I started this blog in May of 2019. My first couple of months I spent very little time on monetization. I spent it working on content creation and building up my social media presence. In July I began to focus more on making some money, and I want to share my results.
I’m not going to sugar coat things for you, I didn’t make millions from my blog. I did however, take home close to 100 dollars in my first real month of monetization. I want to be honest, so I’m going to break down my monetization strategy, and let you know what has worked, and what hasn’t. Here is my Blogging Income Report for July 2019.
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Lets start with my costs:
This month I spent $0 on my blog.
Since this is my first income report however, I’ll mention the costs I incurred for starting the blog back in may.
Domain Hosting: GoDaddy – 1st Year $1.17
Managed WordPress: GoDaddy – 1st Year $12.17
I’m all about saving money, so I wanted jump into this blog without a big overhead cost. I’ve been testing some blogging tools, that I’ll talk about later, which I will likely purchase when my free trials run out, so my costs for August may be higher. So far, I have spent less than 15 dollars to get this site up, running, and marginally profitable.
The Blogging Income Report:
What Isn’t working yet:
I’m using Google Adsense for my display advertising. Unfortunately I just haven’t generated the kind of traffic necessary to make any real headway with it.
My current Google Adsense Income is: $0.01
I’ve only had Adsense up and running for a couple of weeks, so you can expect that next month’s report will have at least 2 cents.
I signed up with Amazon Associates at the tail end of June. And I have thus far made 0 sales. To be honest, I’m barely even getting any click throughs on my Amazon links. I’m still learning though, so I am looking to see at least one sale in August.
What IS working:
This month I worked quite a bit with Intellifluence. As an influencer with Intellifluence, brands make offers to me for sponsored posts, product testing, and reviews. I’m not required to accept any of these offers, but if something strikes a cord with me, and I feel like its a good fit for my audience, then I accept and complete the offer.
Intellifluence Earnings: $95.50
Current Stats & August Goals
Currently I Have:
Facebook: 79 Followers
Instagram: 238 Followers
Pintrest: 1,260 Followers / 4.6k Monthly Viewers
My site had 282 users from July 1st to July 31st
New Posts: 6
Facebook: 110 Followers
Instagram: 400 Followers
Pintrest: 2500 Followers / 30K Monthly Viewers
I would like to see at least 500 users in August.
New Posts: 10
Blogging Tools To Help Me Get There
As I mentioned earlier, I have been testing the water with a few services to help really kick start my blogging income.
I’ve recently signed up for several Affiliate Marketing platforms, which will give me more relevant options for monetization. I haven’t gotten them totally set up yet, so this is going to be a learning process, I will update with next months Income report.
The biggest change I hope to see next month is in blog traffic. I signed up for Tailwind yesterday, and in 24 hours, I’ve already nearly doubled my Pinterest reach. Honestly, until yesterday, I was really trying to avoid all the hype about Tailwind. It seemed expensive, and I thought I could build my traffic without it. After testing out its functionality though, I’ve been blown away. I’m definitely going to be purchasing the full version this month.
Scheduling Pins is an awesome time saver for sure, but what really makes Tailwind special are the Tribes.
They are especially helpful if your someone who doesn’t fall in just one niche. My blog ranges from Nerdy, to Blogging Tips, to Science and Psychology facts, and with Tailwind Tribes, I can find a tribe for each niche which really helps to not just with impressions, but also with engagement.
Lastly I’m going to look into getting a new theme with StudioPress, While the free WordPress Theme i’m currently using has worked out okay, its not quite as intuitive as I’d like. I honestly wish I’d spent the money on this one from day one. StudioPress has a ton of themes to offer, and amazing support for migration, so I’m excited to be making the switch.
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