I always look forward to this time of the month to share all the happenings in my blogging journey. I still can’t believe it’s been one year since I started.
Publishing my income reports has helped me a lot in learning what went wrong and what worked. And based on the emails I get, I am super happy that they are helpful to you as well.
This is my first income report in the second year of blogging, and there are some important things that I want to share with all of you.
Every day I get emails from my readers asking a lot of things about blogging, and there is one thing I tell everyone:
I still remember the day I decided to start my blog—THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!!
That single step earned me over $36,000 alone in my first year of blogging, and I am looking forward to bigger things this year.
If you are thinking of starting a blog, today is the best day to do it. You can start your money-making blog for just $2.95/month (remember this price is only through my link and for a limited time!) when you sign up for a 12-month basic plan, and you get a FREE domain.
There are two reasons I share my blog update and income report: first, to be accountable, and second, to show you no matter how young your blog is, you can make money from it.
Update: From this month on, I will be sharing my blog updates from the 1st to the end of the month instead of the 23rd (which is the date my blog went live). The below update includes the last week of July.
Now for my blog updates.
Last month’s page views were a bit low as it’s still the summer slump. The thing that I am super excited about is my bounce rate is going down.
It is because of two reasons:
- I have been including more related posts in all of my blog posts.
- I am trying to write longer posts with 800 to 1500 words whenever possible.
My returning visitors are also on the rise, which means that my post engagement is going up.
Finishing my first year of blogging with so much support and feedback has given me a great boost and encourage me to continue providing more useful content.
Here are some of my past month’s income updates:
How I Earned $5,126.59 in 6th Month of Blogging
How I Made $4,051.07 in One Month of Blogging
How I Made $3,002.94 in One Month of Blogging
How I Made $5,189.08 in 9th Month of Blogging
How I Made $4,952.70 in One Month of Blogging
Though I didn’t focus on list building until late in my blogging journey, it has grown very fast.
My FREE blogging course is doing very well, and it makes my day when I get emails from my readers about how the course is helping them. I have poured everything that I have learned into this course, and the feedback I am getting is simply awesome.
Right now my subscribers are at 2,500, and I am hoping to grow my list at a faster rate from this month on by offering more useful freebies.
If you are new to blogging, then I would suggest you focus on Pinterest more than other platforms. Pinterest has been my major traffic source, and I give most of the credit for my growth to the manual pinning technique I learned from Pinteresting Strategies.
I have over over 8K Pinterest followers now, but I’ve come to understand that you don’t need to have a huge following to get massive traffic. It is more about the right pinning strategies. The followers will grow eventually.
My Facebook growth has been steady, and apart from focusing on Pinterest, I spend a large amount of my time on this social media channel. I am part of many Facebook groups, and if you are starting out with a new blog, then I highly recommend joining groups to kick-start your page views.
If you are looking for a good guide or resource to get started on this platform, then you need Brittany Ann’s Strategies Worth Sharing. I cannot say enough good things about this eBook.
As I mentioned in my last blog update, this year I plan to focus on Twitter. Though right now this platform does not drive much traffic to my blog, I believe I need to work on it to see a change.
My growth through this social media channel is something I am very proud of. I worked very hard to grow my presence on Instagram—as you know, I love photography. I have crossed 1K followers on this channel now, and I am planning to grow more this month.
Now for the income report: last month my income was $5,898.73 (inclusive of the last week of July), and most of it was from affiliate marketing and display advertising.
Survey Affiliates (iGain, MaxBounty, Panthera Network) – $1,320.37
Bluehost – $2,080
Bookkeeper Launch – $196.75
30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success – $124
Pinteresting Strategies – $98.56
Transcribe Anywhere – $97.80
Strategies Worth Sharing – $28
Amazon – $6.81
Ads – $1,946.45
BoardBooster – $15
NET INCOME – $5,883.74
*Please keep in mind that this income report includes income generated from the 24th of July to the 31st of August.*
The revenue numbers are looking good in spite of the traffic slump. One thing I worked on was to diversify my income sources, and it is working. Last month, my income was generated from many sources, and I will keep working on expanding these sources more.
The most frequent question I get in emails from my readers who have started blogging is how to start making money. Well, when I started I was clueless, and one resource that helped me immensely to start making money with my blog was the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.
This course is an all inclusive course about affiliate marketing. Apart from this, the bonuses that you get with this course have also contributed hugely to my affiliate income success.
Things I Did
I have been tweaking my blog layout a bit to optimize it for ad earnings. As you know, I have changed to Raptive, and I am very pleased with its support.
I am getting ready to write content ahead of time for the coming months so that I can focus more on building my list and promoting better.
I am constantly updating new pins for some blog posts. I highly recommend doing this if you want more views on Pinterest for your old blog posts.
But the biggest impact I have seen came from the bonuses that I offered in my FREE blogging course. I am planning to add more useful bonuses for this course. I want to help you succeed in your blogging journey.
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What I Learned
I am a lifelong learner. And blogging is perfect for someone like me. When it comes to blogging, you get to learn so many things each and every day.
With the success of my free blogging course, I have come to understand that many work-at-home enthusiasts want to start blogging, and I intend to create more content for them.
As the summer slump comes to an end this month, I will be focusing on promoting more on different social media channels and also working on SEO.
This year, my primary focus would be to get more traffic and reduce the bounce rate further. I am hoping to see the page views crossing 150K this month. Very hopeful of reaching this target!
As I always say, instead of having a target for income, I love to see some income progression. The ultimate goal this year would be to break five figures. Wish me luck!
I already have some ideas for creating freebies for my readers. I will work toward growing my subscribers to over 3,000 this month.
Update: All the below resources have helped me immensely to reach this point in one year of blogging. I highly recommend them, and they can be quite helpful to all of you—no matter what stage of blogging you are at. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about these resources.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – This is by far the best course I’ve ever taken, and it has helped me with many aspects of affiliate marketing. This course is a must for anyone who is serious about making money from a blog.
Pinteresting Strategies – Carly’s Pinterest strategies helped me grow my traffic exponentially, and in turn, my income. I have tested them, and they work.
Facebook GPS – Tracie is a pro when it comes to Facebook strategies, and her course is a complete guide to growing your Facebook followers. My reach is increasing every day as I keep implementing tips from the course.
Traffic Transformation – I love Lena’s eBook for the fact that she dives into getting traffic from less frequently used platforms like StumbleUpon and Google+.
Strategies Worth Sharing – This is an eBook 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 eBook to grow your traffic.