Notes on blogging after 1.5 years and the June Blog Report

Based on the blogging reports and dividend income updates published on this blog, it may appear like my ultimate dream is to become a Dividend Investor & Blogging Analyst.

For whatever reason, I like to create blog reports and track statistics.

In fact, I anticipate that the majority of my early retirement will be spent working as an investor and blogging analyst.

Be that as it may, I’ve still got a long way to go in order to earn enough money from my dividend portfolio to support blogging full time.

In regards to blogging, it’s almost bizarre how much changes after blogging for more than a year.

Now that the blog is more than a year and a half old, the dynamic of blogging has shifted.

Shortly after starting a new website, no matter how much you publish, it’s difficult to generate interest because you haven’t proven anything yet. Unfortunately, a lot of bloggers quit after the first 6 to 12 months due to unrealistic expectations.

On the other hand, if you continue blogging for more than a year, it’s as though your blog has reached a magic threshold. In my own experience, shortly following the one year mark, I began receiving guest post and freelance inquiries like clockwork.

Regarding the freelance and sponsored work, I received income for writing and including links on an article that was published on this blog earlier in 2017.

Additionally, I received income for publishing a post which I did not write.

Both experiences were completely random and were in no way lobbied for, and both transactions were completed through PayPal.

Since those two freelance opportunities occurred earlier in 2017, I have not been able to collaborate on any other paid projects from blogging.

Though I have received a few emails about sponsored links and posts, the deals fell through and communication broke down due to price.

That said, every interaction is an ongoing learning experience.

To any new bloggers wondering about earning income online, I didn’t receive much interest during the first 6 to 10 months of blogging. However, I can assure you that staying true to yourself and blogging consistently over time will pay off. Furthermore, the income I earned was made without much effort. It’s definitely possible to earn a lot more if you’re willing to blog more frequently and if you’re willing to pursue freelance work instead of letting it come to you.

In addition to what I’ve learned about generating income from blogging, it’s interesting to watch the shift in how traffic is generated. In the early days, it was all based on hard work — how many comments I left on other blogs, how many blog posts were published per month, and how active I was on social media. However, nowadays, I only publish around 3 to 4 times a month and generate close to as much traffic as I did early on when I was publishing a lot more content. The traffic is now easier to attain because of larger social followings and organic search traffic.

For an example of the shift in traffic, you don’t have to look much further than this very post. As you’ll see from the Acquisition Overview below, organic search traffic was the biggest contributor to page views in July, and that’s exactly what I want.

Let’s get into the report:

Blog Report Traffic, Acquisition Overview, and Social Media Growth for June 2017 Click To Tweet
June Page Views by day

Blog Traffic

compared to May 2017*

All time page views on Reverse the Crush — 41,783 (Dec 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017*)

Page views in June — 1205 (Up 404 | 50.44% increase)

Total users in June — 432 (Up 191 | 79.25% increase)

Total sessions in June — 649 (Up 266 | 69.45% increase)

All time blog posts published on Reverse the Crush — 188 (as of July 15, 2017*)

Top Blog Traffic Acquisition Channels
Top Blog Traffic Acquisition Channels

Acquisition Overview

Blog Traffic breakdown ranked in order and compared to May 2017*

Organic Search — 233 sessions (Up 115 | 97.46% increase)

Social — 195 sessions (Up 59 | 43.38% increase)

Direct — 151 sessions (Up 51 | 51% increase)

Referral — 69 sessions (Up 40 | 137.93% increase)

Other — 1 session

Social Break Down

Social Media & Email Subscriber Growth

compared to May 2017*

Twitter1820 followers (Up 7 | 0.39%)

Pinterest384 followers (Up 7 | 1.86%)

Google+15 followers (no change)

Email Subscribers — 37 subscribers (Up 1 | 2.78%)

Thank you to everyone that subscribes or follows!


Original photo from Casa Loma, Toronto. Shot in May 2016.

Conclusion

As shown from the Acquisition Overview above, I was contented to see that the Organic Search traffic was the top traffic driver.

Although I’m not an SEO expert, it seems like publishing content about the same 3 subjects (dividends | blogging | development) is beginning to help.

As I reflect on these numbers and look back on blogging over the past year, I can’t help but wonder how much better I could be doing with more time off.

On the other hand, going back to work has helped me realize how much I appreciate capital allocation. It caused me to realize that I couldn’t be fully satisfied as a blogger without having dividend investing to analyze and work on as well.

In conclusion, I’m still years away from reaching the vision in my head that keeps driving me. But thanks to my self-funded year off, the vision has never been more clear. Despite the fact that it may require a 10 to 15 year time frame to bring my dream to fruition, it’s easy to keep chasing because there’s nothing else I’d rather do.

Questions: How were your blogs results in June and after a year? Did you notice how blogging changed after a year?

6 Comment

  1. Looks like you’ve had a great year and a half! I did notice a difference after a year. I am a couple of months behind you 🙂

  2. Graham says: Reply

    Hi Francesca,
    Thanks for reading and commenting! It’s definitely been a great year and a half, and it’s been quite the learning experience too. Good luck with the rest of your 2nd blogging year! 🙂

  3. Dude, you’ll continue to see those numbers grow! I was around there in January and now around 9,000 views a month. Which is great for me.

    Keep rocking it!
    -Andrew

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Andrew,
      It’s motivating to hear that you’ve made that much progress this year. I think my numbers will continue to improve as long as keep up the consistency. I’m looking forward to following the progress of your journey. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Those are impressive numbers. My blog isn’t quite a year yet, but getting close. Most people don’t get to the point their organic traffic is larger than their referrals or other means for a long time. How did you manage that so quickly? Even though you are no SEO expert, sounds like you are doing something correctly. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Dividend Daze,
      Thanks for the kind words and support! Although organic search brought in the highest amount of sessions in June, there are still a lot of months that social media brings in the most. The July report, which I plan to post soon, had lower search engine traffic, but had higher page views thanks to social media.
      In terms of what I do for SEO, I use the Yoast plugin for WordPress, I try to focus on a limited number of subjects, and I try to update older posts from time to time. I’m still learning but tracking the statistics is beginning to help make things more clear.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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