Renegade Blogger After Six Months: A Statistical Breakdown
When Scott and I started Renegade Blogger, we decided that along with providing useful advice we would also share our successes and failures. We wanted to RB to be fully transparent. We wanted it to be a living and breathing experiment - an example, if you will, of what you may experience along your own blogging journey.
We also wanted to make sure that everything we did, all the advice we gave and strategies we recommended, was doable for anyone. Other than know-how, we have no particular advantage over anyone else who starts a blog.
We don't know any of the major players in our niche. We don't have a social media presence in the blogging world we can leverage. We don't write guest posts for other sites or use any secret, black-hat methods. And we don't have time to spend more than an hour or so each week writing blog posts.
In other words, we're just like you or anyone else who wants to start a blog from scratch in their spare time. We are, however, doing it in an extremely competitive niche. This way, we can put our methods to the ultimate test.
I thought it would be instructive now after six months of blogging here at Renegade Blogger to give you a report on how we're doing.
I wrote our first blog post on July 19, 2020. That month we had 114 total page views, most of which were probably family and friends we shared our blog with. Here is a breakdown of the months since:
August - 142 page views
September - 816 page views
October - 1,188 page views
November - 327 page views
December - 355 page views
January - 356 page views
From a slow beginning in July, we had a nice climb through October. From there, there was a strong dip in November - perhaps due to the holiday season - and then a steadying of page views through to today.
All in all we're satisfied with where we are. It's slow, to be sure, but we expected as much. Blogging isn't a get-rich-quick scheme. Success comes to those who stick it out and improve over time.
We now have 95 email subscribers (i.e. those who have signed up to receive notices of new blog posts). This is a good number that is on pace to beat the 100-subscriber threshold my Smart Classroom Management blog reached after nine months. That blog currently has over 120,000 subscribers, so I think we're in good company so far.
We have 16 Facebook followers and have accumulated $220 in associate commissions, which were earned from our "Tools We Use" page. We don't worry much about making money at this point because it's a direct reflection of the number of blog posts, subscribers, and visitors to the site.
Grow the blog and the money will follow.
It's important to point out that we post two articles per week - one from Scott and one from me - and have been since we started. This is key. Consistency and refusal to quit are the secret to success in blogging. And we're definitely going to put it to the test.
I honestly think Scott and I are playing chicken to see who'll give in first. I doubt either of us ever will. Personally, I'm in it for the long haul. I hope you are too. Thanks for going on this journey with us and please let us know in the comments section if there is anything we can do to help your own blogging progress.
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