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A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: Sept ’12 Income $490

September was our first month of “travel” and we weren’t sure how blogging was going to be on the road. On the one hand we were excited to actually have something interesting to talk about. On the other hand, we had no idea how often we’d be able to keep in touch and if we’d have the same amount of time to promote our website. Maybe, we thought, we’d actually do worse than the previous month?

Actually we had a really big month – I guess we weren’t the only people waiting for us to get going.

Summary

Social Media: Honestly, we didn’t do anything special for social media this month (and it shows) but next month I want us to really concentrate on Google Plus. I think this is going to be “the next big thing”. Not necessarily that people want to use it, but that Google is going to very slowly link your presence on Google Plus to how high you appear in the search engines. So, we’re going to work on publishing more content on that (since it can’t be done automatically like Facebook or Twitter). Please add us on Google Plus if you have a profile!

Traffic: We shattered last month with some heavy traffic days in September and just an all around increase. One thing that helped a bit was submitting our food photos to food sharing websites. We know about these from Vicky’s food blog, and if you can get a picture of some food you took on Foodgawker or Tastespotting and can drive significant traffic to your blog. Some of them require the post to be an actual recipe (I think Foodgawker now does), but many don’t!

We also did our best to keep up with guest posts and interviews. For example:

and the interviews we do on our site

Advertising: Still getting our feet wet here but a bit warmer than last month. We’re trying to work different angles as well in terms of getting trips and/or stays in exchange for reviews, which is something we have been doing on our website for awhile (but nothing in exchange). We don’t actively reach out to people for anything yet, so everything is just who happens to find us on the web and if we think it’s a good deal or not. 

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

Total Advertising Revenue: $490

Find previous traffic updates:

Previous Income Updates (Travel Blog)

Previous Income Updates (Food Blog)

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6 Responses to A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: Sept ’12 Income $490

  1. Thank you for posting these figures. It certainly helps us orient ourselves as new travel bloggers and despite it being hard work I’m really finding it to be a very enjoyable experience.

    Zarek October 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM Reply
    • No problem! Yes, it’s a lot of work, but we’re just getting to the point now where I think it’s starting to pay dividends – good luck!

      Dave and Vicky October 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM Reply
  2. I can’t see any advertising on your page, where are the ads that are making the money? Or am I missing something obvious?
    Well done both of you.

    Alyson October 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM Reply
    • Hey Alyson, most of the advertising we do is less blatant than adds on the side of the page, since these tend to slow down the site and don’t pay much. In most cases, we link to a company for a specific keyword in a post. It’s nondescript and doesn’t happen often…but sometimes they pay you a lot for it.

      Dave and Vicky October 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM Reply
  3. I see! I’ll have a look for those keywords. You’re doing way better than me, I’ve only made $2..early days! Nothing wrong with selling out.

    Alyson October 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM Reply
    • It definitely takes time. If you’re ever interested just shoot us an email and I’ll send you our contacts.

      Vicky October 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM Reply

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