Welcome to the second 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 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 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, March 2017, to try to boost traffic. 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
February 2017 Post Summary
In February, Henry and Erik posted 22 times. As mentioned in our goals post, we want to post 250 times in 2017. In January, we posted 25 times. With 22 posts in February, that makes 47 for the year. We are on pace for 282 posts in 2017; we just need to stay consistent and we can accomplish this!
Henry and Erik had a few posts on new developments, the January Traffic Report, and their goals update:
- Blog Traffic and Income Report – January 2017
- The Mastermind Within Goals Check In – January 2017
- New Developments for The Mastermind Within
Henry had a few posts on working out, the iconic Macy’s Salad Bar closing, and 8 Personal Finance Tips. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Henry wrote in February:
- Positive Transformation – Bigger, Faster, Stronger 5
- Positive Transformation – Bigger, Faster, Stronger 6
- Positive Transformation – Bigger, Faster, Stronger 7
- Positive Transformation – Bigger, Faster, Stronger 8
- K.I.S.S – 8 Personal Finance Tips
- Good Bye Macy’s Salad Bar – A Remembrance
- “Priming” Your Work Out
Erik had posts on his experience with his house, his January update on his book reading, and his 2017 financial plan. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Erik wrote in February:
- My Goal to Read 75 Books – January 2017 Check-in
- Who Says Houses Aren’t Good Investments – Erik’s Story 1
- Who Says Houses Aren’t Good Investments – Erik’s Story 2
- Coming Across New Opportunities
- The Joys of Home Ownership – Leaky Pipe
- Pay Down Debt and Invest? Erik’s 2017 Plan
Henry posted 0 books reviews. We need to keep him accountable since he did read 3 books!
Erik posted the following 6 book reviews:
Next… on to the good stuff!
February 2017 Blog Statistics
In February 2017, we had 2,989 page views and we made $2.35!! Big money!! (You think we can retire off this? Joking!) This was an increase of 83% in viewership month over month.
February 2017 Google Analytics Summary
As you can see above, we had some good days, and some not so good days in February. An 83% growth in viewership is very promising.
February 2017 Income Report
In the Income Report, you can see the breakdown of revenue for the month of February: we have affiliates links throughout the site from Bluehost, Amazon, and Xtheme. In addition, we utilize Google AdSense. As the page views increase, hopefully these numbers will increase. Time will tell; this is a fun experiment!
While we haven’t gotten any fees from Amazon, we did get a few orders at the end of the month. People seemed very interested in the book, Stealing the Corner Office – a book containing tips and strategies to help you climb the corporate ladder!
Finally, there are talks internally about an eBook or product to increase the number of subscribers and possibly open doors for passive income. As you can see above, 15 subscribers and 4625 views in 2 months is far from optimal.
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Action Steps for March
We have been doing well for 2 months of blogging. For the most part, I’m excited about the possibilities and opportunities for this blog. To increase traffic in the second month, we tried to drive traffic through different social media sites. So far, Twitter and StumbleUpon have been the two sites we have been using. StumbleUpon has loved our book reviews. I’ve heard that Pinterest is a big driver of traffic; I want to explore it in March.
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 want to explore with coming up with a better layout for the site, think about a product to sell, 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 $10 possible for March?!?
How did February go for your blog or website? What tips or tricks could you share with us to improve our blog?
A journey of a thousand miles beings with a single step. – Lao-Tzu
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