June 2013 Blog Monetization and Traffic Report

I’m totally running behind to get the June 2013 Blog Monetization and Traffic report up after the short holiday week! As much as I love blogging, it sure felt good to take a few days off and really unplug from working hours a day. I hope you all had a great holiday week as well!

June 2013 Blog Monetization and Traffic Report

Why do I choose to post my blog monetization and traffic reports? First of all, I always wish to remain transparent in the ways that I monetize this blog as while it does always contain my honest opinions, it is also a business I seek to make a profit with. Secondly, while my blogging success has been in due part to hard work and long hours, a lot of it has also been from lots of reading and advice from fellow bloggers. So, I see this as a way I can give back to the blogging community. Lastly, it’s a lot of fun to be able to look back on past months and see where the blog is growing and areas that could use improvement.

June 2013 Blog Monetization and Traffic Report

June 2013 Blog Monetization Report:

Please note that at this time I am choosing to keep any direct monetization (advertisers that directly contact me instead of working through a 3rd party) private. The following links are networks that most bloggers may sign up (some networks may no longer be seeking new members or are only open to select niches) for to monetize and may include affiliate links when applicable.

Sponsored Posts/Social Media Promotions:

Linqia: $144

SITS Girls: $100

Mom Central: $75

Social Spark: $50

Best Buy: $50

Sponsored Posts/Social Media Promotions Total: $419

Ads:

Glam Media: $180.69

Passionfruit Ads: $150.00

Google Adsense: $48.66

Burst Media: $13.05

Ads Total: $392.4

Affiliate Networks:

Amazon: $.16

Escalate Network: $3.11

Affiliate Network Total: $3.27

Grand Total for June 2013: $814.67 compared to May 2013 of $921.89

June 2013 Blog Traffic Report

This month Smart Savvy Living totally shocked me with the amount of page views we received at 85,283 – and that doesn’t even include 5 days of tracking due to an error with my analytics code! As a comparison, Smart Savvy Living received 30,000 views in May. This makes me feel totally confident in rebranding to Smart Savvy Living, as our previous page view record as Money Savvy Michelle was about 55,000 views!

Most Viewed Posts for June 2013:

  1. 3 Ingredient Ice Cream Recipe with an Ice Cream Maker
  2. Easy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe
  3. Southern Banana Pudding Recipe with from Scratch Pudding/Custard
  4. Broccoli, Bacon and Potato Chowder with Cheese
  5. 5 Photo Ideas for Father’s Day
  6. Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
  7. Homepage
  8. Homemade Yeast Rolls or Bread Recipe
  9. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
  10. Campbell’s Skillet Sauces Review – Quick Chicken Marsala

Top 10 Traffic Referrals for June 2013:

  1. Google Organic Search
  2. Direct (Usually bookmarks or direct URL input)
  3. StumbleUpon
  4. Pinterest
  5. Twitter
  6. Facebook
  7. Google Referral (Usually image search)
  8. Yahoo organic search
  9. Bing organic search
  10. RecipeNewz.com

Top 5 Blog Referrals for June 2013:

  1. ThisFlourishingLife.com
  2. CleverHousewife.com
  3. ChicnSavvyReviews.net
  4. Carole’s Chatter
  5. 3 Boys and a Dog

What I Learned This Month

This month I took away 3 main things:

  1. Take the time to SEO optimize your posts –  I know I mentioned this last month also, but this definitely helped Google become my #1 source of traffic this month.
  2. Evergreen posts, especially those geared toward the time of year (Father’s Day, 4th of July/summer) are a must. Plus, you can republish and/or promote them year after year.
  3. Twitter really can bring traffic! This month I really took the time to utilize Twitter more. Read my posts about how I doubled my Twitter followers and How to Use JustUnfollow to gain more quality Twitter followers for more information.

I can’t wait to see what July brings as we move into the second half of the year!

How was June 2013 for blogging for you? If you wrote a June 2013 Blog Monetization and Traffic Report please feel free to share below!

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  1. says

    Hi, Michelle,

    Great to read your post and very inspiring.

    I have written about my first month blogging income on Cupcakepedia recently and thought it’s good to share with you. I’m starting to make the monthly monetizing post a regular on my blog to see how I grow as a blogger.

    Not sure if I can share my post but here is the link to my blogging income:

    http://cupcakepedia.com/2013/07/13/first-month-blogging-income-cupcakepedia/

    Looking forward to see more of your inspiring posts.

    Thanks.

    Angela

  2. says

    You are totally inspirational! I just started blogging myself and after a month I am only receiving 30 or so views. However, after reading your blogs and its many posts I am hopeful for the future.

    I am surprised by your ad earnings, however. Most websites have Google Adsense as their top earner, but Google Adsense is third place, and isn’t making that much money! I commend you for not relying totally on Google Adsense like many blogs. I hate hearing stories of people getting dropped from Adsense and losing ALL their earnings. It’s so sad.

    I bookmarked this blog and will be looking forward to some income report updates. Good luck!

    • says

      Thanks, Jay. My Google Adsense is currently being used as a backup to Glam Media or placed below the fold, so that is why the earnings are so low. I’ve found that I make more consistently on Glam, so I use it as my primary since Adsense has proven to be consistently all over the place for me. :) I, too, have seen many bloggers I network with lose all of their Adsense earnings – very sad, indeed!

      Best of luck with your own blog!

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