As I’ve been saying 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 want 25,000 unique visitors a month at BFS by August 2011 and need to be making $25,000 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 tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Here were my goals for January 2011 followed by the results:
Alexa Ranking: 42,000 / 39,036 (OH HECK YES!!!)
Visits*: 3000 / 3552 (Yay AGAIN!)
Unique Visitors*: 1200 / 1561 (And more WHOO-HOO!!!)
Pageviews*: 3600 / 4486 (I could kiss you readers!!!)
RSS subscribers: 300 / 276 (I’m still super happy)
Twitter followers: 250 / 285 (WOOT again)
Traffic breakdown*: 1500 (actually 1944) from Referring Sites, 900 (1345) from Direct Traffic, 600 (263) from Search Engines
Blogging Income: $1000 / $895.12
Monthly Income Breakdown
- Advertising: $795.12
- Freelance Writing: $100
*UPDATE: All of my Google Analytics numbers may be wrong. I installed the code incorrectly a year ago and it seems I actually have more traffic than I thought. I only had it installed on my home page. Oops. I really stink at the technical aspect of blogging…oh well, it’s a happy oops at least!
Anyway, this means that my “Visitors”, “Unique Visitors”, “Pageviews”, and “Traffic” breakdowns are all probably wrong (lower than they really are). Sorry. I’ll be sure to let you know my true numbers on March 1st!
My goals for February:
- Alexa Ranking: 38,000
- Visits: 4000
- Unique Visitors: 1750
- Pageviews: 5000
- RSS subscribers: 300
- Twitter followers: 300
- Traffic breakdown: 2100 from Referring Sites, 1550 from Direct Traffic, 350 from Search Engines
- Blogging Income: $1000
Any questions, comments, or advice?