how I made $4,952.70 in one Month of blogging

Welcome to another blog and income update. I should admit that when I first started writing my blog updates, I was nervous. Honestly, sharing these updates has helped me so much, and I hope they are helpful to you all in some way.

I am learning something new every day in every aspect of blogging, and I love sharing my experiments with you.

This month was again a slow month regarding traffic due to a dip in Pinterest. As I mentioned last month, I changed my posting frequency from three times a week to two times a week. I believe this did not have much impact on my traffic.

If you are thinking of starting a blog, just do it. I took the leap and started my blog, and now I am making significant income from it. It took time and hard work, but it is all worth it. I have a very easy step-by-step guide to starting a blog even if you are not a techie. So go ahead and start your money-making blog.

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.

Let’s head over to last month’s stats.

TRAFFIC

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I had slightly lower traffic compared to last month, but the things I am happy about are the growing number of return visitors and the decreasing bounce rate. 

The pins that are still viral on Pinterest and that get me most of the traffic come from the below blog posts: 

rev.com Review: Make Money from Home as a Captioner (51.2K shares)
How to Make Money without a Job – 27 Legit Ways in 2023 (36.2K shares)
23 Profitable Hobbies That Make Money in 2023 (20.6K shares)
Secret to Making Money with Online Surveys (3.6K shares)
24 Legitimate Part-Time Online Jobs in 2023 (4.5K shares)
How to Start a Blog and Make Money – A Free Guide to Make Money Blogging in 2023 (8.6K shares)

I owe most of my Pinterest traffic to the manual pinning that I do following the strategies in Pinteresting Strategies. This eBook has changed my Pinterest game totally.

Here are some of my previous month’s income updates:

How I Made $3,226.89 in 5th Month of Blogging
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

SUBSCRIBERS

My subscribers are growing at a good pace, but I am working on expanding my list more aggressively from next month. My list is at around 1,400 now. Though my opt-ins are doing well, I need to work more on increasing my subscribers and offer more freebies.

PINTEREST

Once again, this month my follower count has grown more than 1K, and slowly the traffic from Pinterest seems to be picking up. I have been making some changes to the board descriptions and updating old pins, which seems to be getting traffic.

FACEBOOK

Apart from working on Pinterest, I have been focusing on traffic from Facebook and growing my reach on this platform. I have been experimenting with Facebook ads as well. My organic reach is growing, and I am really excited to test new things on this channel. The Facebook GPS course that I am doing now has some amazing tips. I can’t wait to finish the course and work on the strategies.

TWITTER

Apart from sharing my posts and retweeting, I am not working much on this social media channel. I hope I can focus on Twitter more in the coming months.

INSTAGRAM

I have been working a lot on Instagram, and I am happy that my follower count has increased to 230. I am excited to grow on this platform as it allows me to share my love for photography and traveling. I love the freedom I get to pursue my passions and all this is possible because of my blog.

Now for the income report.

Last month, my blog income was $4,952.90, and most of it was from affiliates and ads.

INCOME REPORT

Affiliate Income

Survey Affiliates (iGain, MaxBounty, Panthera Network) – $2,502.7
Bluehost – $800
Bookkeeper Launch $348.50
Pinteresting Strategies – $115.20
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – $67.60
Strategies Worth Sharing – $32
Traffic Transformation – $20
Amazon – $10.75
BookScouter – $10.05
5 Ways to get FREE Items to Resell for Profit – $2.80

Ads – $1,043.30

EXPENSES

BoardBooster – $15
Courses – $64

NET INCOME – $4,873.90

I have been working on diversifying my income, and I am quite happy that it is working.

I believe affiliate marketing is the best way to make money blogging, and the biggest help that I got early on was from the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. This course has done wonders for my income, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about making money from blogging.

Things I Did

I have been working more on growing Pinterest traffic by updating old pins and changing board descriptions. I am also creating more related niche boards, which can be helpful for being found in searches.

As I mentioned earlier, I have been working on other social media channels like Facebook and Instagram apart from focusing on SEO.

What I learned

Blogging is not merely writing content. It’s so much more than that; it’s about promoting, networking, learning new things and giving the best to your audience.

It can be overwhelming sometimes especially with the promoting part. I believe different social media channels have different strategies and focusing on what works on them can give you the best results.

What’s Next

I will continue to post twice a week and see how it goes with regard to traffic. Right now, I am focusing on Instagram, so I want to learn how things work on this platform. I would love any tips from you:-)

I am also brainstorming how to create more freebies for my readers. With more interviews and different money-making side hustles in the pipeline, I am excited for the next month.

Traffic

I would love to reach 125,000 page views by next month. Though it’s a slow process, I am hoping to see some good results next month as I am working on Facebook along with testing new things with Pinterest.

Income

I never have an income target. I love seeing growth in every part of my blog, and I would be happy with any increase. As I am nearing my blog anniversary, I am working on reaching a good income mark.

Subscribers

I want to work on growing my subscribers and reaching a new audience. My focus next month will be to launch a freebie and increase my subscribers to 1,700.

As a new blogger, the whole blogging thing can feel like too much to handle when it comes to some aspects of 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 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.

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.

Bluehost – I have had a great experience with Bluehost. Blogging is a great side hustle, and if you are waiting to start a money-making blog on a budget, then Bluehost is the way to go.

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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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14 Comments

  1. Your income reports are amazing as usual! How much traffic do I need to sign up for the ad network you’re using? $1k on ads alone is pretty cool!

    1. Hey Alvin,

      Thank you!! I am with Mediavine and you need a minimum of 25k sessions for this ad network.

  2. Thanks for sharing your income reports. Always very motivating! I’m still in the early stages of my blog and I get overwhelmed trying to decide what to work on.

    Can you tell me more about the survey affiliates you use? Are they easy to work with? Is there any requirements? Thanks!

    1. Hey Sasha,

      Thanks!! It can be quite overwhelming in the start, I have been there:-). I am with iGain, Maxbounty, Panthera and Blue Media Ventures for the survey affiliates I promote. So far, I have a good experience working with them. They don’t have any requirements to join.

  3. Wow! This is inspiring if I do say myself! A few questions regarding manual pinning. I’ve been hearing a lot of rave about it. How do you keep track? How many pins do you pin a day? Lastly, did you stop using Tailwind/Boadboosters?

    Sorry. I’m a newbie

    1. Hi Grace,

      Thanks!! Manual pinning is definitely time taking but it worth it. I simply note down the pins I am pinning everyday. I pin around 80 to 90 pins a day. I still use Boardbooster for looping and Tailwind for analytics.

  4. Hi, Sireesha!

    Awesome results! 🙂 I am currently doing the manually pinning method and have been for about 2 weeks and noticed a dip in my traffic this week. Before I started manually pinning I used Tailwind for my scheduling and was getting around 60,000 monthly page views! Did you notice a dip in your traffic when you first started manually pinning? I heard that sometimes if you used a scheduler like Tailwind at first then switch to “only” manually pinning you might experience a dip in traffic the first month with the switch.

    1. Hey Latasha,

      Thanks!! I did see a dip my traffic when I started with manual pinning, but it was back up in a month. Just keep at it, you will surely see great results.

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