Well, I have officially started doing income and traffic reports. Even though I have been blogging for a year this is my first report and I am super excited to dive right in! I know, I know I am super late but better late than never right?! Ha!
Each month I will share my progress on my biz journey in hopes to inspire others to keep pushing with their blog + biz even when things seem slow. Trust me, you can make a full-time income doing what you love.
I believe YOU… Yes, YOU! Can do anything you put your mind too –Philippians 1.13.
I can’t wait to see my end of the year report to compare my growth as well as hear about the growth of my different readers!
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So let’s do this!
June Income & Traffic Report
So, something MAJOR happened with my page views this month! While finishing up creating my first Social Media E-course, I started implementing a NEW strategy (that will be in the course) and guess what? The results knocked my socks off! When I started testing my new social media strategy out it skyrocketed my site traffic. Below is a snapshot of one of the days in May when I first started the new strategy. I had over 4,509 page views in ONE DAY! Whattttttttt! Are YOU serious??!
And with a total of over 59,000 this month! OH! MY! GLEE! I went from having 6,000 monthly page views at the end of last year to over 59,000 last month! #WOW!
Also, after utilizing my new online strategy I got indexed by Google in their search results! Whattttt!
Next Goal: 60,000 page views for the month of July!
End of the year goal: 100,000 page views
So How Did This Happen?
In the month of June, I focused on 3 major things to grow my blog.
The three areas of focus were the following:
Longer Posts With A Ton Of Value
So a huge part of May was focusing on creating high-quality content for my readers. I spent a whole week writing 7 new blog posts with tons of value of over 1200 words! IT WAS INSANE! Buttttt, it was so worth it! By doing that I noticed that my content became a lot more shareable. Google is a huge fan of long detailed blog posts and so are readers! DETAILS! DETAILS! DETAILS! People want details with charts and numbers on how you achieve what you achieve with your blog. I believe you can create value with your posts by packing it full of information that teaches your audience something or inspires them to achieve their goals. Going the extra mile and writing longer posts definitely paid off, because it’s one of the reasons I saw a boost in my traffic. I’m also more of a quality over quantity type a girl, so posting up one post per week with a ton of value is totally fine with me.
Let me just say… I am currently OBSESSED with SEO and finding the right keywords for my blog + posts! I stepped up my SEO game and started putting relevant keywords throughout all my blog posts, titles, and pictures used in my blog posts. To help with this, I have been using the WordPress plugin Yoast and it has been super AMAZING. I am currently in the process of updating all my old posts to make sure they are SEO friendly. I used the tool as well Google Keyword Planner and let me tell you I love it! I believe this strategy was the reason that my site got indexed by Google so quickly.
Facebook & Pinterest!
I can’t say enough about using Facebook and Pinterest together! Seriously, using both have been game changer for me! On Pinterest, I stepped up my pinning game and started to pinning more throughout the day (using Tailwind to help with this) and I also put in a ton of effort to make sure my overall Pinterest profile (Bio, pin description, pin titles, etc.) were packed with the right keywords.
On Facebook, I participated in Facebook group promo threads to help boost traffic to my blog, and so far I have been seeing great results!
Social Media Report
Instagram: Goal (1k Followers)
Yippeeee! Goal accomplished! Woo hoo! I have been growing my Instagram following and engagement like CRAZY!!! I grew my following from 2k to 10k in less than 3 months. Next Goal: Hit 11k by end of July 2017!
Twitter: Goal (1k Followers)
Yaaay! We did it! I just started growing my Twitter following last month but happy to find out that my strategies are working on Twitter as well. Next Goal: Hit 4k by the end of July 2017
Pinterest: Goal (500 Followers)
SCORE! I went from 107.9k page views to over 920.4k monthly Pinterest page views in June! I also gained about 800 new followers in the month of June making that month my BEST month yet on Pinterest!
I share this Pinterest strategy and how I rapidly grew my blog traffic in my new upcoming E-course
coming out this summer!
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So, in June I teamed up with Meg Svec from Your First Shop.Co and did my first joint webinar. The webinar was focused on how to rapidly grow traffic + find your target audience online. It was my FIRST webinar and I was super nervous but it went great! You would think since I have been performing in theaters most of my adult life that I wouldn’t have been nervous but I definitely was at the beginning of the presentation. After that, I got super comfortable and it went well. I look forward to doing more webinars this YEAR! Woo hoo!
Blog +Biz Income
Can you believe that I JUST recently starting focusing on making a full-time income with my blog?! I know! I know! The first year of blogging I didn’t blog as much and only put up about 10 blog posts lol! I started to get serious with my blog at the beginning of this year after becoming a new mommy and working from home. So, I count this as my FIRST income & traffic report which I am super happy about! I am looking forward to seeing how this blog + biz grows throughout the remainder of this year!
Let’s dive into the report!
Ad Revenue: $688
Grand Total: $ 1,802 (Anything with an * next to it is an affiliate link)
Next Goal: 2.0k for July!
- Tailwind – $0 (Paid for the whole year)
- Board Booster – $5
- BlueHost – $0 (Paid for the whole year)
- OptinMonster- $99
- Leadpages- $37
WHAT I’M DOING DIFFERENTLY IN JULY
Preparing to Launch A New Ecourse
Can you believe we are already in July! So, I am actually launching TWO new courses (one email course and one full signature course). I have been super busy putting together a full course that shows how rapidly I grew my traffic from 5,000 page views to over 55,000 page views working Pinterest, Facebook groups, and Instagram together! So, for this month I will focus a lot of my attention of getting prepared to launch both and making sure everything is good to go! In preparation for that, I will be doing another webinar that I am super excited about as well! In addition, I will start doing Facebook LIVE videos in my Facebook Group Creative Ninja Nation!
New Brand Photos
Lastly, I am gearing up to take some new BRAND photos for my site and promo! Yup! Seriously pumped about this! I am a very an outgoing person and I want to make sure YOU guys SEE that throughout my brand! I would probably compare my personality to this photo below that I recently took! I love bright colors and having fun!
I just recently developed a new email welcome series to really strengthen the email newsletter of Arts and Budgets. My goal is to send out bi-weekly emails to help my subscribers grow their income, blog + biz, and social media profiles!
I also just hit a goal of 1k subscribers so my next goal would be to add 100 new subscribers for the month of July! I switched over to Mailerlite, but it was difficult to use with Leadpages so I ended up going back to Mailchimp. Currently, I’m looking to really test out some new email providers such as Convert Kit and Drip in July.
Creative Ninja Nation Facebook Group
Let me tell ya, I love my Facebook Group Creative Ninja Nation! I just can’t believe we’re already over 1300 members in less than 4 months! #Wowzers! I have some awesome creatives in the group who engage and support each other A LOT! We have both promo and support threads! I’m also gearing up to do Facebook live videos in the group this month as well. Lastly, I will be compiling an exclusive list of resources for my awesome group members! My goal is to hit 1500 by the end of the month! 🙂
Manually Pinning on Pinterest
I have been hearing so many AWESOME things about manually pinning on Pinterest so I am going to give it a shot! Sounds like a lot of work, I know! But I have been hearing so many great reviews on how many bloggers use this method and have seen an increase in their traffic! I will report back next month to let you guys know my results.
So that’s it for now! I truly enjoyed writing this report, and I hope it inspires you guys to ROCK YOUR BLOG + BIZ!
Let’s do this!!