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Welcome to my very first income report on my blog for the month of July 2019.
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.
Why am I writing income reports?
There are a few reasons why I am going to start to write 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!
I actually started this blog back in April and tried to write a few blog posts here and there. Unfortunately, it was a busy few months in my personal life from April until June so I didn’t really have the time to dedicate to writing posts or promote my blog.
I am hoping to have more time this month in August to dedicate to this blog so that I can reach my goal of publishing 8 posts a month at minimum.
Without further a do, let’s get on to my first income report!
July 2019 Income And Traffic Report
In July, I got 519 pageviews from mostly Pinterest and Facebook, which I know isn’t much but it’s a start!
Since I only started regularly pinning on Pinterest in July, I know I won’t see traffic gains until later in time.
This month, I finally finished optimizing my Pinterest account and finally got accepted into 50 niche group boards. I also signed up with Tailwind this month to allow myself to not have to manually pin on Pinterest and free up some time to do other work on my site.
Pinterest Domain Block
Unfortunately, I got an email from Pinterest during the last week of July that my domain was blocked for spam, even though I wasn’t spamming or even pinning that often!
What this block means is that none of my pins that I pin to Pinterest go through to my site when I click on them, which is a huge setback. Major sigh!
Unfortunately, I’m not the only one this is happening to. It has been happening frequently to other creators who are long time bloggers and much more established than I with much greater traffic and income to lose.
It’s a scary thought to think that if one traffic channel goes down, it can mean the end of your business! This is why it’s so important to diversify your traffic (hint: SEO!)
I know that this is only a bump in the road but it is quite disheartening and discouraging because the majority of my traffic right now comes from Pinterest. This will definitely stunt my blog growth until I get this sorted out with Pinterest, so I have a big feeling that my traffic next month is going to be quite low!
Stay tuned to see how this turns out next month.
Blog Posts Published This Month
Now, let’s get onto my earnings for the month.
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 July Earnings: $124.40
Google Adsense – $43.18
Affiliate Sales – $81.22
Total July Expenses: $171.36
Most of these reoccurring expenses were paid upfront but I like to just 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.
This month, I upgraded my free Tailwind Tribes account (includes 30 submissions per month) to the Max PowerUp plan (includes 200 submissions per month and unlimited tribes) near the end of my billing cycle. This is why you see the prorated amount below for the Tribes PowerUp.
I’m hoping to see a boost in Pinterest traffic once I start submitting more pins to my tribes.
Bluehost Hosting – $2.49
Namecheap Domain – $0.66
Tailwind – $9.99
Tailwind Tribes PowerUp – $3.22 (prorated as I started a few days before a new billing cycle)
Legal Templates Bundle – $155 (one-time payment that doesn’t re-occur)
For August, here are my goals:
Traffic: 1000 pageviews
Posts To Publish: 8
- Increase subscribers by creating multiple opt-in in my existing posts
- Improve my affiliate marketing skills
- Increase my ad income by adding a new ad network (FOMO)
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. Bluehost 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 and I love all of the tips that are given by the course creator.
Stupid Simple SEO
If you’re looking to bring quality traffic from Google search results to your blog, you need to check out Stupid Simple SEO.
This is one of the most comprehensive and in-depth SEO courses I’ve ever taken and have learned so many tips and tricks so far. I highly recommend you check out Mike’s course on how you can explode your blog traffic.
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!
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing
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.
I hope you enjoyed my second 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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