July has been both exciting and successful for my blog. I saw a small increase in traffic and a significant increase in earnings from last month. Since I’ve had such a great month, I decided to publish my very first income and traffic report!
If you’re a small blogger who’s still trying to figure the whole money-making thing out, I hope this is helpful for you. July was the first month that I made significant money from my blog, and it was honestly somewhat unexpected. The best advice I can give you is to blog because you are passionate about it, not because you want to make a quick buck. If you really dedicate yourself to your work and utilize the right strategies, the money will come to you sooner than you may think.
So, let’s take a look at my stats from this month, and I’ll share some of my strategies along the way:
Total income for July 2017: $747.27
Sponsored posts: $210.00
Affiliate sales: $4.20
As you can see, the majority of my income this month came from advertising on my blog. I found that placing my ads more strategically into my posts and pages made a huge difference when it came to making money. If you have a steady flow of traffic to your blog but you aren’t making much from your ads, try new placements to see if that makes a difference in your earnings.
Total traffic for July 2017: 22,488 page views as reported by Google Analytics
I’m happy with the traffic I brought in this month. Although July wasn’t my best ever month traffic-wise, I did receive slightly more traffic this month than I did in June. I’m hopeful that I’ll see a nice spike in traffic in August as I focus on publishing and promoting more content.
I’ve learned that the key to generating organic traffic is to balance content creation with strategic promotion. Writing great content is the most important part of having a successful blog. Without great content, you won’t get anywhere. However, the great content you write does you no good if no one sees it. That’s why strategic promotion across social media platforms is crucial. I get the vast majority of my traffic from Pinterest, as do most bloggers. One of my major breakthroughs as a new blogger was figuring out how to use Pinterest to my advantage. Once I got my first viral pin, the traffic came pouring in.
For August, I’d like to mainly focus on writing more great content for my subscribers and promoting it across all social channels to bring in more traffic. I will also work on improving my affiliate sale strategy. I’ve tried utilizing affiliate links before, but I haven’t quite figured out the best way to do it. In August, I will tweak my strategy and see if I can increase my earnings from affiliates.
That’s it for this month’s income and traffic report! I don’t plan on doing these every month, but if I have any major successes in the future, I will definitely share them by writing more reports.
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