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How do you feel when you read a blogging income and progress report?
Personally, I love them. Or, at least I love the ones that are realistic and show what it’s really like to try and grow a blog.
If you’ve been following along with my blogging journey, you’ll know that I published my first ever blog income and growth report last month.
Now, let’s get down to details, shall we?
Second Blogging Income and Progress Report – July 2019
As a reminder:
- I originally started this blog in March of 2018.
- After working on it for just a couple of months, I got super frustrated and quit blogging.
- But the idea of starting a blog just wouldn’t go away, so I relaunched in April of 2019.
Even though I’ve had my blog for over a year, July was technically my fourth full month of blogging consistently.
But to keep things simple, I’m calling this my second blogging income and progress report because that’s what it is.
Ready to see how I did? Let’s go!
Blog Posts Published
Yeah, I didn’t do so hot with this goal.
My freelance writing business kept me super busy again. I invoiced close to $30,000 in writing income this month, which is always great.
But it didn’t leave me much time for writing blog posts. I did, however, manage to get these posts published:
- First Blogging Income and Progress Report: An Inside Look at Growing a Blog
- 9 Smart Money Habits You Need to Start Right Now (That Can Make You Rich)
- 7 Rules for Starting an Online Business (That You Can’t Afford to Break)
- The Easiest (and Best) Way to Get More Freelance Writing Gigs
- Grammarly Review: Can This Proofreading Tool Really Sharpen Your Writing Skills?
- How to Finally Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck (And Start Saving Instead)
Goal: 6,000 pageviews for the month
So, my pageviews were up for July but fell short of my initial goal.
A lot of the boost in traffic I had came from a round-up post of the best Facebook groups for bloggers that I published at the tail end of June.
Towards the end of July, my traffic started to lag a little.
Part of that can be chalked up to Pinterest–my numbers were all over the place this month.
The other part can be a blogging slump I fell into. I didn’t publish anything new the last week of the month and I wasn’t promoting my blog on Facebook or Twitter as consistently as I normally do.
New Email Subscribers
I’m happy to say that for this blogging income and progress report, I added a few new subscribers to my email list. And I did get my first email sent out to them during the third week of July.
I was scared to pull the trigger because I thought everyone would hit unsubscribe right away. But luckily, the bloodletting was minimal. Only seven people left my list for the month.
So I’ll be giving my opt-ins more thought for August.
And if you have a great idea for a freebie or resource you’d like to see here, head to the comments and tell me about it!
Pinterest Monthly Viewers/Followers
Pinterest just kills me.
I picked up a lot of new followers this month but my monthly viewers total was all over the place. At last count, it was around 257,000.
And I know it’s the clicks that matter but the viewers count tells me how many people see my pins. So when the numbers are screwy and Pinterest doesn’t update for days at a time, I can’t tell what’s what.
I’ve been using Tailwind to schedule pins but I feel like I’m still not getting the hang of it. So that’s something to work on for August.
I can say that Pinterest was my biggest traffic driver by far for the month. Google seems to be taking zero notice of my site at all.
I don’t hang out on Twitter much but I did pick up some new followers this month.
A lot of that was thanks to Facebook group follow and share threads. At some point, I’d like to focus more effort on Twitter but for now, I’ll probably stick to my current strategy of tweeting a few times a day.
What About Facebook?
I only share my blog posts in closed Facebook groups. You won’t find a link to my blog on my profile page.
No one who knows me in real life, other than my kids, knows I blog.
Facebook did send me around 900 referrals in July, so that was an increase over June.
Hours Spent Blogging
Goal: 15 hours/per week
Actual: Who knows
I really should start keeping track of the time I spend working on my blog.
A lot of days, I’m doing blog-related things but I don’t always feel like I’m as productive as I could be.
So that’s still something to work on for August.
I’ll be using the free time tracking sheets I created in the Resource Library to do it. And if you need some help tracking your time too, be sure to check those out.
Blogging Income for July 2019
I like all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes along with reading blogging income and progress reports.
But I’m like you–I want to know if the blogger is making any money.
And I can say that for July 2019, I did indeed make some money from my blog!
It came at just the right time too, because I was feeling like I was making zero progress.
Now, let me temper that excitement with a little reality check. Here’s just how much money I made blogging for July:
- Affiliate Income: $0.20
- Ads: $2.26
The affiliate income I made came from this Grammarly review post I published midway through the month.
What is FOMO and How Do You Make Money From It?
Fomo is an ad network that you can join for free.
Once you create your free Fomo account, all you have to do is embed a snippet of code on your site. Fomo verifies your account and once you’re approved, pop-up ads start appearing on your blog.
