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December 2016 Monthly Income Report

(Last Updated On: January 9, 2017)

 “The success lies where people get tired watching you trying over and over again but you don’t look tired. In fact, you show up every day with a smile.” – Hassaan Khan

Welcome to the December 2016 Monthly Income Report for AliRaza.co. This is the 15th Monthly Progress Report of this Blog. The purpose of Monthly report is to review the amount of work I do every month, along with website, social media and subscribers statistics. In other words, I critique the performance of myself and my blog every month to see where i’m standing.

In case if you have missed the old reports, you can check them via :

Or Click here to see all the monthly reports.

Major Changes on the Website /Improving UI:

As with every month, i try to improve the User Experience on my website through different techniques. Since it means improving user experience which also technically means with increasing engagement with your audience.

Last month if you guys remember, I had installed an SSL certificate on the website but the thing didn’t went easy as it was expected since i completely forgot that I have to change all the inter-links to https.. You know that you just don’t have to change your URL but you have to redirect all your URL’s to the new addresses.

The process is really easy, all you have to do is to add the below code on your .htaccess file via your ftp and you are good to go :

 

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off

RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

 

Hope it helped someone who is looking for a easy way to redirect the domain from http to https.

 

Posts Created In The Month of December, 2016.

In the Month of December, 2016. The site has addition of 5 new posts.

November Monthly Report was the regular monthly report last month, where i discussed the usual strategies, website tweaking, along with traffic, stats and revenue details. The new addition was SSL certificate. I hope everyone is aware of what i do cover, so do check it, if you haven’t still.

The second post was from Ahmad, one of the talented professionals from Pakistan in the field of Graphic designing.

We all know that the Importance of E-commerce Industry cannot be ignored. The boom is here and it’s GOING to Stay!. This time, any offline business can be taken online, or in fact you can come up with your own Online Model!. What matters is execution and how you do it, checkout what Ahmad has to say on this.

Do you remember those days when every email used to be very important for us? You might think, well, it’s still important today… With time, The concept of email marketing has taken the importance of email to another level. We’ll dig deeper into email marketing and this article will help you learn, understand, and implement the email marketing science. Do checkout and let me know your thoughts.

Abdul Samad Essani has to share something about Link Building in 2017. If you are looking for different free ways to build links in 2017, then this post is going to be an awesome read!Do check it and share your thoughts there.

SEOGroupBuy is a service focused on Group Buying. STOP! Paying Thousands of Dollars in SEO and IM Tools! Checkout What SEOGroupBuy has to Offer! $5000+ Worth Tools from just $27 per Month.

 

Traffic Statistics For the Month of December 2016 :

Analysing the Traffic Statistics is a great way to measure how does your blog perform as compared to last month. I do this every month to see where I’m standing. If you are not doing this activity yet, I suggest you to start critiquing your web statistics, as it’s a great way to find out, how you are performing. If you have just started your blogging venture, then rather focusing on earnings, your core focus should be on traffic stats, having more subscribers over Email and Social media.

Here are the traffic stats for the Month of December, I received a total of 2050  number of unique visitors,  2565 Sessions and 4,222 Page Views. For a quick revision, the number was standing at 2136 Unique Visitors with 2701  Sessions Last Month.

If you are struggling to get traffic and looking for ways to increase your website traffic, do checkout different ways to get more traffic to your website or blog.

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Let’s have a comparison with Last Month (December vs November):

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Traffic Sources

Let’s have a look on the traffic sources to get an idea on what are the top traffic acquisition sources for this blog in the month of December,2016.

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Comparison with the Month of November 2016.

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Major Observations in Traffic :

  • Traffic needs to be consistent, one month i see a decrease and the other month i get the increase, this is getting boring and i need to be a little consistent with the traffic.
  • 28% Traffic downfall is a negative trend which needs to be taken seriously, however the inter linking and majority of links not working due to changing of the website from http to https and unfortunately i didn’t had this thing in mind for the whole month which can be the reason for this downfall.
  • Social Traffic going down isn’t a good idea.
  • Although organic traffic went down by just 7% but i’m optimistic for the increase this month.

If you are searching for ways on how you can increase traffic, then checkout my post on ‘How To Increase Traffic to Your Blog‘.

Most Visited Pages in December 2016 :

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Critique :

 

Subscribers :

Let’s have a look on the subscribers to find and analyze where I’m standing as compared to last month. If you are going to start blogging, then forget earnings and this is the place you need to target in. Forget Income, Focus Subscribers, this should be your ultimate goal with blogging.

Mail Chimp – 423 Subscribers (Last Month I had 400 Subscribers). +23  This Month. [Thanks to Bloom Plugin.]

Facebook –  4874 (Last Month, I was at 3647.) +1227 This Month.(Thanks to Facebook Advertising

Google Plus –  341 Followers (Last Month I had 328 Followers) – +2  This Month.

Twitter – 504  Followers. (Last Month i had 503 Followers) –  +1  This Month.

Thankfully, all social channels subscribers increased and the numbers were in positive, I’m so glad for the love.

