All those who have been my regular readers here at Blog in Grace missed my updates from past few months. To be precise I have been not very active from the month of January. There are several reasons for my inactivity and the major reason is I have been working on a start up of mine. Yes you heard it right I took a different direction from a regular 9 to 5 job. Before that I have been working on a blog by name Mobiada. Here in this post I submit complete case study of mobiada which had started in July 15th 2013.
I have been a blogger from quite a long time (almost 5 Year+), I have few blogs to my name which does generate few bucks which are enough for my hosting and pocket money. I have always longed to be a technology blogger but I never stepped into writing due to fright that I cannot write technology related articles. I knew a fact that most of the technology bloggers earn good Adsense income because the CPC for technology blogs is good compared to any other niches. So that quest of mine has been quenched very lately in the month of July 2013 when I happened to start a blog by name Mobiada along with one of my earliest online friend Vivek. Vivek was already a technology blogger and was technically strong in WordPress, he has been my friend from the day one of me starting Blog in Grace. Actually he was the one who insisted me to start a blog in WordPress, so came the presence of BIG (Blog in Grace). The main reason I got into Mobiada is my love for technology and the original fact is to increase my income from a technology blog. Now latest update is both Vivek and I have been working on our own projects so mobiada is now currently being managed by one of our online friend Tashreef.
What is Mobiada?
Mobiada is a technology blog which is focused purely on mobiles, smartphones and tablets. This blog was built to deal with any issue’s regarding these devices. It might range from iOS to Android news and tips. We focused our articles purely related to mobiles, smart phones, tablets so that we can justify the name we kept for our blog.
Why we named it Mobiada?
I and Vivek thought of a good name which should be short and easy to remember at the same time should relate to the niche of our blog. After brainstorming over few names we held on to mobiada and the name too is not registered with anyone. We also gave our blog a good tagline “imbibing mobile culture”. If you are also in a process to start a new blog and thinking of a good domain name then read: 7 deadly mistakes to avoid when choosing your domain name
What we did before we started Mobiada?
Before we started Mobiada I and Vivek took few blogs related to our niche and did research on those blogs on how they write and the number of articles they put in everyday. We also had a close look on the number or authors who had been behind those successful blogs. I don’t know if any of the newbie bloggers do all these before they start a new blog. But I personally suggest newbies to go through the blogs of their interest and look forth on why those blogs are successful and what defects those blogs have. So coming to our research we could understand that most of the successful blogs are being run by a panel of writers and they put in almost 5+ articles every day. So we thought to divide our works, I took up the task of writing in 5 useful and worthy articles every day and I gave up the work of designing and writing few articles to Vivek.
How were the initial days?
It was really fun working with Vivek, I had been writing and writing at one end and at the other end Vivek had been working on designing a good template, SEO and working on traffic. Vivek used to write some tutorials now and then but most of the articles were written by me in the initial days.
What about the traffic, did it work as expected?
We were after the traffic from the day 1 of starting our blog and our blog ended up with 25 Visitors on the first day. Second day we had almost 165 visitors and third day we had 185 visitors, on the fourth day we had 355 visitors. We got 355 visitors on the third day cos we wrote an news article on Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini which was being released then which was the reason for a sudden hike in the traffic. You can see the screenshot of the traffic report in the starting days.
The traffic remained bit low the next day but afterwards we had a steep decrease cos news articles are good only two or three days but they are not good all the time. We kept on writing regularly and been waiting for an increase in traffic. We started our blog on 15th of June 2013 and we added it to google analytics on 17th of June. We had got a positive response on June 6th with a traffic of 85 unique visitors. And from then we had seen a gradual growth every day like 92, 125, 130 and it kept on increasing day by day and we had been writing every day continuously without a pause. We got 352 unique visitors on July 15th which you can see in the below screenshot, but then the site recorded bit low traffic for two days after that.
Later we recorded some good results and this time traffic started to double and we could record 1090 unique visitors on July 26th 2013 which is just 40 days from the day we started Mobiada. You can see the increase in traffic in the below screenshot.
Later the traffic did not seem to get down but it had started to grow and grow. Our main source of traffic was from Google. We had been ranking well for most of the articles we have written. We touched 4049 Unique visitors on August 19th which is just 94 days from when we started Mobiada(i.e on June 15th). Of course the traffic did not stay there but Mobiada had been generating 2000 to 3000+ unique visitors on an average from then on. Just take a look at the screenshot below which I have took from google analytics.
Later on their was a decrease in the traffic but it was not much, those effects may be due to Google algorithm changes yet mobiada was generating traffic of more than 1500+ unique visitors a day throughout the year 2013. You can look at a screenshot below on how the traffic was maintained through out the year.
Did mobiada stand as one of the good income source?
Now this could be an interesting question for those who have been looking to know if technology blogs earn well. We had a chance of testing few advertising platforms other than Adsense. We tested Infolinks, Kontera, Qadabra, and smowtion ads with mobiada. We recorded low performance in all the above used advertising platforms. We earned 10$ with Qadabra, 10$ with Kontera, 3$ with Smowtion and infolinks did not show up so we did not earn anything from infolinks. We made $500+ from adsense till date. We did not get any direct advertisers if not we would have made even more bucks.
So my conclusion is technology blog may earn well but not with adsense or any other third party ad publishing sites but it might be only with sponsored review articles and direct advertising. We also had to shell down few bucks on hosting and our domain name which accounted to about $200+. We had to move our site to VPS cos the hike in traffic made our site go down very often. So we took Linode hosting for which we had to pay 20$ per month.
These days due to rise in bloggers, technology blogs which have seen glorious days in 2008 to 2011 season are also earning too low due to decrease in traffic in their blogs and also increase in competitor blogs. So if you are also in a move to start a technology blog think thrice cos these days are not like those good old days where people used to get lots of money. If you are into starting a technology blog it should be done with a panel of writers and should be well established like a business but it cannot achieve good results with only a single person writing all day long.
Who writes for mobiada?
Starting days it was I who used to write most of the part for mobiada along with Vivek. I have written 378 articles for mobiada but now I have ceased from writing as I have to look after the startup which I had started in February 2014. Even Vivek too does not write for mobiada as he too is busy with his startup. So we have a good writer by name Tashreef Shareef who is the active content writer in Mobiada. We also have few guest contributors who write for mobiada now and then. Below is a screenshot of who are behind mobiada and for Privacy sake I have to hide their emails.
Some important Stats of Mobiada
Coming to some of the important statistics of mobiada.
We have 1000+ Facebook Followers, 100+ Google Plus Followers, 4,07,281 Unique Vistors who visited mobiada till date, 500+ dollars earned and 200+ dollars spent, Page rank 2 and alexa rank 231,726.
So if you are into blogging and are looking forward for creating a blog with some good traffic only key is writing articles continuously everyday. But make sure you don’t copy paste articles or re-write already existing articles. It is a tough job to write new articles everyday but only niche which can help us write new and unique articles every day is the News niche, it may be technology news or world wide news. But don’t think starting and writing for a news blog is that easy because there are some big blogs which will never give their spot to you in Google search. Hope you have gained much knowledge on what strategies work well in creating a blog with 2000+ unique visitors.