Welcome to another blog and income update where I will show you how I earned a full-time income as a part-time blogger.
Income was stable last month, and although traffic fluctuated, it did not affect the income much.
This is because I focused on something else last month.
I will talk about that later in the post.
Last month was also the time where I took part in one of my first big affiliate launches. I have never done that before, and it was great.
I learned so much from this launch and being with so many big bloggers on the same platform was a great experience.
My primary focus for February was to work on Pinterest and SEO, and I see some excellent results. I know getting organic traffic is a long game, but I see small wins already.
I am quite excited to share this month’s blog update because there was so much happening last month, and I want to give you a peek into how I did my first affiliate launch. It’s a first for me!
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 still make money from it.
If this is the side hustle you are looking for, then this easy step-by-step guide will help you to get started. If I can do this as a stay-at-home mom, you can too!
But first, let’s see how my traffic was in February.
Page views were down from 166K to 137K. I was expecting this as I knew the page views would settle down after the Pinterest update.
I am still averaging around 5K to 6K page views most days.
Since last month, many of my pins are taking off, even updated pins for old posts. After noticing this, I started creating more pins, and they have been doing well too.
I recommend you do this, no matter how your traffic is going. Giving new content to Pinterest is what drives page views.
These are the posts that did well last month:
This is why I always recommend creating new pins as often as possible. There might be a dip in traffic from now until May if your biggest traffic referral is Pinterest, but keep creating new pins and pinning as usual. It will surely help to keep the page views from dipping a lot.
My organic traffic keeps climbing slowly. Right now I am getting around 130–170 organic page views every day. This gives me encouragement to work more on SEO.
I am using Google Keyword Planner to find the keywords. But this is only one part of it; doing a lot of on-page SEO and building good backlinks are both a big part of search engine optimization.
The blogging club I am in includes an in-depth SEO course, which talks a lot about using SEMrush. I am going to focus more on using SEMrush from this month.
My list is growing fast, and I have another SUPER useful freebie for my readers this month. I have been talking to subscribers a lot and trying to find out their most significant challenges. I hope this freebie will be able to help them.
My email list is the reason for my stable income even though my traffic was low last month. I signed up for a very in-depth autoresponder course – AutoResponder Madness (ARM).
This course has helped me a lot to reach out to my readers and help them with their challenges.
The best thing about this course is it was created by a person who does not have any expert skills in copywriting and has generated six figures with little email lists like less 3,000 subscribers.
Can’t thank Andre enough for creating such a great resource!
I work more on Pinterest than any other social media platform. Now that the Pinterest update has been completed, I might see lower page views from Pinterest. Nevertheless, I am creating new pins, joining new group boards, and pinning more.
Though I pin manually everyday, I loop my boards with
BoardBooster, and use Tailwind to find out how my pins are doing on group boards. It’s important to find out what pins are doing well, which boards have most repins, and what timings work.
Tailwind has been quite helpful to analyze the right times to pin at.
I highly recommend manual pinning because that’s what got me from 700K to 2.3M monthly viewers on Pinterest. And to learn how to pin manually, I recommend Carly’s Pinteresting Strategies.
The Pinteresting Strategies eBook will be the only resource you need to get started. If you have been pinning manually for some time, you might want to grab Jennifer’s Pinterest Improvement Master Plan. This is a very in-depth course that will teach you a lot about Pinterest and how it works.
I continue to get reasonably good traffic from Facebook. Last month, I experimented with some new tips for running Facebook ads, and I was able to get the CPC down to $0.05. I will be focusing more on this month.
I am also planning to run Facebook ads every month to see if I get better with it.
By now you must know that I love side hustling, and Instagram is one medium where I see a potential to start another side hustle. Both traveling and photography are my passions, and I would love to create a side hustle around them.
On a personal level, I love posting on Instagram, and this is something I enjoy a lot.
Now for the income update.
Last month, my income was $4,511.16 before expenses. Most of it was from affiliates and display advertising.
Survey Affiliates (iGain, MaxBounty, Panthera Network) – $910.34
Bluehost – $800
Work-At-Home School – $494
30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success – $277.20
Bookkeeper Launch – $157.25
Flipper University – $154.10
Billionaire Blog Club – $99.60
Instamizing: Passion and Profits – $97.60
VIPKid – $60
Earn More Writing – $59.70
Transcribe Anywhere – $47
AmazonFBA – $39.60
Rakuten – $30
Pinteresting Strategies – $25.60
Pinterest VA – $25.60
BookScouter – $7.45
Amazon – $6.73
Sittercity – $2.46
EXPENSES – $459
NET INCOME –$4,052.56
The income was stable mainly because of two things. I participated in an affiliate launch, and I diversified my income sources last month.
You can see that there are many affiliates that are new, and they are very helpful for my readers.
I love affiliate marketing for the fact that it is mostly passive.
If you want to learn affiliate marketing in the right way, then you need to grab the course that got me started in affiliate marketing. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is the course that made a massive difference to my earnings right from the start.
Though I do want to focus on sponsorships now, I might look at that in the second quarter.
Things I Did
The biggest thing I did last month was using all the tips and strategies from ARM for the affiliate launch. I have always loved autoresponders, but it was a daunting task to write them. Andre’s course gave me a lot of insights on how I can create great emails without being a copywriter, and most importantly, get great results with a small list.
If writing emails is your biggest challenge, I highly recommend this course.
I have been experimenting with Facebook ads and intend to do more in the coming months.
Last month was also special for me as I started another side hustle related to travel and photography. Will be updating you with how it goes.
What I Learned
The thing that I learned about myself was I can be good at emails. Taking Andre’s course was a big turning point for me, and I loved it.
Because social media traffic can fluctuate, your income does not have to be dependent on it. If you work on your email marketing and SEO a lot, your blog income can be high in spite of low social media traffic. You need to make your list building a priority.
I have fantastic side hustles lined up for this month. I continue to find new side hustles that let you work from anywhere.
I am still working toward getting 200K page views and reaching $10K income per month before the year ends.
Big task but achievable!
Update: All the below resources have helped me immensely to reach this point. 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 have 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 this course.
Traffic Transformation – I love Lena’s eBook for the fact that she dives into getting traffic from different social media channels.
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 resource to grow your traffic.
How did you get on your blog last month? Please comment below.