Inside: Get encouragement, tips and ideas from a small blogger income and traffic report. You CAN earn money blogging, even if it takes you longer than others.
It’s the first of the month, which means it’s time for another blog income and traffic report. I try to make these income reports information and helpful, full of blogging tips and ideas you can try with your own blog.
I decided to post these blog income reports for all the tiny bloggers, the stuck bloggers, the ones who look at those huge income reports of big bloggers and think, “That will never ever be me.”
A Blogging Pep Talk from a Small Blogger
Update: Perspective is everything, right? Some of you may come here and see my pageviews and think, “Small blogger? No way!” However, I spend time networking with bloggers getting 400K pageviews a month and earning $10,000 a month or more. I hope wherever you come from, you know that from February 2017 to May 2017, I had 3,000 pageviews a month. In December 2017, I had barely over 12,000 pageviews a month. I could have quit then, but I didn’t and now I’m seeing huge growth. Keep going!
The reality is, we all start somewhere. Every big blogger started at square one – maybe with head starts or advantages – but still, square one.
We are also all different. We have different goals, different capacities, different strengths, and different life circumstances.
What we write about on our blogs will be different because we ARE different. How we grow our blogs will be different. What I’ve learned from a year of blogging is that you can try to do the exact same thing as another blogger (same pinning strategy, email strategy, marketing strategy, content strategy: the works) and still get completely different results.
We try one thing; it doesn’t work. We try something that sends our traffic soaring, only to have it crash back down again.
Blogging takes resilience and perseverance and unfailing optimism (something I’ve had to choose to acquire in the last month).
Blogging takes getting back up, dusting ourselves off, and trying something different.
Blogging takes an endless amount of learning. As much as I’d love to take a break from new blogging courses for a while, I know I can’t.
You stop learning, and you limit your potential to grow your blog.
Alright, enough pep talk. On to the blog income report!
Blog Income and Traffic Report
This is the second month this year that I have been able to maintain my dramatic traffic increase (from December to January). Hopefully pageviews continue to stay high!
- Pageviews: 38,270
- Users: 28,443
- Sessions: 31,917
My Most Popular Posts
- 14 Things We Aren’t Buying to Make Ends Meet
- The Downside to Minimalism (that no one likes to talk about)
- The Best Place to Start Decluttering (when you’re too overwhelmed to start)
- Should I Attempt a VBAC Delivery? Advice from a Mom Who’s Had 3
- Search Engines
What Worked This Month
Using the Blogging Courses I Already Have
I decided to go back through two blogging courses I already have. I don’t want to be a course junkie, buying course after course without actually applying what I learn.
(Helpful Hint: If you can’t afford to buy new blogging courses, go back through what you already have.)
First, I poured back over an e-book I purchase early last year called Cracking the Code on the Amazon Associate’s Program. The book gives detailed strategies of how to increase your Amazon earnings from a blogger who was earning $4,000 a month on Amazon with the same amount of pageviews I have right now.
As soon as I saw those numbers during my reread, I knew I was seriously missing out on what the Amazon Associate’s Program has to offer.
I am getting pretty tired of people complaining about Amazon, and I am determined to make Amazon work for me. I am determined to defy the odds and increase my Amazon earnings dramatically. I want to stop chasing pageviews (as much, though getting into Adthrive would be nice) and maximize what I am already getting.
I am combining the information from Cracking the Code with what I learned in a brand new affiliate marketing course from my favorite blogger Carly Campbell (author of Pinteresting Strategies). She’s transparent, encouraging, available, and exceedingly helpful (I don’t know how she gets her own work done after helping others!). I learned more from her course than I did from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, a course that is more than double the price.
Carly’s new course launched TODAY at the low price of $67 (price good through March 11, 2018) with a bonus during the launch: you can get Cracking the Code for FREE when you purchase Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: Everything You’re Missing.
