Money March 2010: Blog Summary & Income Report

by Klaus on April 2, 2010

in Announcements, Blogging

Another month has passed and that means it’s time to do another round-up post with my income report for TechPatio.com. You may have noticed how I wrote “Money March” in the title to this post. Well, there’s a good reason for that: I focused a lot of my energy on making money this past month. Let’s see how it went:

March ’10

Feb. ’10

Jan. ’10

Dec. ’09

Nov. ’09

Visitors
Visits: 9,065 4,938 2,251 n/a 3,350
Pageviews: 12,437 7,588 3,537 n/a 6,608
Pages/visit 1,37 1,54 1.57 n/a 1.97
Bounce rate: 79% 68% 72% n/a 65%
Avg. time on site: 0:50 1:03 1:06 n/a 02:05
New visits: 89% 82% 82% n/a 76%
Blog comments: 180 152 120 116 362
Traffic Sources
Direct traffic: 12% 18% 21% n/a 21%
Search engines: 67% 59% 38% n/a 35%
Referring sites: 19% 20% 35% n/a 38%
Other: 2% 3% 6% n/a 5%
Earnings
Google Adsense: $9 $7 $5 $6 $6.4
Infolinks: n/a n/a n/a n/a $1.43
MyLikes: $15.54 $3.07 n/a n/a n/a
Ebuzzing: €130 n/a n/a n/a n/a
ReviewMe: $79.50 $17.50 $90 $37.50 $10
TweetAdder: $2.75 $37.50 n/a n/a n/a
Amazon: $0 $11.76 n/a n/a n/a
Ad.ly: $9.24 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sponsored Reviews: $20 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sponsored Tweets: $3.49 n/a n/a n/a n/a
TOTAL: $242,02 $69,83 $96 $43.50 $17,.83

Conclusion: March ’10

Well, I think the numbers explain it pretty well. I had quite a lot of visits and pageviews because I created some posts that people were searching for. Income was good too, a new record. I focused a lot on making money this past month and it shows that it’s possible to earn a few hundred dollars by doing so.

Ebuzzing is of course my biggest source of income. They require more than just the usual 200+ word posts from many other review sites, but they pay better too. Check them out, if you’re a blogger.

Again, TweetAdder has been an amazing help for me. I gained around 10,000 new followers on Twitter in March alone (as you can see on the graph to the right), thanks to TweetAdder. I’m now very close to 15,000 followers in total so when I tweet about a new post I’ve created, I get quite a good amount of traffic in return from Twitter.

You don’t have to be a celebrity or anything to be popular on Twitter. I started out with just 500 followers on Twitter and after a few months use of TweetAdder, I’m now up to around 15,000 followers. You can do it too, check out TweetAdder if you’re interested.

Also because of all my Twitter followers, I was able to make a total of around $27 on Twitter in March, using MyLikes, Sponsored Tweets and Ad.ly.

I also used March to test different sizes of in-post AdSense, but the total income still sucks. 468×60 in-post banners are what seems to work best for me, closely followed by 336×280 text blocks. 3326×280 as a banner was also good, but not as good as the other two.


SONY was also nice enough to let me borrow one of their $299 noise canceling headphones for a review, which you can read here: Sony MDR-NC300D Review.

Top 5 Most Viewed Posts: March

This is a list of the five most viewed posts published last month on TechPatio. I suggest you check’em out, if you haven’t already:

  1. Google Street View – More Funny Pictures
  2. Gmail Tip: Trick Gmail Into Checking Your POP3 Accounts Often
  3. Aperture 3 Brushes – A Quick Demonstration
  4. Akismet Blocking Your Blog? No Way, Just a SPAM Trick!
  5. How To: iCal Birthday Reminders With Alarm (iCalBirthdays 2.0)

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chandan April 2, 2010 at 21:31

Hi Klaus I think all bloggers are earning good amount monthly, really very good. I have signed up at ebuzzing, will they accept blogger blog? Please inform me your opinion on ebuzzing.
.-= chandan´s last blog ..Freelance writing jobs online =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio April 4, 2010 at 21:17

Hi Chandan. I don’t know if they will accept a blogger blog, but you really need to move over to dedicated hosting, sooner rather than later 🙂

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Deneil Merritt April 3, 2010 at 05:01

Wow, now that’s making money. Keep up the great work. See when you put your mind to something, you can really do it.
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..March 2010 Income Report =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio April 4, 2010 at 21:19

Thanks Deneil. I see March was really good to you too, in your own income report 🙂

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link building services April 3, 2010 at 06:48

I never heard about ebuzzing, but I will check it out. I hope you do not mind my “name”, but it happens to be the name of the web site that I use and the name of the service that I offer.

