It’s that time again! Time to share my blog’s monthly income report!
MY FOURTH MONTH BLOGGING
I told you last month, my faithful readers, that I was going to make this month my best month blogging yet and… I think I met that goal this month!! Woohoo! I created some awesome blog posts and with a little bit of sheer luck and a whole lot of hard work I managed to increase my pageviews to the highest they have been so far! If you’ve been reading for very long you know that has been a goal that has been justttt out of my reach for the last few months. I even surprised myself and successfully diversified my blogging income this month. Want to know more? Read on! 🙂
Why do I share my monthly income for this blog?
In these monthly income reports, I open up about the details of how blogging is going for me behind the scenes because I know a lot of you out there may be wanting to start a blog of your own. One of the things that encouraged me most to start this blog was reading other bloggers’ monthly income reports and their stories of failures and successes. Blogging is a challenge, but that’s a lot of the fun! It’s been a roller coaster so far. You can read my monthly income report on my first month of blogging in this post, my second monthly income report here, or my last month, my third month blogging, here.
This is why I want to share my blogging secrets with you (if I have any!). I genuinely feel like there’s enough success to go around for each of us to have some. 🙂 Please know, I do not in any way post this monthly income information to be prideful. I am putting myself out there and genuinely want to help others in acting as a case study by sharing my monthly income reports for my blog.
MONTHLY BLOG GOALS- MY FOURTH MONTH BLOGGING
Each month, I set goals for my blog. I select one primary goal as my main focus and two smaller goals before I hash out a game plan and a to-do list to help me reach my blogging goals for that month. Today I’m going to share with you the things I did in my fourth month blogging that worked, what I tried that failed and any tools I used to help me get there.
Along with trying to create and consistently post quality content for my readers my blogging goals for my fourth month blogging were:
- My number one goal for my fourth month blogging was to continue working on SEO (search engine optimization).
- I also still really wanted to take a popular affiliate marketing course for bloggers.
- I want to unlock the big secret to getting more traffic from Pinterest and increase the number of re-pins on my blog articles.
- I thought I might test out trying to generate monthly income from other social media outlets like Instagram and Pinterest.
- In my fourth month blogging I wanted to take building relationships with my fellow bloggers more seriously.
- Not listed in last month’s post, but I also wanted to keep in touch with my email subscribers better.
Did I meet my goals in my fourth month of blogging? Let’s find out.
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HOW I WENT FROM 4K TO 20K PAGEVIEWS IN 30 DAYS
03/22- 4,193 04/21- 19,693
Next month’s goal- 15,000`1
Pageviews this month greatly exceeded my expectations. I had two social shares by others that made a big impact here. I would usually set my goal for next month higher than what I achieved this month, but I’m not sure what to expect in the coming month. I’m aiming for upward growth!
HOW DO I GET MORE PAGEVIEWS?
I am a newbie blogger so all I can do is share what has been working for me:
- Link to your other posts when you write new content.
- Share regularly on social media.
- Utilize Pinterest for all it’s worth!
- Use excellent SEO.
MOST POPULAR POST
My most popular post this month by a long shot was one of my Stitch Fix reviews. My Stitch Fix April 2017 review received over 6,000 page views! The last three months I’ve been struggling to get that many page views on my entire blog! I love receiving my monthly Stitch Fix box and apparently my readers love hearing about it. Yay! Win win! I had 3 other posts receive over 1,000 pageviews and one post that received almost 3,000. The last three months blogging I’ve been happy to hit 1,000 pageviews on a post. All of my reading and research might actually be working! I guess we will find out in next month’s blog income report if this month was all luck or if skill came into play. 🙂
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Next month’s goal- +50
MY EMAIL LIST
I didn’t focus on my email list in my fourth month blogging. I’m ashamed to say that. I really have to make this a priority both in promoting my free e-course, Decluttering With Kids, and in communicating more often with the members of my email list. As a new blogger, I feel pulled in a ton of different directions about what to focus on and what to pursue. I knew NOTHING about blogging when I created MamaBear Martin and I’ve been learning as I go these last 4 months. I feel like I’m beginning to hone in on the areas I want to pursue now and hopefully I can successfully pour all of my efforts into those avenues.
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Facebook wasn’t priority one this month blogging, but I’m going to give it a little more attention next month. I gained +54 new likes and the page is up to 1,102 follows, too. When I created the page in January the followers were pouring in at an alarming rate. I was shocked. I’m not sure what changed, but I need to do some work to encourage people who may be interested in what I share there to go and like the page. If that’s YOU then click here to join us!
