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August 2011 Blog Statistics and Income Update

Wow, a lot can happen in a month!!! As I was saying at Crystal Clear Thoughts and How I Make Money Blogging, I wanted to blog full time by 2012. To reach that goal, I thought I needed a bunch of traffic on all of my blogs. Specifically, I was aiming for 25,000 unique visitors a month at BFS by August 2011 and needed to be making $30,000 a year total by 2012. Well, there was a change of plans. I literally got too busy with my online work to keep my day job, so I quit as of July 15th, 2011! And I can say with certainty that it was a great decision.  Self-employment is rocking so far! I figured the best way to keep my eye on the prize is to hit monthly targets, so I started posting here. 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 August 2011 followed by the results: Alexa Ranking: 34,000 / … Read more

July 2011 Blog Statistics and Income Update

Wow, a lot can happen in a month!!!  As I was saying at Crystal Clear Thoughts and How I Make Money Blogging, I wanted to blog full time by 2012. To reach that goal, I thought I needed a bunch of traffic on all of my blogs. Specifically, I was aiming for 25,000 unique visitors a month at BFS by August 2011 and needed to be making $30,000 a year total by 2012. Well, there was a change of plans.  I literally got too busy with my online work to keep my day job, so I quit as of July 15th!!!  And I can say with certainty that it was a great decision since this was my best month yet!!!  Plus, in one month, I took my blogging income account from $6500 to $11,500!!!  Self-employment is rocking so far!!! I figured the best way to keep my eye on the prize is to hit monthly targets, so I started posting here.  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 … Read more

June 2011 Blog Statistics and Income Update

As I’ve said at Crystal Clear and How I Make Money Blogging, 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 June 2011 followed by the results: Alexa Ranking: 32,500 / 36,197  (creeping up) Visits: 11,000 / 9090  (not quite there yet) Unique Visitors: 8000 / 6458  (nope) Pageviews: 18,000 / 16,607  (double nope) RSS subscribers: 550 / 518  (triple nope) Twitter followers: 600 / 590  (woot!) Traffic breakdown: 4000 (2732) from Referring Sites, 2000 (1709) from Direct Traffic, 4500 (3788) from Search Engines, 500 (861) from Other Blogging Income: $2000 / $5186.78  (HOLY BEJEEZUS BATMAN!!!) Monthly Income … Read more

Weekly Stats and Money Update #23 for 2011

Since I do plan on blogging full time by 2012 and even came up with my target number, this is the year for a HUGE push. These are the new goals to keep us on the right track! Here are my Goals for July 4th, 2011: Here is what we are shooting for by July 4th, 2011: Alexa – Maintain a Ranking at or around 37,500 Visits – 60,000 total visits (I started BFS on February 20th, 2010) Feedburner Subscribers – 500 Twitter Followers – 500 MozRank – 5.5 Today’s Update Alexa – 35,272 (I have no idea why this is going up since I do have more visitors…) Visits – 72,344 (WOOT! We’re still going!!!) Feedburner Subscribers – 505 (WOOT!!!) Twitter Followers – 548 (DOUBLE WOOT!!!) MozRank – 5.05 (0.45 to go) In short, the only goal left to hit is still MozRank and I don’t have much control over that one! Yay!!! We still have a month to go, so I will keep up with these updates simply to see how well we do overall. In July I’ll publish the new goal to be hit by the end of 2011. As always, thank you so much for being … Read more

Weekly Stats and Money Update #22 for 2011

Since I do plan on blogging full time by 2012 and even came up with my target number, this is the year for a HUGE push. These are the new goals to keep us on the right track! Here are my Goals for July 4th, 2011: Here is what we are shooting for by July 4th, 2011: Alexa – Maintain a Ranking at or around 37,500 Visits – 60,000 total visits (I started BFS on February 20th, 2010) Feedburner Subscribers – 500 Twitter Followers – 500 MozRank – 5.5 Today’s Update Alexa – 34,815 (I am getting a little worried about this inching up every week, so I will do a push soon) Visits – 70,392 (WOOT! We’re still going!!!) Feedburner Subscribers – 504 (WOOT!!!) Twitter Followers – 536 (DOUBLE WOOT!!!) MozRank – 5.05 (0.45 to go) In short, the only goal left to hit is still MozRank and I don’t have much control over that one! Yay!!! We still have a month to go, so I will keep up with these updates simply to see how well we do overall. In July I’ll publish the new goal to be hit by the end of 2011. As always, thank you so much … Read more

May 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 May 2011 followed by the results: Alexa Ranking: 31,500 / 34,580 (This has been trending higher for a few weeks, so I will need to work on that) Visits: 10,000 / 8781  (pretty close but I bet June will be better) Unique Visitors: 7000 / 6357  (even closer…) Pageviews: 18,000 / 15,216  (ouch) RSS subscribers: 525 / 507  (I’m good with that, lol) Twitter followers: 525 / 528 (woot!) Traffic breakdown: 3750 (2617) from Referring Sites, 1750 (1486) from Direct … Read more

Weekly Stats and Money Update #21 for 2011

Since I do plan on blogging full time by 2012 and even came up with my target number, this is the year for a HUGE push. These are the new goals to keep us on the right track! Here are my Goals for July 4th, 2011: Here is what we are shooting for by July 4th, 2011: Alexa – Maintain a Ranking at or around 37,500 Visits – 60,000 total visits (I started BFS on February 20th, 2010) Feedburner Subscribers – 500 Twitter Followers – 500 MozRank – 5.5 Today’s Update Alexa – 34,678 (Yay, but this is still inching up…I’ll need to keep an eye on it…) Visits – 68,345 (WOOT! We’re still going!!!) Feedburner Subscribers – 507 (last Wednesday we hit 507, WOOT!!!  WOOT!!!) Twitter Followers – 528 (WE MADE IT and are still going up!!!) MozRank – 5.05 (0.45 to go) In short, the only goal left to hit is MozRank and I don’t have much control over that one!  Yay!!!  We still have a month to go, so I will keep up with these updates simply to see how well we do overall.  Then I’ll also publish the new goal to be hit by the end of … Read more