Welcome to the fourth 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, April 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)
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain
The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there. – Vince Lombardi
April 2017 Post Summary
In April, Henry, Jake and Erik posted 16 times. As mentioned in our goals post, we want to post 250 times in 2017. In January, February, and March, we posted 64 times. With posts in April, that makes 80 for the year. We are on pace for 240 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 Debt Destruction Tool, the March Traffic Report, and their goals update:
- Blog Income and Traffic Report – March 2017
- The Mastermind Within Goals Check-in – March 2017
- New! The Mastermind Within Debt Destruction Tool!
In addition to these posts, we were busy making a handful of pages for the Debt Destruction Tool.These pages are not counted as posts.
Henry had 1 post on his experience with vocal empowerment. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Henry wrote in April:
Erik had 1 post on increasing your credit score. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Erik wrote in April:
Jake had posts on WordPress Freelancers, Neil Patel’s secret for webinars, and creating passive income with Fiverr service arbitrage. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Jake wrote in April:
- An Open Letter to WordPress Freelancers Struggling to Find Work
- Neil Patel’s Secret to Creating Webinars
- How to Create Passive Income Making Websites with Fiverr Service Arbitrage
Finally, we featured two guest posts in April from Troy at Market History and Buy, Hold Long.
- How Living a Healthy Life Will Improve Your Investment Performance
- Dividend Growth or Dividend Yield? Growing Passive Income in the Stock Market
Henry posted 0 books reviews. We need to keep him accountable since he did read 3 books!
Erik posted the following 6 book reviews:
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In April, Erik made 3 appearances on other websites and podcasts.
On April 10th, Erik contributed to Pennies and Dollar’s Post: Things We Wish We Knew About Money When We Graduated From High School. Erik wishes he had known about compounding and the value of spending money on things that bring direct happiness.
On April 21st, Erik was interviewed by Ben Peters on Millennial Commute, a podcast for millennials where Ben looks to have insightful conversations and tell great stories that help Millennials like you navigate the complex challenges presented by Higher Education, the “Commute” from high school to the workforce. Erik talked about his college experience and his goals for the future.
On April 23rd, Erik took part in Enwealthen’s Financial Literacy Chronicles. For the entire month of April, Enwealthen is posting interviews with various personal finance bloggers. Check it out to see Erik’s take on financial literacy.
In May, we will continue to look to gain exposure through guest posting. Erik had a lot of fun taking part in these interviews and guest posts 🙂
Next… on to the numbers!
April 2017 Blog Statistics
In April 2017, we had 3,550 page views and we made $4.70!! Big money!! (You think we can retire off this? Joking!) This represents a increase of 12% in viewership month over month.
April 2017 Google Analytics Summary
April was our best month yet for traffic. While the increase in traffic month over month was only 12%, our bounce rate was down which shows the improved site design is working. The bounce rate and average session statistics should continue to improve as we keep putting out high quality content.
April 2017 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 more than double the number of email subscribers following The Mastermind Within! THANK YOU READERS AND SUBSCRIBERS 🙂 The FREE Debt Destruction Tool 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 90 people and has received over 85k views.
We are improving! As you can see above, 73 subscribers and 11,332 views in 4 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 May
We created a lot of momentum for May in April. We were able to put together a couple freebies, and will continue to post high quality content. More specifically, in May, we are going to look to continue to grow traffic through freebies (webinars, tools, and content). Erik is building a strong following on Quora, and our search engine game is improving. May will be our best month, no doubt about it!
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, look into SEO, and continue to grow each and every day! 🙂
What do you think is 5,000 views and $100 possible for May?!?
How did April go for your blog or website? What tips or tricks could you share with us to improve our blog?
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