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Blogging income reports.
They can either make you super motivated about making money as a blogger or…super frustrated.
You know what I’m talking about.
You’re cruising Pinterest looking for some good stuff to pin and bam–you’ve got 50 pins in your feed from bloggers who are making $10,000, $20,000, $50,000 a month from their blog.
And those are great, but…not always super helpful when you’re a beginning blogger.
Because you want to see the journey of how that blogger got to those amazing income levels, right?
And honestly, I’m more interested in blogging income reports from people who are at the same stage that I am, more or less. Reports like this one from Lee at Earnings Portal or this one from Lifestyle Queensland.
These blogging progress reports, report cards, updates–whatever you want to call them, are totally relatable to me.
In fact, I like them so much that I decided to write one of my own. So here you have it: my first ever blogging income and progress report!
Blogging Income Report for June 2019: What Worked, What Didn’t
Okay, so before we take a look at how blogging went for me in June, let me give you a little backstory.
But the idea of being a blogger wouldn’t go away so on April 1st of this year, I relaunched my blog.
So, technically my blog isn’t brand-new but I still feel like a newbie because I’m trying to learn all the things. That’s why if you spend any time at all in Facebook groups for bloggers, you’ll see me asking questions all. day. long.
I considered June to be my third official month of blogging for reals, but to avoid any confusion I’m just going to call this my first blogging income report because, well…that’s what it is.
Got it? Then let’s dig in.
Blog Posts Published
I start every month with the goal of getting 10 posts published. This month, I came close but no cigar.
So what happened?
My freelance writing business was crazy busy again this month. And about the middle of the month, I was at a point where I just didn’t want to write another word for my blog.
But I pushed through my temporary writer’s block and published this post on motivating productivity quotes as a result.
I also stuck with my usual routine of updating old posts with new images and checking them with Grammarly. (And yikes, I didn’t realize how easy it is to overlook typos when you type 100+ words a minute!)
Oh, heyyyyy, I almost forgot!
I did write 10 posts this month, only they weren’t all for this blog. I also wrote two guest posts for other blogs.
And if you want to learn how to work from home without totally neglecting your kids, that post is now live on Momalot!
Blog Traffic/Page Views
Goal: 4,000 page views for the month
So, technically, I hit my goal but traffic was kind of weird for me this month.
I definitely think the Google update at the beginning of the month dinged me a bit–posts that I had that were ranking on the second or third page just disappeared.
As you can see, traffic peaked in the middle of the month, then went down. Overall though, I’m happy with my views so far, considering I was getting less than 100 views a month the first time I tried to blog.
New Email Subscribers
Okay, here’s a confession: building an email list is totally intimidating to me. I have yet to actually email my little list anything.
That’s my goal for July. But as far as adding new subs went for June, I doubled my goal.
I’m working on updating and refining my lead magnet/opt-in strategy to boost my subscriber list next month. And if you have any suggestions for opt-ins or lead magnets you’d like to see here, hit the comments and tell me! I’m totally open to new ideas. 🙂
Pinterest Monthly Viewers/Followers
Okay, so Pinterest.
My relationship with Pinterest is like a Taylor Swift song. One day Pinterest seems to love me, then the next day it’s like this:
We are never ever, ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
But we are never ever, ever, ever getting back together
You know those Pinterest experts who say you need to be consistent for Pinterest to pay off?
Well, turns out they’re right.
My Pinterest monthly views (and yes, I know that’s just a vanity number) were all over the place in June. But the good news is, my engagement and my traffic from Pinterest grew steadily all month long.
Goal: No specific number, just more than what I had
Actual: 591 to end the month
So, Twitter is something I don’t use as much as I should, mostly because I don’t have time.
But according to Twitter analytics, my tweets got 16.2K impressions in June and I had an engagement rate of 1.6%.
Do I know what any of that means? Nope. I’ll have to put figuring out Twitter on my endless blogging to-do list.
Bottom line, I added around 90 followers for the month, which I’m fine with.
What About Facebook?
So, I do get traffic from Facebook but not because I’m sharing anything on my own page. I do all of my sharing in closed Facebook groups only.
(And if you’re curious about why I don’t have a link to my blog on my FB page, here’s why. No one who knows me in real life, other than my kids, knows I blog.)
Traffic-wise, Pinterest is still by far my biggest traffic driver, although Facebook did send me around 600 referrals in June.
Hours Spent Blogging
Goal: 15 hours/per week
Actual: No idea
Since restarting my blog, it’s become almost an obsession.
I think about it all the time and work on it every chance I get. I have no idea how many hours I worked on my blog each week in June but if I had to guess, I’d say around 25 to 30.
Was it worth the effort?
Overall, I’m happy with how June turned out. As the long as the numbers keep moving in the right direction, then I know that I’m making progress.
But What About Blogging Income–Did You Make Any Money?
That might be what you really want to know and here’s the answer.
I made a grand total of….$0 in June.
Was it disappointing? Sure, since one of my goals was to get my first affiliate sale.
But I’m okay with not making any money from my blog–yet.
For the third quarter of the year, affiliate marketing is going to be my focus. I want to learn from the ground up how to do it and do it right so I can start making some money.
I’m also thinking of reversing my stance on having ads here if I can get my page views/sessions high enough to qualify for the Monumetric ad network. Long-term, my goal would be to offer courses here but I feel like I’m still a long way off from that so I’m looking at all the options.
For now, I’m going to work on stepping up my affiliate game to see what I can make happen there.
July 2019 Blogging Goals
July is already here and it’s started off well so far. I have a huge list of things I want to achieve for this month but my main goals are:
- Publish 10 new posts on Boss Single Mama
- Publish 2-3 new guests posts to build up backlinks
- Add 3 new freebies to my Resource Library
- Finish a free email course on freelance writing that I started months ago
- Grow my page views to 6,000
- Increase email subscribers by at least 25 (and oh yeah, start emailing my list!)
- Learn how to use Tailwind, even if it kills me
- Get my Pinterest followers up to 2,500
- Grow my Twitter followers to 700
- Make my first affiliate sale (fingers crossed!)
- Working my way through this awesome list of 33 blogging tasks to tackle over the summer from Jenny at Traveling Part of Four
Do I think these goals are doable? Sure, if I’m able to get it together time-wise and focus on what I need to do.
Will I be bummed if I fall short? Sure.
But honestly, I can’t do it all.
I’m a single parent running a business, homeschooling two kids who are with me 24/7 and oh yeah, I’m trying to buy a new house and sell our current one before the fall. And we’re going out of town this month too.
How’s Your Blogging Progress Coming Along?
Are you at a similar place in your blogging journey? Doing better than you’d hoped? Worse?
Head to the comments and tell me about it, then please pin and share this post if it helped you!
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