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June Blog Update, Statistic, and Income

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Google and Retire By 40

First of all, I wonder if you can do me a favor and click on the google +1 on the right column. From what I understand this will help our website with Google search. 😀

Google also rolled out Google + (Google’s Facebook) this week and I’m hankering for an invite so if you are part of the in crowd like Kevin @ Thousandnaire, please send me an invite when it’s available. He wrote about being a beta user for Google +, but the invites are shut down for now.

We got our Page Rank!!!

Earlier this week, we finally received our Google Page Rank! We are ranked 3 out of 10. That might seem low, but it is 1,000 times better than the Page Rank 0 we have been stuck with over the last 9 months. I had all but given up on getting a page rank this year, but woo hoo! I’m ecstatic! 😕  😮 :) 😀 😉  Happy Dance!!!

Well, the reason we want a page rank is because we’ll have some leverage with advertisers. Many advertisers check page rank and when your page rank is 0, they really low ball bid low on the advertising rate. Now we’ll have a bit of leverage.

Income

Adsense – about $25. This is almost the same as May. I don’t know how bloggers make $600 with adsense. It’s inconceivable. Well, check out Darwin’s Money and see his Adsense income

inconceivable

Am I going to get sued for using this picture???

Direct Ad placement$535. This is also inconceivable to me… I’m speechless… If I can keep this up, I’ll really be able to quit my day job soon. 😉 I doubt I can keep up this up every month though, but who knows with PR3…

Traffic

We had just over 4,000 visits in June, almost the same as May’s statistic.

The pageviews are down to less than 8,000. That’s not exactly good, but I heard that the numbers will be down for the summer so I’m not too worried.

Also we updated our banner! Did you notice? I like it much better than just the plain banner we had before. The picture is from Krabi, Thailand in case you’re wondering. That was a fun trip before we had our baby. I also changed the blog theme and I think this looks a bit more updated than the previous theme. I’m still not 100% happy with this theme, but it will do for now while I continue to search for the perfect theme.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with June. The weather is nicer and everyone should go out and enjoy it. We can all get back to reading and writing blogs in September. 😉

Have a great 4th of July weekend!!!

Here is a bonus shot of the Yosemite Falls Moonbow to make everybody’s Friday.

Yosemite Falls Moonbow

Flickr - JoeDsilva

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  • Financial Samurai July 1, 2011, 12:14 am

    Congrats on your progress man! Ya see! Were we not talking about $500/month just several months ago??

    Should I be putting up this Google +1 thingy? Is it a plugin? How do I get it on my site?

    I’m a beta tester now. It’s ok lah.

    thx!
    Sam

    • retirebyforty July 1, 2011, 9:39 am

      Thanks!!! I hope I can keep it up, but I think it might be a fluke!

      I replied to Kellen below on how to add the Google +1 button. If it helps with search, it’s worth doing right?

  • John Border July 1, 2011, 3:27 am

    Wow I am amazed at the amount of income from direct ad placement. That is really good. How do you get those advertisers. I have never received even one.

    Is there a network that I need to be involved in or people just come calling for ads.

    Plus where so you place those ads. Is it in content or in specific posts.

    • retirebyforty July 1, 2011, 9:51 am

      I think most advertisers found our site through listings like the Yakezie Network or Wisebread 100, but I’m not really sure. You probably should try to get listed in as many place as possible.

  • Niki July 1, 2011, 4:51 am

    Wow, congratulations on the blog income and the PR, those are impressive.

    That picture is amazing. it makes me want to go there right now.

    • retirebyforty July 1, 2011, 9:51 am

      Thanks! I was floored by the blog income this month. I don’t know if I can keep it up though. Yosemite looks great, I can’t wait to visit next year.

  • Kevin @ Thousandaire.com July 1, 2011, 6:53 am

    We are in the same boat. I went from a PR0 to a PR3 as well! The only difference is I made less money blogging last month and I actually have an invite to Google+.

    I hope the online income keeps getting better for you!

    • retirebyforty July 1, 2011, 9:56 am

      I saw that. Congratulation to you as well. Send me an invite when Google+ opens up again. :)

  • 101 Centavos July 1, 2011, 7:24 am

    Congratulations on the PR – very nice. According to PR Checker, my blog went from 0 to 2. Happy dance indeed!

