The chart below shows a continued upward trend through January.
Here are my January daily views.
20,000 page views???
According to Blogger I reached 20,852 page views during January which is my highest total ever. I don't know how accurate that number is as I sometimes have a giant spike in the middle of a day that seems like a false reading. In any event, the trend continues to move higher each month so that is pretty cool. Another thing that I have noticed is that my daily views rarely fall below 500 and average around 700 views a day. Again these blogger stats are probably a bit inflated, but the trend is heading up.
U.S. concentrated readership
Recently I I have noticed that most of my visits (about 75%) are from the United States so I decided to add the Translator gadget to my blog so if anyone outside the U.S. stops by they can read it in their native language. This seems to be working as I have noticed Europe is turning greener on my audience map. Surprisingly I have very few people from Canada visiting my site. To be honest I'm not really doing anything to try and increase traffic. I view the visits I receive as random and am thankful to those who periodically stop over.
This was my first full month using AdSense and I had a pretty good month earning over $20 in January. The exact amount was $20.55.
Sometimes I think the amount is too small and insignificant, but then I realize that my first dividends received back in early 2012 was pretty small also. I will probably keep the ads alive as I hate to leave any potential income on the table. After all $20 a month is like a year's worth of dividend income from a $10,000 JNJ position. After thinking about it like that I'll go ahead and keep the ads and hope they grow in the future!
So far in February I've made $7, so maybe I can hit $25.00 in month number two. We'll see.
I have been playing around practicing with the HTML button and now I realize it is not as bad as I kept thinking it was. I try to learn a new function here and there although I noticed my graphs still have a black background, but that is cool. There are more important things in this world to focus on than graph background colors.