This Month’s Top Post: Summer Breakfast Favs – 554 Views
This Month’s Runner Up: How I use Smart Things for Home Automation – 409 New Views – 500 Total Views – Post Date: January 23, 2016
This month I finally felt like I was really in the grove of blogging. Before, I was constantly posting on Facebook groups trying to promote my content and little by little I’ve been backing off of the Facebook threads. I used to try to do a Stumbleupon and a Click Through thread daily with other threads here and there but this month I only did the threads on Sundays and then on the last few days of the month.
Even with cutting down significantly on sharing, I was able to maintain around my goal of 100 views per day or 3000 views per month. I’ve decided since now I’ve been reaching my goal pretty consistently, it’s time to set a new goal of 5000 views per month.
I’ve been strategizing about how to increase my page views and one way is by increasing the amount of posts. When I first started this blog a year ago, I was posting three times per week. Needless to say, I very quickly burnt myself out and took a couple month break. Since January, I’ve consistently blogged once per week (Saturday) with an occasional extra post here and there.
For July, I am going to publish new posts on Tuesday and Saturday and see how it goes.
Even though I’ve continually decreased the amount of marketing of my blog, my income hasn’t decreased. At this point, I’m mainly only using ads to generate income but if a sponsored post comes up that fits with what I like to write about, I’ll take it.
June 2016 Income Statement:
Ads – $100.76
Sponsored Posts – $0.00
Freelancing – $0.00
Affiliate Marketing – $0.00
Personal Sales – $0.00
NET INCOME: $100.76
View Previous Blog Income Statements here.
This month I also continued editing my old blog posts. It was a goal for the last few months to finish editing all of the posts so the images won’t be blurry (somehow my images blurred when I transferred from .com to .org). I did get about eight more posts done this month but now I’m planning to finish the rest in batches.
As I’ve been nearing my blogiversary, I’ve been thinking of new ways to bring up old content. So, I’ve started posting old content to Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest on Thursdays. This goes hand in hand with creating Pinterest worthy images for my old posts and revitalizing the posts. This sharing schedule is also helping me to have a deadline for completing the old post updates.
I also did a lot of research on Pinterest this month. I redesigned my Pinterest Board images and I joined a handful of group boards. I’ve started using the free trial of Tailwind to schedule pins and am excited to see the results.
Most excitedly, I created a goal to reach 500 followers on Facebook this month and not only did I reach 500 followers, but I exceeded 600 followers!
Focus for Next Month
Next month, I plan to brainstorm post ideas and see if I will be able to continue with two posts per week. I also am going to jump into Pinterest and see what scheduling pins is all about!
Earlier this month, I felt stuck and like the blog wasn’t really going anywhere because my page views haven’t been increasing as my followers grow. Luckily, I remembered an old saying. “When you feel like you are about to give up, don’t. Success is right around the corner.” This thought re-energized me to continue. I hope the new strategy pays off!
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