Hello everybody! I am back with my latest income report so that I can hold myself accountable and tell you all how I am making money off of my blog! I have been publishing these since October, when I made $343 and I’ve had so much fun keeping up with them every month. It’s definitely interesting to see how things are changing and where my income is really coming from.
What I did in January:
Lately I have been trying to diversify my traffic. Over 90% of my visitors are coming from Pinterest, which is fantastic, but it also gives me anxiety. What if Pinterest changes their algorithms? What if my account gets deleted? What if . What if. What if.
So I really focused on getting traffic from other places, and had (mild) success. As you can see below, I was so close to getting under 90% for Pinterest referral (in the future I hope to have it only be 20-30%! But I’m taking baby steps! I had some luck with StumbleUpon and Facebook this month, and managed to get some traffic from there. And honorable mentions go out to Tumblr and Bloglovin.
By focusing on other channels I am not putting all of my eggs in one basket. Yes Pinterest is super good to me, but I don’t want to have to rely on Pinterest being successful in order for the blog to be successful.
Most of the work I put into my blog was behind the scenes this month, trying to grow a larger following on social media so I can start getting more diverse traffic.
Clever Girls Collective – $175
HostGator Affiliate – $250
BlogHer – $69.01
Amazon Affiliate: $15.07
Google Adsense: $2.81
Total – 511.89
Hosting – $6.83
One Year Giveaway – $25.00
Total – 31.83
After taking out expenses, my grand total for the month of January was $480.06!
I did a bit of math to find out that would be equivalent to working a little over 58 hours at a minimum wage job in the month of January, or about 15 hours a week! I do put more time than that into my blog usually, but I do it from the comfort of my dorm room where I am able to take breaks at my own will, multitask, and work in my pajamas, so I think that it’s a good trade off!
January actually brought record breaking traffic, which was so incredibly exciting for me! For the first time ever, I broke 200,000 monthly pageviews, and that was such a good feeling! I am sure this as a result of what I mentioned above about diversifying traffic sources, so it’s something that I definitely want to continue!
February’s Plan of Attack.
February is going to be my most stressful blogging month ever. Due to a few posts being postponed and a few being unclear on deadlines I found out that I will be posting a lot more sponsored posts than I would like in February. Of course I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with such fantastic companies, I just wish they were a bit more spread apart!
Because of my packed schedule, I won’t be able to focus on some things that I would like to, but once the craziness of that subsides, I am eager to get on track and continue growing my social media numbers and diversifying my traffic.
Can you make money blogging?
Yes! If you are interested in making a profitable blog – I would be more than happy to help! I have an incredibly detailed guide to setting up a blog here, and from there you can check out my blogging tips (there are a lot!) and if you need any further help – email me! I absolutely love talking about blogging (my friends and family are sick of hearing about it!) so do not hesitate.