This is my blog income and traffic report for November 2016
November is finally over and in this post, I will share how my third month of blogging went!
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Why I’m Blogging My Income & Traffic Reports
When I created this blog, it was to show people how to make money online through online jobs, online businesses, blogs, websites and so on. What better way to do that than to allow them to see me doing it right along with them, right?
1. I want to be able to document the growth of my blog.
2. I want people to see that it is possible to make money from their blogs and ultimately create a better life with more choices for themselves and their loved ones.
3. I love to write, so I will take the opportunity to write anything!
Plus it’s all the rave these days and everyone’s doing it! Just kidding! I’m not one to follow the crowd, but I am particularly interested in making money and sharing my experiences trying to do so online.
4. The main aim of my monthly income and traffic report is so that someone, somewhere, can learn something from this, and create a better life for themselves by starting a blog too, if that’s what interests them, but they’ve been afraid to take the leap!
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I am super excited to share my blog income and traffic report for my third month of blogging (November 2016). I had quite a bit of fun this month getting to know and interact with new people, learning new things, and getting a chance to be creative and do something I enjoy!
I notice that many bloggers start income and traffic reports when their blog actually starts to make money, rather than when they first start their blog. I get this since:
1. Many bloggers start their blogs with no idea that they can even generate an income from it, or with no desire to even do so.
2. Some do not even know the concept of a blog income and traffic report when they first start out blogging.
But, I do, and I want to be different and share the progress of my blog from the very beginning rather than from when it starts to actually make progress.
I’m Sharing My Income And Traffic Reports To Keep You And Me Motivated!
Here’s what I think
I suspect that many people who start blogging quit before really giving it a chance because they don’t seem to see much progress in terms of traffic and income in the first few months of blogging (month 1-3). Therefore, blogging seems useless to them.
Moreover, many people don’t see bloggers ‘like them’ who aren’t making much money and getting much traffic as yet. After all, the blogosphere is filled with income and traffic reports from bloggers who choose to share their income and traffic reports when they ‘look better’ .
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. But this blog is about helping the newbies, like me see full, unedited progress and pitfalls from day one.
I share this in the hope that it will keep newbies motivated and let them see that they aren’t doing anything wrong, they are merely learning and progressing at a typical pace.
Also, if you’re not yet a blogger, I hope my income and traffic reports, as well as all my other juicy articles for newbie bloggers, will help you build up the courage to start your own profitable blog as you see that anything is possible with it no matter what your stats are in the beginning. It will get better, way better, if you do the right things consistently.
A Few Highlights for November
I finally learned how to use Pinterest properly! I’m getting way more than 30 page views from Pinterest now!
I lost access to my website on the 30th of November until December 1st :(. What’s new right? I always find a way to do something to this blog, I swear!
This time I was trying to add an affiliate disclaimer to my blog. One that would automatically show up on all posts that I publish. I ended up messing with the code in the website and locking myself out for more than 24 hours. The good news is that visitors to my website could still access my blog without any issue. This means that my traffic was uninterrupted, which I am so thankful for.
I’m looking into paying someone from Fiverr to get this task done for me. I’ve heard that you can get tons of small tasks done from freelancers on Fiverr for as low as $5.
I received lots and lots of spam traffic from Lifehacker.com and reddit.com on the 29th and 30th of November :(. After much trial and error, I found a solution to getting rid of those spam bots. For anyone going through this right now, check out this helpful video to learn how to filter out spam traffic.
Overall, November was great and I learned a lot! As always!
As you may know, this blog was launched on September 1st, 2016 and this is my third blog income and traffic report.
As you can imagine, I am still figuring things out and getting a feel for what’s to come in terms of work, ideas and so on.
Here is a recap of my previous income and traffic reports:
- September 2016 income and traffic report (very first income and traffic report) $51.29
- October 2016 income and traffic report ($145.89)
My Goals For November 2016: Was I successful Or Not?
Goal #1: Get 6000 page views
I set a goal to reach 6000 page views from my very first month of blogging. I am happy to say that I finally reached this goal in November.
I received 6538 page views for my third month blogging!
