This is Aroma Mama’s blog stats and income report for October 2017, my seventh 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 November.
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 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 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 contribute to my family.
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. Blog income reports provide me so much value and inspiration!
Now, I read, even more, blog income reports than I used to because I still find them so helpful and inspirational. Actually, I find them so helpful that I have a Pinterest board called Blog Income Reports and a group board called We Love Blog Income Reports for income reports and blogging posts.
Blog income reports help bloggers to see other blogs income and expenses, strategies and goals, and resources and tools bloggers like to use and find helpful. On a practical note, because my blog is an open book, my blog income reports save me a lot of time answering emails about what tools and resources I use for my blog. Also, 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 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.
My hope is that my blog income report is not a cause for comparison, but rather, to get at least one takeaway that can benefit every blogger reading this. I am very sincere, honest, and humbled to share all of my personal blog information, and it’s not always easy. Blogs take time to grow so my numbers aren’t anything special. I do my best to write my income report in a way that teaches bloggers everything I’ve learned along my blogging journey so far.
My blog income reports have a lot of value especially for new bloggers to see how I work and advance my blog, so for now, I will continue to write and publish them. I love to share what I learn because I have a passion for helping people succeed in all areas of their life!
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 still so much I needed to learn to be able to monetize my blog successfully. This course was a game changer for me and was how I have 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 cost will pay for itself and so much more.
Affiliate marketing allows new bloggers to make an income from blogging right away which helps to pay for their blog start-up expenses. It takes time to build up page views to make a decent income from ads. A blogger needs to get to know their readers to be able to fill a need before creating a product for them. Networking with brands to get sponsored posts can take time as well.
Okay, now for the fun part!
My Blog Stats and Income Report for my Seventh Month of Blogging
My pageviews were similar to last month which I’m okay with since I stepped away from blogging for the last half of October due to several family gatherings and an extended visit from my mother-in-law.
Alexa Ranking: Global Rank – 1,012,464; U.S. Rank – 128,585
Alexa Ranking is a new stat I started following. My Global Rank improved by nearly a million since last month and that was without blogging for half of the month! The lower the number, the better. Click here to find out your Alexa ranking.
Domain Authority (DA): 18
Domain Authority is a stat I’ve been personally tracking since June when it was ten, and it’s been steadily rising each month. The closer to 100, the better. I use a Chrome extension to get my score called MozBar. You can get the free extension here to keep up to date on your DA score.
Total Blog Income Earned in October 2017: $321.99
Ultimate Bundles: $64.01
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: $202.80
Blog Finance Spreadsheets: $9.60
Social Warfare Pro: $6.96
Money Saving Mom: $17.00
Google AdSense: $4.22
Total Blog Expenses in October 2017: This is the first month in 2017 that I had zero blog expenses! Woohoo!
I really wanted to buy a couple of courses, but I stopped myself since I believe I have the blog tools and courses I need to grow my blog. Also, all the income I make pays my savings back that I used to pay my start-up expenses. I pay for blog tools for a year at a time to get a discount so I should have no expenses until next year.
Review of October Goals
- I have one big goal this month! I’m going to finish the lessons for my aromatherapy certification program! I’m reducing my blogging tasks to the bare minimum while I work towards my aromatherapy certification. I’m on a mission to help people use essential oils safely and effectively.
Sadly, I did not meet this goal! The family commitments I made took more time than I thought so I wasn’t able to finish my essential oil studies or work on my blog for the last half of October. I keep being reminded that making memories are more important and my blog will be here when I’m ready to come back to it.
What I Learned
My Resource Library and More Optins
I took a course called List Love. I was a beta tester for this new course. This course helped me to optimize my Resource Library and to create more content upgrades for my posts. There is a waiting list for List Love to re-open and you can be added to the waiting list by clicking here.
My Experience with a Challenge I Took to Ignore My Google Analytics for Ten Days
I ended up going nearly the last half of the month not viewing my Google Analytics. It was easy for me to take part in this challenge since I was very busy tending to some family gatherings. I had a positive and negative experience with this challenge that I’ll let you in on.
It was a positive experience not knowing how my blog was doing because there were no highs or lows to experience. I was all in with my family commitments and was free from distractions which some could consider priceless!
After finishing the challenge, looking back, I saw it as a negative experience as well because I could have done some things that would have improved my blog stats for October. My blog could have been further along if I was monitoring my analytics and making changes based on the numbers.
I’ve come to the conclusion with the help of several of my blogging accountability buddies that new bloggers benefit greatly from monitoring Google Analytics if we tweak things based off of the analytics. This is often how blogs grow, the blog owner changes things that don’t seem to be working or do things more that seem to be working well based on the analytics., especially for bloggers in their first year.
Pinning Perfect is the Pinterest course I took that taught me how to understand my Google Analytics since it is also useful to growing a Pinterest account and gaining traffic for bloggers.
October was a great month to start publishing gift guides. I’m a little late and I’ve never written a gift guide, but I can still write some in early November that could still gain traction in Pinterest during the holiday shopping season. Simple Pin Media has some great advice on gift guides. I listen to Simple Pin Podcast with Kate Ahl and follow her Simple Pin Media Facebook page. (As a side note, I got to meet Kate Ahl at the EBA Activate conference this past September and she’s really nice and helpful!) This a great Facebook Live from the Simple Pin Media Facebook page with a ton of great info on gift guides! I even took notes!
This is my first holiday season as a blogger. Apparently, there are some important things to know to take advantage of 4th Quarter sales. Pinning Perfect is the course I took back in July that helped me develop a Pinterest strategy and optimize my website to be Pinterest friendly. The creators of Pinning Perfect created a Holiday Pinning Guide for bloggers to capitalize on Pinterest traffic for the holidays. This is a bonus offer through December 4th for Pinning Perfect students. The course creators are doing weekly Facebook Lives in the Pinning Perfect Facebook group for students. I took the Holiday Pinning Guide a couple of days ago and I’m excited to implement their holiday strategies.
Instagram doesn’t drive much traffic to blogs, but it’s great for relationship building and to reach sponsors. My focus has been on building up my Pinterest platform, but I find value in Instagram for the other reasons I mentioned. I bought an Instagram course over the summer and I’ve gotten through a third of it. I’ll try to finish it and let you know what I think in next month’s report.
Goals for November
- Finish the Instagram course that I started in October.
- Write a blog post each week including several gift guides.
- Focus on holiday pinning in Pinterest with the strategies I learned from Pinning Perfect.
I truly appreciate the income that affiliate links bring in as it helps to fund the blog tools I use and courses I take to keep Aroma Mama going.
I would like to thank the following bloggers that used my affiliate links last month:
Beth @ Natural Mama Cafe
Nataly @ Love and Paper Flowers
Stormy @ The Happy Herbal Home
Penny Buffington, Samantha Moon, and Lyla S. I don’t know your blogs, but thank you! If you’re reading this let me know your blog URL and I’ll add it to this post.
There are some affiliates that don’t reveal who purchased with my links, but if you used my affiliate link and you’re reading this, thank you so much! It brightens my day when I get an email notification that I made a sale!
Most Popular Posts in October
- How to Make AIP Fruit Cobbler
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- My Sixth Month of Blogging: Blog Stats and Income Report
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