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May 2018 Income Report – My First Month of Blogging!

My first month of blogging is officially over and I’m now sharing my first income report! This journey so far has been crazy and wonderful and I’m really excited about everything I’m learning and all that I’ve been able to create. My main goal for my blog has always been to create something beautiful and encouraging and I feel confident in saying that Jamimico is both of those things.

First Income Report (May 2018)

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I officially launched my blog on May 16, so it’s been live for about two weeks. There was a lot that went into preparing to launch the blog, but I’m so excited about how well it’s done in the two weeks since I’ve launched.

Like many bloggers, I’ve decided to share my income reports each month because I’ve always found income reports to be helpful and inspirational. I hope you find this report as helpful as I’ve found others.

More Income Reports

September 2018 Income Report: $31.51
July 2018 Income Report: $7.49
June 2018 Income Report: $0

May 2018 Goals

14 posts on the blog

Fail: 9 posts

I started May with really good intentions to post twice a week after the blog launched, but I found that to be more difficult than I thought it would be. Life got busy and in the way and I had to make a conscious decision to only post once a week after the launch. I ended up launching the blog with 7 posts and then posted 1 more each Tuesday following.

Even though I didn’t meet my goal for the month, I’m really proud of what I’ve written. I enjoyed writing each of the posts and am happy with how they turned out.

Here are the posts I wrote in May:

  1. How to Know Which Debt to Pay Off First
  2. 5 Simple Steps for Setting Long-Term Goals
  3. How To Turn Long-Term Goals into Short-Term Goals
  4. Rejecting Work for Work’s Sake
  5. 9 Tips for Staying Motivated at Work
  6. How Much Is Your Time Really Worth?
  7. May 2018 Goals – My First Month of Blogging Goals
  8. Why I Keep a Done List (And How It Works)
  9. 5 Money Mistakes You Are Probably Making
50 followers on Pinterest

Fail: 31 followers (up from 16 on May 15)

When I launched my Pinterest account, I gained followers pretty quickly, but then it seemed to plateau around 16 followers. It was my hope that as I started to pin my own content, more people would start to follow my account. Funny thing, almost immediately after launching the blog, I gained more followers and ended up getting 15 followers in 15 days. Not a huge number, but progress.

I’m not entirely sold on the idea of followers being an accurate measure of Pinterest success. As I’m learning about how Pinterest works, I’m finding more and more that the number of followers does not necessarily determine how many people will visit your blog through Pinterest. Nonetheless, I’m going to continue using followers as a metric for the time being because many other bloggers do and I think the comparison can be helpful. However, I’ve also included the number of Pinterest viewers I received in May further down in this post to show how many people you can reach with only a small number of followers.

In my post about May goals, I mentioned two improvements I wanted to make to my Pinterest account:

1. Have more boards – Success!

At the time that I launched the blog, I only had 3 Pinterest boards: Personal Growth, Productivity, and Financial Freedom. During the second half of May, I worked on adding more boards and now have 12 that all relate to those three main topics.

2. Create board covers – Success!

I love board covers and how cohesive they can make an account look. I’ve now created covers for all of my boards and it has definitely helped with the overall aesthetic of my account.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my Pinterest activity for the month.

My Blog Goals for June 2018

For this month, I’m setting fairly low goals because I’ll be travelling for most of the month. I’m currently in Rwanda as part of my MA program and won’t have too much time to devote to the blog while I’m here.

100 pageviews

This goal is basically to keep pageviews at the same level they were at last month while I travel and spend a little less time on the blog.

75 followers on Pinterest

This might be a bit of a stretch, but I’m hoping the number of followers will start to pick up a little. Last month, I got 15 followers in 15 days, so 44 followers in 30 days doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

Write 3 blog posts

I have very little time to focus on writing blog posts, but I know that it’s important to continue to post at least once a week, so I’m going to try my best. We’ve already passed the first week (oops), but I should be able to write one post each of the remaining weeks.

Set up a Facebook account

I’ve decided to go ahead and set up a Facebook account for the blog. I’ve been hesitant to do so because it’s unlikely that it will bring in any traffic, but I think it will become more important down the road. That being said, I don’t plan to put much effort into Facebook outside of posting each time I write a new blog post.

Related: My First Month of Blogging Goals

May 2018 Traffic

Pageviews: 134

One thing to note here is that there was a huge jump in traffic on Memorial Day and the day after. One of my pins went semi-viral and it drove a larger than normal amount of traffic to my site. I got about 30 pageviews each of those days, so those two days account for nearly half of all the pageviews this month. In June, I’m hoping for a steadier flow of traffic.

Here is an overview of my traffic this month:

May 2018 Traffic

Pinterest Followers: 31

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Pinterest Viewers: 10,252

This number was really exciting for me. Despite the fact that my account is only one month old, I was able to reach more than 10,000 people.

Here is a screenshot of my Pinterest impressions for May. I’ve included it to show how volatile Pinterest traffic can be and how important it is to be consistent with your pinning. The days where there are drastic spikes are the days that I was the most active.

May 2018 Pinterest Impressions

May 2018 Income

Income: $0

I haven’t set up my monetization strategy yet because I want to focus on growing my traffic. However, I’m sort of wishing that I had found some way to monetize the post that went semi-viral this month. I don’t think I’ll have time to set up my monetization in June (due to travel), but it’s definitely on the list of things to do in July.

May 2018 Expenses

Expenses: $0

The only 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.

I’ve told myself (and my husband) that I won’t spend any more money on the blog until I’ve earned back the $60 I’ve put into it already, in order to prove that the blog is worth the investment.

One Last Note

I hope you’ve found my first income report to be helpful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions (or if you want a newbie blogger friend). I’d love to connect with others who are at a similar stage in their blogging!

My First Blog Income Report - I Made $0

My First Blog Income Report - I Made $0

4 Comments

  • Jessica Anderson

    I am strongly considering starting a blog and I appreciate that you are sharing the truthful parts of starting a blog. I have a question though. Do you ever get writer’s block and how did you get over it if you did?

    • Mikaela Miller

      Hi Jessica, I’m so glad you’re considering starting a blog and have found this helpful! I definitely get writer’s block, and have let it affect my blog in the past. I’m now getting into a rhythm of writing content ahead of time, so that, if I ever get writer’s block, I already have some posts lined up waiting to be posted. I also find it helpful to write down blog post ideas as I think of them, so that I always have topics to write about and don’t ever feel pressured to come up with something at the last minute.

  • Diana

    I really appreciate that you’ve shared your experience and tips. I’m trying to grow my blog while working full time. This post is really encouraging. Thank you!

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