  • Peter July 1, 2011, 8:52 am

    Congrats on the page rank and income going up! It’ll only get better from here.

    my page rank stayed at a PR5 this time around. Just glad it didn’t drop.

    I’m on Google Plus right now, and so far I’m liking it. In some respects it’s a minimal facebook. It’s obviously in it’s infancy, but i think i has the chance to be something pretty cool, and to be somewhat of an alternative for facebook. Facebook has such a headstart I doubt they’ll get a a majority of people to switch, but i think they’ll get quite a few people on there.

    • retirebyforty July 1, 2011, 10:15 pm

      Wow PR5 sounds great. I hope we can get there one day. I want to see how Google Plus compares with Facebook. It’ll be interesting to see how they do.

  • Kellen July 1, 2011, 9:14 am

    I plus-oned you! But I’m wondering if you can help me figure out how to place the widget in my sidebar like you have yours. The widgets I have tried installing so far have an option to automatically put the widget at the end of each post, but there’s no easy way to stick a widget in my sidebar, as far as I can tell. (There’s some code available to use in the wordpress editor, but honestly, I don’t deal with that kind of editing ever…)

    • retirebyforty July 1, 2011, 9:26 am

      It’s not displaying properly…
      I’ll PM you.

      • Financial Samurai July 1, 2011, 9:42 am

        I think I’ll crash my site if I do this….. I thik I should employ you or Jesse lol , seriously.

      • Kellen July 3, 2011, 10:36 am

        Thanks for the help! I have it on my posts and in my sidebar now!

  • Krantcents July 1, 2011, 9:15 am

    Congrats on the PR, I went up (3) too! How did you get the direct advertising?

    • retirebyforty July 1, 2011, 10:16 pm

      Advertisers contacted me mostly. Congratulation to you as well!

  • MoneyCone July 1, 2011, 9:27 am

    Congrats on the PR update and I like the new banner!
    Have an awesome July 4th weekend!

  • Suba July 1, 2011, 9:33 am

    Overall it seems like a great month for everyone. PR updated (YAY!!), better income… The only bummer is the traffic (same for me too). I plus on’ed you.

    I will +1 KC’s question too :) How do you get advertising?

  • Christa July 1, 2011, 10:40 am

    Great job on the page rank!
    I have to say that your happy dance video made my day — I am completely in love with flash mobs, and I hadn’t seen this one yet. Cute!

  • cashflowmantra July 1, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Congratulations on the PR as well as the advertising dollars. You also seem to have decent traffic. I am impressed.

  • Andy Hough July 1, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Congrats on the page rank. You should see your earnings go up even more now.

  • Elle July 1, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Congrats on the progress you’ve made. PageRank from 0 to 3 is great. I hope it helps when you negotiate with advertisers.

  • Hunter July 2, 2011, 8:34 am

    Great progress. This is truly inspiring for newbies like me. The banner looks awesome. Happy 4th of July!

    • retirebyforty July 2, 2011, 10:13 am

      Thanks! I still think of myself as a newbie, but things are starting to look up!

  • The Passive Income Earner July 2, 2011, 9:31 am

    Well done! I got to add the Google +1 as soon as I get around to it.

    I got ranked up to 3 (from a 2) as well. Always nice to see progress.

    • retirebyforty July 2, 2011, 10:14 am

      Congratulation to you too! PIE is a great site and really should be PR4!

  • Spruce Up Your Finances July 2, 2011, 11:00 am

    Congrats on the progress of your blog! The new google PR would really help with increasing the charge for the advertising revenues.
    So far, I have also seen my PR increased but currently only relying on the adsense revenues.

  • Amanda L. Grossman July 2, 2011, 5:53 pm

    Great job! Also, congratulations on your PR rating.

  • Buck Inspire July 2, 2011, 9:16 pm

    Man, you’re on a roll! Nice PR, blog income, and a new banner, too? Congrats and keep on truckin’!

  • youngandthrifty July 2, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Love the new banner! Did you do it yourself?

    Congrats on such a great month and the HUGE jump in PR :)

    My blogging stats are down too, but I am going to attribute it to summer as well.

  • Forest July 2, 2011, 11:50 pm

    Happy 4th July and well done on the site growth and PR. You work hard so you deserve it.

  • retirebyforty July 3, 2011, 10:13 am

    Thanks everyone for the encouraging words! Congratulation on your PR improvement as well. I know we have all been waiting for an update from Google for a long time. :)

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