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Authority Site Experiment – March 2014 Update

Authority Site Experiment – March 2014 Update

This is a late update post for the authority site, however I’ve managed to get it published today. Since the last post in which I talked about my daughter started going to school, everyone in the family was sick throughout March. It is pretty common for your child to get sick when the environment changes. However, we have recovered and hopefully, the whole cycle will not happen again.

Now, let us look at the update for the Authority site :

First of all, let’s take a look at the traffic compared to February:

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In March, we actually did several things. First, I upgraded the shared hosting to the VPS hosting, because we got feedback from many users, saying that they were getting timeout.

What is shared hosting?

A shared web hosting service or virtual hosting service or derive host refers to a web hosting service where many websites reside on one web server connected to the Internet. Each site “sits” on its own partition, or section/place on the server, to keep it separate from other sites. This is generally the most economical option for hosting, as many people share the overall cost of server maintenance.

What is VPS hosting?

A virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual machine sold as a service by an Internet hosting service.

A VPS runs its own copy of an operating system, and customers have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, so can install almost any software that runs on that OS. For many purposes they are functionally equivalent to a dedicated physical server, and being software defined are able to be much more easily created and configured.

They are priced much lower than an equivalent physical server, but as they share the underlying physical hardware with other VPSs, the performance may be less, and may depend on the workload of other instances on the same hardware node.

From my experience, if you are getting 10k visitors per month on a single website, you should consider VPS hosting. You will have advantages such as getting more disk space and almost unlimited bandwidth, not to mention that the website is loading much faster. In my case, as the site targets readers in Singapore, my VPS hosting is in Singapore. As usually, I upgraded the shared VPS hosting from E-Alchemists.com.

As you can see, the traffic increased by 44% partly because more posts were indexed and consequently, 77% of the traffic came from Google.

We managed to increase the number of likes on the fanpage, by investing $ 20 in advertising on facebook using the target audience.

In March, I also installed GARD Pro from the plugin factory and this increased our AdSense earnings to $43.48, which is the daily earning of almost $1. I believe that in April we will be getting more.

GARD Pro is the premium version of the plugin titled Google AdSense for Responsive Design – GARD. It extends the features of GARD to include things like multiple ad groups, auto insert ads, and much more. Continue reading this page to fully understand what GARD Pro can do for your website.

With this I will end my March update, let me know what you guys think!