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Now that we’re one month into the New Year, I hope you all realise that this one is going to fly by as quickly as the rest. The people who stagnate are going to be left behind. I could relax this year and do absolutely nothing, but instead, it’s going to be my hardest year yet.
As I recently revealed, I’m moving back to Cape Town to focus on my next two goals: helping my siblings financially and buying a nightclub. The latter will probably not be achieved for 2-3 years. I love travelling but I really feel like I need to stay in one place to give me the best chance of making my massive aims a reality.
Each month I give a personal update on my life and where I am in regards to my Cloud living lifestyle. On top of that, I openly share all stats from this website in an aim to be radically transparent. I reiterate each month that I like to look at these stats but I don’t have goals for them. I don’t rely on this site to make money; I simply enjoy writing here. I of course like seeing the traffic go up, but I’m more focused on building a community than seeing some nice spikes in my Google Analytics account.
Last month the site had 23,250 visits and 34,869 pageviews so I’m not going to complain about almost doubling my traffic month on month. The articles written in January, were:
Here at ViperChill there are a lot less articles published than most sites, but typically these articles are 2,000-3,000 words and cover topics in massive detail. You could say that we prefer signal over noise.
Here are the top referring traffic sources for the month of January:
There were a total of 1,081 visits via 281 keywords this month. The top 10, were:
Up until a few hours before hitting publish on this post, I had removed the keyword stats you see above. I did this because I know that as soon as I find a keyphrase that sends me a lot of traffic, I’m going to set myself up for a lot of competition. I quickly saw this as a silly move because a) no other blogger is your competition and b) if something helps people, I want to share it.
If you want to outrank me in Google for phrases that send me traffic then feel free. If it’s relevant to your niche and helps your own blog grow, then I’m achieving what I set out to do with this blog.
Monitoring your subscriber stats is probably the best way to track how well your audience is growing. Although I don’t have any goals for the size of the audience here, I still think it is an interesting metric to monitor.
Last month the site grew by 260 subscribers so it’s nice to see that doubling traffic has almost directly doubled feed subscriptions. I had 3 guest posts go live this month on some big blogs which obviously had an impact on the stats but apart from that, I just focus on writing the best content I can.
Without a doubt, the biggest thing to happen to me this month was being featured in the Guardian newspaper in the UK. The Guardian is the 2nd largest UK newspaper according to most sources, and I was featured in both the print and online versions of the piece.
Here is a picture of the actual newspaper:
If you would like to read the article online, you can do so here (I’m at the bottom). Please ignore the figures they quoted. I did ask for nothing specific to be mentioned and that is quite a lot lower than my average income now.
Of course, I’m delighted with the coverage which resulted in thousands of people “Googling” my name and landing on my various sites. It’s great to see that all of the hard work I’ve put in online over the last few years is starting to get recognised.
I made another big announcement this week when I told the world that I sold my biggest blog, PluginID. You can find my reasons for doing so over here, where I also revealed that I received a mid five-figure sum for the site. My duties there have officially ended now, although I’ll still be popping into the site from time to time to share my updates. Note: ViperChill is going nowhere. The site means far too much to me — and it was my first ever blog, so many (4) years ago.
On another note, as you’re reading this, I’m in Paris! I’ve been before and loved the place, so decided to go and check it out again. My next stops are going to include Prague (Czech Republic), Berlin (Germany) and then back to Amsterdam (Netherlands) before flying back to Cape Town (South Africa). If you can’t tell, I really love this lifestyle.
I want to help you live it too, so make sure you grab the feed.
This has been an excellent month for me and I’m excited to see more of Europe before returning to Cape Town and becoming a slave to my personal goals. Thanks to all of you for your support, comments, links, tweets and everything else. I’ll try my best to keep the value coming.
|I constantly aim to find new, awesome articles to share with you all. Today I want to share: How to Really Profit from Your Blog via Pat Flynn, Working on the Web and Having a Life via David Turnbull, The Hustling Secrets No One Talks About via Jade Craven and finally there’s an interesting Stumbleupon advertising case study that might teach you a thing or two via DumbLittleBlogger.|