After a month gap, here another monthly blog update edition. Where I talk about the growth of this blog in the past month.
Any thing that starts, grows, it is the rule of nature, it’s how the things are and it’s how it is meant to be.
OCAAT took birth in March, 2011 and growing ever since, in terms of number of visitors, in terms of number of page views and in terms of blog ranks.
During growth , often the growth stops. Sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently, again, by the rule of nature, a tree only grows up to a certain limit, a human being grows only up to a limited height. They can’t grow any further.
A blog has its limit too. At some point they start to stagnate or decline. It is my job to not let OCAAT stagnate as yet. If you know there are people who are this tall, your natural tendency would be to reach that height yourself and be at par with those tall guys.
This thought of competing with tall guys keeps me motivated.
I am not at all near their caliber. I am learning and improving my writing skill and knowledge every day.
I work 50 hours a week on my day job and give 30 hours to this blog.
Shall I quit day job and blog full-time? Not at all, my highest monthly blog income is just a fraction of my monthly salary at day job. Plus, we are a single income family. Plus, I love my job.
I am not one of the job-hater bloggers. I love what I do, at work and at leisure. I am equally devoted in both worlds. I do respect the sentiment though that you should do what your heart suggests. So if you are a blogger who want to take on blogging full-time I would encourage you. Follow the heart.
I know someone who is making 10 times more money as a full-time blogger than at a day job.
That was the thought update I had for OCAAT. You must have read my last week’s rambling about low blog earning. I assure you even without money I shall still be writing. Now it’s time for traffic data update.
Traffic Data For January 2012
Total Visits – 12,980
Total Unique Visitor – 10,890
Page Views – 20,680
Pages per visit – 1.59
Average Time on Site – 1:51 minutes
Bounce Rate – 76.59%
New Visits – 81.96%
January top 10 Traffic sources were as follows
1. The Simple Dollar – 1600+ visits including simple dollar mobile and increased traffic from various mail clients.
2. Get Rich Slowly – 389 visits
3. Google.com – 335 visits (this includes, Google plus, Google reader and Gmail)
4. Twitter – 264 visits (Including t.co and Hootsuite)
5. Yakezie – 232 visits
6. Reddit – 214 visits
7. Free Money Finance – 108 visits
8. Technorati – 78 visits
9. Facebook – 67 visits
10. Retire By 40 – 65 visits
I do not have any traffic target for February. I will take whatever traffic come my way. I notice many blogs provide a monthly goal in terms of the increase, but, sadly most don’t provide any plan for reaching to that target. At work if one of my sub ordinates set goals without any plan of action, he/she will be in my black list. It’s good that these bloggers don’t report to any one.
My only goal is to provide better articles. I compare my posts with that of GRS and TSD, and I am not there yet. Day after day these blogs provide better content than what I am doing.
I am trying hard, I even outsourced proof reading, but the proof readers do not find the work fascinating enough to stick for longer term. My main problem is, improvements take time and English is my third language. I didn’t speak or write English till I was 10.
I am not planning to put any additional hours in to blogging either. I am already spending significant amount of time on the blog.
Some other good news on the blog front, apart from Yakezie, I am also a member of Indian bloggers community, called indiblogger network. I was given my first rank over at indiblogger in January, and as per the blog rank data, I am one of the top 10 personal blogs which are run by Indians. (off course, Asian Indians)
That’s all for this edition of the update. OCAAT is growing on the back of your co-operation, let it grow and let it provide value to you.
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