Welcome to my eleventh blog income report for the Aroma Mama blog! I share my February 2018 blog stats, blog income, expenses, blogging insights, and free blogging resources.
This is my blog income report introduction. If you have read why I write my blog income reports and how I started monetizing my blog before, go ahead and start reading the blog stats and what I learned this month! 😉
I went into blogging being acutely aware that it could take a long time before I made a penny back for my time and expenses. I blog because I love to help people and I have a further reach by having a blog. Monetizing my blog is a goal of mine so I can continue to help people reach their health and wellness goals and help bloggers to succeed with their blogs while I still cover my operating expenses and eventually financially contribute to my family.
I Have Six Reasons for Writing My Eleventh Blog Income Report
- My original reason for posting my blog income reports was because I was encouraged to start a blog by reading blog income reports. I decided to start my blog income reports from the very beginning. I wanted to pay it forward and help others who are thinking of starting a blog. Blog income reports still provide me so much value and inspiration!
- Blog income reports help bloggers to see what tools or strategies they may like to use by seeing other blogs income and expenses, strategies and goals, and resources and tools bloggers like to use and find helpful.
- I write my income report to share with bloggers what I’ve learned along my blogging journey and resources I’ve found. And on a practical note, my blog income reports save me a lot of time answering emails about what tools and resources I use for my blog.
- The affiliate links help to fund the tools I buy for my website so that I can continue to help people improve their quality of life by writing about natural health and wellness.
- My blog income reports have a lot of value especially for new bloggers to see how I work and advance my blog. I love to share what I learn because I have a passion for helping people succeed in all areas of their life!
- My final reason to post my blog income report is most important to me and keeps me publishing them even though I have been tempted to stop writing them. The income reports are like a journal, and they keep me accountable. I was a nurse for a long time and still like to chart meticulously, but I wouldn’t write all of this just for myself to keep a record. I want my income reports to be an accurate picture of “health” for my blog, good or bad, which allows me to see more clearly where my blog needs to improve.
What I Hope This Income Report is NOT
I hope this blog income report is not a cause for comparison, but rather, for you to get at least one takeaway that can benefit you from reading this.
I’m very sincere, honest, and humbled to share all of my personal blog information, and it’s not easy to write these for anyone to read.
I keep being reminded that blogs take time to grow so I continue to educate myself, stay consistent, and persevere!
How I Got Started with Monetizing My Blog
I took a blogging course called Building a Framework that helped me to launch my blog and have my social media accounts set up in a month. During the course, I learned the basics of how to make income from blogging and decided to start monetizing my blog through affiliate marketing to start. My first affiliate was Amazon because they are a good fit for any niche. Then, I began to search for affiliate programs for companies that I know and love.
Soon after launching my blog I took a popular course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. This course was a game changer for me and was how I’ve been able to monetize my blog since my first month of blogging!
I applied the lessons as I went through the course and started to see my affiliate sales come in! I highly recommend Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing to everyone that wants to monetize their blog! The course will pay for itself and so much more.
Why I Recommend Affiliate Marketing for New Bloggers
Affiliate marketing allows new bloggers to make an income from blogging right away which helps to pay for blog start-up expenses.
I’ve had a fascination with affiliate marketing ever since I first learned about it. I started a Facebook group for women bloggers as a result of taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
In comparison, income from ads requires a lot of traffic which takes time to generate. A blogger needs to get to know their readers, grow an email list, and have an engaged community to create a product for them and have a successful launch. Networking with brands to get sponsored posts can take time as well and they are a lot of work, so I’ve heard.
This is why I choose to make affiliate marketing my main stream of income until I can create a product for my readers.
Okay, now for the stats!
Blog Stats and Income for My Eleventh Blog Income Report
My highest pageview month ever!
My goal is to get on Mediavine for my ads! I need 25K sessions in a 30-day period to apply, so sessions are more important to me to track than pageviews. I have a long way to go, but this is my stretch goal for 2018!
