Hello there! I’m back with my monthly review of my blog traffic and income. Tomorrow we’ll be back on the healthy recipes, fitness tips, and family stuff, but if you’re interested in building your blog or just plain old curious about the inner workings of blogging….welcome! Today’s post is for you! I am proof that there are small(ish) blogs out there making a nice part-time income from blogging. A few of my favorite income reports to read are: Pinch of Yum, By Regina, and Eat Pray Run DC . January was a great month for me in terms of income and traffic. I hope this is the kind of month I can keep on having the rest of the year!
This month I saw my pageviews return to their normal range after a dip in December. I had 20,500 pageviews and 14,800 unique visitors. My social media followers grew by 92 in January. Most of that growth was on Pinterest. Everywhere else it seems I am gaining a few, losing a few. Pinterest is my highest converting social media channel followed by Facebook.
Sponsored Posts: $600
Social Media Campaigns: $25
Affiliate Sales: 0.91
This was a big month for sponsored posts, which given the niche I am in (health and fitness) is not surprising! People are buying and looking healthy food, gadgets, and help this time of year! Also, my ad profit showed a jump because I’m now including a private advertising in with that number. I’m mulling over the pros and cons of continuing in the ad situation I’m in now or moving to somewhere new. Any suggestions of ad networks you love?
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Lowel Ego Light: $116
Adobe Photo (Lightroom & Photoshop): $9.99
Easy Recipe Plus Plugin: $12
Food Blogger Pro (Food Blogging community with video resources, tutorials, forum, and tons of bonus features by the bloggers behind Pinch of Yum. Use this discount link for $3 off your first month!): 29.99
Eek! So this is a higher expense month mostly because of buying the Lowel Ego Light. Sadly it is STILL on backorder from the manufacturer! I think if I don’t get it by the end of February I will cancel my order and get my money back. The company I ordered from has been up front about the delay so it’s definitely not their fault, it’s just that EVERYbody wants this light right now! The Lowel Ego light is awesome because it mimics the effect of natural light in food photography. The ability to take photos in the waning winter light or in the evening would be amazing!
My top two posts written in the month of January were Pineapple Coconut Baked Oatmeal and Whole Wheat Cheddar Beer Bread. Both are two absolutely scrumptious takes on healthy comfort food that you should eat as soon as possible! Also, my most viewed posts overall (so older than January included in the mix) were my Advocare 24 Day Challenge Meal Plan (a great clean-eating meal plan even if you’re not doing the challenge!) and Lazy Day Blueberry Cobbler. So half the people want clean eating meal ideas and the other part just want dessert! Lol!
Joining Elite Blog Academy
Also, if you are serious about growing your blog I would HIGHLY recommend you joining the Elite Blog Academy when it opens on February 22nd! The course only opens once or twice a year and you can read my entire review of the Elite Blogging Academy including how I grew my income by 36% in my post Blog Growth the RIGHT Way! Yes, this course is an investment, but yes, it is worth it and it comes with a money back guarantee! There are some pretty phenomenal tools that Ruth Soukup, the author of Living Well, Spending Less is offering right now too, including a LIVE webinar, “A Simple Framework for Success: 4 Steps Every Blogger Needs to Take” which will be held on Thursday, February 25th at 10am EST.
Also, if you sign up with one of my affiliate links I will also be hosting a small, mastermind group to go through the course together. In the group I’ll share my personal tips for balancing blog and family life, making an income, and my Blogging “Power Hour” strategy and checklist. The group will also serve as an extra layer of accountability and camaraderie for you as you complete the course. Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your receipt when you sign up and I will get you added to the group!
What do you consider a successful blogging month?
What blogging resources have you found helpful?