Welcome to the fourth Monthly Growth Report!
What Is This Report?
I started these Monthly Growth Reports as a step to growing my online business.
If you want to take a look at my previous Growth Reports, go to this page.
Why am I sharing these reports with you each month?
- So you can see what worked for me based strategies and tactics I implement each month
- You can learn from my mistakes
- To inspire you to continue pursuing your online business
- As a reminder to track your own progress
Personally, I do these monthly reports for the following reasons:
- It keeps me accountable and focused to goals I set each month
- Encourages me to get out of my comfort zone
- Helps me connect and learn more about my audience
And finally, to set a good example for you to follow — whether you’re brand new to the whole world of online marketing or simply want to learn new ways of growing your business, you’ll find something new to learn.
Each month you’ll find out the latest news in my business, what I’m working on, a full traffic report of my site and key takeaway lessons for the month.
What’s Been Happening?
I’m officially announcing the launch of my new course on Facebook Ads which will be on Tuesday October
14th 21st, 2014.
What will the course be called? Allow me to introduce to you:
Launch Date: Tuesday October
14th 21st, 2014
To give you a glimpse of what will be in this course, here are some of the training videos I’ve already recorded:
- How to use the Facebook Power Editor to speed up campaign creations
- How to create your first Facebook Ad
- The 5 different target audience groups you should create for more engagement, cheaper clicks and higher conversion.
- How to import your email list to Facebook Ads and target your email subscribers
- How to target people who have visited your site before, plus other retargeting tactics
- How much to bid and budget so you don’t overspend
- List building with Facebook Ads
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to attract new visitors to your site and use Facebook to generate leads, you’re gonna want to get this.
Sit tight as you’ll hear more about the course in the coming weeks.
My “Dead” Niche Site
In the August Growth Report, I shared some insights of a niche site of mine that died but came back.
This has nothing to do with the PBN penalty that’s been going around.
I was excited about this but it seemed like Google was trying to see where to best place my site.
Here’s what I saw in Google Webmaster Tools previously:
Here’s an update:
It seemed like it was fluctuating and then was stabilized after about two weeks.
After comparing August sales to September sales for this site, here’s what it turned out to look like:
It more than doubled in sales!
As I analyzed further, I found some of my pages are ranked for quite a few longtail buyer keywords, which is great.
From now, I will call this site Niche Site: eCommerce.
I‘ll keep you updated on how this site goes along the way.
Niche Site Experiment #1 Quick Updates
In August I posted my first Niche Site Experiment report, and how I’m expecting it to make about $1,000 a month from this site within the next 4-6 months.
It has already seen some positive growth with more traffic coming through and longtail keywords being ranked.
I have even more great news about it. I checked my Google Analytics account and saw this:
On September 30, it hit 62 website sessions — some promising results indeed, and I do hope to grow it further.
Taking a look at the rank for one of my main target keywords, you can see that it has grown substantially — from #70 down to #17; very close to the first page now!
This is with 0 link building from PBNs.
I’ve yet to monetize it with AdSense as it’s still early days, but definitely will. That will be the exciting part as you’ll get to see how much this site earns.
More updates on Niche Site Experiment #1 soon! Exciting times ahead!
Let’s move on to the Unstoppable Profits blog report.
September Traffic Report
Each month I’ll be reporting the statistics of this blog. It provides details of the number of visitors the site is getting and how certain advertising and promotional efforts I put in affect those numbers. It gives a clear indicator as to whether what I am doing is having a positive or negative effect.
Traffic Stats For UnstoppableProfits.com
Alexa.com Ranking: 143,303 vs 152,208
Unique Visitors: 1,445 (-428)
(New Metric) Avg. Visits Per Day: 48.5
Pageviews: 3,921 (–561)
Avg. Time On Site: 02:19 (+19 sec.)
Bounce Rate: 70.45% (-3.5%)
Google Analytics Audience Overview:
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Numbers definitely aren’t close to the 3,000 unique visitors (Users) that I’m aiming for, but it’s not stopping me from posting regularly on this blog.
I have added a somewhat new metric to just work out the average number of visitors a day. It’s basically just number of visits over number of days.
Despite not reaching the target number of visitors, this blog is still growing in other areas such as number of readers (subscribers) and social followers.
I also took it easy on Facebook advertising with just a $100 budget.
Where does this site’s traffic come from? Here are the top 10 traffic sources:
As always, the number one traffic source is from my email list. This is shown as (direct) / (none). Some readers simply go straight to unstoppableprofits.com which is counted as direct traffic.
Surprising to see is Google at #2 spot. As I looked closer to inspect, it seems to be coming from my 50 Motivational Quotes blog post.
The Warrior Forum has consistently delivered a small stream of traffic since I posted some freebies to its ‘War Room’ category. You can see the tactic I used in my August Growth Report.
Top Pages Visited
These have been the most visited pages:
The top page is for The Unstoppable Profits Mission, Vision And Core Values post. I implemented Facebook Ads to this post as I wanted it to reach more people, which explains why it’s the top page.
Here are the four posts, number of comments and social shares (Facebook Likes, Google+, Tweets & LinkedIn):
|1. My Monthly Growth Report – August 2014||10||7|
|2. Niche Site Experiment #1 – Intro To My $1000 Per Month (Potential) Site||7||11|
|3. The Unstoppable Profits Mission, Vision And Core Values||8||113|
|4. PBN Sites Getting De-Indexed And Slapped By Google. What Now?||12||27|
|C = Comments, S = Social Shares|
Subscribers & Followers
Each month I’ll also be reporting the growth of my email list and social profiles. Bare in mind this is total number of subscribers including sub-lists, customer lists, etc.
Email subscribers: 31,363 (+121)
Facebook Page: 2,767 (+35)
Google+: 837 (+20)
Twitter: 1,719 (–16)
Last Month’s Goals
Let’s take a look at the goals I set last month and whether they were achieved.
|1. Hit 3,000 unique visitors||No|
|2. Publish 4 new blog posts||3/4|
|3. Write and add 3 new autoresponder messages||Yes|
|4. Launch Facebook Ads course||No,In Progress|
|5. Post my niche site experiment on this blog||Yes|
|6. 2 new Warrior Forum "War Room" posts||No|
|7. Share at least one useful tip per week on my Facebook Page||Yes|
|8. Create a "Getting Started" section on this blog||No|
Goals For October
Here are my goals for this month:
|1. Hit 2,000 unique visitors.|
|2. Publish 4 new blog posts|
|3. Write and add 3 new autoresponder messages|
|4. Launch Facebook Ads course|
|5. 1 new Warrior Forum "War Room" posts|
|6. Create a "Getting Started" section on this blog|
|7. Add more content to Niche Site #1|
Key Takeaways And Lessons Last Month
I have three words to describe what August was about:
In fact, those three are major traits that you should always have.
I’ve been posting consistently on this blog for the past 6 months and have seen it grow, slowly but surely.
Readers, like yourself, have shown a lot of support towards my direction, growth and advice, so I thank you and appreciate it a lot.
This blog doesn’t get anywhere near the amount of traffic that other blogs receive, but I’m happy that I’ve at least built a small community of loyal readers who always come back.
My aim with this blog is not to be a massive authority site where it has multiple guest writers with inconsistent personas and voices, instead I want to keep it personal and authentic by sharing my stories, mistakes, lessons and journey with you. Ultimately, I’m standing by my Mission, Vision and Core Values.
Looking forward to bringing you a ton of cool and new stuff this month!
Thanks for taking the time out to read this report, and do let me know your thoughts!