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A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: Oct ’12 Income – $1345

October was our first month of full travel, primarily spent in China. Surprise, surprise, internet here isn’t so hot, which has made it difficult to keep up with all the travels. Moreover, many of the social media sites (facebook, twitter, google plus) are blocked, so it’s difficult to promote our articles in the usual way, and we have idea if we’ve increased in followers.

Still, it’s been going well and we’re adapting to our new lifestyle. We’re able to do a lot of the writing while we’re traveling on 15+ hour long train rides. Bringing two computers (one laptop one netbook) was a fantastic idea! In fact, October was actually a record month for articles published so we don’t appear to be slowing down and are actually publishing nearly everyday. Moreover, unlike with Japan, we’re less concerned about sharing every little detail and are trying to hit the highlights, as well as incorporate more articles like our one month travel update as well as Korean War, DMZ, Reunification, which I think add a nice personal touch to the blog as well as sharing a few more serious, cultural topics.

Summary

Social Media: Considering most of it is blocked, can’t say any large strides were made here (in fact, we have no idea). Though, I did add the google plus icon to our home page and, either as a result of that or some other reason, we picked up a nice handful of new followers. Now if we could only just use it!

Traffic: Came in about 1k more than last month, which is pretty good, since we weren’t able to promote our articles as much. Also, we didn’t get any major benefits from some of the food sharing websites like Foodgawker or Tastespotting that drove significant traffic to our blog in September.

See our guest posts and interviews this month:

and the interviews we do on our site

Advertising: I made a huge push this month to see what we could potentially earn. This means actively working with all advertisers who contact us, as well as directly emailing a few of the contacts that we were given by other bloggers. As a result, this month is a bit of an anomaly (since we exhausted all our contacts).

The thing about blog advertising is that you generally work with someone once, maybe twice, and then not again. So, when we use a contact, that’s pretty much it for that month, as most advertising is live for at least a year. Therefore, running out of contacts is kind of like draining the well, and every month you have to actively find new ones or hope that they find you. It’s certainly not consistent nor is it very sustainable, in my opinion.

Despite all of that, I thought it was in our best interest to jump on anyone we had quickly – so that’s what we did. See below for the results!

Social Media

Website Statistics

Google Page Rank: 2/10
Note: We increased our page rank from 1 with latest Google update.

Domain Authority: 37/100

Advertising


I’m going to break our advertising into parts, as we have two blogs now (the travel blog and Vicky’s food blog). Also, I am going to start including things like hotel stays and trips, where we don’t actually receive money but receive some sort of value from them:

Total Advertising Revenue: $2,170

  • Direct Advertising ACoupleTravelers: $1,345
  • Direct Advertising AvocadoPesto: $825

Total Value Received: $182

  • 2 Nights Hotel Stay: $66/night
  • Donations: $50

Find previous traffic updates:

Previous Income Updates (Travel Blog)

Previous Income Updates (Food Blog)

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21 Responses to A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: Oct ’12 Income – $1345

  1. Loving the upward trend! Keep it up!

    Adam

    Adam November 3, 2012 at 7:24 AM Reply
  2. Awesome that you guys are so transparent :) Keep the upward trend going :D

    Laurence November 4, 2012 at 5:18 AM Reply
    • Thanks Laurence!

      Dave and Vicky November 4, 2012 at 5:35 AM Reply
    • Thanks Laurence, no secrets here :)

      Dave and Vicky November 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM Reply
    • I second that. Really interesting and informative to see these breakdowns.
      Utterly new to this and enjoying learning, learning, learning….

      Duncan January 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM Reply
  3. Wow. You guys had a great month. Lots of traffic and lots of money coming in. Well done! I’d be stoked if I had as many visitors as you coming in. What’s the percentage breakdown of your traffic?

    Bethaney - Flashpacker Family November 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM Reply
    • Hey Beth – I’ll start including this in the wrap up:
      Direct 1650
      SU 960
      Google 699
      FB 379
      Notventures.notcot.org 291

      These are visits, btw (lot of SU from our last interview with landingstanding – that’s the end of the month spike)

      Dave and Vicky November 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM Reply
  4. Hey guys this is inspiring. My husband and I have been traveling for 4 years now but we’re just getting our website up and going and it’s cool to see that your website has been able to grow. Hope to meet you sometime on the road.

    Kalli November 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM Reply
    • Thanks guys! Maybe we can do an interview with you guys in a few weeks? Check our itinerary (main page, big map, hover over the continent). If you’re going to be in the area drop us a line!

      Dave and Vicky November 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM Reply
      • An interview would be fun. Shoot me an email anytime. ~Kalli

        Kalli November 5, 2012 at 4:26 PM Reply
  5. Well done you!
    My Google thingy is still zero and my domain authority is 1. But onward and upward!

    Alyson November 5, 2012 at 4:10 AM Reply
  6. Looks like things are progressing well. Keep it up!

    Matt Gibson November 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM Reply
  7. This is a really fascinating breakdown, thanks for posting. What type of advertising are you making your revenues from – sponsored posts, text links, banners, etc?

    Scott - Quirky Travel Guy November 5, 2012 at 9:58 PM Reply
    • Thanks Scott – mostly sponsored posts and text links. We have no banners on the website and don’t do any sort of affiliate sales at the moment.

      Dave and Vicky November 5, 2012 at 10:08 PM Reply
  8. Great work guys =)

    I’m beginning a heavy push to get all my stories live, increase traffic, and hopefully earn a few dollars towards my next adventure. Love seeing this – might have to post my yearly breakdown at some point.

    Nicole November 5, 2012 at 11:10 PM Reply
    • Thanks Nicole, if you do let us know we love looking at that kind of stuff!

      Dave and Vicky November 5, 2012 at 11:39 PM Reply
  9. This is great! I love all the details. Would you mind being interviewed by us for a project we’re working on? Email me if you’re interested?

    Rachel Denning November 27, 2012 at 7:16 AM Reply

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