It’s that time of the month again…. No, not that time, what’s the matter with you? The time I’m obviously talking about, is the time where it’s time to look into the month of August 2009 and report back to my readers how the month has been for techpatio.com, related to visits and income. So let’s not waste any more time and stop using the word “time” altogether for the time being and jump straight into the numbers…
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Conclusion: August 2009
August 2009 was exciting for me. It was my 2nd month of blogging with TechPatio and also the last month TechPatio was online with it’s first theme as it got replaced by the Thesis killer theme as of September 1st.
August was also the month where I started building even more relationships with other bloggers, commenting on their blogs, they commenting on mine etc. I’m definitely feeling a stronger connection with certain other bloggers now than I did just a month ago, which is only natural.
Looking at my statistics for August, I’d say that I’m impressed. I was hoping for a double-up in August compared to July and I got that, plus a little extra. My bounce rate has gone down while pages viewed by each visitor has gone up and they stay a bit longer on the site too.
It would be quite an understatement to say that August was not the best of months when it comes to income, $7 compared to $113 the month before. But there’s a very simple reason for that, in July I had a great affiliate sale, which I didn’t in August (as the Become A Blogger program is not taking new members at this time, but hopefully again in a few months). I should also note that I’m not looking seriously into making any money with TechPatio, but it’s part of my personal challenges to see what kind of money can be made with a blog and everything that comes with it.
My monetization process has been a bit rocky, to say the least. The first two months I had just one or two Google AdSense banners, when I switched to Thesis I also added a few more 125×125 banners as well as a 468×60 banner in the top. All the products I’m advertising through my banners, has been handpicked and tested by me personally (and still using them!), except the two ads through SocialSpark. That’s my guarantee to you, that there’s no crap or affiliate scam here!
Goals: September 2009
I always find it hard to set reasonable goals for stuff like this, as you don’t always have it under your own control and you can’t always predict whether or not your posts for the months are going to be average or pull in the masses.
But I’m gonna go out on a limb here and hope for a double up on visits and pageviews once again. Pages/visits would hopefully go above 2. I still don’t care much about the actual dollars being made, so I have no other goals for the income than to beat what I had in August, so let’s say anything above $10 in September will be acceptable, if not, I will have to face the board of directors and explain what went wrong…
Other Summary & Income Reports
I’m not the only one doing this kind of thing, many other blogs do them too. Here’s some of the income reports I’ve spotted so far. If yours are missing and you want it here, be sure to drop a comment below and I’ll be happy to add it to the list.