Happy Labor Day! I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend and not working too hard today!
August was back to reality. I still can't figure out where the influx of page views came from in July. I have checked all the analytics that I can think of and the only thing I can find is that my surge in direct visitors was nearly triple every other traffic source avenue. I don't know why all of a sudden readers started typing in my web address to visit, but I would love to figure it out so I can make it a permanent thing. Anyone have any ideas on how to figure this out?
I didn't post as much as I would have liked in August due to some sickness and my kids getting back to school, but the income and reader numbers returned to normal numbers for the summer months. I'm hoping they will start rising as I start into the holiday seasons. With the fun crafts, DIYs, and projects that I've got panned, hopefully I'll be able to see an increase in readers through the end of the year.
I did start one new avenue this month to increase revenue for projects and to try and bring new readers to the blog. I started sponsorship opportunities here. You can now purchase side bar and below the post advertising spots for your blog or product. With the purchase, you get a number of social and email advertising opportunities that should help spread the word about your business. Right now, I have a 50% off sale on the advertising spots until I figure out the best way to make this work for my sponsors and myself.
I also started sponsoring other blogs with this revenue. I chose one at the end of August and my ad has only been running for a few days now. I have to admit, that I'm not impressed so far. I've had no contact with the blog and watching her social media, there has been no mention of me at all. My ad has had lots of impressions but very few clicks. I think I'm going to change it out after the first week and see if I can play with different ad styles to figure out the best ad for this blog.
I'd like to add another few blogs to sponsor, but am trying to find ones that will work for me. If you've tried sponsoring other blogs, and had a good response, will you let me know? I feel like I'm just tossing darts in the dark and going on my gut feeling, which is probably not ever a good idea.
Anyway, here were August numbers:
People Visiting Site: 16930 (-19116 back to original traffic level)
Unique Visitors: 15538 (-19461)
Page views: 39881 (-24636)
Pages/Visit: 2.36 (+0.57)
Average Visit: 1.00 (+.59 sec)
Bounce Rate: 30.74 (-14.24)
New Visits: 90.67 (-5.79)
Email subscribers +9
Alexa Rank Worldwide: 752549
Alexa USA: 99771
Twitter Followers: 585 (+27)
Facebook Followers: 1035 (+0)
Pinterest Followers: 3256 (+25)
Rivit Removed Ads
Google Adsense +3.13
Social Spark +75.00
Increase in profit: +43.86