November – Month in Review

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Performance Review CartoonAh I can’t believe that it’s December already. When I hit Thanksgiving just a week or so ago, I was shocked the month was coming to a close so quickly and found myself swamped with work at my day job. Unfortunately this pile of work made it impossible for me to get time to write here the past week and I apologize for that. But since it’s the beginning of a new month, it’s time to review how last month went for me, so here it is:

RSS Readership
At the start of November I set a goal for myself to reach 100 subscribers by the end of the month. Looking now at my Feedburner stats, it’s clear that I fell short of this goal….currently sitting at 64 subscribers. It’s not all bad though! On November 20th, I reached a level of 86 subscribers and I think had I had the time to post consistently through to the end of the month that I would have made it much closer to 100. Thanks to all of those people who have subscribed to my feed.

Traffic
Although my RSS numbers didn’t make it to my goal, I was able to have a record-setting month in terms of traffic for my blog. I ended the month with 3844 unique visitors and 33,442 page views. Overall this is close to 1000 more unique visitors than I’ve ever received in a single month which is definitely encouraging.

Earnings
Well, this months earnings are solely from my other web projects, not including this blog. Since I’ve redesigned this blog I haven’t focused much on monetizing it. I’ve created the room to sell advertising, but haven’t made a push to sell the space. If you’re interested in a 125×125 banner placement, contact me for special rates. Getting back to the earnings, this past month I made $296.32 which was made up primarily of ad placements on JustPressPlay and a few small niche sites I just started.

Projects
This past month was busy busy busy in terms of the time I devoted to my day job and other non-internet projects which has left me with very little time to work on a few projects I’m trying to get off the ground. I was however able to start 1 niche site and so far it’s doing alright. It’s completely built, but now I’m focused on bringing traffic to the site, which I’ll reluctantly say is one of my weakest skills. Besides that project, I’ve written a 4 page outline for another project I’m hoping to start work on. I think it has potential, but only if I can get it completed within the next 1-2 months, so we’ll see.

Personal
I think you get the idea that this past month has been a busy one and I’m not sure when things will slow down. With Christmas coming quickly, I’m going to be doing a juggling act over the next couple weeks to make time for my day job, my internet projects, holiday engagements, and a wedding that I’m going to be the best man of. It’s going to be busy, but I hope to make time for it all and to make time for posting regularly here.

Overall, it was a pretty decent month. It had its good and bad points, but has left me with some signs of encouragement. I think if I can keep up with writing regularly and start developing some of my project ideas that the coming months could be very exciting for this blog and my online ventures. How was your November?


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    1. 1 Jamie Harrop December 3, 2007

      Erik, that is a huge visitor/page view ratio. I got a similar unique visitor count to you, but I got just 5,600 page views, compared to your 33,000 page views.

      I’m curious as to why that is. Care to share your secret? :D

    2. 2 Erik Karey December 3, 2007

      Thanks Jamie! I would have to guess it’s due to repeat visitors and having posts of interest. It’s hard to say what made it that way and I wasn’t going for a huge ratio as my goal, no secret to tell unfortunately.

    3. 3 Andy December 3, 2007

      How much do your RSS subscribers fluctuate in any give day? Mine go up an down quite a bit.

    4. 4 Erik Karey December 3, 2007

      Depends on the day, but I’ve seen it stay the same some days and then other days go from 65 to 85 and vice versa. Feedburner counts subscriptions by looking at the traffic going through your feedburner URL which causes the fluctuations on any given day.

    5. 5 Christine Senter December 3, 2007

      Hey Erik,

      I think you did fine this month, and I was very happy to see you back blogging again. I’d be thrilled to receive that many page views in one month. LOL

    6. 6 December Goals by Erik Karey: Internet Entrepreneur December 4, 2007

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    7. 7 Erik Karey December 5, 2007

      Thanks Christine for the kind words.

    8. 8 TOM October 24, 2008

      I would have to guess its due to repeat visitors and having posts of interest.and I was very happy to see you back blogging again. Id be thrilled to receive that many page views in one month. LOL

    9. 9 Max Infoway October 25, 2008

      I was very happy to see you back blogging again. Feedburner counts subscriptions by looking at the traffic going through your feedburner URL which causes the fluctuations on any given day.

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