Welcome to my 4TH Month blog Income report & growth. I have made these blogger income reports from day one, not just for you guys to read and hopefully gain something from, but also for myself so I can look back and see the areas I need to concentrate on.
When I started out with this blog I was looking at other blog income reports and came across Michelle Schroeder-Gardner. She runs a great Personal Finance blog called Making sense of Cents. You can find her blog Income report here
However as amazing as Michelle has done with her blog and as much as it gives me motivation, I was looking for blog growth & income reports from beginners to see how it was going to be at the beginning of my blogging journey. It turned out there wasn’t that many. The ones I did find were a good mix of honesty, hard work, mistakes, and learning.
So to that end, I’m am going to try and be as transparent as possible so as you readers out there see not only my successes but also my failures.
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Where the hell did June go? I wrote a few articles, was busy at work and planned a 10-year anniversary trip to Italy with my wife and that’s it. I have no idea what happened to the rest of June. It was only on the 1st July that I realized I needed to write my next Income report.
So how did June go, Well apart from bloody quickly it was ok. Articles got written, SEO was performed. I managed to move up both my DA ranking and Page rank so that was a result and I made more money than last May so in reflection it wasn’t a bad month. Oh and I almost forgot I got awarded the sunshine blogger award not once but twice. How did I forget that? If you are not sure what that is then go and have a look at the article here.
As usual, I managed to keep to my one article per week. This is an ok schedule for me at the moment and I’m not struggling or burnt out, which I quite possibly would be should I write more often.
My SEO techniques are becoming better and hopefully, a couple more articles should start ranking on Google in the coming months.
So my traffic has been up and down all month. I went back to promoting my blog on a bloggers website and it did quite well but to be fair its not organic traffic so it doesn’t give a fair and real representation of my site. Therefore I have stopped using it.
This will see a drop in traffic but I’m not too bothered at the moment. It will just make me work harder in terms of promotion elsewhere and work harder on my SEO.
I think the graph above shows the up and down nature of my traffic at the moment. The bounce rate and session duration I’m happy with at the moment and hopefully can improve upon this month.
Exactly the same amount of followers as last month as I don’t really use twitter at the moment as I feel it would draw my attention away from other platforms that I’m doing well on.
So my little band of loyal Facebook followers has exploded a bit. Last month we were on 28. This month we have shot up to 52, Nearly double in one month. This is crazy.
At the moment all I do is put links up to my latest Articles although I hope in a few months to be able to send people in my group the latest money saving deals and great Personal finance offers that will benefit all those in my group. P.S shout out to the top member in my group Jane @breakupmakeupwakeup.com. She is always giving me support and has a relationship site which I find hilarious. I’m not sure it is always meant to be but her writing is very blunt and funny. Check it out.
So last month we were on 10 Subscribers, This month we are on 14. I keep saying I must work harder at my email subscriptions and every month I don’t push for that and I let myself down. However, 4 extra subscribers without promoting my blog is a bonus I suppose. I really must work harder at that this month. 🙂
This is where I work hardest although not seeing a great deal of success at the moment. I seem to be able to attract followers but not unique views or good amounts of impressions.
Above shows that it is up and down all month, sometimes at 1k impressions other times at 5k. Not sure why to be honest or how to improve it.
I have however increased my followers from 501 last month to 643 so an increase of 142 in June. Not bad, I will take that. My average daily impressions and average daily viewers have increased but everything else has dipped a little. I still need that one pin to go viral which I’m sure will happen at some point.
I didn’t make a lot of changes in June. What I have been doing though is going back and starting to add SEO techniques to some of my older articles although still have around 7 or 8 articles to complete. I have also started reading other peoples blogs in the same niche as mine to see what I’m competing against.
I have joined Awin which is an affiliate company and have joined the Fiverr Program which is great because as an aspiring blogger I will need their services at some point as I’m sure some of you reading this will also.
I’m still pending on Etsy affiliation and have an article out soon about how to make money selling on Etsy. Look out for that one.
I always feel a little disheartened when I come to this section as it never seems a big amount. However, I have earned $1.26. Again such a small amount but compared to May it is more than double. If someone told me that I would earn double again next month then I would take that.
So I am pleased but also a little underwhelmed I guess because I would love to bring you all bigger numbers… Those numbers will come though.
Also no affiliate sales as of yet but I’m not expecting any for a couple more months or until my traffic increases. Once my SEO starts to take effect then hopefully that traffic will steadily rise.
My Goals for June were as follows.
Hit 7000 total views on my Blog. (Fail) I hit 6972 So damn close.
Reach 65000 unique monthly views on Pinterest (Fail) At the moment I seem stuck around the 45-50k mark
Gain a total of 35 members in my Facebook group. (Success) In fact, I nearly doubled this and am now at 52. YAY.
Grow email subscribers to 15 (Fail) So damn close again, I’m at 14.
Gain 650 total followers on Pinterest (Fail) Come on this isn’t even funny anymore I’m at 643. I feel I should get an award for most targets nearly hit!!
Sort out Amazon account so it works properly and payment details get added (Fail) I completely forgot about this target. Must do this in July.
Add more affiliates and try and learn more about how to be successful with it. (Success) Well, I added one more affiliate and am pending on another, I also know exactly what affiliate course I will be taking when I earn a bit more money from my blog. If anyone wants to know that let me know in the comments and I will share.
So I only succeeded with 2 of my goals but I’m happy as long as I succeed with one. The goals are there to help motivate me And to be fair I came real close with 3 more of them.
Goals For This Month
I’m away in Italy for a few days so I need to keep my goals realistic this month. However, they still need to help me push so here goes.
Hit 9000 Total views on my blog.
Reach 65000 total unique views on Pinterest.
Hit 75 members on my facebook group and look at Freebies I could potentially offer my members to help increase them.
Grow Email Subscribers to 20. This is the one I want to hit in July. No messing I need to get people signed up. (P.S if you enjoyed this blog income report then feel free to subscribe for great money saving and making tips.)
Reach 800 followers on Pinterest.
Sort out the Bloody Amazon Affiliate account and add payment details.
Chase up my Pending Affiliate on Awin.
Look at creating a printable PDF to help subscribers with organizing their finances. Nothing too fancy just simple yet effective.
That’s my goals for July and hopefully I can reach some of them.
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So that is June’s Blog income report and growth all finished. I’m looking forward to a strong July and oh did I mention lots of strong Italian sun/Beer. Have a great July everyone.