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One Year Blogging

What After One Year of Blogging

If you already passed one year of blogging for income, then it’s the right time to ask yourself: What I have done? And what’s next? What I will do after one year of blogging?

Look back to the past to see what you have done, and learn from what happened during your fist year of blogging, collect all the information you can get from the past one year, analyzing the inputs and outputs of this data will help you on creating and planning the feature of your blog.

Lucky you, you should really celebrate just because you are still blogging, you passed the hardest year of blogging, you are a true blogger, and you are still alive!

In this post, I will speak my mind, I will talk about last year as I consider it the first year in the life of FamousBloggers, I remember the launch of the blog was at October 2009 when I first moved to the States, and the real work started right after that, so let’s say this is our first year of blogging.

What Happened in 2010?

year one blogging

In 2010, our first year of blogging was really amazing, it was all witnessed by our community of early members and loyal readers, we have done some crazy blogging activities to spread the blog and achieved great stats regarding to number of posts, comments and general traffic.

Here are some interesting stats..

content and discussions statsAs you can see above, we have reached 500+ blog posts and 25.000+ awesome comments!

members of FamousBloggers.netWe have 261 bloggers who have contributed for FamousBloggers, the other number of “subscribers” is indicating people who have registered and they haven’t contacted me to ask for account upgrade, I have to mention that some of them registered for no clear reason. I think I will be contacting them to clear their situation before deleting their accounts, as maybe some of them are struggling to guest post, and from the other side I don’t really want to have un-necessary user accounts for non active members in the database.

So, if you have registered an account with Famous Bloggers and you would like to upgrade it so you can guest post for FB, plz contact me to let me know.

FamousBloggers Traffic based on Google Analytics

Above is FamousBloggers traffic stats based on Google Analytics for Nov. 2010, as you can see we are getting around 1000/day , it’s the time to think seriously on converting this traffic in a better way!

FamousBloggers traffic sources overviewAs you can see above, this is Famous Blogger’s traffic source overview based on Google Analytics also for Nov. 2010 , this graph shows that we are getting 42.66% of our traffic from search engines, which is a good thing, but of course, I would like this to be something around 60% to be great, I think this could happen with extra SEO attention. Also, I imagine during the next year we will be able to achive better search engine traffic as number of articles will increase, hopefully we can reach 1000 articles soon!

Almost Five Figures on the First Year

Many of my blog readers and friends were asking me if this blog really makes good money. Well, it’s not my nature to talk about numbers and showcase how much I really earn or lose, this is why I never published a monthly revenue report on this blog before, probably the main reason is there is nothing too much to talk about, but it’s obviously clear that there is something going on all the time.

five figures blog income

Anyways, I am going to share with you only what I can as I don’t consider this net profits, it’s just blog income, and numbers do not really matter in this stage.

So, if you are curious to know how much FamousBloggers did during 2010, I am honored to tell you that my reports indicates FamousBloggers income was almost reaching five figures, this actually means a lot to me. However, I don’t really consider this as a profit as I said above, it’s only blog income, and I must point to high expenses as I explained in the truth about blogging for money post I’ve wrote before.

Life Expenses Kills Profit.. The Challenge!

The Blog income is good, but life expenses are killing profits, today’s challenge is NOT how to make money from blogging or marketing products, you can say I’ve learned some good techniques and ways of making money that work for me. Of course, learning is a continual process, so I will never ever stop learning to grow my online business. You also should do the same!

So what could be the real challenge after one year of blogging?

The real challenge I am facing right now is paying the bills, the real challenge for me is to make my full living online, I am a full time blogger, web designer and marketer, this means I should be able to profit and live from my online business. And again, this also what you should try to do.

Here is my advice!

I say this to myself before telling to you…

I know life is not easy, some times you reach your goals, many times we fail, but the clever person in my opinion who never give up trying, so be smart and just do it, there are always ways to achieve your goals, there is more than one way, keep trying till you discover what works, share knowledge with others will help you learn more, don’t be afraid to spend money, spend it to earn more!

I am going to list below the most recommended products that really changed my life!

Best products for Bloggers & Marketers in 2010

I consider myself lucky by finding out about these products, I consider myself even more lucky because I actually use these products, these were the best products for 2010 I used on my blogs and I’ve earned from it in several ways, E.G. affiliating and recommending it to my blog readers and clients, so I thought you might want to know about it, and probably you want to put your hands on these amazing products for more success at 2011, so here is my reviews and posts I’ve published about it, and I’ve made money from it:

Famous Bloggers Evaluation

Two weeks back I bought the 72 offer which has a 23 great resources at a very low price, I actually knew about this from David Risley. David was offering a free blog evaluation video as a bonus for those who get this offer through his affiliate, I liked this idea and here you go, you can watch his blog evaluation video for FamousBloggers over his blog by clicking the link below, see what David had to say about FamousBloggers then come back to continue reading my post, I really have a lot to tell you today, so don’t miss it.

