I am so excited to be completing my FOURTH income report of 2016 & 16th blog traffic and income report of all time!
I am still in disbelief that I am now in my 2nd year of treating my blog like a biz. I started my blog in April of 2012 but just messed around with it for the first 2 years while I was soaking up as much info as I could about the art of blogging, marketing, & other biz strategies.
If you haven’t seen my last monthly income of 2015, you can check it out Blog Traffic and Income Report: How I made $2,868.45 in March.
I am so happy with how this accountability study and goal mastery went this year. I have decided to keep it going for the year 2016. I really admire those that are making an income online and disclosing how they are doing it.
When I am writing my blogging articles, I am constantly saying to myself… what would I have wished I had found when I was learning who to blog? This is the basis and mindset of ever blogging or business post I write. I want this to help you succeed!
I also recently invested in Ruth Soukup’s Elite Blogging Academy 2.0 with my friend Flavia from Neat House Sweet Home.
I believe there is always room for improvement and since I started my blog as more of a hobby…I wanted to relay a more solid foundation and clean up my site a bit more. My goal is to make a really exciting experience on my site. It is constantly a work in progress.
Accountability is key with this.
It isn’t hard, but it is about focusing your attention. It is also about creating new daily habits to make sure you are using your time wisely to take care of your tasks while soaking up blogging 101.
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Way back in December of 2014, I took some advice from Bonnie at Hobbytohot.com who said to create your annual goal $$. She says to then work backwards to help figure out your monthly goals to achieve your large goal for the year.
Since my large goal was $15,000 for the year, I was able to work in the order she suggested to help create smaller manageable goals every month.
I began hear this reverse engineer method over and over in podcasts that I enjoy listening to. So I began to pay attention. A couple of the podcasts that I love and subscribe to are:
- Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
- Build Your Tribe with Chalene Johnson
- Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn
- The School of Self Mastery with Adrienne Dorison
By reverse engineering your goals you make them more plausible. In fact, when you write your goals down on paper you are 42% more likely to accomplish them. I heard that statistic on The School Of Self Mastery Podcast with Adrienne Dorison.
I began by breaking my income goals into months, but you can take it a step further and break it down to weeks or even by day. That is if you want to get really specific.
Months works best for me with what I am doing.
I am excited to say that the info I have been presenting this year has been inspiring others to start a blog or take their blog to the next level which is the best feeling in the world for me!!!!!
My main goal when starting these income reports was to show others (in a very specific way) how they can make money online. Especially those that are just starting out and trying to figure the whole blogging thing out. I remember how intimidating and confusing it was when I first started.
The process of really tracking my earnings along with my blogging expenses has been so helpful. It is quite eye opening to the amount of change that can occur within a month!
After switching to Blue Host as my web host at the end of April 2015, I am happy to report that my site has not crashed once!
I signed up for a 3 year deal where I pay $5.95 a month. Awesome hosting without killing my blog expense budget. This was not the case when I was hosting with Go Daddy after I started getting more traffic. Also, did I mention that a lot of my photos from my transfer in hosting didn’t make it?? So now I am manually replacing photos on posts and galleries which is super tedious work. This is still something I am working on. No fun!
If you want to learn more about the art of blogging (because it is an art form) you should check out my Essential Bloggers Resource Guide to get more details if you are thinking of starting a blog to even just improving the one you already have.
I am really trying to put myself out there to (hopefully) inspire newer bloggers with my current and future monthly blog income reports. I am also doing this to hold myself accountable to continue pushing forward with my income goals for the year.
Moving on to the details from March…
This year I am really trying to focus on creating more beautiful brand cohesive images… specifically pin-worthy images.
I pretty much only work with Canva.com and Photoshop to do this. I have had a couple posts go viral on Pinterest in the past because of my images I have created on Canva.
I now pay $9.95 a month for Canva For Work which is a new service they provide. This works great within a team.
Also, I finally invest in a blogging course! Have you ever heard of Elite Blogging Academy? It was created my Ruth from Livingwellspendingless.com. It’s the first course I have ever purchased.
I believe there is room for improvement. There are some things I need to work on to create a more solid foundation. My goal is to build a more profitable blog/biz that can pretty much run on its own, generating enough income to help me between TV and Film jobs and eventually become my main source of income.
I began implementing a few new things this month in social media specifically.
I must preface, that I didn’t start really investing in my blog until April 2015 when I started making over $1000/month. Now that I am making a decent side income each month, I don’t see any harm in freeing up my time to finish my ebook and work on more DIY projects.
- I’ve been using the social media automation tool Meet Edgar for a couple months now and I swear this was such a great move! I am saving so much more time everyday by not having to be on my phone scheduling posts on FB, Twitter, and Linked In. It is a little bit of a splurge costing me $49/month. But this is a solid investment because it frees up my time to other things.
- Another tool I began using is Tailwind. I heard about it from the fabulous Blogger, Erika, over at Olyvia.co. Since working with Tailwind and joining more group boards within my niche, I have increased my traffic substantially.
