Analytics, Social Media, and Blog Income Report after 1 Year.

Although it was to be expected, I am beginning to realize how much more challenging it is to blog consistently while working a full time job.

On the other hand, the full time job has put me in a great position to improve my writing skills—I literally write and edit 8 hours per day.

It has already begun to leave its mark on my writing. I have made advancements when it comes to grammar and punctuation. Also, I am becoming faster at typing, writing, and editing.

Furthermore, I get to be around people who are skilled at writing, too. And that’s the real blessing when you stop and think about it. The majority of our technology driven society has completely lost its ability to put together a proper sentence.

Now, after working as an investment representative and in digital communication, I’ve come to the conclusion that most people are as lacking at writing as they are at managing money.

My experience has taught me that the number of people that lose all their money on stocks is approximately 80 to 90 percent. And my more recent job has shown me that approximately 80 to 90 percent of adults don’t know how to write.

Now, I’m not tryna say that I’m such an outstanding writer nor am I attempting to call people out regarding their abominable writing skills. I’m just bringing it up because of how terrible it actually is.

I mean, it seems as though most people don’t have even the faintest clue of where to place a comma. It appears they are aware that a sentence requires a comma, however, where to place a comma is a seemingly different story. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided the comma’s placement through a game of eney, meeny, miny, moe.

Anyways, at least my new role allows the opportunity to see what good and bad writing looks like.

It has also put me in a better position to achieve my long term goals—to become a full time writer, blogger, and investor.

However, I’m not tryna force the issue to the point that it leads to a lower quality of life.

My focus remains on improving the quality of life now, because nothing in the future is ever promised.

The plan is to focus on my vocation to the fullest of my abilities. If I do that, not only will it increase my chances of additional income, it will improve my writing.

Additionally, if I MAKE time for the blog, it will increase my chances of acquiring more freelance work and improve my overall skill level as a blogger.

That said, I’ve been meaning to catch up on these blogging reports, and since I’ve missed a couple months now, I figured I had to write a collective report.

The numbers below show what a year of blogging can accomplish.

As always, let’s begin with the social media numbers.

Analytics, Social Media, and Blog Income Report after 1 Year. Click To Tweet

Social Media

As of January 29, 2017

Twitter

@reversethecrush: 1649 followers (Up 158 | 10.6%)

@gbellddsc: 1438 followers (Up 2)

Combined: 3087 followers (Up 160 | 5.75%)

Pinterest

@eludethe9to5: 330 followers (Up 55 | 20%)

Instagram

reversethecrush_: 173 followers (Down 24)

Google+

Reverse the Crush : 10 followers (Up 3)

Regrettably, I haven’t been as focussed on growing the various social networks as I once was. Though, it’s due to a combination of working full time as well as rethinking the message of this blog.

Over time, the same basic message began to make perfect sense. I am still on a mission to reverse the crush, but, I have a different attitude towards attaining skills. Additionally, I have a better sense of direction.

Now, when it comes to social media, you may notice a few social networks missing. The reason is that I’ve made the executive decision to simplify. From this point forward, I will only focus my social media time on Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and of course Twitter.

I made the decision regarding Facebook in part because Facebook will not allow me to post links. Second, it’s the network I least enjoy. Peace out, Facebook.

In regards to the social networks being kept:

Twitter drives the majority of my traffic, and I have developed great relationships with other bloggers through this channel.

Pinterest seems to be growing even though I haven’t been paying much attention to it. It’s also a network that many bloggers claim to be a huge part of their website traffic.

Google+ requires minimal effort as it will be managed through Hootesuite.

And finally, Instagram. Really, I just use it to be creative. I like photography and I like to write captions. I don’t use it to post links at all. Though, I do use it to engage with other bloggers. Liking someone’s photo is a nice way of letting them know you’re still around.


Blog Traffic

All time page views: 35,601 (Dec 1, 2015 to January 29, 2017)

Alexa rank: 2,213,605 (Down 794,910)

Comments: 741 Approved (including my responses)

Total Published Blog Posts: 172

I’ve narrowed down the categories for this all inclusive report. Normally, I’d go through a plethora of different categories and compare them to the previous month. However, due to the timeframe of this blog traffic report, there is no previous month to compare to.

I just wanted to provide an update to the all time numbers and briefly comment on what’s been happening to traffic over the last several months.

It’s been no secret that I’ve stopped being as active with the blog lately. To put it bluntly, I’m a tad embarrassed by my lack of activity.

It must appear like I’m giving up on blogging to some bloggers. However, that’s simply not the case.

Though, it has become more difficult to write since going back to work, I fully intend to pick things back up where they left off. I am planning to get back to the posts that made this blog what it is—goal-setting, statistics, investing, and creative writing for fun.