P.S The spike at the end of the month is from spam bots. However, I have filtered out 1000+ traffic hits from the bots and this is my actual blog traffic for November 2016.
Goal #2: Participate in facebook group for a maximum of 3 hours daily
I started to achieve this goal by week two of November. At this time, I had gotten a better grasp of how to use Pinterest and so I started putting in more time into Pinterest.
Facebook Groups are now my second highest source of traffic. Pinterest is #1!
Goal #3: Make $200 on my blog ($70 from ad networks, $50 from web hosting and $80 from guest posting)
Successful..But not how I expected!
Google Adsense: $63.59
Web hosting: $0.00
Guest posting: $0.00 (I still haven’t submitted any guest posts!)
Jaxxy Affiliate: $28.00
Flex offers Affiliate Network: $153.77
Total income: $245.36
Web Hosting: $3.95
Total Expenses: $18.95
Net income: $226.41
Goal #3: Publish 8 blog posts
I only published 3 posts
I got caught up with marketing and I completely disregarded creating content.
Blog Related Posts I Published In November 2016
Online Jobs Related Posts I Published In October 2016
Goal #4: Guest Post twice
I have written the guest posts, but I haven’t submitted them.
Goal #5: Get 50 email subscribers
I only got 34 email subscribers in November 2016.
Goal #6: Social media stats
Pinterest Goal: 400 followers by the end of November
445 followers (up by +136 followers from October)
Facebook Fan page Goal: 50+ by the end of November
What actually happened: 32 fans (up by +1 fan in October )
Guys, I don’t use my facebook fan page. I personally think the engagement on facebook fan pageis way to low.
Goal #9: Work on e-book for 24 hours
I spent about 24 hours working on my e-book and I am super happy with how it’s coming along.
Goal #10 Comment on 30 niche bloggers blogs
I commented on a few, but not anywhere close to 30!
What do you think of my accomplishments this month? Let me know in the comments below.
Takeaways From November 2016
I set goals (for accountability and focus). I did not accomplish all my goals for the month of November but I am super happy with my progress this month.
At the beginning of every month, I will set some and we will see if I accomplish them! I will outline my goals for December at the end of this post.
But First, For The Takeaways from November
I’m finally beginning to see some progress from Pinterest. I’m super excited about this.
In December, I will dedicate more time to learning better Pinterest strategies so that I see even better results at the end of the month.
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What I Did In November
- I updated my Pinterest images and made them more ‘readable’ and attractive.
- I scheduled and pinned 100+ pins daily. Use the free trial of Tailwind to make this easy breezy!
- I also spent some time cleaning up my Pinterest account by getting rid of old pins and rearranging my Pinterest boards.
What I Plan To Do In December
- Continue implementing those practices that worked for me in November. I also plan on learning as much as I can to get better at Pinterest and make my current Pinterest strategy better.
What I did in November.
I cut down on the amount of time I spent browsing in facebook groups. I also cut down promoting in facebook group promotion threads! I promote in threads a lot less now. This was super exciting for me since doing this saves me so much time.
I networked more, asked questions and helped other bloggers when I could. This feels rewarding!
What I will do in December
Continue to network and build relationships with bloggers in the facebook groups.
Guys this month I received organic traffic from the search engines! To be fair, I have been receiving organic traffic sporadically over the past two months (September and October), however, this month, my organic traffic was more than double the other months. This helps me see that I am doing well in terms of my SEO.
If you want to improve your own SEO, I suggest you read this article on proper keyword research tool, that’s way better than Google Keywords Planner.
What were your takeaways from November 2016?
Blog goals for December 2016!
1. Get 9000 page views by the last day of December 2016
2. Engage with bloggers more in facebook groups
4. Make $560 from my blog
5. Publish 8 blog posts (each 1500 + words)
7. Guest Post two (2) times
8. Get 50 more email subscribers
9. Get 155 more Pinterest followers
10. Spend 24 hours in this month (1 hour a day) working on my first e-book.
My overall aim in December will be to learn a lot and implement good blogging practices that will help my blog grow.
Will I achieve these goals at the end of December? Stick around to find out how I’m doing!!
I’d love to know what your blog goals are for December. Share with me in the comments below!
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