July Income Report

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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 2-3 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!

 

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 need extra income to pay down some of our debt 2) I want to be my own boss and have my financial freedom 3) I want to help others avoid the mistakes I made 4) I need a creative outlet.

 

 

Last Month’s Income Report & Goals

I wanted to start by saying this was my least productive month by far. I spent 2 weeks not doing anything to improve my blog or post new material. I don’t feel good about it, but I’m moving forward and resolve to not let this happen again. I spent this entire past week just focusing on writing future posts so I can be ahead and have material posted while I am on vacations or don’t have access to Wifi. But I did want to share a few exciting things that happened this month!

 

Holly from ClubThrifty somehow made her way to my blog and commented on one of my posts!

I was added to an Income Report List by Cashflowdiaries.com!

I was asked to swap guest posts with another blogger (who will be announced later this month). I’m really excited because this will be my first guest post swap!

 

Please note that my income report includes earned income in addition to received income, but I will separate the two to help demonstrate the growth of a blog over a long period of time.

 

Goals from July of 2016:

I was very unproductive this month. You can definitely see this in how many goals I didn’t meet and my overall drop in viewers.

  1. Work on my Bloglovin page Fail.
  2. Find new ways to increase traffic- Pass! I changed my permalinks so I think this counts as working towards increasing my traffic.
  3. Improve my SEO- Pass! I changed my permalinks to improve this area!
  4. Create a group Pinterest board-Fail.
  5. Join 2 new Facebook groups- Pass! I joined Frugal Travel with Holly Johnson, and Winning Women Online with Jennifer Snyder.
  6. Learn how to effectively use my plugins-Fail.
  7. Grow my Pinterest account to 1500 followers-Fail.
  8. Compile a list of bloggers who post income reports- Fail.
  9. Improve my “How to Start a Blog” post-Fail.
  10. Be approved for 4 new affiliate partners-Fail. I was approved for 1 new partner though!
  11. Improve the design of my blog-Fail.

 

Income Earned Breakdown $378.80

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  1. Google Adsense: $0.78
  2. Mystery Shopping: $369.54 ($145.04 was reimbursement for various dinners we had and $10 was for a referral bonus)
  3. Affiliates: $0.00
  4. Ebates: $3.12 (this is cash back from a Groupon purchase I made)
  5. Referral programs: $0.00
  6. Apps:

Ibotta- $0.00 (didn’t use it this week)

Shopkick- 15,142 kicks (+ 960 kicks)

     7. Surveys:

Inboxdollars-$21.04 (+ $0.74)

Swagbucks– 1453 (+ 27 SB)

American Consumer Opinion-$9.20 ($4.35)

 

Income Received Breakdown $353.15

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  1. Google Adsense: $0.00
  2. Mystery Shopping: $243 ($80 was reimbursement for dinners, and $10 was referral bonus)
  3. Affiliates: $100.00 (this was from an amount I earned in May)
  4. Referral programs: $0.00
  5. Surveys: $10.15 (balance from American Consumer Opinion I cashed out in May)
  6. Ebates: $0.00
  7. Miscellaneous: $0.00

 

Next Month’s Goals

  1. Increase page views
  2. Decrease bounce rate
  3. Publish 2 posts each week plus a weekly update (vacation week is excused from this in case my pre-post timing doesn’t work properly)
  4. Invest in blogging training or improvements
  5. Compile a list of bloggers who post income reports
  6. Join 10 more Pinterest boards
  7. Join 5 more Facebook groups
  8. Work on utilizing my plug-ins more effectively
  9. Increase SEO
  10. Make $200 in extra income

 

Traffic Report Breakdown

Subscriber Growth: I grew by 2 subscribers this month!

 

Facebook Likes: I have 74 likes on my Facebook page. I’m going to start tracking more on this page.

 

Pinterest Followers: I have 15,570 followers on my personal Pinterest page, and I have 1100 followers on my business Pinterest page!

 

Twitter Followers: I am currently at 87 followers and earned 1108 impressions this month.

 

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

You can definitely see that my income from ads goes down when my daily viewers decrease. I made $1.26 this month in passive income from the two ads I have on this site. This brings my account balance to $3.21. I can request cash out when my account reaches $100. So I need to do some research into how I can optimize my ads without disrupting my readers.

 

 

This is what my traffic looks like from Google Analytics.

Due to my inactivity for basically 3 weeks out of this month you can definitely see a huge drop in page views. My page views decreased from 1481 last month to 977 this month. However, my users only dropped from 491 to 455 which I was surprised about. I think Pinterest is being me new viewers. My bounce rate increased from 73.28% to 78.43% which is bad again. Sigh. This is what putting in practically no work looks like.

 

Analytics 7 16

 

This is what my traffic looks like from Pinterest.

 

This is another category where you can really see the decrease due to inactivity. When I don’t post then I am also repinning less on Pinterest which decreases my views and engagements. My daily impressions dropped from 350 last month to 130 this month and my daily viewers dropped significantly from 237 to 94. However, my monthly viewers only dropped by 1 from 4,765 last month to 4,764 this month. I can’t believe that didn’t change more significantly. Also, my monthly engaged only dropped my 133 to 121. Can’t complain that much with this category.

Pin Impressions 7 16

 

Pin Viewers 7 16

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!

 

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

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9 Comments

  1. Try not to beat yourself up too much for a couple of weeks inactivity. It happens to all of us, just look forward.
    Guest blogging and getting added to Cashflowdiaries.com shows you’re doing well. Keep it up!

    • Thank you Matt! I appreciate the advice. I am going to keep looking and moving forward. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. You are actually going good.I,myself want to e a good blogger but I am not able to be a good blogger as I don’t know that which rate of posting is good?
    Can you suggest me how much posts shall I make per month or simply suggest me a brief book or page from where I can learn to improve my site by following experimental facts with no investment.

    • Hey there! Thanks for stopping by! My best suggestion, would be to read other blogs in your niche. I recommend at least one post a week though, if you have the time to be able to publish more than do that, just don’t overwhelm yourself

  3. Haha. I feel so special when Holly pops on my blog and comments too! 🙂
    You’re doing great with the extra income, keep going. I agree with Matt, you shouldn’t give yourself a hard time. I’ve been there with lack of time too. When you lack time and money you have to get resourceful. Focus on the things that bring you the most returns based on your goal. Mine’s building my email list so I’m focusing on tweaking stuff to improve opt-in rates. Do you have a central goal i.e. traffic growth?
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    • I love networking with other bloggers! It’s so much fun and it feels really great to have someone who has built a successful blog stop by. The extra income I’m getting has been doing great, really due to mystery shopping. I’m taking a break from that this week though, and plan on continuing to devote time to that extra income source, but saying no also so that I can build this blog. I’m not sure about my central goal. I think I’m going to do a goal post soon.

  4. Thanks for sharing your income report. I just started a blog as well and haven’t made any money from it just yet. I’m going the slow and steady route and working on building up my opt-ins and Pinterest followers. I know blogging is a marathon and not a race and am confident I’ll see some success soon. All I have to do is keep at it.

    • Thanks for commenting Shanetta! You are so right! It’s a slow and steady route and definitely not a get rich quick business by any means. I’ll be sure to check out your blog!

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