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Blog Traffic & Income Report : How I made $779.23 In February

I am so excited to be completing my 2nd blog traffic and income report. If you haven’t seen my first month’s income, you can check it out Blog Traffic & Income Report: How I made $489.07 in January.  

I really wanted to start March off right by taking care of my monthly analysis first thing! I felt inspired after a crazed weekend at 2:20 am. I received so many lovely and supportive comments and emails about my first income report that I wanted to share February with you all ASAP.Blog Traffic and Income Report for February 2015 via www.artsandclassy.comThis post contains affiliate links*

The process of really tracking my earnings along with my blogging expenses has been so helpful! It is quite eye opening to the amount of change that can occur within a month! I have just been implementing little things into my blogging daily schedule to see if I it would make a difference in my traffic and my income. I am happy to report that it did help!

To reach my $15,000 goal for the year, my income goal was to reach $1000 income goal for the month of February. I didn’t quite make my goal, earning $779.23 for the month, but I am happy to say I did better than last month making $489.07 in January. That is a +$290.16 increase in earnings.

AND every penny helps…

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I am really trying to put myself out there to (hopefully) inspire newer bloggers with my current and future monthly blog income reports. I am also doing this to hold myself accountable to continue pushing forward with my income goals for the year. 

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Moving on to the details from February…

I was really trying to focus on creating beautiful images… specifically, pin-worthy images. I have also been working more and more with canva.com to do this. I had a couple posts go viral on Pinterest last month because of my images! Super happy about that one.

I was also featured once on hometalk.com’s Facebook page for my Dollar Store Vase Makeover and they asked that I curate a board for Small Space Decor Ideas which was a huge hit! Every time hometalk features me, it brings be a ton of great traffic my way.

Another thing I really worked on in February was building my following on my social media platforms a bit more and applying for more affiliates and media groups. I worked with 3 new companies last month (Cooperatize, Mom’s Affiliate, Pollinate Media) and had such a lovely experience with all of them. I hope to do more campaigns with them in the near future!

Here is my February Google Analytics traffic summary.

February is such a short month and it kinda stinks not getting those extra couple days like other months have. But, I am very pleased with the progress I made last month. Especially making more than the previous month! Yippee!

  • My Page Views increased by +9,031
  • The Average Time on my site increased by +44 secs
  • My Bounce Rate also increased (which is not a good thing) by +14.55%. As I try to approach my site as a reader, I have really been trying to tweak it to make navigation more seamless. I have also really been working on back linking in my posts to related articles to keep readers engaged & on my site longer. I suppose I need to just keep working at it.
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My top referrers for the month…

Pinterest is the best traffic driving tool ever and I really trying to create more compelling images that people will want click on and hopefully pin to their boards.

I have been working so hard on my SEO and my keyword research prior to writing my articles and I am elated that I am showing up in search engines in the #5 position.

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The sources of my earnings…I set a goal for myself at the beginning of February to make at least $1000 during the month. I am trying to set reasonable goals each month to reach my ultimate goal for 2015 of $15,000. Here is the breakdown of how I did. 

  • Adsense ………… $301.97 increase of +$99.97 from last month
  • Infolinks* …………..$11.92 increase of +$3.53 from last month
  • Content.ad ………$42.40 increase of +$9.63 from last month
  • Cooperatize ………$90.00 This was my first time working with them!
  • Amazon …………..$33.94 decrease of -$3.67 from last month
  • Izea* ………………..$10.00 increase of +$2.00 from last month
  • Pollinate Media…$225.00 This was my first time working with them!
  • Ebay ………………..$50.00 I just purged some items this month. eBay can be great to de-hoard your space. I also count it as online income.
  • Mom’s Affiliate*…..$4.00 This was my first time working with them and my income was just on referrals. This network also provides sponsored posts opportunities and banner advertising too!

               Total ………………$779.23

I did not receive any products this month. But it is okay, I am so happy I created new relationships with some new companies and brands through sponsored posts.

Blogging has really opened so many opportunities for me and I am so grateful to be able to continue to do it.

I attribute a lot of my success last month with my goal of getting organized. I purchased the EPIC BLOG One-Year Editorial Planner* and it has changed the way I do everything. I seriously love this thing! I bring it with me pretty much everywhere OR a notebook to write in if an idea strikes. I love how organized I am staying while planning my posts months in advance. What a relief it is to have things pre-planned!