I didn’t realize how much I could still learn from Pinterest when I felt like I had a really good handle on it with my following when it was at 5,600k. I thought I had a lot of traffic coming to my site daily. But this article taught me so much and showed me Tailwind.
That was pretty exciting. I attribute a lot of my success to Tailwind. Since 45% of my traffic comes from Pinterest, it was so it was worth the investment. I can schedule an unlimited amount of pins for weeks ahead of time with their easy interface. I love setting it and forgetting it! Getting back to life to be present in the moment.
Best. Thing. Ever.
** You can try Tailwind for free and schedule up to 100 pins before they ask you to pay $15/mth for 400 pins a month. Or you can pay $119 for the year for unlimited pins.
Since this platform is my largest traffic referrer, it was worth the investment and I paid for the annual membership.
Big news… I have officially changed Ad network providers.
I am happy to announce that AdThrive has implemented their ads on my site. I am happy to report that not only has my daily increased by over 7% of what it was on The Blogger Network. I did enjoy my time with TBN however, some of their ads were slow to load and also distracting. I am happy that my site looks less cluttered and my income is growing + the techs with Adthrive are super helpful and they respond very quickly to any issues I may be having.
I will say it was hard to leave The Blogger Network because I was doing well with them.
If you are around the 100k page views area, I definitely recommend The Blogger Network. It converts better than Adsense. Their support was A+ and they pay twice a month! I had switched to TBN from Adsense. I saw a dramatic increase in my earnings from that switch which was great. My blog is growing and I believe that AdThrive is the next step in the path to achieving my goal.
Both TBN and AdThrive are ad management companies built by bloggers. They help bloggers make more money with their own ad placement techniques. These ads will be implemented for you!!! Say wha? Yep. I don’t ever have to worry about placing or managing ads on my site again! IT’S AMAZING!!!
Here are the traffic analytics stats from March…
Here are the traffic analytics stats from April…
I just went through my site and deleted some irrelevant content from my early hobby blogging. I am happy to report that m y page views went up in April.
This may also just be the time of year. Some seasons are busier for DIY projects and decorating than others. I was also still working on a feature film I started in March really threw a wrench in my blogging schedule during the month of April.
- My Page Views decreased by + 29,608 in March
- The Average Time on my site increased by +.01 secs
- My Bounce Rate decreased by -0.95%
My top traffic referrers for the month…
Pinterest is the still the best social media traffic driving tool and I really trying to create more compelling images that people will want click on and hopefully pin to their boards.
I have been working so hard on my SEO and my keyword research prior to writing my articles and I am elated that I am showing up in search engines in the #6 position for the keyword phrase “DIY home decor blog”
Here is the breakdown of how I did…
- The Blogger Network……….. $1005.62 decrease of -$76.19 from last month.
- AdThrive …………………………… $52.24 FIRST MONEY MADE at the end of the month!
- Content.ad ………………………… $180.23 decrease of -$50.49 from last month.
- Amazon …………………………….. $222.24 decrease of -$45.29 from last month.
- BlueHost Affiliate …………….. $225.00 same as last month. I love being a BlueHost affiliate!
- Skimlinks ………………………….. $22.13 increase of $18.31 from last month. After reading Affiliates for Bloggers by Tasha Agurso, I started implementing skimlinks into some of my posts. I am happy to report that I made my first few dollars. Now I get to work with brands like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Target, & Wayfair.
- Linqia ……………………………….. $116.60 increase of $5.00 from last month.
- Tap Influence ………………………. $20.00 I made less this month because I only was hired for a social media share instead of a sponsored post like the previous month.
- Share A Sale ………………………… $10.00 decrease of -$49.39 from last month.
- Affiliate Window ………………….. $64.48 My first month making money with them! After reading Affiliates for Bloggers by Tasha Agurso, I started implementing affiliate window into some of my posts. Now I can work bring brands like Etsy and Casetify!
- Izea ……………………………………. $427.00 increase of $117.02 from last month.
- Clever Girl Network …………. $300.00 from an eBay guide I created.
I really want to set my blog up for more traffic, and income to meet my annual goal of 100k for the year. I know EBA 2.0 will help me get there.
I also purchased the Epic Blog Editorial Planner in December 2014 and have been staying true to my income and expense tracking for this year. I really wanted to see if this would make a difference in what was just my hobby and has helped me make this a lucrative side business. This has helped me tremendously.
I seriously love this calendar and planner. I bring it with me pretty much everywhere OR a notebook to write in if an idea strikes. I love how organized I am staying while planning my posts months in advance. What a relief it is to have things pre-planned!
This planner has helped me go from making $400 on my blog in one month to $33k in one year as a side hustle in 2015.
I highly recommend it if you are ready to get serious about blogging. The creator Regina is absolutely fantastic. I have learned so much about blogging and business from her!
Check out my I also have some great blog post brainstorming tips. for more info on other helpful resources.
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