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A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: Dec ’12 Income – $2170

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It’s hard to believe we’re in 2013 and spending our last day in Vietnam. I imagine that is pretty surprising given the lack of Vietnam posts we’ve had on the blog, but there’s a reason for that I’ll get to later. The last three and a half months of travel have been fantastic. We’ve already covered 4 countries I probably didn’t think I’d visit for another 20 years before this trip. We’ve seen what it’s like to blow through a country in only 10 days, as well as what it’s like to spend nearly 2 months in one. We’ve traveled on trains, planes, and automobiles, as well as boats, buses, and motorcycles. We’ve celebrated Halloween with Chinese students and Christmas with Vietnam’s EasyRiders.

There’s been a lot of adventures and we’re not slowing down. 2013 is already looking to be a fantastic year. January will be spent mostly on the Thai islands where Vicky’s parents will be joining us. It’s mostly going to be a lot of down time where we’ll catch up on our posts and if all things go according to plan, pursue a few of the ideas Vicky and I have floating around. The plan right now is highly tentative, but we’re hoping to spend a few more months in SEA while the weather is nice before jumping over to Europe in late May. Come November, we’ll set off to conquer Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and then India. This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. To see all the details, you’re just going to have to follow along!

Summary

Social Media: Frankly, social media has never been our strong point. It’s a lot of work with questionable dividends. If there’s anything to announce in this category it’s that we’re looking into hiring an assistant to help with the blog. Actually, we’ve already worked with two during December and we’re hashing out the details as to how we’re going to incorporate one on a more full time basis (more like 10-20 hours a month).

Traffic: In November traffic fell a bit as a result of the holidays. December was similar. The fact of the matter is we’ve plateaued and don’t really have any idea as to how we’re going to get over this 10k page views/month hump. It’s not a bad place to be though and we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing, while hoping that the addition of an assistant will allow Vicky and I to focus on writing, photography, and potentially some new endeavors that we’ve been waiting for January to explore.

Guest posts and interviews this month:

and the interviews we do on our site

Advertising: December was another great month for advertising. We were invited by some other bloggers to share contacts, which always adds a few fresh leads. We also did some work with Arribaa but unfortunately their site was not getting enough users and they are no longer operating. So here we are again, looking for companies to work with, advertisers to contact, and a list of about 40 ideas, a few of which we’re looking to pursue in January. So far, things are looking good for January, and, given the nature of the work, we pretty much take it one month at a time.

Social Media

Website Statistics

Page Views - act dec sources - act dec Google Page Rank: 2/10

Domain Authority: 38/100

Advertising

Total Advertising Revenue: $2,990

  • Direct Advertising ACoupleTravelers: $2,015
  • Sponsorships (Arribaa) ACoupleTravelers: $155
  • Direct Advertising AvocadoPesto: $820

Total Value Received: $356

  • Sapa Sisters Tour (Discount) – $50
  • Hanoi Cooking Class (Discount) – $27.5
  • Halong Bay Tour (Discount) – $78
  • Easy Rider (Discount) – $200

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