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Last Updated on December 5, 2016 by karissa ancell
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I am glad that I started doing these blog income and traffic report posts the last few months. I like having posts to check back on to see where I was and how I’m doing now. As I’m doing them longer than I will really be able to compare traffic and income patterns through different seasons and times of the year. So here is my blog traffic and income report for November 2016.
November Income: November was my second best month for income so far. I still haven’t hit my goal of $1,000 in a month but I know that I will get there if I keep working on it and learning. I also did well with affiliate sales this month. Making gift guides and linking to stuff on Amazon really boosted my affiliate income for the month.
I also did a couple of sponsored posts and social media this month. I’m applying for quite a bit of campaigns the last few months. Until I get my own products up for sale doing sponsored posts are a great way to boost my income. I do try to be picky with what products I will do posts for. I want to make sure I would actually buy or recommend a product before I agree to do a post. I also want it to fit in naturally with the type of content I normally write about.
Sponsored posts: $300
sponsored social media: $100
affiliate income: $125
Total income: $545
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.
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.
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 November Blog Traffic
November ended up being a real great month with my traffic. The holidays are a big part of that and my post on stocking stuffers for men really saw a lot of traffic and did well on Pinterest. I’m hoping that December sees a lot of great traffic to my holiday posts as well.
All my work on Pinterest really has paid off because I got put in Pinterest jail and my account was suspended for 2 weeks. It sucked because I couldn’t post new stuff but I had built up my Pinterest so well that my old pins were still ringing in hundreds of page views a day and I was still gaining new followers.
What 3 things I’m working on to boost traffic and income
1 Keep trying to improve my SEO I am enrolled in a course to help me improve what I know about SEO. If I can get my posts to show up better in searches I know I will grow my traffic.
2. I need to work hard on my ebook that I’m writing. My launch date is going to be in February and I need to work hard to get that worked on and my launch plan outlined.
3. I am working on a productivity and goal setting series to post in December. People like to set goals and resolutions for the new year so I feel this series will do well as we end 2016 and start 2017.