Another yearly overview? Yup, I’m afraid so. You may run away screaming if you want. However, I like statistics and watching data sets develop. So no wonder I actually like making this post. Here is a quick review of the blog statistics and revenue for 2017.
Blog Statistics and Revenue
As noted in this earlier blog post, we don’t have Google Analytics setup for this blog. I’m very lazy and use what is readily available to me, so I use the AWStats data (measured at the server) to figure what’s happening. It appears to be a slight overestimate of what happened in reality (see also explanation in the previous link).
Since we changed the site in early May of 2017 to have a secure SSL (https://) connection, blog traffic data is split into a secured and a non-secured connection set. Therefore the two graphs below:
- Graph 1 show traffic via non-secured connections
- Graph 2 shows traffic via a secured connection
If any of you know how to interpret the combined stats, please let me know! I don’t have enough knowledge to properly state if this data has overlap in terms of visitors/visits. I recon it does, but don’t know to what extent.
For sake of convenience, let’s assume it doesn’t. In that case we would have had a total of 577.525 page views in 2017. I find that a lot! Based on the secured connection data, we now regularly exceed 50.000 page views and have around 6.000-8.000 unique visitors per month. Not bad for this little “labor of love”, don’t you think?
Best Posts of 2017
Based on combined numbers for secured and non-secured sites, the following 10 posts were most popular in terms of page views:
- April 2016 Dividend Update – 5689 views
- December 2015 Dividend Update – 1236 views
- Eindhoven Meetup – 1169 views
- Amber Tree Leave Running Challenge – 1146 views
- The 5 Year Plan – 1049 views
- The Fire Journey and the Job – 1044 views
- Savings Rate July 2017 – 977 views
- June Workout Update – 936 views
- Loser – 882 views
- 731 Days old – 845 views
But you guys also really like the following pages:
- Blogroll – 4010 views
- About us – 3714 views
- How we calculate our savings rate – 2146 views
- The Cheesy Index explanation – 1842 views
Blog Revenue (or Lack Thereof)
Now it get’s juicy….. neah, not really. Total revenue from our friends from Google was €64.5. Which does not even cover hosting and domain fees. Which are now about €82 (€6/month hosting en €10 per year domain name registration). Had to up the hosting package in early 2017 due to the volume of traffic. Was hitting the previous hosting package limits and it was affecting the blog load speed.
I had started with the Bol.com affiliate program, but did not make this into a priority to set this up properly. No money here either.
There is one other item that potentially brought in some money, which was the referral link to the Combicoin. I say “potentially”, as we won’t be able to sell before February 8. A lot can happen between now and then. About 6 people apparently used the link, which provide us with about 1 more Combicoin token (current value at time of writing $42.77 = ~€35). Thank you for using that link, I hope it makes you and us some money!
If you have a blog, how did you do in 2017? Any comments on our stats? Suggestions?