Admittedly, though, it’s more challenging because I have less time to write and comment. It’s harder because reversethecrush.com was originally about eluding the 9 to 5, and now I’m working a 9 to 5. Furthermore, I’ve wasted time on being overly meticulous with choosing the blogs message.

Although the page views and numbers have dipped slightly in the last few months, I am fully aware of what it takes to bring this website back to its glory days, and beyond.

This isn’t a full on commitment just yet, no. But don’t be surprised if the monthly statistic reports as well as the monthly goal-setting posts make a return in February.


Blog Income

Google Adsense: $10.99

Sponsored Posts: $150.00

Affiliate Income:

Questrade: $70.00

Bluehost: $65.00

Amazon: $2.20

Freelance: $200.00 (Unpaid future revenue)

Total: $298.19

Including agreed upon future freelance income: $498.19

Although I’ve only been blogging for just over a year now, when I started out blogging, I stated my goal was to earn $500 within the first year on December 19, 2015. And, well, what do ya’ know? I basically accomplished it without much of a monetary focus at all.

I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made and the future potential of reversethecrush.com.


Concluding Thoughts

Now, as I continue this journey forward, I have an improved sense of what works and what doesn’t.

It might not seem obvious to the layman, however, this blog has gifted more to me than I ever could’ve imagined.

I mean, it provided me with a greater sense of self—I know I can write my way out of any corner.

It helped me land a new career, which was actually unexpected. Although it makes perfect sense now in hindsight.

I had been worried about having a resume gap, but in reality, the fact that I used the gap to build skills became the differentiator.

Additionally, blogging has brought creativity back to my life. Think whatever you want about my blog or my writing or my social media accounts, but just know these are my outlets. I see creativity as the great balancer of my life because it allows me to channel my inner thoughts.

I am so happy that I took a year off and embarked on this journey. It has really brought about a rejuvenated sense of value to my previously forlorn life.

Moreover, I now possess the skills, capabilities, experiences, and power to accomplish whatever I want.

As long as I ambitiously continue to use the blog as a creative outlet and to build skills, my intuition is telling me there’ll be better days.

Question: How has blogging improved your life? How were your blogging numbers in the first year?

22 Comment

  1. Ty, says: Reply

    Congrats, Grant, on the fantastic, stupendous, really terrific first year. I, personally, am a comma over-user. I also, like you, don’t like Facebook and, after much reflection, will most likely nuke it … soon. Looking forward to year 2 from you, my favorite anti-comma blogging friend.
    ,

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Ty,
      Thanks for commenting. Appreciate the support over the last year. I think having a lot of commas is fine. There are different writing styles and different ways to speak. However, the commas I am referring to are completely misplaced. Much of the poor communication is partially because of mobile communication. But it was just an observation lol Please continue writing exactly how you please 🙂

      Happy to hear you are thinking of getting rid of Facebook too! I am eliminating the FB page, but not my personal page. Though, I hardly ever use it to communicate. It’s mostly used to find articles to read.

      Thanks again 🙂

      1. Ty says: Reply

        I’m the exact opposite re: Facebook. I don’t have a personal account, just one for my blog. But I’ve spread myself too think and that’s one that I’ll be (mostly) ignoring.

  2. I’m also trying to work on my Pinterest following. I’m close to hitting 10,000. I think the reason my following is increasing at such a rapid rate is because I’m repinning a lot of other pins.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hi Alexis,
      Thank you for commenting.
      Congratulations on hitting nearly 10,000 Pinterest followers! That’s impressive. Thanks for the tip. I haven’t noticed much traffic been driven from Pinterest yet. Hopefully that changes in the future. Thanks again 🙂

  3. Anthony says: Reply

    Ok. Ok…..Ok. I don’t know how this is going to come off as…but this is definitely a compliment. OK?

    I instantly see a difference in your writing. I see much more precise, conclusive statements which mend the whole article together. It’s following really well. Like you’re saying, writing full time is what you’re doing and the effect is really coming through!

    I also think that creativity is very important. I think we talked about this. We always talk about a creative product that we should create….maybe i should start a blog too! 🙂

    Good job!

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Anthony,
      Thanks for commenting! I definitely take that as a compliment. I’ve been reading and writing a lot more so I’m glad that progress is showing. It’s all about improvement.
      Yeah, we have schemed on a few creative projects. I think vlogging or blogging would be a good option for you. But you’ve kind of got your plate full with studying right now…However, maybe something to consider down the road. Thanks again 🙂

  4. Congrats on the blogging success! I’m slowly trying to build a Pinterest following as well. It’s not easy!

    I’ll agree with you that blogging when you work a normal job is hard to do. I’m been trying to ignore all the distractions when I get home, and just focus on the blog. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for commenting! Also, it’s good to hear from you.

