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A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: Nov ’12 Income – $2031

Still in China where blogging is near impossible. I say that despite the fact that we posted more this month than any other month before. The fact is that the internet is so poor it is insanely difficult to accomplish anything! For example, I can’t even tell if the graphs below load correctly…can someone tell me in the comments? Even the smallest tasks can take large chunks of time and I’m really hoping that this is more of a China thing and not an all around Asia thing.

Despite this we’ve made some large strides/successes and I’m beginning to look at the blogs as a nice source of ancillary income. I haven’t done the hard math, but I believe that we have funded at least the last two months of travel, if not all three through the income we’ve received from blogging. Needless to say, we’re pleasantly surprised.

That said, being a full time blogger is probably not where either of us see ourselves 5 years from now. I for one don’t think I have the skill, patience, and, frankly, the blog isn’t very niche. As such, we’re starting to brainstorm other possible ventures we could get into. Some might be considered natural offshoots of the travel blogging while others, not so much. More on that in the next few months…

Summary

Social Media: Still in china and still blocked. Whatever progress is being made it is purely ambient and through no effort of our own.

Traffic: November fell short of October in terms of traffic and for the first time we did not top the previous month. Believe it or not I expected this for a multitude of reasons. As usual, we were unable to promote any of our articles through social media. This was also true for October, however, unlike October, I think November was just a “bad” time to be blogging. There was immense competition with Veteran’s day, the election, and Thanksgiving. This is our first November blogging but I have to believe, seasonally, for these reasons, it’s an all around poor month. I’m wondering how other bloggers fared and if they had a similar experience?

No guest posts and interviews this month (we did a few but none have posted yet):

and the interviews we do on our site

Advertising: October was a milestone month in terms of really trying to squeeze all the juice out of this blog in order to push the limits on advertising revenue. I was almost certain that we wouldn’t be able to top it (or even come close to it) in November. But, as has been the case time and time again – I was wrong. November shattered October, in part due to our successes in bringing advertisers over to our other blog (avocadopesto.com), a newfound sponsorship with Arribaa, and advertisers giving the OK to for the post to not appear on the home page. This limits it in the eyes of the reader but appeases the advertiser because the post is still considered on the blog.

Unfortunately, since we have made minimal progress increasing our page rank and domain authority the prices we are able to negotiate are more or less the same, so in order to increase revenue we simply have to work with more people – and there is a limit to the number of people one can work with in a given month. Barriers such as communication, number of posts, availability of contacts, etc are the factors that impose an upper limit. At this point, the best way to increase revenue would be to make the blog more appealing to advertisers and increase our power to negotiate.

I also mentioned last month that I don’t believe that this is a long term solution. Despite another great month, I’m still convinced of that, but my concept of short term is changing. I think that this can persist for several months. Maybe 6 or so? Definitely more than I thought last month, which was that the well of prospective advertisers would run dry in January. Above all, if there is any hope of long term, sustained advertising revenue, it is going to be on other bloggers’ willingness to share contacts.

Lastly, for those interested in advertising I encourage you to consider linklift. It’s a site where you submit your blog and advertisers can contact you directly with proposals. They always come through on payment and offers are at least $100. They have a promotion right now where if you sign up you get 10 GBP just for getting approved. Also if you sign up using our referral link, we get 15 GBP. Sounds like a good deal.

Social Media

Website Statistics

Page Views - act nov

Google Page Rank: 2/10

Domain Authority: 39/100 (up from 37 last month)

Advertising


Total Advertising Revenue: $3,050

  • Direct Advertising ACoupleTravelers: $1,956
  • Sponsorships (Arribaa) ACoupleTravelers: $75
  • Direct Advertising AvocadoPesto: $1019

Total Value Received: $33

  • Yangshuo Cooking Class Discount: $8
  • Dali Cooking Class Complementary:  $25

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32 Responses to A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: Nov ’12 Income – $2031

  1. Great work guys! My traffic continues to build month by month, no November setback, but I’m just starting out, so I guess you’d expect that. I’m looking forward to the day Google forgives me for whatever I’ve done and gives me a page rank, I’m wondering if I may actually have to buy a new URL and start all over again. My DA and PA are good, but Google still hate me. Oh well. I wonder how you’ll do over Christmas, everybody being off work may have the same negative effect on traffic as weekends do.

    Alyson December 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM Reply
    • awesome! Don’t change your URL, stick with it. You have a good one with three key terms in it which is a major plus. Funny how we associate people being off work with a decrease in blog traffic…kind of says something about general productivity these days huh?

