I love reading peoples blog stats and how much money they make – I always said to myself that when I was big enough, I’d do the same.
Well, I’m not big enough. Butttttttt I still wanted to share it anyway because I feel like there’s not a lot of reports around for bloggers of my size. The ones I ready are generally those of full time bloggers that get thousands of views a day and make a huge income.
Another reason why I want to share this information, I’ve had a few e-mails and messages from people lately and most of them seem to think I blog full time. I do not blog full time. Well, I probably put in as much time as my full time job but I do not make a full time income from blogging, or even a part time income. I have full time job, 5 days a week, I’m a manager in retail, if you care. I know I share a lot of information on this blog site about blogging and I don’t want anyone to feel disillusioned that you’re getting this information from someone who is a professional blogger.
I’ve also had a few people seem shocked when I mention my page views because they think I get more than I actually do – I think that’s probably because I generally get a lot of comments on my blog posts, but that’s something I work really hard for. I comment on a lot of blogs and post of the people that comment on my blog are regular readers and commenters, and I’m a regular reader and commenter of other blogs too.
A lot of posts about views and stats seem to have some form of shift, where the blogger writes something that goes viral, or a random Pin gets shared thousands of times, but not me! I’ve had a few posts do well over social media, but nothing that’s got me any major increase in traffic long term.
So yeah, I’m a little nervous of sharing this because I’m not particularly proud of my stats, but I’m not ashamed of them either. They just are what they are. To some people, they’ll look pants, for others, they’ll look good. What I am proud of though, is being honest and transparent and I just want to lay it out there.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I love stats. I know some people are of the option that stats don’t matter, but they do to me and I don’t think that makes me better, or that someone who doesn’t care about stats is better. Different. We’re just different.
I haven’t decided if I’ll do this every month. What I’m leaning towards right now is only doing it again if I see a big change in something that’s worth noting. I look at my stats often, but I don’t track them or look at them on a month by month basis to see if my page views are increasing or decreasing, but in general I’ll have an idea what my views are each day. I know what’s a good day, what’s a bad day and what’s average for me.
So, let’s jump right in, shall we.
January Blog Stats.
So as you can see, my stats were pretty much flat across the whole month. I was averaging around 500 page views a day. I had a few days where I got less than that – with the lowest day being 300. There was also a few days where I got more than that which compensated for the lower days. On the highest day, I got 780 views.
As you can see from the graph, I had two mini spikes and they were the days that I posted my most popular posts for this month:
This was mainly thanks to Twitter, a lot of people seemed to share these posts. I didn’t think they would do particularly well, which is something I’ve come to expect. Posts I think will do well are usually pretty average and my most popular posts are usually a bit of a surprise!
I just want to note that you should be using Google Analytics if you want an accurate view of your page views. When I was using Blogger, their stats would say I was getting about 1k a day, when it was only 200 on Google analytics. Blogger counts search engine bots crawling your site so it inflates your statistics. I find that WordPress stats tend to be near enough the same as Google Analytics, but Google is still the more accurate way to see your true stats.
So where did my traffic come from?
So most of my traffic comes from Twitter – I’m really active on Twitter and it’s something I’ve been working on for the past month. Just to put it into context, I have 5300 followers on Twitter and I tweet out links to my blog posts around 20 times a day. That might seem like a lot, but I see a massive difference in my views when I don’t do it. I’ve spoken to some of my friends about it, wondering if they see my Tweets too often and it comes across as spammy and most people say that because Twitter moves so fast, they hardly notice.
Obviously, how often a follower sees your posts depends on how many people they follow. I figure some people might find me spammy, but that’s a chance I’m willing to take, for da views.
Social Media Stats:
As with my page views, I generally know how many followers I have for most platforms, but I don’t track them in any way month to month. I only wrote them down at the start of the month as I made some goals for 2016 regarding social media followers, so I couldn’t tell you if my growth on social media was better in January than any other month because it’s not something I’ve looked at until writing this post.
I gained 921 followers which is great! I got most of these through being active on Twitter, either sending out Tweets, replying to others and getting really involved in #thegirlgang. I wrote a post in December about how I started getting more traffic from Twitter here.
So at the end of January, I had 5,359 Twitter followers.
I started the year with 2,441 follows on Bloglovin and ended it with 2,691, which is an increase of 250 followers. I’m happy with this because I always found Bloglovin hard to get followers on, but since I started doing things in this post: How I gained 100 Bloglovin followers in 10 days, I had pretty much given up.
I had 1259 Pinterest followers at the start of January and now I have 2203, which is an increase of 944 followers.
I started using Pinterest as I’m hoping to use it as a tool to get me some more traffic. Although I generally do really well on the actual site – I get followers and repins often, I don’t get much traffic from Pinterest at all. Overall, I got 78 views from Pinterest.
I’m not giving up yet though, as I know people generally have one or two pins that get a lot of shares and give them traffic, but sadly, my most shared Pins so far have been of other peoples content!
It doesn’t take long to schedule Pins, or scroll through my feed and re-pin things throughout the day so it’s something I’m going to carry on with.
I started January with 2055 followers on Instagram and now I’ve got 2363, so that’s an increase of 308. I don’t focus on Instagram too much because I don’t link my blog to it – so it’s not of much value to me in terms of my blog.
Generally, I’ll not do much with it apart from sometimes liking photos of the hashtags I use, which is when I tend to get likes and follows back. This is only something I do if I can be bothered though, like when I’m at the gym on the bike and messing around with my phone!
I’m not going to talk about Facebook, because it’s just not something that works for me. I don’t invest time in it, I don’t get a lot of page views from it or engagement on the page – everything I post to my Facebook page is automated – my Instagram posts and my blog posts auto post to it.
This month has been quite slow for me on the money front – but I’ve stopped applying for sponsored posts or for reviews because I made the decision in December that I wanted to review less products. This is because I’m wanting to write more lifestyle posts and I was finding myself putting them off because I’d have a review or a sponsored post to get up. This is making me like my blog more, so I’ll probably continue like this until I feel like I need some more ideas for posts, then start applying for more blogger ops!
If you’re curious, I usually make between £150 – £300 a month blogging. It varies from month to month and it’s not an income I rely on . I just put all the money into a savings account and I’ve not decided what I’d like to do with it. I’m torn between buying a new Macbook and saving up for a mortgage deposit, haha.
I know that realistically, I’m not going to make a lot of money unless I sell a product or service and that’s just not something I’m interested in right now. I’m more focused on writing content than making money with blogging. There was a time that I desperately wanted to blog full time, but the stress of an unsteady income, no holiday pay, no pension scheme, sick pay and other benefits I get with my current job, it’s just not something I’m working towards. I know there are other ways I can make some money out of this site, but like I said, I’m not overly bothered about that right now.
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Right well, now I’ve put that all out there I hope you found this.. helpful? I’m not sure if that’s the right word, haha. I hope I satisfied your curiosity.
If you have any questions about anything, feel free to comment below.