Welcome to the fifth monthly Blog Traffic and Income Report for The Mastermind Within! Each month, we will be posting our blog statistics to give readers an understanding of the nuts and bolts of what Erik, Jake, and Henry are doing and achieving here at The Mastermind Within.
This post will take the following form: first, a recap of the various posts written by Erik, Jake and Henry throughout the month. Second, the traffic and income statistics which are gathered from Google Analytics and the various affiliate and ad networks The Mastermind Within takes part in. Third, we will discuss what changes or strategies we have for the next month, May 2017, to try to grow traffic and make money. As always, any and all feedback is gladly welcomed. I know that I don’t know everything about blogging. (not even close)
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
“Those who succeed were – at one point or another in their lives – willing to put themselves in situations that were uncomfortable, whereas the unsuccessful seek comfort from all their decisions.” – Grant Cardone
May 2017 Post Summary
In May, Henry, Jake and Erik posted 16 times. As mentioned in our goals post, we want to post 250 times in 2017. In January, February, March, and April, we posted 80 times. With posts in May, that makes 96 for the year. We are on pace for 230 posts in 2017; we just need to stay consistent and we can accomplish this!
Jake, Henry and Erik had a few posts on our FREE Personal Finance Income Statement, the March Traffic Report, and their goals update:
- Blog Income and Traffic Report – April 2017
- The Mastermind Within Goals Check-in – April 2017
- New! The Mastermind Within Personal Finance Income Statement!
Henry is over in Spain and has been busy on a personal spiritual journey after quitting his job.
Erik had 6 posts in May. Some of these are serious, some of these are silly. He really enjoyed writing the “Looking for a wife” post 🙂 Here is a list of the non-book review posts Erik wrote in May:
- My Story of How I Backed Out of an Accepted Purchase Agreement
- Proactive Behavior – Take Control of Your Life
- Starting a Subscription Box Business – HOWLinfuse Kombucha
- Looking for a Wife to Reduce Taxes!
- Becoming a Certified Food Manager
- Erik’s Goal to Read 75 Books – April 2017 Check-in
Jake had a post on cryptocurrencies. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Jake wrote in April:
Erik posted the following 4 book reviews:
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In May, Erik and Henry had a guest appearance on GenYFinanceGuy‘s blog. Dom reached out to us and asked if we would be interested in writing out a 10 year plan. Both Henry and Erik wrote out their vision for the next 10 years. What’s incredible, is 2 months after writing it, some of the things are coming true!
In June, we will continue to look to gain exposure through guest posting.
Next… on to the numbers!
May 2017 Blog Statistics
In May 2017, we had 3,496 page views and we made $21.27!! Big money!! (You think we can retire off this? Joking!) This represents a decrease of 2% in viewership month over month.
May 2017 Google Analytics Summary
May was actually down from April in terms of traffic. Traffic decreased 2% on a month over month basis. We had an increase in the number of users month over month by nearly 30%, but our bounce rate and pages per session were down over 10%. That being said, we were able to grow our email list by a nice amount – I guess this is the pain of acquiring new subscribers!
May 2017 Traffic and Income Report
In the Income Report, you can see the breakdown of revenue for the month of April: we have affiliates links throughout the site from Bluehost, Amazon, MyFinance, SoFi, and Xtheme. In addition, we utilize Google AdSense. As the page views increase, these numbers should increase. Time will tell; this is a fun experiment!
We are very excited that we were able to almost double the number of email subscribers following The Mastermind Within! THANK YOU READERS AND SUBSCRIBERS 🙂 The FREE Personal Finance Income Statement was a big contributor to our increase in total subscribers. In addition, there are a number of people who came over from Quora. Erik has increased his follower-ship on Quora to over 130 people and has received over 165k views.
For revenue, Amazon is a headscratcher. We had 67 clicks on our links and 0 conversions. Another headscratcher is Fiverr. For Fiverr, we have had 319 in the last 3 months and 0 conversions. MyFinance hit a few times, so it seems those ad units are working.
Overall, we are improving! As you can see above, 143 subscribers and 14,828 views in 5 months is pretty good, but far from great (especially if we want to take this full time.) By staying consistent, we will be able to keep this train humming!
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Action Steps for June
We created a lot of momentum for June in May. We were able to put together a couple freebies, and will continue to post high quality content. While the traffic numbers came in a little lower than we would have wanted, our email list and search engine traffic is promising. We expect June to be a good month.
Also, we spent a fair amount of time commenting on other people’s blogs. We do this for two reasons: one, it is part of our mission statement. We want to build a community where knowledge can accumulate and ideas can prosper.
The Mastermind Within Mission Statement:
The Mastermind Within hopes to build a collaborative community where ideas can flow openly, and readers can build knowledge and experience amazing personal growth.
The second reason is it is a fairly decent method to get traction in the blogosphere. By commenting on the following sites, we were able to get a majority of our page views:
In the coming months, we will keep providing value through posts and products, continue to be consistent with our posting, and continue to grow each and every day! 🙂
How did May go for your blog or website? What tips or tricks could you share with us to improve our blog?
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
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