I can’t believe it’s already December! I am super pumped to be sharing my blog traffic + income report for November with you. Because a lot happened during the month. My goal for each income report is to share the ups and downs of being an online entrepreneur.
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If this is your first time visiting my blog… here is a little background about me.
My life as a blogger started as a part-time gig. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing…All I did know was that I was a firm believer that everyone should have a side hustle. I was trying to create mine.
I started A & C when I was in the depths of the Art Department in Television back in April of 2012. I can’t believe it’s almost been 7 years! Things have shifted in ways I never expected, and I am super grateful that I now get to call this line of work my career!
With these blog traffic tips + income reports, I love to share things that are working and things that aren’t + my income of course for the month. I want this content to be valuable and to the point.
Make sure you also read my October blog traffic and income report to see what worked for my business that month.
TOOLS THAT I USE
When it comes to tools that I use to run my online business, I am all for automation! I am going to give you a list breakdown of everything.
They have been my web host for over 4 years now. I am a big fan of their services especially when I transferred over to my own private server. Anytime I have any issues, they are always so helpful on the phone 24/7.
This is my FAVORITE tool that I use the most!!!
If you are not familiar with this tool. It is the BEST automation tool for Pinterest. (Tailwind is also an approved partner endorsed by Pinterest.)
Since Pinterest is my #1 traffic referrer, It’s an absolute must for me so I am not glued to my phone pinning all day every day. It is super valuable! If you haven’t tried Tailwind you can get 1 month for free (no credit card required) to start. What have you got to lose?
This is my email marketing CRM. It is an amazing tool that I have been using more of since I got back into my blogging flow. I was on MailChimp when I first started building my email list. I believe they run a deal where it’s free for your first 1,500 subscribers but this doesn’t allow you to create automated sequences, funnels, or anything fancy.
WPUM Dev Plugin
This plugin is the only one I pay for on my WordPress site. It has so many plugins within it that help me compress images, optimize my site’s speed, and back up my data. I have been using this plugin for over a year now and it is still a crucial tool for my business to run smoothly.
This company has really helped with controlling the bot traffic and malware on my site which was slowing it down. It has improved the performance and speed of my site which has made my audiences experience a better one.
I love Dropbox because it allows me to store all the info from my site backups, images, content, etc for my site. It is especially helpful when I have a Virtual Assistant.
I am very much a pen-to-paper kind of girl and I have been using this editorial planner for my blog’s content since 2014.
I have always been a planning and goal-setting nerd and with the New Year approaching, I decided to finally make my own worksheet system!
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WHAT IS WORKING FOR ME
1. My. Pinterest. Account! It is my main income source and has been for over a year now. However, Pinterest changed its algorithm earlier this year and my account conversions and traffic tanked. It forced me to dive into massive research on how to implement new strategies to get back to the numbers I was used to. I am happy to report that all the updates and changes I have made have paid off. I learned a valuable lesson to always stay at the forefront of technology. It also taught me to deal with the dips of social media platforms in a healthier way.
2. Offering Pinterest Management services to bloggers to help them maximize their leads, conversions, traffic, and overall exposure. I gained my first Pinterest client over the summer and was able to test out strategies I have been using on my account on a business that was completely different than mine. I am happy to report that overhauling my client’s Pinterest account has substantially boosted their numbers and leads. I am currently managing their Pinterest account for about 4-5 hours monthly.
3. Creating multiple images for one blog post for Pinterest marketing. Since the Pinterest algorithm changed, I am now churning out 2-3 images per blog post to create “fresh” content in the eyes of Pinterest! I could be doing a better job of this to increase my traffic. I need to hire an assistant stat to delegate things like this too. I am only one person with A LOT to do.
4. Writing seasonal content that is being searched for. I never used to follow this protocol with my content. I wanted to just write about what I wanted to write about at that moment. Now that I am following trending topics as the seasons change, I am reaping the benefits.
5. Thinking more in SEO terms when I write articles. As in what would people be searching for… and write my content in that frame of thinking.
6. Applying for more sponsored posts with specific pitches that work well for my audience. The agencies that pair me with brands that have been working best for me recently have been Social Fabric, Socialix, and AspireIQ (formerly Revfluence).
WHAT ISN’T WORKING FOR ME
I have been using this theme for the past couple of years on my site. I was advised to implement it because it is updated all the time. Which as it turns out has been the biggest pain in the butt.
Every time I go to update it through WordPress something goes wrong. I usually end up on the phone with Bluehost to help walk me through uploading via an FTP. It’s too complicated. I have heard many bloggers rave about the theme Genesis. My next course of action is to implement this theme on my site and customize it with a beautiful child theme.
I still have yet to update it to Genesis but it is on my to-do list.
MY ANALYTICS – GOOGLE + PINTEREST
- Pinterest: $2,743.48
- Adthrive: $392.63
- Amazon: $137.37
- Content.ad: $134.93
- Pinterest Management: $200.0
- Sponsored Campaign: $575.00
- RewardStyle: $37.01
- Share-a-Sale: $29.71
- DIY Home Decor Board Initiation: $15.00
- Izea Sponsored Social: $65.00
- Awin: $28.10
- Prevail with Pinterest Course: $97
- Prevail with Pinterest Crash Course: $29
Total income for the month: $4,484.23
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