November 2016 Income and Traffic Report

Why I’m Publishing Monthly Income Reports

 

One of the reasons I was motivated to begin my blogging journey was from seeing fellow bloggers post monthly income reports. Whether they were making money or not, I find all of these posts to be inspiring. I hope that you will be able to find my income reports inspiring as well. To clarify, these reports will not include income from my husband’s or I’s jobs. This will only include income from any of the side jobs I am trying out and from this blog if I ever start to make money from blogging. I find it all very exciting and I look forward to where this journey will take me. If you are wanting to start your own blog, check out my How to Start a Blog post using Bluehost(this post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a little bit of money whenever you purchase or sign up through my links. Don’t worry I only recommend things that I also personally use!)

 

I chose to start my income reports from the very beginning of my blog so that you and I have something to compare to later down the road if I do in fact become successful at this. I also plan to include updates on traffic reports once I get this figured out. Please know, that I am choosing to share these income reports not to brag, but to inspire, and to provide a realistic idea of what you can expect to make starting out your own blog. Keep in mind, most of this income hasn’t been taxed yet so I will have to pay taxes on it come tax season.

 

I will be posting these income reports once a month, but plan to post new content 1-2 times a week. If you would like to follow along in my journey feel free to subscribe to my blog. You can be among the first to know every time I publish a new post, by using the subscription box on the right. Plus you will receive a free budgeting template when you subscribe!

 

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My Blogging Journey

If you are curious to learn my reasons and motivations for beginning this blogging journey you should check out my Why I am Starting a Blog.” To give you a brief overview, I have four major reasons for beginning this blog:  1) I want to help others avoid the mistakes I made 2) I need a creative outlet 3)  I need extra income to pay down some of our debt 4) I want to be my own boss and have my financial freedom.

 

 

Last Month’s Income Report & Goals

For this month, I wasn’t fully invested in my blog and it shows in every area. I did completely meet 1 goal and partially met another. So I will carry over the remaining goals through the month of December.

 

  1. Add my Disclosure Policy to my site
  • Figure out how to add it to the footer of my home page
  • Figure out how to add it as a plug-in in my posts so I don’t have to write it each time

 

  1. Add email opt-ins to the hot spots of my posts and on my blog
  • Apply the Rapidology Plug-In within my old posts

 

  1. Add a landing page to my blog
  • Review the webinar I attended last month
  • Decide on what service to use for my landing pagePass! I purchased Thrive
  • Install my landing page

 

  1. Decide on a new theme for my blog
  • Research different themesPass! I chose a theme from ThemeForest
  • Purchase a themePass! I purchased Avada on the recommendation of my coach

 

  1. Work on creating my branding image
  • Implement new blog colors (black, red, teal, and yellow)
  • Create a Pinterest brand consistent image
  • Create a featured image brand consistent image

 

  1. Update my category tabs
  • Update the category names within my main menu bar
  • Figure out how to create drop down tabs in my main menu bar

 

  1. Freebie
  • Figure out how to automate my freebie to be sent to new email subscribers

 

  1. Have a month’s worth of content written
  • Create 4 outlines
  • Create 4 rough drafts
  • Select and edit 4 post images

 

 

Income Earned Breakdown $451.49

($12 reimbursement for dinner and $21.98 cash back)

If you want to start making some extra money, check out my Resources page!

  1. Google Adsense: $1.62

 

  1. Mystery Shopping:$19.50

Company #1: $11.50

Company #2: $18 ($12 reimbursement for dinner)

 

  1. Affiliates:

Ultimate Bundles $77.60 (The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit)

Finding Your Tribe Online $13.50 (this is the tool my blogging coach created to help you find people in your niche)

 

  1. Ebates: $21.98 (if you haven’t joined Ebates I highly recommend you do! I don’t shop much and I’ve already made over $30 in cash back! If you use my link you’ll start off with $10!)

 

Wedding Coordinating: $300

 

Apps: $2.61

 

Ibotta- $4.50 (+$0.00)

This is an app I use to get cashback on certain groceries I buy. If you sign up using my referral link you will automatically start with $10 in your account! Please use my referral code rkiow

 

Shopkick- 3,663kicks (+ 261 kicks)

(for those who don’t know Shopkick is the app I use every time I walk into a store. They give you points called kicks for various things including walking into a store, scanning items as you shop, purchasing items, and redeeming receipts.) I’ve already earned over $60 in gift cards from doing this! If you’d like to join please use my referral link http://get.shopkick.com/lincoln56422

 

Surveys: $4.68

Inboxdollars-$25.18 (+ $2.08)

Swagbucks– 2634 (+ 10 SB)

American Consumer Opinion-$7.65 ($2.50)

 

 

Income Received Breakdown $451.50

If you want to start making some extra money, check out my Resources page!

