July 2009: Blog Summary & Income (My First Month Of Blogging)

by Klaus on August 2, 2009

in Blogging

techpatio_july_visitsSince the beginning of TechPatio.com, I decided that I wanted to share my blogging experiences with my readers. I’ve seen it in several places, but I also understand that some bloggers don’t care much about sharing their earnings and visitor stats with total strangers. Nevertheless, I believe – for now at least – that it’s important that others will be able to benefit from my knowledge and my experience.

After all, how can I expect users to buy the products that I review or visit sites that I recommend, if I have a hidden agenda of only making money…?  I don’t have such an agenda, but it’s part of my challenge to see what kind of money can be brought in simply by blogging. By sharing the details, others will hopefully think for themselves something like “If this dude can, so can I.” – and I hope that I can, so you can too!

I’ll be using Google Analytics for visitor stats.

July 2009

Visitors
Visits: 803
Pageviews: 1,441
Pages/visit: 1.79
Bounce rate: 71.28%
Avg. time on site: 00:01:30
New visits: 73.10%

Traffic Sources
Direct traffic: 40%
Search engines: 33%
Referring traffic: 27%

Earnings
Google Adsense: $1.82
Clickbank: $112.07

Total: $113.89

It’s worth mentioning that I haven’t really done much advertising at all. I have a few Google Adsense banners and I did a few posts about the Become A Blogger program, which is also my only source of income from Clickbank in July.

Conclusion

July 2009 has been a month of:

  • Learning about blogging in the year of 2009 (last time I did it, was many years ago).
  • Content creation – getting some stuff online before getting visitors.
  • Building relationships with the ‘twitterhood’ and other bloggers, commenting on blogs etc.
  • Deciding on a more professional looking theme, will switch to Thesis sometime in August.

So overall I’m satisfied with all the numbers. I didn’t expect to make any money at all and I don’t have high expectations for August 2009 either, so anything above $0.00 will be appreciated :-)

I was looking through WordPress admin to see if there was an easy way of finding out how many posts I made in July as well as the number of comments approved. I didn’t find any such feature, but while looking in my akismet spam queue for comments, I did find a few real comments that were trapped some how. I just approved them, sorry that your comments took a few days to show up, Not John Chow, Extreme John and vlandau :)

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Christie August 2, 2009 at 22:14

I think your coming back to blogging, having learned a lot last time, you are off to an amazing start! This site is FULL of things I want to read and learn, and I’m sure many people will feel the same way. Steve Pavlina started StevePavlina.com in 2004, and for the first four months had very low traffic. The fifth month made him $53, but that told him that he was on the right track. Of course now he has millions of visitors, and that website is a successful business. Thanks for sharing your stats – I am off to a much slower start, just posting when I can mainly on weekends, but I truly love blogs and blogging too.
.-= Christie´s last blog ..Set up a store in just minutes with new Google Checkout Store Gadget =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio August 2, 2009 at 22:30

That’s the beauty of blogs, they adapt to what the owner does to them – and allows you to post when you want to, not when you have to. I think that also attracts readers who like your post frequency. Like some sites with really great content, they just post way too much – so when I look at the RSS feed I get this “Oh no…”-feeling when I notice how many unread items I have.

Hopefully some of the experienced bloggers doesn’t mind sharing a few tips and tricks about my stats :) I know the bounce rate is crap though, hopefully a proper set up Thesis theme will help with that, making it easier for people to view more pages.

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Greg Ellison August 3, 2009 at 02:18

That is very good for a first month income. Keep up what you are doing and you will do good Klaus. Thanks for sharing you blog income with us. Greg Ellison

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Ching Ya August 3, 2009 at 15:15

Hi Klaus,
I think you’re off to a good start. It’s great that you are valuing networking while quality content as well. Looking forward to see your improvements in blogging. Keep up the good work.

@wchingya
Social/Blogging Tracker

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Klaus @ TechPatio August 3, 2009 at 15:26

Thank you for your comments, Greg & Ching. I hate the fact that Summer is coming to an end, but now I’m looking forward to next months summary report, just to see if I’ll be able to show any progress :)

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Jason August 3, 2009 at 20:57

Well, if you can do it so can I, use your phrase that is.

That is actually pretty good. If you were not expecting any income and youve earned a few dollars. YOu just have to keep it at that level, make sure that you earn more the following month.

Good luck dude, keep it up.
.-= Jason´s last blog ..I hate traffic… =-.

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Tech @ InkAPoint August 4, 2009 at 04:53

Well. We can’t compel others to share their traffic status and earnings at all. Sharing is good eventually and will benefit others too.

I hope you soon will get the best among others both by means of more traffic and income.

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Curious Little Person August 4, 2009 at 13:08

For a first month, this is excellent income… I guess clickbank sales are what made it click

Keep up the good work!

Cheers
Sandeep
.-= Curious Little Person´s last blog ..How to Cloak your Affiliate Links =-.

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Extreme John August 4, 2009 at 16:13

Congrats on your return back to blogging, based on the few times I have been here you certainly bring a lot to the table. Your site will continue to do excellent.
.-= Extreme John´s last blog ..Stumble Upon Me and I Do Follow and Stumble You =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio August 4, 2009 at 16:21

Jason,
Oh I think it will be difficult to earn more in August, mostly because the Become A Blogger program is currently not accepting signups for the next few months, so I will just focus on AdSense for now, I think.

Tech @ InkAPoint,
Yes we can’t compel others to do similar Monthly reports, but it’s nice to be able to get such information from some of the blogs that one follows. It not only motivates you but also, for me at least, adds a bit of extra credibility.

Curious Little Person,
“Clickbank sales are what made it click” – good one, hehe.

Extreme John,
Thank you! I hope your “Stumble Upon Me”-project turns out to be great, I suggest blog owners check it out!

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Dragon Blogger August 4, 2009 at 23:18

You have an amazingly successful first month, the fact that you have 800 hits in your first month speaks volumes, and to make $112 from a single adsource is also incredible. I have never tried ClickBank but I am now.
.-= Dragon Blogger´s last blog ..Dragon Blogger Earnings for July 2009 =-.

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Deneil Merritt August 5, 2009 at 11:30

Over the $100 mark in your first month of blogging is awesome. Not many can say they did that. Keep it up man. Set goals and go for them.

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