It seems just like yesterday that I published Week Two – Blogging To Make Money report. I guess with the Easter holidays many of us celebrated, week 3 was indeed rather short. But, I am not complaining.
I have taken a little time to spend with my family and friends. I am so glad I did. I completely forgot how good it feels to be among the ones I care about and love. It was a reminder to me that it is very important to take time to relax and refresh.
Many online marketers suffer from the “Shut Off Syndrome” where nothing but the computer screen is allowed. This syndrome not only isolates us, it often leads to a burn-out, de-motivation, procrastination and eventually a loss of productivity and effectiveness. And, sadly, in many cases it leads to failed relationships.
But enough of this rant, let’s get on with the report. During the week my progress was a bit lacking not only because of the holiday, but also because I got a flu bug and I just did not have enough energy to effectively spend working on this challenge to “make money blogging”.
My lackluster efforts affected the amount of traffic I was able to drive to my blog. Commenting on blogs and forums was reduced to minimum at this time and it definitely showed in the Google Analytics report. Initially the traffic fell almost to the original level, similar to the one just before I started this “blogging to make money” project.
But, despite the poor traffic results, not all was lost. I made another couple of sales. Interestingly, one of these sales was a “follow up” of the affiliate sale I made last week.
This is very important lesson. When we choose to promote affiliate products on our sites it is good to try to select products that lead to other related or upgrade products for which we will also receive commission.
I will be talking about blog affiliate marketing in other posts, here I just want to mention that although sales are wonderful, most importantly, whatever we decide to promote must be products we are completely familiar with and the products we can honestly promote to our readers.
Every product that I promote on this site is a tool or a service that I use and one that helped me and/or continues to improve my online business. The one that is making my blog money at the moment is the Big Commission Blueprint, an amazing course by Dean Holland. This course completely turned around my online business.
Blogging To Make Money – Week 3 Report Summary
- Total traffic: 186
- Unique visitors: 144
Organic traffic rose again, this time by 47% and that is very exciting.
Page views: 714 pages
Average pages per visit: 3.84, slightly over last week’s figure
Bounce rate remained essentially the same at a low of 0.54%
Most encouraging was the time that visitors spent on my site – over 25 minutes!
As I mentioned above, the blog made sales this week despite reduced traffic. I have sold two products. Perhaps in the middle of the challenge to make money blogging, I will put together a summary of products and I’ll provide you with the exact earnings related to the sales.
I am very pleased with the overall results. My results already show that blogging to make money is possible even at the early stages of blogging. I really hope that the readers of my blog are also encouraged by these results and are able to see that with consistent and focused approach, even early on, small successes are possible.
I would love to get your feedback. I find my readers’ comments very supportive and also I find them a driving force to help me succeed in this challenge. So thank you for taking your time to comment.