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This blogging for beginners article is ablout my income report for my 7th month blogging. As well as some real tips beginners need to know when embarking on a blogging journey.
This is my March 2017 blog income and traffic report in my 7th month of blogging. In this post, I will explain how I was able to more than double my page views and skyrocket my income with my new blog.
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer for more information.
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 writing, 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 blog income and traffic report is to help someone, somewhere, learn something from this, and create a better life for themselves by starting their own blog, if that’s what interests them, but they’ve been afraid to take the leap!
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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 FROM MARCH…#superbusy
Traffic was awesome!
I purchased an e-course as well as another e-book to help grow my traffic even more. I haven’t gotten a chance to do much with them since I’ve been pressed for time (I will share those later on when I’ve actually begun to use them and see results)
For now, I’m using the strategies outlined in this e-book. It’s mainly focused on manually pinning and various strategies you can use to improve your traffic with the manual pinning method. If you want to give it a try it costs $34. Click this link to get you a copy.
I rebranded! I changed my blog domain from sheblogsaboutjobs.com to smartnancials.com at the end of March. This process took more work than I imagined. I’m still adding finishing touches to the blog.
Overall March was AWESOME!
This blog was launched on September 1st, 2016 and this is my 7th blog income and traffic report.
To be fair, it was one of the most tiring months I’ve had since launching my blog, but that’s to be expected when one changes domain and theme.
If you would like to see the progress of smartnancials.com over the past 6 months, check out the links below.
October 2016 income and traffic report ($145.89)
November 2016 income and traffic report ($245.36)
December 2016 income and traffic report ($334.51)
January 2017 income and traffic report ($763.67)
- February 2017 income and traffic report ($626.36)
These Were My Goals For March 2017 – Was I successful Or Not?
GOAL #1: GET 30,000 PAGE VIEW IN MARCH
My goal was to get 30,000 page views this month and I surpassed that! I actually got 45,000 page views!
GOAL #2: Engage more in my facebook group and grow it to 150 members.
Like my traffic, the group grew tremendously in March. It started out with 105 members on March 1st and now has over 500 wonderful members! This means it grew but over 400 in March! To be honest, It was a bit overwhelming this month, especially since I rebranded and that took tons of time. I’m thinking of getting a moderator to help out in the group!
GOAL #3: Earn $700+ in March
Google Adsense: $142.29
Web hosting Affiliate: $$450.00
Flex Offers: $522.36
Jaxxy Affiliate: $20.00
CPA Leads: $8.22
Pinteresting Strategies: $121.60
TOTAL INCOME: $1505.27
My income was made possible due to increased blog traffic!
Web Hosting: $17.00
Pinterest E-course: $157.60
Marketing E-book: $25.00
TOTAL EXPENSES: $214.60
Net income: $1290.67
GOAL #4: Publish 4 blog posts (each 1500 + words)
Here Are The Posts I Published In March 2017
GOAL #5: GET 100 MORE EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS
This seems t be one of the only places my blog didn’t grow in March. I was able to get 83 new email subscribers. I am happy about my progress, but I’m still not making great progress with my email list growth. I stated last month that I would be taking a free email marketing e-course, but I literally had no time to do so in March. I will try to fit it in sometime this month.
GOAL #6: Get 300 more Pinterest followers.
I got 227 more Pinterest followers in March. I
GOAL #8: Apply for media vine ads!
Media vine recommends that you have at least 25k sessions before you are eligible to apply for their ad network. I got over 25k sessions in March, so I will be applying for this ad network in the next couple of days! WHOO HOOO!
6 things that helped explode my traffic and income in March
Please read guys! If you’ve been struggling with your blog growth, these tips may help you out.
1. I continue to use the strategies outlined in this e-book.
I continue to use the strategies outlined in this ebook. I can’t share what those are but I highly recommend that you give this e-book a try. As you may or may not know, I purchased this book on February 7th, 2017. About 1 week or so after implementing most of the strategies, I started receiving results. I continued to use the strategies in the e-book and more than double my traffic this month. I highly recommend purchasing the e-book if you’re wanting to experience better results. Use this link to purchase it for $34.
