Steve Pavlina has just posted some graphs plotting his 2005 Traffic & Adsense Revenue Growth which both show how well his site has been doing over the last 12 months.
Steve’s traffic has grown from 86,000 visitors in the month of February 2005 to a projected level of 715,000 visitors this month.
His Adsense earnings have grown in a very similar way rising from $53 per month to $4,700. I don’t see a total for the year in his post but it seems to be around the $14,000 mark which isn’t bad. Of course a third of that came in the last month so extend it out a year and you’ll see an income of over $55,000 even if the graph completely plateaus.
Steve’s graphs (see the Adsense one) show a very smooth increase in traffic and earnings and illustrate the power of sticking with a blog over a longer period of time.
It’s probably worth noting that Steve’s experience is somewhat exceptional and not the norm for most bloggers in terms of the levels of traffic and earnings he’s been able to grow. His rise has been remarkably quick and the result of some exceptional writing, viral word of mouth marketing and success in social bookmarking sites. Having said that the shape of his graph is reasonably typical from my experience. While the numbers for most are ALOT lower blogging is a long term venture.
Steve looks forward in his post to the future and what it could grow to. His last 12 months has seen increases in traffic of 21% per month and increases in AdSense of 50% per month (nice).
These levels of growth don’t look like tapering off from the graphs but my experience shows that they will at some point. But as he points out – even if he can sustain 10% growth per month over the next year he’ll be on target for some $10,000 months – and that’s just his AdSense earnings.
Steve’s story is a fascinating one to watch and one that I’m sure many are/will be inspired by.