Every month I will publish a post like this one that shows you how this blog is progressing and everything I have done across the month to get it there.
These reports will help me track my own progress while teaching you what to do and more importantly what not to do.
What I Have Done In April
Most of April was spent preparing for my travels to Costa Rica tomorrow (2nd May) – it turns out trying to run a business and travel at the same time is a lot of work.
I have had to take a step back from the business and the blog while I get everything organised and put the course on hold.
Once the dust settles after the move I’ll be firmly back in the driving seat though!
Last month saw a total of 8 post which has dropped down to just 4 this month – sorry guys!
The blog had a few good features this month including someone that used my strategies to great effect.
Jason Chesters who wrote the awesome membership guest post also used the same strategy with his blog!
Moved Web Host – Enough Is Enough
Over the past few months I have had more and more issues with WPEngine. Everything from the performance of the service to the support has degraded significantly.
They are no longer the premium web host they claim to be.
I’m going to write a more detailed post about my experience with them in the next week or so but here are just a few of the issues-
- Deleting live customer data without taking a backup
- Deploying a link to their homepage in my footer without permission
- Lots of site down time/slow loading
- Losing connecting to the server in the post editor
- Disabled fulltext mysql indexing without notification – this broke my RSS feed costing 60% of subscribers
- Repeat broken promises from the CEO
The RSS issue had their expert support team stumped and they tried to blame that on the fact I had uploaded a file to the server that had nothing to do with WordPress.
I even told them what the precise issue was when I opened the ticket /facepalm
The inability to solve that problem led them to terminating my account with just 3 working days notice to find a new host. Even though they terminated my account they still kept taking money from my card.
So in the middle of moving to another country I had 3 days to find a new host, move the site over & ensure everything is working which is just what I needed on top of everything else.
They moved the site over, took care of the speed optimisation and fixed the RSS issue that had WPEngine stumped in less than 60 seconds.
Not only that but my hosting cost has dropped from $212.00 last month with WPEngine to just $49.99 this month with Traffic Planet hosting. It also has a bunch more features and is not restricted and locked down like WPEngine.
So TrafficPlanet Hosting is 40% faster and 75% cheaper.
I will publish a more detailed post on this soon – get your popcorn it’s going to be brutal.
Update: Traffic Planet Hosting is now called WPX Hosting – I have also published my detailed WPX Hosting review.
UK Blog Awards
This blog won the highly commended award in the digital & technology category which was judged by WordPress co-founder Mike Little.
Although I think the blog was better suited to the PR, Marketing, Media & Communications category – maybe next year :)
It was an awesome evening full of food, drinks, music & celebrity appearances! Thanks to Becki & Gemma for putting it all together for us!
At the start of the month I took a week off to hit the Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria.
I was also selected by the Lucozade Energy team to be their VIP eyes & ears capturing images & video of all of the crazy antics that went on like igloo raves & beautiful mountain views.
I also managed to sneak a picture with part of Rudimental and the legend himself, Mr. Motivator!
You can guarantee I’ll be there again next year!
Crunching The Numbers
So let’s get our hands dirty and take a look at what my hard work has done for me this month.
Traffic has dropped quite a lot this month from 49,421 (1,594/day) to 39,244 (1,308/day) which could have an interesting impact on earnings.
That’s what you get when you only publish half the amount of posts!
Most Popular Content
Top Traffic Sources
Google is still king of the traffic sources but something interesting has started to happen the past month.
Search Engine Traffic
Last month Google sent 40,810 (1,316 per day) but this month that has dropped to just 31,814 (1,060 per day) which is a pretty sharp drop.
I think I’ve got a good idea of why though and I’m sure all of you budding SEO‘s can figure it out!
I lost all of my historical YouTube views because of changes I made to the branding – so I keep track of them separately.
Last month I have a record number of views at 77,845 which has increased to 85,828 this month which is a nice jump at that level!
Minutes watched also increased from 383,330 to 436,600!
That means that there were 10 people watching one of my videos every single minute of every single day last month!
The blog has seen a total of 41,258 shares across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ this month compared to 38,842 last month.
