I am so excited to be completing my SECOND income report of 2016 & 14th 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, & biz strategies. Next month will be my blogs 4th birthday!!!! Wow. Growing up so fast.
If you haven’t seen my last monthly income of 2015, you can check it out Blog Traffic and Income Report : How I made $3,766.33 in January.
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!
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.
I have also launched my blog & social media consulting services!!
This Google Hangout session will include a timed session + a pdf print out documenting what was discussed during the session. Stay tuned for an entire page dedicated to this service with testimonials, and check out directly from the site.
I have some projects in the works including an ebook this year!! This is my first time ever writing a book and I am really enjoying the process! I can not wait to launch it! If you are one of my subscribers you will get an opportunity to get the book for free. Make sure to sign up for that!
Moving on to the details from January…
This year I am really trying to focus on creating more beautiful brand cohesive images… specifically pin worthy images.
I have also been working more and more with Canva.com to do this. I had a couple posts go viral on Pinterest last month because of my images! Super happy about that one. I now pay $9.95 a month for Canva For Work which is a new service they provide. This works great within a team.
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 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. She wrote the most amazing post about HOW TO GET PINTEREST FOLLOWERS + REPINS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE. 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 60% 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!
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.
Another new element I implemented was back in May 2015. I began working with The Blogger Network! Best choice I ever made to help boost my passive income and take some work off my plate.
They are an ad management company that helps bloggers make more money with their own “hollistic ad placement.” These ads were just implemented at the end of May 2015, but I am happy to say I am making a lot more now than I ever was with Google Adsense.
I am also happy to report that they admitted me into their “Flight” mobile ad network as well. This is so worth it because I know a lot of my traffic comes from people on their mobile devices and I wanted to reap the benefit of that. This was just implemented at the beginning of June and it really has helped boos my passive income stream.
At the beginning of 2015, I wrote an article about how to make your space look more expensive on a dime that went absolutely completely viral on Pinterest bringing me an additional 49,000 page views in March for that post alone! I am happy to report that this post is still my #1 Popular Post on my site still earning me 100,00+ views in January of 2016. Say whaaaa!?!?!
Who knew this post would be such a hit??
Here are the traffic analytics stats from January…
Here are the traffic analytics stats from February…
I learned something BIG during the month of February.
I had a glitch on my site that was tracking my views of my site as I would edit and update things so I was getting these “Self-referral” notifications on my google analytics, but I didn’t know where the problem was. It began after updated my sites design and theme back in December 2015.
Once I fixed the issue in with one of my plugins (after a bit of some google research), I fixed the problem and my site traffic dropped, but it eliminated that glitch. The notification on Google Analytics has also disappeared. Totally fine with me, because I want my traffic to reflect what is honestly happening on my site every day.
- My Page Views decreased by – 161,278 in February
- The Average Time on my site decreased by -.01 secs
- My Bounce Rate decreased by -0.17%
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 #5 position for the keyword phrase “diy home decor blog”
Here are the traffic referrer stats from January…
Here are the traffic referrer stats from February…
Here is the breakdown of how I did…
- The Blogger Network…. $ 1449.42 decrease of -$526.08 from last month.
- Content.ad ……… $271.66 decrease of -$201.40 from last month.
- Amazon …………..$374.80 decrease of -$285.46 from last month.
- Adsense ………… $35.76 decrease of -$39.88 from last month.
- Blog Consults …….. $50.00 I love when I get to help a fellow blogger achieve their goals.
- Tailwind Affiliate……………$66.96 increase of +$49.82 from last month.
- Chairish ………………$128.00 $95.00 I sold one of my furniture pieces!!!
- BlueHost Affiliate ……………….$375.00 decrease of -$25.00 from last month.I love being a BlueHost affiliate.
- My Shop …………………………… $150 I sold my Guitar Painting!
- Skimlinks …………………………. $3.91 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.
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As a whole for the month I was -$2,794.49 under my goal for my blog income for the month.
I am considering this my “slowing down to speed up” period where I am trying to relay my blogs foundation and to improve my content and message over all. I signed up for Ruth Soukup’s Elite Blogging Academy 2.0 last week with another blogger friend. I wanted some accountability and by having a partner, I know I will have to get my homework done. I will be going through this academy for the next 11 weeks.
I really want to set my blog up for more traffic, and income to meet my annual goal of 100k for the year.
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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.
I highly recommend this awesome planner 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.
Another amazing thing that I bought to help me stay organized day to day, is the Day Designer. It is a beautiful way for me to stay on top of my to do list.
I hope some of you found this traffic and income report helpful! I do these monthly to help track my progress.
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