October blog income and stats recap

October blog income and stats recap

Welcome to the fourth blog income and stats recap of MMYW! While I hadn’t disclosed income from Reach Financial Independence so far, I will also add it here since the whole blogging thing is considered one endeavor. For example, my VA has been working on both sites for the past months. MMYW is now four months old, how time flies!

Check previous income and stats recaps:

July income  $4,042

August income $2,530

September income $3,307





Virtual assistant and staff writing: $457. The VA works 20 hours per week. I wouldn’t have hired her just to take care of RFI but that is a welcome help with the extra work on MMYW, which is why all her salary goes to MMYW.

I bought quite a few posts too for November and December.

Total $457






Total $25. For a gift card for Jason Hull’s Winning with money course giveaway. In honor of Veteran Day, Jason is giving his Winning with Money course for free to all veterans and people in active duty or reservists today. Click here if you want to know more.










$3,405. This is a mix of Adsense, affiliate sales, and direct advertising, plus a little income I got from my ad referral network’s commissions. Contact me if you are interested in joining the ad network! A couple of deals will deploy in November but they were agreed in October so they are featured here.

Once again I was traveling during the whole month of October so it is not too bad for being on holiday!



$165. Still waiting for that PR update, that apparently won’t happen this year, and maybe never. It is hard to change the ad reps’ mindset and have them consider the other metrics for advertising. I guess I won’t be making my goal of $3,000 by the end of December!


TOTAL $3,570



After Costs Total


$3,088. I was happy to still come over $3,000 considering the big expenses on MMYW. My goal was to cover all our European holiday expenses with online income and I will have to break it down but I think it is a PASS!


10% of blogging income will go to sponsor young girls’ education in my village, my education fund now has $404 from July and $253 from August, $297 from September, $357 from October. Total: $1,311. One of my awesome readers also pledged to match my donations up to $2,000 so we have over $2,600 now!!

The school year ends on November 30th so that is when the best two students will be announced, then I’ll check with them what they want to study. If I have money left over I will help middle school students buy uniforms and school supplies for next year.


Blog stats for RFI


Still a slight decrease in pageviews but that is what I should expect when spending the past two months on holidays in Europe and not working on my blog. Overall still a good month.


Sept 30th Oct 31st
PageRank 3 3
MozRank 5.4 5.34
Domain Authority 46 47
Alexa Rank 26,794 27,702
Twitter Followers 3,715 3,869
RSS subscribers 791 857
FB fans 1,470 1,465
Pageviews 51903 47,439
Unique 24832 21,062
SEO traffic % 31% 48.5%


Blog stats for MMYW

Because MMYW started one year after RFI, I will compare the stats I can find. Back in July 2012, I was blogging in a cave, waiting for the world to come and find me. I had a Twitter account I rarely used, read a ton of PF sites but seldom said hi or left a comment, and didn’t network a bit. It lasted until mid September 2012. So far, MMYW is doing much better than RFI. Although RFI got a PR3 in November and we won’t get any for MMYW soon.

Although I have had a problem this month, instead of the usual 2,500-3,000 impressions a day I was getting in Google, I only got 150 or less for two weeks. I don’t know what happened there, but my pageviews collapsed as a result.


Sept 30th Oct 31st RFI Oct 31st 2012
PageRank 0 0 0
MozRank 5.04 4.92 ?
Domain Authority 35 39 ?
Alexa Rank 49968 49,203 1M
Twitter Followers 1485 1,557 250
RSS subscribers 171 225 50
FB fans 52 76 15
Pageviews 9625 8,472 4,350
Unique 5142 4,856 1,375
SEO traffic % 31.5% 45.15% 12.3%


Sorry about the lack of information on RFI, some info is not available in retrospect. But so far, MMYW is doing way better.


How did your blog grow in the past month? Happy with the results?


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  1. My blog is growing well. I have read many post from you and learnt your tips on how to build a good blog. More audiences are coming to my site and they even leave comments for my posts. I believe that my blog will attract more people. I always follow your post, Pauline.
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  2. These are some really great numbers! I find is so great that in this niche 20,000 uniques can bag you $3,000 per month. Before selling my flagship website in a lower paying niche, I had over 1 million visitors with 5 million page views and only made about $12,000 (I was still extremely happy with that, though).

    And I totally understand you with the Page Rank update… I am not sure when or if it’s comming, but for blogs launched after the previous update, it’s a real pain :)
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  3. My pageviews more closely match your RFI stats, but I’m still encouraged. Thanks again for posting these, it really helps us beginners to see what it takes to start a successful blog!
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  4. Given that you’ve been on holiday for the past month, this are certainly great results…makes the dream of “passive” income and a nomadic lifestyle all the more accessible and fun :)
    Google pagerank updates…long overdue if they are still planning on doing it, or they can just come clear and say they are discontinuing it and everyone can sigh and move on…would really help with most advertsisers who still consider pagerank!
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  5. Great stats for both sites! I’ve struggled when it comes to increasing my RSS subscribers, so if you have any tips for that I’d appreciate it. It’s too bad about the lack of a PageRank update, but at least you had one site up and running with a PR. I know some people who started their first site too late and haven’t had a chance to get any sort of PR update so they have zero sites that are above zero for PR.
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  6. Hey Pauline,

    Great results! I would love to be able to make that kind of money from a blog :)

    Curious, where did you find your VA?


