2018  has just passed, and now it is the right time to take a look back on the previous year of blogging, and of course doubts -  take a quick glimpse of 2019.

In today's article, I will reveal data behind the blog scenes - both traffic and income for the whole year of 2018. But before we dig into the numbers, here is the brief background - blog now is more than five years old, and for the last five years it has gone a very long way,

Make sure to check out my previous yearly blogging reviews:

About blog traffic in 2018

  • In total blog have reached 1,212,588 (that's more than a million) users in 2018
  • On average it is 101,049 monthly users or
  • 3,322 daily visitors

Blog traffic report 2018 (monthly view). Data source: Google Analytics

Blog traffic report 2018 (monthly view). Data source: Google Analytics

Compared to 2017, last year blog had about 15% growth. Having 100,000 users a month is nothing special anymore. I'm focused now on 200K. Growing Blog Audience to 200,000/mo users in next 365 days

Top 10 most popular articles

In total, I have written 411 articles in 2018, on average that is 1.12 article per day,  which is a slight increase if compared to 2017, but still lags behind my early blogging years when I averaged 428 - 479 articles in a year:

  • 2017 - 386 articles,
  • 2016 - 469 articles,
  • 2015 - 479 articles
  • 2014 - 428 articles. 

Top 10 articles (according to Google Analytics) generated 22.46% from total page views on the blog. Surprisingly but in previous years this ratio was much higher (about 40% from all page views were generated with just top 10 articles).

I actually like it - as it means there is a larger competition between articles.

In total there were 43 articles written in 2018 which got more than 1,000 pageviews. Which is really good. Or let's say this way - about 10% from what I have written in 2018, was so popular that attracted more than 1,000 pageviews.

80,084
For the fifth year in a row, I'm publishing my humble observations on average salary changes in the European Union. In this article, I've...
45,493
As a small and growing investor, I'm always looking for higher yield investments, and despite deposits doesn't fit in my wealth...
29,894
As they say, Aluminum / Metallic chassis laptops are more durable than plastic ones. Indeed the surrounding chassis matters, but still when...
31,066
Turns out this is already fifth (#5) article about minimum wages in European Union featured on the blog. Traditions must be continued and...
14,931
When it comes to power and endurance a fast processor, plenty of RAM and great graphics card are among the top three to look on. In this...
11,391
Now, this is huge and exciting for ETC holders - Ethereum Classic development team recently announced the Callisto Network Project...
15,234
VAIO laptops are not the most popular laptop brand in 2018, ACER, ASUS, DELL, HP, Lenovo, and Apple are. The reason probably is VAIO...
25,497
Intel Core i9 processors have been around since 2017 With their high number of cores, high power draw, high thermal output, high...
23,932
The other morning I faced an issue Could not complete the Save As command because there is not enough memory (RAM)" while trying to...
8,113
I've been investing in Mintos.com peer to peer lending marketplace since the beginning of 2017, or it has been already 12 months or one...

About Blog Income 2018

Combined income streams from affiliate marketing and display ads in 2018 made  $20,517.34, which is about -20% decrease if compared to 2017. Ouch.

  • $20,517.34 is around $1,709 per month or
  • $56.21 per day

Combined RPM from all revenue channels stands at $12.47  in 2018. Which unfortunately is again a 4 dollar decrease for every 1000 page views if compared to the previous year.

Back in 2016 blog got the highest RPM in its history - $20.50.If I managed to keep such RPM in 2018 that would mean that instead of $20,000 I would have made almost $32,000. Now the difference makes $12,000. Pretty cool, right? I don't feel comfortable RPM rate decreasing for the second year in a row. In 2019 I should figure how to get back at the $15 RPM levels at least. 

Goals / Forecasts for 2019

As usual, I will end report with some thoughts about future plans and forecast. But before that, let's see what I was forecasting a year ago:

As things are starting to slow down, I'm looking for about 30% increase both for traffic and income in 2018. I'm looking to reach 1,3 million user milestone, which makes about 108K users monthly. My financial goal is to reach - $32,500 income. That's about pulling $2,7K each month. From today's perspective - hard but doable!

I missed both goals for 2018. Boom. 

That makes me set goals for 2019 more carefully and even humble. - As things are slowing down for the second year in a row -, I'm looking on a humble 10% increase both for traffic and income in 2019. I'm looking to reach 1,4 million users in 2019.  My financial goal is to reach - $22, 000 income. That's about pulling $1,833 each month. From today's perspective - hard but doable!