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Hey Peeps! As promised, this is my income and traffic report for the month of September!
I’m so excited to finally be doing my own after reading so many income and traffic reports from other bloggers!
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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 income and traffic reports 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 income and traffic report for my first month of blogging (September 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) and so 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
I had some terribly stressful days this month such as when I broke my little old blog in mid-September trying to be a techie (which I’m not). Also. I was stressed out and very disappointed when my traffic sucked on some days and I was literally depressed about it! But, I keep reminding myself that this is a part of the process.
Overall, it was a great experience for me and I plan to keep it going to help people make money online and make an income for myself from this blog as well.
This is it!
As you may know, this blog was launched on September 1st, 2016 and this is my 1st 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.
My Goals For September 2016: Was I successful Or Not?
Social Media Follows Stats
The goal for September was 150 Pinterest followers, 50 Facebook fans, and 50 twitter followers
What Actually Happened:
Pinterest: 211 followers – Successful!
Facebook: 27 fans- Failed
Twitter: 24 followers- Failed
Blog Posts Published In September 2016
The goal for this month was to have 30 posts published. I launched the blog with 13, so I only had to publish 17 more by the end of this month:
Unsuccessful (only published 12 posts)
Blog Related Posts I Published In September 2016
Online Jobs Related Posts I Published In September 2016
My income goal was to make $25 with Ad Networks and $75 for guest posting: Unsuccessful
Google Adsense: $51.29 (Success X 2!!)
Guest Posting: $0.00 (Did not meet this goal. I literally could not find the time to create awesome posts that were worthy of being published on someone else’s blog!)
Site Groud web hosting: $0.00
Total Income: $ 51.29
Web Hosting: $3.95
Facebook ads: $2.00
Total Expenses: $20.95
Net Income: $30.34
My goal was to get 6000 page views in September: Majorly unsuccessful 🙁
I received 3528 page views for my first month of blogging.
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What do you think of my accomplishments this month?
Takeaways From September 2016
I’m the sort of girl who sets goals (for accountability and focus) and then goes out and tries my best to nail them!
At the beginning of every month, I will set some and we will see if I accomplish them! I will outline my goals for October soon.
But First, For The Takeaways from September
I like to evaluate things to see what’s working, what’s not working and to ultimately decide what I need to adjust to get better results based on my goals.
What I Plan To Adjust
I will be parting ways with Stumbleupon
If you do not know what StumbleUpon is, it is a discovery engine that helps you ‘discover’ web pages, videos, and images from all over the internet.
Keep in mind, that as of the third week in September, Stumbleupon became my first source of traffic, followed by Facebook and Pinterest.
But I feel like I have to discontinue using Stumbleupon and here is why.
Like is said, StumbleUpon is my highest source of traffic but, I realize that this traffic from StubleUpon does not create value for my blog.
Let me explain
Like me, many of the users on StumbleUpon are only stumbling my web page to get views for themselves.
I have tested StumbleUpon out by stumbling web pages on my computer, while at the same time looking at my Google Analytics stats on my phone. The more I stumble other people’s web pages, the more visitors I get to my blog and when I stop stumbling, I stop getting visitors to my website.
Trust me, it was awesome to see 19 people on my website all at once (on a brand new blog!), but this traffic is not really helpful to my blog, because, like me, they were only trying to get more traffic to their blog and they were not reading any of my content. It is easy to get caught up, but I have come to realize that this is not the type of traffic that I want or NEED to grow my blog.
I spend hours researching and creating my blog posts and I want people to actually read them!!
So, here are all the reasons why I will not be using StumbleUpon anymore
1. Most of the people who are viewing my blog posts from StumbleUpon do not care about my content.
2. StumbleUpon caused my bounce rate to increase dramatically.
3. Stumble Upon caused my average session duration (in Google Analytics) to decrease. If I want to rank in Google quickly (which I do), I think I should be vigilant with this because Google likes it when your visitors spend lots of time on your blog. It tells Google that your content is good and valuable to readers and so they will send more organic visitors to this valuable content (your blog).
What I did in September.
Spent 35-45 minutes stumbling daily.
What I will do in October
Use those 35-45 minutes to learn and implement new strategies to increase my Pinterest traffic.
Because although I want page views, I want them to be valuable.
The users of Pinterest, unlike the users of SU, are wanting and looking for my content. When someone on Pinterest saves or repins my information, they did it because they found some value in it.
I think this is real value and this is what I want to build this blog based on.
Therefore, I will:
1. Work to improve my Pinterest profile and tie up all those loose ends.
2. Upgrade all the keywords in my pins and put more thought into what I write for my pin descriptions.
3. Finally, create a uniform template for all my pins.
4. Get accepted into 30 more group boards.
5. Learn how to use Board Booster effectively, especially the looping function.
Now to be quite frank, Pinterest may flop and be a huge disappointment to me, but this is where I want my traffic to come from for now and so I will give it my best in October.
What is a facebook group you ask?
It’s a group on facebook with bloggers (many of them new) who network and help each other out by commenting on blog posts, sharing blog posts via social media etc. The concept is mainly, you scratch my back, I scratch yours kinda deal.
In the second week of September, I got introduced to Facebook Groups and boy, did I love this concept.
However, I realize now that I spend way too much time in Facebook Groups. I think I actually spent 3 1/2 hours daily trying to complete threads and read as much as I can. This played a huge part in increasing my page views but, it took away time from writing my content.
If you have read this post, you know that I plan to use social media including Pinterest (and now facebook groups) to help me rank quicker in Google search.
Let me explain
Before Google starts to rank your blog or content, you need to prove that your content will be worthwhile to Google users. Google will look at factors such as your page views, the amount of time a user spends on your blog, your content engagement, (such as shares, comments, likes etc)
Because this is a totally brand new blog, I don’t expect to be getting comments, shares, and likes organically just yet. The only other way I know how to get those are through Facebook Groups. Therefore, I will keep using them.
My plan, though, is to cut down on the time I spend on them. For October, I will only spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours daily participating in Facebook Groups and I will only participate in three threads daily.
What were your takeaways for this month?
Blog goals for October 2016!
1. Get 6000 page views by the last day of October 2016
2. Make Pinterest my biggest traffic source
3. Participate in Facebook Groups for a maximum of 2 hours daily
4. Make $275 on my blog
- $60 from Ad Networks
- $150 from SiteGround web hosting
- $75 from Guest Posting
5. Publish 16 blog posts (each 1500 + words)
6. Purchase and install a new theme.
7. Guest Post two (2) times
8. Get 50 email subscribers
9. Get 400 Pinterest followers
10. Spend 24 hours in this month (1 hour a day) working on my first e-book.
11. Comment on 30 niche related bloggers blogs
12. Get 150 facebook likes
Will I achieve these goals at the end of October? Stick around to find out how I’m doing!!
I’d love to know what your blog goals are for October. Share with me in the comments below!