 

Social Media Traffic

Let’s have a look on the traffic I received from Social Media Traffic, last month in December.

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Major Observations Regarding Social Media Traffic

Social Media traffic is slowly picking up again but its no way near to what i saw in august or earlier.

  • Overall, a total of 1253 people were added to my networking list, thank you so much for your support and love, I appreciate.
  • Facebook won the show again with 94% of total social media traffic.
  • Got surprisingly 18 visitors from Quora and I’m loving them.

Mentions & Interviews:

In December, I was being mentioned at five different places.

First of all, I was mentioned at Matthew WoodWard Monthly Income Round up for Bloggers. The roundup covered how 18 bloggers made $317,061 in the month of December.  Matthew, You are such a motivation, Thanks again for mentioning my blog report.

Then Gaurav mentioned me on his website about ‘How to Brand a blog? : Expert Advice‘, Thanks Gaurav, I really appreciate the gesture, hope your audience learnt something from it.

Lastly, Adeel mentioned me in his latest post, ‘Are you the moody blogger?‘ – It was an honour for me when he appreciated my consistency on the blog and how i’m achieving success due to being consistent.

If you want to feature my opinion on your roundup or if you want to take an interview, do contact me.

 

Featured Question :

If you have a question to ask from me, You can contact me via the form and I will be happy to feature it on my website or you can write it down in the comments section and i will get it featured in the next month report.

Please note that, I prefer featuring such questions which are not a particular niche oriented and can help wider audience.

Question : How much traffic can I really get from search?

Answer : Even Sky is not the limit, there is no limit exactly be it either organic or paid, but for this question, I will try to answer the opinion specifically for organic. Look, i can build links and multiply my search traffic in no time, all i need are some bucks to spend and that too from what i earn here and I can multiply the earnings in no time, but my goal is to build real traffic, real visitors, real back links and real organic traffic so that’s the reason I’m following the limited back linking strategy.

There are unlimited number of keywords that you can target to rank but if you are looking for the answer for a particular query, then according to Search Engine Watch, Let’s say if a particular keyword is being searched 10,000 times a month and if your website is the Top 1, you will get 33% of the traffic, in other words 3300 visitors a month for that keyword.

 

Income :

Finally we are on to the income segment.Please keep in mind that I do have an online advertising agency as well but i keep earnings of that agency, separate.  The results for different affiliate programs are as follow’s .

If you are looking for ways for earning money via your blog, then checkout my How To Earn Money From Blogging Post!

 

Consultation  Earnings :

This month, consultation revenue went down to $500. Thank you everyone for your trust. Please keep in mind that I do have an online advertising agency as well but i keep their earnings separate even if that is of just consultancy.

However, just to let everyone know, I can help you with following services :

  • Google Adwords/Bing/Facebook Ads Campaign Setup/Management
  • Google Adwords/Bing/Facebook Ads Campaigns Auditing
  • Google Adwords/Bing/Facebook Ads Account Suspension (Many people contact me regarding this so make sure to check my How to Fix an Google Adwords Suspended Account? article.)
  • SEO Services
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Branding Services which Includes Brand Positioning, Segmentation & Awareness.
  • Blogging
  • Re-marketing Services
  • CRO – Conversion Rate Optimization Services
  • Web Analytics and Tracking
  • White Label Solutions
  • Digital Marketing Training Event at Your Location.

Please contact me though for further details.

 

Expense

This month, I spent $10 on Facebook Advertising and $120 on maintenance and other tweaking of the website.

 

Total Income :

The total income will be $55.96 + $500 + $100 – (120+10) = $525.96

P.S. Just for a re-cap, it was $905.96. last month, the decrease in the number was expected due to many reasons, firstly it was christmas season and people tend to spend more time on shopping. The other reason can be that I had some expenses to bear with my site which i would like to continue for a while.

Last month goals checkup :

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Goal Checkups are some sort of motivation for me. I keep a check every month to see what I’m doing with my blog. Last month, I had few goals for December, Let’s see how much successful I was on them.

  • For December, I planned to write at least 5 posts. So finally there were 5 new posts on the blog, so Yayy! .[PASSED]
  • My Second Plan was to design a comprehensive goal for new year! Glad I did it!  .[PASSED]
  • Testing More CTA’s. Unfortunately was too much busy with Aarswebs.com clients and I got no time to do it here.[FAILED]
  • Doing more blog commenting, appearing in more interviews or roundups!. I was able to do that as usual. [PASSED]

Plans for January 2017.

  • For January, I plan to write at again least 5 posts.
  • I’m planning to introduce SEO Services for my readers at exclusive prices.
  • Doing more blog commenting, appearing in more interviews or roundups!
  • Wish me a best of luck in all these things, thank you.

 

New Revenue Goals and Blogging Goals in 2017 from this Blog :

2017

Keeping in mind such an awesome increase in consultations from this blog, I have decided to change my revenue streaming strategy for this blog.

Over the past month, I was looking for number of ways to monetise this blog and I concluded on few things before I started finalising from where to earn.