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  7. Wow, great job! I really need a VA too. I never thought blogging would be so much work. :)
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  8. Great work Pauline, especially for being on vacation for most of the month! In regards to the PR update, who knows if we ever will get another one. :) I had a pretty good month overall as income was the best I’ve ever had and working on implementing some of my takeaways from FinCon.
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  9. Well, you have some really great numbers here ;)
    My blog is slowly picking up speed, it was ‘dead’ 2 months ago, but it’s slowly growing and getting more traffic. I am constantly working on it and the content, hope to develop it constantly in the next months.
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  10. I’m so frustrated with PR. In the last 3 or 4 months my traffic has soared, my DA is in the 30s and my Alexa is under 100k, but I’m still stuck with this PR1!
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  11. Nice month, and even more impressive when you consider that you were on holiday! Congrats, well done.
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  12. Nice work Pauline. I can also attest that it is difficult to change the PR mindset. Most people are so stuck on it, but that is a dead metric now. It is time to move on to something else, but that change will not happen quickly.
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  13. Pauline – thanks for sharing my Veterans Day offer today. I appreciate you helping spread the word!
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  14. Congrats, that is a solid month! It seems like more and more people are using VA’s and having a lot of success with them, allowing them to free themselves up to do the less tedious tasks. It seems like that’s a strategy I will have to look more into! Thanks for sharing and congrats again on an excellent month!
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  15. Great month indeed, especially considering the vacation and travelling! As others have said, it seems more and more people are using VAs and growing by adding staff writers. It is great to see people developing sustainable streams of income through their online endeavors, and I hope that you have continued success in yours!
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  16. That is a bummer about PR, although I guess I should be glad with what I have. You have done amazing things with RFI, and I expect when another metric is acceptable, MMYW will be right there with it.
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  17. $3k while traveling is pretty awesome! My growth has slowed a little bit the past couple of months. Still trending in the right direction, but definitely not as rapid as it had been. Time to get back to work!
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  18. Thanks for the post! I am a new blogger so it’s good to see how far you can come in a little over a year!
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  19. BATB is still growing, but I’m in awe of your pageviews. How do you get so many?
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    • My VA does a lot of social media tagging, twitter, FB, pinterest etc etc that brings quite a bit of traffic when a post is retweeted by other people (or whatever the equivalent is on other platform, I don’t do more than Twitter and FB!)

  20. Thanks for providing such insightful information on your blog. I’m knew to blogging so I’m still learning about these stats. Where can I find the stats on page rank, moz rank and domain authority for my site?
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  21. Looks like another great month, Pauline. Congratulations! It’s especially impressive given the fact that you’ve been traveling and less focused on the blog. I guess that’s proof when we build them, it makes it much easier to step away and still keep them going.
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    • I would say an impersonal, automated niche site is easier to let down for a few weeks but no one is irreplaceable so after you have a bit of SEo traffic the number of direct traffic that stops visiting doesn’t make a big change in your pageviews.

  22. That’s so great that you are donating a portion of your income to a noble cause! Nice work on getting your revenue so high.

    I’m still struggling a bit myself to get advertisers to change their mindset on Pagerank even though it seems like it is on its way out for good. Unfortunately I think it will take a formal announcement from Google before the general SEO public will make this move. I’m still optimistic that our side projects could be very suitable revenue taps!!
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  23. Pauline, congrats on those results! I’m still not at a place where I’m tracking my progress due to time constraint but someday soon.
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  24. Big bucks Pauline! Congrats.

    Can you share with us your net worth too?

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    • you go first :). Not comfy with the NW as it is not something people talk about in Guatemala, there is a G maps pinpoint of where I live on my blog so I wouldn’t want someone to get the wrong idea… even though most of it isn’t in Guatemala.

  25. How inspirational! You are doing fantastic.

    fitnpoor.com is just starting up and I’m already seeing large growth in numbers. I’m feeling good about it!
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  26. I am amazed that you can accomplish so much while on vacation. I am working hard at my blog and I have yet to see any progress. Perhaps I need a lengthy vacation to refresh my mind and get things moving? It has been so many years since I had a little get away that I am not sure what I would do if I didn’t have to go to work.
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  27. Pauline,

    Very impressive ! I have been passionate about achieving FI since finishing college. I appreciate your site.
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  28. That is awesome Pauline! Great job! That is also awesome that you’re donating some of your income to girls education =)
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  29. Wow, those are fantastic returns! I am jealous. I might have to talk to you about your ad network one day.
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  30. I thought last month I would have some more time to spend on my blog being that I took 2 days off to watch my infant son after my wife returned to work. Well I’m a first time parent because I didn’t know all the attention a little baby requires so I haven’t been consistently posting and working on the blog. Hoping to be more consistent. I’d really like to improve my readership and possibly monetize at some point.
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  31. Good to see you are keeping such a close track of things Pauline. Running a site is so much harder than most people seem to think, and the record keeping is one of the time consuming things no one thinks about

  32. Pauline,
    Great stats as RFI is one of my earliest and favorite websites that I started reading. Are you on track to live on 100% of your blog income?
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    • In Guatemala, we spend about $1,000 each a month, so that is more than covered. I am paying for the full trip to Europe as BF paid for last year’s trip, and I think that was covered by the surplus from July and August since I started that goal, however September and October did not fully cover the trip.

  33. Wow, Pauline, good job. This is really inspirational. I love that part of your profits goes toward helping others, as well. That’s a cause that is really important to me, too. I try to contribute every month to a foundation that helps put girls in less fortunate situations through school
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  34. This is awesome, congratulations, Pauline! I think it’s especially great that you are donating some of the funds to girls’ education. It’s always important to give back! Thank you for encouraging others to take part in philanthropy.
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  35. This is great progress! I love watching how others grow new blogs–definitely inspiration for me to finally unlock some of the other projects I’ve been dabbling with on the side :)
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  36. You are doing very well considering the fact that you were on vacation. Keep up the good work and kudos for sponsoring the child.
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