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Blog Traffic and Income Report : How I made $2,191.13 in August

I am so excited to be completing my 8th blog traffic and income report. If you haven’t seen my last month’s income, you can check it out Blog Traffic and Income Report: How I made $2,720.33 in July.

During this process of reporting my earnings in 2015, I have received so many lovely and supportive comments and emails supporting what I am putting out there. Since my goals started small at $500 for the month of January, it has allowed for people to help set realistic goals for themselves and see the snowball effect blogging can have!

Blog Traffic and Income Report - August Earnings - $2,191.13

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Way back in December of 2014, I took some advice from Bonnie at Hobbytohot.com who said to create your annual goal $$. She says to then work backward to help figure out your monthly goals to achieve your large goal for the year.

Since my large goal is $15,000 for the year, I was able to work in the order she suggested to help create smaller manageable goals every month.

I am excited to say that the info I am presenting has been inspiring others to start a blog or take their blog to the next level which is the best feeling in the world for me.

My main goal when starting these income reports was to show others (in a very specific way) how they can make money online. Especially those that are just starting out and trying to figure the whole blogging thing out. I remember how intimidating and confusing it was when I first started.

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!

To reach my $15,000 goal for the year, my income goal was to reach $3,000 income goal for the month of July.

The crazy thing is that I would have earned more this month, but I didn’t hustle as much as I had hoped because of my day job. If you don’t already know, I am an Art Department Coordinator/Set Decorator in the film and television industry by day and blogger by night and weekends. Right now I am currently working on Big Brother in its 17th season and I have been staying very busy with that. This show always drains me!

After switching to BlueHost as my web host at the end of April 2015, I am happy to say that my site has not crashed once! This was not the case when I was hosting with Go Daddy after I started getting more traffic. Also, did I mention that a lot of my photos from my transfer in hosting didn’t make it?? So now I am manually replacing photos on posts and galleries which is super tedious work. This is still something I am working on. No fun!

If you want to learn more about the art of blogging (because it is an art form) you should check out my Essential Bloggers Resource Guide to get more details if you are thinking of starting a blog to even just improving the one you already have.

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. 

Moving on to the details from August…

This year I have really been 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 began implementing a few new things this month in social media specifically.
I must preface, that I didn’t start really investing in my blog until April 2015 when I started making over $1000/month. Now that I am making a decent side income each month, I don’t see any harm in freeing up my time to finish my ebook and work on more DIY projects.

  • I have been using the social media automation tool Meet Edgar for a couple months now and I swear this was such a great move!  I am saving so much more time every day by not having to be on my phone scheduling posts on FB, Twitter, and Linked In. It is a little bit of a splurge costing me $49/month. But this is a solid investment because it frees up my time to other things.
  • Another tool I began using is Tailwind. I heard about it from the fabulous Blogger, Erika, over at Olyvia.co. She wrote the most amazing post about HOW TO GET PINTEREST FOLLOWERS + REPINS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE.

I didn’t realize how much I could still learn from Pinterest when I feel like I had a really good handle on it when I had 5,600k followers and a lot of traffic coming to my site daily. But this article taught me so much and showed me Tailwind. This automation tool is geared specifically towards Pinterest and Instagram.  Now I have over 8k followers and gaining hundreds daily.

I also just reached a milestone of over 10,500k page views in June and had another day like that in the middle of July in a single day! That was pretty exciting. I attribute a lot of my success to Tailwind. 66% of my traffic comes from Pinterest, so it was worth the investment. I can schedule an unlimited amount of pins for weeks ahead of time with their easy interface. I love setting it and forgetting it!

Best. Thing. Ever.

** You can try Tailwind for free and schedule up to 100 pins before they ask you to pay $15/mth for 400 pins a month. Or you can pay $119 for the year for unlimited pins. Since this platform is my largest traffic referrer, it was worth the investment and I paid for the annual membership.

Another new concept I implemented last month was working with The Blogger Network. They are an ad management company that helps bloggers make more money with their own “holistic ad placement.” These ads were just implemented at the end of the month, but I am happy to say I have already made money with them. Yay! I am also happy to report that they admitted me into their “Flight” mobile ad network as well. This was just implemented at the beginning of June. So stay tuned for more info next month about this feature.

