Blog Income Report: How I Made My First $25 Blogging
Welcome to my first ever income report!
Ah, I’m so excited to share my income report and my progress!
I think this income report is very important to share, not only for myself but also for new bloggers who are just starting out.
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There are so many “I made $10k blogging last month” income reports, and they are great and inspiring, but they aren’t something a new blogger can relate to.
That’s why I’m writing this post, to show you a realistic income report of a 2-month-old blog!
(if you haven’t started your blog I would HIGHLY recommend starting a self-hosted one from the beginning as that will really help you in the long run. And make you more money! A self-hosted blog doesn’t cost much, only $3.95 a month if you click HERE. I have a full guide on how to start a blog where I take you through every single step and show you that starting a self-hosted blog isn’t hard (and takes you less than 10 minutes!) )
August has been a great month for my blog as you’ll see from my report, but not just because of the numbers and the money but because I’m very happy with the direction my blog is heading to!
I’m very proud of all my posts I wrote, I finally made my design “my own” and made it look exactly how I want it.
I learnt A LOT in August (didn’t even know you could learn so much in only 31 days!).
That just shows that you are NEVER done learning, even when you think you “know” something you realise there are 1000 other things to learn!
Ah, okay, where do I even start with this income report?
Before we get into my traffic and income report I thought I’d tell you my quick blogging journey.
It’s important to mention that I’m not a blogging newbie, I’ve been in the blogging world since 2013 so I have quite a lot of experience and knowledge behind me.
I started my first blog back in in 2013 when I was only 13 for fun.
And I had NO idea what blogging was and what people shared on blogs.
But I went for it!
I went on Blogger.com and created a blog!
Writing that blog was so fun and it taught me so much.
I learnt so many new things I never even thought of, from some basic HTML to how to email people, to writing and expressing myself in English to social media and SO MUCH more.
I wanted to create a space where I could share all the things I’ve learnt (and still am learning) through all these years of blogging.
Because I know how it feels like when you just start your blog and don’t know anything about it, don’t know where to start and what to do.
It’s not fun!
And that’s why The Female Business was born!
I started The Female Business on July 1st of 2019 as a way to help fellow bloggers in their journey, whether it’s to start their blog or simply grow and improve it.
Okay, now that you heard my (not so) short story let’s get into the income report!
August 2019 blog income and traffic report
Why am I sharing my income report?
When it comes to income reports, you either love them or hate them.
I personally love income reports and I think they can be very helpful and motivating, especially for new bloggers.
Here are just a few of the reasons why I’m writing this income report:
- like I mentioned previously, I love reading income reports
- I think that income reports are very inspiring and motivating so I’m hoping mine will do the same for you
- to track my progress
Let’s start with traffic!
In August I had just over 5k pageviews which I’m very happy with.
Compared to my first month of blogging when I had 1.8k pageviews this is HUGE progress!
When it comes to where my traffic came from, the majority is from Pinterest.
And honestly, I’m not surprised at all as I’ve been focusing A LOT on Pinterest this past month!
In my How to drive traffic to your blog with Pinterest post I talked about my pinning strategy and how I increased my page views by 180% in just ONE month all because of Pinterest!
Also, I’m very happy to see almost 200 direct users which means there are people who are interested in my blog and memorised it (or Google did it for them but I’ll still take it!)
I’ve got 14 organic search users which I think is pretty good for a two-month-old blog.
I am working on my SEO and would love to see an increase in organic search in the future but it’s a process and it takes time.
Most popular posts this month
These 4 posts were the most popular in August.
- 5 Things no one tells you about starting a blog
- How to use hashtags effectively on Instagram
- How to beat the Instagram algorithm in 2019
- How to start a blog in 5 simple steps
In my first month of blogging, I was focusing on creating some freebies (like my Pinterest course) so I could start building and growing my list in August.
And all that hard work has paid off as I got 100 new subscribers in August!
Here are a few things I did that really helped me grow my email list:
- I created a popup for my Pinterest course
- I made graphics for my freebies and promoted them
- I added a Pinterest course sign up form in my sidebar
I have a full guide on how to build your email list you can check out if you want to learn how you can get YOUR first 100 subscribers!
I already mentioned how I get most of my traffic from Pinterest but I thought I’d show you my analytics and tell you a bit about it!
Here is a screenshot of my Pinterest analytics:
As you can see I’ve got a huge increase in my Pinterest engagement (over 200%!! ) in August compared to July.
Like I already mentioned I have a step by step post about my Pinterest strategy but here are just a few things that really made a BIG difference:
- constantly trying out and testing new pin designs
- I was making NEW pins for my OLD popular posts (one new pin a week)
- making click-worthy pin titles
- adding my pins to Tailwind tribes
Blog income report
Now comes the part you’ve been waiting for!
How much money did I make in my second month of blogging?
*these $25 were a bonus WPForms was giving for writing a review about them for the first time
My total income: $25.21
All of my income came from affiliate marketing as that’s the only way I monetize my blog for now.
All of these companies I earned a commission from are a part of ShareASale which is an affiliate network that has over 3,900 affiliate programs in 40 different categories you can choose from!
So no matter your niche you can find companies and products to promote on your blog with ShareASale! (you can sign up to be their affiliate through this link!)
If you want to make money from your blog but don’t know how to do it and where to start, check out my beginner’s guide to making money blogging where I show you step-by-step how to make money with your blog.
What I did this month
Let’s go over some things I did this month and see what worked and what didn’t!
- I regularly made new pins for my Pinterest course which really helped get people to subscribe
- I was constantly making new pins for my most popular posts
- going back to all my posts and adding all relevant links and updating them
What didn’t work
- although I saw a huge traffic increase from Pinterest I think I was spending too much time on in (I might have been a bit obsessed with it)
- joining Facebook threads-honestly, I just wasted my time on those (except for the Pinterest repin threads!)
- my affiliate marketing strategy or the lack of one
My goals for September
- grow my pageviews to 7k
- get 150 new subscribers
- work on my affiliate marketing strategy
- continue to make new Pinterest graphics for my popular posts (and experiment with new designs)
- create more video pins (you can check out my first one HERE and pin it 😉 )
Final words on my first blog income report
And that was my second month of blogging.
That’s how I made my first $25 and learnt some valuable lessons.
I really hope you enjoyed reading my first ever income report and found it helpful and hopefully motivating!