Welcome to my twelfth blog income report for the Aroma Mama blog! I share my March 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 blogging insights! 😉
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.
Six Reasons for Writing My Twelfth 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 Twelfth Blog Income Report
Bounce Rate: 75.5%
New Published Blog Posts: 4
- My Eleventh Blog Income Report: February 2018
- Essential Oils and What You Need to Know During Pregnancy (guest post on The Happy Herbal Home)
- The Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling and How-To Video
- I Can’t Believe It’s a Vegan Burrito (sponsored post with a giveaway)
Total Published Blog Posts on Aroma Mama: 58
New Subscribers: 59
Total Subscribers: 348
Alexa Ranking: Global Rank – 1,246,822; U.S. Rank – 531,507
The lower the number, the better. Click here to find out your Alexa ranking.
Total Blog Income Earned in March 2018: $520.43
Affiliate Sales from Health & Wellness Niche: $224.84
Affiliate Sales from Blogging Niche: $205.92
Sponsored Post $75.00
Ads on My Blog: $14.67
I’m happy that my health niche income is more than my blogging niche income for the second month in a row!
Total Blog Expenses in March 2018: $2,324.44
My Blogging Insights
Stacking Ad Companies
Did you know you can stack ads for some ad companies? I got approved for Healthy Ads, a.k.a. Gourmet Ads in March. I added Healthy Ads on my blog, but I hadn’t reached the minimum payout of $100 from Google AdSense yet. I decided to continue AdSense ads until I can receive a payout. For the time being, it’s more ads than I’m used to on my blog, but the ad income helps.
Healthy Ads usually approves blogs that have more than $10K pageviews a month, but sometimes they make exceptions like in my case.
Blogging Membership Sites
A membership site is valuable because the person running the membership’s site one intention is for you to succeed! Your success makes their membership site more successful by having a great testimonial to share.
Billionaire Blog Club is a blogging membership site hosted by Paul Scrivens, a.k.a. Scrivs. BBC just had an upgrade and opens its door to BBC 4.0 for one week starting on 4/6/18. The membership was going to cost $547, but last minute Scrivs lowered the price to $347 to give the opportunity for more bloggers to enroll.
BBC is a one time fee for unlimited access to Scriv’s courses, paths, inspirational emails, and to the community which is currently on Slack.
Scrivs has a talent for starting new blogs and getting high pageviews quickly to be able to get on Mediavine if someone wanted to. He’ll help you get there if you listen to him and follow his advice. Admittedly, I have followed some of his tips, but not all of them. I’ve seen my pageviews break out of the 100 pageview a day cycle I was stuck in for a while, but I haven’t followed most of his advice yet so that is on me, not a reflection of BBC.
Scrivs really thinks outside of the box and his students that follow his advice are having amazing success!
The price may be going up again with the next enrollment period so this would be the time to join. Scrivs makes it clear that you shouldn’t join if this means you can’t pay rent next month. He really wants to help you, but only if the cost is within your means.
Another option is Bread and Butter Blogging University (BBBU) hosted by Eden Fried. This membership is currently $47 a month. This is at a $10 discount and the $97 setup fee is currently waived. I wish I had BBBU as a new blogger because it would have saved me a lot of money on courses. BBBU has everything for bloggers from courses (and new ones come out each month) and so many other valuable things that make it a no-brainer to join. Check out the sales page to see the numerous benefits that would be too long to list out.
What stands out for me the most is the Facebook group where I can ask or share anything. My usual response time when Eden is awake is usually within the minute! Her swift response time and eagerness to see my success is gold! Eden is very organized and easy to follow which makes it easy for me to learn from her and take action.
Both memberships offer courses and a community aspect. There are certain differences which can be a better fit for some personalities or goals over others. If you’re thinking about joining a membership site, their both amazing, but one may be a fit better for you. Or if you’re like me, I have both! I’ve gained great insights from each one. But take a look at both of their sales pages to see which one appeals to you and your goals.
Both Scrivs and Eden make themselves available to the community and are active every single day. A good membership site like the ones here is like having a blog coach included in the price so it’s an affordable way to get blog coaching.
Good Copywriting Skills is Like Having a Super Power
I’ve become a student of Ray Edwards, and I believe he is the copywriting king! Ray makes over a million dollars a year as a copywriter; being the best-paid copywriter around. I bought his Copywriting Academy course last month at a premium cost.
I realize that some people have a natural talent for writing good copy and some people don’t. I fall into the category of not having any talent AT ALL for writing good copy. I struggle with descriptions, stories, headlines, and my posts take me hours, sometimes even days to write. I knew that to make it as an entrepreneur I had to learn how to write copy from the best source.
Copywriting is used everywhere; for blog posts, campaigns, landing pages, emails, Facebook ads, Pinterest descriptions, Tweets, webinars, podcasts, the list goes on! It’s essential that anyone that is a marketer, which bloggers are, learn the skill of writing good copy that can get clicks over to your blog and convince people to click on your affiliate link and buy.
Ray taught me that a business can be on the verge of bankruptcy and turn-around as a result of writing good copy. I know this because Ray has done just that. There was a local coffee shop that was going out of business. It happened to by Ray’s favorite coffee shop so he bought it, and has turned it around for great profit as a result of using his copywriting skills to bring customers through the door.
If you’d like to improve your copywriting skills at a fraction of the cost I paid, Ray wrote a book called How to Write Copy That Sells.
Free Blogging Resources
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