It’s easy to install and start earning money from ad revenue with Fomo. You get paid by impressions and clicks and you’re paid monthly via PayPal.
I earned my first few cents within 24 hours of joining and being approved. It’s really that simple.
If you’re not keen on having ads on your blog, you might think twice about Fomo. I like it because the ads aren’t overbearing.
It’s just a small, simple pop-up that you can customize to fit your branding. That allows the ads to blend into your site, versus being an eyesore.
Will I get rich from Fomo ads?
Right now, I’m just hoping to have more ad income to share on my next blogging income and progress report.
But if you’ve just started your blog and you’re looking for a simple way to monetize and start earning some money, give Fomo ads a try!
What Did I Spend on My Blog?
I forgot to add this in last month’s blogging income and progress report so I thought I’d include it this time around.
For July, my blogging expenses included:
- $29 for Convertkit (and if you’re not using them for your email list, you should because they’re great!)
- $34 for Social Pug Pro
- $10 + tax for Shortpixel
I was going to purchase Tasty Pins because I got tired of manually no-pin coding my post images. But then I got a recommendation from some bloggers in the Blogger Education Network group on Facebook that Social Pug Pro was better so I bought that instead.
So far, I’ve been happy with it. Although I’m still working on adding descriptions to all my posts through the plugin.
What is Shortpixel? In a nutshell, it’s an image compression plugin.
It smooshes your image sizes down to make your site run faster. And boy, did it make a HUGE difference in my site speed.
You can compress up to 150 images per month with Shortpixel for free but I absolutely recommend spending a few bucks and upgrading to a bigger package.
For the $10 and change I spent, I was able to get compression for up to 18,000 images thanks to a special Shortpixel was running. That should easily last me a year or two.
So if you’re looking for an easy to use (and super cheap) tool to speed up your blog, invest in Shortpixel. You won’t regret it.
August 2019 Blogging Goals/To-D0’s
If you’ll remember from last month’s blogging income and progress report, I had a pretty decent list of goals I wanted to work on for July.
Here’s how I did with each of those:
- Publish 10 new posts on Boss Single Mama FAIL
- Publish 2-3 new guests posts to build up backlinks FAIL on the guest posting, but I was featured in some round-up posts, as well as a few interviews here and here
- Add 3 new freebies to my Resource Library FAIL, but I did revamp the designs of every item in the library so go take a look!
- Finish a free email course on freelance writing that I started months ago FAIL – Update! The course is finished and it’s live so go check it out!
- Grow my page views to 6,000 FAIL
- Increase email subscribers by at least 25 (and oh yeah, start emailing my list!) PASS AND PASS!
- Learn how to use Tailwind, even if it kills me PASS, but I’m still learning
- Get my Pinterest followers up to 2,500 PASS
- Grow my Twitter followers to 700 PASS
- Make my first affiliate sale PASS
- Working my way through this awesome list of 33 blogging tasks to tackle over the summer from Jenny at Traveling Part of Four STILL WORKING ON THIS ONE
So, July was kind of a mixed bag for reaching blogging goals and crossing things off my to-do list.
About halfway through the month, I seriously considered quitting my blog again. I even took a few days off from blogging completely because I was just totally burned out over the whole thing.
But as you can see, I’m still blogging for now.
At the moment, I’m trying to find my focus and decide what I want this blog to be, who I want to help and what direction I want to go in next.
Here are my goals/to-dos for August:
- Publish 6 new posts on Boss Single Mama
- Submit 1 new guest post
- Add those 3 freebies to the Resource Library, or at the very least, figure out what kind of freebies I should be promoting to build my audience
- Decide whether to finish that free email course on freelance writing or ditch it
- Grow pageviews to 6,000
- Continue emailing my list once per week and add 25 new subscribers
- Grow Pinterest followers to 3,400
- Grow Twitter followers to 800
- Earn $25 in affiliate income
- Continue updating posts for SEO and adding appropriate affiliate links
- Brainstorm ideas for one small paid product
So, some of these goals might look lowball to you and that’s fine. I just need to stick to what’s realistic right now for my sanity.
I’m hopeful that I can do all of these things and then some. But my freelance workload is already insane and it’s only the first day of the month.
And we’re still in the midst of this whole house-buying thing. Plus, it’s time to start back with homeschooling and our regular extracurriculars.
So I’m just trying to do what I can and be as productive as possible right now without, you know, dying of exhaustion. 🙂
Have You Started a Blog Yet?
I hope you enjoyed my second blogging income and progress report. And if you haven’t started a blog yet, what are you waiting for?
And if you’re already a blogger, what big goals are you setting for August? Are you making money with your blog yet?
Tell me all about it in the comments! Or, share a link to your own blogging income and progress report!