Dukeo’s First Anniversary! Did I Reach my Goals?

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Can you believe it?! Dukeo is already 1 year old!

I’m having trouble realizing that I started this blog project 1 year ago on January 29th… Months have been passing way too fast.

It’s now time to take a step back and look at what I’ve been able to achieve in the past 12 months.

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Affiliate Marketing Goal Review

First of all, let’s talk money! One of my goals with affiliate marketing for the past year was to hit $500k. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few campaigns which completely crushed it and I was able to scale them to reasonable numbers, this led me to hitting my goal over a month before due date!

Let’s review this goal for the upcoming year: my goal for this second year is to hit at least $1.5Mil.

Blogging Goal Review

The good news is that I’ve been able to keep up with my posting schedule of at least 1 post per day, every single day, and I was even able to double that number in the past few months. All this while still managing my affiliate campaigns and piling up a decent amount of cash.

In terms of income, I wasn’t able to hit my goal with Dukeo and only made around $3k in the past 12 months from this blog. To be honest, the goal was probably not realistic, expecially since this blog is only a side project and most of my time is taken to work on affiliate campaigns…

Regarding traffic, the growth has been more slow than I expected, but it was still quite steady over the year. During its first year, Dukeo served 111,194 pageviews to 47,630 unique visitors.

Search engines were the biggest source of traffic of this blog and they brought 39.47% of the traffic through 12,917 different keywords.

The second traffic source was referral traffic with 26.51% of the traffic. A special thank you goes to Affbuzz for bringing 1,822 visits to Dukeo in the past 12 months, surpassing the traffic coming from StumbleUpon (1,604) and Facebook (1,245), and only topped off by Twitter (2,025).

Seeing the current growth curve, Dukeo’s traffic should at least double in 2012. However, after analyzing data from Google Analytics, I decided to revise my posting schedule and stop publishing new content on Saturdays and Sundays since these are my lowest traffic days. Instead, I’ll focus on posting at least 2 new blog posts per day on weekdays.

Thank you!

I’d like to use this post to give a huge thank you to all of Dukeo’s readers for helping this blog grow. Dukeo wouldn’t be where it is right now if you weren’t there.

Once again, thank you! Let’s go for another (even more) successful year!

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11 Comments

  1. Michelle

    Happy Birthday!!! This is definitely a cause for celebration, I’ve very much enjoyed watching this site grow, and reaping the benefits of being an avid follower. Many congratulations and high hopes for the new year!!

    1. Hey thank you for the kind words!

  2. Mitch

    Congrats on the impressive stats, man! This is really great, it’s only been one year and you’re already seeing that amount of success?? You’re a master of your craft for sure. Thanks for doing what you do so well, you’re in inspiration.

    1. Well, it’s been only one year for the blog, but I was already working in affiliate marketing before :)

  3. Mike

    It’s beautiful seeing the results of your hard work, the fruits of your labor, and then your plan to go even farther, to push yourself even harder. This is beyond wonderful, I can’t wait to see the new things you accomplish. Congratulations!

    1. Keep your eyes opened because huge things are coming!

    2. Mike

      Will do! This is such an exciting time, best foot forward!

  4. Liz

    GRATZ!!! This is supa cool! ^_^ I’m definitely going to be following where this goes for the new year!

  5. Dana

    Really, THANK YOU!! For teaching and sharing and letting us be a part of this whole thing! It’s so wonderful to see your stats get greater and greater, good things are going to happen in 2012!

  6. Buysellwordpress

    My congratulations to you! Time is flying very fast!! I wish you to have inspiration for your posts every day! And I also wish you to get huge number of readers

    1. Working on that already :) Thanks for the kind words

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