It’s that time again! Time to share my monthly blog income report with you all!
In these 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’ failures and successes as well as their income reports. You can read my report on my first month of blogging in this post. That’s why I want to share my blogging secrets with you (if I have any!). Please know, I do not in any way post this information to be prideful. I am putting myself out there and genuinely want to help others by sharing.
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. Doing this keeps me focused because with blogging it is so easy to get distracted by something shiny and new that you think your blog may “need.” I’m going to talk to you about the things I did in my second month blogging that worked, what I tried that failed and any tools I used to help me get there.
Along with consistently posting quality content for my readers, my blogging goals for my second month blogging were:
- Reach 10,000 pageviews in my second month blogging
- Grow social media
- Generate 1 cent in income from a new affiliate
Did I meet my goals in my second month of blogging? Let’s find out.
This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase through one of the links I’ve provided, I will receive a very small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog, the work I love!
01/22- 6,754 02/21- 9,257
In my second month blogging, I started the month feeling really encouraged. I had come SO close to a goal I never expected I could even set in my first month- reaching 10,000 page views- so I really wanted to get there this month!
By the second week of the month, I began working on two new blogging projects that took up the majority of my time. Unfortunately, this meant I didn’t post any new content at all for 11 days straight.
One week before the month was finished, I checked my Google Analytics and had only 3,500 pageviews for the month. *womp womp* I pulled a few all-nighters and hammered out the final details of my two projects and got them published just in time. In one day I achieved over 1,500 new pageviews! I fully expected this trend to drop off, but the next day I had 1,000 new pageviews! I continued getting significantly higher pageviews than normal for 5 days which earned me more than 4,590 new pageviews for the month! It’s been a week now and my pageviews are still higher than they were previously. Fingers crossed they continue growing!
75% of my total traffic came from social media in my second month blogging. About 51% of my total social media acquired traffic came through Facebook and another 20% through my new StumbleUpon account.
HOW I DOUBLED MY PAGEVIEWS IN 5 DAYS
- I created quality content that my readers enjoyed or found useful and linked to my other posts.
- I signed up for a StumbleUpon page to share my work.
- I shared my work in Facebook groups where it made sense to share (not spam– nobody likes spam and it will not earn you pageviews! It will get you kicked out of groups!)
- I shared my newest blog posts in an email newsletter for the first time.
Most Popular Post
My most popular post in my second month of blogging was this post explaining how to create a capsule wardrobe for moms. This post generated 1,708 pageviews in 3 weeks. There were 3 other pages on MamaBear Martin: Minimalism + Motherhood which broke through the 1,000 pageviews marker. One post did it in a week and the other did it in only 3 days!! Wow! For a total newbie to blogging, I am excited about those numbers!
Email Subscribers- 116
1/22- 42 02/21- 116
I didn’t launch my blog with an opt-in already in place. That mistake alone probably hurt my numbers last month. I didn’t realize the value in an email list until I did my research. My goal this month was to grow my email list to over 100 subscribers. I did it! Yay!!
HOW I TRIPLED MY EMAIL LIST IN 30 DAYS
I followed Meera Kothand‘s teaching and switched to ConvertKit a little over 2 weeks into my second month blogging. When I made the switch I had exactly 60 subscribers to my email list which was already up +18 from last month’s final total of 42. After switching to ConvertKit my email list continued to grow, but at rapid speed now! Within 14 days, the total number of subscribers to my email list had tripled!!!
To be fair, I had a total of 128 subscribers, but I only list 116 because ConvertKit, unlike other email services, doesn’t list subscribers more than once on your list if they choose to opt-in more than once. For example, this month I created two new freebies for my readers a toy storage handbook and a free checklist for creating a capsule wardrobe for kids. Some readers chose to download both freebies and were added twice to my email list. Only listing a subscriber once is important because with any email automation service, your monthly payment depends on the size of your email list. Just one more reason to fall in love with ConvertKit!
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One of my social media goals this month was to grow my Facebook page to 1,000 followers. I got very close to reaching this goal at around 956 followers and 911 likes. I’m not sure why Facebook differentiates the two stats. Why would a user follow a page and not “like” it? If you can answer this for me, shoot me a comment below!
HOW I GOT 200+ FACEBOOK LIKES
I have noticed a few trends with my Facebook page. First of all, I never pay for ads or promote a post. I won’t do that until I have a product like an ebook to sell and even then may not want to pay-to-play.
The first trend I’ve noticed is my new likes going up when I post something my readers enjoy. This makes sense because they can share any posts that resonate with them on their Facebook wall and it may entice someone new to join my page to see more related content.
What earns me the most new likes in a day is when I devote an hour or two after the kids have gone to bed to interacting in Facebook groups related to my blog’s niche topic. Just being genuinely helpful and encouraging attracts new visitors to my page better than any self-promotion.
1/22- 400+ 02/21- 534
I created an Instagram page for MamaBear Martin: Minimalism + Motherhood in my first month blogging so I could showcase the Minimalist Mama Game we played. I continued my Minimalist decluttering game theme this month by choosing one craft supply to declutter every day. I realized a few days ago that I can switch to a business page and be able to view analytics to see which posts my readers respond best to. I’m currently in the process of doing that, but it’s giving me trouble. Just go ahead and file this under next month’s technology bug issue!
