This is my tenth blog income report for the Aroma Mama blog! This report shows my January 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 Tenth 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 Tenth Blog Income Report
My highest pageview month ever! Woohoo!
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: 80.79%
New Published Blog Posts: 5
- Ninth Blog Income Report: December 2017
- AIP & Paleo-Friendly Marshmallow & Cereal Treats
- Blue Apron + Whole30 Review
- The Best AIP Packaged Snacks for On the Go
- AIP Chicken Tenders
Total Published Blog Posts: 47
New Subscribers: 41
Total Subscribers: 225
My social media following hasn’t been something I’ve worked on, but I imagine when I get more serious about working with brands it will become a priority.
Alexa Ranking: Global Rank – 687,758; U.S. Rank – 158,886
My Global Rank and U.S. Rank increased a little bit from last month.
The lower the number, the better. Click here to find out your Alexa ranking.
Total Blog Income Earned in January 2018: $131.59
Affiliate Sales from Health & Wellness Niche: $50.39
Affiliate Sales from Blogging Niche: $77.00
Ads on My Blog: $4.20
Total Blog Expenses in January 2018: $74
I paid for a beta affiliate marketing course and my BBBU membership.
Blogging Courses I Took in January and a Mini Review
I discovered that people like to hear about the blogging courses I take so I’ll share them here.
Bread and Butter Blogging University (BBBU)
I’ve been a big fan of Eden Fried since I was a brand new blogger. I felt like she gave away so many blogging tips for free and has always been super helpful to bloggers.
When I heard in December that she was starting a membership for bloggers I jumped on board.
I think Eden is a great blogging mentor and her teaching style speaks to me. All of her courses are included in her membership, and she continues to come out with more!
She is very engaged with the BBBU Facebook group with immediate feedback when I post. There are also Hot Seats, Q&A’s, Office Hours, Facebook Lives, and weekly email updates.
The BBBU membership also includes training from guest experts, past webinars, stock photography images exclusive to BBBU members, various email and lead magnet templates, and spreadsheets.
I consider Eden to be my blogging coach so my monthly membership is way more cost-effective than paying for regular blogging coach prices or a paid mastermind!
The courses I took in January from BBBU are Business Foundations, Webinar Mania, Guest Post Like a Pro, and Time Management & Productivity. I got a lot out of all the courses and they are very well done.
I was most excited about Webinar Mania because I haven’t come across any other course that taught me how to run a webinar. The Time Management & Productivity is a course I should review regularly since I get sidetracked with all the blogging routes I can take.
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – Everything You’re Missing
I was a beta tester for this brand new affiliate marketing course by Carly Campbell. Carly has impressed me with how well she includes affiliate marketing in her weekly blogging emails. I have a blogging email list too, but I haven’t adopted affiliate marketing in email as well as she does. I took this course to learn how she does it.
I have a big heart for helping people, but I need people like Carly to remind me that I need to treat my blogging activities like a business. I’m losing out on time with my kids so I need to try harder to monetize my blog.
My favorite part about this course is that Carly discusses tips that aren’t discussed in other affiliate marketing courses. She titled her course well!
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – Everything You’re Missing just went on sale! If you order by March 11th, there is a launch discount price and as an additional bonus, receive (regular $20) for FREE Cracking the Code on the Amazon Affiliate Program.
My Blogging Insights
I Wasn’t Ready to Stop Publishing My Blog Income Reports
My word for this year is SIMPLIFY. I even let it affect how I report my blog income reports. At the start of the month, I had sent an email to my blogging subscribers with my blog income report. I thought this would help engagement and save me time, but I regretted this decision almost immediately.
I learned that I really like publishing my blog income reports for so many reasons, but my main reason is that these reports are like my blog diary and I wouldn’t write such a detailed report otherwise. Also, they help new bloggers and I have a farther reach by publishing them.
Plus, I felt like my income report was way too long in an email so I left out too much information that I wanted to include. I wasn’t okay with that, and I really missed being able to go to my blog to look at my income report.
The other thing is I have a Pinterest personal board for blog income reports and I run a Pinterest group board that highlights income reports. It felt weird having those boards with no income report to pin to them.
So, for now, my blog income reports will be published again on my blog! Although, I changed the template up a bit. I thought it would benefit you to see more stats and how many posts I publish since I don’t publish blog posts as often as other bloggers I know.
I Started a NOT To Do List
I started a list of things not to do since I get sidetracked so easily. My Not To Do List has really helped with my focus and has saved me a lot of time and money. My list includes NOT to start a second blog and NOT to redesign my website, even though I get tempted to. If you struggle with shiny object syndrome, this may be the list you need to start.
My Pinterest Reach Grew by 392%!
I Ran My First Giveaway with a Brand
I ran a giveaway with Sweet Apricity over the span of two weeks so I could get a lot of opt-ins. Also, I wrote two blog posts that were related to the giveaway product.
I spent many hours filling out the legal form to make sure I did everything correctly. I had even told myself I’m not doing this again after I finished the form.
I heard of too many possible legal ramifications if I was to ask the person to subscribe so I didn’t get subscribers from it. But, I did ask a couple of questions and the feedback I received was very helpful for a product idea.
Also, I had asked them to Tweet the giveaway and visit my Facebook page which brought in more brand awareness and followers. I was so pleased considering I went into the giveaway with no expectations except for someone to win some healthy desserts.
Free Blogging Resources
I watched the Blogging Made Simple videos last year before I started my blog. I’m sharing them with you because I found them extremely helpful. One of my most visited posts is the very first blog post that I wrote after following the tips from one of the videos in Blogging Made Simple. I recommend opting in now because the videos are only available for a limited time!
I hope you found inspiration and helpful tips for reading my tenth 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.
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