Welcome to our 14th food blogging and income report for December 2016.
Can you believe that it is 2017 already? And that we are all starting a new year as food bloggers. This is one with great expectations of how the next year is going to pan out and all of us with New Year resolutions of what we plan to do with our blog in this coming year.
Some of you will be rebranding your website, others will be planning new traffic sources, someone else might have great plans for growth on a social media channel, yet someone else may be thinking about starting a podcast.
Whatever it is, we wish you the best of luck for your blog in 2017.
But I am sure you want to know what we have planned for 2017. We juggle Recipe This with 3 kids, a house to run and pets that think they must always be the centre of our attention.
Not to mention since 2005 we have made the most of our bread and butter money as internet marketers. Advising others on how to run their blogs, how to outsource, managing outsourcing teams, how to improve SEO and even social media management. When we first went online and started making money from the internet this would be the main chunk of our income and then we would earn pocket money on eBay and then through selling ebooks.
Some of those ebooks that go as far back as 2005 still bring us a passive income now and are the beginning of our online career and make us so proud.
Then we decided that we didn’t want to spend the rest of our lives making money for other people, instead we wanted to make it for us. We wanted to develop our own business, something that one day we could hand over to our kids.
So Recipe This was born and we decided to wait until we hit 100,000 page views a month (or more) before we considered quitting the lucrative world of internet marketing management. Well not to spoil our traffic numbers too much, its safe to say that an hour before I wrote this I gave notice to all of my clients. I am now going to be joining the world of full time food bloggers.
This will mean that my focus (and my only work focus) will be on my blog. It will allow me to work on more content for the site, more social media, more ebooks to be published and so much more.
So January will be my last month of the multiple juggle and it feels so good to share this great news with you!
But most importantly I am sure you want to talk figures so here goes…..
Our Food Blogging Income During December 2016
- Sponsored Content = $1500
- Google Adsense = $237.06
- Amazon CPM Ads = $163.72
- Draft2Digital = $77.22
- Kindle = $97.94
- Amazon Associates = $41.35
- Google Play = $10.85
Total Revenue = $2128.14
Our Food Blog Expenses During December 2016:
- Virtual Team = $276
- Shutterstock = $135.00
- DIY Themes = $65.00
- Knownhost = $49.50
- Bluburry = $12.00
- Blog Vault = $9.00
- Nekkra UG = $5.00
Total Expenses = $551.50
This leads to a total income from Recipe This For December 2016 of $1576.64
Income Changes & Balancing Acts
I have always called January “crazy January diet season” that is because it is. Everyone and anyone is on the internet looking up healthy recipes and even if you don’t have a diet site you still end up in the thick of it.Read How @recipe_This made money from their food blog last month From Food BloggingClick To Tweet
You might have a regular food blog but then you know that by having a few lower calorie or lower fat recipes will make a huge difference to your traffic both now and in the future.
As kitchen gadget food bloggers we find that we easily fall into the diet niche. This is because people buy kitchen gadgets for easy home cooking and we end up with a lot of Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Paleo and Whole 30 followers.
So we have been taking the market on and really going for it as we know that this traffic will equate to really getting us off the ground especially for social shares.
Therefore content has been (or will be) between 2-3 posts per day this month. Content that we started writing up in November just so that we could keep up with demand and keep the quality content coming in all the time. Then in February it will be back to normal again!
This means that we have not had that much time to focus on our income. But with great content comes great traffic and with great traffic comes income. So in a way they focus on all at the same time.
The one side of our income that we are working on though is our ebooks from our recycled content. Now that we have a good years worth of content we can really take this forward and improve on it. Therefore this side of things is a work in progress and a great opportunity to create some more passive income. Therefore if you have at least 90 posts on your blog seriously look at how you can put your content into ebooks.
Recipe This Blog Traffic December 2016
Another month and another fantastic traffic increase. This time we have gone from around the 91,000 page views mark to 118,000. A better than expected traffic increase and just shows you that as soon as people have finished eating their Christmas dinner they’re searching for healthy diet recipes. We also expect a similar increase throughout January and February and come March new keywords we are targeting to be coming into the search engines.
We also have a lot of high keyword positions for soup recipes and soup season wont last forever. This is why we are always planning our next traffic and our next piece of content.
Here is our traffic for December 2016:
Here are our top 10 traffic sources for RecipeThis.com during December:
Google still rules. I always expect it to be our top traffic source. It proves that even though many people now use Pinterest to search for recipes that Google still has the lions share.
I must admit I am a Pinterest recipe searcher myself as I just find it so easy on my tablet while I am watching TV on a night.
On another traffic note among our top 10 traffic sources this month is 2 round ups that we were featured in. These were round ups that were not high quality, included no images and were on a massive link list. Yet between them they have brought us 10,000 page views this month. It shows that we should all make an effort to get featured in recipe round ups.
Here is our SEO traffic from Google Webmaster Tools account:
When you log into Google webmaster tools you can view what your daily SEO traffic is, check out your impressions, your click through rate and so much more. You can also download all the data into a spreadsheet for further use.
In it there is a list of your top 1000 keywords, you can’t go past your 1000 and it can give you an idea of what you’re ranking where for. What I actually discovered is that out of 1000 apart from 35 of them they are all on the front page of Google. That means that I have 965 first page of Google SEO positions after a year of writing content.
I will feel successful at my SEO when all of those top 1000 are front page positions and would expect to see this by Easter – so watch this space to see how that goes!
Well with all our content plans it is going to be more of the same. Test recipes, eat what we have tested, write about it, get obsessed with food and then share it on social media.
We should change the movie quote from “if you build it they will come” to “if you write it they will come” because that is very true. The more you write, the better the SEO, the better the social media shares, the better the traffic = the better the income.
Plus my son is now 3 months and before long he is going to be on his eat everything toddler phase.