“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 October 2016 Monthly Income Report for AliRaza.co. This is the 13th 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 :
- September 2016 Monthly Income Report
- August 2016 Monthly Income Report
- July 2016 Monthly Income Report
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.
Newly Designed Theme :
This month, I decided to go with a completely new theme. Abdul Samad of BornBlogger did an awesome job by installing it for me.
The main purpose of the theme was to :
- Improve the user experience.
- Make everything more convenient and easier to navigate.
- Do more self branding.
- Increase more email subscriptions.
- Improve the loading time.
I had an ample amount of drop in new email opt-in’s this month, since i removed the email pop-up last month due to complaints from visitors however i expect this new theme will help me in improving more subscriptions.
Few things are still not working, if you feel any error on a particular page, please let me know,
In anyway, let me know your thoughts about how did you find the new design of the site and what more changes you would like to see on the site?!
Improved the Loading Speed of Website :
If you were struggling or getting a harder time to load the site, finally i have a good news for you, the site is heavily optimized and loading time is reduced by much. I know for every few seconds delay, you lost ample of sales and conversions, keeping that in mind, the loading time of the site is heavily reduced. I have posted before and after pictures to see. Also did you notice any difference in site loading time?
Cool Isn’t it? Let me know your thoughts!
Posts Created In The Month of October, 2016.
In the Month of October, 2016. The site has addition of 4 new posts and an update to 1 old post.
September Monthly Report was the regular monthly report last month, where i discussed the usual strategies, website tweaking, along with traffic, stats and revenue details. I hope everyone is aware of what i do cover, but this report has some insights on backup, so do check it, if you haven’t still.
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- SEMRush [Detailed Review]
Let’s admit, I spent a week last year in writing this article and this month, I tried to update everything with the latest features this tool is offering. Do checkout the post, a lot of content is updated.
Traffic Statistics :
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 October, I received a total of 2136 number of unique visitors, 2701 Sessions and 4,222 Page Views. For a quick revision, the number was standing at 1816 Unique Visitors with 2323 Sessions Last Month.
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Let’s have a comparison with Last Month (October vs September):
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 October.
Comparison with the Month of September 2016.
Major Observations in Traffic :
- Let’s welcome the 17% Increase in traffic, this what not what i expected, but still a positive increase, let’s welcome it.
- The average time session dropped little bit but this is not something i will be worried at the moment, I also installed new theme, improved the site loading speed, i will monitor how does this impact on the average site time.
- Social Media is still the main source of traffic acquisition, this month i saw a 22% increase in it.
- Organic search visitors also increased by 20% to 590 which is a good sign.
- Referral traffic dropped little bit.
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 October 2016 :
- The September Monthly Income Report won the show!
- The Complete guide to Affiliate Marketing For Beginners came to second! I spent ample of days working on it, if you haven’t still visited it, do check it.
- An old article on How To Fix An Adwords Suspended account? got the third most views number, looks alike i will be editing this article to add new updated content.
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.
Facebook – 3632 (Last Month, I was at 3602.) +30 This Month.
Google Plus – 328 Followers (Last Month I had 324 Followers) – +4 This Month.
Twitter – 483 Followers. (Last Month i had 469 Followers) – +14 This Month.
The stats results were normal as like usual months however the removal of Pop up plugin for email signups has significantly decreased the number of new opt in’s. I hope the new design will help me in getting back to the momentum.
Social Media Traffic
Let’s have a look on the traffic I received from Social Media Traffic, last month in October.
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.
- Facebook won the show again with 95% of Social Media traffic coming through it, however the traffic was down as compared to past month performance.
- Despite Increase in the number of followers for Twitter, I observed a significant drop in it.
- Google Plus visitors spent the most time on the website, interesting.
- What is Vkontake? Heard it’s for first time..
Mentions & Interviews:
In October, I was being mentioned at four different places.
First of all, I was mentioned at Matthew WoodWard Income Round up. You are such a motivation, Thanks again for mentioning my blog report.
Then Abdul Samad Essani (an awesome buddy too) did an Expert Roundup on What is Google Friendly Site Design?, Thanks Abdul for another awesome roundup on your website.
Muhammad Riyaz Alam Noori did an awesome roundup with some cool faces on Top 3 Link Building Strategies You Should Follow. Thanks again Muhammad! You got such a long name. (Kidding)
Anmol Singh, an upcoming pro blogger from India did a great job and took an awesome interview of mine! I have best wishes for him, good luck and thanks for taking the interview.
Lastly Karamath Sheik did an awesome interview of mine, the questions were solid and to the point, I really enjoyed. You can check the interview by clicking here.
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.
This is a developing section, will get it updated within 24 hours.
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 .
- Long tail pro (See My Review) – $o Revenue
- Bluehost (See my How to start a blog tutorial – Blogging Series) – $0 (Pretty Bad)
- SEMRush (See My Review) – $55.96 Revenue
- ThemeForest – $o Revenue
- Elegant Themes – $o Revenue
- Sparkol – $0 Revenue
- NinjaReach – $0 Revenue
- Shopify – $0 Revenue
- Buzz Bundle – $0 Revenue (I think i have some trouble working with their affiliate program)
- Consultation – $400 Revenue
- Freelancing – $0 Revenue.
- Other Income – $100 Revenue
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 improved to $400. 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.
- 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.
Freelancing, freelancing and freelancing. Most of the people were of the view that why i have started freelancing when you are already running a digital marketing agency. The answer to that is that freelancing helps me to remember from where i started everything. It’s a great learning, more then earning, the learning process when you work as a freelancer and as a digital marketing agency head, both are different things.
This month, I was only able to earn $0 from freelancing services, the fact is that I have to manage an agency as well , however i’m willing to generate more work this month.
This month, there were no specific expenses.
Total Income :
The total income will be $55.96 + $400 + $100 = $555.96
P.S. Just for a re-cap, it was $700.96. last month, so it’s a negative trend, but let me tell you that the time you spend on your website in a particular month doesn’t have any major impact in the earnings in the short run.
Last month goals checkup :
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 October, Let’s see how much successful I was on them.
- For October, I plan to produce more then 15,000 words of content. There were 4 new posts, added content to 1 old post but still i was failed, let’s admit. [FAILED]
- I planned to cross 2500 Unique visitors but i was only able to cross 2100. Damn! [FAILED]
- I planned to improve the website speed and timings, Ample of work was done, specially thanks to Abdul Samad for the job, finally I saw a remarkable decrease in the website loading time.[PASSED]
- I m also testing different CTA’s and it’s working good, however this is something im testing at the moment and wont like to discuss much but i passed it! Yayy! [PASSED]
Plans for November 2016.
- For November, I plan to write at least 5 posts, God help me please.
- I’m also planning to install SSL Security on the website in November.
- Testing more CTA’s, obviously will write a complete case study once i’m finalize with it.
- Doing more blog commenting, appearing in more interviews or roundups!
- Wish me a best of luck in all these things, thank you.
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. =)
‘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 October, 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.
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