Good thing good, I’m able to establish myself as pioneer in Paid Advertising, SEO and Digital Marketing field towards my readers, I’m still learning, and i feel myself too blessed with this Gesture.

 

Revenue Goals for 2017 :

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So I have decided to open new revenue streams from this blog in the month of 2017 :

  • In collaboration with Aarswebs.com and my team, I will be able to offer you :
    • Discounted SEO Packages [We will also provide white label but that is optional]
    • Customised Low Priced Google Adwords and Facebook Ads Setup.
    • Digital Marketing Consultation.
  • I will also be starting training sessions such as :
    • Paid Advertising and SEO training courses on Udemy.
    • Paid Advertising and SEO training courses via personal teaching and Facebook Master Mind Group. (I’m already doing on PPC Training and it’s going successful)
  • I will also be working with new affiliates companies to open new stream such as :
  • I’m also planning to establish my youtube channel this year which i will eventually use to get more leads to my training courses, paid services, affiliate reviews and to this blog.

 

Blogging Goals :

blogging goals

I feel there is no life without goals and same goes with blogging, there is no blogging with goals. If you don’t have goals then you won’t fight to achieve it, so I’m going to have some goals for my blog to achieve in 2017.

  • I want to cross 5000 organic visitors per month from this blog, currently getting around 700 organic visitors.
  • Currently the blogging traffic stands around 2000 visitors per month but i look forward to turn it into 10,000 visitors per month till the end of December.
  • I also look forward to cross 2500 Email Subscribers.
  • I also look forward to cross 12,000 Facebook Fans & 2000 Twitter Followers till the end of 2017.
  • I also plan to give more public appearances, participate in more round ups and question answer sessions.
  • I also would like to do some guest posting on other blogs, a thing which i need to do from a long time and I’m still missing on that.
  • I am also planning to launch a free giveaway ebook to increase subscribers.
  • I am also planning to do a competition on my blog.
  • I am also planning to get some shirts printed with my blog and agency name on them.

I also want to lose around 15 to 20kg weight this year, so wondering should i document my weight loss results on this blog too? because im in no mood to create another blog for that, otherwise i can skip it too, so let me know your thoughts!

attitude is everything

Yes right, attitude is everything. When there is a will, then there is a way. God doesn’t help those who don’t help themselves. Hopefully I achieve all of my targets mentioned above, in anyway, I need best wishes from you guys and I want you guys to counter check me in case if i misses anything.

 

Paid Post Invitation :

As always, I welcome companies or individuals to share quality content with my readers through my blog. If you have something worthy to share with my audience, then you are welcome to reach me to discuss on it. Make sure, Your content needs to have a top notch quality. If you also want me to write on a specific topic, do let me know, i will do that on minimal charges. =)

 

Your Turn

‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish’ – Steve Jobs. The success lie’s in continuous improvement, learning out new things, testing and never getting satisfied with what you have. Goals are made to be broken, I know i will break some goals tomorrow but then I will create new goals too and thats how you remain motivated.

Anyway, How was the blog report for the month of December, 2o16? As always, I’m open to criticism, what are your thoughts on my blogging strategy? Did i miss something? What do you want me to add in my monthly reports article? Every appraisal and criticism is welcome here, please do comment on what you think.

 

If you are interested in starting a blog for your own or you want to have an online presence, or you as a company want’s to engage your audience with a blog, why don’t you have a look on my tutorial for a complete blogging series which will help you to start your blog in just 15 minutes for a fairly cheap price (the low price is only through my link), For your information, if you will buy 12 months of blog hosting via my Bluehost link you are going to get 1 free domain as well, and the cost is going to be dirt cheap at annual package and it’s fairly easy to earn money from blogging too if you have a self hosted blog and you know how to monetize it well, also if you have bought it from my link and still having troubles, then reach me for a FREE setup, Good luck!



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Adeel Sami - January 9, 2017

Asalam-o-alaikuM, Ali bhai!

MashALLAH, you’re doing just awesome!

The numbers may go down and up but the best thing is you’re kicking the business with your best.

The good thing is… You’re consistent.

And consistency is what will make you go higher and higher in the future, InshALLAH!

I am so glad to mention you. And you totally deserve that, brother. :)

See you rockin’ the bloggin’! :)

~ Adeel

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Hassaan Khan - January 10, 2017

Ali Bhai,

Thank you so much for quoting my status. I remember you reshared that on Facebook as well, I guess.

One of the lessons I have learned along the way is that ‘if you want it, you ultimately get it’… so it’s just a matter of time.

What we need to do is stay there and keep trying… It leads us to the goldmine of lessons that would not have been possible otherwise.

THANK for the mention!

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    Ali Raza - January 13, 2017

    Your’s welcome. You deserve that.

    and Yes i shared it on facebook too, because it’s too awesome.

    Good luck!

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Junaid Shahid - February 1, 2017

Hi Ali Raza,

This is my first comment on your blog, suddenly get to know that you are also a blogger. I’m really amazed that pakistani bloggers are growing day by day and coming up from the rest. Glad to know your name in the top of pak bloggers :)

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