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Starting this month, I’ve decided to create a monthly blog traffic, income, and goals report. I have a few reasons why I decided to start doing this, but here are my big 3:
- As a new blogger, I’ve been inspired by reading other bloggers monthly reports. Specifically, what they’ve learned, what they’d do differently, and other strategies that helped them grow their following.
Pinterest is chalked full of blog income reports! I could probably spend hours reading them all. Hopefully, my blog reports will help other newbie bloggers as well.
- I’m eager to share what I’ve learned over the past 30 days. SEO, Pinterest, Social Media, etc…There is SO much to learn in the blogging world! Though it’s sometimes overwhelming, I’m looking forward to becoming a blogging subject matter expert.
- By publishing my goals in such a public forum, I’ll be able to hold myself accountable more than I would if I just wrote down a few goals in my notebook. Plus, I’d like to connect with other bloggers who might be aiming toward the same goals.
Using Google Analytics, I pulled my traffic stats for May. It’s hard to believe that Google Analytics provides such a detailed information about sites, especially the detailed information about visitors, like their interests and age group!
Compared to my April stats, I saw an increase in sessions, users, and page views. The average session duration is down just slightly, but I’m still pleased that people are hanging around for a few minutes.
Blogging Income Report
Okay, so I hesitated to create this post because I’m not pulling any income… yet.
I’ve just now started focusing on monetizing my blog for only about 10 days. But, I don’t want to wait until I’m pulling full-time income figures to start these reports.
But hang in there with me. In 6-8 months, I hope to make Drake’s song “Started From The Bottom” my blogging theme song, haha!
GOOD NEWS: I got 2 affiliate purchases through my Amazon Associates links, but I won’t count that as income until I receive the payment.
My conversion number is extremely low on Amazon Associates, so I’m going to focus on increasing that over the next couple of months.
I’m honestly baffled how I could have 534 clicks and only 2 purchases unless my readers weren’t aware they were clicking on a link for a product.
I’m looking forward to seeing more purchases once I’m finished with Tasha’s Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: Master Course.
- ConvertKit – $29
- PicMonkey – $7.99
- Grammarly Premium – $74 for the annual plan
- Tailwind – $120 for annual Plus Plan
Total Expenses for May: $230.99
May Blog Posts – 7 total
- 10 TIPS TO EASE YOUR FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
- PUTTING MY GUEST ROOM TO WORK: MY 6 MONTH AIRBNB INCOME REPORT
- 7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START JOURNALING
- LIFE AFTER CORPORATE – 4 MONTH UPDATE
- 50+ LIFESTYLE PINTEREST BOARDS TO BOOST TRAFFIC
- THIS WHOLE BLOG THING: WHY I STARTED BLOGGING
- SIDE HUSTLE SECRETS PT 1: HOW TO SAVE 50% ON AIRFARE
On May 4th, my guest post on the benefits of journaling went live on Michele’s Finding Happiness. This will probably hold a special place in my heart since it’s my first official guest post. It’s driven a bit of traffic to my site, which has been helpful.
I just checked my post and saw that it’s been shared over 320 times on Pinterest in 30 days, which is significantly more shares that any of the posts on my blog. I hope it keeps circulating and continues to drive traffic to both of our sites.
Shout out to Michele for featuring my post – I appreciate it!
May (and June) Focus: Monetizing My Blog
Aside from publishing quality content, I’ve been focusing on ways to monetize my blog. It seems like I’ve been purchasing a lot of tools and services for my blog during May, so I’d like to be able to recoup some of that money so that I can continue being a corporate dropout.
At the end of May, I took the Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers course by Tasha Agruso, blogger at Designer Trapped. By taking this course, I learned several helpful strategies to monetize my blog, and I knew relatively quickly that I wanted to upgrade to Tasha’s Master course, which I just did a few days ago. It’s packed full of information and Tasha shares her more detailed strategies that helped her make $16k per month in affiliate sales.
I’d highly recommend Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers if you’re interested in rocking affiliate sales.
Changes I’ve Made
Tailwind I attribute part of my growth in Pinterest referred traffic to using Tailwind to schedule my pins. I was skeptical, so I signed up for a 30-day trial.When my trial ran out, I immediately paid for a Plus account.
In case you didn’t know, Pinterest is where it’s at, and you need to consistently pin your content (and others’). Tailwind makes it so much easier to do this. I used to spend probably 3 hours on Pinterest per day, but now only spend 20 mins scheduling my pins for the week. A bonus result of pinning more frequently also means that I’ve seen an increase in followers.
If you’d like to try Tailwind too, I’d love for you to use my link and get a free 30-day trial.
I’d like to see future iterations of Tailwind to include scheduling pins to tribes. The number of tribes still seems relatively small, so I’m seeing a lot of the same pins in my tribes. It’s harder to find a variety of pins to re-pin.
Oh Grammarly, how did I ever live without you? I’ve always thought I was a decent writer, but Grammarly came in was like:
Grammarly has shown me that I’m a little too generous with commas and that my grammar isn’t always perfect, despite what I’d like to believe. *grasps pearls*
I’ve loved Grammarly so much that I upgraded to Grammarly Premium in May. Since my goal is to start incorporating sponsored content, my writing needs to be on point.
Check out Grammarly if you’re interested in ensuring your writing is error-free. The free option is a huge help for any writer.
My June Blog Goals
- Increase Pinterest Followers to 300. (228 followers as of 6/1/17)
- Write one guest post
- Comment on at least 30 blogs to help increase traffic
- Make at least $25 in affiliate sales
- Write 8 blog posts
- Complete Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: Master Course
Throughout this process, I have to remind myself:
“Progress, not perfection.”
I’m seeing progress, so I’m happy!
If you have a blog report, let me know in the comments section. I’d love to see yours as well.
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