April is over and I’ve officially been blogging for an entire year. Now, in my April income report, I’m sharing my thoughts on how the month went and how the year went.
This year has been both incredibly short and incredibly long. Among the things I’ve learned the most is that no two blogging journeys are the same because no two lives are the same.
Going into this, I had read a million income reports and had started the blog with the assumption that I would be making $500 per month eight months in, all through affiliate marketing. Well, twelve months in and I just hit the $500/month mark, mainly through Pinterest management services, something I said I wouldn’t do a year ago.
But I also know that, alongside my blog, I was working full-time, studying for my MA, and trying to be a good (or at least half decent) wife. All of these things take time and are a higher priority than my blog right now. So, I know that I’m proud of what I did with the time I had this year and I’m proud of how my blog has grown.
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This year has been both hard and unexpected in the most amazing ways possible. But at the end of the day, all I can really say is that I’m so glad I started this blog. It’s opened my eyes to a whole new world, and now, more than ever, I believe that I can create a life that is uniquely mine and exactly what I want it to be.
But it’s not only been a good year, it’s also been a good month. This month, I took on a second client and tripled my blog income! I’ll share all the details below.
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April 2019 Goals
As you can read in my personal growth goals, April was a very busy month.
At the beginning of the month, I took on a second client. She’s amazing and I’m really grateful that she sought out my help, but each client that I take on takes a little more of my time.
All that to say, I didn’t have a ton of time to focus on my blog goals, but I think I made some good progress. Not to mention that my income increased three times over, even if I didn’t make all of my goals.
Get 50 new email subscribers
In April, I got 18 new subscribers and officially passed the 100 subscribers mark!
I had rested my intention of getting 50 new subscribers on going live with my new opt-in freebie, which didn’t happen until the first week of May.
Regardless of not having that new freebie up, though, I still managed to get a decent number of subscribers. It always makes me happy to see that people subscribe just because they love the blog!
P.S. The freebie is now up and running! It’s a 5-day Pinterest marketing course that will walk you through how to optimize your Pinterest account and get your pins found in the search feed. You can access it here!
Email each list at least once
This I definitely did.
I emailed my general list twice, once to let them know about my personal growth goals post and once to let them know about my bullet journal post.
And I emailed my Pinterest list six times – a sneak peek at the Pinterest Momentum Course before I went live with it.
My Business Goals for May 2019
Create productivity freebie
I’ve gone back and forth on this because I don’t currently have a productivity product, but I know that most of my readers are drawn to my blog because they want to know more about productivity.
I’ve decided to go for it and see what kind of interest it gets, but I’m not going to spend nearly as much time as I spent on the Pinterest freebie. Instead, I’m going to create something that takes less than 5 hours to create but still offers immense value.
I haven’t figured out what it will be yet, so if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments!
Create tripwire product
With my freebie opt-ins, I’d love to have a low-priced tripwire product. I think it would be a good introductory product for the blog that would give me skills and confidence to start offering other products.
I have one idea in mind that would be somewhat easy to execute and wouldn’t require time on my part after the fact, so we’ll see how it goes!
Pageviews: 10,430 (down from 11,783)
Email Subscribers: 105 (up from 87)
Pinterest Followers: 1,769 (up from 1,512)
Facebook Page Likes: 18 (up from 15)
Pageviews were down again, but it seems like that’s true across the board for bloggers who mainly rely on Pinterest. Pinterest tends to take a dip during Spring and Summer months and pick up again in the Fall and Winter.
Hopefully, things will steady out soon… I don’t want my traffic to drop too far.
Here’s a look at my blog traffic for the month:
April 2019 Income
I can’t tell you how amazing it is to be able to say that I made over $600 blogging last month!
For some that might seem small, but I feel like I’ve been working really hard to pass that $500 mark and now I’ve done it!
I’m really proud of all the work I’ve put in and the direction the blog is going. This little blog continues to amaze me every month.
One fun thing to note is that I finally earned a hosting affiliate payment. Actually, I earned two! A few people read my post on how to set up a blog and followed my advice!
April 2019 Expenses
PayPal fees: $14.92
Because I know I’ll be sticking with it for the next year, I finally pulled the trigger and bought a year-long subscription for Tailwind.
It’s no secret that I LOVE Tailwind. It gives me the ability to schedule all of my pins ahead of time and only look at Pinterest once every couple of weeks. So I decided to do myself a favor and save a little money by going all in with the annual payment.
My only other expense in April was PayPal fees.
One Last Note
I have no idea what this next year holds – hopefully a full-time income from home – but I’m so excited to find out!
Let me know in the comments what your blogging goals for next month are!