Blog Income & Traffic Report – January 2017 1


Welcome to my blog income report month #2 for December 2016.

First up…..the question I always get……why?

Why are you posting your numbers?

Do your numbers matter to us?

Why should we care?

Excellent question.  Here are the answers.

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Why I’m Posting My Numbers

It’s easy for all those “blogging gurus” to make huge claims about how much they make.  They have a financial stake in making you believe the huge numbers if they are selling blogging products.

I’m hoping to provide some clarity for people who are considering taking the plunge into blogging.  I am also hoping to offer inspiration for people who are just starting out and may not have those huge numbers so they don’t feel like they are the only one.

I have no financial stake.  My blog is dedicated to financial freedom and living a simple life.

I hope to help you all but my reasons are also selfish.

I want to….

  • hold myself accountable
  • have a record of where I have been and where I am going
  • keep track of what works and what doesn’t

 

Where I started

I have had a WordPress.com blog since 2012.  In October 2016, I decided to get serious about blogging and trying to produce a side hustle income through blogging.  I was already an affiliate for Google Adsense, Amazon, and eBay.

This month I signed up with a new affiliate program, Meridian by CJ, formerly known as Commission Junction.  They have many more programs that I actually like so I prefer them to Share a Sale.

I moved my blog over to WordPress.org and signed up with Bluehost.  I decided on Bluehost because of the many posts about their service.  Later, after reading many articles, I found out that people post about Bluehost because of the high paying affiliate program, not the quality of the hosting service.

In December 2016, I made the switch from Bluehost to Siteground.

Why?

Bluehost kept going down.

In the one month, I had service with Bluehost, I had multiple (over 5) times when my site was down. Sometimes it was a few minutes, sometimes over 30 minutes.

Siteground made the transition super simple.  They managed the transfer completely.  All I had to do was change the DNS to point to Siteground.

So far, no outages with Siteground.  I’ll keep you updated.

I had to pay more at Siteground since I went with the plan that allows me to add multiple sites but the refund from Bluehost took care of that.

Update – As of February 2017, I am still very pleased with the service I have gotten from Siteground.  There have been NO outages.  The customer service is top rate anytime I have emailed with a question.

Traffic

I was pretty pleased with our January numbers.

My eBay side hustle has taken lots of my time this month so I have not devoted the time to the blog that I should have.

January 2017 Analytics

Our numbers continue to grow this month,  There is some up and down to the graph.  If I had invested more time and written more articles, I feel like the numbers would be better.

For the amount of work I have put it, I am still happy with the overall growth in our numbers.

Our page views having quadrupled with the bounce rate remaining higher than I would like.

January 2017 Page Views

 

Social Media

Pinterest– 1216 (+ 253)

Facebook Page– 125 (+ 10)

Facebook Group– 49 (+ 30)

StumbleUpon –  8 ( +0 )

Twitter – 184 (+16 )

Instagram – 626 (+596 )

The majority of our visitors are still coming from Pinterest.

I am loving Tailwind for my Pinterest promotion.  I spend about an hour each Sunday scheduling my posts for the week and then I don’t think about Pinterest again.  Tailwind is allowing me to grow my following while spending my efforts on other areas.  If you are a blogger and you aren’t using Tailwind, it is absolutely worth the investment.

I spent some time in the month of January growing Instagram.  I have lots of fun connecting with other eBay sellers and people who are interesting in hustling.  I’m not sure I have nailed down the best method to use Instagram to grow my blog.  Still working on that.

 

Email

Prior Subscribers – 17

New Subscribers – 66

Unsubscribed – 0

Current Subscribers – 83

I’m still using MailChimp for my subscription service.  Since I am not selling a product or service, I can not justify spending money on an email service just yet.

I do like ConvertKit as far as the service and automation.  If you have enough subscribers to justify spending the $29.00 per month, it is a good service.

I need to send out more emails to my subscribers.  I hate to feel like I am spamming people so I tend to only send out once per month.  I’m not sure if that is the best route to take.

 

Let’s Get to the Numbers

 

Income

Google Adsense –  $28.67 ($1.44 current RPM)

Amazon Affiliate – $2.00

eBay Affiliate – 0

Share A Sale – 0

Bluehost Affiliate – 0 (No longer Promoting)

Siteground Affiliate – 0

Meridian Affiliate – 0

Total Income – $30.67

 

Expenses

Because I pay my subscriptions to Siteground and Tailwind annually, there were no expenses for this month.

Total Income December 2016 – $30.67

 

A measly little 30 dollar profit.  But I’ll take it.  I hope people are benefitting from my writing.  That is way more profit for me.

As you can see, due to my experience with Bluehost, I will no longer be promoting them.  I have decided to promote Siteground because the service I have received from them has been exceptional.  If that changes in the future, I will certainly let you know.

 

Goal Check In

I am all about setting goals so let’s see how this month checked out.

Goals for January

  • Page views – 5,000 – SUCCESS
  • Decrease Bounce rate below 60% – FAILED
  • Email Subscribers – 30 – SUCCESS
  • Pinterest Followers – 1,200 – SUCCESS
  • Facebook Followers – 150 likes – FAILED but got close
  • Twitter Followers – 200 – FAILED
  • StumbleUpon Followers – 10 – FAILED
  • Instagram Followers – 50 – SUCCESS KNOCKED IT OUTTA THE PARK!!!!!

It’s really nice to see some successes this month.  I realized that I was setting my sites a bit too high.  I will try to keep my goals a bit more realistic.

Where do I hope to go next month?

Goals for February

That’s it for this month.

If you want to see the progression of my blog, check out my other posts below.

Blog Income January 2017

 

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About Susan

Susan is an Early Childhood educator who is passionate about personal finance. She is slightly addicted to eBay. She is an avid thrift store shopper who hopes to "retire" by 50.


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  • Mustard Seed Money

    Awesome job!!! Looks like you are getting a ton of users to your site each month. I can’t figure out how to get approved by Google Adsense. I have tried multiple times and for whatever reason haven’t gotten the go ahead. Maybe as I continue to grow they’ll let me get in.