David Risley's blog

Special thanks to David Risley for the good advice in his FamousBloggers blog evaluation video.

David actually gave me some nice and useful advice, I am so sure it will increase my email list opt-in through the popup and the sidebar form, and of course as a result this will allow me to make more money. I know I should follow this advice and offer something for free to my blog new visitors to encourage them to join the email list and stick the blog into their minds, but I don’t have anything that really worth and I don’t want to give them another free crap, although I am still working on it, I need your advice, I mean what should my ebook be about? (I really appreciate suggestions, so if you have any, plz add a comment and tell me about it)

Another point by David, which is the crowded look and feel of the blog. Yes it some times looks like a Christmas tree with all the flashy advertisement and promotions, and I am having hard times connecting with advertisers asking them to put the volume down and make their ads more quite as this is really annoying. But one important step I am going to take during 2011 is to at least reduce advertisement on the blog if not remove them completely, I just need some time to find a better income alternatives as I need to keep the cash flow of the blog.

So, basically I am going to increase advertising prices and reduce ads spots to solve this problem for my blog readers as they comes first. I am going to give it a try, if I can succeed on this then it’s a win win situation for everybody, advertisement will even achieve a better CTR which will make my advertisers more happy to place their ads.

Another good bit of advice from David was the one about CrazyEgg.com, probably he didn’t know, but I am using it on the blog, I am measuring and watching where my blog visitors click on the blog, I usually do alot of modification to the blog design based on CrazyEgg reports, and it’s really useful, it helped me a lot to enhance the overall performance of this blog.

I’ve done a few changes for FamousBloggers during the last  few days, I’ve removed some annoying advertising and promotional elements from the design, it’s more quiet and relaxing now, don’t you agree?!

I removed the promotional box from the front page, and replaced that with another box to show the active and top contributors next to the hot discussions of the month block, which I think it’s awesome, maybe I need to remove myself from the list, but what the heck? I am also an active contributor :)

I made some modifications to nice code I found to display the most active contributors depending on the number of posts or guest posts they have written for FamousBloggers , and because I’m always trying to feature our contributors by the best way I can, I decided to link their avatars to their website as a kind of reward, this is absolutely another DoFollow link that you might like to get, and the only way is to guest post more often, just remember… Quality comes before Quantity!

Top Contributors

I also added the promotional for what I consider top products for bloggers and marketers right below the top navigation, I added it with a soft gray color and a nice mouse over effect, so it’s not so annoying anymore, and I will not hide the fact that more visitors are clicking on it in a very short time after I made the changes. It’ looks amazing compared to the other box on the front page, well… It’s no longer there and I actually don’t want to remember how it looked like anymore, so just forget it :)

Recommended Products

Recommended Products

I hope you like these modifications!

Any News? Maybe a Blogging Contest?!

Yes, we are working on finalizing our new blogging contest. After the big success of our latest successful contest we organized a few months back with $3550 of cash prizes and 20 winners, it’s a nice way to start a New Year, so it’s time to call for sponsors, to contact me directly through the contact page. If you wish to sponsor the contest, I will reply back with more details. The coming contest is going to be awesome because there will be more organizers involved to assure the maximum exposure, you really don’t want to miss it.

How can you help me?

Sponsor our coming contest! (contact me)

What else can be added to David Risley’s blog evaluation?

Tell me something you would like to read in my coming ebook?

Lucky you! You have learned something from last year.. What was that? Share it with us!

I create websites with WordPress, and I develop Thesis Skins. I am a social network lover. I am also the night creature who works hard to keep this project up. Owner and founder of the Famous Blog.

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  • Tinh
    Twitter:
    March 18, 2011, 2:38 pm

    It seems that I come to this post too late where other 100+ guys said happy birthday already. Better late than never :-) Keep up good work and I am happy as you have now nearly 300 contributors.
    Tinh recently posted..5 Simple-Yet-Effective Ways to Get More TrafficMy Profile

    • Hesham August 27, 2011, 5:50 pm

      haha Tinh, no problem.. this is the beauty of the internet :)

      Thanks for stopping by buddy.

  • Fran Aslam From Onlinewriter January 23, 2011, 9:32 am

    Hi Hesham:

    Great post. Tells a lot your professional achievements. Stats are the proof. I loved reading it. So What is the contest? Is it to be announced yet? Well I will to hear.

    Have an awesome Sunday

    Fran a
    Fran Aslam From Onlinewriter recently posted..20 Ways To Provide Killer Blog Writing ContentsMy Profile

    • Hesham January 23, 2011, 12:28 pm

      Hi Fran,

      Many thanks for your kind words, the contest plan is almost ready, and we are going to pronounce it early this time to give a good chance for everyone to write with no rush!

