Welcome to my first blog growth and income report. I’m going to be doing these every month. Not only for new bloggers to read but also to help me and give me the kick during slow months to get motivated.
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This first month is actually 5 weeks as I started this blog on the 25th Feb. However, I didn’t actually put my first post out until the 26th.
To be fair I’m going to ignore the first week. Although I wrote 3 or 4 articles in this first week I didn’t actually do a lot else apart from staring at the WordPress page, wondering what everything did in a kind of bemused fashion.
So I aimed for the foreseeable future to publish one article per week so that I didn’t burn out or get bored. This has gone to plan and I am usually one ahead so I have one scheduled every week.
Each article has good SEO and I’m pretty pleased with. The images I make myself, and I have seen just over the 4 weeks that they are way better than when I started which is good. No-one wants to spend money, in the beginning, hiring a creative artist.
So I’m not really sure what I was expecting in my first month of blogging. I knew I wouldn’t hit 1000 page views. I guess I was just hoping for any kind of progress.
Luckily I have seen progress and am looking forward to seeing what the second month brings. At the end of this article, I will list some of my goals for the following month This is to keep me motivated.
So as you can see in the following report from Insights. In the first month of my blog, I have had just over 300 page views and over 200 sessions. Not too sure how many I was expecting but I’m going to say I’m pleased. If you consider my blog will not have been indexed by google yet so most of this is social media traffic.
The bounce rate is ok for a new blog. The bounce rate is the rate at which visitors navigate away from your site after viewing just one page. The ideal is to get this as low as possible. However under 80% for a 4-week old blog is acceptable to me.
The Average session duration could do with being longer ideally. I know you
As you can see from the image above most of my readers are coming from the UK or the US. Also with referrals, you can see that hardly any of my traffic is organic at the moment. Ie: people searching for articles relating to mine.
This is to be expected and I’m happy Pinterest is at the top. As you will see later on in this article I’ve worked hard. This was a form of social media I knew nothing about 4 weeks ago.
So these are my Page views for the month and you can see it is quite up and down. The spikes are around the time I release a new article. This is to be expected as I promote it around social media.
A few times this month I have hit 20 views in a day and I’m happy with that for now. No groundbreaking numbers but they are consistently going upwards. As you can see I haven’t had 2 or fewer views in a day for over 2 weeks now which is good news.
Ok so with regards to social media I did some research before starting this blog and it seemed that the go-to media form for blogging was Pinterest. Brilliant… I have never used Pinterest and had no idea how to navigate my way around this new and colourfull platform.
However, with a little playing around in the first 2 weeks, I managed to get 500 Monthly Unique views and about 80 monthly engaged viewers. Not too shabby but surely I can improve on this, So the last 2 weeks of the month I made new boards and pinned probably around 250-300 pins.
This helped me increase in every way possible, Not only that but a free month using Tailwind which is a Pinterest scheduler amongst other things really gave me that kick I needed. Plus If you click on This LINK you will get yourself a free month as well, Trust me it is well worth it. It’s free so why the hell not.
As you can clearly see above I now as of the end of March sit at 14,800 Unique monthly views. ( The number of people my pins (Articles) are exposed to) Not only that but my followers have increased from stuck around 30 for nearly a week, to around 270 at the time of writing. Really please with the results in the last 2 weeks of using this platform.
As you can see from the above picture is averaging 1800 daily impressions and 12000 monthly viewers. You will also see spikes which were when I was at my most active on Pinterest sharing lots of pins etc.
You will see it tailed off and I believe this was because my Tailwind free month had ended.
The end result is near all the figures and graphs are heading in the right direction. Blogging is tough and needs hard work and dedication to get there but discussing these graphs every month really helps keep me motivated. I hope it motivates you guys as well.
I’m sorry to inform you that concentrating on more than one form of social media while starting a blog is too much work. This is not something you need to be doing. Stick to one form in the main. Pinterest is a search engine as well so helps your articles and blog get ranked on google.
I have a twitter account and at the end of the month I have 5 followers and one of them is me. Sad I know. All I’m doing is forwarding my article links at the moment and that’s it. I do have plans to expand twitter a little but its not the right platform for my blog at this moment in time.
So at the time of writing, my facebook group has 16 members 7 of which are friends and family. I give small updates on what I’m doing behind the scenes and also link my latest articles to it. Not sure where to go with it at the moment but I know I have a goal in terms of numbers for next month.
I have joined up with Mailchimp which is a site that allows you to customize your own email subscription service. The account allows up to 2000 subscribers for free. At the moment all I have done is sign up. Its an important way of connecting with your audience and the sooner this is done the better.
The only issue with this at the moment is I have no clue whatsoever what I’m doing or how to organize this email. Its something to look into for the coming month.
Ok, so I know a lot of you have skipped through everything I have just written in order to find out how much money I have earned in my first month.
Sorry to disappoint but it is nothing.
Yes, I have an Adsense account and could have had targeted ads put up on my blog but I dont want messy ads on a blog that is new and still forming. All for a few measly pence per week. Not to mention when people click on these ads then potentially I have lost them to another site offering the same advice like myself.
In the last 2 weeks, I have become an affiliate for a site called Profitaccumulator.com They are specialists in matched betting and have an amazing team. They are also the main reason I earned over a Thousand Pounds in extra income last year without much effort.
I still need to write an affiliate article about them and the great service they provide and hopefully, this will be done in the next month or two.
So hopefully my first affiliate will start to earn me money soon. Affiliate earnings are probably the best way to go, to begin with, and I hope to gain some more affiliations throughout the next few months. I will, however, be looking into monetization in the next few weeks.
- Hit 1000 page views on my blog.
- Hit 500 followers on Pinterest.
- Gain 50,000 Monthly Unique views on Pinterest.
- Gain 30 Followers on Twitter (Dont want to overstretch myself).
- Have 35 Members In my Facebook Group.
- Sign up for Tailwind Paid package.
- Look further into Monetisation.
- Set up Mailchimp and gain my first email subscribers.
- Look into guest posting on other websites.
- Further, improve the look and style of the blog (new themes).
Thanks for reading this longer than planned blog progress report, I’m happy overall with how the first 4 weeks have panned out and have also learned a lot about setting up a blog and will be writing about that and giving my small amount of experience into an article as well. Thanks for the continued support, it is appreciated.