Finally, it is the time for my month update.
I can’t believe my blog is four months old now.
It has been an incredible journey so far, and I am amazed at the growth I could achieve. Thanks to all my readers.
It was a great month for me with regards to traffic and income.
There are many things I learned this month and many more things I plan on working for the next month.
The two reasons I am sharing my blog update and income report, first to be accountable and then to show you no matter how young your blog is, you can make money from it.
My target was to reach 70,000 page views this month, and I did not set a goal for income, as I wanted to see if it grows steadily.
So, did I achieve my traffic goal?
I got 75,000 page views!! I am happy to see that the growth is steady, and the page views are increasing. The bounce rate also decreased a bit from previous month.
A couple of my posts went mini-viral on Pinterest.
The posts which are going great:
How to Make $1000 A Month Online Without A Job (6k shares)
Make Money From Home As A Captioner (20k shares)
How to Make Money from Your Hobbies (4.6k shares)
9 Online Jobs Paying Up to $15 An Hour (1.3k shares)
The main traffic source is Pinterest, with Facebook and StumbleUpon being the secondary sources.
I always heard how great Pinterest is for bloggers; now I know why. I have also started pinning manually, testing a new strategy.
If you are new to my blog, here are my past blog updates:
- How I Got over 16,000 Page Views in the First Month of Blogging
- Month Two Traffic Update: How I Got Over 25,000 Page Views With A New Blog
- Month 3 Blog Update: 50,000 Page Views and My First Income Report
I have 400 subscribers now, which is more than what I had set a target for myself. I intend to focus on growing my list further from next month.
I understand that offering a freebie or having a great opt-in will increase the subscribers, but I am still brainstorming about what to offer in my opt-in which can be super helpful for my readers.
I reached 1.4k followers, and that’s a jump of 500 in one month. I am totally happy with my reach. Pinterest has been a game changer for me. For the first two months, Pinterest was not the primary traffic source for me, but now it drives more than 90% traffic. I have been testing some strategies with Pinterest, which are working for me now.
- I pin at least 30 pins every day mostly others’ pins
- I am pinning manually now, just wanted to test this after reading Carly Campbell’s Pinterest Strategy
- I still use Tailwind and Boardbooster for their analytics and looping features, which save tons of time for me
I am at 750 likes on Facebook. It is the only social media platform which drives more traffic after Pinterest. I have devoured Brittany’s Ebook and can say for sure; it is working great for me.
I intend to increase the reach more this month by experimenting on some posts with different timings.
I am not focussing on Twitter much, for the fact that it is not getting much traffic. However, I do post on it regularly, but I need to focus on it more like Facebook.
Ok, I have totally neglected Instagram. I do understand that building this platform is important with regards to brand opportunities. I need to take the time to work on it, which I plan to next month hopefully.
Ads – $345.24
Boardbooster – $5
Grum – $10
Ultimate Bloggers Bundle – $97
NET INCOME – $2,235.17
I am happy with the way the income is growing. I was always skeptical about getting such an income so early in the blogging journey. But now, I know that if you implement proper strategies and work hard towards promotion, it is possible.
One resource that helped me immensely to generate my income is Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.
I never took tons of courses before starting my blog; this was the only course I took, and it has helped me to understand every aspect of affiliate marketing and many things about blogging as well.
Things I did
I firmly believe that blogging is a journey where you help others with your knowledge or passion, and you learn something every day.
This month I invested in the Ultimate Bloggers bundle to learn more about every aspect of blogging. I have only gone through a part of it, and it is definitely worth the price.
I changed my ad network to Mediavine, which is doing good so far. I have heard a lot about this ad network, and I am testing it now and will update you how it goes.
Right now I am testing different strategies for Pinterest, which are working out. I will keep you updated how these go next month.
I am so thankful to Carly for sharing her strategies which are getting me great results.
What I learned
One biggest lesson I had learned this month is, you don’t need to have a super popular blog, or you don’t need to have all of your posts to be viral to generate income. Even a single viral post can generate revenue for you.
Investment of time and money towards learning and implementing new strategies are necessary to grow your blog. Though I didn’t make much last month, I invested in learning this month, which is already paying off.
I have started writing reviews for some online money making resources for the reason that there are so many scammy ones on the web.
I am happy to know that many of my readers are having a great benefit from my side hustle interviews which I intend to continue in the coming months.
I am also trying to implement some tips in Blog Traffic Ebook with regards to Google+ as I want to see the potential of this social media platform.
With the steady growth of page views for the last three months, I am aiming at reaching 100k page views next month. If I can achieve that, that will be a HUGE win for me.
Ending this year with such a significant milestone would be awesome!!
I would love to increase the income next month. Hopefully, I will see a bigger figure than this month.
I have to work towards increasing my subscribers to 500 next month. Maybe, I can figure out what to offer to my readers.
As a new blogger, the whole blogging thing can be too much to handle when it comes to some aspects like getting traffic, making money, increasing followers.
But it can be a smooth process if you implement the right strategies, here are some resources which helped me to reach this stage, I highly recommend them and they can be quite helpful no matter at what stage of blogging you are.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – This is by far the best course I took and it has helped me in many aspects of affiliate marketing. This course is a must for anyone who is serious about making money from their blog.
Blog Traffic Ebook – I love Lena’s Ebook for the fact that she dives into the areas of getting traffic from less frequently used platforms like Stumbleupon and Google+.
Strategies Worth Sharing – An Ebook which I bought even before starting my blog and it helped me to reach 700+ likes on Facebook. With Facebook being the second biggest referral for traffic for many bloggers, you need to invest in this to grow your traffic.
I am excited for next month as is it the end of the year (hope to see further growth in income). I have some more interesting interviews, reviews planned for next month.
How was your blog month update? Please share in the comments.