So here is March’s income and traffic report. I didn’t end up getting around to doing February’s report. March was crazy busy and February wasn’t that interesting blog-wise so I never ended up doing my report. I wanted to get back to doing them though because I love reading them when other bloggers do them. I’ve enjoyed publishing my own income reports. It’s really helped me focus more on growing my blog and paying more attention to the business side of blogging.
I wasn’t expecting to earn much in March. My blog has kind of taken a back seat in 2017 because we are moving this month from California to Colorado. This has taken a lot of work and most of my time in preparing my family for the move. So I didn’t expect a lot of traffic or income in March.
It ended up being a better month than I expected. Which was a surprise but a very pleasant one. My traffic was better than usual and that helped me earn more ad income.
Sponsored posts: $0
sponsored social media: $25
affiliate income: $15
Total income: $220
This is my most expensive recurring expense but so important to my blog growth. I spend a lot because Pinterest accounts for at least ⅔ of my monthly traffic. Since so much of my traffic is through Pinterest. Spending this on Boardbooster is a must.
If you are looking to really grow your traffic with Pinterest than I would check outBoardbooster and begin using it. There is a free trial and plans as low as $5 a month. Here is a post on how to use Boardbooster that I put together to help you get started.
Convertkit $29 – A major area I am trying to grow and improve is my email list. I know that since creating my own products is something I want to do I need to have a larger list and I made the switch to Convertkit from Mailchimp at the beginning of the year. It is slowly growing and getting larger month to month. A big reason I use Convertkit is that it makes it really easy to run my free email courses. These courses are the main way I grow my email list so Convertkit is important for me to have.
Total Expenses: $59
I’m finally through with my payments for Elite Blog Academy – Check out how taking this course helped me start making money blogging. I’ve taken a lot of courses and this has been one of my favorites. Be sure to get on the waiting list for this course. It’s only available once a year but there are great freebies when you sign up.
My March Blog Traffic
My March traffic was amazing. I got over 100,000 page views for the first time ever. Most of that was to do some pins doing very well on Pinterest. To learn more about my Pinterest strategy sign up for my free Pinterest course.
I’ve also started putting in a lot more time with learning and using SEO to grow my blog. I’ve seen some growth from it and am still learning. It’s important to me to get traffic from multiple sources and not just Pinterest.
Once we get moved and settled I am planning to spend more time writing and trying new things to grow my traffic and income. One of the good things about blogging for a long time like I have is that I have lots of posts that I can update and share. So even though I have been busy and not writing as much new content as I would like my blog is still doing well.
What 3 things I’m working on to boost traffic and income
1 Keep working on improving my SEO, I am working through a course to help me improve what I know about SEO. I need more of my posts to show up in searches so new readers can find me.
2. I have spent some time planning out how I am going to increase my affiliate sales in the next few months.
3. I am trying to spend more time on my editorial calendar so that I can be creating great content and am even trying to get ahead in my posts so that things wont be so last minute.
To help you grow your own blogs and start making your own income I wanted to include some resources.
Amazing Books on blogging that will help you take your blog to the next level:
- Building A Framework ( check out more about this here.)
- Blog, Inc.
- How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul
- You are a Badass
Other posts you might like:
- How to Make Money Blogging
- More Ways to make money Blogging
- Should you do posts for free
- How I finally started making money blogging