Now, I'm not going to get political or anything...or even religious. No, I have no interest in that. NONE.
Last week, I sent an email to blogger list, because, let's face it, it was a hard and distracting week for everyone, no matter what your opinion is. People are/were distracted, angry, stressed, whatever adjective comes to mind.
And, no surprise, many blogger saw a nice little (or not so little) decline in their business, myself included. Obviously, people were focused elsewhere - no surprise.
Lower traffic, lower sales, lower subscribers, lower everything.
I was pretty sure something like this would happen, no matter what the outcome was.
So rather than launching me new course last week, I did a prelaunch the week before and the full launch on 11/16. (So far, it's gone well)
And, while I kind of saw this coming, and I had seen the temporary decline in traffic right after the 2016 election, I had no idea it would be nearly as messy as it was.
I told myself that I would not email my blogger audience. It would be in such bad taste. So I didn't email on Weds or Thurs.
After seeing so much concern among bloggers in the facebook groups (lower traffic, lower ad revenue, lower product sales, lower affiliate commissions, etc.), I changed my mind.
I figured I could help my audience by telling them NOT to worry about their blog and if they were seeing declines that it's normal and I'm seeing it too.
Yes, I saw declines in everything - traffic, commissions, book sales, course sales, subscribers, add revenue, total revenue. But, I'm not worried, because the holidays are still coming and that will fix everything.
People will still buy holiday presents, and they'll still decorate their homes, and they'll still have babies, and they'll still love their pets, they'll still buy homes, and the advertising revenue will increase soon enough. It happens every year.
And, things will get better. To quote Anne Frank, "Despite everything, people are good at heart."
Anyway, things are looking more normal and better on my blog this week (vs last week).
I just noticed that one of my holiday posts that pops each year (I wrote it in 2017) has done well. It's now earned $567 for the month, and I hopeful that will carry through for the rest of November and December.
And a new holiday post on Christmas Area Rugs and Welcome mats is already on the first page. It's made a whopping $11.41.
While that's not much at all, I'm hopeful that it will bring in more next year, and it's a good reminder that I can make articles rank relatively quickly. I think I wrote it beginning of October.
I really should write a whole bunch of new articles, especially ones I can monetize (w/ Amazon or some other affiliate). I've gotten a bit lazy on writing blog posts, and I really need to get back to that.
As soon as I finish my new course, I need to set aside 3-5 days to do this and improve my rankings on my existing articles.
I'm also glad that the holidays are coming up. Hopefully, that will be good for all of us.