March 2017 Blog Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: DIY Cinder Block Garden for Small Yards– 308 Views

This Month’s Runner Up: February 2017 Blog Income Report  – 281 Views

This month was absolutely crazy for me.  We had over 20 showings on the house and almost all of my free time outside of work was spent doing something for the house.  I did manage to get my April posts ready despite having a rough schedule.

Somehow, even though I wasn’t able to work much on the blog in March, I ended up with the most page-views I’ve had recently.  I’ve only ever had one higher month which was just a fluke where two of my posts stumbled over 1000 views in a day.  I also had quite a high month for income compared to normal.  I’ll take it!

March 2017 INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue
Ads – $235.69
Sponsored Posts – $0.14
Total: $235.83

Expenses
Tailwind – $10..00
Domain – $1.26
Hosting – $6.99
Total: $18.25

NET INCOME: $217.58

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Last month, my goal was to get all of the posts for April ready and get pins scheduled on Tailwind.  I’m almost there.  My posts are ready but I’m a bit behind on Tailwind.  Hopefully by the time this post goes live I will have it all scheduled.

I didn’t do anything to increase followers this month which is much different than usual.  Usually, I participate in a few threads to gain followers each month, but I just didn’t have time.  I”d like to be able to do this again next month since it appears that April will be a bit of a break: hopefully.

My goals for April, my birthday month, is to get all of the posts ready for May and June and participate in a few follow threads.  I want to get two months ahead because we will be moving in May or very early June and I know that packing will take up most of my free time.  If I can get the posts going then I can focus on packing and just maintaining the blog.  I am so ready for July where I can be back to normal.

 

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Tailwind Growth for the Average Blogger

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Welcome back to the blog!  Last July I mentioned that I had just signed up for Tailwind.  I’ve now been using Tailwind for about 8 months and have definitely seen growth.

I decided to write this post because I see a ton of posts showing how bloggers grow so much in just a couple of months.  Many of those posts are quite misleading though.  Perhaps the blog is new, but the blogger is well seasoned.  Or, the blogger spent hours upon hours working on their blog during those months.

I’d like to say I’m an average blogger.  I keep the time I spend on my blog to a minimum.  Typically I spend about 10-20 hours on the blog during the month.  Many bloggers rack up 10-20 hours in just days.

The graph below shows referrals to my blog from Pinterest.  As you can see, I had less than 100 page views on my blog from referrals on Pinterest prior to using Tailwind.  If you would like to see my overall stats for any specific month, you can find them here.  Once using Tailwind, I started to see some growth.

In July, I started scheduling my repins and saw a small increase.  I also joined quite a few group boards and saw a huge increase in August.  Of course, growth doesn’t happen all at once so I had a dip for September.  I stayed pretty consistent through December where I had a huge spike.

Each time there is a huge spike, I did something differently.  I either joined more group blogs, increased the amount of pins I post per day, or had a better posting schedule.  One of the main things I started doing is re-pinning my own pins to all group boards they are relevant to every three months.  I made a spreadsheet to help me keep track of which to post when.

I started pinning about 25 pins per day in August and by December was at 30-35.  Now, I’m not much higher at 45.  Many people pin 50 or 100 times per day but I haven’t been able to get myself there.  I imagine once I get there I will see a bit of a jump.

I have seen another dip since December but I anticipate it will go up in the next few months.  So, for the average blogger, success doesn’t happen overnight.  Some great growth is still possible though.  I went from 100 to 800 views in a month from Pinterest referrals and it only took 6 months.

Do you have any Tailwind strategies?  I’d love to read them in the comments!

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February 2017 Blog Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: Ready to Eat Freezer Meals – 326 Views

This Month’s Runner Up: January 2017 Blog Income Report – 304 Views

This was the first month that I didn’t write any new posts.  Well, I did film one video and edit it this month.  But, other than that, I had all of my posts ready to go.  I am so glad I did that because this month I needed all of my free time to go towards getting ready to sell my home.  I’m so ready to be just living my life as normal in the new house.  But, one step at a time.  For the next few months I’m just going to hobble along in blog land.

February 2017 INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue
Ads – $169.93
Sponsored Posts – $0.20
Total: $170.13

Expenses
Tailwind – $10..00
Domain – $1.26
Hosting – $6.99
Etsy – $1.00
Total: $19.25

NET INCOME: $150.88

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Last month, I mentioned that I was going into a slower time for me.  Haha.  I was definitely mistaken!  I was still able to complete both of my goals though!  I had a goal of joining 18 new Pinterest boards.  I joined 21!  This month I hope to see an increase because of all of the new groups.  But I am a bit behind in scheduling posts so we will see.

I also got some new Etsy downloadables posted. They are the pink kitchen recipe cards and labels below.

My goal for March is to maintain the blog.  I need to get all of my posts for April ready and make sure to get all of my Pinterest posts scheduled.  This month is going to be crazy with having to drop everything at any moment to show the house.  Wish me luck!

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