Friday, March 6th, 2009 at
I can’t believe that it’s already time to have a look at the February stats. I’m sure that as I get older time seems to go by a lot faster. It’s a pity that, because I always seem to be running out of that commodity lately.
Anyway, while it will be interesting to see these stats compares to the previous month, I take on this post with a little apprehension hoping that things have improved and not gone the other way. Oh well, no point worrying about it, lets get this thing done.
- Adsense: $16.61
- Voxsant: $0.23
- Kontera: $0.28
- Project Wonderful: $0.43
- Clix Galore: $0.53
- Chitika: $3.26
- Freebies4Webmaster : 10 GBP
- Infolinks: $0.0
- Advertisers: $14
- Paid Posts $90
Man, what a let down. Total, not including paid posts, of $48.99 and although my paid posts went up 10 bucks, apart from Google everything else went down. It’s almost as if I was having my own mini economic meltdown. I thought that the Infolinks results were weird, until I found that I did not transfer the code when I updated the theme. Oops! Oh well, at least it is fixed for next month.
Clix Galore was also down but that was because I didn’t actually produce any affiliate sales, the little that I did make was from PPC ads. Let’s hope that next month improves.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at
Yep, that’s it, I have had it. From now on, the prescribed punishment for those not adhering to the Comment Policy will be 24 hours in the specially made blogger stocks, where all other bloggers can throw rotten tomatoes and other forms of vile decomposing matter at them. I reckon that there may even be some adventurous among them who will dodge the missiles in their attempt to write some little messages on the foreheads of those miscreants who insist on flouting the rules.
All in all, I must say that the comments on this blog are of a high quality, and that’s because the comment policy exists and I am pretty diligent in making sure that people on the whole stick to the rules. However, it seems that more and more people are ignoring the section that states I require a name and not a keyword. Now don’t give me that crap that you’re sorry and how you didn’t know because you haven’t read the comment policy, because it says as clear as day above the comment form that;
The reason for this is simple, I want to have some sort of idea of who I am talking to. “Making Money By The Bucket Load” or some other BS keyword does not help m to know who really left the comment.
If you have to leave a keyword do it in the following fashion. John@Better Homes which would input John from Better Homes Says. In this way I get to see who left the comment and you get to leave a keyword. If you do not follow this rule I will have no choice but to throw the first tomato, and I am a bloody good shot.
Keywordluv is a WordPress plugin developed by Stephen Cronin, one that is used by a lot of bloggers, and it is due to this plugin that you can have you cake an eat it to.
Sunday, March 1st, 2009 at
We all know how statistics can be very useful for measuring your blogs performance. It can show whether your visits are up, how long a person lingers on your blog and even what links they are clicking. Using stats delivered by programs such as Google Analytics or Woopra can help you define whether or not certain actions are necessary. You may notice a downturn in visits coincided with the fact that you had decreased your posting frequency which would tell you that you should pull your finger out and step up your posts a little.
The thing that most programs don’t tell you is how you stack up with other sites, which is why I was pretty pleased when I got this email from Chitika. It seems that they took it upon themselves to analyze my Chitika account over a 7 day period which they then compared to 50 high-earning Chitika Publishers. They then emailed me the results in the hope that it would help me increase my earnings, which would, naturally, also increase theirs. Here are my results and their recommendations.
- Traffic: My daily average was 1,155, and although there wasn’t a comparison, I reckon it must have been low by there standards as they recommended I read the following articles to increase it Problogger, Copyblogger, Wikihow. Yep, OK, I reckon I may take the time to do that one day.
- U.S Traffic: This is important because according to them “It is well-known in the ad industry that the US market is the most developed and lucrative.” Now, Whereas Chitika Top Performer averages were at 53.29%, mine was only 42.2%, and their recommendation? “Needs Improvement. You can see where your traffic is coming from at sites like Spyfu.com, or in your Google Analytics (if you aren’t running analytics software yet, you should be!)” Shit guys, I thought that was pretty good myself, but no worries, I’ll get that whip out and make sure I improve those stats.
- U.S. Search Engine Traffic SEO: This relates to U.S. traffic sent via search engines which triggers their premium ads. Apparently, this type of traffic is important because advertisers are willing to pay more for this type of traffic, but more importantly, people who come via search engines are more likely to click on ads. My results; 40.71% as compared to Chitika Top Perfoming average of 46.6%. Damn if those guys still weren’t too happy with my results. “Need improvement here – working on your SEO will be a tremendous help to your site (and your revenue!) over time. Check out Problogger’s recent SEO article, Hubspot’s Website Grader, SEOChat, SEOBook (and their blog), SEOMoz (also has a great blog), and about a million other sites you can find on Alltop. “
- CTR or Click Through Rate: I produced 0.72% compared to their top performers of 1.59%. Yep, I certainly need to improve on that, and lucky for me they had more recommendations. “You should make some changes to your ads. To improve CTR, the most important thing is placement – check out this guide for tips. Other items that will boost your CTR are customizing your colors, fonts, etc. You can read how to do that here.“
The thing is that even though I may appear a little flippant, I really appreciate the fact that the guys at Chitika took enough of an interest in my blogs that they took the effort to produce that report. That is a sign of a good affiliate program. For those of you who are not using Chitika, perhaps you will find some of these links of use.
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