Time again for another Side Income Report. Each Side Income Report reviews my monthly traffic information for Side Income Blogging and my income across all of my blogs, websites and Side Income Blogging Services work.
This report is for March 2013. You can expect new reports during the first half of each month. You can also review all of my prior Side Income Reports a well.
Unfortunately, traffic for March compared to February decreased. In March, I saw:
- A 13.51% decrease in Visits
- A 16.47% decrease in Unique Visitors
- A 12.07% decrease in Pageviews
I’ll attribute this drop to the same issue I had last month: Not focusing enough on search engine traffic. I’ll also add that I need to focus on more value add and unique content. However, saying this and doing it are two completely different things. I wrote two articles in March, that I spent a great deal of time on and that I thought would be huge hits: Build a blog you’re passionate about or don’t even bother and How to get noticed on Google+ and other social media. Neither of these articles received the traffic or exposure I expected.
Creating and finding the “right” great content is tough.
March Social Media
My follower counts on both Pinterest and Google+ increased in March:
- Pinterest followers increased from 131 to 163. A 24% increase.
- Google followers increased from 633 t0 839. A 33% increase.
Google+ traffic dropped by 29% from February to March and Pinterest traffic dropped by 60%. I was very disappointed in the Google+ drop, but the Pinterest drop wasn’t unexpected. I am just not spending much time on Pinterest lately. The bounce rate is too high, and frankly is not worth the time spent for me.
My mailing list subscriber count is down for March from February by 3 subscribers. My RSS subscriber count increased from 85 to 97. No big increase or decrease here at all. Mailing list subscribers aren’t something I plan to focus on, but it is a nice option for my subscribers to receive email updates. I had planned to really put a strong focus on building up my subscriber list. But after thinking on that over the past month, I’ve changed my strategy.
My total subscriber count is currently at: 425, a marginal increase from February. Pretty much a flatline here.
With traffic down, fortunately my income was up. This was primarily the result of getting lots of Side Income Blogging Services work.
Here is my income breakdown across all of my sites and my Side Income Services work for March 2013:
eBay Partner Network: $42.70
Share a Sale (affiliate link): $50.80
Commission Junction: $122.75
Adsense: $0.00 (I didn’t make the $100.00 payout in March, but hoping to in April.)
Side Income Blogging Services: $2,517.50
Total: $2, 733.75
MyDomain (affiliate link) Domain Renewels: $16.13
Genesis Theme (affilate link): $79.95
A Small Orange (affiliate link) for hosting: $50.00
March 2013 Net Income: (Income – Expenses): $2, 587.67
Once again, the majority of the income is from my Side Income Blogging Services work and only a small portion of that from my blogs and niche sites themselves.