I went into work today at 3pm and just got back in a 11pm… and it’s only a sunday!
I had footy at 10:30am and I was in quite a good mood though as we won our first game of the season. The mighty Preston Hellings had lost their first two games in the Thanet Sunday Football League, the first game 5-1, and the second 2-1, but today was our day and we thrashed York Arms 5-1, which helped our goal difference and moved us from 12th to 7th place.
It was made even sweeter as they were a very aggy team, and I admit we baited them a little bit and they took to it hook, line, and sinker, with them giving away fouls all over the place. We could’ve got more goals but at the end of the day, it was a game of two halves, and the best team won (how’s that for cliches?)
I did receive a rather harsh foul upon myself as their no.7 (their right-winger and I was playing at left-back) decided to launch a flying tackle at my knee and try and snap it. Luckily my leg gave way otherwise it could’ve been a lot worse, but I only ended up with a bit of bruising and some stiffness.
Hopefully this is the turning of a new leaf for the season and we can carry it on. (still no goals for me though…I got 4 goals last season, but that was from left-wing and up front, maybe next week.)
I may only have one niche site running at the moment but I am providing an income report to track how the site is doing and most importantly how I am doing with Adsense revenue.
I bought the domain for niche site P on 10th May and started writing my content with the view to add more content every few days but the site was basically ‘ready’ to receive visitors after a days work. I knew it would take a while to get indexed by Google but it was only a few days until I started getting some hits.
Amount of Visits
I’m happy to say that the number of visitors has been steadily increasing and as I add more content and get more backlinks this should improve.
As you can see it traffic has been increasing (big dip on the Bank Holiday Weekend) and it’s great to see that the visitors are spending on average 5 minutes on the site and reading 4.3 pages a visit meaning that my content is useful and it increases the chances of them clicking on an Adsense advert. Please note that I am using Google Analytics for these stats and have excluded my IP from the stats so that these figures are an honest representation and don’t include me!
My revenue is completely dependant on visitors clicking on the Adsense adverts which are positioned on every page. It is important to have good content so the the adverts are specific to the visitors and so they will be more inclined to click on them.
So £23.13 earned in just under 3 weeks may not sound great but there were a lot of quiet days in the beginning and I expect this to increase next month (hopefully) as I have been adding more and more content and my site has also improved with it’s keyword ranking so Google should be sending more visitors my way.
The site has lots of content now but I will ad a few more pages over the next month to keep things ticking along. The main focus is on backlinks and trying to get some linkjuice from Google. The main idea is that the more links you get to your site from external sites, the higher Google will rank you in their search engines and sometimes you have to do a bit of work to get this to happen.
I will continue to minitor the site daily but I will also investigate setting up another niche site so that I can possibly increase my revenue. £23 a month (actually 2 weeks) is not very much but if I can do the same with another site then profit obviously doubles.
I will give you another update at the end of June to let you know how the site it doing.
We of Thanet love our history, due partly to the fact that we have so much of it here and one of the sights that greet visitors entering Thanet is the Viking Ship Hugin which is found at Pegwell Bay. I’m sure most of you know the history but just to recap in 1949 the ‘Hugin’ sailed from Denmark to Thanet in celebration of the 1500th anniversary of the traditional landing of Hengist and Horsa at Ebbsfleet and the betrothal of Hengist’s daughter, Rowena, to King Vortigen of Kent.
We can go a lot more into that historical line but I’m more interested in 1949 rather that 449 and I’ve come across these great videos from British Pathe that show the Hugin arriving at Viking Bay (originally known as Main Sands until this event), the thousands who celebrated its arrival, and the presentation ceremony in 1950 by Prince Georg of Denmark with the ship on display at Pegwell Bay.
Just click on the photo and you’ll be taken to the relevant video.
VIKING SHIP ARRIVES
KENT GREETS VIKING INVADERS
THE VIKING SHIP ‘HUGIN’ AT RAMSGATE
It really is amazing having such a link into the past. Yes it’s a relic that’s only 60 years old but it signifies something a lot older and normally gets me spouting off about Vikings et al.