November Blog Traffic And Income Report: $92.44
Be honest. How many times have you asked yourself, “How in the world do I make money with this here blog?!”
All. the. time., right?
In my early years of blogging I was head-over-high-heels enamored with the concept of making money online. The concept seemed so alluring. Just write about whatever and watch the cash pour in?
Sign me UP!
Yet, while there seemed to be a lot of talk of “blog monetization,” not many people were openly sharing how they made that money (or how much they actually made).
The only advice people tended to give out was to install Google Adsense ads. Somehow it would bring in hundreds, even thousands, of dollars!
So, I tried it on this little — and I mean teeny — personal hobby blog I had.
I made a pitiful 15 cents.
Not surprisingly, I quickly came to the conclusion that making decent money with a blog was outright ridiculous.
But as the blogging community grew and a few more people began to open up their monetization successes and failures, I began to understand the fuller picture of what making an income off a blog really entailed.
I learned that:
1. nobody begins by making $1,000, $2,000, or $10,000 dollars
2. you need people coming to your blog in order to make any money
3. just relying on one thing usually won’t pay the bills (+ daddy said not to put all your eggs in one basket)
4. while it may become easy, passive income eventually, it does take A LOT of work up front
When I started Olyvia, I decided that once I got to the point where I could begin monetizing, I would share the process openly with my readers.
Because A) I want you to learn how to do it for yourself, B) I want you to see a blog income report that starts at the very beginning, not after it’s already bringing in thousands of dollars, and C) because I know the accountability will make me work harder. 🙂
So with that, here is my very first (!) blog traffic and income report. Let’s see what happens!
OLYVIA.CO BLOG TRAFFIC REPORT
Note: Olyvia launched in June of 2014; it’s coming up on 6 months old.
Pageviews: 3,125 (+520 from last month)
Top 10 pages viewed this month:
Top 9 traffic sources this month:
Top search query driving traffic to Olyvia.co: “pinterest smart feed”
Top post of all time: 7 Minutes To An Irresistible Opt-In Box (published Nov. 5, 2014)
Now let’s look at my blog income report for the past month.
OLYVIA.CO BLOG INCOME REPORT
The figures below are what I made through “passive income” on this blog, not my other client work and services. That’s because I want to give you an idea on how to make money with a blog that is not entirely dependent on your experience, unique niche, or offline networking efforts.
I believe these streams of income are realistic for you to begin implementing on their own site, whether you’re a small business owner or blog for a hobby.
Last month’s earnings are as follows (again, it the FIRST month I’ve monetized my blog):
GROSS EARNINGS: $92.44
Keep in mind, this doesn’t take into account expenses like web hosting, domain registration, internet costs, etc. My goal is to include a breakdown of those at a later date, I just didn’t have enough time this month to get things together.
Another important thing to remember is that I have not been physically paid for these earnings. Each require a certain minimum threshold (ie: $10, $25, etc.) to be met before they’ll issue the payment.
WHAT I DID TO GROW MY TRAFFIC + INCOME THIS MONTH
I didn’t do a large amount of research on the requirements of BlogHer before deciding to fill out an application. That turned out to be a good thing because I think if I had, I wouldn’t have bothered applying! It was only after I hit “Send” that I read the hundreds of comments by disappointed bloggers saying how hard it was to get accepted (even with pageview rates much higher than mine).
But, I did end up getting accepted the following day. My best guess is that it was primarily because my blog niche is not overpopulated on BlogHer (naturally they have A LOT of parenting/food/lifestyle blogs). Though, honestly? I’m plain ole’ clueless. My best advice is to do the best you can with your blog content and design, then give it a shot; you have (literally) nothing to lose!
Both the BlogHer ad and Lijit ad are placed in my blog sidebar.
(One last note: BlogHer and Lijit ads are Pay-Per-Impression ads. That means that you are paid when someone merely sees the ad, not when they click on it. I initially learned about both from Pinch Of Yum’s income reports.)
