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Blog Traffic and Income Report – October 2018

Erik Entrepreneurship, Thoughts of a Mastermind 1 Comment


Welcome to the twenty-second monthly, and tenth 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, November 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

October 2018 Post Summary

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

In October, 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.

I’m 11 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 one guest appearance in October.

Simplistic Steph gave me the awesome opportunity to post on her site. I talked about achieving my six figure salary and how it took patience to get there. Learn how a 6 figure salary is possible here.

Next… on to the numbers! October was a record setting month!

October 2018 Blog Statistics

In October 2018, the blog had 12,308 page views and I made $207.40!! A new record in page views!! This represents a increase of 37% in viewership month over month.

October 2018 Google Analytics Summary

Below is taken from my Google Analytics account for this blog to show you the traffic statistics for the site.

Google analytics october 2018 stats

Google Analytics October 2018 comparison


Definitely am happy we hit a new record!

October 2018 Traffic and Income Report

Here’s October 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.

blog income and traffic october 2018

In October, I made $207.40 from the blog, and net income for the month was -$47.79.

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.

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

additional statistics blog october 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 the last two months.

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.

acquisition october 2018

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 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 October

October was a fun month here on the blog. I ran a survey at the beginning of the month, and realigned some of the content and thoughts on the blog more towards trying to talk more about self improvement. I also had some great conversations over email with some readers and learned more about what people are doing well and not doing so well with.

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 November 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 stay consistent with posts on self improvement. In particular though, I’m going to be tracking everything I do: money, waste, time, and food. 

I will be documenting all of this to get a feel for how and where I’m spending my time and energy. Hopefully it will inspire you to do similar things to improve.

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.

That’s why I will be featuring many successful individuals on my podcast in the coming weeks and months. I’m really excited to get that rolling and tap into another market of masterminds!

October was great and I hope to continue this in the last two months 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 October?

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




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