Bounce Rate: 81.35%
New Published Blog Posts: 8
- How I Helped My Kids Get Over the Flu
- Healthy Raw and Organic Superfood Paleo Chocolates
- 40 of the Best Paleo Chocolate Desserts
- Easy Raw Kale Salad with Avocado Dressing
- The Best Grain-Free Mini Fruit Tarts
- Blog Income Report for My 10th Month of Blogging
- How My Pinterest Reach Grew by 392% in One Month
- Elite Blog Academy Review from a First Year Blogger
I wrote more blog posts than ever in a single month because publishing popular content is my strategy to growing my blog, and it’s working.
Total Published Blog Posts: 55
New Subscribers: 79
Total Subscribers: 300
Alexa Ranking: Global Rank – 883,955; U.S. Rank – 729,845
The lower the number, the better. Click here to find out your Alexa ranking.
Total Blog Income Earned in February 2018: $479.10
Affiliate Sales from Health & Wellness Niche: $274.85
February is the first month my health and wellness niche income was higher than my blogging niche income. My most popular post since last summer has a link to a company that started a new affiliate program in February. This is passive income and why I love affiliate marketing!
Affiliate Sales from Blogging Niche: $192.97
Ads on My Blog: $11.28
Total Blog Expenses in February 2018: $2,343.97
The eBook I Read in February and a Mini Review
I had the pleasure of reviewing a new blogging resource called Blogcabulary Plus by Nataly from Love and Paper Flowers. Blogcabulary Plus is a great resource for new bloggers since starting a blog is like learning a new language.
The eBook is easy to read or use as a reference and includes 340+ terminologies, helpful images, tutorials, and bonuses. Nataly does a great job of simplifying blogging so it’s easy to understand.
My Blogging Insights
A Good Computer Can Make a Huge Difference
My computer was old and slow, and eventually, the hard drive died following a power outage. I was without a computer for the last few days of January and into the first week of February. I did what I could to work on my phone, but I wasn’t able to make images in Canva or publish blog posts.
Eventually, my husband gave me a spare computer from his business. It’s a MacBook Pro that’s a few years old, but it’s fast! I have gotten so much accomplished with this “new to me” computer! I kind of wonder where I would be in blogging if I had a computer that wasn’t as slow as a snail for the last 10 months of blogging.
My insight is that it’s worth having good tools to do great work!
My First Roundup Post
I did my first roundup post which I wanted to do for such a long time. I thought the post would be popular since it was for Paleo chocolate desserts, but it has received less traffic than the other recipes that I published in February.
My recipe for kale salad brought in a good amount of traffic and I didn’t expect it, so the lesson is sometimes you just never know what will be popular.
There are a few Facebook groups that are dedicated to helping bloggers get posts for roundups. Roundup posts can be a great way to connect with bloggers and some roundup posts do really well especially when the contributors share the post.
Five Facebook groups to join for roundup posts:
- Bloggers Sharing Links for Roundups
- Blog Post Roundup Database
- Blogger Roundup Requests
- Blogger Roundups
- Blogger Alliance Roundup group
Post Gopher Plugin
I started using a plugin called Post Gopher that allows people to save the blog post as a PDF. It’s a nice option to give people that want to keep a copy of the post. The downside is I cannot use Amazon affiliate links in the posts that use Post Gopher since it’s against Amazon’s policy to allow links to be in downloads or email.
The plugin is easy to set up and allows changes to make the button and PDFs to match the blog’s brand colors. Another plus is it’s an easy way to gain subscribers especially if you’re struggling with a content upgrade for the post.
My First Facebook Ad Experience
I ran Facebook ads for the first time! The ads were to promote Elite Blog Academy which was a saturated ad due to other EBA affiliates promoting the same ad at the same time. The conversion rate was 6% which I was happy with considering the type of ad. I would say this was a huge accomplishment, but Emma Bates ran the whole campaign for me. All I did was give Emma the links and images I wanted, and she handled the rest from start to finish.
Emma offers Facebook ads as one of her many services. Click here to see the services available at Emma Lee Bates.
Free Blogging Resources
I hope you found inspiration and helpful tips for reading my eleventh blog income report. If you’d like to save this post as a reference, you have the option to save it as a PDF or share it on social media.
Are you looking for some great courses and blogging tools for your blog? Click here to check out the blogging tools and resources I use and recommend!