Welcome dear readers to the third 87Studios income report. This month report will be combined with announcement of big changes.
Fall horror show
September was much more terrifying than August. Drop in traffic was bigger than last month, I don't know what is going on. Google hates me... But to be honest it's partially my fault. Why?
Because September was horrible for me in private life. Those few posts are a result of my son's hospitalization. I had no opportunity for writing and even reading WordPress news for first two weeks.
When everything fell into place, I resumed searching for a writer. As a result I got few responses and two were very interesting.
I couldn't afford for the first one (I hope it's a temporary issue), but the second was a great beginning of my partnership with Sourav Kundu.
Hi everyone! It is great to be a part of 87Studios. We have a couple of big changes coming up - primarily to do with the site's branding. I love everything WordPress and computers in general. I've worked for well known WordPress sites such as WPLift, WPExplorer, etc. I'm also a moderate gamer (PC only) and an avid sitcom collector. As for music, I enjoy everything from Iron Maiden, Yanni, Ludovico Einaudi, Eminem and Skillex! You could follow me on Twitter or Google Plus.
Time for Changes
We decided to split expenses, profits and duties. I'll take care of maintaining site and technical stuff and Sourav about content quality. It doesn't mean that I'll quit writing, but I'll have more free time and finally be able to create the free WordPress theme for our subscribers. What is also important, we decided to change domain name for something more related to WordPress, so from October all new content will be published under WP87.net address.
SEPTEMBER INCOME REPORT
All right, now the part all are waiting for. Numbers!
Traffic and Metrics
Much lower than it has to be. Even in the worst nightmare I hadn't expected so low traffic. 120 on average daily visitors is something like year ago. Let's dig into charts.
Overall traffic for September :
This chart shows the search traffic for the month :
- Posts: 5 (-3)
- Site Visitors: 4,060 (-1,518)
- Page Views: 6,716 (-1,801)
- Search Engine Visits: 3,381 (-1,567)
- Alexa Rank: 175,663 (+1600)
- Google +1: 132
- Twitter Followers: 152 (+1)
- Facebook Fans: 94 (+13)
- Reader Comments: 4 (-6)
- Newsletter Subscribers: 30 (+5)
I decided to remove income details.
Overview and goals for next month:
Advertising income is so bad, because of moving AdSense from after post widget to sidebar and then removing it at all. I'll have to rethink this idea. $10 is better than $1 🙂 Also I'm finally moving in a few days to DigitalOcean VPS (the $5 plan). I think nginx + MaxCDN (I won 1TB account last month) will boost page load (now I have 96/100 score at pingdom.com) and also moving to US based server will bring me back search traffic - drop began after moving to the Polish server. Wish me luck fellows!
And in case of plans: move whole site to new server, 301 all links and root domain, do a lot of SEO work to stop this scary trend and help the new domain be noticed over the internet.
How did your sites do in September? Let us know in the comments …