Welcome to another blog and income update. I should admit when I first started writing my blog updates I was nervous. Honestly, sharing these updates have 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.
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There are two reasons I share my blog update and income report, first to be accountable and then to show you no matter how young your blog is, you can make money from it.
Let’s head over to the last month’s stats,
I had slightly low traffic compared to last month, but the things that I am happy about are growing returning visitors and the decreasing bounce rate.
The pins which are still viral on Pinterest and get me most of the traffic are,
Make Money From Home As A Captioner (51.2k shares)
How to Make $1000 A Month Online Without A Job (36.2k shares)
How to Make Money from Your Hobbies (20.6k shares)
Secret to Making Money with Survey Panels (3.6k shares)
12 Legitimate Part-Time Online Jobs (4.5k shares)
How to Start a Blog to Make Money – A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Blog (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
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 good, I need to work more on increasing my subscribers and offer more freebies.
Once again this month my follower’s 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.
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.
Apart from sharing my posts and retweeting, I am not working more on this social media channel. I hope I can focus on Twitter more in coming months.
I have been working a lot on Instagram, and I am happy that my follower’s count has increased to 230. I am excited to grow on this platform as it allows me to share my love for photography and travelling. 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 $4,952.70, and most of it was from affiliates and ads.
Survey Affiliates (iGain, Maxbounty, Panthera Network) – $2,502.7
Bookkeeper Business Academy – $348.50
Pinteresting Strategies – $115.20
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – $67.60
Strategies Worth Sharing – $32
Blog Traffic eBook – $20
Amazon – $10.75
BookScouter – $10.05
5 Ways to get FREE Items to Resell for Profit –$2.80
Boardbooster – $15
NET INCOME –$4,873.07
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 I got the biggest help that I got early on was from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. This course has done wonders to 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 in 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 best results.
I will continue to post twice a week and see how it goes with regards 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 on how to create more freebies for my readers. With more interviews and different money making side hustles, I am excited for the next month.
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.
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.
I want to work on growing my subscribers and reaching new audience. My focus next month would be to launch a freebie and increase my subscribers to 1,700.
As a new blogger, the whole blogging thing can be too much to handle when it comes to some aspects of getting traffic, making money, increasing followers.
But it can be a smooth process if you implement the right strategies.
Here are some resources which helped me to reach this stage, I highly recommend them, and they can be quite helpful no matter at what stage of blogging you are.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – This is by far the best course I had ever taken, and it has helped me in 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.
Blog Traffic eBook – I love Lena’s eBook for the fact that she dives into the areas of getting traffic from less frequently used platforms like Stumbleupon and Google+.
Strategies Worth Sharing – An eBook which 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 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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