      Pinterest definitely seems to take some time to build a following. I’ve never really been a big user of it myself, which makes it that much more challenging.

      I feel like I’m in the same boat nowadays. Sometimes I am able to focus, and sometimes I’m not. However, my intention is to start focusing more again going forward. Thanks again 🙂

  5. Hi Graham, thanks for the update! Always fascinating looking at the numbers and stats that you post. Glad to hear you will be posting more in the future! I’m always looking for ideas and tricks to grow the blog.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hi Mr. Defined Sight,
      Thanks for commenting! I’m glad you find the numbers as fascinating as I do. I’ve always thought it was interesting when other bloggers candidly shared their progress. I’m looking forward to reading more from your blog as well! Thanks again 🙂

  6. Congrats on a successful first year! Being new to blogging, I don’t have a first year – actually, I’m just now barely completing the first month but so far it has been a great outlet for me as well. I’ve also met some fantastic people via the blogging community. Good luck in 2017!

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hi Pursuit of Happiness,
      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. And congratulations on starting your own blog. It looks like you’re off to a great start. I’m glad to hear you are finding it a great outlet so far. I hope you find what you’re looking for from blogging. Have a great year! 🙂

  7. I’m glad your new position is going well. I, too, noticed a huge improvement in my writing/editing skills and speed since I began doing a lot of freelance editing work. And I’ve also noticed that most people suck at writing. It really is amazing when you think about it.

    To give you a few extra data points for comparison, in 2015 we had 5,726 page views and in 2016 we had 17,329. Total post count is just over 100.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey DTG,
      Thanks for commenting!
      That’s awesome that you’ve noticed an improvement with your writing skills from freelance work. It’s always a huge advantage to have your work improve your skills/hobbies. Also, it’s funny that you’ve noticed how bad other people are at writing too. It’s not that I think I’m so amazing at writing, I still think I have so much to improve. But it really is kind of shocking how bad people actually are at writing.

      Thanks for sharing your progress! That’s a pretty big jump in year 2. It seems like our numbers are similar overall. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

      1. Thanks, I should’ve mentioned that 2015 started in June or July, so it was really just a half year.

  8. That’s awesome you’re seeing benefits from your job helping the blog 🙂

    Blogging has added a lot to our lives, we are definitely closer as a team and sharing our goals & lives with everyone is a good experience.

    Great job after your first year of blogging, can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you!

    Tristan

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Tristan,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I am pretty happy that my job is helping the blog. I have less time to work on the blog, but at least I’m improving in other areas. My last job required too much time outside of work for studying, so I was never able to work on my own ambitions. This is definitely a lot better.

      I’m glad to hear that blogging has enhanced your lives too. The impact it has made is really quite remarkable.

      Congratulations on all the progress you’ve made with your blog as well! I’m looking forward to following your progress! Have a great week 🙂

  9. Alexa says: Reply

    The first year of blogging is the hardest so big CONGRATS! I think focusing on one or two social media networks at a time is the way to go – especially if you’re working with a limited amount of time. I would figure out which is giving you the most ROI on your time and really work on it. Automate the rest.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hi Alexa,
      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! I’m glad you agree that narrowing down social networks is the way to go. Without a doubt, the highest ROI for my time is Twitter. Thanks for the tip on automating the rest! Have a great weekend 🙂

  10. Hi Graham,

    Congratulations! Nice stats and glad to see you get past the one year mark. Wish many more to come. You have made some great accomplishments – landing a freelance writing gig and also landing new day job via your blog.

    What is your 9 to 5 job? How did your blog help you get the job? Hey, you got me curious.

    –Michael

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hi Michael,
      Thanks for commenting! I wish you many more successful years of blogging as well! Also, you are right. I have made some great accomplishments via this blog. I’m really grateful for the opportunity in regards to the freelance gig as well as my current job.

      I am refraining from mentioning the company by name on this blog for now, however, the job is working for a financial institution in online communications. Before I was working directly on the brokerage/finance side, now I’m writing emails and handling social media (Twitter & Facebook) posts.

      The blog didn’t help me get the job in the sense that they read all my posts and hired me. I got the job mostly due to my experience in the financial industry and my education. However, I used skills learned through blogging on my resume. Furthermore, during the interviews, I discussed in detail how blogging helped me improve relationship building skills, grow a Twitter following, improve writing, and work towards a career in digital communication.

      I’m really happy with the direction of everything going forward. Thanks again 🙂

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