The Increase in Web Traffic and Money Making of My Precciouusss Blog

But yeah that’s right, I feel like Gollum when I’m dealing with this blog. It’s my Precciouusss! (but don’t) Keep Away! I put in long hours, I never sleep, I’m always thinking about it, I’ve got tons of backed up non-blog work, and I’m pretty sure I just lost a woman over it. But hey, I’m bloggin’ baby! This post is about what I’ve been doing get traffic or make money while online. I’m writing one of these MMO pieces, NOT because everybody else is doing it, but (and this is a really big but) somebody actually asked me for my input. ME! So here is some of the stuff I’ve been doing the last couple of months to increase traffic, and what I’ve done to increase Adsense earnings . I get little questions here and there, mostly in the comments section, and the occasional email asking me to clarify something-all pretty standard I expect. So I was surprised to get a flat out “how do I?” type email. I sent an email with the few little tips and told him I’d do it as a blog post too “to share the wealth.” So he got part 1 and you’re getting part 2 and some point I’ll tie it all together.

For me, this blog is just a way to practice writing as I get ready to shoot my big super hero movie in the next year. I’m trying to do multiple scripts. (By the way for those of you curious about showbiz stuff, ALWAYS have more than one script ready). So the blog is a side project of a side project. As the web traffic increased, I started looking for ways to get even more blog traffic. And I slowly learned that people were treating blogs as a business and making money. The blog is also about me experimenting with different tool, software, money options, and then I’ll move what I learn into “niche sites.” So the first thing I’m going to do is show you some money.

For me it’s about quality traffic over quantity

OK. So as you can see I’m starting my presentation off with a display of wealth! Now a lot of people would be embarrassed to show those kind of Adsense numbers off, and some people would be proud to have that much. The important thing here is; the amount doesn’t really matter . The reason I’m showing you this modest amount is so you can see the growth. In March I basically multiplied the revenue amount by ten. The irony is that the traffic didn’t increase by much because I had a crazy amount of blog traffic in February due to my Half Tree Half Man post. So what is the lesson? Targeted traffic is vital for making money , Lots of people talk to me about getting “more” traffic. My own MOTHER, has been talking to me about news reports she hears where people are getting “millions of hits.” And I have to tell her those YouTube dudes aren’t making any money on it, so you know, big deal. With about 500 people a day for the last three months I was able to first multiple the blog Adsense income by 10 , and it looks like I’ll double the March income in April. But I do a lot of experimenting and testing . Below you can see a dip in the numbers for one of my test.

So I’ve only been at this for a while, but it seems to me that making money online with a blog is about getting people to your posts pages and not your “homepage.” That’s why I changed my front page to reflect my content and not just the 5 most recent posts. Ughh, I’m tired as hell and this going to get sloppy. I’m gonna break this post into a two-parter at least.

15 thoughts on “The Increase in Web Traffic and Money Making of My Precciouusss Blog

  1. Y’know what I admire most about your monetized blog? You’ve done it without sponsored posting. Wish I was that smart…Thanks for breaking this down. Really appreciate it!

  2. Thank you very much Kathy. This is just the Adsense stuff (there are a few other things going on), but the Adsense is a gauge I use to refine-I’ll probably say more in “part 2.”

  3. Dave, I don’t understand adsense, which is probably why i don’t have it on my blog, how many visitors do you need to make some serious money at it? Also, I don’t understand how you have only 500 visitors a day with your low alexa rank (well, its lower than mine). I don’t understand, there is a movie site that has an alexa rank around 100,000, and they have 8,000 unique visitors a day. How much of your traffic is search engine driven if you don’t mind me asking?

  4. Hi,
    Thank you very much for getting your free $25. I really appreciate your comments & your visits to my bog. The entrecard drops are nice also. I enjoy reading your blog, it is interesting. I like the way you express yourself. Keep up the great work! 🙂 Take care, Robin

  5. Hi Robin. I see you making a big effort over there to give people resources, so I’m all for that kind of effort. I appreciate you coming by here visiting.

