I finished two months of blogging!!
Wow, it is amazing that my blog is two months old. Never thought I could come this far.
Last month was full of big happenings for me.
Some of my posts did really well on Pinterest. There was a big increase in my returning visitors with many of my readers subscribing to my blog.
Though I had big goals for the second month, my blog surpassed my targets in terms of traffic and the bonus was, I started making money from my blog.
It wasn’t much, but my first affiliate sale is something I am going to remember for a long time.
So, let’s dive into details now.
This is my major win; my traffic skyrocketed, and the biggest sources were Pinterest, StumbleUpon and Facebook.
Some of my posts which are doing good:
- How to Make Money from Your Hobbies
- Make Money From Home As A Captioner
- 7+ Ways to Make Extra Income Online
- 21+ Free Tools & Websites to Make Money
Do you want to know the biggest secret to my climbing traffic, I devoured Lena Presley Gott’s Blog Traffic Ebook.
It is full of actionable tips to bump up your page views. If you are starting out or even blogging for some time, I cannot stress enough on this incredible resource to make your traffic grow.
Last month I had 45 subscribers and this month my list has grown to 130. I am happy that I have reached my goal for this month. The biggest reason for my growth was, I started sending latest work at home jobs to my subscribers.
Another thing that spiked my list, I am doing a lot of offline marketing and reaching out to more and more people who are looking for side hustles.
I had 280 followers in August, this month it has grown to 560. I know it is a still small number, I am hoping to increase it to 2000 by next month. The best part is, Pinterest has become my number one referral.
What made this happen?
I signed up for Tailwind this month and started scheduling around 50 pins a day. What I like about tailwind is the analytics. I still use Boardbooster for pinning to group boards and for its looping feature. I think using the best features of these two tools is the reason for my Pinterest traffic growth.
StumbleUpon is still my second referral source. I am following a simple strategy with StumbleUpon.
- Stumble regularly
- Stumble others content more than mine
One thing I have observed is, list posts do well on StumbleUpon. I will continue to test some new things with this social media platform.
This is another win for me. I have grown my Facebook likes from 50 to 670 in a month. Again, I completely attribute this win to Brittany Ann’s ‘Strategies Worth Sharing‘ ebook. I bought this ebook long before I started blogging, but only implemented the tips in the last month.
Reaching 1000 likes would be an achievement for me.
I am still slow on Twitter, last month I had 200 followers, this month I have 245. Though the growth is slow, I am happy to connect with some awesome people and hope to increase my followers next month.
I have not been much active on Instagram. But I am experimenting some things, like using different hashtags, posting at particular times. I started using the ‘Tag for Likes‘ for using the hashtags. It is super useful and makes the whole process of finding the right hashtags easy. Last month I had 60 followers and this month it’s 67. Need to work on this.
Things I did
The biggest thing that I did was finishing the ‘Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing‘ course. I can say, I know many things about affiliate marketing now, which I was totally ignorant of before taking this course, even though I wanted to monetize my blog with affiliate marketing.
What more can I say about this course other than that I already see affiliate sales in the same month I finished it?
I am also looking forward to the interviews I am planning with some influencers, which will be very helpful for my readers.
I am very excited for what I am planning this month.
What I learned
One lesson I have learned is to be more organized to be active on all social media platforms. I have entirely neglected Instagram. Working on changing this next month.
Another thing which is necessary for your blog growth is to invest in some resources. Before starting the blog, I knew I wanted to monetize my blog, but did not have a plan. After Michelle’s course, I know how to go about it. I am happy that I have invested in this course.
I would love to double my traffic from 25,000 to 50,000 page views. Need to work harder to reach that number.
I reached my target goal of 100 subscribers. My next month goal is to reach 300 subscribers. I planned for an opt-in last month but could not get it done. This month I am surely going to have the opt-in done and hope the numbers will rise after that.
Stay tuned for more fantastic interviews and more useful posts about many side hustles.
Fingers crossed, I might publish my first income update next month.
How was your second month of blogging? Please share in the comments.