  1. Wedding Coordinating: $300.00
  2. Affiliates:

BlueHost: $120.00 (this is from an affiliate sale made in September)

  1. Mystery Shopping: $31.50 ($9 reimbursement for dinner)
  2. Referral programs: $0.00
  3. Surveys: $0.00
  4. Ebates: $0.00
  5. Google Adsense: $0.00
  6. Miscellaneous: $0.00

 

 

Blog Expenses $106.00

Thrive Landing Pages: $67.00

Avada Theme from Theme Forest: $39.00

 

 

Net Profit: $345.49

 

 

Next Month’s Goals

  1. Add my Disclosure Policy to my site
  • Figure out how to add it to the footer of my home page
  • Figure out how to add it as a plug-in in my posts so I don’t have to write it each time

 

  1. Add email opt-ins to the hot spots of my posts and on my blog
  • Apply the Rapidology Plug-In within my old posts

 

  1. Add a landing page to my blog
  • Review the webinar I attended last month
  • Review the tutorial my coach provided
  • Install my landing page

 

  1. Work on creating my branding image
  • Implement new blog colors (black, red, teal, and yellow possibly)
  • Decide and create a new logo

 

  1. Update my category tabs
  • Update the category names within my main menu bar
  • Figure out how to create drop down tabs in my main menu bar

 

  1. Freebie
  • Make final updates to my freebie
  • Figure out how to automate my freebie to be sent to new email subscribers
  • Write my welcome email for when people opt-in to my email list.

 

     7. Have a month’s worth of content written

  • Create 4 outlines
  • Create 4 rough drafts
  • Select and edit 4 post images

 

     8. Install my New Theme

  • Update my overall design
  • Update my logo
  • Update my photos
  • Update my blog colors

 

 

 

Traffic Report Breakdown

Subscriber Growth: Currently I have 63 subscribers! This means that I gained 6 new subscribers this month. Which is very small, but again I need to get my landing page and opt-in offer up and running before I think I will really start to gain a following.

 

Facebook Likes: I have 81 likes on my Facebook page. That is 3 new likes this month! Starting in 2017 I plan to be starting a Facebook group and focus on that more than just my page.

 

Pinterest Followers: I have 15,536 followers on my personal Pinterest page (-7), and I have 1,249 followers on my business Pinterest page (+17)! I did not promote much this month on any social media site. In 2017, I am hoping to have some of this automated to help me improve in this area and in getting traffic to my site.

 

Twitter Followers: I am currently at 112 followers (+9) and earned over 1,182 impressions this month (-218). So no growth really, but again this is not the platform I am focusing on just yet.

 

This is what my traffic report looks like from Google AdSense:

I made $1.62 from ads this month bringing my total Adsense profit to $11.44. For some reason, I completely forgot that I made income from Adsense. And I realized, I don’t think I’ve been including it in my monthly income reports. I will work on fixing this because it is the only form of passive income I earn consistently from blogging currently.

 

This is what my traffic looks like from Google Analytics.

 

Here are what my stats look like from last month to this month:

 

October November Entire Life of Blog
Sessions 1,704 1,139 8,321
Pageviews 2,469 1,845 13,011
Avg. Session Duration 00:48 01:30 1:17
% New Sessions 87.97% 76.38% 84.11%
Users 1,537 898 6,999
Pages/Session 1.45 1.62 1.56
Bounce Rate 82.51% 71.55% 80.88%

 

So I saw another drop this month. This one was my own doing though. I really didn’t put forth very much effort and it definitely shows. Currently, I am focusing on creating a plan for 2017 so that I can start and end the year strong. It is nice to see more people returning to my site and they are staying longer which is great. I hope to continue improving this in the future.

 

This is what my traffic looks like from Pinterest.

 

 

 

October November Overall
Average Daily Impressions 2,384 1,277 813 (+129)
Average Daily Views 1,626 867 552 (+88)
Average Monthly Viewers 27,973 27,587 11,071 (+3,398)
Average Monthly Engaged 778 599 285 (+69)

 

I will admit, I dropped the ball this month with Pinterest. I wasn’t active basically at all the week of Thanksgiving or the week after. I am just now getting back into the swing of being active again, but my plan is to start automating some of this in 2017. I definitely need to free up my time to focus on other areas.

 

Each month I hope to make big improvements on the quality, design, content, and growth of this blog. If you can share my page on your social networks that would be fantastic! If you have any advice I’m open to that as well!

 

If you are wanting to start your own blog, check out my How to Start a Blog post using Bluehost!

 

I look forward to see how next month turns out!!!

 

 

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2 Comments

    • Hey Lloyd!

      Thanks for stopping by! December was worse because I installed a new theme and lost my content temporarily so I spent the majority of the month trying to figure out how to get it back. I can’t wait to read your report!

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