I can’t believe it’s time for my October 2018 income report already! My third month blogging has had both high points and low points, and I’ve learned so much–again! I think one of the biggest keys to successfully blogging is to try to keep learning and improving.
On that note, I want to take a minute to talk about the blogging lessons I’ve learned this month. I want you to be able to learn from my mistakes and gain from the positives I’ve picked up along the way.
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Lessons Learned From My 3rd Month Blogging
1. Don’t Forget to Check Email
This may not seem like a huge deal, but trust me, in the blogging world it is. One weekend this month was very hectic for my family. On top of everything that was going on my son got sick and, being the kind 1 year old he is, shared it with me. Long story short, I just wasn’t able to check my email for those few days.
Not checking my email ended up being a huge mistake. It was during this weekend that I was contacted by two different brands who were interested in working with me. But, since I didn’t check my email, I didn’t see their messages until a few days later.
I’m still in the process of talking to these brands, so the opportunity to work with them may still be open. But, if I had seen their emails immediately and responded quicker, it would have gone much farther for my own reputation and helped to build up my own brand.
If you don’t want to potentially lose opportunities, be sure to check your email at least once a day!
2. Research Keywords on Pinterest
One of my biggest wins this month was learning to better optimize my SEO on my Pinterest pins. While picking out my key phrases for each post, I searched the topic on pinterest to get an idea of good keywords to include. This resulted in higher impression rates on my pins, which in turn resulted in more traffic to my site.
3. Stay Very Active on Pinterest
I’m pretty sure I said this last month, but again I was reminded how important it is to be very active on Pinterest. This means not just pinning my own content, but other people’s content as well. And I know, it can be very time consuming to have to pin 10+ times per day.
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October 2018 Income Report
Alright, let’s talk about my October 2018 income report for a minute. I am currently a part of a couple affiliate programs, but unfortunately I haven’t seen any revenue from those sources as of yet. Which is okay, at this point. While I’d love to be making money from those sources, what’s more important right now is building my audience (you guys!) and making connections.
That being said, any income I am currently making is minimal. Very, very minimal. But! I did make more through ads this month than I did last month.
- Adsense: $1.68
- Traffic: 1,200+ unique users
What I’m more interested in highlighting this month is my traffic. My first month blogging I had a pin go viral, which was great. However, it didn’t allow me to see what my realistic month to month expectation should be while I’m starting out. That being said, my second month’s traffic was much, much lower.
I’m happy to say that in my October 2018 income report I can say that I was able to grow my traffic–without a viral pin–by around 1,000.
I’m well aware that this is not anywhere near the amount of traffic that big, full time or even part time bloggers get. But that’s okay. This is my first blog, I’m only three months in, and starting from scratch no less.
Most Popular Posts This Month:
- To the Mom Who Quit Breastfeeding
- My Easy Stay-At-Home Mom Routine with a Baby
- How I Built a Maternity Wardrobe on a Budget
By far my most popular post this month was an open letter I wrote to moms who have quit breastfeeding, for one reason or another.
My runner up post was one I had written last month. While I’m not a stickler for keeping my son on a precise schedule, we do have a day to day routine that helps both him and me to know what to expect next.
My third most popular post was one I wrote about how I personally bought maternity clothes with about $100. Maternity clothes are so expensive, and I wanted to share how to clothe yourself during pregnancy without doling out a ton of cash. Especially if you are on your first pregnancy and have to start from scratch!
October 2018 Income Report Overview
Overall, I had a pretty good month of growth. No, I didn’t make a ton of money. But building a blog up from scratch takes time and effort and patience. As I went over my October 2018 income report, I realized I did better than I did last month, overall. I engaged more on social media, learned more about SEO and put it into better practice. My following has grown, and I’m slowly building up.
And, I’m interested in connecting with you! Drop me a line and let me know what your biggest struggle is when it comes to blogging.