Linqia and Izea are networks for sponsored post opportunities. (I didn’t fit the requirements for Linqia either, but after my experience with BlogHer I decided to just go for it, baby.) I’m interested to see how these can supplement my blog income in the future. It’s important to me to only work with companies and products that I’d tell my BFF about + feel will be excellent for you, so I’ve yet to find the right match.
The lovely Regina first tipped me off to Linqia in her recent income report (which you should definitely check out because it’s crazy helpful).
Marianne dropped this opportunity in my lap and I’m so happy I chose to get involved because it was a fab experience. I met so many fun new bloggers via the tour, and it also helped my blog gain a lot of extra exposure. (It was my #4 traffic source this past month.)
I’ve been guest posting as a Featured Contributor for She Owns It since July. (That’s right. My blog had only been live for less than a month when I applied. Is anyone else seeing a pattern of risk-taking here? Don’t be afraid, friends. Blogging is an experiment, not a college exam.)
She Owns It is not a huge traffic source for my blog — it ranked at #22 this month — but it has done a great deal for my Twitter following + social proof.
You can submit a guest post here, and about every 6 months or so they also put out a call for a new lineup of Featured Contributors.
5. Published a Resources page
I love Resources/Tools pages, and had meaning to do one here on Olyvia for quite some time. Not only are they helpful to your visitors, they translate to income for you if you include links to products with which you have an affiliate relationship. (That’s how I made my Amazon Associates income this month.)
I understand that some people feel weird about using affiliate links, but here’s why I don’t think you need to feel uncomfortable: you are performing a highly valuable advertising/marketing service for that company when you recommend something you use or believe in. It’s classy for them to pay you a commission for that profit you’ve made them, and it’s classy for you to accept it.
Also, using affiliate links is a beautiful way for your fans to support you if they can’t afford your current services/products. (Or if they don’t have a current need for them.) By purchasing something — that they needed anyway! — via your link, they’re effortlessly able to contribute to your livelihood and say “thanks” for the great stuff you’re putting out there for them week after week. It’s a win-win. 🙂
+ SOCIAL MEDIA STATS
I know this is a “blog traffic and income report,” but a good deal of my success is a direct result of my efforts on my social media accounts. So I feel it’s important to include this information here so you can get the fullest picture possible:
- Twitter: 1,568
- Facebook: 191
- Pinterest: 352
- LinkedIn: 687 connections/725 followers
- Instagram: 77
- New this month: YouTube: 1 😉
(Next time I’ll be showing comparison numbers from the previous month.)
The networks I’m actively trying to grow at the current time are Twitter and Pinterest, then, to a lesser extent, Facebook.
For awhile I focused heavily on LinkedIn (as evidenced by the numbers), but because it hasn’t been a great place for me to interact with my target audience, I no longer spend much time there. I do try to keep it updated, however, because outside clients (who don’t initially find me via my blog or other social networks) tend to gravitate only toward that profile.
I haven’t put any real effort into Instagram, but it’s a place where I’ve decided I want to get wildly serious about in 2015. There are a few plans I have up my sleeve that I’m excited to try out, particularly after listening to this podcast that Amy Porterfield did with entrepreneur Chalene Johnson on Instagram marketing.
And of course, I just opened up my new Olyvia TV Youtube channel! At first I published my tutorial videos on my personal YouTube account (which is linked to my personal profile on Google), but after thinking about it I decided it was probably better to begin attaching them to the Olyvia Google Page account I have.
So I only have one (terribly lonesome!) video posted there at the moment — and one awesome subscriber. 🙂
But I absolutely love how video has connected me to people, so the plan is to publish more in the future. My main goal at this point is to make it consistent and see how that helps me grow.
Andddd that’s a wrap, guys.
Did you find this blog income report helpful? What can I be sure to include next time that would better help you grow your blog?
Let me know!
P.S. Office hours are today, in the blog comments. Remember, you can ask any question about running a business online or blogging — but only one! I’ll be popping in here all day to answer them the best I can. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my U.S. readers!!