This is my blog income report for May 2017, my second month of blogging. This report shows my blog stats, blog income, and expenses, how I made my income, what I learned, and my goals for June.
I went into blogging being acutely aware that it could take a very 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 keep doing what I love and have my blog expenses covered and eventually help out with my family’s expenses. I was a little worried my blog income reports would say $0 for a long time making my reports uneventful.
My reasons for writing my blog income reports
My original reason for posting my blog income reports was because I was encouraged to start a blog by reading blog income reports. I made a decision 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.
Now, I read a lot more blog income reports and find they are so helpful for bloggers to read. I find them so helpful that I have a Pinterest board called Blog Income Reports and find that others like to follow that board too! If you write your blog income reports, let me know, and I’ll add yours to the board! Blog income reports help bloggers to see other blogs income and expenses, strategies and goals that other bloggers have, and what tools bloggers like to use and find helpful.
My final reason to post my blog income report is to keep myself accountable. I was a nurse for a long time and still like to chart meticulously. I want my income reports to be an accurate picture of “health” for my blog, good or bad. This will allow me to see more clearly where my blog needs to improve.
How I got started with monetizing my blog
I took a course for new bloggers called Building a Framework. During the course, I learned the basics of how to make income from blogging. I decided to start monetizing my blog through affiliate marketing. 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 because other bloggers so highly recommended it and I knew there was so much I needed to learn to be able to monetize my blog successfully. This course was a game changer for me! I applied the lessons as I went through the course and started to see my affiliate sales come in! I highly recommend this course to anyone that wants to monetize their blog.
My blog stats and income report for my second month of blogging
I am so happy that my pageviews doubled since last month. I write 4-5 blog posts a month, so that kind of traffic for posting once a week makes me feel good for a beginner. I have heard that traffic dies down over the summer, so I have no idea what to expect for pageviews over the next few months.
My goal for the month was ten subscribers, and I had eleven, so I am happy that I reached my goal. I am excited that I launched my Resource Library for my subscribers at the end of May!
My social media stats look pretty good compared to what they were last month! I am so grateful to be communicating with more people through my social media platforms!
Total blog income earned for May 2017: $422.24
My income was diversified this month with affiliate sales, ads, and a sponsored post. I had been working on affiliate sales the whole month, but I learned something interesting. The majority of my affiliate sales came through my online interaction with people in various Facebook groups as opposed to site visitors clicking on my links. Also, I applied to an ad company at the end of May and was approved. Then, I wrote a sponsored post. Here are the numbers.
Ultimate Bundles: $23.98
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: $157.60
Google AdSense: $0.72
CoSchedule: $180 credit
That was from my post, CoSchedule: An Honest Review and How You Can Use It For Free
My expenses in my second month of blogging
Facebook Ads: $4.00
Craft + Commerce Conference ticket and hotel accommodations: $471.60
My total blog expenses in May were $504.60.
I spent a small amount on a couple of Facebook ads just so that I could go through the process to gain the experience.
I decided to stay on with ConvertKit for email automation after my free trial was up. ConvertKit has provided me with a tremendous amount of value through their customer support.
I have been so impressed with ConvertKit that I am excited to meet the staff at their conference this month! The Craft + Commerce Conference is put on by ConvertKit, and it will be my first blogging conference! They found out my finances were tight and kindly offered me a conference ticket at a price that I couldn’t refuse!
Review of May’s goals and what I learned
Finish Unit 1 and start on Unit 2 in Elite Blog Academy. Complete my free course through ConvertKit called Product Creation Masterclass Get my resource library up and running for my subscribers.
I completed all of my goals for May and more. I’m a firm believer that a successful blog involves getting educated on how to blog from bloggers that you admire and networking with other bloggers on a daily basis. In addition to my May goals, I did several things this month that helped my blog. I listed what I did below.
Pinterest group boards
I started a Pinterest group board called Healthy Living and joined a bunch of other group boards too. Group Board Master was the course I took that taught me all about group boards on Pinterest. It’s a great course to take to grow your presence on Pinterest and increase your blog traffic. If you want to take this course Caroline Vencil, the course creator, is offering my readers a $20 discount. Just enter the discount code “20OFF” at checkout.
Facebook groups for bloggers
Facebook groups for bloggers are an excellent way for a beginning blogger to get traffic right away. This month I found two new Facebook groups that have won my vote for best groups to join. The first is Eden Fried’s group called Blogger Insights. Eden is quickly gaining authority in the blogging niche, and her group is growing so fast. Her content is very helpful for bloggers, and she is doing all the right things, so she is a great person to learn from.
Towards the end of the month, I joined Bloggers Unite on Pinterest. This group is a gem! It is super active with a few options a day to participate in having others post your pin in the group.
I started a free trial of Tailwind in May. It’s easy to schedule your pins and other’s pins when you add the Chrome extension for Tailwind. My Pinterest traffic more than doubled this month, but I did a few different things. I was scheduling pins with Tailwind, and I was manually pinning other people’s pins throughout the day from group boards and Facebook groups I’m in. I saw a spike in traffic in the last week of the month when I was participating daily in Bloggers Unite on Pinterest, a Facebook group.
Tailwind has a section called Free Pinterest Video Courses that is under the help section. It is a great resource full of mini-courses for someone wanting to get more involved with Pinterest. Also, I read a lot of posts about Pinterest for bloggers and pinned them on my Pinterest Tips board for others who are looking for help too.
Grow Your Blog
Grow Your Blog is a great blogging course for the beginning blogger that has their website up and ready to grow their traffic! I took this course in my second month of blogging, and it was perfect for me. I have taken other beginning blogger courses, and I still found many useful tips in Grow Your Blog that I have not seen elsewhere. I enjoyed Eva’s course so much that I couldn’t put it down! I remained engaged throughout the course and was able to follow along and put the course material into practice right away.
I am enjoying a trial of Grammarly Premium to proofread my blog posts. I have never been great at writing, but I write because I feel that it is my mission to help people through my blog. Grammarly is perfect for someone like me that needs a proofreader!
Teachable’s Grow Your Following Summit
I attended an online event called Grow Your Following Summit hosted by Teachable. I got to listen to a bunch of free advice for a whole week from some of the best in the blogging business. I learned so much and looked forward to using Teachable’s platform for an online course in the future. I ended up getting $5K worth of blogging courses during this event, so I have a lot of great material to continue my blogging education when I can find the time for those.
My goals for June
- Finish Unit 2 and complete Unit 3 in Elite Blog Academy.
- Go to the Craft + Commerce Conference and network with other bloggers at the event.
- Start and complete Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: Master Course.
I hope you found inspiration or helpful tips by reading my second blog stats and income report. There are many resources in this post for the beginning blogger. Feel free to Share or Pin this post to save as a resource.
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