I said on my About Page that I would share my blogging journey. While it would be a lot more fun to start sharing when I am a big success, I think it might actually be more helpful, at least for beginners, to start from month one. So, that’s what I’m doing. This isn’t so much a revenue report and a general report of where I started out 30 days ago.
Like many of you, I’m sure, I read all of the monthly income reports that I can find. In some ways, it is very encouraging to read them. Some of these bloggers are just doing amazing things.
Of course, it’s then hard not to compare yourself with them and feel as if you’re a failure or doing something wrong if your numbers don’t meet theirs.
I know I can fall into that trap sometimes, so instead, I am going to celebrate my successes no matter how tiny they may be.
I launched this blog on April 5th. I have since realized that many people have 40 or even 50 blog posts written before they launch, but I tend to be a jump in feet first without looking kind of gal, so…I didn’t wait that long.
Besides, it can take Google a month or longer to index your site, so I figured it’s good to get that process started sooner rather than later.
Blogging by the Seat of My Pants
When I launched on April 5th, I had 5 blog posts written. Yes, that’s right. Only five – and I was pretty proud to have that many! Yikes.
I also had all the normal pages that need to be written, such as my home page, about page, category pages, and site information pages.
I also now realize that many bloggers also spent several months building up their social media audience and joined a bunch of group boards on Pinterest before they launched.
For me, I had zero followers on social media and was not on any group boards….zero. Double yikes!
I also didn’t have any content upgrades when I launched, nor did I have any giveaways to entice people to sign up for my email list.
Oh…I also had no email list!
So, to recap…
- 5 blog posts
- zero social media following
- zero group board memberships
- zero content upgrades
- zero email list
I mention all of this, so you can get a good feel for where I started 30 days ago. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if I’ve done well this first month or not.
So, here is where I am today, 30 days after my blog’s launch:
- 24 blog posts published (plus an additional 13 pages published)
- 203 followers on Pinterest
- I’m a member on 23 group boards
- 3 content upgrades
- 1 person on my email list (Hey go ahead and sign up so she doesn’t feel so alone!)
- I’m also a member of 18 Tailwind Tribes
Of course, I didn’t have any page views before I launched, that would be impossible, so I went from zero pages views to 683 for the month.
As for goals for my first month, they were pretty sketchy. I really only had a couple:
- Publish 40 blog posts – Didn’t make it.
- Get 200 Pinterest followers – Made it! Honestly, I didn’t have a set goal when I launched, but as I started getting followers, I came up with that goal as I got closer to the end of the month.
(Just a side note: I’m only using Pinterest at this time for social media. I do belong to some Facebook groups, but I don’t have a Facebook page yet, and Twitter will have to wait for now as well.)
As for income, I didn’t expect any. Once again, I went against the grain and started adding affiliate offers to my website from day one. Of course, I only add ones that I am currently using or know and really like.
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It’s amazing that anyone would take me on as an affiliate when I have zero traffic, but they did.
Anyway, somehow, I actually made two sales. They happened in the first few days which is really weird as I was getting one or two page views per day at the time.
I started to add some ads to my site about 5 days before the end of the month. I actually made a few dollars on one of those days. I’m still learning about how the whole ad thing works, and I’ll have to see if it makes sense long term to have them.
This leads me to my revenue for the month:
- Affiliate sales: $40.00
- Ad revenue: $3.28
Total Revenue: $43.28
- A year’s worth of Tailwind: $104
- A year’s worth of hosting on Blue Host: $59
- Pinterest Strategies: $32
Total Expenses: $195
Profit / Loss: – $151.72
Resources I Used During My First Month of Blogging
In case it will help those that are thinking about blogging, I thought I’d list what I used my first month of blogging, and am continuing to use.
(These are affiliate links, so if you make a purchase, I will make a small amount of money that I can add to the $40 I’ve already made. Also, there is no cost to you, but it will help support this blog and buy treats for my two puppy dogs, Sammy and Truman.)
- Blue Host – This is the hosting company I use for this blog.
- Tailwinds – I started with their free 100 scheduled pins and then upgraded to a yearly subscription. I think this is really how I got most of my Pinterest followers.
- Grammarly.com – I know I don’t catch all of my typos and grammar issues, but I do try my best. I use Grammarly.com to help. They have a free trial as well.
- ConvertKit – I started with Mail Chimp for my email list, but am in the process of switching over to ConvertKit. They have a lot of great features that Mail Chimp’s free service doesn’t.
- Market Samurai – It’s great to get traffic from social media, but you really need to optimize your blog posts for Google as well. That means you need to use the right keywords. This is a great keyword tool. They do offer a free trial as well.
- Pinterest Strategies – This is the only eCourse I’ve purchased so far. It is by Carlene Hurst and provides the strategy she used to go from 0 to 200,000 page views per month in just a few months. I’ve just am getting ramped up with this, so I can’t tell you, yet, how it is working for me, but I should have an update next month.
Blogging Goals for Month Two
It’s hard for me to set goals this early on, as I don’t know how things will grow, but I will give it my best shot.
Goals for May:
- Write and publish 25 blog posts
- Create two pins for each post
- Get accepted to a total of 50 group boards on Pinterest (that’s another 23 boards.)
- Grow my Pinterest followers to 500
- Get 25 sign ups for my email list (If you haven’t signed up go ahead and do so now! I won’t send many emails, I promise!)
- Hit 3000 page views for the month
I’m not going to set a revenue goal yet. I think my two sales were a fluke my first month, so I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment here. Once I get another month or two under my belt, I’ll start adding revenue goals.
So…that’s it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think my biggest takeaway is that you can’t compare yourself to other bloggers. Would my numbers be better if I had spent two or three months laying the foundation before I launched my blog like a lot of bloggers do? Most likely, but you never know.
To me, it’s really six of one and half a dozen of another. The work has to be done either way.
So…here’s to your success no matter where you are in your blogging journey!
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