month 4 blog update

Finally, it is time for my monthly 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 have achieved. Thanks to all my readers!

It was a great month for me with regard to traffic and income.

There are many things I learned this month and many more things I plan to work on next month.

There are two reasons I am sharing 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.

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?

Let’s see…


google analytics screenshot oct-nov 2016

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 the previous month.

A couple of my posts went mini-viral on Pinterest.

These are the posts that are going great:

How to Make Money Without a Job – 27 Legit Ways in 2023 (6K shares) Review: Make Money from Home as a Captioner (20K shares)
23 Profitable Hobbies That Make Money in 2023 (4.6K shares)
32 Top Jobs That Pay $15 an Hour or More in 2023 (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:


I have 400 subscribers now, which is more than what I had set as 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 number of subscribers, but I am still brainstorming about what to offer as my opt-in that will be super helpful for my readers.


pinterest screenshot oct - nov 2016

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% of my traffic. I have been testing some strategies with Pinterest, which are working for me now.

  • I pin at least 30 pins every day—mostly people’s pins.
  • I am pinning manually now. I just wanted to test this after reading Carly Campbell’s Pinteresting Strategies.
  • 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 that drives a lot of traffic after Pinterest. I devoured Brittany’s eBook and can say for sure that her strategies are working great for me.

I intend to increase the reach more this month by experimenting with posting at different times.


I am not focusing on Twitter much due to the fact that I don’t get much traffic from it. However, I do post on it regularly, but I need to focus on it more like I do with Facebook.


OK, I have totally neglected Instagram. I do understand that building this platform is important with regard to brand opportunities. I need to take the time to work on it, which I plan to do next month hopefully.


Affiliate Income

Survey Affiliates (iGain, MaxBounty, Panthera Network) – $1,902.80
Bluehost – $65
Traffic Transformation – $30
Indeed – $3.03
BookScouter – $.90
Grammarly – $.20

Ads – $345.24


BoardBooster – $5
Grum – $10
Ultimate Blogger’s Bundle – $97

NET INCOME $2,235.17

I am happy with the way my 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 on promotion, it is possible.

One resource that helped me immensely to generate my income is Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.

I didn’t take 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 Blogger’s Bundle to learn more about every aspect of blogging. I have only gone through part of it, and it is definitely worth the price.

I changed my ad network to Mediavine, which is doing well so far. I have heard a lot about this ad network, and I am testing it now and will update you on how it goes.

Right now, I am testing different strategies for Pinterest, which are working out. I will keep you updated on 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 of the biggest lessons I learned this month is you don’t need to have a super popular blog and you don’t need to have all of your posts go viral to generate income. Even a single viral post can generate revenue for you.

Investment of time and money in learning and implementing new strategies is necessary to grow your blog. Though I didn’t make much last month, I invested in learning this month, which is already paying off.

What’s Next?

I have started writing reviews for some online money-making resources because there are so many scammy ones on the web.

I am happy to know that many of my readers are benefiting from my side hustle interviews, which I intend to continue in the coming months.

I am also trying to implement some tips from this eBook Traffic Transformation 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 toward 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 my income next month. Hopefully, I will see a bigger figure than this month.


I have to work toward increasing my subscribers to 500 next month. Maybe I can figure out what to offer to my readers.

For new bloggers, the whole blogging thing can feel like too much to handle when it comes to some aspects like getting traffic, making money, and increasing followers.

But it can be a smooth process if you implement the right strategies. Here are some resources that helped me to reach this stage. I highly recommend them, and they can be quite helpful—no matter what stage of blogging you are at.

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 their blog.

Pinteresting Strategies – Carly’s Pinterest strategies helped me to exponentially grow my traffic and, in turn, my income. I have tested them and they definitely work.

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.

I am excited for next month as it is the end of the year (hope to see further growth in income). I have some more interesting interviews and reviews planned for next month.

Happy blogging!!

How was your blog month update? Please share in the comments.

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About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha, and thank you for stopping by to get to know me. I am a work-at-home mom, a side hustler, and a firm believer in making "working from home" a success for everyone. I have worked in a remote job for over 11 years and tried many side gigs. I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, and Skillcrush.Read more...

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