03/22- 536 04/21- 547
I took a much needed break from Instagram to focus on other social media outlets. Until yesterday, I hadn’t even logged into my Instagram account this month. I need to set aside a little time to plan out intentional post topics, how many posts each week and create a go-to file of hashtags that I can just copy and paste into each post. I don’t know if you guys realize this, but I’m very much a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of person. It works for the most part, but I can alleviate some stress on myself if I have a sketch of what I’m wanting to achieve. You can find my Instagram account here.
03/22- 1,222 04/21- 1,322
Last month, I deleted some of my old boards that I had set to secret and was surprised to find that I lost over 700 followers when I did!! Womp womp. 🙁 I’m happy to see my Pinterest following going back up. Yesterday I made some changes to my profile description so we’ll see if that helps lead any followers to my Pinterest page in next month’s blog income report. You can find my Pinterest page here.
LAST MONTH I SHARED THIS PICTURE OF MY PINTEREST ANALYTICS
HERE IS THE SAME PHOTO FROM TODAY
Is your jaw on the floor? Mine is!!
TO FURTHER ILLUSTRATE WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH
Last month I shared this shot of my analytics that shows visits to my website from my Pinterest.
The average number of clicks to my website from Pinterest is also up 3x this month from where it was last month. One of my pins has even received almost 18,000 impressions which totally blows the mind of this newbie blogger! :O
HOW DO I INCREASE PINTEREST TRAFFIC?
Without a doubt, I think that signing up for this Pinterest tool was the cause of my huge increase in traffic. I don’t use Tailwind every day. I usually only sign in when I publish a new blog post that I want to share in Tribes. See that upward swing in the green graph on the left side? I shared one of my new articles in Tribes on Tailwind that day. I hadn’t logged in for a few days prior and as you can see, my impressions were steadily hanging out in the 3,000 range. Takeaway: The days I use Tailwind are the days my pins get the most impressions. Goal for next month: Share one article daily in Tailwind Tribes. If Minimalism + Motherhood’s your jam then follow me on Pinterest! I also have a board that focuses on blogging and it’s an excellent resource for those that want to further their blogging education.
MONTHLY BLOG INCOME REPORT FOR MY FOURTH MONTH BLOGGING
Before I begin, I want to be clear. This is money that was earned in my fourth month blogging. I haven’t received payment yet and I won’t until I meet the minimum earnings for some of my affiliates or until the following month.
Earnings for my fourth month blogging:
Affiliate income- $ 10.89 + $50.00 + $1.00 = $61.89
Affiliate credits- $ 25.00
Total earnings- $86.89
I have not received payment, but once I do, I will be setting aside 30% for taxes. I’m not making much from my blog yet, but I plan to and I’d rather be safe now than sorry later.
Expenses In My Fourth Month Blogging
- ConvertKit– $29 (worth every penny!)
- Stitch Fix– $20
- Lena Gott’s book, “How I Went From 17K To 350K+ Monthly Pageviews In 9 Months”– $25 (I definitely recommend!)
- TailWind– $0.00 When you sign up for TailWind you get 100 pins for free! I’ve almost reached that point and will have to begin paying next month.
Total expenses- $74.00
I don’t include these every month, but I also have yearly expenses like web hosting and a PO Box for my email list. I’m slowly adding to this list as I discover new things that work.
Do you want to start a blog? Read my post How To Earn Money Online: Start A Blog! I share all my secrets! And I encourage you to email me if you need help getting started. 🙂
WHAT WORKED IN MY FOURTH MONTH BLOGGING?
- Reviewing my Stitch Fix April 2017 box was a HUGE hit! Sitch Fix even pinned one of my photos! Eeee!!
- I focused on SEO and publishing more often this month. You can see from my Google Analytics that my organic search went way up compared to last month. I’m sure it’s nothing to write home about compared to big bloggers out there, but an improvement is a success in my book!
- Tailwind! This has been a huge success and I don’t even know how to use all of its features yet!
- I used Canva to create graphics for Facebook posts for each day of the week and I’ve finally utilized my Buffer account for scheduling. If I could get into a good scheduling rhythm for some of my posts that would save me a lot of time I could be using to create other interesting things for my readers.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK?
- Wasting time over-checking accounts like Google Analytics, affiliates and email accounts. I need to make a few concrete plans at the beginning of each month so that I consistently know what I need to be doing!