One thing I would pay attention to: Your bounce rate. With 79% it is way too high for a blog. There is an easy fix for that: Put a video in the sidebar.
.-= link building services´s last blog ..Contextual Link Building – Is it Worth the Effort? =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio April 4, 2010 at 21:21

Hi link building services. Well, to be honest, I would prefer people use “a name” rather than a service/site name. I’m sure there are other blogs out there that doesn’t mind if you use the name field to do some SEO back to your own site, but TechPatio.com is not one of them 🙂

I’m not sure how a video in the sidebar will make lesser people leave the site after one pageview…?

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link building services April 3, 2010 at 06:49

the comment did not show up. now what???

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link building April 5, 2010 at 00:58

Hi Klaus,

Thank you for accepting my comment.

No, a video in the sidebar will not make that fewer people leave after one page view. Well, maybe so, if the video looks really enticing.

But the main point: Some people will watch the video. That will increase the average time spend on the site. If a person leaves the site after a certain time, they are no longer considered a bounce.

It is only a bounce, if a person comes to your site, glances over it and hits back immediately where they came from.

Monitoring and reducing the bounce rate is actually a “secret” SEO weapon. Secret, because very few people believe it (they are too lazy to test it for them selves). Google measures relevance by counting how much time a visitor spends on a web site.

If the web site is “wrong”, meaning not relevant to the search query, the visitor will hit the back button within a few seconds (10 to 20 seconds). If the visitor spends an average of lets say 1.5 minutes on your site, just switching on the video and watching the first part, Google “knows” that the result that was shown was excellent.

Google will keep that in mind and will send you more visitors. Very simple, VERY effective. Try it out and you will see.
.-= link building´s last blog ..Buy .edu Backlinks: How to Get .edu Backlinks from .edu Web Sites =-.

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Lalit July 18, 2011 at 15:46

I agree with you link building but can you suggest other ways to decrease bounce rate. My awstat is showing around 80% bounce rate and at the same time, the average time is above 2 minutes, is there any correlation between the two?
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paul | April 5, 2010 at 14:08

Good to know that your eanings are increasing.
.-= paul | entertainment tonight´s last blog ..Adam Corolla attacks the Filipino and Manny Pacquiao =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio April 7, 2010 at 01:16

Thanks Paul – but I don’t expect anything near it, for April. I’m probably expecting more like $50 or so, I just want hosting to be paid plus extra 🙂 I Won’t have time to monetize as much in April as I did in March.

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Anne Moss April 5, 2010 at 15:37

It’s great to see the steady increase in traffic – you are definitely on the right track! Thank you for sharing your income sources too – I’ll be looking into some of these soon.
.-= Anne Moss´s last blog ..Don’t Pee from the Diving Board =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio April 7, 2010 at 01:17

Thanks Anne. As I just wrote to Paul above, I don’t plan on making the same kind of money in April as in March, simply not enough time 🙂
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Google Street View – More Funny Pictures (Part 2 of 2) =-.

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blinkky April 5, 2010 at 20:00

You’re keep growing. Keep the way you;re doing right now. By the way, you earnings are impressive =)

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Klaus @ TechPatio April 7, 2010 at 01:17

Thanks blinkky – and thanks for stopping by and commenting!
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Google Street View – More Funny Pictures (Part 2 of 2) =-.

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TechOfWeb April 6, 2010 at 18:52

I have bookmarked ur this link
Mine blogs traffic is same as urs but earnings 0.

I will explore the other ways of earning money online as u are using on ur blog.

till now i m totally dependent on google adsense now

Atul
.-= TechOfWeb´s last blog ..TechOfweb opened their services =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio April 7, 2010 at 01:18

Hi Atul. Thanks for your comment! I’m sorry to hear that your earnings are not the same as mine – but now you know that it’s possible, but it’s probably going to be very hard using only AdSense. Check out the programs I’m using, you can click on them in the earnings-table above.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Google Street View – More Funny Pictures (Part 2 of 2) =-.

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