I highly recommend this awesome planner if you are ready to get serious about blogging. The creator Regina is absolutely fantastic. I have learned so much about blogging and business from her!

How I am making money with this awesome editorial planner

 Some fun post brainstorming…scheduling my posts in my calendar.

How I am making money with this awesome editorial planner. Planning ahead is so essential

I hope some of you found this traffic and income report helpful! I am planning on doing one of these monthly to help track my progress.

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19 Comments

  • Alisha says:

    Way to go girl!!! You’re doing it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Tara Boyd says:

    Great info, thanks for being so open with your income! I’m looking to start monetizing my blog, and this is super motivating! I’ll be subscribing too!

    • Meredith says:

      Thank you so much Tara! I am so happy you found this article helpful because that is totally my goal. Your comment made my day! Thanks again.

  • Erin says:

    Thank you For a great post! I’m just getting started and you have inspired me and given me some clear goals! Congrats on your success!

    • Meredith says:

      Hi Erin! Thank you so much for your comment. I am so happy to hear that this post was helpful in inspiring you to create some clear goals! Awesome!

  • Holly says:

    We’ll done. I love reading income reports from the pre thousands of dollars stage. Makes it seem more achievable for the rest of us who still have a way to go 🙂

    • Meredith says:

      Holly! I completely get what you mean. When I see income reports for super established bloggers that are making like 12 grand a month, makes it seem a little unachievable for the rest of us. I am happy you found this income report helpful. I you have any questions… never hesitate to ask me.

      Thanks!

  • Thanks for sharing! It’s nice to see a realistic and honest post like this. Sometimes the blog world can be intimidating- thanks for being down to earth and providing useful info.

    • Meredith says:

      Hey Stacey,

      Thank you so much for your amazing feedback. I am so so happy that people are finding these income and traffic reports useful. I am just trying to show the people that are like me 3 years ago…when I was hoping I could make even $100 extra a month with a blog! I agree with you about the blog world being intimidating. It feels like all of the people making at least $10k are the ones sharing their reports and it seems so impossible to achieve. Thank you for reading and email me anytime with any questions you may have. I think it’s important in the blogging world to being a sense of community with other bloggers. Take Care!

      Xo Meredith

  • Ashlee says:

    That’s encouraging!!! I just started blogging in October and have only been making a few dollars each month- I’ll def try out a few of your income sources! 🙂

    • Meredith says:

      Hey Ashlee! I am so happy you found me then! The point of these income reports are to help bloggers like yourself… get to where you want to be. Hopefully, quicker than it took me. ahemmmm 3 years!! I wish I had taken it more seriously earlier on. But I didn’t know. So happy you found this helpful. Please feel free to email me if you ever have any questions.

  • jackie says:

    This is very encouraging for those of us who are merely “sticking our toes in the water” for the first time! I’m interested to know of you blog in addition to another job and how much time per month do you spend on this endeavor? Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Meredith says:

      Hi Jackie! Thanks for your inquiry. I am a freelance Art Department Coordinator and Set Decorator in film and tv so I go weeks and sometimes months at a time between jobs. When I am working (depending on my title and level of responsibility) I spend about maybe 20 hours a week working on content, projects, photographing, doing research, auditing my site on how I can make the navigation more fluid, and writing of course. If I am off of work I dedicate my time to my blog as if it were a full time job, spending about 40-60 hours a week working on it. But it never feels like work because I love doing it so much. I definitely thing that creating a schedule for yourself would be helpful in your productivity. Check out http://www.byregina.com for more helpful info. She is the reason I have gotten to this point. Also, please feel free to email me with any other questions at artsandclassy@gmail.com. I hope this tis bit of info was helpful to you. Thanks!

  • Amber L says:

    Thank you for the information!

  • Hi there. Beeing first time on your blog and it’s really refreshing to see someone so transparent sharing incomes and the work behind it. My honest respect. I have been blogging only on local Slovenian furniture markets for three years and I must say I truly respect your results. Matija

    • Meredith says:

      Thank you so much Matija!I appreciate the honest feedback! I have received so many positive responses to these Traffic and Income Reports! It makes me so happy to know that I can hopefully be helping people on their blogging journey!

  • Jessica M says:

    That seems like a lot of Adsense income! Good and easy $$ for you! Cheers!