View a screen grab of the statistics here.
Firstly, it's currently not a money making blog. I just set it up as a way of getting myself in the habit of writing on a regular basis. Then, if I were to build up a following, the plan was to release an ebook every so often. All content is of course 100% unique. But since I'm still yet to acquire any real search engine traffic, I don't how much of a difference that will make when it comes to SEO. It's also a brand new domain name I picked up for $1 during a GoDaddy sale the other week. I think it was during Black Wednesday? Sorry, I'm in Australia, so I'm not familiar with US holidays.
It appears that social networking has been the number one source of traffic here. And in particular Tumblr and Flickr. As far as I can tell, somebody found my photos on Flickr shared them on Tumblr where his post was reblogged and liked over 5450 times.
Below are a few things I did that I believe helped the most bring in all this traffic.
1: Include your URL in your images. Without doing this, there's no way I would have achieved these results.
2: Provide a description in the image itself. This will probably be hard to explain unless I show you what I did. Here is the image that got my site the most attention. I created this specifically for the blog post I was writing, showing people that I would be eating on a budget of $3 a day. The numbers refer to a description of each product I wrote in the blog post itself. But even without the blog post to accompany it, there's still enough information in the image to get people interested.
3: Write about something that challenges people's beliefs. In my case eating vegan, gluten and soy free for $3 a day. It's not too difficult to think of similar things you could do and write about. I got the idea from a guy who was eating for $3.38 a day and just wanted to see if I could do it for less.
4: Post your descriptive photo to as many social networking and photo sharing sites as you can. You never know who's going to see it.
And that's basically it. Other than that, a few friends have shared my posts a couple of times on Twitter, but nothing more. The theme is just the basic Profits Theme. I didn't make any changes to the default. All I do is upload a small image with each post.
As for making money from it, I'm currently writing an eBook on the $3 a day meal challenge. Although I won't know what the results will be until I do it. Hoping to have that done at least by the end of the year.