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Happy April and welcome to my blogging income report for March 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!
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March 2020 Income And Traffic Report
In March, I got 11,268 pageviews mostly from Pinterest and Facebook compared to 9,070 pageviews in February (a 24.2% increase).
I only wrote 1 blog post this month unfortunately (aside from my February income report), which is a little embarrassing I must say and I’m not happy that I didn’t dedicate enough time to writing.
Although I only wrote 2 blog posts and didn’t invest much time on this blog, I did still make some money blogging this month, which you’ll see the breakdown below.
In total, I think I spent around 1 hour writing my blog posts and then another 4 to 5 hours for creating fresh pins in Canva and scheduling to Tailwind. I must say that for the minimal number of hours worked, generating some extra income from this blog was great this month especially with all of the uncertainty that is currently happening in the world.
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 already reduced $250 income goal that I set for myself last month.
I also was not really impressed with how badly my affiliates converted this month because I reached the highest number of pageviews I’ve ever had on this blog. I can’t say for sure if it’s because of current events in the world right now and people have less to spend or if it’s just that I need to really improve on my affiliate strategy.
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 March Earnings: $122.78
Google Adsense – $58.93
Affiliate Sales – $63.85
Total March Expenses: $13.14
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.
Bluehost Hosting – $2.49
Namecheap Domain – $0.66
Tailwind – $9.99
Total March Net Income: $109.64
For April, here are my goals:
Traffic: 15,000 pageviews (I hit my goal of 10,000 pageviews last month!)
Income: $150 (I didn’t hit my goal of $250 in income in March so I’m lowering it back down to $150)
Posts To Publish: 4 (I only wrote one blog post last month so I really failed last month’s goal!)
- Stay consistent with blogging and make time to write posts
- Grow my Pinterest account to 600K monthly views per month (Read my tips on how I grew my Pinterest account to 541k monthly views here!)
- Get enough pageviews to qualify for Mediavine (I do have another blog in Mediavine so I need less pageviews to get this site to qualify)
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 $2.95/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 affordable 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!
Journey To The Center Of Amazon
Journey To The Center Of Amazon is an essential course to take to improve your Amazon affiliate earnings.
If you’re a beginner and haven’t started making money yet on Amazon, this course by Debbie Gartner is the course to take. It’s simple and easy to follow but filled with tons of information for both beginners and intermediate bloggers.
Easy On-Page SEO & Easy Backlinks For SEO
Easy On-Page SEO is one of the most affordable e-books to check out if you’re new to SEO that I highly recommend starting out with.
Debbie Gartner is a seasoned blogger who earns $20,000 a month from affiliate marketing by driving targeted traffic from Google with SEO.
She makes on-page SEO very easy to understand so if you’re a total beginner with no previous experience, this should be the very first resource you start with.
Another great affordable resource to learn from is Debbie’s Easy Backlinks For SEO, where she teaches 31+ ways to easily get backlinks to your site without having to do blogger outreach.
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.
Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers
One of my favorite resources to learn about affiliate marketing is Carly Campbell’s Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers course. In this course, she teaches you the strategies she uses to earn more affiliate sales from both your blog posts and email list.
You can read my full review on the course here if you’re interested in learning more and hearing my thoughts about it.
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