- Google+ – 10,509 (9,512 last month)
- Twitter – 18,480 (17,613 last month)
- Facebook – 12,269 (11,717 last month)
My Forum Statistics
It seems that the forum is getting hit with more & more spam and after cleaning things up there are now 5,526 users.
There were 40 news topics and 57 new replies on the forum.
If you haven’t joined the forum yet, get involved!
I’ll personally answer any internet marketing questions you have!
- Users: 5,526 (5,889 last month)
- Topics: 1,126 (1,086 last month)
- Posts: 3,454 (3,397 last month)
The most important metric on the entire blog – earning a subscription from someone is the ultimate form of commitment and conversion.
This month brought 12,621 new subscribers across various channels which is a huge increase from last month’s 7,785. I suspected someone boosted my Facebook numbers though.
There are now a total of 48,362 subscribers across all of the different channels.
- E-mail – 4,718 (5,063 last month) / Total: 23,684
- Twitter – 181 (258 last month) / Total: 3,433
- YouTube – 298 (406 last month) / Total: 4,483
- Facebook – 6,350 (1,076 last month) / Total: 9,628
- Google+ – 1,328 (936 last month) / Total: 6,350
- RSS – -254 (46 last month) / Total: 562
Here are the numbers you really want to see-
- 48HoursLogo – $45.00 (case study)
- 99CentArticles – $31.84
- Ahrefs – $187.38 (my Ahrefs review)
- AuthorHreview – $22.77 (review)
- Aweber – $12.00 (my Aweber review)
- Blog Advertising – $624.00 (Advertise)
- BlueHost – $65.00 (discount coupon)
- BuyProxies – $92.50
- BuzzBundle – $398.00 (review)
- CodeCanyon – $11.10
- Drip Revolution – $81.39 (discount coupon)
- FaceSniper – $596.04
- GSA Search Engine Ranker – $492.55 (review / discount coupon)
- GSA SEO Indexer – $13.95 (case study)
- Indexification – $6.79 (case study)
- Inspyder Backlink Monitor – $81.94
- JustHost – $160.00 (start a blog / discount coupon)
- Kontent Machine – $1,615.94 (review)
- LeadPages – $138.00
- Licorne AIO – $60.00 (my tutorial)
- LinkEmperor – $649.95 (review)
- LongTailPro – $7.66 (my Long Tail Pro review / discount coupon)
- Market Samurai – $164.64 (tutorial)
- Max CDN – $294.00 (case study)
- OneHourIndexing – $193.36 (case study)
- PowerupHosting – $17.69 (discount coupon)
- RankCracker – $2,937.74
- Rank WYZ – $121.38
- SENuke – $44.10 (tutorial)
- SEO Powersuite – $1,085.15 (see my SEO Powersuite review)
- SEO SpyGlass – $60.17 (best backlink checker case study)
- SESlingShot – $150.00 (review)
- TheBestSpinner – $228.00 (The Best Spinner review / discount coupon)
- Ultimate Demon – $1,264.73 (review / discount coupon)
- View2Be – $16.55
- Website Auditor – $109.29
- WordAI – $65.93
- WP Engine – $199.50 (review)
I separate out my SEO consultant earnings from the affiliate earnings. The blog drives affiliate sales directly and whilst it does generate SEO consultation leads these are separate projects in their own right.
I haven’t taken on any clients recently so consultation earnings sit at zero this month!
- Affiliate Income – $12,407.32
- Consultation Income – $00.00
- Expenses – $49.99
Grand Total: $12,357.33 / £7,318.96 ($10,789.13 / £6,487.36 last month)
The internet is a strange thing – traffic drops off but income increases? I’ll take it!
It has been a very hectic month as I got everything organised for my travels to Costa Rica.
I got slack with posting and traffic has taken a downward turn but profits have actually increased.
It’s weird because the last time I didn’t really do much on the blog for a whole month the exact same thing happened!? Go home internet, you’re drunk!
Now I’ve got to hit publish, strip down my computer & do my final packing.
I’ve got some awesome posts planned for you this month so once the dust has settled you better be ready! Rawr!
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for joining me on this journey.