November 2010 Wrap-Up

by Kay Lynn

Scrooge´s turkeyI found last month to be “slower” than usual here at Bucksome Boomer.  Maybe it was Thanksgiving break I took or the fact there was one less day.  It’s okay as long as it’s just a seasonal thing.

Our family had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with our small gathering.   I only freaked out once while cooking the feast and it was early on!

Budget Highs and Lows

It was an uneventful month in terms of the budget meaning there weren’t any unexpected expenses.  I earned $908 in blog income between my staff writer pay and advertising.  This is really helpful in terms of the debt snowball.

Blog Stats

Visits for November were about the same as October, but page views and pages per visit were both down 7%.  The good news is that unique visitors increased 6%.  These stats are certainly nothing to complain about given the time of year.

Although I’m working on increasing my percentage of traffic from search engines, the bulk of traffic is from referring sites which are greatly appreciated.  Listed below are the top 10 November referring sites.  Thanks so much!

1. GraceFUL Retirement
2. Girl With the Red Balloon
3. Yakezie
4. The Saved Quarter
5. Cash Flow Sherpas
6. Financial Samurai
7. Crystal and Company
8. The Penny Frugalista
9. Consumerism Commentary
10. Everyday Tips and Thoughts

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Kristia@Family Balance Sheet December 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

Congratulations on your blog income success. That is fantastic. Do you mind if I ask what your best advertisers/affiliates are?

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Kay Lynn December 17, 2010 at 5:18 am

Kristia, my income primarily comes from private advertisers versus affiliates. Frankly, they come to me or other bloggers and we negotiate.

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Crystal & Co December 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

I made your list. 🙂

My readers love your pointers and advice!

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Kay Lynn December 17, 2010 at 5:20 am

Crystal, I’m blushing! I love the recipes, activities and more on your site.

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Little House December 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Keep up the great work, Kay! I’m really impressed with your blog income.

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Kay Lynn December 17, 2010 at 5:20 am

Little House, thanks. I made $20 the first half of the year and much more the second half. I’ll write more about it in my 2011 goals post coming up soon!

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Sandy @ yesiamcheap December 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Kay,

Your blog income is enviable! My goal is to get to $1,000 and am nowhere near that because I turn down people wanting sidebar ads for $15 and $20 (not worth it to me after fees) but I am working on it! You let me know that it can be gone.

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Kay Lynn December 17, 2010 at 5:21 am

Sandy, I also turn down that low ball offers. You have to wade through them to find the good ones!

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Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog December 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

Thanks so much for linking up at my monthly Blogger Appreciation Day meme! 🙂 I really love doing it and hope to see it grow. 🙂 Don’t forget to check in on the fifth of every month to link up your stats and referrer post!

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Kay Lynn December 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Kelli, I think it’s great that you promote paying back other bloggers!

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