Because I was pouring over Cracking the Code last month, an email from the course creator caught my eye. Ashli Sweat (of Million Dollar Mama) created another course recently called Traffic Boost Bootcamp.
While I found that I already knew a lot of the information after blogging for a year, I still found things to implement, which I can tell from Google analytics are helping to sustain and increase my pageviews. In fact, it is helping get traffic to posts I expected to do well on Pinterest, but didn’t do as well as I thought.
Maintaining and Increasing Blog Traffic
I was able to maintain and increase my traffic from last month. I’m still waiting for it to crash down. It seems too good to be true.
I am learning to ride the waves of daily traffic trends without freaking out (too much). Watching google analytics is helpful for optimizing posts getting Google and Pinterest traffic, so I needed to be able to do it without it emotionally affecting me.
I continue to use Tailwind, Tailwind tribes (I still need to utilize these more), one weekly pin for pin thread, and our Pinteresting Strategies weekly thread.
I’ve come up with a combination of pin styles to choose from so that designing them takes less time. This used to take me hours! If there is one thing I would love to outsource down the road, it’s pin design.
My search engine traffic bumped up by about 10 sessions a day. It’s not much, but I’ll take it! I am focusing my content strategy on keywords I can actually rank for (I use my five free searches a day on this site to choose my keywords), but that I know will also do well on Pinterest.
Blog Income: $297.74
I count income what it hits my bank account. Keep in mind that some of this income was earned two months ago and is based on the traffic from two months ago (my ad income, from example was earned in November 2017, when I received around 15K pageviews).
- Mediavine: $194.33
- Freelance Writing: $33.68
- Affiliate Income: $69.73
Blog Expenses: $97.99
- ConvertKit: $29.99
- PDF Freebie Creation: $15
- Traffic Boost Bootcamp: $53 (on sale)
What I’m Changing
Investing Very Little Time in Facebook
Last month, I decided to invest time in Facebook. After their recent algorithm changes and dismal reports about tanking reach from bloggers everywhere, I am officially ignoring Facebook except to share new posts and ask the occasional engaging question without a lot of thought or strategy.
Hitting SEO Keyword Research Hard
I NEED to increase my Google Search Traffic. I want to not work as hard to maintain my current traffic. I also know that traffic from search engines is far more valuable for affiliate income than Pinterest traffic.
If I want to increase my affiliate income, I need to increase my search engine traffic. I also need to think through the most painful problems I can actually solve for my readers.
A key takeaway for me from Carly’s affiliate marketing course was this: targeting pain points leads to sales. When readers find your post through search engines they are looking for answers. If you have a solid answer in the form of a product, your conversions will increase, plain and simple.
Blogging Goals for March
In March, I want to increase my Amazon income substantially by applying all of my new affiliate marketing knowledge to every post I write.
I am working on developing a list building and email strategy for a multi-niche blog, which is no easy thing. It involves a lot of tough decisions.
I am only one person, after all, with four young children at home all day. I can only do so much.
I want to create a lead magnet that actually converts (and gets subscribers that stick). I finished creating a free e-book as a lead magnet: “How I Spend Only $500 a Year on Clothes for a Family of 6”. I have another freebie in mind that I need to set aside time to create.
Unfortunately, I am still in the “throwing spaghetti at the wall” stage a year in. I haven’t given up hope though! I spent some time last month blog hopping and figuring out what would entice me to hand over my email address. So if you’re ever stumped and your avatar is someone like you (a common occurrence), try visiting blogs as a user (not a blogger) to see what jumps out at you.
I also turned off my general welcome sequence in ConvertKit, and I need to work on setting up two or more new welcome sequences that are more niche specific.
I think that’s all for this month. Thanks for reading, and I hope this encourages you wherever you are in your blogging journey!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out Carly’s new course: it is a STEAL at this price, especially with the bonus of a free copy of Cracking the Code on the Amazon Associate’s Program (limited time offer).
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