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My Thoughts on Blogging + Some Stats: 2017 So Far
January–I started a blog course (which I’ll share about when I finish it soon) and it kicked my buns. Made me think deep about ev.ery.thing.
February–I had more than one blog and experimented with different blogging styles. I wasn’t doing too badly with Google organic search traffic (at times ha!).
One of my blogs had interesting stats:
page views in February ↑
vs page views in March ↓
vs page views in April ↓ (can you tell my goal was to double my views? haha)
March–As fun as all this was, I knew something was off. I needed to focus, but still allow myself breathing room.
The quest for “balance” still continues, but with each month, I get closer to figuring things out.
April–I like to see return visitors, because that means I’m connecting with people who enjoy my content enough to subscribe and come back! 🙂
Would you say return or new visitors is better?
May–I tried something new again. My “riskperiment” paid off!!
See my post about making money with Pinterest, since page views truly do not determine income.
June–Rinse, repeat and scale upwards. I actually made a lot more money from ads then from affiliate sales this month.
But then something happened…on a personal, emotional level.
I was reminded that all the success in the world won’t make me happy if it comes from something I’m not excited about.
The last thing I want is for this to feel like just another job.
I’m working way too hard and sacrificing way too much for this to be just another job…
You may have been able to tell something was going on from my June newsletters =)
So, it’s a little scary, but I’m truly going to fight my way from now on, although the experts may not agree with my path.
If that means I never make a full time income from my online business, that is ok with me as long as I LOVE what I’m doing!!
But, I do honestly believe I can do it since I see many people succeeding.
July–It is July 8, 2017…so far, so good ^_^
Blogging Business Income and Expenses
You guys, my income from this is embarrassingly low…lmao!!
All the work I’ve been putting in this year and nothing to show off, that’s for sure!
Even my husband laughs at me! Ouch! lol.
If I had been growing the same blog all year, if I had been building my brand consistently…my story would be different.
Hopefully, my experiments, risks, mistakes, and lessons learned will help you do MUCH better than I am =)
I figure, now is the time to make mistakes. When I’m in the beginning baby stages of this blog business thing, when I have the time and we can live on one income.
I do have a client that pays me for work each month, but it’s a part time income and has nothing to do with my blog business, so I won’t be talking about that. Although, I do often use some of that income for blog-related expenses, so it’s definitely a blessing that I’m grateful for.
And while I don’t currently work a full time job outside of the home, I have blogged while doing so in the past.
Most people do!!
So don’t let that discourage you at all.
And when my son was a little baby who had to constantly be held and fed all day and night (not hands free!), I still managed to blog, even though it meant going on 2 hours of sleep.
So take heart if you’re in a tougher season right now and don’t give up over that.
I will share more income details when I feel like that information will be more helpful to you…
There’s not much point in me sharing income details if I can’t tell you exactly how I did it so you can do it, too…right?!
But I’m working on it, stay tuned!
As for expenses, I got the blog course.
I use a paid social media tool (setting myself free from constantly being on social media is SO WORTH IT).
I have a domain name and blog hosting.
I like to host giveaways, and occasionally I will purchase a product specifically to review it for y’all.
I didn’t pay full price for anything this year, though. I’m running this business on a budget!
The only thing you really need is the domain name, and that’s 99 cents.
You can start with free hosting (like Blogspot, since they allow you to use affiliate links and ads) and make FREQUENT backups of your blog in case they decide to shut you down.
But hosting is pretty cheap, too, less than $5 a month, so definitely get that if you’re at all serious about blogging.
WOW that was a long post. Maybe I will save goals for another post, haha.
I hope you enjoyed this and feel free to email me any time!
Where are you in your blog business journey?
ps: did you get that K-drama reference in there? hehe.