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I don’t know about you but love reading other bloggers income reports and learning how they make money and get traffic. I think it is helpful to see other bloggers income and traffic reports and read what they do. We are all at different levels and I have learned a lot from other bloggers. My hope is that my reports help other bloggers too. September was an ok month. My traffic was up from last year in September but down from last month. I’m looking forward to the holidays. I typically see some spikes to my holiday posts in October and November
Why do I share these monthly reports? I have a few reasons
- I have loved reading other bloggers reports and still do. I learn so much from them and hope to offer the same to other bloggers. I enjoy reading reports from bloggers bigger and smaller than me. I have learned a lot from bigger and smaller blogs.
- It holds me accountable to my blog and continuing to grow my business. Even on months where my growth is smaller I still feel accountable to share
Now that I’ve been doing income reports for more than a year! Which is crazy it feels like I just started sharing them I want to see how I’m growing.
My income for September was pretty good. Unfortunately, I didn’t do much in terms of promoting my new book in September and didn’t make any sales. I really need to work on that in October. I am very pleased that I have heard such good feedback from those who have purchased it. I just need to makeup sales images and get the word out about it more. would love for you to check out my new e-book Boost your Pinterest Presence.
Two months ago I received a comment on my income report asking why I was still using Adsense. I was so glad someone asked because it reminded me that I had applied to join Mediavine. It was during the time that I moved so I was busy and distracted and never got set up. So I did at the end of July and was using Mediavine for my ads in August. If you have over 30,000 page views a month I believe it is you should look into getting set up with Mediavine.
Sponsored posts: $150
affiliate income: $40
Total income: $501
Convertkit $29 – A major area I am trying to grow and improve is my email list. My list is slowly growing and getting bigger each 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. I’m also learning to segment my list and customize the look of my emails.
Ivory mix: $10 – As much as I love photos I am just not skilled in photography so I have been using Ivory Mix to get stock photos that I use on many of my blog posts and social media. I pay $10 a month and each month I get access to a bunch of new photos to download and use. I’ve gotten photos from a few different places and find this to be the best pictures for the price I pay.
SmarterQueue $20- I had been using CoSchedule for the past couple years. I paid yearly so it wasn’t included in my monthly costs. It was time to renew and I did some research into other schedulers and found SmarterQueue. I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks now but I’m loving it. It’s an easy to use system that allows me to share great content with my followers. If you’ve been looking for a social media scheduler check it
Blogger’s Guide to Membership Site -$20- This is a great membership site. I’m a big fan of Terra from Uncork your Dork so when she put together a membership site with all her challenges and pieces of training I knew I wanted to check it out. I did the free trial and decided to invest in the subscription. I’m currently going through her training of launching a challenge. Next, I want to go through the SEO training. There is so much valuable information in this membership that the monthly cost is worth it because I need to keep learning to grow my traffic and income.
$0 Tailwind I pay for this annually. Tailwind is the scheduler I use when I do all my pinning on Pinterest. It’s my favorite scheduler I use for myself and cover a lot of why I love it and how to use it in my ebook.
Total Expenses: $79
My Blog Traffic in August
My blog traffic was ok in September. I am looking forward to the summer months finally being over and the end of the slower blog traffic months. The holiday season is where I really tend to see a rise in traffic. So I’m creating new content and upgrading old holiday content to make this year’s traffic better than before. I also know that I did not create enough content or get my older content out there enough in September which contributed to lower numbers.
I like comparing my traffic month to month because I find it helpful to see if my blog is growing. It’s not always the best way to see your growth though. If you’ve been blogging for awhile it’s a good idea to compare this year’s traffic to the year before. I’ve been told that is a more accurate way to see if your blog is growing. So I compared this September to September of last year. I was happy to see that my numbers were up by quite a lot from the last year. My blog traffic is up almost 40% in page views from 2016. That’s quite an increase, I’m going to keep working hard and in August of 2018, I will see if I’ve continued to grow.
What 3 things I’m going to do to boost traffic and income
1 I’m setting up an affiliate program for my book. Doing this should help me sell more copies and get my book seen by new people. Just need to figure out how to set it up and do it.
2. My big focus this more is creating a challenge that will hopefully help to really increase my email list and grow my blog. It’s a lot of work but I think it’s going to be a great challenge and I know it will help my readers. I look forward to launching it in the upcoming weeks.
3. Start focusing on my affiliate income over the next couple of months. I know I can make more money this way but I need to put the time and effort into doing things the right way. I’m doing a lot of education on how to make money as an affiliate. I’m hoping to start seeing some growth in my income as I learn how to do this.
To help you grow your own blogs and start making your own income I wanted to include some resources. The best way to grow your blog is to be constantly willing to learn through reading and growing your knowledge.
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
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