Statistics For February 2017
Statistic For March 2017
2. I study peak traffic periods for my blog in Google Analytics and use this data to my advantage.
I spend 2 hours at the beginning of each month studying my Pinterest analytics data, day by day. I then note down my peak traffic times for every single day for the previous month. Then, I study this data to find the average peak time for my traffic and focus the bulk of my pinning in that window each day.
3. I use Tailwind to find my best performing boards. Then I pin to them as often as is allowed each day.
I’ve been using Tailwind from over 6 months now. However, I’ve mainly used it to schedule out pins each day. As of late, I’ve begun reading about the importance of knowing what your best and worst performing boards are. I used the Tailwind Feature called Board Insights to do this and I am very pleased with this since it lets me know where I should pin for better results (ie. repins and engagement) as well as where I shouldn’t be pinning at all!
4. I create catchy blog titles, or at least I’m working on creating more catchy titles 🙂
I’ve spoken about this in more detail in this post. However, the idea is to create post titles that are interesting and makes the reader want to click through. If the title is boring, you may get lost in the sea of other pins that a user/users have to choose from on Pinterest.
5. I follow the 80/20 rule. BUT IN FAVOUR OF MY OWN PINS!
It’s an awesome idea to share third party content on your boards. However, If you’re sharing 80% of others content and 20% of yours, then you will only get mediocre results. As a small blog, you need to look at this in a business sense and realize that you can’t possibly thrive if you prioritize people’s content over yours.
I like to put it like this, If you’re starting a small brick and mortar business will you use 80% of your marketing resources promoting for another start-up or established business? I’m sure yu answered no to that. Apply this idea to Pinterest promotion. I know Marketing a blog on Pinterest and Marketing a Small brick and Mortar Start-up are different in some instances, (and Pinterest will penalize you if you’re only sharing your content). However, your blog can’t possibly thrive if you focus on promoting someone else’s content more than you promote yours. This is not a very smart or sustainable practice.
6. I Study Pinterest Pros In My Niche.
I can’t say this enough. Study Pinterest pros in your niche. I’ve been doing this for the past 2 months and I have learned tons of tricks and ideas from doing this. See what they’re pinning, see what kinds of pins they’re creating. Check out when they’re pining the most, check out which boards they’re on and so much more. In short, try to learn from them as much as you can.
Blog goals for April 2017!
1. Get 60,000 page views by the last day of April 2017.
2. Engage more in my facebook group and grow it to 1000+ members + find a good moderator to help out with the group.
4. Earn $1700+ this month.
5. Publish 4 blog posts (each 1500 + words).
6. Get 200 more email subscribers.
7. Get 300 more Pinterest followers.
8. Complete and publish my ‘Advertise with me’ page. Three people have reached out to me about advertising on my blog so I’m guessing it’s time to have a place where they can see terms and such for their benefit.
Will I achieve these goals at the end of March? Stick around to find out how I’m doing!!
Also, if you have any questions at all, leave a comment and I will help out! 🙂
I would love to know your plans for your blog this month! Share with me in the comments below!
Learning Material That I Highly Recommend
Pinteresting Strategies: This e-book helped me increase my page views drastically. My blog went from 12,000 page views to 56,000 page views in a few months!
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing: This course is a must for anyone interested in making money online through affiliate marketing. I’ve learned so much about affiliate marketing just from this course and I have been able to grow my blog’s income from $1700 to $3000 exactly 1 month after getting the e-course and implementing some of its strategies.
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche: This e-course walks you through absolutely everything you need to know about succeeding on Pinterest. It’s super in depth and will teach you some amazing Pinterest strategies that you won’t find anywhere else. This course is especially great for helping you create the best pins which in return, help you get loads of traffic from Pinterest.