Yippppeeee! $219.01 is starting to feel like a real amount of money. Last month I could take myself out for dinner; this month I can take myself and a friend out for a really great dinner, and some drinks afterwards too
The breakdown of income goes something like this:
Google Adsense: $154.57
Affiliate Links: $0
Not surprising, the income The Endless Meal has earned has increased in direct proportion to the number of visitors on the site. In April there were 27,227 visitors and The Endless Meal earned $68.10. This month there were 45,888 and $219.01 in profits.
What is surprising is that the number of visitors nearly doubled even though there were only 4 more post put out in May compared to April; there were 12 posts in April and 16 in May. Much of this new traffic comes from other websites that have featured posts put out by The Endless Meal.
Why? Maybe they like the new layout of The Endless Meal site. Maybe they thought that the Bacon, Bourbon, Peanut Butter Cookies just sounded too good not to share. Or maybe it’s just pure luck.
Some of you have asked to know more about ‘the stats’ or ‘the numbers’ or basically how many people are stopping by The Endless Meal. So here you go:
During the month of May, The Endless Meal had:
- 45,888 visitors (roughly 1,500 per day)
- 22% of those visitors had stopped by The Endless Meal before
- The top 3 referral traffic sources were Foodgawker, Tastespotting and Pinterest.
- The top 3 phrases people typed into Google before they arrived at The Endless Meal were: guacamole recipe, fish tacos and pizza dough recipe
What does this mean?
It means you want to make sure you’re taking photos that get accepted onto Foodgawker and Tastespotting, and that people want to pin them onto Pinterest. Check out the page 10 Photography Tips for New Food Bloggers for tips on how to improve your photography.
It also means that it is a good idea to stop by Google Adwords before you choose your post title. I chose Pizza Dough Recipe over pizza dough or best pizza dough because there was a substantial number of people searching for pizza dough recipe but low competition for that title. In other words, there was a better chance of the post showing up on the first page in a Google search. You want this.
You also want to make sure your site is clean, uncluttered and focuses on your food photography. If you choose a free WordPress theme, choose a simple one. If you are looking for a little more control over what you want your sit to look like, consider upgrading to The Thesis Theme for WordPress
Let me know if you have any questions or comments about Cooking Up an Income. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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