- Trying too many things. The core of blogging is good content. The rest matters, but if you’re not consistently churning out excellent content then you’ll fall behind. What do your readers want to know? What do they need to know? Those are two different things and both are excellent starting points for new content.
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS:
These are the tools that helped me have such a great third month blogging:
Stitch Fix– I tried Stitch Fix for the second time this month and loved it so much that I just had to share it with everyone I know! I signed up to be an affiliate for Stitch Fix because I think it is going to be an excellent tool for anyone wanting to create or update a capsule wardrobe especially busy mamas. I plan to write a few posts about the process of updating my Minimalist wardrobe using Stitch Fix.
If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, Stitch Fix is a company that acts as your very own personal stylist. You fill out their style profile detailing the types of things you love AND hate to wear then create a Pinterest board (optional, but I highly recommend) to pin images to that will help guide your stylist when they create your Stitch Fix box. For only $20 your stylist will curate a box of 5 items- shoes, dresses, tops, jeans, accessories, handbags, whatever you prefer- that they think you will love and before you know it your Stitch Fix will arrive at your door step!
Your $20 styling fee can be used towards any items you decide to purchase from your Fix. If you love them and decide to purchase all 5 then you’ll get a steep 25% discount! Say whaaat?! You can read about why Stitch Fix doesn’t suck in this post or see what items I received in my very first Stitch Fix here. My second Stitch Fix review was my most popular post this month (or EVER- so far!). You can read it here.
Tailwind– Tailwind is essentially a scheduling tool for Pinterest, but it’s SO much more. I am still learning about all of the features that it provides, but my favorite so far is Tailwind Tribes. Tribes are sort of like Pinterest group boards, but you get a whole lot more action on there AND the analytics to prove it!!
thredUP– I have been in love with thredUP for years! Waaay before I started blogging. I’ve shared the perks with my friends time and time again so it only made sense to share it with my readers, too. I love thredUP because we live on a very tight budget month to month. When I use thredUP I can buy quality, name brand clothing at up to 90% off retail. The clothes they sell are durable making them perfect for curating a capsule wardrobe especially if you want to create a capsule wardrobe for kids. Use this link and you’ll receive $10 to use on (it even goes towards shipping fees if your items’ total cost is under $10! Love that!).
ConvertKit– ConvertKit hosts a landing page for all of my opt-in freebies that my readers love so much. I would be committing a lot more time to sending out emails, keeping straight of what I’ve already sent or what I haven’t and I wouldn’t have a clue if my subscribers opened the email, read it or clicked any links inside. I know because I didn’t use ConvertKit for my first 6 weeks of blogging and sending out eCourse lessons and newsletters stole SO MUCH of my time each day. Switching was a huge time saver for me and I feel like it makes my blog look more professional because it provides beautiful forms and landing pages for my opt-in freebies.
shareasale.com– is a network of affiliates that bloggers can use to generate income from their blogs. I’m still figuring out which affiliate may pair up best with MamaBear Martin: Minimalism + Motherhood. And since I will never recommend a product that I don’t believe in 100%, deciding on any affiliates which meet my standards may take a little while, but they will be worthy of my recommendation.
BlueHost– I signed on for BlueHost to host my domain because of the price (a FREE domain name + only 3.95/month that’s the cost of a drive-thru coffee!), reputation, and ease of use. I appreciate BlueHost’s customer service. When I had an issue on a Saturday night I was able to contact a customer service rep from my cell phone’s browser to text chat while at my very rural farm. The rep I worked with went above and beyond to help correct the issues my blog was experiencing. If you’re wanting to start a blog, start off on the right foot with BlueHost and read my thorough how-to guide for starting a blog here. I knew NOTHING about blogging when I started so I think that post will be very helpful to newbies. 🙂
Read more about my blogging journey and past monthly income reports:
Next Month’s Goals
Stay tuned for my next monthly income report on My Fourth Month Blogging. I am feeling like my health has improved and stabilized and I intend to meet some BIG GOALS next month!!
- I still want to take a course on affiliate marketing. Wah! I still haven’t been able to squeeze that in.
- I decided to try running ads on the blog. I’m hoping to make enough from ads to meet expenses next month.
- Begin outlining a new project. Y’all. I am SO excited to share this with you and it isn’t even started yet!!
- Possibly be creating some printables. 😉
- Continue to focus on smart social sharing and SEO + excellent, helpful blog content.
That’s it! Come back next month to see how it goes and if I can meet these goals!
What’s your best blogging tip? Share with me in the comments. 🙂