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WHY I WRITE INCOME REPORTS
Last month, I wrote my first income report. It was a great experience for me because I was able to look back over that month and analyze everything I did. It was very easy to see what worked and what didn’t work. And judging from the amount of traffic I received on that blog post, many other people out there loved reading my income report, too. It was my 3rd most popular blog post in February. So it was a win-win for me and my readers.
I have gotten a few questions from friends and family asking me why on earth I want to “put it all out there” about how much money I am making. And that’s a valid question. So, here is my reasoning. I have decided to write income reports for two reasons. First, to keep myself motivated to surpass the previous month’s numbers. And secondly, to keep an accurate record of my stats. I have have always made money blogging. However, I have never been consistent in tracking my income. For a long time, I was just blogging. I wasn’t focused on making money and I didn’t know how. I was just kinda doing it for fun. But now that this is an actual business and provides income for me, I decided to collect results on a monthly basis to help me (and others) learn and grow.
Therefore, I will continue to create income reports to inspire other bloggers and show that it is possible to have a successful and profitable blog. So many people come to me and ask how they can make money blogging. So I thought it would be a good idea to show tangible results.
BREAKOUT OF FEBRUARY 2018 INCOME
Consulting Fees (web design) – $1,000.00
Aweber (This is my email subscription service) – $19
Ejunkie.com (Electronic document delivery service. So if someone buys an eBook from me, ejunkie will email the document to them) – $5
Tailwind – $19.67 I use Tailwind to schedule my Pinterest pins. I pay this fee annually. However, this charge was for their Tribes feature (more on this later…)
TOTAL BLOG INCOME – $956.33
January 2018 Income – $125
February 2018 Income – $1,000 (increase of $750)
2018 Blog Income – $1,125
WHAT I LEARNED THIS MONTH
If you didn’t already know, using Pinterest is a great way to get traffic to your blog. As you can see from the chart below, 80% of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest. I post regularly on all my social media channels – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. However, 99% of all the traffic to my blog from my social media accounts comes from Pinterest. Isn’t that crazy?!
MY PINTEREST VIEWERS EXPLODED!
In January, I averaged about 44,000 monthly viewers on my Pinterest Page. Last month, I had over 95,000 viewers come to my Pinterest page. Wow! That’s a lot of folks. I wonder if I could have broken the 100,000 monthly viewer mark if February had 31 instead of 28 days. Well, now you know what one of my goals for March is – 100,000+ viewers to my Pinterest page.
I learned how to use Pinterest to bring tons of traffic to my blog in the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course. It was created by Lauren and Alex, a couple who run a few blogs together. I bought the course in April 2017. However, I didn’t start going through the course and applying the concepts to my blog until October-November 2017. And to be honest, it took awhile for me to get my blog Pinterest ready. I had to rewrite old blog posts, create pins for all of my blog posts and all sorts of other stuff. It was a fun process. But once I started blogging consistently and began pinning my blog post images on Pinterest, my blog traffic started to increase dramatically as you can see.
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WHAT DIDN’T WORK
I experienced a slight dip in my traffic but overall it remained steady. My page views dipped about 4% this month compared to February. But February is a short month with only 28 days so that may have been a factor.
I check Google analytics for my blog about once a week to see how much traffic I’m getting and what blog posts are doing well. Well, about mid-February, I noticed that my pageviews were up and down, all over the place. I also noticed that my Pinterest account wasn’t growing as I’d hoped. I was gaining about 1-2 followers a day and for as much as I do on Pinterest on the daily, I knew I should be getting more followers. I had a sneaky suspicion what was going on. But I had to go back and check my sources to be sure.
I decided to take a deeper look at Tailwind and BoardBooster to see if they were affecting my blog traffic. I use Tailwind to schedule my Pinterest pins. Tailwind is the only API partner that Pinterest approves. So I knew that using Tailwind wasn’t hurting my Traffic. However, in addition to Tailwind, I started using Boardbooster January 2018. I had heard great things about it and wanted to see if it worked for me too. Well, as you can see from the chart, my blog traffic tanked when I started using BoardBooster. I was perplexed about this and I decided to dig deeper.
So I went back and rewatched some videos from the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course and lo and behold, Lauren recommends not using BoardBoaster to schedule Pinterest pins. Well, I wrote that tidbit down in my notes the first time I watched the video. I’m not sure why I didn’t listen! I guess I had to find out for myself. So, I promptly canceled BoardBooster’s service and my traffic quickly bounced back. And instead of getting 1-2 Pinterest followers a day, I was getting 10-12 daily. Hopefully, as I keep applying everything I learned in the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course, my traffic will continue to grow leaps and bounds each month!
Now, I am in no way disparaging BoardBooster’s service. It is an enormously popular Pinterest scheduling service and there are so many bloggers out there who swear by it. Personally, I thought their looping feature was amazing. However, it just didn’t work for me. It obviously works for others and it might work for you. But I have no plans to use BoardBooster now or in the future. I will continue to use Tailwind to schedule my pins on Pinterest.
Tailwind is a service that I pay for. However, I was able to try it out for free to see how it worked and if I liked them before I decided to pay for their service. If you would like to try Tailwind for yourself, you can click on the link below to activate your free trial. I do want to disclose that the link is an affiliate links and if you do decide to pay for Tailwind, I may receive a small percentage of the transaction. But it doesn’t cost you anything extra if you use the service.
Tailwind – This free trial has no time limit. You can schedule up to 100 pins on Pinterest.
START TRACKING YOUR BLOG STATS TODAY!
I have really learned a lot about my blog from writing this income report. In my head, I am still kinda skittish about doing this. I worry about stuff like this …
What if I don’t make as much money next month as I did last month?
What if I make trillions of dollars? I don’t want anyone to know that! Well, I probably won’t make trillions…
And other stuff like that.
But you know what? This process has been so helpful to me. Reviewing my income, Google analytics and other statistics has been eye-opening for me. I can clearly see what is working (blogging consistently and pinning on Pinterest!) and what didn’t (BoardBooster!). I am already looking forward to next month’s income report to see what I can learn from my blog.
If you’re not tracking your blog statistics, I highly recommend that you start today. And don’t be put off from doing this if you’re not earning money just yet. There are so many things to track besides your income. Try tracking your blog page views, social media followers, email subscribers and your most popular blog posts each month. Try it and see how much it helps your blog grow.
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