Why I started a blog
I started my blog about a year ago. I had been searching for a way to be a stay at home mom, so I could raise my babies. After reading this income report (At the time, she was making around $4,000 a month, but since then skyrocketed to nearly $40,000/month) However, I did nothing more than sit staring at a blank screen most of the time not knowing what to do.Nor did I actually spend any time working on it.
Over the course of a few months, I read loads of info on blogging. I took several courses and slowly started working on some posts at the beginning of this year. I finally “launched” my blog in the beginning of July 2017.
Since then I have done a lot of hands-on learning and experimenting. My goal is to be making a full-time income online within the next few months. I decided to share this online income report because it’s reports like these that gave me hope on becoming a stay-at-home mom. I saved up enough money and took this year off to be at home with both of my babies.
My primary goal is to be able to afford to stay at home with my babies through good budgeting and a side income from this blog. I know the struggle and have learned a lot along the way. I know that there are other mama’s out their who long to be at home with their babies too, but don’t think its possible. I would love to show other mama’s it IS possible.
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- Adsense Ads: $28.26
- I started using Ad sense this month. I should have started sooner, but as I said, all a learning experience.
- Mediavine Ads: $70.19
- I applied to Mediavine this month after a pin of mine went viral. Mediavine was active on my site for the last 2 days of Septemeber.
- Affiliate Income: $247.15 (Almost completely from Amazon)
Total Income: $345
Expenses for September:
Total Expenses: $50
Things that are working
Applying what I’ve learned
I’ve been working my way through Elite Blog Academy and it’s been an eye-opener. I know it’s a big factor in why I’m able to be successful financially so soon after launching my blog.
EBA is a huge investment financially and time-wise. It has been very useful in helping me to understand the how and why of blogging.
Almost all of my traffic has come from Pinterest. It was slow moving at first. I had taken a Pinterest class called Pinterest Unpuzzled at the beginning of July to help me hone in on the basics of Pinterest. There was a lot of useful information that made it easy for me to create a business Pinterest account, tap it into my site to create rich pins, and how to use multiple images to test which pins do well.
Then in September, I purchased an Ebook called Pinteresting Strategies. This helped me skyrocket my views. Within a couple days of applying tips she had in her book, I had a pin go completely viral. I was getting 100 views a day from Pinterest. That one pin suddenly got me 50,000 page views that month. (I was floored. It was super exciting to see traffic skyrocket.)
Of course, a viral pin meant things came back down too, I didn’t stay at 9,000 views per day. But since then my traffic has stayed steadily increasing by leaps and bounds.
Boardbooster has definitely been making my life easier with Pinterest. I have a board that pins all of my pins to group board and keep my content circulating without spending hours every week keeping up with what board I pinned what to.
Most of my income this month came from Amazon! I took this course on affiliate marketing and it’s already paid off. This was a big investment I made a few months ago, but the things I learned helped me start making money with my blog so much sooner. I still go back and look through the course to see how I can improve my affiliate marketing game. It’s amazing how she helps you to even structure your blog to help increase your income.
She has great information that’s not just on affiliate marketing. She helps show you how to structure your blog in a way that gives your readers value, while also earning you an income to continue doing what you’re doing.
Because of my sudden traffic, I was able to go from Adsense to Mediavine. The increase in revenue from the advertising change was huge. I was making cents a day, to dollars a day. (Ha still not loads money, but it sure does help to cover some of my blogging costs.)
Working on what value I give my readers
I blog mostly about healthy parenting. I know, for me at least, being a mama is a struggle. I love my kiddos so-freakin-much. I want to create a healthy environment where they thrive and get the most out of life. I want to nourish their little brains and their bodies.
Having a medical background has made me super aware of all the things that can go wrong in the human body. My biggest interest for the last several years has been finding a balance between healthy living and having a functional, enjoyable life.
I’ve been trying to figure out how best to help other mama’s out there who are looking for that balance. You know, raising healthy kids, but not being so obsessed with it that it takes away from everything else. I obviously don’t have it all figured out, but I sure am trying. If you have any suggestions, let me know!
What I need to improve on
Facebook. I have completely ignored facebook. I honestly haven’t spent any time trying to figure out. Many people have great success with Facebook. It’s on my eventually I’ll do that list. I’ll be honest, I just don’t like facebook very much.
That being said, I have found that there are some facebook groups that I love being apart of. The sense of community and connection in small intimate groups is amazing. I have made real relationships with women all across the US and Canada that I feel connected to, and communicate with on a daily basis. Especially in the blogging community and the parenting community.
Goals for October:
- Increase my traffic by 25%
- Work on my blogs “direction”
- Make more money next month, than this month (since this is new, I’m shooting for 5%)
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