A couple months ago, I mentioned that I wanted to start sharing traffic and income reports for the site. As readers and contributors, I think it’s fair to want some insight into the “inner workings” of the blog. Many of you visit regularly, click on ads, buy things on Amazon, contribute via Paypal, etc. I posted one last month, so here’s the second iteration of the series.
The following data comes from March of 2017:
Page views: 255,894.
This was still a down month for traffic, but it’s up 26,000 page views from February. I believe some technical issues were still to blame, and those technical issues were hooting my Google ranking, as well. Hopefully those rankings continue to build back up now that the site is faster and more reliable.
Google AdSense revenue: $317.35
Amazon Affiliates revenue: $17.17
Sovrn revenue: $32.37
Sovrn is a new advertising network for me, and I started messing around with it in March. It actually wasn’t very productive for me initially. When Sovrn can’t fill ads, it’s supposed to pass back ads to Google AdSense . . . but it wasn’t doing that. So a lot of my ad space went unfilled. Not only was Sovrn not performing well, but it also hurt my AdSense earnings. Since then I’ve improved its performance by making some tweaks, but March was a down month.
Paypal donations: $0.00
In February I received over $1,100 in donations for the new server, but that’s usually the only time when I get donations – when there’s something specific I need. And I’m okay with that.
TOTAL INCOME: $366.89