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Last Updated on September 14, 2021 by karissa ancell
A lot of bloggers wonder how much they’re making and the best way to increase their blog traffic. Bloggers typically ask themselves these two questions: “What am I doing right?” and “What can I do better?”. This post is a detailed income and traffic report on my blog, so you can get an idea about what it takes to make money blogging.
This will be a monthly report where I share with you my earnings from my blog as well as the amount of web traffic that it received during that month. You’ll see what’s working, what needs work, and how to improve your website in order to generate more revenue for yourself!
I love sharing my blogging journey with my readers. I took a break from sharing income reports in 2020 but recently started them back up again. As we all know 2020 did not go as expected or planned. My blog traffic and income really suffered in 2020 and were so unpredictable that I just stopped doing the reports.
I’ve been blogging since 2012 and although I’m still a fairly small blog I had learned what was typical as far as ups and down with traffic and all of that went out the window with people not working out of home or traveling in 2020. It was discouraging but I stuck through it and this year things have started to come back to a regular pattern.
So I thought that I would bring back the blog traffic and blog income reports so that not only can other people hopefully learn from them but that I can motivate and encourage myself to keep growing.
- Pageviews: 21,469 down from 21,948
- Sessions: 17,583 up from 17,522
- Users: 16,655 up from 16,228
- Pinterest Followers: 121,234 up from 120,515
- Posts Published: 5 up from 2
BLOG INCOME report July 2021
Sponsored posts: $0
affiliate income: $25
My Products: $140
Total income: $552
After a real hit to my traffic and blog income in 2020, I’m excited to start seeing some change and things moving back to where they were in 2019. In all honesty, I thought I might be done with blogging last year because it was such a struggle.
I really enjoy blogging though and have since I started A Fresh Start on a Budget back in 2012. I’ve been a blogger for almost a decade now and that is just crazy to think about.
Being able to join Mediavine is such a great step in making money as a blogger. My ads are the majority of my income and my goal is to diversify that more in the coming months.
Growing that affiliate income year-round is one of my main goals for this new year. I want to find products and services I really love and share them with my followers in new ways.
If you are a blogger or aspiring blogger I want to help you to get to where you can start earning an income from blogging.
I’m really hoping that my blog will grow a lot this year and my traffic and income will increase.
It’s why I’m committed to sharing my not-so-good months as well as my good months because I want you to know that it’s possible to make money blogging. I don’t want you to feel like you should give up if you have months that don’t go as well as you would have liked. That blogging can be an up and down journey. It will take work and time but you can do it. I wasn’t sure if I would ever make money with my blog and I now am and you can do it too!
Now that we are into September and Fall is starting back up I hope to see some good blog traffic growth. Summer is always a slow blogging season as people are out doing stuff and not in their normal routines.
Fall brings back to school and people are online more especially going into the holidays where I have a lot of content and see some good traffic. I’m already seeing page views on my gift guides daily.
If you are looking to start making money blogging here are ways to do just that. Earning money through blogging has been one of the best things that I have started doing.
Blogging comes with some expenses from an email provider, to hosting, to services I use to create and run my products. When you are first starting out you can usually use cheaper programs and services but as you grow your expenses will too. It’s also important to shoe my expenses in my blog income report so that if you decide to start blogging you know that there will be costs. The costs will start low and grow as your blog grows.
Canva Pro- $13
Total Expenses: $202
Check out my resources page for all my favorite blogging and life products and services. That I really use and recommend.
MY BLOG GOALS
I use to set monthly goals and haven’t been as consistent with setting monthly goals and am going to start doing this and hopefully, this will help me start being more successful.
How I did on my August Goals
- Create my start a blog post to help new bloggers ( I’m almost done with this, it’s a big post with lots of information so it’s taking awhile)
- to create a Canva optin (Still need to do this)
- to post some canva tips (Yes check out my post on clickable pins)
- to get my blog organized behind the scenes (Still working on this)
My Goals for September
- to create a new Youtube channel to share Pinterest/Canva tips
- to create a new optin to grow my list
- to finally post my how to start a blog post
- work on updating more Holiday content
BLOG LESSONS LEARNED THIS MONTH
That although I’ve been blogging for a long time that there is so much that I need to learn and get better at. I am slowly learning SEO which is helping my blog and I still have a lot to learn about it to get good.
I’ve decided to start sharing what I know about Pinterest and Canva and want to create videos to help people out. I love Canva and spend a lot of time creating and designing there. I know it can be confusing for some people and I know creating tutorials will help. So that’s my focus in the upcoming weeks.
The Best Books and courses I’ve found on blogging and making money blogging that will help you take your blog to the next level:
- Blog, Inc.
- How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul
- The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers: Secrets of 17 Successful Bloggers You Can Use to Build a Six-Figure Online Business
- One Hour Content Plan
- Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers
- Adventures in SEO 2.0
- Creative Business Accelerator
*If you have any questions about blogging or making money blogging feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email and I will do my best to get you an answer!
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