This is my first ever income report. Whoo Hoo!
I love reading other blogger’s income reports. I even wrote a post about it here.
I find them so inspiring and helpful. First, they show me what is really achievable with blogging. Second, they can highlight income streams and traffic sources that I may have never thought of.
Disclosure- this post may contain affiliate links. Opinions are 100% my own.
The reasons I want to post my blog income reports:
- I want to have a record of my progress.
- To keep myself accountable.
- To give full disclosure to my readers.
- Perhaps I will inspire someone else, as I’ve been inspired by other bloggers.
As you will see below, this is in no way bragging. LOL. It’s solely for tracking, inspiration, and accountability.
I started this blog in the middle of May, my total page views for May was 94. The income report below is for the month of June, 2016. This was my first full month of blogging.
Google Adsense: $0.37 (blog)
Amazon Affiliates: $6.22
Total Income: $17.34 yay!
Melyssa Griffin Blog to Biz Hive: $597
Total Expenses: $602.00
Monthly Total: -$584.66
As you can see I did NOT come out ahead monetarily this month but I didn’t expect to. I made a MAJOR investment in my blog this month and I’m already seeing the benefits. I seriously stressed out about spending such a large chunk of change on a blogging course. I decided that if I was going to be serious about this endeavor, I should hit the ground running. So far it’s working.
I did not set up Google Analytics correctly so I’m working off of the WordPress stats for the month of June.
Page views: 892
Top Post: Staying Organized with the Erin Condren Life Planner, 240 views
Top Referral: Pinterest
Social Media: (these started at zero mid-May)
Overall my page views are increasing so that’s a plus. I have some posts that are getting no love at all so I think I’ll go back and re-work them. I know they at least need better pinnable images.
BoardBooster has been a game changer as my Pinterest repins and followers exploded mid-month when I started using it. I signed up for the free trial and saw so much improvement in my page views and pins that I went ahead and paid for the cheapest plan. It was 5 bucks well spent.
I met many of the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the month. They were:
- 600 monthly page views – check
- 5 email subscribers – check
- 100 pinterest followers – check
- 100 twitter followers – check
- 1,000 instagram followers – not even close
- $10 gross monthly income – nope (but I’m okay with this)
I also wrote a guest post at jovanhannakristina.com HERE.
My goals for July are:
- 1,500 monthly page views
- 500 unique visitors
- 20 email subscribers
- 600 pinterest followers
- 600 twitter followers
- 1,000 instagram followers
- $25.00 gross income
I know I need to develop a better editorial calendar. So far I’ve been pretty haphazard in planning blog posts. I did manage to post every Monday and Wednesday as planned. What I didn’t do was plan my posts out in advance. I mostly wrote them as I needed them. Moving forward I want to map out all of my posts a month in advance.
So that’s it. I hope you found something helpful here. Looking forward to July!
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