Blog Stats: the Ads
Like many people, I began blogging as a bit of a creative hobby when I first began only around 3 or 4 months ago but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t hope it would ultimately bring in some monetary payment too as an added bonus. I’m sure it’s the same for any hobby, hence the saying that if you can find a way to live by doing something you love, then you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
The Early Days
There was something of a steep learning curve for me starting a blog but again, just as with any new hobby or skill, learning the finer points of the art is often part of the fun.
For the first few months, my learning has been more on understanding some of the terminology of blogging and useful insights to take from my normal traffic stats page as well as the practical side of learning how to use blogging systems. And, I still feel like a newbie!
I think an inevitable stage of blogging comes when you start to take more of an interest in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). I had a vague notion of what it was when I first started blogging but when there’s so much to do in those early days, I was very much guided by helpful articles on the web advising content is king with design another key element of successful blogging long-term before worrying too much about SEO, especially if blogging for “fun”.
Now that the intense early days excitement of blogging has settled into an enjoyable routine hobby, that’s allowed me to take a wider interest in the more advanced side of blogging and the various theories on how to be good at it. After all, when we enjoy something we can do, don’t we always want to do it well?
I’m very much in the early days of researching as much as I can on SEO for 2019. At first, it sounded utterly dull to me but after some time I can now see how it could be interesting to learn about.
Already Surprising Results
The article that spurred this latest interest I found in the Support Section (that little question mark in the bottom right corner of your screen on WordPress sites), https://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/
I had actually taken a look at this article a few times when I began blogging and had done pretty much all the suggestions save for the first, mainly because, I didn’t really understand it!
I had of course checked that the site was public, which it was, but what did all that talk of site indexing mean? So I left it to come back to another time, which just so happened to be yesterday when my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to follow, what turned out to be, a simpler process than what I’d thought it might be and indexed my own site. Link to the article I followed here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/
Essentially, by getting your blog or website “site indexed” or listed in Bing, Google and Pinterest, you get access to a ton of additional stats. It should be noted that as WordPress state in the article, you do not have to do this, I just thought I’d give it a go to see if it was helpful to me, with some instantly surprising results that I thought I’d share.
Since the blog launched in May 2019 until today being 4 August 2019, the ad revenue had been virtually non-existent at 5 cents total! After implementing the site indexing techniques suggested in the linked article only yesterday, I logged on today to see that for yesterday alone I made 5c!
I’m not one to jump to conclusions but that seems a bit of a coincidence!
5 cents in 3 months, a few tweaks and voila 5 cents in one day. I appreciate that 10 cents is not a lot to get excited about, by the way, I just didn’t expect those tweaks to have such instantaneous results.
Of course, it could simply be a coincidence – far too early to tell really but interesting nonetheless. I’ll obviously have to keep things under review with my now all-singing-all-dancing additional stats reports from my site indexing and report back at a later date.
In the meantime, if you’ve not already, take a look at the articles suggested to see if there’s any ideas in there that could boost your traffic and maybe even help make you a few bob too!
Let me know how you find the wonderful world of SEO.