I’ve been blogging for several years but if I’m being honest, I’ve never really taken it seriously. I’ve always taken the route that offered me an instant paycheck. I’ve worked as a VA for several major bloggers, I was a campaign manager at Sway and Hire Influence.
However, this year, I’ve made a promise to my blogging buddies that I would dedicate myself to blogging and see what I can really make happen.
With that said, I’m making a promise to you that I will do a monthly post letting you know how things are going.
Yes, there are a million income reports floating around the web but does $90k a month really sound obtainable to the average blogger? Probably not!
So, I’m here to show you what you can do even with small numbers.
January 2018 Traffic & Income Report
Let’s start with the traffic since without traffic it’s hard to make an income.
Here is the overall view for January:
45,562 total pageviews
36,863 total sessions
52.29% of my traffic came from Pinterest.
9.41% of my traffic came from direct traffic
26.07% of my traffic came from organic search. I’m working to increase this by working through this workbook.
My top five posts for January were:
Authentic Homemade Posole brought in 10.45% of my traffic.
Chicken Pitas brought in 10.19% of my traffic.
Shrimp Instant Pot Recipe brought in 9.71% of my traffic.
DIY Body Butter Recipe brought in 8.45% of my traffic.
Easy Tips to Fix Your Marriage brought in 3.22% of my traffic.
I posted 10 new posts during the month of January.
New Email Subscribers:
I received 190 new email subscribers in January. My long-term goal is 500 new subscribers per month.
Now onto the income!
Note: This is income that has been deposited into my bank account except for the ad revenue. I’m with Mediavine and they pay out on a net 75. However, I wanted to post the amount I will be paid, so that it aligns with the pageviews I received that month.
You’ll also notice that I include VA work into my income reports. I include VA work income because the work I receive is a direct result of my blog. I’m doing very limited VA work this year since I am dedicated to my blog. However, I have worked with an awesome lady the last few years, doing a few hours a week and I’m going to keep that up.
Sponsored Posts: $50
VA & Consulting Work: $176.61
Ad Network: $349.40
VA Help – $84
Fonts – $15.20
Tailwind – $44.88 ( I had referral credits, which is why it’s much lower than the normal cost)
Kim Anderson Course – $29
Bloggers Tell All – $18
After expenses, my profit was: $364.20 which breaks down to about $6.07 an hour working 15 hours a week. Not the best hourly wage here in California but I’m home with my kids. I’ll take it!
I haven’t kept the best track of my hours this month BUT I will be tracking them closely going forward so that I can give you an accurate account for how much time I spent on the blog.
Yearly Expenses (Which I don’t deduct from my monthly income unless I’m paying the yearly fee that month)
Goals for February:
- Update 40 old posts.
- Read this book and implement all the amazing strategies. Keep an eye out for my full review of the book!
- Increase my page views by 20%.
- Work on my Tailwind tribes as I’ve seen a big increase in my Pinterest traffic from tribes.
- Post 28 new posts
- Complete the first 4 units of EBA (I’ve already completed 2 of them).