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Blog Traffic and Income Report – November 2018

Erik Entrepreneurship, Side Hustle, Thoughts of a Mastermind 13 Comments


Welcome to the twenty-third monthly, and eleventh of 2018, Blog Traffic and Income Report for The Mastermind Within! Each month, I post the traffic statistics and income The Mastermind Within blog has earned and comment on any changes, improvements, and disappointments. This is a recap of sorts for what I’m talking about, what I should be focusing on, and anything I can change.

My primary goals with this site is to help people, like yourself, with a secondary goal to make it an income stream.

In this report, I want to be as transparent as possible, because I believe true improvement can happen only when you get the raw details of a situation.

What gets measured, gets managed.

This post will take the following form: first, a recap of the various posts written 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, I will discuss what changes or strategies I have for the next month, December 2018, 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)

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” ~ Duke Ellington

November 2018 Post Summary

In November, I met my goal of posting 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.

In November, The Mastermind Within had 13 posts. This month, I talked mostly about personal development and how we can focus on becoming a better version of ourselves. Here are all of this month’s posts:

I loved sharing all that’s going on in my life and hope it inspired you to do better in your life.

Podcast Episodes

I stopped doing The Mastermind Within podcast, and started a new podcast, The Simple Minded Millennial podcast which I’m loving – all about getting Millennials to success through mindfulness and simplicity.

We are 14 podcast episodes into this one and loving it! If you like dad jokes, personal development, and silliness, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

Guest Appearances

I had two guest appearances in November.

First, I talked to some awesome people from Europe on the Financial Independence Europe podcast about some differences between building wealth in the United States vs. Europe. It was fun to learn more about what kind of laws and regulations Europe has with taxes on income and wealth.

Second, I did an interview for my friends Tim and L on Life for the Better, where I talked about my path to building wealth, financial freedom and what I’m passionate about.

Next… on to the numbers! November was another record setting month!

November 2018 Blog Statistics

In November 2018, the blog had 11,323 page views and I made $832.39!! A new record in revenue!! This represents a decrease of 8% in viewership month over month.

November 2018 Google Analytics Summary

Below is taken from my Google Analytics account for this blog to show you the traffic statistics for the analytics november 2018

Google Analytics November 2018 comparison

Definitely am happy with another strong month over 10,000 page views!

November 2018 Traffic and Income Report

Here’s November 2018’s income report. I’ve broken this out into income and I’ve also included expenses, so you can get a better understanding of the costs associated with running a blog.

google analytics November 2018

In November, I made $832.39 from the blog, and net income for the month was $672.20.

I hosted a few pieces of sponsored content (i.e. ads) on this site and was compensated for it 🙂 Also, I’ve hired an amazing Pinterest VA who has been helping me get my presence on that platform up, and hired an editor to help improve my older posts.

My goal is to continue to grow this blog to reach more people. The money is great, but isn’t what is driving me. It’s more about the community and things I can do with more money. I also want to hire out more work as I want to help others grow their hustles and become more successful in their life.

I’m very excited to see where this blog goes in the coming months!

Here’s some additional statistics on my email list and social media accounts:

additional statistics blog november 2018

Email subscribers, thank you! I’m incredibly glad I’m able to reach people with my content and hopefully I’m making a difference in your life in some way.

Things are growing!

Acquisition and Other Commentary

On August 1st, a new Google search algorithm went into affect and my traffic took a hit. This has been the main contributor to the 10%+ decrease in traffic in August and September.

Just like in personal finance, this showed me first hand that MULTIPLE INCOME STREAMS are the key. While I haven’t been focusing on Quora and Pinterest as much, I still have my email list and other areas where I can promote posts to get traffic.

google analytics november 2018 acquisition

This month was much better than the previous few months because my Google traffic came back.

I’ve also shown a picture here of the acquisition statistics from this month and last month. You’ll see that search engine traffic (organic search) is still the main driver.

While this is good, it’s like personal finance, where the goal is to diversify your traffic streams so if one goes dry, you’ll still be able to drive traffic.

At the end of the day though, I’m dedicated to helping others; helping you with your personal finance and self improvement journey. 

One thing I implemented in September was hiring a Pinterest VA. As mentioned above, she is doing a great job and helping out with making my pins, scheduling them out, and interacting with others on Pinterest.

I’m also thinking about running Facebook ads. Yes, this is paid traffic and will cost money, but if I want to get more eyeballs on my content in a shorter amount of time, then it might make sense for me to start trying my hand there.

I have limited time. With a growing blog and also a growing income at my day job, I’m looking to leverage my money and time by hiring others.

Concluding Thoughts from November

November was a fun month here on the blog. I was getting my swagger back and have been writing some fun posts.

I’m absolutely loving writing, podcasting, and interacting with you, my reader. If you appreciate what I’m doing, the best thing to do is just send an email saying thanks. I don’t make much from this blog at this point and just do it out of the love for self improvement and helping others.

I’m excited for the rest of 2018 – by staying consistent, let’s keep this train humming!

Action Steps for December 2018

Consistency is the key to blogging. I can’t just give up because the traffic numbers aren’t there. It’s an every day, every week, every month process. I have to grind, write, promote, grind some more, and eventually, it will be where I want it to be.

This month, I’m going to get back to some of my bread and butter: personal finance.

I just got a new roommate in my house, and am back to house hacking. Also, I want to explore some trends of income and wealth by diving into some public data sources.

All of my work and writing is inspired and guided by The Mastermind Within Mission Statement:

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.

Community is always on my mind. It’s not enough to be a keyboard warrior if you want success. True success and happiness comes from your community and surrounding yourself with amazing people and friends.

November was great and I hope to continue this in the last month of 2018!

Readers: What tips, tricks, and suggestions could you share with me to improve The Mastermind Within? What was your favorite article? How did your website perform in November?

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein




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Comments 13

  1. Thanks for this. As a freshly minted blogger it’s really helpful to see what (and how) you’re tracking.

    You’re hitting all your goals, and I’m sure the tracking and transparency help. Good luck in December!

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      Thank you for the comment PFI! Growing a blog is a tough job and will take time. I’m excited for the coming months and seeing what the results are 🙂

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      This blogging thing is actually working out for me… ha!

      Thanks for the comment on the podcast 🙂 I think we have hit our stride for sure… it’s so much fun being silly with Steph.

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      As of right now, I don’t do anything special for keyword research or SEO. I’m in the middle of an SEO audit right now and am planning on implementing what I learn in January of 2019.

      Thanks for the comment.

      1. Nice! Look forward to seeing your post on it. I can’t really put my thumb on it but I’m really drawn to your site. I think it’s the range of topics and transparency, keep up the great work 😀

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