This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of AKA Design.
On one hand I can hardly believe it’s been four years since I started this blog. And yet, at the same time, it feels like I’ve been blogging forever. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Here’s a fun little recap of the last four years.
Readers’ Favorite Posts of All Time
There have definitely been some favorite projects and posts. I know because Google keeps track of these things!
Here are your favorites by number of page views. Obviously some have been around for awhile so I apologize in advance for the poor photo quality in the posts. Practice makes perfect and apparently I didn’t have much practice when I started out!
By the Numbers
Total Number of Posts Published: 1143
Average Number of Posts Per Month: 24
Number of Comments: 8, 971
Number of Houses: 2
Highest Number of Pageviews in one day: 106,472
Total Pageviews: 2, 633, 909
Pinterest Followers: 11, 243
It’s also been an absolute pleasure to work with several incredible brands and the people that represent them. Especially the ones that have been around for a long enough to remember our poor photography skills!
Blog Income Then & Now
I started AKA Design in July 2010 with the intention of turning it into a business. Young House Love and others were my inspiration in the early days. I didn’t actually start monetizing until September 2011 when I added a network and Google Adsense.
While I’m not one to disclose my income – it just feels icky! – I want to show you how the income part of this business has grown in four years. The numbers aren’t actual numbers, but the growth the chart shows is exactly how the blog income has grown. The 2014 numbers will be even higher at the end of the year.
Just like any business starting out, blogging can be tough.
A lot of hours for not a lot of return. But if you love it (why else would you choose to blog?!) and you work hard you can grow as much as you’d like!
I’d like to encourage you NOT TO HAVE A $ PER HOUR MINDSET when growing your blogging income. Business owners don’t think like that!
Anyway, the sources of our income have changed as we’ve grown and learned. We’ve diversified and it’s obviously made all the difference when you look at the income growth chart above!
Yup really way back when, our only income came from an ad network and Google adsense, which are both traffic dependent.
Now we do sponsored posts, sell ebooks, printables and are working on a few more projects.
Having several income streams is very important for stability and growth.
It’s our anniversary but it’s kind of yours too. After all we wouldn’t keep doing this if you didn’t keep coming around.
We talk (and talk and talk) all about us here on AKA Design. Our house, our kids, our projects.
But we’d love to hear more about you – so we whipped up this little poll below!
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Can’t wait to see your responses!
Four whole years of blogging. Where does the time go?