It is time to post the numbers. Time for our very first income report for November 2016.
Time for some brutal honesty. Not trying to sell you a plan or a program showing you how to make a million with your blog. Just laying it all out on the line.
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Is it Possible?
As promised, when I started this experiment I wanted to see if it was possible for the average blogger to make money with their blog
Because my blog is dedicated to saving money and living the frugal lifestyle, it is the perfect place to conduct an experiment.
Since I don’t want to spend any unnecessary money this is the experiment.
Can a blog make money……
- not purchasing marketing programs
- not selling blogging programs
- using only strategies and tips that can be found for free
- in a niche that is NOT blogging related (finance, lifestyle, food, etc)
Why I’m Posting My Numbers
It’s easy for all these “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.
I hope to help you all but my reasons are also selfish.
I want to….
- hold my self 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
So let’s get into the meat of this thing.
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 also signed up for Share A Sale affiliate program and I am waiting to hear back from Sovern.
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. I don’t know if I will stay with them long term but that is who is currently hosting my blog.
November was our first full month so our numbers increased dramatically. Our numbers are a drop in the bucket to what some people have but for our first month, I was pretty pleased.
I played around with ConvertKit for our email program but at $29.00 per month that just isn’t in our budget now. It is a great program if you can afford it. I am using the free program MailChimp and am very pleased with it so far, especially for the price.
Our blog went live October 23, 2016, so we began at 0.
The 2 large spikes in this chart were from StumbleUpon hits. I do upload our posts to StumbleUpon and will likely continue to do so. It is important to note that SU hits normally produce a much higher bounce rate. This is just due to the type of site it is.
One the 2 days with the large spikes my bounce rate was above 80%. I much prefer a lower bounce rate even if the page views are lower.
If you are looking to increase page views, I do recommend looking into StumbleUpon.
Page Views: 1766
Bounce Rate: 66.97
All started the month at 0.
Facebook – 111
StumbleUpon – 0
Twitter – 141
Instagram – 18
The majority of our traffic comes from Pinterest. We have definitely focused our attention on Pinterest marketing this month and it has paid off. My unwritten goal for November was to have 500 followers on Pinterest which we have surpassed.
I have subscribed to Tailwind which I hope will increase our Pinterest following. It’s too early to see the results from that part of the experiment so we will discuss that next month.
I have also joined Pinterest groups and Tailwind Tribes. More about those net month.
I just started with Instagram and StumbleUpon so the numbers are low.
Facebook and Twitter are slow growers for me as well. I will begin to concentrate on those later.
Started the month at 0
New Subscribers – 9
Existing Subscribers – 0
Total Subscribers – 9
Let’s Get to The Numbers
Google Adsense – $1.14 ($2.78 RPM)
Amazon Affiliate – 0
eBay Affiliate – 0
Share A Sale – 0
Bluehost Affiliate – 0
Total Income – $1.14
Bluehost – 124.20 (36 month subscription)
Tailwind – $104.88 (yearly subscription)
Total Expenses – -229.08
Total Income November 2016 – -227.94
To be expected expenses way outweighed income for the first month. On the bright side, I won’t have many expenses for the next year so I can concentrate on getting the income up.
Affiliate marketing certainly has a learning curve. My biggest issue is finding products that I feel like would benefit my readers. I am not going to promote an item or service just because I can make money from it. I could easily jump my affiliate income if I didn’t have that issue.
Goals for December
- Page views – 3,000
- Decrease Bounce rate below 60%
- Email Subscribers – 30
- Pinterest Followers – 1,000
- Facebook Followers – 200 likes
- Twitter Followers – 200
- StumbleUpon Followers – 10
- Instagram Followers – 30
That’s all I got for this month.
If you want to see how this experiment started, check out our first post.
If you want to start your own blog, jump over here.