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I have quite literally done nothing on Twitter this month with the exception of sharing a couple of my newest posts last weekend. I hope to turn Twitter into the valuable resource I know it can be for bloggers, but at this time it is simply not my biggest time investment. If anyone would like to share quick tips in the comments, I’m all ears!!
1/22- 1,974 02/22- 2,006
I’ve been a member of Pinterest since back when you had to request an invite, but I have never used it for anything other than compiling collections of ideas for myself- mostly crockpot recipes. I haven’t seen any significant growth in my number of followers on Pinterest in years until the end of this month when that moved to the top of my to-do list. The one thing I did that helped me get started on the right foot using Pinterest for blogging was watching a free webinar by Melyssa Griffin. One day I’d like to take her eCourse that teaches in-depth how to use Pinterest for business.
HOW I GREW MY PINTEREST
- I made the switch to a Pinterest for business page.
- I cleaned up the overall look of my Pinterest profile and I’m in the process of creating new images for my old pins to make them more Pinterest-friendly.
- I (finally!!!!) enabled rich pins after struggling for weeks. If you’re a blogger reading this and you’ve been pulling your hair out too, go to the Yoast SEO plugin and un-link it from your Facebook page. If your blog’s Facebook page is linked in Yoast SEO, when the Yoast SEO plugin inputs the open meta data tags for your article it tries to put the link to the Facebook page as the author. I read that this is a bug on Facebook’s part. I don’t want to pretend to understand that I know what or why it does it, but I do know how to fix it! Immediately after I removed the Facebook data from the Yoast plugin, I went to Pinterest and my rich pins activated. Immediately. Whew.
- I set almost all of my boards to secret. At first this seemed backwards to me- wouldn’t readers stick around if I had a ton to offer? But it does make good sense to apply a bit of Minimalism to your Pinterest account. The only boards visible now are boards specific to my niche or to blogging in general.
I’m still majorly struggling to get any repins on my articles. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!
Blogging Income Report
I want to be clear. This is money that was earned in my second month of blogging. I haven’t received payment yet and I won’t until I meet the minimum earnings for my affiliates or until the following month.
Earnings for my second month blogging:
Affiliate income- $3.62
Other- $8.70 was earned through an affiliate, but refunded.
I know the old saying, “almost” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, but I only mention it because generating 1 cent of new income from a new affiliate partner was one of my goals for this month. Even though I didn’t earn the money at the end of the day, I was very close to meeting this goal for the month. If I had accomplished this goal, it would have quadrupled my income from last month! Almost.
Stay tuned for next month’s report on My Third Month Blogging. I intend to meet some BIG GOALS next month!!
- I learned that one of my biggest assets is my low bounce rate. The ability to capitalize on the traffic my blog is receiving makes a huge difference in the number of pageviews at the end of the month. For example, if you can get 1,000 visitors to your site that’s great. But if you can get 1,000 visitors to your site who read 4 different articles you’ve written then you’ve effectively earned 4,000 new pageviews for the same amount of work. Ya feel me?
- ConvertKit helped me grow my email list by allowing me to create a landing page and forms for my opt-in incentives, providing automation features and including stats that let me know what’s working and what isn’t.
- I took two free webinars this month. One was about growing your email list and one was about using Pinterest.
- I also continued being helpful when interacting in Facebook groups related to my blog’s niche topic.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK?
- Not posting any new content for 11 days straight. Time got away from me and before I knew it 11 days had passed me by! If I had published anything new at all during this time I’m certain I would have met my goal of 10,000 pageviews for my second month blogging.
- Issues with technology got me again and stole my time…which is just part of the blogging learning curve. As annoying as it can be, I am grateful for the firsthand experience. This month’s biggest hurdle was activating rich pins on Pinterest which is key to utilizing Pinterest effectively as a blogger. To make a long story short, I had to remove my Facebook data from the Yoast plugin and then it worked.
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS:
These are the tools that helped me have such a great first month blogging:
ConvertKit– Okay- so if you scrolled to the bottom and missed the incredible numbers that ConvertKit helped me achieve for my email subscriber list this month scroll back up there are take a gander. I’ll wait.
ConvertKit hosts a landing page for your opt-in so that you can generate more subscribers and it has automation features so that you can set it and forget it. This saved me so much time this month since I didn’t have to manually send out emails to my eCourse students or newsletters. I was able to create 2 new freebies in all that time I saved!
I’m obsessed with the analytics they provide about the emails I send. ConvertKit tells me the open rate of my sent emails, the conversion rate of my products (aka how many people sign up) and also how many people unsubscribe. I like to know what my readers like and what they don’t so that I can create and compile topics that interest them most. I don’t have to guess what my readers are interested in, ConvertKit tells me.
shareasale.com– ShareASale.com is a network of affiliates 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. 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 + 3.95/month!), reputation, and ease of use. I just had to click one button to install WordPress. If you’re wanting to start a blog, start off on the right foot with BlueHost. Don’t register for a free WordPress.com account if you’re wanting to turn your blog into a business. You only own the rights to your domain (aka can monetize it) if you buy a domain name. I’m so glad I learned that before I began my first month blogging because I’m very frugal and I’d be inclined to go the other route.
You can read my report from last month, my first month of blogging, here.
Next month my number one goal is to take a popular affiliate marketing course for bloggers, increase the number of repins on my articles and focus on creating good SEO so that my blog generates organic traffic.
I also want to make a greater effort to connect with other bloggers next month. Are you a blogger? Do you want to be?
Let’s talk in the comments below.