Well, I’ve been banging on the keyboard for over a year now! Too many late nights, too much cold coffee, staring at the screen until I can’t read the text. Not really! :) If your doing that then your doing something wrong! I usually get what I need done by writing a few hours a day! This is another thank you post / blog audit on the state of avgjoegeek.net.
Thank You Again!
I know I just wrote a quick Thank You post in November. But I don’t think you can say thank you enough. I’d like to say thanks to everyone again for your help this year! Without your help I wouldn’t have been able to progress as much as I have been!
- Justin from over at Dragon Blogger
- Ana – Traffic Generation Cafe
- Kim – kimgarst.com
- Bryan from The Hobby Blogger
- Abhi from OddBlogger
- Andy from CommentLuv
- Brian from BlogEngage
- Holly from It’s All A Matter of Perspective
- Rae from Sugar Rae
- Kristy from Kikolani
- Wong from The Bad Blogger
- Ms. Ileane from Basic Blog Tips
- Jane from Pro Blogging Success
All of these people have taken the time to answer my questions, provide advice, let me help them, or been all around nice folks in general. I highly suggest visiting each and every site as you will learn from each of them! Oh, and Thanks again!
OK folks, I will be changing my format for this blog audit. The one thing I won’t include? My earnings. Not until I get to a certain amount and can provide some definitive proof that I’m making that money. I will say that I am making SOME money. It just happens to be an insignificant amount. You won’t see any “How to Make Money” posts on here any time soon!
Below are the over all stats for the year. Don’t weep though – it took a bit for traffic to pick up and a ton of work to get there!
PR Rank Update
Although people say we shouldn’t really care about out Page Rank? We all still do lol! Google has gone through and updated PR Rank for sites and I’m now a PR3 site! Not bad for a little blog like this one eh?
This time I’ll do the entire year instead of 6 months. The year for me is from Dec 15th 2011 until today Dec 15th 2012. With 200 articles posted by me and a few guest posts I end the year with the following stats:
- Visits (Total): 148,725
- Unique Visitors: 131,927
- Pageviews: 195,129
- Pages / Visit: 1.31
- Avg. Visit Duration: 00:00:57
- Bounce Rate: 84.75%
Although things like Monthly Visitors is generally higher and my Bounce Rate is actually lower than this; the entire year shows that I still need to keep working on it!
Top 10 Sources of Traffic
I didn’t realize it but I had mis-labeled this as “Referral” traffic instead of traffic sources!
- google / organic 115,473
- (direct) / (none) 16,435
- google.com / referral 2,142
- yahoo / organic 1,399 1.31
- stumbleupon.com / referral 1,373
- feedburner / feed 1,256
- bing / organic 1,114
- facebook.com / referral 739
- google.co.uk / referral 470
- ask / organic 365
Top 10 Referrals of Traffic
This is the top 10 sites that Referred traffic to avgjoegeek.net
- google.com 2,142
- stumbleupon.com 1,373
- facebook.com 739
- google.co.uk 470
- t.co 308 2.89
- google.ca 212
- bloggers.com 178
- google.com.au 174
- pinterest.com 159
- google.de 154
I don’t know what happened. After I moved to a different host it went haywire and still hasn’t recovered. So… this is why I use this a generic “thermometer” on how avgjoegeek.net is doing. I don’t use this as true social proof or anything like that – and neither should you!
Its funny that I actually rank higher in other countries than my own… the U.S.
- Bangladesh 16,702
- Philippines 23,852
- Australia 41,856
- India 47,830
- United Kingdom 70,782
- Canada 83,071
- United States 112,295
Oh, I stopped using Clicky – as I want to cut down on the amount of java script I have loading on the site.
Top 10 Posts for avgjoegeek.net
What sucks when I see this? The links with ZERO Comments? I feel like I’ve failed the reader or maybe they were searching for something else and clicked on my link. I just wish they would have left me a comment. Even if it was “THIS IS GARBAGE” at least I would have some type of feedback! Since I lost my job as a mind reader? I’ll just have to keep guessing and working on getting users to leave some type of feedback. Which I’ve tried to make as easy as possible by using both WP Comments and Facebook!
- How to Install New Maps for PS3 Call of Duty MW3 DLC 146 comment(s) | 38,586 view(s)
- 5 Tips on How to Play Call of Duty MW3 Like a Boss 0 comment(s) | 7,754 view(s)
- CloudFlare Review | Does It Really Work? 30 comment(s) | 6,571 view(s)
- Should you Root Your Android or iPhone Smartphone? 22 comment(s) | 4,315 view(s)
- iPhone 5 Announced | Playing Catch Up instead of Leading the Pack? 2 comment(s) | 4,049 view(s)
- Call of Duty MW3 Updates | Terminal Map Live | PS3 DL Woes Continue 6 comment(s) | 2,746 view(s)
- Sony PS3 Wireless Headset Review| How Does It Compare to Others? 3 comment(s) | 2,591 view(s)
- 5 Reasons Why Call of Duty Black Ops II Is Going to Blow MW3 Away 6 comment(s) | 2,483 view(s)
- Call of Duty MW3 New Maps Collection 1 Available on 3/20/2012 3 comment(s) | 1,912 view(s)
- Call of Duty MW3 Updates | PS3 Gets Terminal and Black Ops II Info | 7/27/2012
Advertising and Affiliates
Although I stated I wouldn’t be listing my earnings. I do want to provide a few updates!
I finally actually received a check from Google this December. So that means it took an ENTIRE YEAR to get this check. Which tells you how long it takes if your getting mediocre traffic. :) Adsense will only be worth it when you have A) A TON of traffic and B) Your content is highly targeted toward higher CPC ads – which is a science all in of itself.
Other Sources/Affiliate Earnings:
Below is a list of Affiliates that I use to try and generate additional income for the site. Beware these are referral links and I will generate a commission if you decide to use them for your own site!
Some big news is that I am now providing ads with Link Share who has a LOT of high profile sites! That and I am now an Amazon Affiliate through the help of my brother who lives in California :) Thanks bro!
- Google Affiliate
- Link Share
- Commission Junction (cj.com)
- Info Links
- Click Bank
- Blog Engage
- Host Gator
- Genesis Framework / Copyblogger
OK, I didn’t add this last time – but if I’m doing an audit I figure I should put these out as well. I really need to start pushing for subs – Email and RSS lists are the hidden traffic booster of any blog and I’ve been neglecting them!
- Email Subscribers – 50 Yes.. that isn’t a mis-type its fifty FIVE-ZERO
- Feed (RSS) Subscribers – 92
As you can see there is still work to be done! I do think I am successful though! Why? Well I’ve been around for an entire year where I wrote and updated the blog for the entire year. That is a win in and of itself. That and the fact that I made ANY money at all? That’s a win too!
So what are ways you use to get better engagement with your content? What tips do you have to try and get my Bounce Rate down? Do you have any other suggestions? Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know below!