      So, stay tuned, and great Sunday to you to!

  • Tinh
    Twitter:
    January 18, 2011, 5:56 am

    Great year for you Hesham :-) Nothing better than saying “Congrats”. I do not consider blogging a career, just doing it as my habit and earn some good money for coffee now as I have my permanent job now. No one can say when I will become a full time blogger but I think learning from you and all friends here can be a good stepping stone for a bright future with blogging :-) Be well and be wealthy too!
    Tinh recently posted..Top 5 New Premium Thesis Theme Skins for 2011My Profile

    • Hesham January 18, 2011, 6:14 am

      Well… Tinh, what can I say? I am the one who is learning from you buddy, believe me :)

      Probably I won’t ask to be wealthy, but being well is great thing :)

      Many thanks and I wish you big success on your work this year 2011

  • Pumama January 18, 2011, 12:55 am

    Amazing Stats! I alway subscribe to FamousBloggers because You and your authors bring readers a lot of useful posts.
    Pumama recently posted..Creating Powerful Contact Page for Your BlogMy Profile

    • Hesham January 18, 2011, 6:11 am

      Thank you Pumama , it was a great year full of cooperation, and with a great team I couldn’t make this awesome stats!

  • Vijayraj Reddy
    Twitter:
    January 17, 2011, 6:11 am

    congrats on achieving the stats and i also likes the modifications…
    Vijayraj Reddy recently posted..Google Stopped Updating Pagerank PermanentlyMy Profile

    • Hesham January 17, 2011, 6:53 am

      Hi Vijayraj,

      Thank you so much, and glad you liked the modifications!

      I wish happy blogging in 2011

  • jhon January 15, 2011, 11:24 pm

    You have presented a good history of 2010. This history is encouraging step for newbies.
    jhon recently posted..regime maigrir viteMy Profile

    • Hesham January 17, 2011, 6:50 am

      Thank you for your comment Jhon, and I wish you great 2011!

  • Caleb
    Twitter:
    January 14, 2011, 9:35 pm

    The comment stats truly show your REACH because when that many ppl interact with your blog then you know you got something strong..

    ..keep up the exceptional work ;)
    Caleb recently posted..Making Money From NO TrafficMy Profile

    • Hesham January 15, 2011, 2:37 am

      Thank you Caleb, blogging on FamousBloggers.net pages has been an exciting experience for me! I had wonderful connections last year with all great people and looking forward to extend and expand these relationships!

      Thank you Caleb for your continues support, and my wishes for you to big success this year 2011

  • Matt January 3, 2011, 2:28 pm

    This is amazing. I have a lot to learn but this gives me hope. I’m going to keep blogging and learning about blogging while providing motivation to others. Thank you for a lift.

    -Matt
    Matt recently posted..A little inspiration for 2011My Profile

    • Hesham January 15, 2011, 2:33 am

      There is always a hope :)

      Thanks for stopping by my post Matt, and I wish you success!

  • Saqib January 2, 2011, 2:12 pm

    This seems amazing. You earned income in 5 figure, in just one year ? Lucky you.

    • Hesham January 2, 2011, 4:20 pm

      Maybe I was lucky, but 99% of this was because of hard work!

  • Sathish December 29, 2010, 1:57 am

    Hey Hesham, these numbers are astonishing. Hope I can reach those figures after one year of my blogging career.
    Sathish recently posted..How to Become a Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Hesham December 29, 2010, 2:04 am

      Hey Sathish,

      You can do it… Just do it!

      Good luck buddy ;)

  • Praveen December 26, 2010, 9:30 am

    amazing numbers man, comment numbers are really great

    • Hesham December 26, 2010, 4:52 pm

      Hi Praveen , comment numbers are cool because we never stop talking here :)

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Vivek Parmar December 25, 2010, 9:44 am

    impressive work as this my second month in pro-blogging and first visit to your blog. Have to agree big things comes from hard work.
    my stats in 2 months (when december completes)
    Alexa Rank: 1,23,000
    Google Page Rank: 2
    Number of Posts Published: 91
    Number of Comments: 350+
    Monthly Income: 300+
    Number of visitors: 150+
    looking forward to contribute as a guest author on FB and meanwhile Merry Christmas and had a great year ahead
    Vivek Parmar recently posted..Make Money By Author Advertising WordPress PluginMy Profile

    • Hesham December 26, 2010, 4:51 pm

      Thank you for sharing your blog stats Vivek, I wish you more success and long life blogging!

  • Bunnygotblog December 25, 2010, 8:57 am

    Good for you. keep up the fantastic job.

