Food Blogging Traffic & Income Report for October 2018. Watch over my shoulder as I show you how to increase traffic and improve your income on your food blog.
This month in 2000 something super special happened. Dominic and I conceived a baby and, in the August of 2001, our beautiful first child Kyle was born. He is 17 years old now and in college and it’s amazing how fast those years have gone by.
He was a baby when we purchased our first house in the same year, he was the page boy at our wedding and we have watched him grow up into this handsome lad with the world at his feet.
But when we born we were poor. Not just a little bit poor but a lot poor. We bought our first house that year as it was cheaper than renting and we couldn’t afford to rent. Our household monthly income was £624. After the rent, council tax, water, electricity and TV licence there was just £170 a month left. This had to feed us, cover clothes and not to mention cover the costs of a baby. It just doesn’t add up does it?
But we managed, and it made us understand the value of money. It made me want to work for myself and not rely on others to pay me the minimum wage, or in my case businesses that took advantage of young people and paid below it.
Now when I make what we used to earn in a month, in a week passively it makes me smile. Especially, when I think that we live in a country like Portugal where the cost of living is so low. The poor Portuguese would probably wish that they earned what we did 18 years ago, right now!
If this is YOU, then remember you can work hard for someone else or build your own future on the internet.
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Affiliate Marketing Priorities
A few months ago, just before we went on our summer holiday I bought an affiliate marketing course. It was called something like “making sense of affiliate marketing”. I’m not normally one for buying courses and I am rather tight in that sense of the word. I will jump on board whenever there is a free course going somewhere but rarely buy something.
After a recommendation I bought this course. I thought why not?
I got really excited about learning more about affiliate marketing and was waiting for her words of wisdom and the secrets behind affiliate marketing.
Well I waited….and I waited….and they never came.
The course had a few broken links, was basic about affiliate marketing and I was always waiting for the punchline and it just never happened. Nearly everything suggested I have already achieved or plan to do.
It left me feeling disappointed and wondering why I bothered???? So, I put in a refund request.
I think if you are new to affiliate marketing it might be worth a look, if the price tag was around $17, but not for the huge price tag it is asking. Plus, I have read more quality affiliate information from other income reports. So, if you want to learn more about affiliate marketing for FREE then read income reports!
Our Food Blogging Income During October 2018:
- Ezoic = $2774.28
- Clickbank Ebook Sales = $909.78
- Amazon Associates = $483.27
- Adsense = $177.87
- Kindle = $97.98
- Draft2Digital = $71.97
- ButcherBox = $50.00
- Google Play = $34.44
Total Revenue = $4599.59
Our Food Blog Expenses During October 2018:
- WPopt.net Hosting = $112.12
- Aweber = $49.00
- Canva = $12.95
- Bluburry = $12.00
- Buffer = $10.00
- Microsoft Office = $10.59
Total Food Blogging Expenses = $206.66
This leads to a total food blogging income from Recipe This For October 2018 of $4392.93.
Well I promised you the full scoop last month about Ezoic, well here goes….Ezoic pay a similar amount to what Monumetric does, but not as much as what MediaVine and Adthrive do. But in comparison they have less ads on your site. You could change the settings and have a lot of ads and then probably match MediaVine income.
That’s what is most important to me and that is less ads but still earning more than the small amount that you end up earning from Google Adsense.
They also optimise your ads so that you are getting the best possible price for them.
When we compare it to Monumetric the rates are actually higher.
But what got us the vote to move to Ezoic is that you don’t have a long wait for payment. Its only a couple of days behind when Adsense would normally pay out.
We were accepted to re-join MediaVine last week, but we just couldn’t financially commit to it. I wanted to give it another go to see if it has improved but to go without any advertising income between now and the New Year is just not an option.
Ezoic also said that we can expect to see our income grow over time the more and more they are optimised. But we are liking what we are seeing so far.
Our Ebook Sales Are Growing
As you know we moved all our main ebooks onto Clickbank as they were all on the Kindle and Apple before. Its quite a shock when you see how little you make on the KDP compared to elsewhere.
I worked it out and it is roughly $1.70 an ebook on Kindle compared to $12 on Clickbank. Now this is a HUGE difference. This means that I just need to sell 83 PDFs on Clickbank compared to selling 588 on Kindle.
What I recommend you do instead is optimise your ebooks for the Kindle, Draft2Digital and Google Books and never promote them on your site or via social media. Then any sales you get are a bonus and not from your own hard work. Then promote the other version that you get the good rate for and see if your ebook income can increase.
Just by doing this I took my ebook income from $175.55 up to $1114.17. This is comparing April with October when traffic is very similar. Surprisingly Amazon, D2D and Google incomes practically stayed the same.
Recipe This Blog Traffic October 2018
Our projections for traffic this month was to hit the 400,000 page views level as we have not achieved this since April when we got 403,000 page views. We notice that we are slow between May and August and then start to crawl back in the right direction between October and April.
In the end we achieved 404,000 just 1,000 more than we achieved at the end of the season in April.
Here are our top 10 traffic sources for RecipeThis.com during October 2018:
We noticed as the month of October hit that we seemed to gather momentum with a few of our SEO positions. We find that the niche we are in is more comfort food and winter based and that in the summer months we struggle for search volume.
We get traffic its just there is not enough of it to go around myself and my competition.
After a few months of Pinterest being highest for October, SEO was still number #2 to Pinterest yet again. I can’t complain about Pinterest traffic and its not like search engine optimisation is terrible either.
Here is our SEO traffic from Google Webmaster Tools account:
We get a lot of searches for soup, stews, casseroles and root vegetables. This means that SEO hits the start of the season in October. You can see this when you compare it to August and how it has its summer dip. This is perfect for us because then we can have more family time and enjoy ourselves more when it is warm here in Portugal.
Can you believe that it will be Christmas soon? Then it will be that crazy diet time when all people talk about is gluten free, Paleo, Keto and so forth? Now this is your chance to get ahead in your content calendar before its too late and then you can spend time with family during the festive period.
We already have all our blog posts planned up until the end of February and just need to get a few more written so that we can relax.