Happy March and welcome to my blogging income report for February 2020!
Why am I writing income reports?
If you don’t know what an income report is, it’s a report where bloggers breakdown their traffic, how much they made during the month, and their goals for the next month.
There are a few reasons why I’m writing income reports on my blog.
1. To keep myself accountable. Writing up a monthly report is a great way to keep myself accountable. I am letting the internet know my results and future goals so it’s a great way to keep me motivated and on track.
2. To stay transparent. I want to be as transparent and honest to my readers.
3. To inspire others. I started this blog to show others that it’s totally possible to make money blogging.
In fact, I was inspired to start this blog because of the income reports published by successful bloggers who are digital nomads and earn six-figure incomes a month.
It’s crazy to know that nowadays you can now make a career out of being a blogger and create your own life of freedom. Oh, how times have changed!
February 2020 Income And Traffic Report
In February, I got 9,070 pageviews mostly from Pinterest and Facebook compared to 8,512 pageviews in January (a 6.56% increase).
I only wrote 2 blog posts this month unfortunately (aside from this income report) as I started a new part-time job but I was still able to make money after all expenses. This goes to show that blogging is a pretty awesome way to make semi-passive income!
I say semi-passive income because I spent a lot of my free time that I scheduled for this site dedicated to making new pins on Pinterest.
Right now, I’m making 1 to 2 new pins a day but I might ramp up that number this month just to experiment with current algorithm changes happening with Pinterest.
I’ll also be experimenting with different ways to increase my efficiency when making pins as well as my pinning strategy.
Blog Posts Published This Month (aside from this income report)
Now, let’s get onto my earnings for the month.
Unfortunately, I didn’t hit my $350 income goal that I set for myself last month nor did I hit my previous month’s earnings of $289.75 even though I had more pageviews this month. I know that each month will fluctuate but I hope that next month is a little better in terms of affiliate conversions.
Note: I report these earnings in the month that I earned them, not when they’re paid to me because it’s much easier for me to track this way. I also only included money that I’ve earned directly from this blog and no other freelancing income.
Total February Earnings: $186.78
Google Adsense – $90
Affiliate Sales – $96.78 (a huge decrease from $204.94 earned last month)
Total February Expenses: $21.59
Most of these reoccurring expenses were paid upfront but I like to break down the cost of my expenses each month just so that it’s easier for me to see how much I actually earned in total with my expenses deducted.
Siteground Hosting – $2.49
Namecheap Domain – $0.66
Tailwind – $9.99
Paypal Fees – $8.45 (to receive affiliate income)
Total February Net Income: $165.19
For March, here are my goals:
Traffic: 10,000 pageviews (I fell short of 10,000 pageviews in February so I’m going to try to hit this number in March)
Income: $250 (I’m lowering my income goal for March as I didn’t hit my previous goal of $350 in February)
Posts To Publish: 8 (I only wrote 3 posts last month so I failed last month’s goal!)
- Stay consistent with blogging (this is a hard one for me!)
- Improve my affiliate marketing skills
- Get enough pageviews to qualify for Mediavine next month (I do have another blog in Mediavine so I need less pageviews to get this site to qualify)
- Finish Stupid Simple SEO (a course I’ve been putting off for awhile now which will teach me the strategies needed to increase my Google traffic so I can diversify my traffic)
Blogging Tools & Resources
Here are my essential blogging tools and resources I recommend that helped me to make money on my small blog this month. I always believe in investing in yourself to gain new skills and blogging is no different in my opinion.
If you haven’t started a blog yet, you’ll want to sign up with a fast host that provides good customer service to ensure that everything goes smooth. Siteground is my #1 recommendation if you’re just starting out. They have awesome, affordable plans that start as low as $3.95/month.
Tailwind is a must-have tool alongside Pinterest if you want to be as efficient as possible and gain blog traffic relatively quickly.
It’s one blog investment that I didn’t bat an eye on purchasing because it allows you to schedule out your pins in advance and send traffic to your blog even while you’re asleep or out having fun. This leaves you time to do other important things such as marketing your blog elsewhere or writing new content.
Don’t want to invest in Tailwind? Well then, a great resource for you if you want to manually pin instead is Pinteresting Strategies.
This course is jammed-packed with great strategies that will help you manually pin with great success and gain explosive traffic. This course even has tips on how to optimize your Pinterest account which is so important in order to be successful on the platform so that is a great bonus!
If I didn’t use Tailwind and had more time to manually pin (which just isn’t in the cards for me right now), I would recommend this one-time investment as it’s very affordable.
Canva is the program I use to create beautiful and eye-catching pins easily for Pinterest in just 5 minutes. I have the Canva Pro subscription and I love it because all of its features save me so much time.
You get a ton of features from having unlimited folders, premium fonts, the ability to upload your own fonts, transparent backgrounds, and resizing capabilities so you don’t have to spend a ton of time making new graphics for every social media platform that you’re on. I love it and highly recommend it!
Dare To Conquer (DTC), formerly known as the Billionaire Blog Club (BBC), is a comprehensive site that teaches everything you need to know on how to blog and build a success online brand.
In this course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to perfect your SEO, Pinterest marketing, affiliate marketing, email list building, and content creation. This is a must if you’re starting out and need a plan laid out for you to help guide you to success.
I haven’t finished all of the courses in DTC yet, as there are many, but I am slowly working on it.
I am always trying to improve my affiliate marketing skills and seeing that it’s possible to earn money from making a few affiliate sales this month with low pageviews is motivating and inspiring!
My favorite resource to learn about affiliate marketing is Michelle’s course on Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. In this course, she teaches you the strategies she uses to earn more than $50,000 each month from just affiliate marketing on her blog.
You can read my full review on the course here if you’re interested in learning more and hearing my thoughts about it.
A great place to make affiliate income is Amazon because it’s such a trusted marketplace. Learn how you can include this affiliate income stream to get your blog income to the next level with this informative e-book.
I hope you enjoyed my third blogging report and found it helpful if you’re looking to start a blog. Check back next month to see my next income report.
If you’re looking make passive income online too, I recommend that you check out my simple tutorial on how to start your very own blog for $3.95 per month.
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