Most of my friends who read this blog (and commented) has been quite faithful in the earlier days (I assume :-P), and was thinking that I’m up to something, probably trying to get rich from blogging.
It’s very natural to think so, as there are quite a number of bloggers who made it, blogging full-time.
So for non-techies/non geeks, having a blog indirectly equals to make money online or having a presence (fame) online. I would like to be corrected if you do not think so.
Well, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything like that at all when I first started, as it’s spelt out on the About Page.
However, having monetizing a blog would have been a bonus and I was sort of experimenting a bit here and there too, though never seriously.
Anyway, as an evaluation of this blog, let me just share with you statistics of marvinlee.net that has not been seen ever before.
I used sitemeter to track page views and visits.
Visits (in yellow) are the number of unique visitors (by IP address). It was growing steadily and peaked at 9k visits a month, averaging 300 visits daily. This is not a very heavy traffic blog and the traffic went down slightly the last couple of months as there has been less update. However, do note that it was still higher compared to the first half of the year.
Google Analytics however, have different algorithm and on daily basis, the visits are not more than 200, so I guess the sitemeter stats includes return visitors. Meaning same person but uses different IP address, because Google has place a cookie on your browser and do not include you on subsequent visit on the same day.
Alexa is also used as a site ranking tool, although the accuracy can be debated, because it could only estimates users based on the data by users installing the Alexa toolbar. This blog is still ranked quite low in Malaysia but I’m pretty happy to be within the Top 1Million in US, again this is considered not significant enough for graph display in Alexa. A site has to be in the Top 100k to be considered for additional data.
Google PageRank used to be (or still being used) to rank a site. I’m having 3 out of 10. Facebook has 9 and TheStar.com.my has 8.
I’m using Google Feedburner for blog subscribers and at the moment it’s hovering in the number between 40 and 50. Still considered very very low…
Spam comments! Albeit being a low traffic blog, this blog still attracts a lot of spam comments. More than 8k! Akismet is good for wordpress blogs.
And finally, the most sought after answer. How much does blogging make?
I’m using Google Adsense as the main advertising revenue, and it’s only generating peanuts. I’m not surprised though, as have been highlighted by other bloggers/probloggers/money making blogs.
I am near to the USD 100 payment threshold, after a one year long blogging!
If you think blogging can make money (and a lot), I’m pretty sure it can, but are you up to it and doing it the right way?
There’s a lot of room for improvement to make but other than these statistics, this year has been an experience for me and I’ll share more of that in the second part of Blogging One Year After- The Unseen Social Activities.