Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Blog Update

With full transparency, and to help others who are struggle while we learn to blog, I am sharing my September blog update. Here are my goals, steps forward, and steps backwards I'm making while making a few dollars blogging each month.

I don't know where September went.  I just can't get over how the days fly by.

I worked a lot on my blog this month in trying to improve look and revenue.  I discovered a few YouTube video helps by Holly Homer that I thoroughly enjoyed watching and implementing strategies from.  I think it really helped in the Google Adsense area as my numbers are way up and I think revenue will just rise from this.  I still need to figure out how to set up custom channels for my Adsense, and that's my goal for this month.  Eventually, I'd really like to figure out DoubleClick, but it sounds like I'm going to need to take TipJunkie's Mom Blog to Money Blog course for help with that.  And I'm not there yet on being able to afford the class, especially with "birthday month" here for my kids.  (Who's idea was it to have them all at the same time of year?)

I sponsored my first blog last month and was not impressed at all.  I changed out the ad every week to see which one worked best, and that went well, but I never received any promotion from the actual blog itself as promised and I consider that I complete bust.  Not sure what exactly I could have done differently, and I'm not sure if I'll try again or not.  I'm still debating on whether it's worth my money or not.

I did have a little success with sponsorships on my own blog.  I set up some friends ads to see how they would work with advertising and spreading the word socially, and I think it went well.  At least a lot better than the sponsorship that I did.  I'm still working on trying to figure out how to send reports about the activity the sponsors get on my blog, but it was a good start and I'm encouraged for the future.  (If you want to give it a try, check out my sponsorship options here.)

I focused a lot on Facebook this month and while I'm doing better with my engagement, I haven't managed to figure out the "sweet spot" yet of what my readers are interested in there.  I am still trying to figure out how Facebook is deciding what to show and what not.  Holly did a good job explaining Facebook here, but I'm finding not everything quite works the same on my page, so I'm trying to experiment with times, posts, shares, and such.

I think I finally figured out where a few surges of traffic are coming from in the past few months.  (It's still only a theory that I'm hoping to test this month.)  Because of those spikes and the crazy amount of traffic that it has brought, I'm trying to find a way to work more of those posts into my blog.  I'm not sure if I religiously "write it, they will come" or if I need to keep advertising in my "sweet spot" or not.  We'll see.

I did have a goal to try and get my Sverve number above 50 this month and that didn't work no matter what I tried.  I did manage to bump it up one point, but can't seem to figure out how to get it up more.  So I'm going to keep working on that goal this month and see if I can get there through the holidays.

Here were my top 5 posts for September (in no order):

Create Your Own Tile Magnets

Teaching Kids to Feast on the Scriptures

Make Your Own Football Candlesticks

Football Mother's Prayer

Frozen Candy Bar Slider Print

And here were September's numbers:

August 2014: 

Google Analytics:
People Visiting Site:    21253 (+4323)
Unique Visitors:           19414  (+3876)
Page views:                     50561  (+11570)
Pages/Visit:                     2.38      (+0.02)
Average Visit:                1.08   (+.08 sec)
Bounce Rate:                  35.77     (+5.03)
New Visits:                      90.09    (-0.58)

Email subscribers              +6
Alexa Rank Worldwide:         529851 
Alexa USA:                                 113786
Twitter Followers:                    785   (+200)
Facebook Followers:              1036  (+1)
Pinterest Followers:               3297 (+41)

Amazon                     -14.40
Infolinks                       +3.29
Rivit                            Removed Ads
Google Adsense             +3.81
Escalate                        +2.76
Guidecentral Program     +21.00
Swagbucks                               -5.00
Store                         +161.11
Increase in profit:         +172.57

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jack O'lantern Pumpkin Cake Party Favor Printable

Print a unique party favor for your Halloween party with this Jack O'lantern pumpkin cake party favor printable.  The 12 cake slices can be printed to any size and open up to be filled with candy and party favors for your Halloween guests to take home.

Make a fun party favor in the shape of a Jack O'lantern with this free printable for newsletter subscribers during the month of October!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Denver Bronco Logo Decorative Plate DIY

Make your own NFL Denver Bronco Logo plates with a few minutes of time and some Sharpie paint pens.  You'll be the MVP of your football party.  This quick and easy plate DIY is fun and unique and gives you a Bronco logo to be proud of.

Denver Bronco Logo Decorative Plate DIY.  Make a unique and fun plate for your football party

Friday, September 26, 2014

Quick and Easy Dessert Recipes and Dare to Share Saturday

Create a little love at home with these easy dessert recipes from our Dare to Share Saturday link hop.  These quick and easy dessert recipes will find you anxiously awaiting their arrival from the oven with a smile on your face.

Frozen Candy Bar Wrappers Free Printable

 Create some unique and fun Frozen candy bar wrappers for your princess birthday party.  This free printable is a great way to have a sweet party favor and celebrate Queen Elsa at your Frozen party.

Queen Elsa Frozen Candy Bar Wrappers Free Printable by KandyKreations

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