Food Blogging Traffic & Income Report for November 2018. Watch over my shoulder as I show you how to increase traffic and improve your income on your food blog.
As the year end draws closer, it is an opportunity for me to reflect on how things have gone and how things are going. I am truly grateful that our food blog has been able to pay for a holiday of a lifetime this summer as well as support our family of 5.
I would of course love more traffic and income, but as our site is still in its baby years, I can’t complain too much either.
I love food blogging and it covers my 2 biggest problems:
- Food obsession
- Talking too much
Plus, I get to work from home with my hubby and stay at home with my kids. What more could a girl ask for?
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Affiliate Marketing Vs Products
Last month on my food blogging income report, I talked about how I had tried the affiliate marketing course Making Sense Of The Cents and it didn’t make sense for my cents. In fact it was basic and out of date that I asked for a refund.
Well it did get me thinking a LOT.
Some niches are really easy to affiliate, and you can add some specific links to a popular post and WHAM your income just went up by $10,000 a month. But for many sites they already have everything that they need and natural affiliate linking doesn’t apply.
In these cases, maybe selling your own product or selling extra advertising space on that post might be more appropriate.
For example, many years ago, I had a Portuguese travel site. It was on the first page of Google for car hire in our local area. So, we sold banner placements to local car hire companies instead.
Just think about it and what would give you the best passive income, it doesn’t necessarily mean it would be affiliate marketing.
Our Food Blogging Income During November 2018:
- Ezoic = $4220.34
- Clickbank = $1056.54
- Amazon Associates = $609.06
- Kindle = $96.79
- Draft2Digital = $57.35
- Google Play = $34.44
- ButcherBox = $25.00
- Adsense = $10.52
Total Revenue = $6110.04
Our Food Blog Expenses During November 2018:
Total Food Blogging Expenses = $196.66
This leads to a total food blogging income from Recipe This For November 2018 of $5913.38.
Before you know it black Friday is back again and all of a sudden that’s all we talk about. I for one love it most for spending money! I always save up my monthly Amazon associates income from Amazon UK and then spend it in the Black Friday deals. I use it for Christmas presents and it means I can do Christmas on a budget, yet my kids still get spoilt rotten.
I will promote the odd blog post on Black Friday or affiliate deal but not obsessively. That is because my focus is on long term traffic through SEO and Pinterest and a quick one day hit, just doesn’t appeal to me.
Recipe This Blog Traffic November 2018
Okay I admit it. I love looking at my stats. I love watching my traffic grow from month to month and year by year. So when you can’t look at your stats it kills me.
I think if we’re all honest, we have a bit of mad OCD must check our stats syndrome. In mid November we had a stats problem. We had moved our Nameservers over to those of our advertising network. It was going to help improve the page speed and the bounce rate and we were all for it.
But during the moving process there was a stats problem and our Google Analytics was down for several days.
It was eventually back up and we added our stats from Ezoic to those of Google analytics to get an estimate.
That brings this months traffic to 436,000 page views for November (or thereabouts).
Here are our top 10 traffic sources for RecipeThis.com during November 2018:
Sometimes I wonder why I bother having this section for you to read as it never really changes. Either Google search or Pinterest is the top dog and it rotates between these over the year.
Though, it is nice to see our push notifications back up top with a top 10 traffic position. If you’re thinking about using Push Notifications then I urge you to do it as it makes a fantastic set and forget traffic source.
Here is our SEO traffic from Google Webmaster Tools account:
My SEO is very stable at the moment. It hasn’t seen any big increases and it hasn’t had a decrease either. It feels a bit slow though, with keywords I targeted in the last 2 months taking a while to get going.
But that is how it can go with SEO and as long as you are not losing positions and holding onto your traffic that’s what should count with how volatile traffic can be from Google search.
That is us done for the year so Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. We blog 5 sometimes as much as 7 times a week and our rest period is always Christmas as we love the family time.
We stop blogging mid December and then return fresh and motivated on the 1st of January.
Our only work over Christmas will be:
- Recipe testing for an exciting project we have coming up in spring that we will do between Christmas & New Year.
- Social media – after all we all know the internet never sleeps!
So, until then Happy Christmas everyone and here is to lots of delicious festive food!