It was about time I gave an update to this blog. We are now 4 months in, and I guess the big question is have I generated any passive income? Well, no, just income which was anything but passive. This site did get me a load of paid web site work, which wasn’t the point of the exercise and has taken up a lot of my time, massively constricting the amount of time I could have spent of the passive income project. On a positive note, I’m in this for the long game and I did not expect much to happen for the first 6 months or even a year, things have only been delayed a few months.
So lets take a look at PassiveIncomeReality site’s statistics. As this blog isn’t intended to generate any passive income, I’ve not aimed to attract any visitors; hence I’ve not done any SEO on the site. I carried out no real back linking other then at the start and only to alert Google to the site, insuring Google quickly indexes the pages; I have not targeted any keywords or anything else in which to try and get Google to funnel the great unwashed masses into this site.
Consequently these sites stats, which we shall look at shortly, are along the lines I expect. It won’t win any awards for visitor numbers.
First lets bring up Google Analytics, I get the following visitors graph:
It’s all going in the right direction. Even with no blog updates since end of April, which is great news.
Over to Google’s web master tool, I get the following stats:
- Google has indexed 36 pages
- 32 links to my site
- 11 top level domains point to the site
A lot of these links are from search engines like “more sites like”, which have nothing to do with me.
According to webmasters tools, my top 5 poplar key words are:
- WordPress subdomain
- 1&1 wordpress
- 1&1 web hosting
- Customizing wordpress
Alexa gives the site a rank of: 2,339,138
Google PageRank still has not ranked this site.
It’s a shame I never tried to track any keyword rankings for the site, it would have been interesting to see how they changed overtime. Basically this was because I did not do any keyword research and hence no target keywords to rank for, so I never ran any checks. I should have monitored some phases out of interest.
Using Rank Checker, lets check some phrases with Google, some are taken from blog post titles, others are just random-ish guesses. As of the 6th July I get the following:
- Passive income reality – 3
- How to setup wordpress on 1&1 – 7
- How to setup wordpress – 20
- WordPress – not found
- How to costomize wordpress – 40
- WordPress fsp – 56
- Passive income – 114
I’ll check these again when I do another statistics blog post in the future.
Interestingly as I’ve been very busy with other projects, I’ve not updated this site for 2 months; the last blog entry was 30th April, and since then the only event of any consequence has been finally getting my adsense account activated by google, more on this interesting up hill struggle at the end of this post.
The above graph shows something possibly interesting. It “clearly” shows over time, the number of impressions google does of my site have been constant for weeks leading up to the 20th June when my AdSense account was approved. Then a few days later there is an obvious upward tend which then dropped to the previous peak, before rising to double the impressions then before AdSense was added. As nothing apart from AdSense had changed, it points to a positive effect on getting ranked higher in google for some keywords. This of course could just be a coincidence.
My google AdSense fun
I had some problems getting Google Adsense working on this site. It wasn’t a problem with the technical side, it was trying to getting this site reviewed by Google, so they would approve my AdSense account. My issue was that I tried to add AdSense many years ago to a blogger site I had. I applied too early and thus it contained too little content, so it was rejected. I had forgotten about this. Unfortunately even though I added passiveincomereality to this account, they kept only checking my old blogger site, and rejecting my application. I even deleted the blogger account and removed it from the AdSense, but when it come to approving the account, Google would keep looking for this blogger site and telling me, it could not be found. There is no way to tell Google to look at another site!
In the end I only way of adding AdSense to this web page was to create a new google account and apply with that. As you can this was successful. Not that I’m expecting any clicks on here and hence any income from this site, it was more about getting the account approved, so when I want to add it to another site I wish to generate passive income from in the future, I’m good to go.