A couple months ago I wrote an article about how to make your space look more expensive on a dime that went absolutely completely viral on Pinterest bringing me an additional 49,000 page views in March for that post alone! I am happy to report that this post is still my #1 Popular Post on my site still earning me 57,480 views in May. Who knew this post would be such a hit?? I am proud to say that this post had 96,714 page views during the month of June and even more in the month of July reaching 133,743 page views!!!! Say whaaaa!?!?!

For the month of August, this post brought me 131,074 extra page views! This really goes to show you how much of an impact your site can make with a few posts going viral on Pinterest. This can set you up for the rest of the year, bringing in steady traffic. I am so stoked.

Another thing I really worked on in August was building my following on my social media platforms a bit more and applying for more affiliates and media groups when I could. I worked with Linqia* this month on a 1 fun campaign!  I seriously love working with them! Super easy and fun stuff that I get to write about and talk about with my audience.

Here is my July Google Analytics traffic summary.

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Here is my August Google Analytics traffic summary. 

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I am pleased with the progress I made last month in July with 248,756 page views and there were 31 days in that month.

  • My Page Views increased by +7,728
  • The Average Time on my site stayed the same.
  • My Bounce Rate decreased by – 0.52 secs.

 

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 #4 position.

Here are my traffic referral stats from July… 

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Here are the traffic referrer stats from August… 

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The sources of my earnings…I set a goal for myself at the beginning of July to make at least $3,500 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. 

  • The Blogger Network….$1,386.15 decrease of -$117.85 from last month.
  • Infolinks* …………..$15.88  decrease of -$4.98 from last month. To comply with the Blogger Networks requirements, my text links had to go in my posts. 
  • Content.ad ………$145.84 decrease of -$63.58 from last month. 
  • Amazon …………..$198.82 increase of +$16.04 from last month.
  • BlueHost….$150.00increase $83.00 from last month. Mostly because of this awesome post I created Start a Blog – A Step-By-Step GuideStart a Blog - A Step by step guide
  • Linqia* ……………………..$211.30 decrease of -$440.70 from last month.
  • Adsense ………… $83.24 $84.27 decrease of -$1.03 from last month. I started working with the Blogger Network so Adsense had to go so it is being phased out month after month. Slowly but surely I am finding all the codes within posts and pages that I can remove.

          Total ………………$ 2,191.13

I didn’t get anywhere near meet my goal of $3,500, and I attribute a lot of the reason to the fact that I don’t have children. During the month of August, it is ALL about back to school and sponsored post opportunities were all geared towards parents getting their kids ready for the new school year. Sigh… Sometimes you have to slow down to speed up.

But I am on track with my goal, having made $13,403.58 out of my $15,000 goal for the year. I am so happy that I will exceed that goal. This is the goal that really matters to me.

Ok so now I am moving on from lack of success meeting my goal for the month and I am going fiercely in September to meet my goal of $4,500. Wish me luck.

I attribute most of my success to my goal of getting organized + I started working with a branding development consultant named Julie from julieharrisdesigns.com

I am really trying to target and expand my audience and brand for awesome products and services in the near future. Make sure you are a subscriber on my email list when I launch it.

I also purchased the EPIC BLOG One-Year Editorial Planner*  in December 2014 and have been staying true to my income and expense tracking for this year. I really wanted to see if this would make a difference in what was just my hobby and has helped me make this a lucrative side business. 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! Check out my I also have some great blog post brainstorming tips. for more info on other helpful resources.

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I hope some of you found this traffic and income report helpful! I do these monthly to help track my progress.

Feel free to share this blog traffic and income report if you think it will help others. Thanks in advance.

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  • Samantha Stockel says:

    Meredith, Thanks for the advice on Regina’s Epic Blog Planner, should be getting mine any day. And I am patiently waiting for the 16th to pre-order my 2016 Day Planner! I am in the processes of starting my own blog and love all the advice that you give!!!

    • Meredith says:

      Samantha I am so excited for you with your recent purchase of your Epic Blog Planner, and future purchase of the Day Designer! I swear they will change your world. Thank you so so much for your kinds words. I am so happy I have inspired you. If you every have questions with blogging, please email me artsandclassy@gmail.com. You rock!

      Best,
      Meredith