Show me the money -August!

For those of you who like to be a little nosy like me, here are my blog stats for the month of August. πŸ˜‰

Pageviews and bounce rate August 2014 Lulu&Celeste


My numbers haven’t changed much from July’s numbers. The number of sessions and users has increased slightly, about 2%. The number of Pageviews increased by 57%. 

The greatest change was in the bounce rate. The bounce rate decreased by 97%! I had read on another blog that simply adding page breaks in your posts encourages readers to check out more of your content. Which appears to the case here. Although I really don’t understand how it works.

Top Referrers August 2014 Lulu&Celeste


The top referrer for August is Facebook, accounting for a combined 37% of all sessions. This would be for links shared on my page mainly. I’ve also been a lot more active recently in my Google+ groups so that’s starting to show up in the list.


And interestingly, three of the top ten referrers are stops on the Perfect Pattern Parcel inspiration tour I took part in. (You can see what I made for the tour here). 

Popular posts August 2014 Lulu&Celeste
The most popular post for last month was for the Uptown/Downtown dress I made and coming in close second (and considering it’s only been up for a week I’m impressed) is the post for the Perfect Pattern Parcel tour!

And now for the fun part (it’s my favourite part of the other blogger’s posts!) The earnings!

August 2014 Earnings:
Adsense:       $ 0.27
Affiliates:     $10.67
ShareASale: $ 5.00    

Total:    $15.94! 

Yay! My Adsense earnings have doubled, exciting. I have now earned enough to buy a pattern (or two on sale) or a metre of fabric! (Or I’ll save it and next month maybe I can buy a pattern AND a metre of fabric?) πŸ˜‰

Update: I ended up getting paid! I’m still on the fence about doing promotional posts though. Earlier in the month I had received an email from one my Shareasale affiliates about doing a little promotional post on a sale they were having and then by the end I’d get a $5 bonus. I figured I would try it out and see what would happen. Well, I decided to wait it out when I got a second email from them to do another similar post (that would pay out at the end of September) because I wanted to see if I’d be paid first for the first post and well, I haven’t been paid the $5 so I think I’ll hold off on doing promotional posts for them indefinitely.

Bloggy Goals for September:
  1. Showcase past pattern tests
  2. Write 1-2 tutorials for kid friendly crafts, or activities
  3. Do 1 recipe post
  4. Submit posts to more linky parties
  5. Add/update About Me pics

And exciting news! I’m going to be a contributor with FleeceFun! My first post comes up later in the month, wish me luck!

Till next time!

Side note: does anyone know what to do so that when I upload pictures they don’t darken? These graphics were white before. Argh!


Ula writes for Lulu&Celeste

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2 thoughts on “Show me the money -August!

  1. Hi Ula!
    As for the darkening of jpg pictures – I had the same problem, and realized that Blogger does that only to .jpg files For this reason I only used .png format for my pics for some time. They did not darken.
    But then Dana from wonderforest.com provided a better solution:
    Go to your Google+ account , – Home – Settings –
    then untick the checkbox saying ‘Automaticly enhance new photos.’

    Let me know if it works for you too!

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