    • Hesham December 25, 2010, 11:25 am

      Thank you for stopping by, and have a Happy Holidays

  • duyhen December 24, 2010, 8:27 pm

    i live Viet Nam. i want to have comment avatar in sidebar, same you. what do i do?

    • Hesham December 24, 2010, 8:46 pm

      Hi Duyhen,

      I am using Thesis Theme, and a special plugin to do this, I call it Great Pens plugin, probably it won’t work on any other theme rather than Thesis!

      I hope this will help!

      • duyhen December 24, 2010, 8:55 pm

        thanks, i will test it

  • Jay December 24, 2010, 6:26 pm

    Looks like a great year to me! I will be hanging out here much more now that I’m signed up.
    Have an awesome new year!
    Best regards,
    Jay Courtland
    Jay recently posted..Sick Of Comcast Cox and Charter CableMy Profile

    • Hesham December 24, 2010, 8:21 pm

      Alright.. Jay :) Glad to have you here!

      Nice blog you have there, keep it up!

  • John McNally December 24, 2010, 11:32 am

    Great statistics for the first year, congratulations Hesham. As you have managed to generate 1,000 visitors a day, how about a free eBook on Traffic for Blogs? That would be very attractive to many subscribers.

    Have a wonderful Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.

    John
    John McNally recently posted..The Value of BLOG CommentingMy Profile

    • Hesham December 24, 2010, 4:42 pm

      Hi John,

      Certainly I will include traffic generation tips that I have been following!

      Thank you so much and you to have a wonderful Christmas.

      To your success at 2011

  • Vee December 23, 2010, 5:20 pm

    Your comments are coming in I think due a lot to using Keyword Luv…a lot of blogs use it, but not enough of them. It gives users that option while letting them be part of your community.
    Vee recently posted..Chinese Currency Trading – Massive NicheMy Profile

    • Hesham December 23, 2010, 6:35 pm

      Hi Vee,

      A lot of blogs are using it, but not enough of them? I didn’t get this well.. You mean there is not enough blogs using it?!

      mmm.. but what makes people visit this blog and add connect? I don’t think it’s keyword luv alone! or then I will be removing a lot of comments :)

      Keyword Luv is an excellent plugin, it help on increasing comments and reduce spam, I usually remove non value and non related links from the comments!

  • Icechen1
    Twitter:
    December 23, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Wow, that’s sweet. Grats on the success!
    Icechen1 recently posted..Google introduces the “reading level” meterMy Profile

    • Hesham December 23, 2010, 6:35 pm

      Thank you :) my wishes to for success at 2011

  • Ryan December 22, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Wow, I’m blown away by how many comments your blog received in just one year… this is my first time here, but it looks like you’ve put a ton of work in your blog for just 365 days… kudos and keep up the good work.
    Ryan recently posted..You Could’ve Doubled Your Money in Less Than Two YearsMy Profile

    • Hesham December 22, 2010, 7:40 pm

      Hi Ryan, glad to have you here for the first time, it was an interesting year!

      Thank you for the visit, keep in touch!

  • Jarret December 22, 2010, 5:37 pm

    Hey Hesham, great start for the first year!

    For you, your design skills are definitely top-notch. I would suggest looking for ways to increase your monetization on blog designs. Obviously, with ProBlogger and others jumping on the Genesis bandwagon, it’s probably a great time to adapt your Thesis awesome skins to the Genesis framework. Time consuming though probably… Selling skins for premium themes has worked out very well financially for many and your designs are definitely the best I’ve seen.

    Haha, you reminded me of a funny situation. On my personal blog, someone contacted me months ago asking to buy a direct ad. At the time, I wasn’t experienced with selling direct ads, so I just gave the guy a low flat rate for a month for a top banner ad. Turns out the guy kept changing the ad making it look increasingly more loud and embarrassing! Worse yet, as loud as the ad was, he sort of blended it in with my theme. He emailed me five times a day asking about post stats from my Google Analytics too…

    As for your Ebook, I think you’ve done some really cool customizations to your site’s design. Maybe you could include some CSS and PHP customizations to do some of the cool tricks on this site without giving away too much, of course.
    Jarret recently posted..The failings and future of the plus size movementMy Profile

    • Hesham December 22, 2010, 7:36 pm

      Hey Jarret ,

      That you so much for your time, it’s actually a good idea to jump in Genesis theme development, I am looking forward to it right after finalizing my e-book.

      Haha.. you really have to deal with some advertisers with care :)

      Talking about the book, and because you’ve mentioned that particular part, I want to let you know that I have in mind a crazy idea, I won’t share it now in this early stage as I am not sure 100% about it, but it’s really crazy one and unique :) ……. but I will put your input in mind, awesome!

      More power to you my friend, and I hope 2011 will come with more success to both of us.

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