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Hi, and welcome to December’s traffic and income report. I made the decision to start sharing these monthly reports a few months ago. I love reading them when other bloggers do them so I gave it a shot posting my own. It’s really helped me focus more on growing my blog and paying more attention to the business side of blogging.
December Income: December was a good income month for my blog. In fact, it beat my previous best month by $14. I’m hopeful this is a trend that will care on in 2017 of making more money month to month. It’s not much more than I’ve earned before but up is up. I’m happy about it.
Also, this was the first month where Affiliate income was my top earner. Usually, it is sponsored posts. I know that November and December were good affiliate months with the holidays. I’m so inspired by making more affiliate money that I got an ebook on how to do that more. So I hope you will be seeing bigger affiliate sales numbers from me in the future.
Sponsored posts: $200
sponsored social media: $65
affiliate income: $285
Total income: $565
Boardbooster: $30- I spend a lot here because Pinterest accounts for at least ⅔ of my monthly traffic. I’m working towards growing my traffic more evenly across other channels. 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 out Boardbooster 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 bigger 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.
Elite Blog Academy $49- I am still making monthly payments for Elite Blog Academy. At some point, I plan to write up a post a review of this great course. I’ve taken a lot of courses and this has been one of my favorites.
Total Expenses: $108
My December Blog Traffic
It’s hard to really tell how December’s traffic really did. The reason being is that in the middle of the month I found out that I had a glitch with Google analytics and my blog. For the last few months or so it has been incorrectly telling me how many page views I was getting. Which is disappointing because I’m probably getting a lot less than I thought. It also was messed up with my bounce rate. I thought it was odd that it was so low but didn’t realize it was part of a bigger issue.
So even though it was disappointing to find out my numbers were lower than I thought the good thing is that I now know and it is fixed. I’m a big believer in you can;t fix a problem you don’t know you have. I didn’t know I had a problem but when I did I fixed it. I’d rather fix it now than a year from now.
I think December did pretty good for my blog in all. I know I got a lot of shares and comments on my holiday posts. So that shows me people were on my site. It’s really important to me to be transparent about the good and bad that takes place in blogging. Which is why I wanted to share that my traffic numbers were off because of a glitch. I want you to know that you are getting the truth from me in these reports.
What 3 things I’m working on to boost traffic and income
1 Keep working on improving my SEO, I am enrolled in 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 recently purchased a book on how to make more with affiliates. I loved how well my numbers were for the last two months in affiliates. I know the holidays caused this and want to learn what I can do to grow this income throughout the year.
To help you grow your own blogs and start making your own income I wanted to include some resources.
Books on blogging to help you take your blog to the next level:
- Building A Framework ( check out more about this here.)
- Blog, Inc.
- Big Magic
- How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul
- Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
- You are a Badass
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I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog traffic and income report for December 2016
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