Monthly Income Breakdown

  • Advertising: $2006.66
  • Writing (Staff Writing and Freelance Posts): $150

As I said in My Blogging Target Number, I will blog full time as soon as I can CONSISTENTLY bring in $2500 a month or more.  My husband and I agreed that “consistently” means at least 4 months in a row.  Last month I brought in about $3750 and this month I brought in about $2150.  So I still have a ways to go, but I am super happy with the progress!

My goals for May:

  • Alexa Ranking: 31,500
  • Visits: 10,000
  • Unique Visitors: 7000
  • Pageviews: 18,000
  • RSS subscribers: 525
  • Twitter followers: 525
  • Traffic breakdown: 3750 from Referring Sites, 1750 from Direct Traffic, 4000 from Search Engines, 500 from Other
  • Blogging Income: $1750

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