July was a very long month, but it’s finally over and time to celebrate some of the blog’s big wins in my third income report.
In July, I officially made my first blogging income! Woo!!! I share below how I made money blogging, along with the stats that helped me get there.
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July 2018 Goals
1. Get 3,000 pageviews
Success!: 4,840 pageviews
Yet again, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of pageviews the blog reached. The same post that went viral in previous months went viral twice last month and drove a large amount of traffic to the site. After the second spike, pageviews ended up resting right around 200 pageviews per day and hasn’t gone down since.
2. Write 8 blog posts
Fail: 6 posts
I was fairly close to my blog post goal for July, but there was one week that I didn’t work on the blog nearly as much as I should have. During that week, I didn’t post the two posts I had planned, so I ended up being two posts short for the month overall.
Here are the posts I wrote in July:
- July 2018 Personal Growth Goals
- June 2018 Income Report – Second Month of Blogging
- 39 Things I Did Before Launching My Blog
- The 100 Novel Challenge
- Bluehost’s Birthday!
- How to Balance Work and School When You’re Just Too Busy
3. Get 10 email list subscribers
Success: 13 subscribers
I’m so happy with this number! I started working on an opt-in freebie, but haven’t gotten it up on the blog yet. So to have 12 people subscribe this month with no real incentive is amazing! It also makes me hope that those 12 people signed up because they love the blog and find it helpful and encouraging.
4. Make 1 affiliate sale
Success!!!: $7.94 earned
Say what?!?! I am so incredibly excited about my little bit of income last month! I wanted so badly to make an affiliate sale last month, but I definitely doubted myself. For most of the month there was no income, but then, in the last week, there were a few orders via Amazon Affiliates. I know $8 doesn’t seem like much, but that’s almost two whole frappuccinos! (Just my attempt to make $8 seem worth the excitement I have about it.)
My Blog Goals for August 2018
1. Get 10,000 pageviews
Right now the blog is averaging 200 pageviews a day, which would work out to 6,000 pageviews this month. The hope is to increase pageviews to an average of 333 per day for a total of 10,000 this month.
I’m hoping that I’m able to write another post that will do as well as the one that keeps going viral in order to boost the number of people reading the blog.
2. Write 6 blog posts
I’m pretty confident in my ability to accomplish this goal. This post will be the second this month (here’s the first) and then I’ll just need to write one a week for the remaining weeks in August. I’ve already set up a content schedule (which I may or may not stick to) and I plan to start writing content ahead of time. That way I can schedule out the content and not be frantically writing a post on the day I planned to publish it (yep, I do this).
3. Have 25 email list subscribers
As I mentioned above, last month, I started working on an opt-in freebie, but it’s turned out to be more work than I thought it would be. It will definitely take a number of hours to create and I’m not sure when I’m going to have that time. I may decide to create a simpler freebie for now as I work on creating the one I’ve already started. However, based on the rate that people subscribed last month, I’m hoping to reach 25 subscribers, even without the freebie.
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4. Earn $100 in affiliate income
This is a big goal for me! When I started this blogging journey, I set a goal of making back everything I spent on the blog by August 31st, and I’m sticking to it. I’ve created a monetization plan and, if all goes well, I’ll reach $100 by the end of the month. Here’s to big dreams!
July 2018 Traffic
Pageviews: 4,840 (up from 1,171)
Email Subscribers: 13 (up from 1)
Pinterest Followers: 161 (up from 67)
I am extremely happy with all of my blog stats for the month!
Last month, I started using Tailwind’s free trial to schedule about 8 pins a day at optimal times and I think that made a big difference for the blog’s traffic. It was also a huge time saver and the best tool for helping run the blog while I’m working full time. My free trial has now expired and I’m going to try manually pinning again for a while. But if traffic doesn’t increase the way I’d like it to, I may pull the trigger and go all in with Tailwind.
Right now, more or less all of my traffic comes from Pinterest, which is working well for me at the moment. However, as many bloggers will attest to, this month proved that Pinterest is not a stable source of traffic and any little change to the algorithm can drastically affect traffic. For this reason, I’d like to start working on improving both SEO and domain authority, in an attempt to diversify the blog’s traffic.
Here’s a look at my traffic stats for the month:
July 2018 Income
Affiliate Income: $7.94
I’m so excited about this little number! As I mentioned above, I wanted to make an affiliate sale so badly last month but had really doubted myself. Then, towards the end of the month, a few people made purchases through my Amazon Affiliates link and I made a small commission.
Please note that this is money earned, not paid out. Most companies have minimums on their payouts along with a delayed payout schedule.
As I learn more about affiliate marketing, I’m hoping to increase this amount a little each month.
Here are the affiliate programs I am currently working with:
If you’re wondering why you don’t see any ads on the blog, it’s because I’ve decided to keep the blog ad-free. There is nothing more annoying than trying to read a post and having a bunch of ads pop up everywhere. So, while ads are easy money, I plan on monetizing through affiliate marketing and (eventually) selling my own products, instead.
July 2018 Expenses
I wasn’t sure whether to list the Make Over Your Mornings course as a blog expense, but I’ve decided to go ahead and do so. The course is mainly for me and my personal desire to create and stick to a morning routine. However, there is an affiliate program for the course and I will be marketing it on the blog, so, in a way, it’s also a blog expense.
(I wrote a review of the course. Check it out!: Make Over Your Mornings Review: Lessons and Takeaways)
The only other expense I’ve had for the blog so far is what I paid for hosting with Bluehost, which is really the only expense you need to start a blog. If you haven’t started your blog yet, you can sign up through my link and get a free domain.
One Last Note
One thing that’s worth noting is that I was able to connect with two readers this month who were both so incredibly kind and supportive. It was a great feeling to bring in a small income, but it was an even better feeling to know that the blog is making a difference in people’s lives. Connecting with them made all of the time that I’ve spent on the blog so far worth it!
If you’ve been wanting to reach out, please do. I love hearing from readers and am happy to answer any questions you might have.
This month was such a big milestone for the blog – I made money blogging! I didn’t think it would happen, but I’m so grateful that it did. I’m excited to continue creating content and connecting with readers and, hopefully, helping people along the way. I can’t wait to see what happens with the blog’s traffic and income this month!