    And Ria. The tough thing about the internet is communication can sometimes extract the warmth and kindness that we normally hear in people’s voices. So I’m assuming good things from your questions up there. 🙂

    But can I get you to read through these 2 recent pieces to see if they answer your questions?
    http://welcomebackrosenthal.com/1-free-tool-and-1-cheap-tool-to-make-money-online-the-dave-rosenthal-way/

    http://welcomebackrosenthal.com/i-jumped-over-1-million-websites-in-14-days-the-case-for-alexa/

    And let me see if I can answer some of the other stuff.
    1)making serious money. I’d need to know how you define “serious.” You see what I’m doing over here. Give me a figure. But let’s say you have one 50$ a month site, make 10 of those and that’s 500$ a month.

    2) My alexa; please read that page. But that seems about fair doesn’t it? 500 visitors 700,000 and 8000 visitors 100.000. But I got kinda lost on the other part other question; you think I get too much traffic for the alexa number or too little traffic for the alexa number?

    3) Search engine traffic is usually about 50 percent or more., depending on what I’m doing on any given week.

    And if anything didn’t get answered, just clarify what I missed and I’ll try again.

  6. You could’ve given me a plug, considering it was I who asked you for the advice. 🙂 Seriously though, I do appreciate you helping me out… made a lot of sense and you had a lot of good advice.

    BTW: My firefox had a problem with leaving you a comment, so I jumped over to IE… not sure if it’s just me or chronic, but I wanted to let you know.

  7. Hi Collin,
    I didn’t want to pull you out to center stage, in case it might have made you uncomfortable. But ladies and gentlemen, Collin is the person who emailed me regarding this topic. And for “part 2” of this piece I’ll add in the specifics from the emails.

    And you might be right about these comments. Half of my response to Ria disappeared. So, now I need to go and re-write it! So here we go RIA PART 2, attach to above comment.

    I Jumped Over 1 Million Websites in 14 days. The Case for Alexa

    And let me see if I can answer some of the other stuff.
    1)making serious money. I’d need to know how you define “serious.” You see what I’m doing over here. Give me a figure. But let’s say you have one 50$ a month site, make 10 of those and that’s 500$ a month.

    2) My alexa; please read that page. But that seems about fair doesn’t it? 500 visitors 700,000 and 8000 visitors 100.000. But I got kinda lost on the other part other question; you think I get too much traffic for the alexa number or too little traffic for the alexa number?

    3) Search engine traffic is usually about 50 percent or more., depending on what I’m doing on any given week.

    And if anything didn’t get answered, just clarify what I missed and I’ll try again.

  8. Hi Grandy
    It’s good to hear from you. And please don’t be put off by the information. SEO and web presence growth are a one step at a time operation for ALL of us. Nobody knows it all, we just pick up a little a day. Your blog is your project, nobody (hopefully) is holding a gun to your head saying blog faster!

    So be cool, I’m trying to get my mom going over at TheMailBoxDepot. So we’re just taking it easy.

    These charts and stuff are just evidence of amount. No different than reading the gas gauge in your car to see how much gas you’ve got, or looking at the thermostat in your house to see what the temperature is

    Since you use Blogger, they have a very easy Adsense adding tool (once you get your Adsene account) in the “layout” area. It’s in the “add a page element.” Start making some money!

  9. Hi TK
    Thank you. I don’t think people realize I just gave them one of the biggest internet secrets to making money out there. I need to do part 2 so people can see my latest results.

  10. Great work…. my blog growth has been much slower. I only just added Adsense to my main blog as never had any luck with it previously. However, I realise it was my fault and am nor concentrating on using Adsense on niche sites too.

    Your an inspiration.

    One thing I realized about Adsense, very quickly, is that you need a niche with a high cost per click to make any money. I have a site gettinga round 5 clicks a day and only earning me about 40cents.

  11. Thank you Forest
    Yeah you’re right. I optimized and squeezed as much as I could out of this blog-about $2 a day, and then I started building other sites on different topics (with more valuable keywords) and that’s pretty much how Adsense, eBay sales and affiliate programs work.

  12. Nice work Dave. I like how you write without any smoke and mirrors. Your intentions for blogging, your ideas, your opinions, your thoughts – they all come from a place that’s very transparent.

    Like I say on my own blog – say it like only you can and say it in a way that makes the same message by others seems lacking.

    Half your luck and keep it up.

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