      Dave and Vicky December 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM Reply
  2. And I just love my unintentional acronym!

    Alyson December 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM Reply
  3. As you requested, I just wanted to let you know your graphs ARE loading correctly. I love hearing about your travels – and these monthly updates. Fascinating-and inspiring-stuff!

    Amber December 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM Reply
  4. Great job! Maybe consider a product of your own to bring in passive income?

    Carol December 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM Reply
    • Have a few ideas for products and a few website ideas (separate from blogging), hopefully in the next two months we’ll be ready to begin working on something new!

      Dave and Vicky December 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM Reply
  5. Thanks for being so transparent and sharing this. IMO making a full time living out of travel blogging is a long windy road. I think your smart to be looking at other options.

    Nancie December 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM Reply
    • Yeah it’s time to stop riding this and consider it for what it is, a nice passive side income that could evaporate at any minute. Time to work on some nwe projects.

      Dave and Vicky December 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM Reply
  6. PS…China is not the rest of Asia :) Internet should get better for you!

    Nancie December 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM Reply
  7. Ah yes, I remember the challenges of trying to blog from China being so frustrating. Good news is that it’s all on the up and up in Southeast Asia afterwards!! Thanks for sharing your numbers. It helps to put things into perspective for me. I love when people are open and honest about this part of the blogging world, it helps us all! Cheers!

    Arienne December 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM Reply
    • Very glad to hear that the internet gets better…I’m running out of hair to pull.

      Dave and Vicky December 2, 2012 at 6:58 PM Reply
  8. Email me guys! Want to add you to a FB group and share some contacts with you :)

    Cole @ FourJandals.com December 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM Reply
  9. That is awesome guys. I am very impressed. Considering your travel blog hasn’t been runnning for that long you are making good money. Looking forward to meeting you in Cambodia where you can hopefully tell me your secrets. :-) Oh and you will be pleased to hear that internet in Cambodia is fairly fast as well.

    TammyOnTheMove December 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM Reply
    • Thanks Tammy will let you know when we’re in town :)

      Dave and Vicky December 3, 2012 at 2:41 AM Reply
  10. Glad to see you’re still making progress with the advertisers. I think you’ll find things a heck of a lot easier once you hit South East Asia.

    Bethaney - Flashpacker Family December 2, 2012 at 10:33 PM Reply
    • That seems to be the consensus – fingers crossed!

      Dave and Vicky December 3, 2012 at 2:40 AM Reply
  11. Great work guys! It’s pretty awesome to follow along and see your success. I’m excited to see the next updates and buy your work when you get back! ;) Best of luck in your travels!

    Neil December 4, 2012 at 2:02 PM Reply
    • thanks Neil glad to see your following along, haven’t heard from you in awhile!

      Dave and Vicky December 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM Reply
      • Oh and by buy your work I meant buy your book!!!

        Neil December 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM Reply
  12. A very nice honest and transparent post. It’s rare to see that these days. Glad to have found you :).

    Sharlene December 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM Reply
  13. Congrats on an awesome month of advertising income! Do any of the visitors coming from Stumbleupon come back again? I see the the avg time on site is low for SU traffic but the bounce rate isn’t that much higher than the overall bounce. I am trying to shift to focusing on both where my overall traffic comes from and the pathways that lead to people engaging. Hope you love SEA!

    Kate @ 30Traveler December 8, 2012 at 4:27 AM Reply
    • It’s hard to know if people from SU are coming back because we don’t really track return visits from individual sources – can you? I doubt they are though, since most people spend about 10-20 seconds on the site…

      Dave and Vicky December 9, 2012 at 3:10 AM Reply
      • I use a different analytics service called GetClicky. At the moment I’ve just been looking through the list it provides of my most frequent visitors to see where they arrived from the first time they visited and what they’re doing on the site.

        Kate @ 30Traveler December 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM Reply
        • ah ok cool, is that free?

          Dave and Vicky December 11, 2012 at 2:59 AM Reply
          • I have a paid sub which is $59/year but there is a free version and I think you get 3 weeks free of the pro version if you sign up for the free. I’m a complete cheapskate and almost never pay for stuff when there is a free alternative but I find it worth it.

            Kate @ 30Traveler December 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM Reply
  14. wow this is great! wishing you more advertisers to come to help fund your journey :-)

    flipnomad December 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM Reply
    • Thanks flip – we’re always open to sharing contacts if you’re ever interested btw :)

      Dave and Vicky December 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM Reply

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