Please critique and analyse my blog
I started my main blog roughstraightmen.com in Summer of 2009 and it could be said it was an instant success. It started to bring in money almost immediately and, with some ups and downs along the way, it proved to be quite a consistent money maker. During the best years I was making about $2000-2500 a month with that blog. It continued to bring relatively decent income throughout the entire past decade… until about 2017, that is. And every subsequent year the sales got worse and worse.
I hit the rock bottom somewhere in August this year and since then my monthly income from this blog has been just about $300-400, which is not sufficient even for paying my bills! If things don’t improve significantly soon, I’ll be thinking about throwing in the towel.
It seems I was severely hit by the late-May/June Google update this year, which was allegedly about Core Web Vitals and page experience, but my traffic wasn’t affected too much. However, the quality of visitors probably changed considerably since that point in time.
By the way, my Core Web Vitals seem to be satisfactory at the moment. Mobile is 100% green, while the desktop version has 4064 good and 5553 “need improvement” pages. I was unable to make those “need improvement” pages become good no matter what I tried. In October I even switched to a different, much faster hosting (thanks for the tip bgmen!) and that metric didn’t change.
On May 27th this year my bounce rate fell from about 55% to 27% and my pages/session metric went from 3,46 to 5,44! All in just one day! Of course, I didn’t change anything on the blog, it was purely due to a different kind of visitors sent by Google. And while these two changes are, of course, viewed as positive by definition, they only brought me severely depleted sales. Each month after May 2021 was worse than the previous one. Now in November it seems my earnings will be only $300, if not less.
And this is all both ironic and contradictory, because this complete desolate desert of sales is happening while my visitors seem to be liking my blog more and more. I have more comments on that blog than I ever had in the past. This past Sunday I had more than 4000 unique visitors (of which 3181 were from google organic traffic), and yet nobody bought anything at all.
I realize that my blog’s design (theme) probably needs to be changed into something more modern and responsive, but at the same time something tells me that that is probably not the main cause of low sales. It could be that in the past few years I concentrated and pushed only a limited number of sponsors/sites, but this is because I found only them to convert. I just couldn’t find more sites that would actually convert. I did continue to push some sites that stopped converting as well, but they are in the minority.
For example, some people have success with Carnalcash sites, and I can’t sell them to save my life. The only one I could sell was Staghomme, but that one is now defunct. Even Malerevenue sites are now extremely hard to sell for me. I usually make only $50-80 per month with them, even though I do push Sketchy and FratX pretty hard, and even RawRoadNation recently.
It looks as if there is some kind of blockage… somewhere, but I don’t know where or what it is. My linking codes do work, I checked them many times.
So, I would definitely be thankful if you could try to analyse and critique this blog of mine and suggest what needs to be done in order to make it bring in more sales again.
I’ll try to upload some screenshots from GA that show the changes in metrics that I mentioned.