Welcome to my 7TH Month blog Income report & growth. I have made these blogger income reports from day one, not only to keep myself headed towards my financial goals but also 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.
Also if your new to this blog and would like to read any of my other blog Income reports then you can find all those reports here.
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If you have been looking at the highly publicized Genius Bloggers Toolkit by the ultimate bundles crew then you can read more about that further on.
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A Lost Month
This post is going to be shorter than usual as it’s been a slack month for me so not much to show. This month I have written plenty of posts which was a win. I was in a good frame of mind to write so that was what I did.
On the flip side, I had a family holiday at the end of this month and my full-time job has been hectic so my blog has not had the attention it deserves this last month.
This is sometimes the way it is though, sometimes you have a good month and sometimes you have a bad. This month was bad. I had a couple of wins but mostly I just feel bad for not putting in the effort this month.
So in September, I published 5 articles. I also Scheduled 3 more so, for the most part, I have enough articles to see me through October.
When you get in the zone to write that’s what I suggest you do. Open your laptop and just keep going. It’s so nice to be able to schedule a few articles ahead of time. It gives you the time to either have a break or concentrate on other aspects of my blog.
So traffic is down this month as I haven’t been singing my posts praises every time I publish one. I am slowly ranking for more keywords. At the time of writing am ranking for 49 keywords. I have only just started getting to grips with SEO so there is a long way to go yet.
17 followers which is pretty much the same as the last few months. This is because I am not very active on there at the moment.
My facebook group keeps improving with the number of members so this is good. Last month it was 77 and this month we are at 81.
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Since purchasing my first course from Ana at Thesheapproach.com my Pinterest has started to flourish. I’m learning new skills such as creating images and how to layout my profile etc and it seems to be working.
My Pinterest numbers have been a bit up and down this month but they still seem to be trending upwards. I ended the month by having some poor figures for some reason but already they are back on the rise.
I have gained more followers and have gone from 922 followers last month to 987.
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Not a great deal of changes made this month as I was slack like I said. I have done a bit more learning from the Pinterest course and I have also brought some Pinterest templates from Etsy to save me time in designing them myself and also so I have more of an instantly recognizable brand going forward.
I now have nearly 40 Pinterest templates all with my brand colors and website address on and it cost me less than £5. If you are not overly creative then buying templates is the best way to go and so cheap to do.
My Domain Authority has increased again from 8 to 9. This is telling me I’m heading in the right direction despite the slack month.
Almost forgot one very big change was made and you can read about that at the bottom of this post.
My income has increased slightly this month and this is a mix of ad network revenue and affiliate revenue.
So I have made in total this month £6.15, I know, I’m about to retire any day now. But what this total represents is my first little amount of affiliate money. This comes from referring people to the 2 great survey sites I use.
Hopefully, this will all start to climb upwards now as my traffic will hopefully increase as the keywords I rank for rise.
So my list of affiliates is growing and I can’t wait to add more and start to implement them more. I will list some of them below.
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Ebooks & Courses:
As I said at the start of this article I mentioned that I had just made my first purchase in regards to a blog course. (Keep reading to the end to hear about my latest purchase) This was the great E-Book by Ana over at ThesheApproach.com. It is a book on learning how to use Pinterest and how to grow your blog using this popular medium.
I am 4 chapters in and already making some great changes. If you are looking to boost your Pinterest Profile then check out Ana’s E-book here. Below is the code to get a massive discount off of all Ana’s great books. If I’m getting results from just the Pinterest one, Imagine what you could do with the others.
If you want to achieve any kind of growth or want to hit certain financial goals with your blog then you are going to need to invest a little cash into it in order for your blog to grow. Dont be scared just commit to your blog as I have done with mine. Ana’s course above didn’t cost a great deal but it was still a financial decision I took that is already benefiting me and my blog.
Genius Bloggers Toolkit:
Bearing in mind what I have just said above, I have made what I would consider a huge purchase. I have brought the Genius Bloggers Toolkit. So why is it called the Genius Bloggers Toolkit? Well, It is a collection of Ebooks, Courses, Memberships, and well toolkits all made by very experienced well-known bloggers and is released at a huge discount once a year for a short period of time. If you are into blogging, no matter what stage you are at I’m sure you will have heard about this.
It is available from the ultimate bundles website which is a site that specializes in selling blogging courses.
P.s Ana is also one of the contributors to the genius bloggers toolkit.
I looked into what was included this year and there are at least 8 courses or Ebooks that will really help me out with my blog. Individually these would have cost me around $500. The price I paid for the whole Genius Bloggers Toolkit by ultimate bundles was $97 or around £79.
Believe me, when I say this is such good value, I have had a look and started downloading some of the ebooks which are going to massively expand my learning. In this year’s toolkit, there are a total of 26 ebooks, 12 printables and Templates, 55 e-courses and videos, 1 membership site and 6 bonuses. 94 products to help your blog move to the next level.
Anyway, I dont want to go on too much about it. If you are interested in looking into this amazing deal then check out the Genius Bloggers Toolkit here.
As I said last month there will be no goals shared at the moment as I wanted to see if I could still grow and achieve without setting goals. Now although last month wasn’t a success this was down to me having a small break and not committing as much as I should have. So no goals will be set for this month and let’s see how we progress.